This was a wonderful dress to make, the pattern has to be the nicest one I have seen in a long time. It is called the CINEMA dress and it is by Liesl +Co. The fabric is by Tilda and is one of my favourites.


There are two lengths on this dress pattern, I chose the shorter one as I was worried that it might swamp me, however having made it I would definitely consider making the longer length now especially in a floaty fabric for summer.

Angela - The Cinema Dress 1

The sizing on the pattern is different to long established pattern houses, which is a good thing in my opinion because it forces you to take your measurements before you decide on the size needed. I went by my bust size and cut the pattern out to their size 8.

Angela - The Cinema Dress 2 

The fabric is this beautiful cotton spot in Slate blue. For my size and for the shorter length I needed 4 metres. If you click on the link HERE you can view this fabric, and others on the web site.

The pattern by Liesl + Co is also from,  just click HERE to go straight to it in their web site.

You also need matching thread, lightweight interfacing and four buttons. I chose some vintage mother of pearl ones from my own button box which reflect the blue in the fabric beautifully.

Take care when cutting out to ensure that you have bodice linings as well as the actual bodice front and backs. You also need four pocket pieces.

Transfer all pattern markings onto your fabric to make putting it together easier.

By the way I shrank and pressed my fabric first and pinned it so that the centre fronts would be in the exact centre of a circle.

This pattern is wonderful because it explains every single step in the greatest detail, so there is absolutely no need for me to go into minute detail here.  This pattern has the best, most comprehensive, clear instructions I have ever come across. I cannot add to them.

The instructions recommend  that you stitch the centre back buttonholes before you put the rest of the dress together so that is exactly what I did and I must say that if I had left it to the end it would have been a bit of a struggle.

Angela - The Cinema Dress 3

Pictures from top left: This is the centre back with the buttonholes worked, Sleeves being inserted, overlocker in action, finished hem.

I like to insert the sleeves before the side seams are stitched as it is much easier to attach them when the garment is flat.  Don't forget to overlock all seams as you go along.

I am very lucky to have been given a new Brother overlocker by,  and as it has an attachment to sew an overlocked invisible hem I thought it was the perfect opportunity to try it out. I was very impressed with the ease in which the hem was completed.  This is going to be my favourite hemming technique from now on!

If you prefer you can overlock the edge and top stitch it in place by machine, slip, stitch it by hand or do as the pattern suggests and turn up the hem twice and top stitch in place.  A twin needle would look nice here.

On the finished hem, you can see that the stitches are hardly visible. If your sewing machine or overlocker has this facility I do recommend you giving it a try, it looks so professional.

Angela - The Cinema Dress 4
Photo top left: 
This is the dress front showing the lovely neckline. Another nice touch are the pocket flaps.
Top right: The back looks really pretty with the buttons, it is a real change from having a zipper up the back.

It is a beautiful dress for a summer's day. It is extremely comfortable - the loose fit and the cotton fabric makes it lovely and cool for warm weather.

Will I make this dress again! Yes. The pattern suggests using a contrast fabric for the front bodice, I have some Lace which I think would look lovely as an overlay for the front, so I am going to look for some suitable fabric to make it in.

Angela - The Cinema Dress 1

Thank you for the beautiful fabric and pattern. I will treasure this dress for a long time to come.

Has anybody else made this pattern? I would love to see your photographs. 

Angela x

shopping list

• Tilda Autumn Tree Sewn Spot fabric, available here.

• Matching Thread, available here

• Find iron on interfacing here.

• That all important Liesl & Co dress pattern is here.

• Pearl buttons here and here.