Tea House Dress Tour

9.8.16

I know it´s rather hot for tea right now, but bare with me for a couple of minutes because this kind of Tea is really a summer cool down if you´re needing one. The lovely Nelleke and some other talented ladies had this pretty cool idea for a tour and I must confess I was pretty intrigued by the pattern so challenge accepted, ha! The Tea House by Sew House Seven can either be a top or a dress, has cuffed dolman sleeves, a V neck with a front yoke accent and ties around the waist. It´s not my usual cup of tea as the style I usually wear, but I could see the pattern´s potential.





I had this fabric already used up as a kimono I made a couple of years ago when I knew nothing about sewing techniques; really, the finishings made me weep everytime I picked it up and I was just waiting for the perfect pattern to come along to save it.
In order to make it work, I had to make a few changes to the Tea House; I removed the back pleat and made the back yoke as part of the back piece so the back fabric panel would shine - back, back, back, haha! Then for the front yoke, since I wasn´t doing the ties, I joined it to the lower panel as a whole piece. The fabric had this band print that looked perfect for me as an accent but to make it work I had to add a center front seam. Also, it´s cut on the crossgrain so extra pins, basting, glue, whatever you can think of was used to keep it nice and steady when I joined it to the front side panels. I used the same band print as an accent on the cuffs.



Inside it´s fnished with the front and back facings the pattern includes (just shortened the front facing a bit because I didn´t need it that long), understitched and tacked down at the shoulder seams, you know the drill. The pattern is beautifully drafted with impeccable instructions, so it´s perfect to play a bit with the pieces if you need or want to change something to make it more you.
The fabric is a really light silky viscose with a Zara print (which they sold as a kimono, hence my inglorious try to copy it, ha!) and a nightmare to press. I did my best to match the print at the front side panels; still, is it too busy at the eye? Maybe I should have broken it up with some piping... Paneled fabrics are hard to use and match up and the fact that I was upcycling didn´t give me too much room to play around with the fabric pieces. Neverthless, the boho summery feeling I was looking for is there, the top is loose but still with a bit of fit, I´m a happy happy gal!



Now go check other versions of the wonderful Tea House, it´s so nice to see everyone´s interpretation and style!

And what about some cookies to go with that tea, hehe? Would you like to win a pattern of your choice from Sew House Seven? Peggy from Sew House Seven has generously offered to sponsor this giveaway, thank you! And UPDATE, La Finch Fabrics is also on board, offering each winner 6 yards of apparel fabric, woohoo! So, come on and write a comment on GAAFmachine´s post! We will pick two lucky winners next Monday 15th of August using a random generator. Good luck and put those kettles on!

21 comentários

  1. Oooooh- love this pattern hack!! And your fabric combination is spot on!!!

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  2. Stunning, Andreia! But I wouldn't have expected anything else from you!! Your magic touch is obvious on this beautiful top <3

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  3. Absolutely stunning! Nothing else to add. Perfect for a small tea party :)! Thank you for joining!! Xoxo

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  4. Love your version of the pattern. A great way to rescue this gorgeous fabric.

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  5. That is a beautiful top, if you ever get tired of wearing it, I'll give it a nice home.

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  6. This is a gorgeous pattern hack!! The details on the cuff was a nice touch. I can totally see why you love this top!!!

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  7. This is so absolutely stunning! Those fabrics...gah! I'm so happy you found a new use for them now that you are a super seamstress <3

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  8. This is so good! What a great use of the fabric, and bonus that you were able to rescue it.

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  9. That looks so haute couture! What a great make 😍😍😍

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  10. I love that you upcycled and pattern hacked. That fabric is so gorgeous! I want one.

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  11. What a great up-cycle! Gorgeous fabric and I love the shape of the top.

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  12. What a stunning top! The fabric is gorgeous!

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  13. So beautiful!! I love your hack!

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  14. Amazing :-) Love it!
    XoXo Dominique

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  15. Looks beautiful as usual! The print looks perfectly centered at the back and can't spot the seam at the front. The print really nice!

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  16. I love how you used the fabric! I don't think it's too busy at all.

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  17. I'm so glad you used this fabric. It looks amazing and is too good to waste!

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  18. I'm so glad you used this fabric. It looks amazing and is too good to waste!

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  19. I love this top, it is a perfect summer top and the fabric is just amazing

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