Tabea Dress – Show your Stoff

So, I’m heading to Melbourne for a conference in a few weeks, and I need something to wear. I hate being cold, but I have the wardrobe of beach dweller. Fortunately, I was invited to participate in the Show your Stoff Blog Tour, hosted by Mahlica Designs and featuring Zierstoff sewing patterns. Zierstoff are a German pattern company, and they have an extensive collection for women and children, many of which have a European flavour to them. Unlike other European designers, pricing is AUD-friendly, especially with the Show your Stoff discount…

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Zierstoff gave me the Tabea pattern in return for this review. All opinions are my own.

I chose the Tabea Dress, which while simple, is versatile. Two sleeve options, two neckline options, straight skirt, elastic waist – a great beginner pattern. I chose it not only because I had my Melbourne trip in mind, but also because it has a couple of my favourite features – a V neck and a bloused top over a slim skirt.

Being a simple pattern, it was quick to sew. Front, back, sleeves, and the skirt. I combined a knit skirt with a poly crepe top, and had no issues with either fabric. Because my skirt was knit, I based my sizing off my bust measurement, which put me at an L (but there are 2 Ls, just to be confusing). I then reviewed the separate sizing chart, and made a 42, which was the small L.

Tabea-1

Being my first attempt at this pattern, there are a couple of things I’d need to change for next time. Firstly, there’s no bust shaping, as it’s described as a ‘casual fit’. I need bust shaping, because without it, I’m getting these weird drape lines curving from my bust point to my hip.

Tabea-3

The shoulder seams are also too wide, and sit too far off my shoulders, making the sleeves too long as well. I don’t know whether to size down and lose some of the blousy-ness, or create a shoulder bust dart. Any suggestions?

Tabea-2

As much as I like the potential of this pattern, it has a couple of flaws. It’s definitely a beginners pattern technically, but the instructions, originally in German, need to be edited more accurately, especially the technical terms. As an experienced sewer, I understood the process, but I think a newbie would get stuck. Some of the photos in the e-book were also a little lacking in detail, but again, it’s nothing a little editing wouldn’t fix.

Would I make it again? Definitely, with some personalisation. For my body shape, it’s a winner, and its versatility makes it a potential wardrobe staple, once I nail the fit.

Patterns are 30% off for the rest of the month too, so why not have a go at sewing your own Stoff?

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Need inspiration? There’s plenty!

Monday’s Bloggers
Anne-Mari Sews, Inspinration, Tenille’s Thread, Sew Cucio, Embrace Everyday

Tuesday’s Bloggers
Musings of A Seamstress, mahlicadesigns, Anna’s Heirloom Boutique, Ronda B Handmade, FABulous Home Sewn

Wednesday’s Bloggers
Thread and Scissors, Kaleidothought, Idle Sunshine, mahlicadesigns

Thursday’s Bloggers

Very Blissful, Sew A Piece of Joy, Zowie Zo, Nina Makes, Lulu & Celeste, Thread and Scissors.

Friday’s Bloggers
Tales of a Tester; Anne-Mari Sews; Bless, by Tone; Life Sew Savory; Needles to Say, and Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Saturday’s Bloggers
Musings of A Seamstress, Anna’s Heirloom Boutique, Ronda B Handmade, Glitter in my Coffee, Anne-Mari Sews, Stitches by Laura; Tea, Dust and Stitches

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8 thoughts on “Tabea Dress – Show your Stoff

  1. At first I was thinking the Tabea just has a slightly dropped shoulder, but the last pic definitely shows a sizing issue for you. It looks like you need to pic a smaller size to fit you better in the shoulders and sleeves, but it looks right from waist down.

  2. It looks like a sizing issue…I think the relaxed fit that sits off the shoulder is quite nice but this is just a little too much. I personally would make the body a little longer too

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