Meet the lovely Alice Top and Dress pattern by Tessuti Fabrics. If you are one of my Instagram buddies, you will already know I’m a great fan of Tessuti, so I thought it was time I showed here on the blog one of their patterns and quality fabric.
The Alice pattern is a top and dress version. As Tessuti say “this smock style top/dress features a self-lined yoke bodice with shaped armhole bands and a softly gathered body on front and back. The dress version includes side pockets.”
I created the top version. As much as the dress pattern is great, I thought the dress could look frumpy on my body shape. After making the top I’m tempted to try the dress after all, perhaps a shorter dress version. If I do make the dress I’ll be sure to share the results with you.
I followed the advice of from Tessuti and chose a quality light to mid-weight linen (you can use other fabrics such as cotton, the pattern is not restricted to linen.). I love stripes and spots, so striped linen was easily the winning choice. I don’t think the linen I used is still in stock at Tessuti, but if you’re interested in creating an Alice, you will find plenty of other quality linen to choose from.
The pattern includes using interfacing on the armhole bands. I didn’t use interfacing because I wanted to keep the softness of the linen but I can understand why Tessuti recommends interfacing, it helps with keeping the structure and shape during wear. I’ll try it next time.
I used a contrast lining fabric for the bodice and armhole. I found in my stash a remnant of gorgeous blue and white patterned cotton voile. I’m so happy I kept it, I knew I would find a use for it sooner or later!
I also shortened the hem by about 5cm, I wanted the hem to sit at about the line of my hip bone. Whilst I am relatively tall I thought the original pattern was too long for my style.
The overall verdict of the Alice? Well, I’ve worn it a lot over summer and that’s a good indicator of a winner of a garment. I’ve felt pretty chuffed over the compliments it’s been given. So thank you Tessuti for making this sewer one very happy woman…
And a thank you to my brother and nephew for helping with the “photo shoot”. They both, as usual, made me laugh and laugh. Above is the look of one besotted and excited Aunty in a top she made herself.