I am sewing for spring but I am still stuck in my winterwear, with 8 degrees outside I really can`t enjoy my pretty spring dresses. But of course, I can sew them to be prepared :)) The latest make is the new pattern from Itch to Stitch , the Giverny dress.
The pattern has a lot of nice details: jewel neckline with center front slit and button closure, pintucks front, curved high waistband, seven-panel flare skirt, in-seam pockets and the dress can be completely lined. As most of the Itch to Stitch patterns, also this one has cup sizing.
I made my Giverny dress in size 4C , well I started with 4C and made a muslin. Based on my muslin I kept the 4C for the upper bodice and blending to size 2 for the waist/waistband and the skirt. I moved the dart point by 1.5cm and made my usual swayback adjustment of 1.5 cm.
The fabric is a printed viscose and the dress is lined with cotton. The sleeves are not lined. I used the 3/4 sleeve length but there is also the option for short sleeves.
Being lined, the dress looks very neat from inside. I did not line the sleeves, so to make the armholes looking neat I used some bias strips to finish them up. The front slit is finished with a cut on facing that makes it very easy to make and to get a neat result.
I love the pintucks on the front, the fabric was pretty stable so it was easy to sew them up. I made a small clip on every line of the pintucks, pressed them and then 3mm away from the fold sewn. To make that accurate I use the marks on my standard presser foot on my machine. Very easy!
The back has princess seams and the sash is attached to the waistband at the side back seams. Also, there is an invisible back zipper. When I started on the muslin of this dress, I was unsure about the fabric I was going to use so to be sure I have the good color I ordered a bunch of colors :)) and of course I did not have the perfect color but this one is pretty close, and being invisible helps too :)
I use these invisible zippers (no affiliate), less than €1 but very nice quality.
The pattern is not difficult, the instructions are really good and easy to follow but you should take in consideration that there are a lot of pieces and also because it is lined it takes a bit of time to finish, so no instant gratification here but you do get a beautiful dress after all that work:)
Another dress in my closet and 3m of viscose and 2 of cotton out of my stash :).
The Giverny dress is for a limited time on sale on the Itch to Stitch webshop.
PS. Next blog post it is going to be about a free pattern from another designer I love :)
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