Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Cover Designs #18: She Came to Stay

Cover Designs is a feature in which I try to match up the outfit on a book cover with a dress pattern and sometimes even potential fabric matches as well.

Today's title is She Came to Stay by Eleni Kyriacou. This new release is set in 1952 New York, when Dina Demetriou arrives from Cyprus for a better life in America. How she does so might be of extra interest to my readers here -- Dina is a seamstress with a passion for clothing, and finds a job repairing costumes at the Pelican Revue. There she meets a friend, the glamorous bleached blonde Bebba, who takes her around Soho and introduces her to all its excitement. But Bebba has a secret, and when Dina finds out, everything hangs in the balance...

To match this classic shirtdress pattern, you could use Burda 6520. The notched collar, bodice buttons, belt and the sleeve of View B match this dress very well. This skirt is a pleated one, while the cover image has a gathered skirt, but you could change that if you wished. The overall effect is quite similar. 

I'm sure it would look fantastic in solid red like Dina wears on the cover. You could find a good match in this beautiful red linen from Simplifi Fabrics

Or maybe by using this viscose linen noil from Hart's Fabric. 

Either one would sew up beautifully in this pattern and reflect the dress on the cover of this novel. Then grab a coffee & a bagel and enjoy this New York read!


  1. Oh I love your concept of matching a dress with a book!!! this just gave me another idea for one of my posts!
    xo eva

    1. It's a lot of fun to match them up. There are so many books with dresses on the covers :)

  2. Gorgeous dress pattern and beautiful fabric choice.


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