The Staycation Tiered Dress, Ellie & Mac

A Review of The Staycation Tiered Peplum and Dress Pdf Pattern by Ellie & Mac.

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Tiered dresses are in all the clothes shops at the moment and I have a tiered dress pattern for wovens that I love: The Myosotis Dress by Deer & Doe. However, when I saw that The Staycation was on offer at Ellie & Mac I thought this would be a great option to use with my stretch fabric.

The Staycation Tiered Peplum & Dress Pdf Sewing Pattern has you covered the whole year round! Whether you need a casual outfit for the beach or a stylish outfit to go out to dinner, a tiered peplum or dress is suitable for every occasion.

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The Staycation pdf pattern comes with the following options:

  • peplum, knee or maxi length

  • scoop or crew neck

  • short, 3/4 or long sleeves

  • pockets.

I chose to make a knee length version with long sleeves and a scoop neck in a viscose jersey I'd purchased last year from Forever Fabrics (they've stopped selling online now unfortunately) - the autumnal colours seemed just right!

Suggested fabric for The Staycation is a lightweight, 50%, 4-way stretch. The Staycation is available in sizes XXS - 6XL which is a full bust range of 29" - 63" and is drafted for a height of 5'5" with a 8" side waist. The pdf is layered and comes in sizes A4, US Letter, A0 and Projector versions.

Staycation Dress Pdf Pattern Review Ellie and Mac

The only measurements you are given to choose your size by are the full bust, waist and hips and there is no chart showing finished measurements and pattern ease. My measurements put me in a XL and I was worried that The Staycation may end up being too big across the shoulders and upper bust. After printing out the pdf I measured it up against other patterns that are a good fit and I thought I could go ahead without doing a FBA - it's a pretty relaxed fit which I like.

Staycation Dress Pdf Pattern Review Ellie and Mac

The pdf instructions are easy to follow and there's also a youtube video showing construction too. There is a great demonstration of how to use clear elastic to gather and reinforce your fabric in one go. I used this method with my Staycation and it worked really well - much better than sewing two lines of stitches and pulling to gather. I also reinforced my shoulder seams with the clear elastic as my fabric is quite lightweight.

There are links in the pdf instructions to help with adjusting your pattern for side waist and height but I chose not to make any alterations.

Staycation Dress Pdf Pattern Review Ellie and Mac

Everything went together nicely with my Staycation Dress and I'm really glad I saved this fabric until the right pattern came along. It's a really simple make with very pleasing results. I'm not sure I'll ever make the maxi length version but the peplum will make a nice top to wear over jeans or leggings and with the different sleeve lengths I'll be able to use this pattern throughout the year!

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