The Marie Gathered Midi Dress pattern, by Named Clothing, was one of my earliest attempts at successful, long lasting sewing. I made a blouse version a few years ago which has since been in constant rotation (it is always popping up on my IG!). Recently, I finally got around to making the dress version in a white cotton eyelet fabric (partially underlined) from Club Tissus.
Cotton eyelet fabric has been on my list of experiments for a long time. So, I decided to pair it with the Marie Gathered Midi dress pattern to max out on its whimsical, nostalgic feel.
Plus, the Marie dress is a very simple pattern that let’s the fabric do most of the talking.
I didn’t make any fit alterations to the pattern. I used a size 42, but could have made a 40 since the dress is so ample. The cotton eyelet has a decent amount of body, so in a lighter fabric the dress would have a very different feel to it.
Since I was after a summer version, I altered the original long sleeves to short sleeves. I still wanted to keep the elastic element on the sleeve, as well as the contrast between lined and unlined parts of the dress. I added some elastic to the bottom of the shortened sleeve piece and lengthened it with an unlined piece from the decorative border of fabric.
Like the lower sleeve piece, I also left the bottom ruffle unlined with the border as hem. Hemming is optional when working with decorative border eyelet fabric…and I like that!
Although the dress is very simple, the fabric and style make it versatile to dressing up or down. I can wear sleeves on or off the shoulders thanks to the elastic neckline.
And, its so comfortable to wear! A simple project in a great fabric can be a dream to sew (even if I haven’t figured out how to photograph bright white fabric)! I bet this will be out all summer.