Dress Up This Town! Designer Stitch Charlie Dress


When I first saw Ti’s blog theme for July I figured I would sit this one out. First of all I’m not much of a dress person to begin with. More importantly I was scared. Women’s dresses are *very* intimidating! That’s when I realized I should view this as a challenge and face my fear head on.


I’m very familiar with Ann’s Designer Stitch patterns so I decided to start there and chose the Charlie dress*. I know how her patterns fit and the care she puts into designing them. It looked fairly simple and came with several front bust options so a lot of the fitting was already done. Okay, maybe dressmaking isn’t so intimidating after all.


As luck would have it I had already purchased this floral poplin from Raspberry Creek that was perfect for this project. I guess I wasn’t wrong to order extra stash building fabric after all. And then even more fortuitous, the fabric I used for these shorts was a perfect match! That meant I didn’t have to hunt all over for a coordinating shade for the center accent panel.

I dove into dressmaking armed with a Designer Stitch pattern, gorgeous floral already in my stash, access to a complementary front panel color, and my guardian angel smiling down on me. What could go wrong?


Use tissue paper underneath your fabric when you’re topstiching 1/8″ away from the edge so the fabric doesn’t get caught in the feed dogs. The paper tears away easily when you’re done.

What’s great about the Charlie dress is that the only darts are on the back. The front bodice shaping comes from the two separate pieces, which also provides the opportunity to use accent colors. It’s somewhat similar to the Polly Top I recently made.


It came together a lot faster than I anticipated, even with all the attention to detail. I wanted to make sure I was able to get the figure flattering curves exactly right so I used a straight stitch on my sewing machine for the 1.5cm seam allowance and then finished the raw edges with my serger.


The results are gorgeous! I could not (and still can barely) believe I was able to create something so incredible.

I love the invisible zipper and back shaping. I love the fabric. I love the front panel. I love how pretty I feel in something I created. I love everything!

My husband and I went out to one of our favorite restaurants but it was a little dark inside so pictures didn’t turn out very well. Plus he hates pictures.

Sweet Pea had to crash some pictures in her pleated top and Juniper jeggings* (blogged here).

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Follow the rest of the blog tour here
Week 1: July 1st-8th
1- Sewing By Ti (Intro) and Stitching At Night
2- Me Made
3- Tenille’s Thread
4- Sewing By Ti
5- Seams Sew Lo
6- Anne Mari Sews
7- Sea of Estrogen
8- Lulu and Celeste

Week 2: July 9th-15th
9- Living in Twinado Valley
10- Ma Moose
11- My Heart Will Sew On
12- Seams Sew Lo
13- Kate Will Knit
14- Creative Counselor
15- Sewing With Sarah

Week 3: July 16th-22nd
16- Stitching and Making
17- That’s Sew Lily  ***you are here***

18- Sprouting Jube Jube
19- Auschick Sews
20- Anne Mari Sews
21- Lulu and Celeste
22- On Wednesdays We Sew

Week 4: July 23rd-31st
23- Stitching At Night
24- Sewing Curves
25- My Heart Will Sew On
26- Indulging Mum
27- That’s Sew Lily
28- Adventures With Bubba and Bug
29- Capture, Craft Cook
30- Sewing By Ti
31- Sew Like a Sloth

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