Harwood Dress in Stripes

Here’s a Harwood dress I made a while back out of a striped cotton fabric. I love the way the stripes look in this dress – in fact when Tasia was developing this pattern, I immediately thought of this fabric from my stash. I thought you guys would like to see how this garment looks sewn up in stripes.


I took extra special care with stripe matching on this one. The stripes run horizontal across the yoke, and vertical for the rest of the dress. I matched the stripes everywhere possible – they are lined up across the front yoke, and they are lined up from the bodice to skirt pieces in the front. I also made sure to match the side seams to give them that lovely chevron effect.

To achieve all of this I cut each piece on a single layer, and just really took my time with it. If you’re looking for some tips, here’s a great post on cutting striped fabric!


I didn’t stress too much about matching up the stripes on the back bodice and skirt. I cut the back bodice and yoke as per the pattern (on fold), but I did make a small change to the back skirt piece. Instead of cutting it on fold, I added 5/8″ (1.5cm) to the center back and cut two pieces. This is how I was able to achieve the stripe matching along the skirt side seams.


I opted for a blind hem which I catch-stitched by hand. I actually really like hand stitching my hems, especially on dresses. If gives me more control, and it feels almost therapeutic to end a project with hand sewing, don’t you think? In this case that was buttons and hemline.

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I’ve had this fabric in my stash forever – I think it’s a quilting cotton from Robert Kaufman? Please correct me if I’m wrong. It’s really soft and breathable and I love the colours.

Edit: Fabric is a Kaffe Fasset shot cotton! 

You can grab a copy of the Harwood dress in the shop, or from one of our lovely retailers!

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27 Responses to Harwood Dress in Stripes

  1. Claire March 15, 2016 at 6:18 am #

    This is such a lovely dress and makes me long for summer. Thank you for sharing it!

    • Sue March 15, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

      A lovely dress and inspiring. I quite agree with you regarding hand sewing hems. I always do – it is very satisfying and looks and hangs so much better, and therapeutic too!

  2. Jennifer March 15, 2016 at 6:44 am #

    I think the fabric is a Kaffe Fassett quilting cotton.

  3. Helen March 15, 2016 at 7:11 am #

    This is incredibly stunning! I love the way the stripes come together to make points on the sides of the skirt.

  4. Red March 15, 2016 at 7:57 am #

    Wow! Your side seams are amazing! I’m impressed with your vision and skill. And the fabric highlights the construction details nicely. Yeah, I really like this dress.

  5. Ann March 15, 2016 at 8:21 am #

    This is a pretty dress, love the colors and the striping.

    Unrelated, kind of, but Tasia I really miss your voice! You are such a good writer. I like Caroline, but I hope you do come back to do a behind the scenes post or something soon. Those were fun to read and I think made all your readers feel really connected to your company. Hope all’s well, thanks!

    • Caroline Amanda March 15, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

      Thanks Ann. I totally understand, Tasia has a great voice! I appreciate your honesty. I’m just stepping in for a bit while Tasia works on other things. She will be pleased to hear she’s been missed. :)

  6. mjb March 15, 2016 at 8:21 am #

    This is a Kaffe Fasset shot cotton. It makes a beautiful dress!

    • Caroline Amanda March 15, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

      Ah thank you!

  7. Christine March 15, 2016 at 8:25 am #

    Super cute! That looks like a stripe shot cotton from Kaffe Fassett. Super adorable!

  8. Leigh March 15, 2016 at 10:14 am #

    Cute dress, the stripes really make it. You did a lovely job of matching them. Please post a pic again in May so I’ll remember it – it’s making me shiver right now in my jeans, boots, and fleece! :) #rainingallweek

  9. Sherri Tuttle March 15, 2016 at 10:32 am #

    Caroline, it’s beautiful! I appreciate the extra time it took for you to determine the placement of the stripe pattern on the front of the dress. It’s lovely!

  10. Tasha March 15, 2016 at 10:52 am #

    Thanks for sharing this! I love how the careful placement of the stripes came out.

  11. Erin B March 15, 2016 at 10:59 am #

    I agree on hand stitching hems. I always feel like I rush to the end and just want it done so I can wear it but when I force myself to slow down and hand stitch a hem the right way. It is so therapitic and it always turns out way better than a machine stitched hem because you have some much more control. I’m always secretly proud of my hems so every now and then I find myself sitting somewhere turning up my hem just to admire my handwork!

  12. Lana March 15, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    Gorgeous, gorgeous! I will have to give this dress pattern another look as seeing it in this fabric makes it right up my alley!

  13. Terry L. AMATO March 15, 2016 at 11:38 am #

    I agree with all the other comments on how neat this dress is…

    Particularly agree with Ann. Tasia’s “voice” is missed!

  14. Charlotte Powell March 15, 2016 at 12:01 pm #

    isn’t wonderful how a different fabric can make you fall in love with a pattern. I have seen the floral and liked it BUT now I love it.
    What a fantastic make.

  15. PsychicKathleen March 15, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

    I love the way you worked with the stripes in this fabric! It’s beautiful and what a way to take full advantage of stripes – the colour is beautiful too. I have to say Caroline that your bamboo/cotton french terry is DIVINE! I’ve ordered another lot of it you’ve probably noticed and now I’m making a lovely “suit”. Canadian West coast suit of course with a nice tunic and those puzzle pants of Sandra Betzina’s. I’m SO excited about this project :)
    But your dress is lovely and I’m sure you’ll get loads of wear out of it this summer. There is nothing quite like a sleeveless, cotton, shirt dress and sandals on a hot summer day :)

  16. Krista March 15, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

    What a lovely dress. I love the stripe placement. There’s something so satisfying about stripe matching. I always hold my breath through the fussy cutting out stage and while sewing the seam. Then when you unfold them seam to check if the stripes still match it’s like a magic trick!

  17. Lauren McGill March 15, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

    Stripe placement is awesome. Particularly love the horizontal stripes on the top and that amazing chevron pattern going down the centre back! Well done– so inspiring.

  18. meganleiann March 15, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

    This is a stunning dress! Your taste is perfect as always. The dress never appealed to me in the past, but now I might have to copy it!

    • Mae March 19, 2016 at 9:37 am #

      Agree with this comment 100%! I haven’t considered the Harwood till now

  19. JW Batson March 16, 2016 at 6:39 am #

    Gorgeous! Sooooo satisfying to finish a project and admire how all the stripes match! Good on you! LOVE this! I’ve been moving away from wovens, but this has got my creative thoughts flowing on new possibilities!

  20. Velosewer March 16, 2016 at 2:53 pm #

    Love your work Caroline.

  21. Nelba March 16, 2016 at 11:35 pm #

    Gorgeous! Love the colours and the clever stripe matching.

  22. Sarah March 18, 2016 at 1:12 am #

    Really fabulous. Such a thoughtful clever garment!


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