Meiling Dress Pattern Tester Roundup Part 2

Hey ho my friend -lets continue our pattern testers roundups- Part 2 of the Meiling Dress.

Our new Meiling Dress is the first garment made in Designer Stitches NEW stretch woven dress block.

Designed as a more tailored look the Meiling offers flexibility due to the base fabric of 97% cotton with 3% spandex.

It stretches for ease of movement but returns to its fit and flatter shape.

The Meiling Dress offers a choice of styling options:

1. Full Length Sleeve
2. ¾’s Length Sleeve
3. Elbow Length Sleeve
4. Skirt/Body lengths – 55cms (21 1/2″) or 60 cms (23 1/2″)

Lets all give these fabulous women a resounding WOO HOO !!! and be prepared to yet again be blown away by how fabulous and gorgeous our pattern testers are.

The fit that they achieved on their Meiling Dress is just wonderful !!

They would like to share with you the following:

1. Your name and where you live?
2. What fabric combinations did you choose and where did you purchase.
3. What sewing tips can you share when sewing the Meiling?
4. What was your style choice for the Meiling?
5. What fit alterations did you have to make to the Meiling?
6. Have you worn your Meiling yet and what compliments did you receive.
7. Any plans for future combinations of the Meiling?

And the finer details; (AU/UK) 6 – 30 (US) 2 – 26 (EU) 34 – 58
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Very Confident Advanced Beginner and Above Sewing level.
Meiling Dress

Hi, I am Luana and I live in Raleigh, NC in the US.
For my Meiling dress I used a stretch woven, not sure of the exact fiber content since I’ve got it at a market in Italy.
Sewing the Meiling allowed me to finally take the time to learn piping, which is such a nice addition! There is a great tutorial on the DesignerStitch website, my only advice would be to double check the sewing allowance and the width of the bias tape you’re using.
The option I chose for my Meiling dress are the elbow length sleeves, 55cm skirt length, and invisible zipper. I chose a size 3 with A cup, to which I needed to do my usual sway back adjustment and I had to remove some fabric from the top of the center back.
So far I worn it only for pictures but I can’t wait to wear it to show off the great fit I was able to achieve.
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Hi! I’m Sandra from the Netherlands. I love my new Meiling dresses so much! This pattern is so amazing ❤️. For both dresses, I used cotton stretch fabric.
I had no specific style in mind for the dresses. You can wear it everywhere! For a night out or to work .
The alterations I made: I added 1cm to the waist, as I’m a bit taller. Usually I do 2,5 cm (i also did fit black dress), but this time it was too much.
I wore my dresses several times already and I received great compliments. I need to make one for my sister and a friend for example.
I would recommend… make your own! You will not regret it ❤️❤️

Hi everyone,
I’m Shardee from the netherlands.
The Meiling is a finally a dress for stretch woven
There a so many beautiful stretch woven fabrics, but I bought mine at the
I love flower printed fabrics and bright colors, so this was love on first sight.
I made the 60cm length because I wanted to be able to wear the dress to work
Sewing the meiling is not a hard, but you need to take your time. It definitely pays off
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Hi, I am Poh Ling from Singapore.
I made my Meiling Dress in elbow length sleeve and 55cm skirt using cotton stretch sateen from Spotlight.
One tip is to make a toile and staystitch the neckline.
I am in between size 1 and 2 for bust so I made size 1 1/2 bust blend to size 3 waist and size 2 sleeves. I shorten the bodice by 1/2″. During the fit testing, I realised I also need to do a 1″ swayback adjustment and widen the shoulder line by 1/2″.
The Meiling Dress is so appropriate for office wear and dinner party.
You can view more of my sews on IG:


Hi, I’m Beck from Melbourne, Australia. I really enjoyed sewing the beautiful Meiling dress as it’s not only a great fit but super comfortable due to the stretch woven fabric. With such a pretty shape and the lovely piping details, this pattern is an enjoyable sew. My dress is made from a floral sateen from The Fabric Store and I just love it so much. I made my usual fitting adjustments of grading for my waist and arms and I used a DD cup bodice.

I am Annet L and i am from the Netherlands. I live in a place near by the sea. For the Meiling i used a stretch cotton fabric with 3% spandex in an leopard print. I love it. This fabric is from the shop and its a dutch webshop but they have also stores. For the Meiling you choose the best your sizes with the size chart and you have to blend them for the perfect fit. I have choose the shortest length 55 cm and the long sleeves. Do you want to see more of my work, welcome to my instagram

My name is Carmen and I live in Georgia. I really wanted to make a floral Meiling dress and found a gorgeous blue and white stretch sateen. I really love that the dress has pockets! And you can’t forget the belt! I chose a white piping on the pockets and belt.
I made my usual fit adjustments and chose size 3B. I love a dress with princess seams because it’s easier to get a good fit. The stretch sateen is easy to sew and comfortable to wear.
The square neckline is another beautiful detail of the dress. I received a glowing review from my husband while showing him the finished dress. High praise indeed.
I was very meticulous with cutting out my pieces because the flowers were large and I wanted whole flowers and not missing ones. Unfortunately, that meant I barely had enough for the belt. Best tip would be to have extra fabric on hand if you are fussy cutting. Obviously, this won’t apply to every fabric.
I plan to make another floral dress because I just love flowers.

I’m Hannah from Hampshire in the UK. I recently had the honour of getting to test this lush new pattern – the Meiling dress. This is the absolute perfect wardrobe workhorse – so comfortable and classicly stylish. I made my first to fill a gap in my smart office wear. Made from a woven cotton stretch sateen from @minervadotcom in a large dog tooth check with 3% elastane. I decided on a hint of funk with a hot pink ribbing & exposed zip option and I LOVE the result! Ive had compliments from colleagues & with a suit jacket it’s good enough for Court (I’m a lawyer). It can be dressed conservatively with black shoes but I’m hoping to find a hot pink heel sometime soon for an evening option! I graded between a 5D to an 8 at the waist and back to 5 for the hips & cut the elbow length & short length skirt. I took 1.5″ off the sleeve length. I didn’t need to adjust the skirt length in the end because on my 5’2″ frame it hit just above the knee. This gave a great fit but my tips are: Do not forget to staystitch that neckline as soon as you cut it!! This fabric is prone to stretching & mine did a little. I forgot: rookie error! The little details in this classic cut dress mean you can really make it your own. I love the neckline & sleeve cap pleats as well as the colour contrast you can give with the piping & exposed zip options. I’m planning a stretch denim / orange combo next for a relaxed day at home look. I think this will look great for the winter with long sleeves & some long brown boots (must just pop off to buy some new ones..)
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Hi everyone, I’m Tina from California! I want to share with everyone my Meiling Dress!! It’s such a beautiful and classic dress you’ll definitely need at least one or two in your closet. I used this beautiful Port Royale Stretch Cotton Sateen from Joann’s Fabric Store with Grey Piping. I did a sway back adjustment and shorten the sleeves for my preferred length. I’ve received so many compliments and so will you.

My name is Petra and I live in Slovenia, Europe.
I really wanted to make a lovely floral Meiling dress, but my local shops did not carry correct fabric composition for the floral prints. So I used a basic sample in two different color combinations and color blocked it. I think it turned out great!
I needed some modifications for the skirt portion of the pattern as my booty sits quite low on my body, therefore the hip measurement is really off for me.
I would like to play with different fabrics to make more business-appropriate wear.

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