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Free Twinkle Sews Dress Pattern

comments (5) April 14th, 2010     

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Love in the Afternoon dress from Twinkle Sews

Love in the Afternoon dress from Twinkle Sews

Photo: Kevin O'Brien

In the Spring '10 issue of SewStylish, the editors were able to catch up with Wenlan Chia of Twinkle and chat with her about her sewing and design inspirations. Chia has become well known among the sewing and knitting communities for her amazing how-to books featuring her stylish designs. Here we feature the Love in the Afternoon dress from her latest book, Twinkle Sews (Potter Craft, 2009)

With its form-defining topstitching (albeit with a bright, sporty twist), cocoon shape, and origami-inspired detail, this dress can take you from a country club to a cocktail party. The bust band is cut from a wide green stripe and embellished with khaki topstitching. The asymmetrical shoulder straps make an interesting focal point. Here the dress is made from a striped fabric, but a solid color would be a great backdrop for the frock's shape and would make the origami folds really pop. Make it in ivory eyelet or cotton pique and wear with Sabrina heels for a cool, ladylike summer look.

For more on Chia, check out SewStylish Spring '10 for our interview with this talented designer on sale now.

To make the dress, download the instructions and the pattern in your size. For help finding your size, measure your bust, waist, and hips:

Size 0: Bust-32", Waist-26", Hips-35"
Size 4: Bust-34", Waist-28", Hips-37"
Size 8: Bust-36", Waist-30", Hips-39"
Size 12: Bust-38", Waist-32", Hips-41
Size 16: Bust-40", Waist-34", Hips-43"

Print out the pattern in your size on 8 1/2"x 11" paper. Tape the pieces together into a grid, matching the circle and number on each corner, and then cut out the pattern pieces.

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Comments (5)

col2853 writes: Where is the free download for this dress?
Posted: 9:44 pm on July 9th
mohbeh75 writes: good
Posted: 4:03 am on February 16th
LeeMcKenith writes: I make costumes for a local community theatre.

#1 Rule - Never tell the actor what size you are making - or they may wear the "tragedy mask" on stage.

Posted: 7:52 pm on May 19th
samsstuff writes: So cute!
It's so true, about sizes, they have changed over time. We have gotten taller, in general, but also wider. I wonder what todays size zeros would be in terms of 1970's or even 1940/50's sizes.
Posted: 8:28 pm on April 17th
DeeDeeM writes: Cute dress.

What I find amazing is that the size measurements for a "size 8" for this pattern are exactly the same size measurements for a size 14 Simplicity pattern circa 1970. What a head game we all play. Think of all the people walking around, patting themselves on the back because they wear such a tiny size, when they are simply wearing a size 14 with the label changed to say size 8. Are we vain or what?

Posted: 5:27 pm on April 15th
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