Meet Stasia, a sewing pattern by Meg McElwee at Sew Liberated. From start to finish this dress was a joy to create. The pattern pieces and instructions are clear and easy to follow. I thought that it was very generous of Sew Liberated to include Tips for Sewing & Hemming Knits and I highly recommend reading the notes on "Fitting" if this is your first time working with Knits / Jersey. Meg offers a great explanation of negative ease.
The Stasia lines are simple yet interesting. The fit is flattering, ultra feminine and easy to wear. The most intriguing part of this design is the Basque waistline. The front of this dress drops below the waist to a subtle V, for me this is a nod to the 90's. (Maybe I'm biased because my wedding gown included this feature.) Like I said, it's subtle, barely noticeable especially in a print Jersey, but it's extremeIy complimentary to a curvy girl like me.
And finally the Stasia is practical and versatile. I taught a Sewing 101 class in this dress, bending over sewing machines, reaching across the cutting table, dipping under sewing stations to adjust peddles and not once did I feel the need to pull the shoulder up or tug at the skirt. I stitched up one in short sleeve and one in the 3/4 length which I plan to wear in heavy rotation this Fall. I'm also looking forward to making a 3/4 length shirt for Fall and a sleeveless dress next Spring/Summer. I made a size 8 for myself taking up a half inch in the shoulders and an inch off the neckline to avoid the shoulders slipping off.
The printed pattern is expected to be in stock at Downtown Knits in late August. In the meantime you can see a sample of the 3/4 length dress in Stoff Charcoal Jersey. The short sleeve is made with Alison Glass Coral Jersey. We have some gorgeous new Knit / Jersey in the shop that are perfect for late summer and fall. You may see me wearing this one around town or in the shop a few times before summer comes to an end.
And in case you didn't know, Meg of Sew Liberated is located right here in North Carolina. Who knows? Maybe we'll see her at DTK one of these days!