Navy Tea House Dress from Sew House Seven

June 5, 2017

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Well, hello there. Welcome to the dress of pocket dreams.

I’ve had the pattern for the Tea House Dress (from Sew House Seven) for at least a year, but I held out on making this dress until I found the perfect fabric. When I saw this Robert Kaufmann Indikón Cotton Yarn Dyed Fabric at Patch Halifax, I knew it was exactly what I had been waiting for.

I played with the direction of the stripe and used the wrong side of fabric on the front and back plackets, the centre front skirt, and the sleeve cuffs. I’m glad that I opted for the shorter version, as the longer one is a lot of dress on a 5’2 person, but also because I still used nearly 4 metres of fabric on this one!

The neckline is the perfect depth on me and I didn’t need to do any kind of full-bust-adjustment. The only tricky part of this dress was the front placket. The instructions have you gather the front inside edges ever so slightly and press the pieces until they are totally flat. I’m not entirely sure what purpose that ease serves. I was able to get one the way I wanted, but the other wasn’t quite as good. I found that topstitching the front placket, which connects it to the lining placket, creates a slight puffiness in the front.

It’s a minor quibble though. I am delighted with this dress. The fit is spot-on; it’s very flattering; I love a Dolman sleeve and, of course, those pockets! In fact, this may be my favourite make of this project so far.

Project: Tea House Dress

Total Cost $108.25

Pattern: $24.25 (18 USD)

Fabric: $80

Notions: $4

Fit: Straight size 4

What to work on: That teensy bit of fullness in the front placket

See also: My beloved (and much worn) Toaster Sweater is also from Sew House Seven. I’ve got my eye on the Nehalem Pant pattern too!



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  • Reply Maddie @MaddieMadeThis June 5, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I love what you did with the stripes! I never have the patience to fiddle with all the stripes to make them look nice (but that doesn’t stop me from sewing with them). Clearly I should pay more attention, because you can do really neat things with them!

  • Reply Kelsey June 5, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I absolutely love this! The fabric, the fit – it just looks great. I need to give this pattern a try 🙂

    • Reply Erica June 5, 2017 at 11:28 pm

      Yes! It was a pretty quick make as well!

  • Reply Lynsey June 5, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Really love this dress, it’s the best version I’ve seen. Love your fabric and the stripes direction, it’s looks fab on you!!

    • Reply Erica June 5, 2017 at 11:27 pm

      Thank you so much! I feel great in it. I expect I’ll be wearing it a lot this summer!

  • Reply Meg June 6, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Gorgeous! I love your fabric choice and how you played with the print. I really need to make the dress version of this pattern.

    • Reply Erica June 8, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Thank you so much, Meg! I’m thinking about making the shirt in a knit. It reminds me of an old RTW shirt that I used to have and loved.

  • Reply Nina June 6, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    This looks so fantastic on you! The pattern caught my eye when it first came out, but then I saw quite a few versions that looked (to be blunt) really frumpy. Yours has got me thinking about buying the pattern again!

    • Reply Erica June 8, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Thank you! I highly recommend it!

  • Reply PsychicSewerKathleen June 8, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    I agree this dress is just perfect! The fit, style and colour suits you to a T. Beautiful 😉

    • Reply Erica June 8, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Reply Judith Dee June 9, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    I love this dress! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Beate Russell July 27, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Hi Erica, I am totally in love with your dress, you look so so pretty in it! I couldn’t help but get it too, I plan to make it in RiflePaper Wonderland Follow Suit lawn which is a navy colour with golden accents.
    I am exactly your height and pretty much the same frame as you… you said you made a straight size 4, did you shorten it in any way? I always need a FBA with a D cup, do you think I can get away without one for it? Sorry, hope that’s not too personal.
    Greets from Berlin!

    • Reply Erica July 28, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      Hi Beate! Thank you! And that’s not to personal at all. I normally add an FBA to things, but found this was just right without one. The bottom of the placket even sits below my bust. You could make a muslin of just the top though, too. Let me know how it goes! I would love to see your version, especially in some Wonderland fabric!

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