Hey y’all – today I want to introduce you to my latest pattern, the Marbella Dress pattern.
This dress started as a project to wear to an event that I didn’t end up going to. Like one of those things where I decided I had nothing to wear, sewed all day, and then was so exhausted I decided to skip the thing I was sewing for (tell me I’m not the only one that occasionally does this?) But then a couple days later, it was perfect for a date night with the Coach.
And after I shared that picture on Instagram, I knew I wanted to make this one a pattern. But because this dress has so many options (2 bodices, 2 sleeve lengths and 3 skirt lengths for 12 combinations) and so many sizes (14! FOURTEEN sizes!) the drafting and testing of this one was kind of a monumental headache.
But hopefully worth it? I love how fast a sew the popover version (shown below) is. This one took me 1 hr from fabric cutting to finished!
And pockets! All dresses should have pockets, but unless I draft them in I often forget to add them.
I decided to add a peplum version too, which has just the right amount of shaping and just the right amount of drape to the skirt to skim your figure without feeling like you forgot the bottom half of your shirt (like many peplums make me feel. I had a store bought one years back that I would tug on all day because I couldn’t feel the fabric on the lower part so I kept thinking my shirt had flown up!)
Some of these photos are on a sweet former student of mine who agreed to model for my spring lookbook.
Here are some tester versions to check out:
And one of my testers even made a video – you can see her Marbella in action below or on YouTube here.
Buy the Marbella Dress PDF pattern below or find out more here.