Here in the US summer may be winding down, but the warm days are going to be around for awhile. I don't know about you, but this is the point of the season where I officially am tired of all my clothes. I'm so over of reaching for the same things. I need something new and exciting that makes me feel like getting dressed up again.
This summer hasn't given much occasion to dressing up, and comfy clothes are the most sought after items. (Spoiler alert- I have a new super comfy pattern coming up next!). But the Stinger Top and Dress still fits the bill for both comfort and style. The Stinger is designed for woven fabrics, specifically, anything light weight and drapey. A cotton gauze is perfect and tencel twills can definitely fit the bill. It's a garment that is designed to be dressy but to still allow for movement and comfort. It is a throw on and go to a Zoom party or even on a Target run.
Y'all should probably know me by now that you aren't going to find any type of style on SBCC that requires shapewear because it's so fitted. No, we need to eat and bend over. The Stinger is intended to have a shaped silhouette, but the waist is comfortable. It's not too tight or too loose. It's just right. Even if your preference swings one way or the other, it's an easy fix to add to the waist by eliminating the back waist darts or if you want it tighter you can take in at the darts and front bodice seams. A full blog post with all the details is coming up soon.
I'm pretty proud of the fact that the front bodice is unique. Details really help to elevate the look of a me-made garment and the biggest detail on the Stinger is the dart at the center front. It's a fun vintage-y detail. Because I wanted to showcase the dart, the princess seams are designed to be offset from a traditional placement. They are further back then you may expect, so don't be alarmed. This is intentional.
The fun part of a tiered style is that you have many options to choose from for length. The Stinger Dress comes in a traditional maxi length which is engineered for a 5ft petite, a midi length with two tiers or a straight, knee-length gathered skirt. And there is the peplum option which gives you the option to wear this as a top. You can even interpret it to be the length you have in mind for all the tiers if that's what inspires you. One of the Stinger Testers got creative and made a 3 tiered midi length dress and the results are super cute- I can't wait to show you everyones makes in a follow up post.
Mix and Match
The Stinger pattern gives you lots of different looks to choose from. If you are looking for a sundress there is a strapy bodice option. If you prefer something more bra-friendly then the sleeveless option is the way to go. If you want to cover your arms, there is the sleeve.
OMG, the sleeve! Guys, can I tell you how much I love this sleeve. It's really unique because it's designed to be higher at the front of the arm, and drapey at the back of the arm. The sleeve opening is intended to be looser so you can easily move, but if you would like to make it tighter, it's an easy fix.
This is a big pattern. However, the PDF option is broken up into manageable chunks. The bodice pieces are one file, the sleeve is a separate PDF file, and the skirt file is arranged for you to select just the shorter length, if that's what you are going for. If you prefer to not print the skirt panels there is a cheat sheet with the printing directions to give you the dimensions of all the tiers.
Every PDF file contains a copy shop version which is compatible with AO printing requirements.
Printed patterns have been on hiatus for awhile now, but are back for a limited time. Get all the printed SBCC patterns that you've been meaning to before they are gone!
SBCC is dedicated to including sizing for all petite bodies. Sizes are available in two separate ranges- XXS-XL and L-4X. If you find yourself unsure of what size range to choose, select your size based on your bust, as this is the most fitted part.