Webster Top & Dress
Turn heads in the Webster Top and Dress! Featuring a hi-low hem and playful crossover back, this elegant design can be made as either a tunic or a knee-length dress. The V-neck bodice is bra-friendly and semi-fitted, while the flowy, unfitted skirt is perfect for dancing. Intended for lightweight wovens, turn the Webster into a breezy festival top with cotton lawn or a slinky party dress with silk charmeuse.
SEWING LEVEL: Advanced Beginner.
SIZING: 12 to 28, in three cup sizes (C/D, E/F, G/H). See Sizing Guide.
Lightweight woven fabric such as rayon, voile, silk or crepe de chine.
NOTIONS: Universal needle, thread.
Use the dropdown menu above to order either a Printed Pattern, which will be mailed to your address, or a PDF Pattern, which can be downloaded.
The PDF comes in three files (one for each bust size), so you only need to print your size. You'll receive files to print at home or at a copy shop. Files are delivered as a .zip file which can be downloaded on a computer, but not on a mobile device. For more on PDFs, see the FAQs.
Instructions: 14 pages (4.5 MB)
Pattern pieces (for each cup size): 36 pages (0.7 MB each)
Copy shop (A0 or US 36" x 48" size): 2 pages A0, 2 pages for US (0.5 MB each)
I've made 2 Webster dresses, 1 from silk, one from satin charmeuse. Overall, I like the all in 1 facing and the the straps in the back. For my taste I wanted a bit more shaping through the waist. For the first one I brought in the side seems on the waist, and that was ok. I put in some fisheye darts in the back and that gave a much better fit for what I wanted. This dress is perfect for vivid prints and airy light silky fabric. The only down side is that the kind of fabrics that are perfect for this are a pain in the butt to sew with. Worth it to stick with it, as the final product is a wonderful shift dress. I just wish I had more events this summer to dress up for!
The Webster dress is similar to a ready-to-wear dress I bought last year that I wore a lot, even though it's not my usual style of dress. The only issues I had were user error. I sewed the bottom sections on wrong and had to unpick and redo. I also messed up a bit on the straps and had to unpick and redo. The instructions were fine. I just had to slow down and really study them for the straps. The dress fits fine across the bust, which is where I always have problems with other patterns as I'm disproportionately large chested. But it's a bit big in other areas so I took in the side seams and next time will take in the centre back seam a bit. I'm also petite and am shorter than average from shoulders to bust, which means armholes are too low on me. This dress isn't too bad for that as drafted, but I think I can make some adjustments next time I make it. I will definitely make it again. It's a great dress for hot weather. I'm looking forward to make the top version too.
Overall I'm happy with my purchase and how my dress turned out.
Loved the curve of the hem and fit over the bust. The V-neckline at center back is so nice! The front neckline was high enough and straps were wide enough to feel very covered, something I'd feel comfortable wearing to work.
The only fit issue I had was that the armscye dug in a bit at the front. The only changes to the pattern I'd like are to add some pattern markings for guidance on the angle to insert the decorative back straps and I thought there would be a curve in the CB seam for shaping.
Other than those minor adjustments, I can see that Webster is going to be a great wardrobe staple!
Loved the curve of the hem and fit over the bust. The V-neckline at center back is so nice! The front neckline was high enough and straps were wide enough to feel very covered, something I'd feel comfortable wearing to work. The only fit issue I had was that the armscye dug in a bit at the front. The only changes to the pattern I'd like are to add some pattern markings for guidance on the angle to insert the decorative back straps and I thought there would be a curve in the CB seam for shaping.