265 Afternoon Tea Dress - PDF


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Women's Sizes XS-3XL

This is the PDF version of the pattern.  The paper pattern can be found here.  This PDF pattern has several files:  separate copy shop files for Dress and Tunics (36" and A0 files), separate print at home files for Dress and Tunics, sewing instructions for all, and professional tips for sewing with bias and sheer fabrics. 


The gracious life of the proper Edwardian lady demanded different fashions for different times of the day. Tea gowns were worn during the later afternoon, marking the time between daywear and eveningwear. They were immensely popular because women could put the tight corsets aside for several hours and enjoy the comfort of these loose-fitting, casual styles of soft layered fabrics, yet still be tastefully presentable for visitors.

Our Afternoon Tea Dress, inspired by the Edwardian tea gowns from 1912-13, is adaptable to any occasion or time of day. Whether made as a sumptuous wedding gown, feminine maternity fashion, slinky nightclub number, or tops for everyday, the versatile elements add up to a memorable impression. The Dress features an optional drape that is artfully arranged at center front and held in place with shirred Belt. The easy-sew Bow can be attached at the front or back of the Belt for further ornamental texture. The Sweetheart Tunic wraps in front and can be held in place with Belt or Bow. The ruffled-sleeve Pullover Tunic can be worn belted or hanging straight.  These tops are also wonderful on their own, or worn as modern everyday wear.


Suggested Fabrics:  
Dress, Drape, Belt, Bow: Silk Polyester satin, brocade, jacquard; lightweight silk or rayon velvet.
Tunics: lightweight and/or sheer cotton, silk, rayon, polyester; lace; novelty velvet.

Sizing and Yardage Chart (pdf)