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Dp Studio dp's Le 5002 Tunic Dress with Plunging Neckline

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Just in case you are new to Dp Studio patterns they have a great easy to sew line called dp’s. They are affordable and offer really nice stepping stones for those looking to acquire new fashion garment sewing skills. You will not find many of the simple construction techniques in American home sewing patterns. Some points to remember when working with Dp Studio patterns:

  • Seam allowances are 1 cm

  • Sizing is pretty true to what you would find walking into a designer boutique or a J Crew store. Each pattern includes european sizes 36 to 48. For example for the bust sizes 32 1/4” to 43.7,” for the waist 24.7” to 35.8",” and hip 35.4” to 46.5.”

  • Instructions are in both English and French and are printed on a sturdy paper packed in a box.

Some tips on the Le 5002:

  • Clip all your notches and make a note of their purpose. For example, on the collar the notches will tell you which end is for the shoulder seam and which is for the center front. Make sure you notch the sleeves and their facings making sure you recognize which side is the front and back.

  • When in doubt baste - it will save you time and sanity. After you stitch one length of the collar to the dress and are ready to fold over the second half to topstitch - baste it in place first - don’t try to jump the gun.

  • If you would like to extend the tunic into a dress you must cut, extend, and add the hem piece (see photo below) that will angle the hem to be folded up to fit properly. This will make a difference.

    Let me know if you have any questions about this pattern. If it is sold out, I will be restocking shortly.


Make Nine 2019

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I don’t usually participate in challenges but since moving back home to So California from Oregon - I need a new wardrobe and FAST!!!! Yes I am late to the game so will be double timing in the next 6 months. I look forward to offering any tips on the patterns I have selected. (This list is not exhaustive).


My Make Nine 2019 - The List:

  • dp’s from Dp Studio, Le_5002 Tunic/dress with low-set sleeves and plunging neckline

  • Dp Studio Le 100 One Button Suit Jacket

  • Susan Khalje Couture Boatneck Top

  • Tessuti Coni Tunic

  • Dp Studio Boiler Jumpsuit, Jacket and Pants (counts for 2 items)

  • Dp Studio Le 913 Bustier

  • Dp Studio Le 602 Asymmetric Shirtdress

  • Julian Roberts Subtraction Cutting Smaller Dress # 41 - free download here