Meet the Ophelia Dress!

Introducing our very first pattern of the new year – the Ophelia Dress! We think it’s summer in a garment –  lightweight, loose, cool and very, very comfortable.

Ophelia has been designed to be fitted (but not too fitted) above the bust with bust darts and wide, comfortable shoulder straps and neckband. It features subtle shaping at the waist which gently flares into a midi-length hemline. Topstitching highlights the button through front; stitched down, inseam pockets; centre back seam and wide hem.

With it’s easy, effortless silhouette, Ophelia promises to be one of those classic sundress styles that will never, ever date. In fact, the inspiration for this design came from an always loved/never forgotten sundress Colette wore in the 1980s, made by Silva, which had buttons all the way down the side.

Ophelia’s standout feature is undoubtedly those eighteen buttons. Choose a contrast button to make them really pop but if you prefer a more understated style, buttons of the same or similar fabric colour offer a more subtle look. The other beauty of all those buttons – do up high or low, allowing for a fully adjustable split feature. Also important to mention is that you only need to undo a few (2-3) top buttons to get in and out of this dress.

Are there pockets? Of course there are! Ophelia has stitched-down side pockets that sit flat and are edgestitched to the front of the dress. This means no loose, flapping internal pocket bags.

Ophelia has been deliberately designed with wide straps and a higher back to allow it to be worn comfortably with the right style of bra.

All three samples here are made using our Bedford Washed Linens. Colette’s is in Port, Monique’s (above) in String and Zoe (below) is wearing White. Our Newford, Loren and Linda linens would all work perfectly too.

We haven’t made one yet but we love the idea of a winter Ophelia, in wool, layered over a turtleneck.

Recommended fabrics for the Ophelia Dress include mid-weight linens, linen blends and lightweight wools such as wool crepe.

The pattern come in (Australian) size ranges 6-18 and 18-22 and is now available in both hardcopy and PDF copy shop/print-at-home versions. UK/EU customers can purchase this dress pattern from our Tessuti Pattern UK website.

We can’t wait to see your makes and if you’re sharing with us on Instagram, don’t forget to use the #OpheliaDress #TessutiPatterns #SewTessuti hashtags!