Versatile! This design makes a beautiful top or dress. If you wear rarely dresses, you can make the dress version and sew the lower tier on with a 4.0 stitch. Wear the dress to your event and then remove the lower tier and you have a tunic! Just put the lower tier in a drawer until you need a dress and then sew it on again.
The Noel Dress is upcycled* using 3- 5 dress shirts (instead of flat fold fabric) or uses 2 - 3 dress shirts for the tunic version.
This A-line dress is loosely fit at the bust and flows free at the hips. Existing dress shirt hems are utilized to create a charming tiered effect. The wavy hems on the tiers add even more interest. The use of multiple shirts create a subtle or dramatic color-blocked effect, depending on the colors and patterns chosen. Leaving off the third tier yields a charming tunic top.
The design closure buttons down the front with the dress’ sleeves shorten with a small hem or are left as is and rolled to ¾ length. The overall effect is unique and arty and is sporty or dressy depending on the choice of colors and patterns.
• A-line dress, loosely fit at bust and free at hips
• Dress shirts hems are utilized to creates a charming tiered effect
• Without tiers creates a Tunic Top Noel version
• Unique, artful color-block dress or top design
The NOEL DRESS silhouette works well with all figure types, and is self-adjusting to individual body curves and CUSTOMIZED to your figure. Really tall or short? This design is easy to adjust for height.
ALL SIZES ARE INCLUDED in that the size/fit of the finished garment is determined by the size of the main shirt used for the upper torso, the other parts are self-scaling. Anyone, any size, who can find a dress shirt to fit the way they like across the shoulders and bust, can successfully fit this pattern. If the bodice shirt is tight at the hip, this is not a problem; the instructions walk you through the process of adding ease.
The sewing is straightforward piece assembly, mostly using topstitching. All of the tough parts like the collar, collar band, plackets, buttonholes, hem are already sewn on the starting garments, making your job easier! The customization is achieved by picking the right size starting garment and making choices about where to cut by looking at the garment fit on your own body.
Also included in the pattern is an upcycle method of creating an under-dress to add another bottom layer of interest. This way you can have multiple dresses and use the same under-dress.
Sewers with experience with mixing colors and patterns will fulfill their artistic dreams, but those just learning these skills will find they enjoy the challenge and growth to their creativity. For tips on selecting colors and patterns watch our video: https://youtu.be/4-pGp4-zmgk
ADDITIONAL BONUS - Includes a 4-page tip sheet on design elements, color selection, fit, garment care, and technical tips.
See Designer Michelle Paganini’s article on upcycling in the Threads Magazine Feb/March 2015 issue! She was also featured on It's Sew Easy series 1300 and 1400. Her segment on Double Collars is available on YouTube
With upcycling, there is no need to print, cut out and tape together PATTERN PIECES. The starting materials are 3D garments, so instead the "pattern" is instructions and illustrations that define exactly what and where to cut (disassemble) and how to reassemble the pieces.
Available in both Hard Copy $20 and Digital $16 versions.
HARD COPY - You are purchasing a set of instructions printed on 8.5" by 11" paper which can be put in a binder for future ease of reference. You'll receive the pattern by U.S. Post. ETSY ORDERS ONLY
DIGITIAL (PDF) COPY - You receive a PDF file which you print yourself. Works on a regular home printer with standard paper.
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Shipping & Returns:
Hard copy ships within United States within 1-3 day of order receipt, returns accepted within 7 days ETSY ORDERS ONLY
Digital download available on confirmation of payment, no returns. Contact us if you are dissatisfied for any reason.