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Tessuti Pia #2

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.

Tessuti Pia dress in textured Japanese cotton

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.

Tessuti Pia dress in textured Japanese cotton

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.

Tessuti Pia dress in textured Japanese cotton

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.

Tessuti Pia dress in textured Japanese cotton

(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!)

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11 thoughts on “Tessuti Pia #2

  1. I love those shoes too! I don’t like heels but do like a bit of height being short so this is the sort of style I am instantly drawn to. You couldn’t have asked for a better match with the dress either! The fabric is really pretty and the style really does suit you.

  2. love the fabric, and the shoes (I just bought a pair the same colour, with the same stitching, but different design from Django & Juliette via birds nest sale – thinking they will go with a lot of my wardrobe too!)

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