Taos Top Dress Hack

Dresses, Handmade Wardrobe, Tops / Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

The Taos Top is such a flattering pattern! I’ve always admired Leslie of Threadbear Garments, so I was thrilled when she released her first pattern!

I see this pattern getting a lot of use! Summer sewing, here I come!


This gorgeous fabric is an Art Gallery knit, called Striped Sleek Knit in Mediterraneo from Hawthorne Supply Co.


I cut a size 8, but did a few adjustments, shown below. I chose View A with a mock turtleneck for this dress, but there is also a cowl neck option.

Pattern Modifications:

  • 14.5 inches added to the length

  • I graded in at the waist to the smallest size

  • I graded out right after lengthening, so that the width at the hips was approximately 24 inches across all panels (seam allowances overlapped). My hip measurement is about 42 inches

  • The center front panel was kept the same except for the added length


I had so much fun making this dress, so I had to share my muslin version also!

The muslin was made with self-dyed Spoonflower jersey remnants I got while I was living in Durham, NC. They are a great fabric company that reduces waste by donating a lot of off-cuts and scraps. I was lucky enough to be able to stock up on a ton of fabric before I moved to Colorado.

No modifications were needed after making the muslin. I LOVE when that happens!

My husband snapped these photos right before we headed to a birthday party, and I couldn’t resist taking advantage of the gorgeous snowy background!

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