A new dress pattern from Liesl + Co. is an exciting event and I was so happy to be able to sew the Terrace Dress. Liesl provided some great inspiration in a recent blog post and I loved the dress with the shirt tail hem.
I decided to use a red-cream seersucker from Mood Fabrics for my dress and went with a size Medium. My preference is for a straighter dress instead of the a-line skirt. I straightened out the side seams. Then I used my French curve to create a curved hem. You could use a favorite pattern (like the Gallery Dress, Classic Shirt or Recital Shirt) that has the same detail. One thing I did do was make sure the front and back matched up for the curve.
The sewing for this is very straight forward and Liesl’s instructions are excellent. I did cut my neckline a bit deeper, lowered the bust dart one inch and took in the center back seam 1 inch from neckline to just below my hips. In the future I probably will eliminate the center back seam. There is an exception to this. If your fabric is a linen or other solid fabric, the center back seam is great for topstitching detail.
Now for the belt, I needed some contrast so I went with a denim for the front of the belt. I did take off about a ½” from the top and bottom width. I really like how the denim makes a statement on this dress and gives some needed color against the seersucker.
The Terrace Dress is a great go to summer dress, it is quick to make. From the time I cut out the pattern to completion was just over two hours. Just think with a couple of pattern changes the dress will look unique each time you make it. I love the example with the v-neck and then maybe insert the ties in the side seams for a fun summer look.
So take a look at the Terrace Dress and find you favorite fabric or fabrics and make yourself a closetful of these great summer dresses. The sleeve option makes this a great spring transition dress.
I appreciate the opportunity from Liesl to add this dress to my wardrobe.