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 -
- I had never faced a hem before so decided it was about time I jolly well did.
- I like the look of a deep hem on a garment.
- 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.
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 shields & adding 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.
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!