Going one Step further with Stepalica Patterns + Giveaway

Okay folks, if you have, been looking for a pattern company that provides sewing patterns to take your sewing one level up, then look no further, because it is here.


Stepalica Patterns, is the brain child of Anajan, who blogs over at Stepalica. She is based in Serbia, and has been part of the sewing community for a really long time. In fact, back in 2008, when I decided to get back into sewing, I fell on the Burdastyle website, and Ana was one of the people whose projects I would stare at for hours. She used to offer free patterns, some of which are still available in the download section of her blog here. Why not take a look at those patterns, I’m sure you will find something you love there.

Now back to the pattern. The Nougat dress is just plain beautiful. No other word will do. Just look at how lovely it is.

View A

View B
View C

The Nougat dress is a PDF sewing pattern for intermediate to advanced dressmakers, and is really like a puzzle. It is very elegant and feminine, and has a fitted bodice, asymmetrical waist yoke, and a flared skirt. It is really like nothing out there, so you know a lot of thought was put into this pattern. It reminds me of something you would see out of a Pattern Magic book. 
It comes in three variations, to cater for various sewing levels. Views A & B are not for the faint hearted, especially view A, which has 44 pieces, but hey,  think of the feeling of accomplishment when you do finish this dress.
I love the little details in this dress. Just look at this twisted diamond in the centre of the bodice. Awesome right? If you do get this right I bet no one will ever believe you made the dress yourself.

Sizing is similar to Burdastyle sizing, so for those of you used to sewing with Burda patterns, you will be in familiar territory. Like most European patterns ( think Burdastyle and Marfy), Stepalica patterns do not come with seam allowances. So you will have to add those yourself. It comes in 7 sizes (32-44). Ana advices doing a muslin to get the fit right. You could probably start with View C, as it is the less complicated of all the views.


Ana is planning a sew-along and many detailed posts on how to sew View A, since it is the most complicated one. So make sure you check out her blog for more news.

Now to the interesting part eh? 


To celebrate the launch of Stepalica Patterns, Ana has kindly offered to give away 5 patterns to you. A few rules ( of course):

Number of Winners: 5
Eligibility: Everyone in the universe
Closing Date: Midnight on Saturday 31st August 2013 (London time)
How to Enter: Visit Ana’s Stepalica blog, and tell me which view you would most like to make, and like her facebook page

For those of you not on facebook, or who do not want to enter the giveaway,  please do spread the word about this giveaway, and about Stepalica patterns, because, lets face it, the Nougat dress is pretty awesome!
If you do not want to wait till the end of the giveaway, and have this really unexplainable urge to make the Nougat dress ASAP, you can buy the pattern on her Etsy shop.

Goodluck everyone!



  1. August 18, 2013 / 11:31 am

    I would like to make view A, my reason is, besides the fact that it is an awesome pattern, I would like to start at the easiest version first.

  2. August 18, 2013 / 4:26 pm

    View B looks subtle but still detailed xx

  3. August 18, 2013 / 5:57 pm

    View a. That's the coolest

  4. August 18, 2013 / 7:55 pm

    Vow,I think view c is the classic choice,so I would go with it!

  5. August 18, 2013 / 8:16 pm

    I would love to make view A, but I can see myself putting the View C skirt with bodices from other patterns, too. Love the lines!

  6. August 18, 2013 / 8:37 pm

    I'd love to make view A – it's something that I haven't seen before for sure! And it's superb looking.

  7. August 18, 2013 / 10:58 pm

    I love the lines in view A!! Like Emily I can def see pairing that skirt up with other bodices.

  8. wildkitten handcrafts
    August 19, 2013 / 7:57 am

    I would make view C cause it is the easiest, and then I would move to other two 😉

  9. August 19, 2013 / 8:09 am

    It would have to be View A. What is life without a challenge?!

  10. August 19, 2013 / 9:37 am

    I would like to sew view C as it is the easiest one 🙂 I could imagine it quite well in 2 different colors. And then after having some more experience and the fitting right, view B would tempt me a lot, swoon. daniela.muhl(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. August 19, 2013 / 4:59 pm

    I would like to try view C. It appears to be easier to make sizing adjustments. I will have to size it up some for my body. It is also a classic style.

  12. August 19, 2013 / 5:33 pm

    Hi Joyce, I have some good news for you – this pattern is really easy to size up, no matter which view you're sewing. Sure, views A and B do require some more work, but the pattern panels are organized in such a manner on the pattern sheets that's easy to alter, fit and adjust to your needs.

  13. August 19, 2013 / 5:46 pm

    Omg! This is quite something! View a reminds me of a shooting star… It is beautiful and I can see that the craftsmanship in patterning these is amazing, but I would choose view c for the really interesting dart placement and the simplicity of the lines. Just more me! Thanks for introducing!

  14. August 19, 2013 / 5:56 pm

    The dress pattern is beautiful. I would like to make them all but first up View A.Congrats Stepalica on such a beautiful pattern and thank you Dibs for the giveaway!

  15. August 19, 2013 / 7:14 pm

    While I couldn't start with it, I like view A the best. Such fun movement.

  16. August 20, 2013 / 6:29 am

    Oh wow. View A is amazing! I would make that first, despite the number of pattern pieces. I think I would probably use a single fabric (I'm imagining a black wool), but reverse it for texture. That way I could wear it to work. 🙂

  17. August 20, 2013 / 7:54 pm

    I would like to try view C…
    Best regards to Miss Dibs and AnaJan 🙂

  18. August 21, 2013 / 11:10 am

    Wow, such a unique design! I would have to start with view C, but I would love to be able to tackle the other two views in the near 😀

  19. August 21, 2013 / 5:59 pm

    Lovely design! View C first for me, just because 🙂 I've also liked the FB page (I'm Mariana Elena Postolache on FB)
    Thank you!

  20. August 22, 2013 / 10:26 am

    Such an amazing, unusual dress pattern!! I'd love to try view A, but I may have to build up to that… I'd do view B first, I think. 🙂

  21. August 22, 2013 / 5:37 pm

    All I can say is wow! I would go for view A, since she is doing the sew a long. I am dee williams on FB

  22. August 23, 2013 / 6:51 pm

    I would love to make view A. Such a stunning design and a real challenge, but the results so worth it. For my Birthday dinner out to a glamorous restaurant we have booked at the end of September. I might just have time!

  23. August 25, 2013 / 1:14 pm

    i would like to make view A. Congratulations on launching a lovely pattern!

    Rose in SV

  24. August 25, 2013 / 3:01 pm

    Definitely view A. It's the most complicated, but also the most beautiful. I'm going to a wedding soon and that would be the perfect dress!

  25. August 30, 2013 / 1:39 pm

    Huh, hard to decide, all of them are so creative and unique but if i have to i would choose Nougat dress, variation #2..Great job Stepalica 🙂

  26. August 31, 2013 / 7:44 am

    I would love to make view A, such a unique design!

  27. September 3, 2013 / 8:13 am

    This is amazing! I've never heard of this pattern before. View B with the 3 dimensional front is so unique. Looks like a work of art! thanks 4 introducing me to it.

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