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New Pattern - Winter Street Dress By Deepika on 3/31/14 11:08 PM

Last year just before PR weekend San Francisco I released the first PatternReview pattern - Summer Street Dress. What a fun learning experience. A year has passed and it's finally time to admit that I love digital patterns. I love the instant gratification. I love that they are so unique and I love that we are not bound by international boundaries. I've discovered so many new wonderful pattern companies and it is so fun to read reviews right here on PR. We even ran a "New to Me Pattern Company Contest" which was a huge success!

Summer street dress was a great first experiment but ever since we released the dress, a new dress had been brewing in my head. Of course things got in the way and it was not until now that I finally sat down to translate those ideas into a pattern. I knew I wanted a knit dress. While I do love classic shapes, I am a sucker for girlie details.

I often let the fabric tell a story which is why I wanted the shape to be simple. Darts are good but why not box pleats. These reminded me of my school days ( most schools in India have uniforms ) but in a good way. When I tested it, I decided that I didn't like the bulk, so inverted pleat it was.

The skirt narrows towards the hem making it slightly tulip shaped. I've designed it to hit above the knee but if you prefer your dresses longer, simply lengthen it.

Living in New England where we have 4 distinct seasons (yay!) but REALLY long winters, I knew that the pattern had to work for all seasons. So this dress has the option of full sleeves as well as a cute elbow length gathered flounce version. 

I've always been a fan of TNT patterns which I can use and hack all the time. See how I changed Summer Street Dress to a Peplum top. The same applies to Winter Street Dress. With a fitted bodice (drafted for "C" cup), a waist seam and full length sleeves, you can use this as a starting point for many different types of dresses and tops. How great is that!

I can design yes, I can also sew (most days!) but when it comes to pattern drafting, I often turn to my friend Maria. And her expert drafting skills have made this idea from a concept to reality. I also thank our pattern testers who provided great feedback and helped us make this pattern even better. We hope you'll agree. So what are you waiting for?

Click . Buy. Print . Sew . Review

The Dress is going to tour the blogland starting tomorrow. I can't wait to see what our lovely testers have created. 4/2/2014 4/3/2014 4/4/2014 4/5/2014 4/6/2014 4/7/2014 4/8/2014 4/9/2014 4/10/2014 4/11/2014 4/12/2014 4/14/2014 4/15/2014

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NessyS said... (4/15/14 9:26 PM) Reply
This looks lovely and I have checked out the tester's versions - just FAB! I am a "B" cup so I find the idea of a "C" cup a little daunting. I've never had to do a bust adjustment before! Would I just choose the full bust measurement closest to mine and then do the sba for the amount of difference? Any tips welcome!
Angela64 said... (4/3/14 3:45 PM) Reply
Gaylee, I wondered the same thing at first. :)
Deepika said... (4/3/14 10:58 AM) Reply
@gaylee1949 The waist seam should sit on your natural waist. The Summer Street Dress is Empire waist.
gaylee1949 said... (4/2/14 10:41 PM) Reply
It looks short-waisted, almost empire. Is that just to fit you, Deepika, or is it drafted that way? Thanks, Gail D.
Deepika said... (4/2/14 1:19 PM) Reply
I am adding the line drawings and fabric chart today.
TJSEWS said... (4/1/14 10:13 PM) Reply
This dress is so cute. I love the inverted pleats. Your polka dot version is so much fun!
Kathhhhhy said... (4/1/14 7:18 PM) Reply
Adorable! Congrats on the new pattern! (Is there a technical drawing? Or am I just missing it :)
Angela64 said... (4/1/14 11:44 AM) Reply
ElaineSweet, I agree :) While the flouncy sleeve isn't really me, some of the variations mentioned sound just right. Line drawings would be lovely to see. Deepika, thanks for the info. I have several 2 yd pieces in my stash, glad to know they are enough.
ElaineSweet said... (4/1/14 11:18 AM) Reply
Where are the line drawings and the back view. You mentioned variations and I'd love to see them.
Deepika said... (4/1/14 9:15 AM) Reply
Angela 2 yards of fabric (60") should be enough for upto size L. But I will add the chart today. Thanks for catching that!
Angela64 said... (4/1/14 3:27 AM) Reply
I just purchased it, this should be a cute and easy dress to make up. But, I must be blind.. where is a chart telling us how much fabric to buy for each size?I found the size charts... just not anything giving me an idea of fabric requirements. I'll put in a review as soon as I finish up. I'm looking forward to seeing what all the bloggers do :)
SewLibra said... (4/1/14 1:06 AM) Reply
This dress is so cute and I love the box pleats! The bonus is that is comes in a C cup, so for me that means no FBA - yay! Oh, I'm not surprised by the polka dots, also very cute. ;-)

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