Introducing the next pattern… the Yaletown Dress & Blouse!

I’m excited to announce our newest pattern today… the Yaletown Dress & Blouse!

yaletown dress

It’s not often that we combine a dress pattern with a blouse pattern. For this style, it made perfect sense!


The Yaletown Dress is a wrap dress that will never unwrap by accident! The skirt is one piece instead of an open wrap, so it’s more secure to wear. It still has the great flattering crossover neckline like a wrap dress, but the wrap is sewn permanently in place. Walk in the wind with confidence, knowing your skirt won’t fly open!

yaletown dress

The short flutter sleeves are comfortable on the arms, and balance wider hips.

yaletown blouse

A tie belt covers the elastic waistline, which can easily be switched out for your own belts.

The neckline may open as you move around, so we’ve added an optional button and loop detail to keep it closed. Or, tack it in place where the neckline overlaps. The black version has the button closure, the olive blouse is tacked at the overlap. You could also decide to wear it as is and layer over a camisole or slip.

yaletown dress

When I tried on the initial dress prototype, I tried to put my hands into nonexistent pockets! It was obvious that we had to add pockets to the final design. Subtle inseam pockets add practicality to a pretty, relaxed summer dress.

It’s named after Yaletown, a trendy and fancy area of downtown Vancouver. I could totally see this dress being worn to sip cocktails on a patio, with a gold necklace and stilettos. The blouse looks great with a pencil skirt, making it a good work-to-evening piece.

Drape is key to achieving a relaxed, elegant look that isn’t stiff. Make sure your fabric choice is drapey enough to fall softly at the waistline! The black version is a lightweight rayon, and the olive is a tencel twill.

yaletown blouse

The blouse version looks really good with slim skirts or pants. And it’s really quite easy to sew as it’s a pullover style, no zippers or buttons.

Photos by ImageryWorks – Leanne Scherp and Susannah Street

I hope you like the new pattern! Click here to visit the shop. Thanks for your support!

Oh! And for the first time ever, we have PDF patterns available at the same time as the printed paper patterns. So if you’d prefer to use a PDF pattern for the Yaletown, click here to visit the PDF pattern page!

One last thing: I do have another new pattern announcement coming this week. So if you think you might want two new projects this summer, wait and see if you like the second new pattern to order them together! It’s only important if you prefer paper patterns to PDFs, as you’ll save on shipping.

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66 Responses to Introducing the next pattern… the Yaletown Dress & Blouse!

  1. Rachel July 21, 2014 at 6:04 am #

    That is great!

  2. Maureen Russell July 21, 2014 at 6:13 am #

    It’s lovely, both the blouse and dress. How friendly is it for larger cup sizes?

    • Tasia July 21, 2014 at 10:04 am #

      Thank you! Caroline will probably have something to say about this dress on larger cup sizes, though if it helps she’s been very excited about this new design!
      Your biggest concerns will probably be gaping at the wrap opening, and how the wrap lines fit across your bust. You’ll probably want to do a FBA, and definitely want to add the button or tack the neckline in place. The needs of fuller busts are not my forte though! Hope this helps :)

      • Suzy July 22, 2014 at 3:42 am #

        Maureen – I pattern tested and did a 1″FBA which was rotated down into the gathers, worked a treat. I think the wrap top is really flattering on larger busts too.

        Its a great pattern Tasia!

  3. Thewallinna July 21, 2014 at 6:22 am #

    Congratulations on the new pattern! As a pear-shaped girl, I am always excited for your next creation :)

  4. Kathy Sews July 21, 2014 at 6:29 am #

    This is such a great new addition to your pattern line!!!!!! I love it :)

  5. Ruth July 21, 2014 at 6:32 am #

    I love it – both the dress and the top are so pretty! Looking forward to seeing what the 2nd new pattern will be!

  6. Margo July 21, 2014 at 6:51 am #

    This dress is lovely!! It is a very wearable style and the pockets are a must have for me. Wonderful!

  7. Suzie July 21, 2014 at 7:02 am #

    Oh wow this pattern is exactly what I’ve been looking for – I’ve been trying to think of a way to continue wearing pencil skirts to work but hide a little bit of a belly that I have (unfortunately!) developed recently and this blouse would be perfect!
    And also thank you for the heads up on the next new pattern coming out because I was about to head over to your shop right now to buy this pattern, but will now wait and see if I might be buying two new patterns instead!

  8. Annabelle July 21, 2014 at 7:08 am #

    I don’t know how you do it, but I love every single pattern you release. This one is a real winner, and I think I NEED it. I can’t believe you have another pattern coming this week as well, so I will have to hold off on ordering this one until I see if I need two new patterns.

    P.S. – love the styling in these photos. The shoes and necklace both go great with your dress and blouse!

