It may be my first day of work, but today I’m also so excited to kick off the blog tour for the newest Sew Liberated pattern, the Stasia Dress! When Meg asked me to be a part of the tour, I had to do a double take. I couldn’t believe my luck! I already knew the Stasia Dress was going to be an awesome addition to my wardrobe because I’d been admiring it in her feed for months. My love for the pattern only grew when Meg talked about the dress’s background on Instagram, too. This pattern is a love letter to her own creativity, but I think also to her dedication to her children. You’re an inspiration and a rock star, Meg — thanks for trusting me with this!
Anyways, back to the dress itself. Unpopular opinion: I don’t think knits are always the best introduction to garment sewing. They’re kind of slippery, you have to use special needles or stitches, blah blah blah… But sewing the Stasia reminded me why knits can be such a perfect first project for a beginning sewist! It’s the perfect afternoon project. Let’s talk details!
The Stasia Dress
Cutting the Stasia Dress
I cut out my Stasia in a size small. I used the short sleeves (there are three options!), for more versatility in the hot St. Louis summer! The fabric is a poly knit from JoAnn. It’s super lightweight, another plus for summer time. I think this dress would be chic in a thicker knit for winter, too, or a super fun cocktail dress in a bright scuba!
I added two inches to the skirt because I am basically never not #sewingtall. If I planned on wearing this dress to work, I’d add three and a half, probably. I didn’t hem it, so I’d use that inch for length and a half inch for the hem.
Sewing the Stasia Dress
The Stasia Dress is the perfect counterpoint to my aforementioned aversions to recommending knits to newbie sewists. Once you get yourself set up, you can finish this dress in like an hour and a half. Even faster, if you take a page out of Lara’s book and don’t hem the sleeves or bottom like I did this time!
I used my twin needle for the entire dress, which I truly believe is the easiest way to sew knits without a serger or coverstitch machine. There are no tricky bits about this dress, so once you start, you’re flying through.
An element of the Stasia Dress that I love is the seam down the center of the skirt. It’s the perfect opportunity to play with stripes or a directional pattern! I almost made mine with the seam on the right side of the fabric instead of the wrong, so that the raw edges would be exposed. I didn’t, because my fabric wasn’t thick enough for it to be clear that it was a design choice and not a mistake. But I love the look of the raw seam on the outside, so I definitely see myself incorporating that in the future.
I also love the dipped back. It’s such a subtly flirty addition to the dress. I’ve been looking for a good pattern to replicate my favorite RTW tank top (which has a SUPER dipped back) and I think the Stasia is the perfect pattern to hack into it!
Make your Own Stasia Dress!
Awesome news: you can make your own Stasia dress! It’s for sale on Meg’s site as a PDF, and printed versions are coming soon. As a bonus, there’s also a maxi dress and a t shirt/tank option! In case you need a little inspiration, I’ve made a whole Pinterest board for you to peruse. Meg’s description says that this pattern is a pattern hacker’s dream, and it is so true! A few of my favorite ideas from my Pinterest board?
- Chop off the skirt for an adorable peplum top!
- Play with a stripe
- Use my freezer paper stencil hack to write something awesome on the tee shirt
- Drop the back on the tank waaaaaaaay down
- Replicate one of these Pinterest-famous maxi dresses
I can’t wait to see what you make! And I can’t wait to see what the other amazing sewists in the blog tour have to share with you as well. If you make a Stasia Dress inspired by something from my Pinboard, show it to me! Tag me on Instagram or use the hashtag #maddiemadethis, or send it to me in an email. PS — it’s newsletter weekend, and that’s often how I share posts tagged #maddiemadethis! Sign up at the bottom of this page.
Meg, thanks again for letting me be a part of this blog tour, and everyone else: go get yourself a Stasia!