Welcome to the Fresh Start Tour

with DG Patterns.

Join me and my fellow bloggers this week as we showcase how we’re getting a Fresh Start on our garment sewing for 2018 with DG Patterns. (Be sure to read on to learn about our sponsor giveaway)


Welcome to day 2 of the Fresh Start DG Patterns blog tour! I am delighted you stopped by to learn more about DG! I have been aware of Daniela and her patterns for sometime now.  I have found her to have a unique style among the Indie pattern crowd. She has several pieces which use asymmetrical components combined with basic elements of fashion design, resulting in patterns that speak to her particular style.

Her Hannah top is a good example of how she uses gathering with geometry to turn a basic into something special.

Today we are looking at the versatile Tessa Sweater and Dress which is rated for the beginner and up sewer.


Daniela, desinger of DG patterns describes the Tessa as follows:

“This is a great pattern for beginners with a semi fitted knit sweater that comes with 4 different neckline options to choose from. Get cozy during this season and make many sweaters you want!


A semi fitted knit sweater and dress with a high hip length sweater and knit length dress.  The patterns have long sleeves with four neckline options: Crew neckline, V-neckline, Turtleneck, Collar neckline”tessa-cardigan-500x277The 4 neckline and 2 length options is what attracted me to this particular pattern. I am trying to add more basics to my closet (read that: something that I can and will actually wear) but I don’t want to have to keep up with multiple patterns or try to find them when I need them.


For this tour, I sewed the turtleneck version of Tessa. It has been a deep freeze here in southern Indiana and while I don’t normally wear turtlenecks and because at my job a scarf is not a feasible option for me; I thought a turtleneck may do. I chose a wool/poly sweater rib knit in kind of a steel gray/blue color that I had in my stash. It is super soft and very warm, so perfect!

For all versions, this is a very quick sew. There are 3 pattern pieces and the neckline options. So front, back, sleeve and whichever neckline you desire! I did not follow the construction as stated in the pattern exactly because I do not like to set in knit sleeves. Instead I put the sleeves in before closing up the side and sleeve seams and then sewed one long seam from wrist to hem. I did make a narrow shoulder adjustment on the turtleneck version. I also made sure all the hem lengths were the same and everything matched up on the paper pattern before cutting into my fabric.

I do recommend muslin versions if you have time!


DG Patterns can be purchased here:

DG Patterns is having a sale during our tour! Use code FRESHSTART50 to save 50% on any purchase!

Thank you to Daniela and Melissa for allowing me to be a part of the tour!

Please visit our other tourist. 🙂

Your Fresh Start Tour bloggers are:

Monday: Sew Cucio, Flax Field Sewing, Fee Bricolo, mahlicadesigns, Sewjourns

Tuesday: Lilla Gumma, Create Whimsy, Frullemieke, Hutsepruts, A Custom Clothier

Wednesday: House of Estrela, FABulous Home Sewn, Spools + Oodles of Fun, Sprouting Jube Jube

Thursday: Very Blissful, Stitches by Laura, Auschick Sews, it’s Liesel

Friday: Kathy’s Kwilts and More, Stitched by Jennie, Sewsewilse, Our Play Place

Southern Belle Fabrics is generously sponsoring the Fresh Start Tour. During the tour use code: DGBLOGTOUR to save 20% in the shop.

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