Tessuti Lois

When the Tessuti Lois was released back in Sept. 2017, I fell in love and bought it immediately then actually started making it right away.  This is unusual for me.  I often buy patterns shortly after they release if there is a release window discount.  But it typically takes me a while to get around to making a pattern.  So, as you can probably imagine, I own many, many patterns I haven't made yet!

But this dress had such a simple beauty that I was immediately drawn to, so I had to make it immediately.  I made a size 14 with a 4" FBA, meaning I added 2" to the front bodice piece.  It started out looking like this:

And after my alteration, it looked like this:

As you can see there, that new dart is HUGE.  I was concerned about this, so I decided to use gathers instead of a dart and I'm SOOO happy with the result.

The fabric is a rayon challis, but I'm not sure where it came from. although I probably remembered back when I actually made this dress.

This dress is so great to wear.  It skims over my apple middle just perfectly.  My husband loves the low neckline.  I made this as a wearable muslin.  The fabric isn't a special occasion fabric, but the silhouette is more of an evening wear one, so I tend to wear this dress out to the musical theatre.

The dress has a side zipper that I end up not needing to use with this dress.  But I'm not sure I'd risk leaving it out of the next version.

I'm definitely making this dress again.  I honestly don't know why I haven't yet, since I made this dress almost 2 years ago now!

Do you have any patterns that you instantly fell in love with?  Tell us about it in the comments!


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