Webster Top & Dress
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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.
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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)
The first version of the Webster top I made was a straight size 18. The instructions were clear and the only fiddly bit was fixing the cross straps at the back. I found it to be too wide across the shoulders so I sized down to a 16 around the neck and shoulders for the second version but kept the bust and hip to the original size 18. In both cases I used a drapey rayon style fabric - I can't say exactly because I was using up fabric which is years old and belonged originally to my MIL.
I added another cross strap to the back of my second version to make it look a little different. It is a relatively straightforward pattern which can be made in a variety of fabrics (as long as they are not too stiff) and so could look formal or casual.
Jenny gives excellent instructions for this dress which has lovely features and is, as always, excellently drafted. Truth be told, I’ve stopped sewing patterns from other companies. Now all I need is some Cashmerette separates (a few woven skirt options, a cardigan, sweater and a winter coat), and I’m set for life!
Love, love love this pattern. Have made 2 and the fit is lovely!
I made the top out of a light weight shirting material and wear it quite often. The pattern instructions were very easy to follow and I know that I will make this again. While I am curvy, I did find the top a bit too full and will take in the sides a bit on my next project - the dress in a more flowy material. I will also downsize to a c/d cup to give me a bit less play across the shoulders. All-in-all, I highly recommend this pattern. Because of the adjustments I've had to make I give it a 4/5 instead of a 5 star.
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!