Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Patterns we like: the Tessuti Alice
As soon as I saw the new Tessuti pattern, Alice, I knew it would be a great match for the linens we have here at The Drapery. It's summery and loose fitting, perfect for linen weather.
Alice can be made as a dress (with in-seam pockets - yes!) or the top. The pattern is a nice straightforward sew, with no closures or potential fitting woes. There's a decent amount of understitching on the bodice and arms, and the finish is worth every minute spent.
I found the sizing in this pattern to be generous. I was on the borderline between small and medium according to bust measurements, but decided to go the medium to be on the safe side. Perhaps I should have used my upper bust measurement instead? In any case, next time (and oh, there will definitley be a next time) I will size down - perhaps even two sizes given all the lovely roomy gathers in this top.
Yep - there's a little too much room under the arms there!
For this version of the top I used Vilnius Fog, a beautiful light-to-mid weight washed linen. The slight heaviness of this fabric and its lineny drape worked so well for Alice. We think Alice would also look gorgeous in either the Moss or Soot colourway, or any of the Merchant and Mills washed linens. Ah, linen... ;)
The Alice pattern can be purchased on paper or PDF here.
- Fiona & Jane xx