Pattern Review: Seamwork Gabrielle Dress

July 12, 2017   /   byMary R  / Categories :  Feeds

Hello, CSC readers! My name is Mary Reed from Fabric and Yarn Follies. I’m so excited to be reviewing a Seamwork pattern, the Gabrielle dress, for your sewing pleasure.

I am a big fan of Seamwork and have sewed many of their garments since I started subscribing over a year ago. For those not familiar with Seamwork, it is an online magazine which has two electronic/PDF patterns per month with a subscription (editor’s note: you can also purchase the patterns individually, without subscribing). The Gabrielle dress was in the June edition and it made my sewing-self salivate the moment I saw it. I couldn’t wait to make it up!

Pattern Description

The Seamwork Gabrielle is a skater dress with princess line shaping in front and back, a tie back that creates a triangle shape opening on the back, and cap sleeves.

What size range does the pattern offer?

XS (33”B/25”W/35”H) – 3X (54”B/46”W/58”H). In the pattern download, there are two files, one for misses a (XS-L) and one for curvy (XL-3X).

How would you describe your shape?

My measurements are 47.5”B/41.5”W/47”H, 5’4” tall, and a DD/E cup. I’m a rectangle when you look at me from the front, apple-curvy when you look at me from the side.

What size did you make?

I cut an XL, adding a 1” FBA. I freehanded the FBA by giving myself extra seam allowance over the bust and curving the line out as I pinned it. After doing the first fit in the dress, it was too big. I cut out nearly an inch from both side seams. Next time, I’ll go down a size, but still do the FBA.

What fabric did you use?

Ponte knit

Did you make any pattern alterations?

For visible changes, I lowered the scoop neckline by 1.5-2” and left off the cap sleeves. I also did a non-visible change to the back tie by only lining the tie portion not the entire back piece as the pattern called for. This was due to a shortage of fabric more than any technical reason, but it can be done!

In addition, I found that the back drooped down low enough on me that my bra was visible. I think if I’d made a size smaller it would have fit better. Even taking in the side seams, however, didn’t fix the drooping. Instead, I pinned the back top and bottom together till my bra was hidden and top stitched it down. Hopefully going down a size will fix this in future versions. If it doesn’t, I’ll try making the elastic that goes across the back a little shorter.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

The instructions come with detailed diagrams as well as clear written instructions. The PDF pattern also has layering so it’s easy to only print the size you need. The pages lined up easily.

What was the construction process like?

Because this is a dress with princess paneling, the pieces can begin to look alike before they are sewed together, especially in the back dress pieces as there’s no armhole to clarify which is the outside versus middle. As I cut them, I made sure to label carefully so I would not get anything out of order.

Will you make this pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make?

Yes, I love this dress and will be making more. Because this is an actual tie, not a faux tie, it can have some bulk to it. I was very aware of it pushing into my back whenever I was in a chair. I may modify future versions to use a faux tie to minimize the bulk. I may also omit the tie completely, just for some variation.

I think this style of dress does good things for my shape. Because I have a noticeable tummy, I like styles that give me vertical lines and don’t emphasize my middle. I also like styles that are fuller skirts or A-line skirts. The heavier Ponte knit gives body to the skirt and helps give fullness to the skirt in a way I love.

Pattern Rating

Size Range – 4
Instructions – 5
Construction Process – 4
Final Fit – 4
Overall Rating – 5

I feel wonderful in this dress. It falls in the category of secret pajamas comfort-wise, but I also feel dressed up in it. Overall a great make!

This is a syndicated post. Please visit the original author at Curvy Sewing Collective

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Hello, everyone!  It’s been quite a while since I have posted anything.



The main reason for my online disappearance is the fact that I am now a homeowner!  That process has kept me rather busy, and the move, etc., has not left much time for sewing, let alone blogging.  I was actually without internet for a couple of weeks which was rather refreshing.


Of course, I wanted to make a new outfit for the occasion, but there was not a lot of free time prior to closing.  But I was determined!  


I have been wanting to make this blouse for years.  I often pull out scraps of fabric along with the pattern, hoping that I can squeeze out an entire garment, but it never has worked for me.  Until now!


The leftovers from this skirt and this dress were tucked away in a drawer, and while the dye lots do not match, I think I managed to make it work.  The neck tie was made with the leftovers from the skirt, and the rest of the blouse (which is a slightly more pigmented and heavier weight cotton) was cut from the remains of the dress.  There were quite a few people who thought that the look was actually a dress, so I guess the difference is not terribly obvious.


These photos were taken about an hour after signing all of the paperwork (in my old neighborhood).  I was exhausted, but very happy.


I really began looking in earnest over a year ago, so it was a huge relief to finally be done.


It has been quite an adventure, and my new living space is still not “finished,” but Valentino and I are definitely settling in, and I am finally getting back into a routine – one that will definitely include many more sewing adventures!



Blouse:  Made by me, Butterick 4985

Skirt:  Made by me, Butterick 4792
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Pattern Review: Seamwork Gabrielle Dress

July 12, 2017   /   byMary R  / Categories :  Feeds

Hello, CSC readers! My name is Mary Reed from Fabric and Yarn Follies. I’m so excited to be reviewing a Seamwork pattern, the Gabrielle dress, for your sewing pleasure.

