Grasser 503 Dress
Posted on Saturday the 7th September 2019 by Sleepless in Bavaria
Hello everyone! It seems that summer is over (not that I’m complaining, we had enough hot days!) and I am so looking forward to sewing clothes for the warmer weather! My next 3 Projects will all be things I desperately need to add to my autumn wardrobe, so keep your eyes peeled.
One of the things I was lacking in my cold weather clothes, were pieces I could just throw on, that were warm and made me look put together, especially on those days where I don’t feel like putting an outfit together. I summer, I just throw on a dress – easy peasy, which is why I decided to sew a practical yet chic jersey dress.
I chose a wonderful navy Ponte Fabric and the pattern Grasser #503. Some of you might know that Grasser is a Russian Sewing School based out of Moscow. They are well known for turning big label garments into patterns – such as the iconic Burberry Trench coat (I KID YOU NOT!). Their homepage now comes in English as well, however only 1/3 of all their patterns can be bought in English. Don’t be sad, that’s still a few hundred patterns you can chose from!!!
As for the Grasser #503 Dress, if you check out the hashtag on Instagram, you will see that it is a very popular dress. It’s meant for woven fabric and has a relaxed fit. I decided to make it in Ponte, I should have sized down, come to think of it but I still think it look pretty chic. The only tricky part of the pattern is when you attach the skirt to the bodice, after sewing the waist ties. Another thing I might mention, is that the neckline is finished with a facing. I recommend using interfacing meant for knits and using some hand stitches at the shoulders and in the front, to fixate the facing in place. I didn’t under stitch-the facing and it doesn’t roll out of the neckline, which is brilliant!
The instructions are in English but VERY limited, however I found this video on Youtube, that a Russian seamstress put together that shows every single step you need to make to sew this dress. YAS!!! As is the norm for Russian Sewing patterns, the seam allowances are marked on the pattern pieces. It’s 3 cm for the skirt and sleeve hems and 1 cm for everything else.
The pattern makes you construct a piece of bias binding which is used to close the button in the back of the neck. I chose to use a hook and eye, if I’m very honest I could have gotten away without making a closure at all, as the fabric is quite stretchy. Speaking of the fabric, the Ponte is wonderful to work with, warm, snuggly and soft. I feel like I need this fabric in all the color of the rainbow!
It took me about 2.5 hours to cut and sew up this dress, which is why, I plan to be making another version of it soon. I really recommend the pattern and the fabric, they are the perfect combination.