Giselle Dress (KR1002)
Giselle is a V-neck dress with shaped midriff and gathers over the bust.
Inspired by the timeless, feminine folkwear of the Alps: the dirndl, this dress also hints at the flowing, boho styles of the '70s. Make it in a wild print and place the pattern to emphasize your waist, or a lightweight cotton voile or rayon challis for a summer maxi gown. The midriff is a great canvas for contrast prints or embroidery that creates a dirndl-inspired, corset-like silhouette.
View A has a fitted midriff that hits at actual waist, three-quarter-length gathered sleeves, and gathered dirndl-style skirt. Instructions include options for finishing sleeves with two sleeve band styles, and option to substitute fuller skirt.
View B is a sleeveless maxi dress with narrower shoulders, empire waistline and a tiered skirt. Both views are shaped in the back by elastic and waist ties.
Dress can be made using either summer and winter weight fabrics.
Pattern is suitable for advanced beginner seamstresses. It comes with beautifully illustrated, detailed instructions that walk you through every step of construction.
PDF of pattern comes as a .zip file and includes four PDF files:
- Giselle dress pattern sewing instructions (with table detailing skirt piece dimensions so you don't have to print these)
- Pattern formatted to print at home on US Letter and A4 size paper
- Pattern pieces for midriff, bodice, and sleeves formatted to print at a copyshop on 36" or 90 cm wide paper
- Pattern pieces for skirt versions formatted to print at a copy shop on 36" or 90 cm wide paper (NOTE: you may choose not to print these: the skirt pieces are simple rectangles and the instructions contain the exact dimensions.)
Instructions include page listings for each pattern piece for home printing, so you can print only what you need and save ink and paper.
SUGGESTED FABRICS: Summer versions: light to medium-light-weight fabrics like cotton voile, gauze or lawn, lightweight silk, rayon challis, lightweight linen; winter versions: medium-weight fabrics with drape such as wool crepe, twill, lightweight denim.
NOTIONS: Thread, 1/2” or 13 mm wide single fold bias tape, 1/4” or 0.5 cm wide elastic