This summer, Meg from Sew Liberated released the Stasia dress and top pattern. Although it was mid-summer and I wasn’t having a lot of sewing time, I knew as soon as fall hit that I would want to make the 3/4 sleeve Stasia. It looked really great on Meg (she is a fashion inspiration) and I kept seeing great versions popping up on Instagram. Really, ALL of the versions looked great on everyone who had made the dress…I couldn’t wait to get sewing.
Usually, I sew with woven types of fabrics and tend to shy away from knits often feeling that they show every lump and bump. I hoped this wouldn’t be the case with a good quality knit and decided to buy jersey from April Rhodes line, Observer, by Art Gallery. I’m slightly in love with this collection of fabrics.
After reading through the pattern and cutting the fabric, I found this dress to be a very quick sew. The Stasia Dress shows off your curves but doesn’t feel too revealing at all. In fact, it’s amazingly comfortable. If your tummy isn’t super flat (…ahem..) it doesn’t matter as the cut of the dress is so flattering. The top of the pattern is cut shorter; the top ends at the smallest part of your waist. It really accentuates the waist and the skirt is full without gathers around your middle (which can sometimes make your waist look bigger). The directions are very well written and the pattern is true to size. There’s a great section about “Tips for Sewing with Knits on a Sewing Machine or Serger”. I used a Schmetz Stretch needle based on the recommendation from this section. The pattern also mentions using a different type of thread, which I didn’t have on hand but will be picking up soon. Did I mention there were pockets?
Hello curves, there you are! I cut a straight size 12 for the dress although for the shoulders I cut a 10. I also added 1.5″ to the length of the skirt. I wore this dress to the fair with my family. Without trying to sound obnoxious, I loved wearing this dress. I felt pretty, feminine and stylish in it. Thank you Meg for making such a great pattern!