introducing the marais knit dress + top

Hello friends!

It’s my great pleasure, once again, to introduce you to our newest collection of patterns. Here is the first one, the Marais Knit Dress + Top.

introducing the Liesl + Co Marais Knit Dress + Top

The Marais is a semi-fitted pull-on sleeveless knit dress or top with front and back V-necks, which I find to be really attractive and a nice variation on the standard scoop-neck tank top. We’ve added some strategic seams to this style to help with fit and to add some visual interest as well. And of course we’ve included cup sizes, since I know you appreciate that. I think you’ll find that this style is lots of fun to sew. Make it as a pretty, easy-to-wear dress or choose the top for a versatile style that can be worn on its own or under jackets for professional attire.

introducing the Liesl + Co Marais Knit Dress + Top

For fabrics, we recommend cotton/spandex jersey or lightweight ponte. If you want to play a bit, you could also select lightweight drapey woven fabrics like silk and cut the pieces on the bias. (If you do this, I would recommend going up at least one size.) I’ll tell you more about this later and show you a dress I made using lightweight wool suiting.

introducing the Liesl + Co Marais Knit Dress + Top

introducing the Liesl + Co Marais Knit Dress + Top

For these photos of the top I paired the top with our Hollywood Trousers, since this style would be great for both casual and for work. You’ll also see how it can be worn for leisure when I introduce you to another of our new patterns!

introducing the Liesl + Co Marais Knit Dress + Top

I like how the seams meet at the side seam for an interesting V shape. You could certainly use the seams for some color blocking if you like, too.

introducing the Liesl + Co Marais Knit Dress + Top

introducing the Liesl + Co Marais Knit Dress + Top

introducing the Liesl + Co Marais Knit Dress + Top

I hope you’ll get lots of use out of both version of this pattern. It gives you lots of options for your own creativity.

introducing the Liesl + Co Marais Knit Dress + Top

For inspiration, as always, in a little while I’ll show you some photos that might get you thinking about fabrics, colors and styling. But to give you a little more feel for this style, here’s a short introductory video we shot this week.

As always, we hope our sewing patterns will be a jumping-off point for you to express your own creativity and your own style.

We’ll also show you our testers’ examples of this style, so stay tuned. In the meantime, you can order your own Marais Dress + Top pattern from our website in either paper or digital format.

I can’t wait to see what you make from this new pattern. Be sure to show us by uploading your photos to the Liesl + Co. Flickr group and tagging them #maraisdresstop and #lieslandco on Instagram.




  1. Andi

    Blog post says to go up a size if using a woven on the bias. Embedded video says to go down a size.
    Please clarify.

    1. Yes, I think I mis-spoke on the video. You may need to go up a size, but it really depends on your fabric.

  2. Erica

    I look forward to a few summer makes with this new pattern! Thanks, Liesl! It is always nice to have a pattern option that works for both knits and woven fabrics, and will work well under cardigan layers in the spring/fall.

  3. I’ve got a good feeling about this one making me look almost elegant 🙂
    If not it still looks very comfy!

  4. Cybele727

    This looks lovely! Can’t wait!

  5. Amanda Correa

    I really like this dress, Liesl. Dresses are so lovely, but not practical for everyday wear for me. This is one I can see myself wearing often, though! I love the length, that it is sleeveless, and those seams! I am intrigued by the idea of using woven cut on the bias. I might have to try that, too! Well done!

  6. Justine

    Its lovely with a 30’s feel, but I’m sure i will have trouble sewing a bust dart in knit fabric without getting a bubble.

    1. I’m not sure why that would be a problem. The testers didn’t have issues, and the pattern includes instructions for darts that shouldn’t cause a bubble.

  7. Cheryl Philipsz

    Hi, thinking of buying this pattern after seeing it featured in Sew Magazine and reading some reviews. Hopefully it will flatter my odd bod – 5’1″, small shoulders, and too much lard around my middle. I don’t have an overlocker/serger, so how would you sew the seams on an ordinary sewing machine? Mine does zig zag and a “lightning” stitch for stretch fabrics. Thanks!

    1. Erica

      Hi Cheryl, I wanted to let you know that even though I have a serger/overlocker, I made the Marais only using my regular sewing machine. Some of the seams are even easier to sew on a regular machine, anyway. The pattern includes directions for using both kinds of machines or just a regular machine. A small zigzag or lightning stitch is what is recommended for stretch fabrics on an ordinary sewing machine.

      1. Yes, the pattern doesn’t require a serger and several steps are better without. It’s explained in greater detail in the pattern. Thanks, Erica!

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