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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