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Ivy Dress in Silk

07—March 2022

Ooo la la! We made up an oh-sew luxurious Make by TFS Ivy Dress in beautiful sheer bottle green silk!

Make by TFS — Ivy Dress
Mar 7 2022

Transparent layering is having a bit of a moment and the arrival of nine incredible new sheer checked silks this week provided the perfect opportunity to try our hands at this popular trend! We've spotted everything from organza and tulle to lace and mesh ensembles over on Instagram recently, and decided to opt for a subtle modern take using our Make by TFS Ivy Dress pattern. Read on for how we achieved this look, kindly modelled by Annelise from our Online team!

Crop Make by TFS Ivy Dress Silk Fabric Store
Back Make by TFS Ivy Dress Hack Silk Fabric Store

Make by TFS — Ivy Dress

Our Ivy Dress + Top pattern is a balance of volume and classic detail, and makes a great pattern to try out in silks and sheer fabrics!

The Dress (View A) features a boxy straight-fit through the bodice with a dropped waist and a generous gathered full skirt, in-seam pockets, and a deep turned-back hem. It features a faced centre back neck opening and three collar options, including a peter pan collar, fully faced round neck, or a tie back collar. The pattern can be made up sleeveless, with a short sleeve (using the indication lines provided), or with a full-length sleeve gathered at the wrist. If you choose to make the full-length gathered sleeve, you have the option of a button tab cuff or a tie cuff. Phew, options galore!

Purchase the Ivy Dress in paper and PDF formats in store or online here.

Annelise gives this sheer silk Ivy dress a super-modern vibe by throwing it over a simple cropped tank and her favourite jeans!
Main Make by TFS Ivy Dress Silk Fabric Store
Sleeve Make by TFS Ivy Dress Silk Fabric Store
Placket Make by TFS Ivy Dress Hack Silk Fabric Store

We used the Ivy Dress pattern in size 8 for Annelise, selecting the round neck and button cuff options, and this used 3.5m of this 115cm wide silk plus three of our Trocas Shell Buttons in Smoke. Because we used silk for this dress, a few adjustments were made to the Ivy Dress pattern to ensure a tidy finish. The first was to omit the side seam pockets and leave off the facing on the bodice neckline. To finish the round neckline we simply added a 1cm wide internal binding around the neck edge, plus slightly narrower 6mm binding to the back neck opening. This was quite simple to sew and we think it gives the neckline a clean modern finish.

We used french seams for most of the interior seams as well as bias binding for the waist seam, which worked perfectly for this sheer silk. Just for fun, we also adjusted the width of the sleeve cuff to 1.5cm and added a small rouleau loop for the button, rather than a buttonhole. We're loving the end result, and can't get past how beautiful that Bottle green colourway is!

Neck Make by TFS Ivy Dress Hack Silk Fabric Store
Back Crop Make by TFS Ivy Dress Silk Fabric Store

Sheer Check Silk — Bottle

Fresh into stores and online recently is a beautiful palette of nine deadstock Sheer Check Silk colours! This luxurious fabric has been woven with a georgette base and a thicker silk yarn stripe on both the warp and weft which combine to create a check pattern. The thicker checked yarns give this completely sheer fabric a subtle lustre. It's a super drapey fabric with no stretch, perfect for an Ivy Dress like this one!

Colours clockwise below are White, Rose, Misty Blue, Old Gold, Black, Midnight, Oak and Ginger

Grid Silk Swatches
Swish Make by TFS Ivy Dress Hack Silk Fabric Store
Arm Make by TFS Ivy Dress Hack Silk Fabric Store

Transparent layering sound a little intimidating? We're with you! Understated, simple silhouettes like this sheer textural Ivy Dress allow you to play with whatever level of transparency you are comfortable with using your layering garments underneath. Think slips and tank tops for summer and merino layers for the cooler months!
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