Thursday, 12 July 2018

The Gathered Dress in Double Gauze

Each summer, I seem to have a favourite dress pattern which I end up making multiple versions of.  This year, it's The Gathered Dress by Avid Seamstress.  I've made three, this is number two:  short sleeved option and in Nani Iro double gauze.

It's a little crumpled from lots of wear!  It's a great style for a heatwave: loose, but still fitted at the shoulder and with a little back shaping to avoid the sack look.  The sleeves are on the longish side for short sleeves and stop at a flattering place, low on the upper arm. They also help protect against sunburn but I could imagine a cooler version would be a shorter angled sleeve.  Any changes made to the pattern were mentioned here, sleeves were unchanged.  

The double gauze has less drape than the linen I used for the long sleeve version but enough body to cope with the pockets and is of course, nice and airy to wear.  The print is Sen Ritsu and has been in my stash for a long time, years even.  I picked up a great tip from Cheryl of Sewstitchybee. She suggested holding a neck facing in place by adding a label on the back neck facing and stitching through all the layers.  I find labels scratchy so I used some of the fabric selvedge and it works really well!  Great tip. Another Gathered Dress coming up soon...


  1. Kerry this is so beautiful. The pattern hasn't really appealed to me, but I love both your versions - they're exactly the dress that I'm looking for (loose, boxy-but-not). And that nani iro print is so pretty! x

    1. Thankyou Shivani! For me it's a great everyday dress, the equivalent of a shift and shift dresses don't usually suit me so it's a great alternative.

  2. WOW your gathered dresses are gorgeous - we are delighted! Thank you for making our sewing pattern look so good! Lisa


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