The Gwen Dress by See Kate Sew has been on my to sew list for waaaaaay too long. With fall here, I knew I needed to actually make it! I had some red reversible knit fabric sitting in my stash from last fall. I decided it would be the perfect fabric for this dress. Whenever I have reversible fabric, I can’t help but make the garment reversible. It makes me really sad to “waste” one side. Like really sad. I decided to use the same technique to make it reversible as I did on my reversible Lane Raglan. You can follow the tutorial here.
The Gwen dress was a very simple sew. The pattern comes with lots of different options. It incluedes a shirt version and a dress version. Both can be made made with a button placket, short sleeves, elbow sleeves, long sleeves, faux raglan sleeve, or a contrasting should sleeve. It comes in sizes XXS-XXXL.
I opted to sew up the dress version without the placket, with long sleeves, and with the contrasting shoulder piece. I am a little hesitant making long sleeved dresses because I usually end up cutting the sleeves off to be short sleeved. It seems to work better for more seasons. I decided to go with long sleeves since I can always make them shorter later. I did however end up making them 3/4 in the end. I really want a coverstitch machine, like really really really bad. I really don’t like the way a zig zag stitch looks and I don’t always get along with a double needle. I really don’t like how neither ever end up completely professional like ready made garments. It is one thing that I still can’t look past when I make my own clothes. To remedy this problem, I have been rolling the sleeves and tacking them down by stitching in the ditch then make 3 other very small stitches. I have monkey arms so when I went to roll the sleeves they ended up being too short for long sleeves. I ended up just rolling them a bit more to make 3/4 length sleeves.
I decided I wanted the solid red as the body of the “right side” of the dress. I took more care in making this side exactly how I wanted since it would most likely be the side I wore the most. I absolutely love how this side turned out.
The “wrong side” has a contrasting hem since I hemmed to this side. I thought it added a touch of fun. To hem it I simply pressed the hem to the wrong side by 1/2″ and then again another 1/2″. I used a stretch stitch to finish the edge. I do like the look of the stretch stitch better than a zig zag stitch since it resembles a straight stitch more, but sometimes it can leave the hem a tiny bit wavy.
What I love about this pattern:
-All the different options!
-It is a perfect T-Shirt dress.
-It is easy to sew.
-The pattern includes so much info to help even a beginner out. She even has a mini tutorial on how to do a FBA and how to grade between sizes.
-There is a bonus pencil skirt option that I fully plan to make at some point.
-The instructions are clear and easy to follow.
I was a little wary about making a midi length since I have never really made anything that length before, but I really do love it. I am not quite sure how to wear it when it gets too cold for just booties though. I normally would throw on a pair of boots, but I feel like the length will be weird with knee length boots. Post your style suggestions below :).
Pattern: The Gwen Dress by See Kate Sew
Size sewn: Small graded to Medium
Measurements: Bust: 34″, Waist: 29″, Hips: 40″
Modifications: Made it reversible following this tutorial. Rolled sleeves to finish the hem, making it more of a 3/4 length.
Fabric: JoAnne Fabrics
Cost: Can’t remember, I bought the fabric last year.