This pattern is a definite winner for me – the Tessuti Lily dress.
I have some beautiful linen that I want to make this up in, but thought that I should try it first in a cheaper fabric to check the fit. This fabric is from the Darn Cheap Fabrics $2 per metre table, and as it turns out it is absolutely lovely. Very soft cotton, but in a similar tightness of weave to the linen that I will use next time. And I love the print! My husband calls this the “trawler” dress, since he thinks that it looks like a whole lot of fishing net. Edited to add: Lee comments that it should really be called the Rapunzel dress, as they are plaits, not rope. I think that she is right!
There is a lot to like about this dress. For one, the pockets! They have a lovely little fold/twist feature at the top, which isn’t hard to do if you don’t overthink the instructions. There is also a tutorial on the Tessuti blog for how to do the pockets, but I found it simpler just to read the instructions and have a go. There are also tucks at the hemline not far from the side seams, two sets in the front, and two sets in the back. The dress just slips on over the head. I made my own binding for the neckline, pretty much ignoring that pattern piece.
I cut this out as size Medium, and am pleased with the fit through the shoulders and the bust. I shortened the sleeves a couple of inches by taking a fold out of the pattern piece about half way down, and am pleased with the finished length.
The pattern is available in print at home or a copy shop options. There was no way that I wanted to print out and tape together all those pieces, so I put the copy shop option onto a USB stick and took it to a copy centre that does plan printing. It cost me $6.60 to have it printed on one big sheet. A much better option than getting out all that tape!
I really recommend this pattern if you are after a loose, comfortable but stylish dress. I’m looking forward to making it in the solid linen. I’ve also seen it made sleeveless and with shorter sleeves before, so I think that it is quite versatile in that regard.