Tessuti Gabby Dress

by Nova on March 21, 2013

tessuti gabby dress

LOVE this pattern.

Once I finally decided on a fabric from the stash  it came together super duper quick. No darts, no zips or any closures to fiddle with, just a nice, simple a-line dress. Easy to wear & will be a great layering addition to the wardrobe for autumn.

Could I have drafted such a simple design by myself? Quite possibly but I knew this would be just right & with simple sometimes  it needs to be just right in order to work.

After reading a couple of posts I decided to make  the small size (size 10) as opposed to medium (size 12)  which I would have ordinarily. It’s a roomy small. It comes in 2 lengths & I made the longer version.

I also added a faced hem for 3 reasons –

  1. I had never faced a hem before so decided it was about time I jolly well did.
  2. I like the look of a deep hem on a garment.
  3. Due to the drapey nature of my fabric choice &  the wide swingy hem I was concerned I might end up with a ripply/wavy hem.

I almost added a patch pocket but now it’s all sewn up I think I like the simplicity of it just as it is – what do you think? I do like a pocket on a garment though so next time I might add some side pockets during construction.

gabby dress

All in all a great pattern & easy to make. Perfect for beginners but a word of warning if you are a visual learner as there are no pictures in the pattern. Tessuti has tutorials for using Vilene shieldsadding bias binding on their blog though :) Yay!  I didn’t use Vilene shields as I didn’t have any to hand so went old school & used a stay stitch around the neck line instead which worked out just fine though I can definitely see the advantage of using the Vilene shields.

Project notes:

Gabby dress pattern (downloadable pdf) from Tessuti

Fabric – coral coloured  linen from the fabric markets in Vietnam

Faced hem tutorial via Oliver & S – you could have lots of fun with this using contrast fabrics :)

Would I make it again? – big YES!


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Camilla March 21, 2013 at 7:10 am

What a great looking dress! You’ve done a beautiful job, just look at that neckline! Would have loved to see the faced hem up close. Very professional with the little label and all. I’m not confident of my altering skills to make clothes, but this is the sort of thing I would if I could!


Katy March 21, 2013 at 8:29 am

Pretty, love the colour :o)


kathyh March 21, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I love pockets in everything. I put extra pockets in almost everything I make, ‘cuz one is not enough. I’ve made every kind of pocket too.
When I saw your dress, I loved the simplicity of it with no pockets – just the necklace which emphasizes lovely symmetry.

I vote – add your pockets in the next one.


Flying Blind March 21, 2013 at 6:09 pm

oh it looks lovely – very nice; just toss in those ‘Vietnamese markets’ for extra envy factor! xxx


Kelly Rodgers March 21, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Oh this is just perfect Nova. The colour – divine!!


chris March 21, 2013 at 8:34 pm

I love this ,it hides a multitude of sins!


bridgette April 14, 2013 at 3:41 am

Love love love it! Love it layered over jeans, leggings would be cute also. I’ve never sewn with knits, they scare the holy whip out of me. Clothing for myself? Tried it, failed miserably, still having flashbacks ;)


Gabrielle September 30, 2013 at 10:26 pm

I’ve just discovered your dress via a search on the Gabby Dress – I love yours so much; it’s a gorgeous colour, and it looks so beautifully made!


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