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Today’s pattern is the Gracie V neck buttoned dress – inspired by a design by Massimo Dutti. I love this brand, because it offers minimalist designs with beautiful cut. One of my goals is to be able to make such nicely cut and sewn garments.
The Gracie dress features a deep V neck, button closure at the front, a roomy fit for comfortable summer days. It also comes with a fabric belt if you want to define your waist.
This is a closer look at the dress:
As usual, my pattern is made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL, so you will find yourself a suitable size. You can also lengthen or shorten the hemline to get your desired length – you can even make a maxi skirt from this pattern.
The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the printing instruction in this post: PRINTING GUIDE.
You can print this using your home printer and A4/Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!
Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit.
You will need
- Fabric of your choice
- Some bias tape for armhole binding
- Some light weight fusible interfacing (optional)
- Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
- Sewing machine/Serger or needle and thread
- Printed pattern
What fabric can be used for this project? This design is made for woven fabric. I believe cotton and linen will be perfect choices for this type of garment.
How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? To be precise, you may need to check how much fabric you need before buying. It will depend on the selected pattern size, the width, and design of the fabric you plan to use. Just to be sure, print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 centimeters or 35 to 60 inches). Measure how much fabric you will need. Don’t forget to account for pieces that need to be cut multiple times and pieces that are cut on the fold.
For this pattern, you will need to use a sewing machine that has the function to sew stretch fabric (zig zag stitch for example), or use a serger which is designed to sew stretch fabric nicely.
After printing out and taping all the 30 pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this image:
You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern size. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.
Fabric will be cut into following pieces:
- Front: cut 2 pcs
- Back: cut 1 pc on the fold
- Front Facing: cut 2 pcs self fabric + 2 pcs fusible interfacing
- Back Facing: cut 1 pc self fabric + 1 pc fusible interfacing, both on the fold
- Belt: cut 2 pcs self fabric + 1 pc fusible interfacing, both on the fold
- Bias tape: 2 pcs
Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts, pleats, buttons etc. from the pattern pieces onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.
1. Serge/zig zag stitch the raw edge to prevent fabric from unraveling.
2. Apply fusible interfacing on Front Facing, Back Facing, Belt.
3. Place Front and Back dress right side facing. Pin and sew the shoulder seams and side seams.
4. Place Front Facing and Back Facing right side facing. Pin and sew the shoulder seam.
5. Place the main garment and the joined facing piece right side facing. Pin and sew to attach the facing to the main garment. Turn the facing in, press the seam allowance toward the facing piece. Staystitch the seam allowance to the facing piece. Clip the seam allowance to get smoother curves. Press the facing in place.
6. Sew the buttonhole using the buttonhole feature on your sewing machine. Mark the point to sew buttons. You can find an instruction for buttons here: https://www.wikihow.com/Sew-Buttonholes
7. Use bias tape to finish the armholes.
8. Finish by hemming the dress.
And here is the download link:
GRACIE V NECK BUTTONED DRESS (SIZE XXS-5XL)
Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns