01 Jul 2024 • • by Heather Lou

Meet the Terrazzo Dress, Our Crew Pattern for July!

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Get ready to swoon over the Terrazzo Dress, the seventh pattern in our "Stone Collection" for Crew 2024! Romantic and dramatic with Big Sleeve Energy, Terrazzo has a unique drawstring design and an incredible silhouette – we predict a bright future for it in your closet. Get Terrazzo in sizes 0-32 (plus a full video sewalong!) by joining Crew – our monthly sewing and pattern membership – starting at just $12 USD. Or take advantage of our first-ever Crew sale and take an additional 20% off our annual Unlimited plan to get the next year PLUS 18 previous patterns for just $115 USD!

The Design

We're marking the mid-point of our Stone Collection with a high-impact design: Terrazzo is quite simply a stunner. Balancing the romantic drama of this dress is a sharp and architectural neckline. Cut high above the collarbones and ending in crisp points over the shoulder, it descends into a narrow V at the center front and is finished by a facing. The body of the dress is voluminous and flared, shaped at the waist with adjustable ties inserted into two rows of channelling. Here, you can control the amount of ease or gathering you desire; tighten for a more defined look or release for a softer, more billowy effect.

Midi length, the dress hem is given structure and definition with an extra deep hem; we love how it helps create soft but defined folds in the skirt. And yes – there are inseam pockets! But the star of this design is a voluminous bishop sleeve. Celine outdid herself on the drafting here; it is cut slightly longer in the back with a shaped hem to give a glorious poof-like volume that holds its shape while you're wearing it. Dramatically gathered and finished with a simple band, it ends below the elbow and floats beautifully around your arm.

Terrazzo is an intermediate-level pattern, and this month we've created a full video sew-along to help you sew it! Join our expert samplemaker Judith as she walks you through the construction of Terrazzo from start to finish. Learn how to sew a perfect point neckline, how to turn narrow fabric ties using her tried and true method, and how to finish that gorgeous sleeve.

Terrazzo Design Story

Still have questions? Learn more about the design of Terrazzo as I walk you through all the design features in the video below.

Suggested Fabrics for Terrazzo

Terrazzo is designed for crisp and stable woven fabrics – you need a fabric with structure to achieve the volume this dress needs. We recommend cotton poplin first and foremost, but it will also work in voile, broadcloth, lightweight linen, and various crisp shirtings.

To accompany Terrazzo, we also designed an incredible custom cotton poplin over at Core Fabrics. This is my dream poplin for designs like this - super crisp with a tight weave and smooth hand, it holds its shape beautifully. In an array of juicy summer colours, I highly recommend picking up one of our custom kits or regular yardage for your Terrazzo. It's a very special fabric you can't find anywhere else, and it comes alive with this design.

Don't forget - Unlimited members enjoy a standing discount at Core Fabrics! Get 15% off any order of fabric, notions, tools or kits in the shop for as long as you are an annual member. Visit the Crew Hub when you're logged in to see your exclusive Core Fabrics code.

How to Sign up for Crew

Crew is a monthly subscription service that sends you a unique pattern + curated resources to sew it each and every month, along with access to our private and supportive community. You can join monthly at just $12 USD a month (and cancel at any time) or join with our annual Unlimited plan. With Unlimited, you get 12 patterns in the coming year, PLUS our full catalogue of past patterns, and exclusive standing 15% discounts to Closet Core Patterns + Core Fabrics! You also get access to our Fitting Concierge, an Unlimited-only service with industry fitting-pro Gabby Brown to help diagnose and solve your biggest fitting issues, regardless of the pattern or company you're using! Read more about that here.

This week, we are celebrating summer with a first-ever sale on our Unlimited plan! Save a further 20%, almost $30 USD, when you sign up for Unlimited between now and July 7th. If you are an existing Crew member and want to take advantage of the sale, please purchase this Unlimited Early Renewal rather than signing up for an additional membership.

We can't wait to see your #ClosetCoreTerrazzo! Join today to get sewing!

(Please note that if you are signing up after July 2024, you'll only be able to access Terrazzo at the Unlimited level).

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