Staff Made

SQ Steph Willow Dress Front Smiling

Steph's Willow Dress

10—November 2023

Cute dress Steph! Check out these genius hacks of Willow, the first pattern from Cinnamon Daisy.

Steph's Willow Dress — Staff Made
Nov 10 2023

Gathers, bows, gingham! Three ticks for this delightful dress made by HQ team member Steph. She used the beginner-friendly Willow Dress pattern from Yorkshire-based Cinnamon Daisy. Read on for more, plus details of her pattern customisations!

SQ Steph Willow Dress Front Cheese
SQ Steph Willow Dress Front Close Bow
"I love the front bows and I’m overall happy with the dress, it’s nice and simple, with enough interesting features to make it a little different".
SQ Steph Willow Dress Front Skirt Swishing Amrs Out
Project Notes

Cinnamon Daisy — Willow Dress

Steph opted for the midi length Willow and used 3m of our Micro Gingham Cotton Shirting – Black for this make. She usually wears a New Zealand size 10/12, and matched the size H for this pattern to her measurements. Steph's an advanced sewist, and was able make a bunch of custom hacks to this pattern including adding our Make by TFS Ivy Dress sleeve onto the bodice of the Willow pattern, giving a simplified sleeve shape and she slightly raised the back neckline too. She also chose to cut the back bodice on the fold (rather than as a pair) and used French seams and interior binding throughout. Additional adjustments such as cutting the ties on the bias and adding extra volume to the skirt pieces made for a unique finish. We love how this looks on Steph, she chose a perfect cotton fabric for summertime wear and we can this this working well in linen too!

SQ Steph Willow Dress Side Tying Bow
SQ Steph Willow Dress Back Holding Skirt
SQ Steph Willow Dress Front Close Tying
SQ Steph Willow Dress Front Smiling Swish
SQ Steph Willow Dress Side Walking Smiling

This pattern from Cinnamon Daisy is pretty special for a first release! We'd recommend trying it out using a nice easy cotton like the one Steph used here. Shop easy-sew cottons online and in store today. Don't forget to share your projects and pattern hacks with us via Instagram and TikTok!

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