I am on a mission to get November Sewjourn projects blogged and there are still a couple to go! I really enjoyed sewing this Tessuti Pia dress. Tessuti describe this pattern as follows: The Pia Dress is a pull-on dress designed with extended shoulder sleeves and exaggerated pockets. The comfortable, flattering style is shaped without being fitted, and features a wide flared skirt allowing it to be worn loose or belted. The Pia Dress is a simple, classic design suitable for all body shapes.
I’ve sewn this before, and it’s always quick and easy to make something a second time. I’ve had the fabric in stash for a little while – I bought it from A Piece Of Cloth. It’s textured cotton, and I love the colours and the print. One of those lengths of fabrics that I really wanted to do justice to. I feel that I made the right choice pairing it with this pattern.
There’s a centre back seam to this pattern, so as you’ve heard me say before “I should have done a short back waist alteration”. But I didn’t. And I’m still happy to wear it.
The pockets are a really fun part of this pattern. I made sure that I used some bar tacks at the edges of the pocket seams to reinforce them. It’s quite a stressful seam intersection and it definitely needs that extra bit of support. Size wise I sewed size Medium length with Large width. I finished the neckline and armholes with bias binding applied like a narrow facing. Construction was shared between the sewing machine and the overlocker. I really, really like this dress.
(And a quick mention of those shoes – because I love them and apparently so do many others! I bought them at a warehouse sale, from the company that distribute Midas and Django & Juliette shoes among others. They are surprisingly comfortable and I have discovered that this colour and style works beautifully with many of my clothes. A bargain, and a definite win!)