  9. Tasha July 21, 2014 at 7:09 am #

    Ooooh Tasia, I love this new pattern! What a fun summer dress. Love the wrap look but with the safety, ha ha. Looks like a great thing to dress up or down, too! Congrats on the new pattern!

  10. Jess July 21, 2014 at 7:18 am #

    Very cute! Looking forward to seeing your second release as well. :)

  11. lisa g July 21, 2014 at 7:18 am #

    gorgeous! love the wrap style. great work, yet again!

  12. Kelly July 21, 2014 at 7:32 am #

    So pretty! I’ve been on the lookout for wrap dress patterns lately, and this one is certainly on the list!

  13. Aleksandra @ Liveaboard Takes the Suburbs July 21, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    Just bought the perfect fabric for this! Yay! This will be a perfect addition to my work wardrobe.

    Can’t wait to see the next pattern. :)

  14. Krentu July 21, 2014 at 7:54 am #

    I totally agree with Annabelle! How do you do it? Perfection every time. And I like so much that you consider every aspect! Wrap dress for me (with small bust) is usually no-no, also I do not like the wind uncover my legs:) But you have figured it all out!
    I need this dress. And I am so happy, that you create such patterns for real people!

    • Tasia July 21, 2014 at 10:06 am #

      I can’t help it, that’s how I think – what do I not like about wrap dresses? What are my comfort priorities? And then I try to work out how I’d improve the things I don’t like, and add in features I do like. I’m rather analytical about design. I’m so glad you like this one!

      • francesca July 23, 2014 at 3:46 am #

        And this is why we love your designs – don’t ever change!
        this is gorgeous, and I am so excited about the next one – so soon!

  15. Eleonore July 21, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    Colour me impressed – again! I’m not sure how the blouse would look on me, but the dress looks like it would be a winner for my wardrobe.

  16. Tilly July 21, 2014 at 8:00 am #

    So pretty!

  17. scuffsan July 21, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    I love this pattern! I think it might be time I treat myself to a new pattern. Also looking forward to the next pattern, I will hold off ordering this one ’til that hits the shop so I’m not missing out.

  18. zilredloh July 21, 2014 at 8:23 am #

    Ooh I love this one, Tasia. I’m soo going to have to buy this one; much more versatile having a separate top along with the dress option.

    Congrats on the new pattern launch.

  19. Theresa July 21, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    OMG! Tasia, it’s a pencil skirt, isn’t it?mit is, right? A pencil skirt for pear shapes? Oooooh, I’m trying not to get my hopes up.


    • Theresa July 21, 2014 at 8:34 am #

      Oh, uh, so I also super love this dress. I kind of need the blouse version in my life! But I am all kinds of excited right now lol. All. Kinds. Of. Excited.

  20. Amy July 21, 2014 at 8:42 am #

    Tasia, this one’s a stunner! Beautiful relaxed proportions and lovely on you. Congrats!

  21. Lieke // A Bouquet of Buttons July 21, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    Another stunning pattern!

  22. Anna July 21, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    I love it! And I really love it in the black printed fabric that you’ve used – if I could hunt it down, I’d make one just like it!

  23. Gem Smith July 21, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    Omg this is just the type of blouse I have been looking for!!!!! And a dress too just makes it all the more appealing! Roll on payday so I can buy :)

  24. colleen July 21, 2014 at 10:08 am #

    I love it! How beside myself am I that YOU and Colette put out new patterns within a week of each other?


    I adore it in the blouse, too!

    Thanks so much!

  25. Morgan July 21, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    Beautiful pattern Tasia! I especially like the vintage look that the feminine flutter sleeves create. Wow and another pattern coming so soon…you have been busy!

  26. Linda July 21, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    Love the blouse option!!

  27. Becky July 21, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    I love this one! I’m especially excited that you also included a blouse option, because separates generally are more practical for my day-to-day life. So that makes it much more versatile for me! I’m also excited to see what Caroline has to say about us bigger-busted gals with this top.

    How do you think it would look with the Thurlows, since you’d mentioned it with slim pants and the Thurlows are more flared? (Because that’s pretty much all my pants now, lol!)

    • Tasia July 21, 2014 at 10:34 am #

      I think it would look great with Thurlows as well! As long as the pants fit well and close to the body through the hip, that’s the key to not looking larger overall. The Thurlow trousers fit close from the waist to mid-thigh and then fall straighter from the knee, so I think they’d be great!

  28. Ash July 21, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    I love it and have been hunting for a blouse pattern that’s got a bit more detail than just a simple tee! Gorgeous job again – and two patterns in two weeks? You’re spoiling Tasia! :)

    • Tasia July 21, 2014 at 10:35 am #

      Less than two weeks – Thursday in fact! :) Glad you like the new blouse.

