Aada Dress by Tessa Roosa Patterns

Saturday, October 29, 2022

I recently tested this cute Aada dress from Tessa Roosa Patterns, and the pattern is now available.

(See more photos at the end of the post.)

Size / View:

EUR 38 at bust graded to 40 at waist.

For reference, my measurements are:
  • Bust: 34.5"
  • High Bust: 32.5"
  • Waist: 29"
  • Hip: 37.5"
  • Height: 5' 0"


I used a floral rayon from Rifle Paper Co. that I had in my stash.

Adjustments / Construction:

  • Small bust adjustment following a Helen's Closet tutorial, which involved redrawing the facing pieces too
  • Dart point moved after trying on the original darts on a muslin
  • Raised the waist line to better fit my natural waist
  • Used size 32 skirt
  • Shortened the skirt length to hit around the knees


  • Tie straps
  • Darts on the back bodice pieces, to help fit the torso better
  • Overall, the invisible zipper instructions were pretty good for a first-timer. I did supplement with some YouTube videos, but after trying it for the first time, it was (1) easier than I thought with the right foot, and (2) I ended up referencing the instructions for an invisible zipper on a subsequent dress.

Next Time:

  • Given how much ease I ended up with, I would try the 36 bust with SBA, graded to 38 waist, that I thought about doing at first. I went bigger when I saw how it fit on the dress form, but I later realized that the dress form isn't as close to my measurements in certain areas as I had thought, so it was throwing off the fit, which I like with a little less ease. I have since played with the measurements on the dress form, but at the end of the day, it still won't be a completely accurate replica of my measurements, so next time I will make sure to try it on more as I sew.
  • Add in-seam pockets with anchored waist