The Kristen dress from Designer Stitch

The Kristen dress from Designer Stitch. Woven PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

In a few weeks I will be attending the Air Force ball with my husband. This is a formal event, and I knew that I wanted to make my dress. When I saw a tester call for the Kristen dress from Designer Stitch, I knew I had found the perfect pattern, and I already had some cute heels that would go great with it! This was my first pattern test for Designer Stitch, and I loved everything about it. The designer, Ann, is so knowledgeable about all things sewing and she was so helpful to all the testers as we worked to get the perfect fit for the bodice. This dress has a fitted bodice with an invisible zipper. I love that sewing allows each of us to get the perfect fit for our own body.

The Kristen dress from Designer Stitch. Woven PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

The Kristen dress from Designer Stitch. Woven PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

The pattern has a sleeveless option as well as two sleeve lengths. Originally I had planned on using the beautiful flowy sleeves, however once I had my bodice put together, I decided that this dress was meant to be sleeveless.

The Kristen dress from Designer Stitch. Woven PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

The Kristen dress from Designer Stitch. Woven PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

I used a crepe back satin fabric, which can be a little difficult to sew with. I don’t think I have ever sewn so slowly, but it was so worth it in the end. I chose to use the wrong side of the fabric to accent the details. Using the matte finish for the ruffles and belt adds some contrast to the shiny satin side that I used for the rest of the dress.

The Kristen dress from Designer Stitch. Woven PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

The Kristen dress from Designer Stitch. Woven PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

My Kristen dress is definitely a more formal version, however with a different fabric this can be a much more casual dress. The other testers made so many beautiful dresses, I kept thinking each one I saw was my favorite!

The Kristen dress from Designer Stitch. Woven PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

Pattern: The Kristen dress from Designer Stitch

Recommendations: Take your time and go slowly if you are using a satin or slippery fabric. Consider using an accent for the ruffles and belt, I used the wrong side of my fabric on these details.

Fabric: Crepe back Satin from Jo-Ann Fabrics

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2 Comments

  1. I am in awe of this dress it is so lovely! You are very clever. I am new to sewing. What is the difficulty level? Good job😍😍😍

    1. Hi Karen,
      Thank you for your sweet comment! The pattern is listed as advanced beginner/intermediate. An important step with a fitted dress like this is to make a muslin of the bodice, that you can adjust as needed before you use your good fabric. I hope you will give it a try. If you need any help, feel free to message me here or on my FB and I will be happy to help!
      Jennie

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