When you have 5 bridesmaid dresses to make on a strict deadline, sometimes you need to let the fabric do all the work. The Todea Dress free sewing pattern features a simple and flattering silhouette so it goes together in a breeze and shows off any number of fabrics beautifully. For this Redux, we went with a stunning zig-zag fringe sequin that catches the light in the most wonderful way. Follow suit, or try your own version in a velour, crepe, or even a 3D fabric!
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For full pattern instructions, please visit the original post here! All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
I didn’t deviate to far from the original pattern instructions, however since this version was made with two layers of fabric instead of one, I did have to change a couple things. To start, I top-stitched my fringe sequins onto the charmeruse after adding the darts into the charmeuse layer, like you see below. As you can see, this meant carefully cutting a portion of the sequins off the top along one of the zig-zags.
For the remainder of the project, I sewed the sequins and charmeuse as if they were one layer of fabric.
I also avoided binding the top edges of the dress like the original Todea instructions. Instead, I created a facing for the top of the bodice by tracing the top 2.5″ of the pattern pieces. The facings were sewn together at the sides and then the bottom edges were given a rolled hem. As the facing was sewn to the gown, I added three strips of soutache cord on either sides, mostly for show but also for a little extra support.
Lastly, since charmeuse frays quite a bit more than the velour originally used for this pattern, I decided to bind the inner seams with bias tape for a clean finish.
Will you be trying out this version or another version of the Todea Dress? Let me know in the comments!