Tutorial - A Fully Lined, Sleeveless 1940's Tea Dress

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Hey guys!

With the end of Sewing Indie Month nearly upon us, I just wanted to let you know about a little tutorial I wrote for the Sew Over It 1940's Tea Dress, where I take you step by step though the process of making a sleeveless Tea Dress with a fully lined bodice.

The Tea Dress is such a lovely pattern and has been on my To make list for a really long time (pretty much ever since the pattern came out) and it's the first woven garment I've made since giving birth 4 months ago (!).

With my body currently changing shape every five minutes though (eep!), even after several muslins, I was a wee bit heart broken when the final bodice ended up being too big on me. I hadn't bothered re-trying my muslin on in-between perfecting it and leaving it a week to start my final version - lesson learned (and who would've thought bodies could change so quickly anyway!).

I used the most beautiful, red geometric, buttery soft rayon for the bodice but opted to attach a gathered skirt, made from a different fabric, to the final version of the dress for the tutorial. Now that my sewing time is in such short supply, I just couldn't face spending time fitting a skirt that may not fit again soon, and I wanted to save as much of that rayon as possible so that I could re-make a sleeveless Tea Dress in a few months time (where I'll also do a full review of the pattern).

So, until I'm back to my pre-baby shape, and don't need easy access to my chest, I think I'll be steering clear of fitted wovens for a little bit. Oh well, that's life right? Here's hoping there's enough fabric for another dress, and that it's still warm and summery by then.

Not that it's been all that warm and summery yet... but it's coming!

And let's be honest, being pregnant does come with it's perks, like this wee chap who is now 4 months old already (!?!)...

Now if only we could get him to smile even when David is hiding behind a camera...


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4 comments on "Tutorial - A Fully Lined, Sleeveless 1940's Tea Dress"
  1. Striking fabric and great fit. Looks perfect to me!

    1. Thank you :) It's pinned a bit at the back, but it's not as bad as I had initially thought, so I might be able to save it, rather than re-doing - fingers crossed!

  2. What a cutie! I don't think I got to say congrats when you first had him, so congratulations!


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