Sew House Seven - The Tea House Top & Dress
Flattering and easy to wear, the Tea House is a great pattern with a variety of options for different looks. The Tea House features: a V-neckline with front and back neck yokes, front seaming, in-seam angled pockets (for the dress versions), a back neck box pleat, cuffed dolman short sleeves and two different tie options.
Views A, B, & C feature wide under-the-bust inseam ties that can be tied behind the back or doubled around to the front. Views D, E & F feature a spaghetti waist tie that threads through a back tunnel and can be tied in the front or for just a bit of waist definition tied instead behind the back. There are three different length options - views A & D are hip length tops, views B & E are above the knee length dresses and views C & F are tea length dresses. There are no closures to sew - just slip it on over the head and tie!
Pattern Errata - There is an error on page 6 of the print version instructions. In step one under the Box Pleat section, it should read "folding the BACK in half vertically down the center wrong sides together, notright sides together.
Level: advanced beginner
Sizes: 0-20 (US) / 4-24 (UK)
Suggested fabrics: a light to mediumweight woven with some drape such as lawn, chambray, linen, rayon, viscose. Use a silk or rayon fabric with some drape for a vintage inspired look while a cotton yarn dyed stripe can lend a more modern feel.
See image for sizing and material requirements.