  29. Katherine July 21, 2014 at 10:56 am #

    Love this pattern! And very appropriately named, I can see myself wearing this to work or to drinks in Yaletown.

    So many patterns, so little time this is great! Any hints on the pattern you are releasing next week??

    • Tasia July 21, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

      Thank you! Glad you like it and think the name works! I’ve been wanting to name a pattern Yaletown for a while but it had to be just the right one ;)

      The next pattern is a beginner pattern, or a quick project for intermediate sewers. If you’re more advanced you might not find it as interesting but there’s a story behind its design.

  30. Jenny July 21, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    I really, really like this! I was going to order but I’ll wait to see what the other one is and order them together.

  31. Nothy July 21, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    I love this dress pattern and what a deal when it can also be a blouse. ANd yes, we need pockets in the dress so I am glad you added them in…And i am thrilled about the pdf patterns available. I just find it so much easier to organize my patterns when they are saved on your site after I buy them…

  32. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas July 21, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    Oooh, so very pretty Tasia! So sorry I wasn’t able to get in to see you at your book opening!

  33. Kimberlypearl July 21, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    So pretty, so versatile, like all of your designs! Bravo!

  34. Bella July 21, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

    Very cute! I really like it. It’s so wearable and feminine.

  35. Sandra July 21, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    I love this dress and having a nice line to make it into a top is fabulous. A great one to add to the collection

  36. Anne Shetty July 21, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    So beautiful!! Will get the PDF now!

    • Anne July 21, 2014 at 11:45 pm #

      Got the PDF! Yahoo! I can’t wait! No zippers and buttons! Yippee!! Will there be a sew along? Fingers crossed! I really hope so! And a fabric contest again! It’s really very engaging! Thanks!!

  37. Winnie July 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

    How do you think this dress would work in a chambray? I love it!

  38. Sarah July 21, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    I knew I was hoarding printed voiles for a reason. This is perfect.

  39. Nilla July 22, 2014 at 1:14 am #

    Congratulations on the new pattern! Good job you guys, the dress looks great! :)

  40. Stephanie July 22, 2014 at 5:29 am #

    The funny thing is I was just in the fabric store grumbling because I could not find a pattern for a wrap dress that I really liked. And here comes Tasia to the rescue! I love this pattern and the details and thoughtfulness you put into it.
    Can I put in a request for the Hollyburn to be digitized soon? I really want make it and my paper pattern has gone into hiding:)

  41. Renée July 22, 2014 at 7:34 am #

    Another great pattern. I have some beautiful drapery red printed fabric that is going to work perfectly. What’s funny is that I have a faux wrap dress that is very similar that I wear every time I go out to have drinks in Yaletown (admittedly only once every few months) but it would be nice to have another one that fits me better.

  42. Lisa A July 22, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    I love this pattern! I might have to save up and order a few (or search locally at a store)

  43. Debra July 22, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

    Love this! It’s going on my list of “need to make.”

  44. Johanna July 22, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

    THIS is exactly what I’ve been looking for! so excited!!

  45. Emilie July 22, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    Looks like a great pattern!

  46. Amanda July 23, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    Yay! it’s so cool to see these lovely pieces on a body, after the sneaky peek of them at the party – not knowing what the pattern was called, I did immediately think office-appropriate but trendy when i saw them, so Yaletown is a totally fitting name – love it! :)

  47. Amanda July 23, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    Oops. forgot to say, those shoes are awesome!! :D

  48. Mae July 23, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    So intrigued! Especially because I know you proportion it for pear shaped ladies, so I may not have the giant gaping neckline other wrap dress patterns give me! I’m looking forward to seeing other people’s dress versions and I will wait until the next pattern is released to see if I want that as well!!

  49. Carol G July 23, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    I really love the blouse option since I am more likely to wear separates.

    What is that lovely olive fabric? I’m guessing Modal/Lyocell but I have been known to be wrong. I have some Lyocell in my small stash that I think would be perfect

  50. BlackLabel July 24, 2014 at 5:38 am #

    {LOVE} this…cant wait to order.

  51. Shannon July 24, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    Love it! I’ve been waiting for this pattern to be released since seeing it at the launch party. Can’t wait to pick up a copy!

  52. Jaclyn July 27, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

    What a lovely pattern! I would be very interested in trying it…if it weren’t for the fact that I’m 9 weeks PG and I don’t think I should probably put a lot of time and effort into sewing things for my changing body at the moment. It will have to wait for next summer when things have settled down a bit!

  53. karen July 28, 2014 at 6:32 am #

    wow, what a beautiful pattern! it looks ideal for both the office and after work! I am very happy that some of your beautiful patterns including this one now comes in PDF format. thank you:-)

  54. Beth August 1, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    This is beautiful!

  55. Libby August 30, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

    How do you think this will work, or what tweets could be made) for maternity/nursing in this dress?


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