Sustainability is one of the many reasons why I started sewing. I became increasingly aware of the negative impacts of fast fashion on both the people and the planet thanks to the Fashion Revolution movement.
Since making the majority of clothes on my own, I have a better understanding of the work and resources that go into every single garment in our wardrobe and with that, treat my clothes more carefully.
About Tissuni & Their Mission
Before talking about the pattern, a little more background on Tissuni. It’s is a collective of seamstresses and dressmakers from the major Parisian Maisons and was launched in March 2020 during the lockdown.
The collective first focused first on making and distributing masks to those who needed them the most. Now they are ready to take on their next goal which is to design the future of sustainable fashion and to accelerate the environmental transformation. Find out more about the label here. And this is where the Little Green Dress comes in.
The Little Green Dress
It’s Tissuni’s first pattern and absolutely in line with their mission for two reasons:
1) Free Couture!
It’s an open-source pattern which means that it’s free to print for everyone from their website. Just choose “Print: (English) A4 Pattern – 4/6” to download it. Here’s the link.
2) Eco Design!
It’s a zero-waste pattern which means that it’s designed to barely produces any textile waist when you make it. Also, the pattern requires less than one meter of fabric!
Features Of The Pattern
I absolutely love the design of this dress as it features so many elements which make the pattern truly unique and special.
Let’s start at the top! The Little Green Dress features flying sleeves which are sewn on between the back/front pieces and the side panels. While the front and back panel run to the bottom of the dress in one piece, there’s a separate ruffled piece added to both side panels of the dress.
At the back, there’s a closure with a single button which makes it easy to get in and out of the dress. The hem is finished with a lovely extra border with curved edges. The dress has an A-form silhouette which makes it a great pattern for all kind of body shapes. I like wearing mine with a little belt just to give it some more shape around the waist.
Things To Be Aware Of
While I adore this pattern, there are 2 things to point out if you want to make it too:
The pattern is currently available in one size only (a US size 4/6 which equals a 36/38 in Europe). While it’s easy to make some smaller fitting adjustments along the way, it’s might be more challenging to totally resize the pattern.
2) Intermediate Level
The instructions are kept at a minimum, so I wouldn’t recommend this project for beginners. I’m sewing for two years and it has been a healthy challenge for me to assemble the pattern pieces and make the dress.
Let’s Talk About The Fabric
To stay true to the Little Green Dress’ mission, I recommend using a fabric based on natural fibres for this sewing project.
I’ve used a gorgeous cotton linen fabric for my version of the Little Green Dress dress which I found at Sew Me Sunshine. I already had this fabric in my stock for a while and just didn’t know what to make with it.
When I saw the pattern, it was clear that it would be a perfect fit. I absolutely love the soft vintage style floral design on the cream coloured background. And of course, cotton linen is a dream to work with!
If you’re an experienced hobby sewist, you can make this dress in no time and will love it. It’s also a great project to use fabric leftovers as only one meter is needed to make it which is truly incredible if you ask me.
Most importantly, you support a label focused on accelerating the environmental transformation and contribute your part with a sustainable sewing project.
Do you need more ideas on what to do with fabric leftover scraps? Check out this post here.