We are always looking for a simple dress pattern to sew, and the Stevie by Tilly and the Buttons perfectly fits the bill! There is an ease in only having to worry about putting on a single garment, unlike separates which can take more thought and care. You can just slip on a dress at a moment's notice and be on your way. I'm really getting into wearing dresses for work, so the Stevie will suit my lifestyle wonderfully.
Pattern Description: With no darts, zips or set-in sleeves, Stevie is a satisfyingly quick and easy make - yay! Stevie has a modern, boxy fit, with round neckline and kimono sleeves, closing at the back with pretty ties or button loop. Make as a top with cropped hemline that hits the high hip, or above-the-knee dress length, with optional turn-up cuffs and patch pocket. Throw it on with a statement necklace and you're good to go!
Suggested Fabrics: Light to medium weight woven fabrics, such as linen, double gauze, chambray, cotton lawn, viscose (rayon). If you’re a confident stitcher, try a sandwashed silk or crêpe de chine.
Version Made & Fabric Used: We chose to make the tunic length with a button closure in the back out of 100% Rayon Batik. We did not add the pocket.
How I Plan to Wear This: This is a quick dress to throw on at a moment's notice, especially for work! As the weather turns this Fall, I can throw on a sweater and wear some tights. Know that this pattern is a tunic or top length, so depending on your preference (and height), it may be a little short. We will probably make it longer next time, but I can always throw it over a pair of jeans if I feel like it's too short!
Favorite Details: We decided to change the direction of the print on the back yoke. You can see that the dashes on the fabric are horizontal on the yoke and vertical on the rest of the dress. I love simple design details like this that add interest to a subtle print!