digital marbella dress sewing pattern
The Marbella Dress is the ultimate versatile sewing pattern. With a floral print, you have a perfect summer dress. With suiting fabric, it becomes your go-to office attire. With luxurious fabric, it transforms into elegant evening wear. You can even choose to line or not line this dress.
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Marbella is the ultimate versatile sewing pattern. With a floral print, you have a perfect summer dress. With suiting fabric, it becomes your go-to office attire. With luxurious fabric, it transforms into elegant evening wear. You can even choose to line or not line this dress.
Marbella Dress design features:
- A wide boat neckline that dips a bit lower than the traditional boat neck
- Front and back yokes allow for color blocking
- Feminine princess lines that allow for a close fit in the bodice
- Roomy, slightly-above-knee tulip skirt
- Functional in-seam pockets to fit your cell phone, keys, lipstick and even a slim wallet
- Invisible back zipper as closure
Marbella Dress pattern features:
- Twelve sizes from 00 to 20 (See “Size Chart” tab below for detailed measurements)
- A/B/C/D cups (no more bust adjustments!)
- Lined and unlined options
- Lengthen/shorten guideline on bodice and skirt
- Instructions for high-quality finish
- Print only the size(s) you need with “layers” feature (no more mingled lines!)
Primary fabric: Any medium weight woven fabric with or without stretch would work with this pattern. Cotton, broadcloth, poplin, twill, denim, linen, linen blend, wool, wool blend, suiting, crepe, shantung and brocade are all good choices. Unstable knit fabrics, like jersey, are not recommended. However, you could use very stable knit such as light weight double knit.
Lining: The lining fabric should have similar quality as the primary fabric, i.e. if the primary fabric has stretch, a lining with stretch should be used. Acetate, Ambiance by Bemberg, batiste, lawn, pima cotton, china silk, silk crepe de chine or silk georgette are all good choices as non-stretch lining fabric. Even if you choose not to line the dress, you will still need lining fabric for the pockets.
Interfacing: Fusible interfacing is recommended unless the fabric is very delicate (such as sequined fabric or velvet), in which case sew-in interfacing, such as silk organza, should be used.
- One 22-inch invisible zipper
- One set of hook and eye (Size 1)
- 16" (41 cm) of fusible stay tape (or make your own using light-weight fusible interfacing)
- 13" (33-cm) single fold bias tape (for unlined option only)
- Invisible and regular zipper feet for your sewing machine
Size Chart, Finished Measurements, and Fabric Requirements
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Choosing your Size
- Compare your bust circumference (fullest part of chest) to the “Body Measurements” table. Choose the size that fits your bust best. If you are in between sizes, pick the larger size. Do this step regardless of your cup size.
- Compare your waist measurement to the “Body Measurements” table. Choose the size that fits your waist best. If you are in between sizes, pick the larger size.
- Compare your fullest hip measurements to the “Body Measurements” table. Choose the size that fits your hip best. If you are in between sizes, pick the larger size. It may appear that the skirt has too much ease, but it is the design of the dress. If you down size the skirt, the back of the skirt, which is in a pencil skirt shape, may become too tight.
- It’s OK to use different sizes for the bust, waist and hip. All you have to do is print the sizes that you need (see “Printing Instructions”), and blend the lines from one size to the next from the bust to the waist to the hip.
- Finally you can choose the cup size. There are many ways to determine cup size, but I find none of them very accurate. So for the purpose of this dress, choose your normal bra cup size.
- I highly recommend that you check your fit by making a test garment with a muslin or an inexpensive fabric.
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