Announcing our newest pattern release – the Tulip Dress! As with all Sew Different patterns, it is easy to wear AND easy to make. It is gently shaped through the bodice and comes out into a pretty bubble hem giving it the tulip shape it is named for. This bubble shape is surprisingly flattering – I think its the hourglass effect it gives!
You can find the pattern in the website shop here.
There is a shallow V-neck and a front pleat giving it extra room around the waist and allowing it to be pulled on over your head – no zip required.
There are little swing sleeves that come midway down your upper arm and big pockets in the side seams. The bottom hem sits above the knee (for a 5ft 8 height.)
The original free version of this dress looked like this red check version – see right – but I have made several improvements to the design since that first came out several years ago. I’m afraid that the free version is no longer available. Sorry for any disappointment (but it was available for 3 years before I took it down) and there are other free patterns to be be found if you scroll down the website shop.
As well as now producing it as a multisize pattern, available on paper or to download, you will find that the Tulip Dress now has more space in the arms, a change of neckline, a more flattering fit around the bodice and a proper bubble created with a curved hem that didn’t exist before.
Melissa’s version on the pattern cover is made from a quilting cotton. It is a fabulous ombré denim look with little gold printed squares. I’ve never seen anything like it before and just love it. This pattern works well in most mid-weight fabrics – denim, cottons, corduroy, linen, light wool, scuba, ponte, double knit. You can also make in something really light and silky but it doesn’t hold it’s tulip shape quite as well.
My own Tulip Dress is made from a lovely quality Ponte I bought from Rosenberg & Sons at the GBSB Live last September. (They do all the main shows and sell online as stitchfabrics.co.uk). I love it – it was £12 / metre and they do it in a couple of different colour ways. It is quite thick and substantial with a bit of stretch, which only adds to the comfort factor.
The Tulip Dress works really well as an everyday dress but I am also in the process of making it up in an amazing silver fabric for the Christmas party season, so watch this space for a new look!
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