Dressing like a princess: The Kate Vintage Tea Dress

Hello, lovely sewists! I thought you would like to hear about my most recent adventure in sewing – the newly released Kate Vintage Tea Dress.

My first reaction when I put on my Kate and slipped into a pair of heels was, “Wow! I made this!” I feel special and magical in this elegant satin and lace dress which I am proud to wear. I have Ann Gross of Designer Stitch to thank for that.

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Ann Gross’ design, the Kate Vintage Tea Dress, lends itself to the romantic in a pink satin with delicate floral lace over a voluminous skirt.


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My inspiration for the Kate was a simple white satin dress with a lace skirt overlay and a pretty bow in the front. Of course, I didn’t want to look like a bride in white, so I quickly looked through my dress fabrics and found a pink (and taupe) lace I completely forgot I had. After some advise from my fellow testers, I decided to work with the pink.

As I was cutting out my fabrics, I intentionally cut my lace a little bit longer than my underskirt, but I didn’t take into consideration that lace can sometimes stretch. So, if you’re wondering why my overlay isn’t quite like my inspo picture, then there you go.


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Stepping into the perfect dress can be magical and even make you feel like a princess with the right jewelry, hair and makeup.
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Whatever the style, dresses should be flattering and comfortable, as well as eye catching.

Evoking the vintage vibe the Kate Vintage Tea Dress combo will become a timeless expression of who you are.

Offering a fitted bodice with flared or gathered skirt the Kate is both figure flattering and easy to wear and the pattern offers cups sizes for fine-tuning the
fit of your garment. Cup Sizes – B, C, D, DD(E).

Light to medium weight draping non stretch fabrics.

Satin Back Crepe or Crepe types
Silk and Silk Types
Faille and Faille types
Chirimen and Chirimen types.
Cotton or cotton types
Lace and Lace types

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Options are always great when deciding on which dress to make. I choice the gathered box skirt for my dress. Ann Gross had this to say on her blog, “The Kate not only offers 2 different lengths of skirt, but also 2 different styles – 3/4 circle and now a box gathered skirt. I also added the option of making the bodice into a box style top and added a waistband pattern so the skirts could be made as separates.”

With so many options, you should be able to make a dress for every occasion.


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The location for my pictures was a little muscadine winery/bistro in my small town called Horse Creek Winery. Southern sophistication and tradition are a big part of it’s charm. And the award-winning muscadine wines are unique to the Southeast.

Happy sewing!

Until next time!

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