I am a big fan of Seamwork and have sewed many of their garments since I started subscribing over a year ago. For those not familiar with Seamwork, it is an online magazine which has two electronic/PDF patterns per month with a subscription (editor’s note: you can also purchase the patterns individually, without subscribing). The Gabrielle dress was in the June edition and it made my sewing-self salivate the moment I saw it. I couldn’t wait to make it up!

Pattern Description

The Seamwork Gabrielle is a skater dress with princess line shaping in front and back, a tie back that creates a triangle shape opening on the back, and cap sleeves.

What size range does the pattern offer?

XS (33”B/25”W/35”H) – 3X (54”B/46”W/58”H). In the pattern download, there are two files, one for misses a (XS-L) and one for curvy (XL-3X).

How would you describe your shape?

My measurements are 47.5”B/41.5”W/47”H, 5’4” tall, and a DD/E cup. I’m a rectangle when you look at me from the front, apple-curvy when you look at me from the side.

What size did you make?

I cut an XL, adding a 1” FBA. I freehanded the FBA by giving myself extra seam allowance over the bust and curving the line out as I pinned it. After doing the first fit in the dress, it was too big. I cut out nearly an inch from both side seams. Next time, I’ll go down a size, but still do the FBA.

What fabric did you use?

Ponte knit

Did you make any pattern alterations?

For visible changes, I lowered the scoop neckline by 1.5-2” and left off the cap sleeves. I also did a non-visible change to the back tie by only lining the tie portion not the entire back piece as the pattern called for. This was due to a shortage of fabric more than any technical reason, but it can be done!

In addition, I found that the back drooped down low enough on me that my bra was visible. I think if I’d made a size smaller it would have fit better. Even taking in the side seams, however, didn’t fix the drooping. Instead, I pinned the back top and bottom together till my bra was hidden and top stitched it down. Hopefully going down a size will fix this in future versions. If it doesn’t, I’ll try making the elastic that goes across the back a little shorter.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

The instructions come with detailed diagrams as well as clear written instructions. The PDF pattern also has layering so it’s easy to only print the size you need. The pages lined up easily.

What was the construction process like?

Because this is a dress with princess paneling, the pieces can begin to look alike before they are sewed together, especially in the back dress pieces as there’s no armhole to clarify which is the outside versus middle. As I cut them, I made sure to label carefully so I would not get anything out of order.

Will you make this pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make?

Yes, I love this dress and will be making more. Because this is an actual tie, not a faux tie, it can have some bulk to it. I was very aware of it pushing into my back whenever I was in a chair. I may modify future versions to use a faux tie to minimize the bulk. I may also omit the tie completely, just for some variation.

I think this style of dress does good things for my shape. Because I have a noticeable tummy, I like styles that give me vertical lines and don’t emphasize my middle. I also like styles that are fuller skirts or A-line skirts. The heavier Ponte knit gives body to the skirt and helps give fullness to the skirt in a way I love.

Pattern Rating

Size Range – 4
Instructions – 5
Construction Process – 4
Final Fit – 4
Overall Rating – 5

I feel wonderful in this dress. It falls in the category of secret pajamas comfort-wise, but I also feel dressed up in it. Overall a great make!

This is a syndicated post. Please visit the original author at Curvy Sewing Collective

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The Buying a House Blouse


Hello, everyone!  It’s been quite a while since I have posted anything.



The main reason for my online disappearance is the fact that I am now a homeowner!  That process has kept me rather busy, and the move, etc., has not left much time for sewing, let alone blogging.  I was actually without internet for a couple of weeks which was rather refreshing.


Of course, I wanted to make a new outfit for the occasion, but there was not a lot of free time prior to closing.  But I was determined!  


I have been wanting to make this blouse for years.  I often pull out scraps of fabric along with the pattern, hoping that I can squeeze out an entire garment, but it never has worked for me.  Until now!


The leftovers from this skirt and this dress were tucked away in a drawer, and while the dye lots do not match, I think I managed to make it work.  The neck tie was made with the leftovers from the skirt, and the rest of the blouse (which is a slightly more pigmented and heavier weight cotton) was cut from the remains of the dress.  There were quite a few people who thought that the look was actually a dress, so I guess the difference is not terribly obvious.


These photos were taken about an hour after signing all of the paperwork (in my old neighborhood).  I was exhausted, but very happy.


I really began looking in earnest over a year ago, so it was a huge relief to finally be done.


It has been quite an adventure, and my new living space is still not “finished,” but Valentino and I are definitely settling in, and I am finally getting back into a routine – one that will definitely include many more sewing adventures!



Blouse:  Made by me, Butterick 4985

Skirt:  Made by me, Butterick 4792
Shoes:  Born “Kharen”

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It’s not summer to me until we’ve been to the beach. Being by the water has always been so restful and healing for my soul. The older I get, the more of a beach gal I seem to become. I’m happy to report that Piper shares my love of the water and has loved the […]

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