Reversible Dress in Linen and Cotton
Posted on Sunday the 10th March 2019 by ym.sews
Today I am back at the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network to share a pretty special dress with you. Not only are the fabrics incredibly luxurious, the dress is reversible making it more versatile for wardrobe combinations and self-lined (with the reversible side!).
I made the Metamorphic Dress Pattern by Sew Liberated.
I have made one previous Metamorphic dress, and it does what it says on the tin. It metamorphosises from one dress to another with a quick switch! For the purposes of ease of understanding I’ll refer to my neutral ikat fabric as the ‘top dress/skirt’ and the plain linen as the ‘under dress/ skirt’.
You essentially sew two dresses which consist of a bodice front, bodice back, front and back skirt pieces (which are identical) and pocket pieces. The ‘top skirt’ pieces are a bit shorter and more shaped at the hem than the ‘under skirt’ pieces. This gives one view of the dress a two-fabric look where both fabrics and dresses are visible, or you can switch it the other way around and just see the ‘under dress’. Total genius in my eyes.
If you do a quick Instagram search for this dress you find a myriad of ways to layer and wear the Metamorphic dress including layered over long sleeved tops and over leggings and jeans. If you choose your fabric wisely you can layer it over all manner of other things in your wardrobe. Plus you can also go for a fun print for the top dress and a neutral for the under dress to give a pop of fun, or use the plain side outside for a more toned down look.
All this chat about fabrics, let’s get on to see what fabrics I chose!
I knew I wanted to make my dress in natural fibres so went hunting on the Minerva site for all the options. There is so much choice if you are heading in the same natural fabric direction as me! I have worked with the Robert Kaufman Brussels Washer Yarn Dye Linen Fabric before so I knew it was the right choice. It’s got a nice slubby feel to it, and has a nice drape also. The colours on offer at Minerva are fantastic and I chose the sage colourway for my under dress. For my top dress I chose another fabric I have worked with before in a different colourway. I went for a black and cream Ikat Fabric which is lighter weight than the linen but works really well without adding too much bulk at the waist. There are lots of gathers at the waist of this skirt, and with two lots of gathered skirt sitting on top of each other you should be mindful not to choose a fabric which is too heavy weight.
Other options I noted whilst searching for the right fabric for me were the many Gauze Fabrics which I think would work well as a top dress over a chambray-type fabric under dress. Also any of the Viscose Challis Fabrics would work great for this pattern and would suit the gathered waistline beautifully.
This was a very quick sew! You overlock or finish with zig zag stitch/ pinking scissors the side and waistline seams before starting, along with the pocket edges. Then it’s a case of sewing the bodice pieces to the gathered skirt rectangles and adding your pockets. The pattern includes pieces for both patch and in seam pockets, so if you add both to both dresses you have a total of 4 pockets in each dress!!
The neckline and armholes of the dresses are sewn together in a very clever way on the sewing machine leaving you with a neat finish to both neckline and armholes without having to hand stitch anything!
All in all this dress took me a couple of hours to make, and I’m really pleased with the result. I’ve been wearing it all the time, and it’s easy to layer up over leggings until the weather warms up a bit to wear it alone. The perfect all-year-around dress.
Thanks to Minerva for kindly supplying the fabrics to make this dress a reality.
Until next time :)