Marianne Dress

Marianne Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Hey there!  I advanced on to round two of the Super Online Sewing Match, which had me sewing the Marianne Dress by Christine Haynes.  I was so happy to get this pattern, this one has been on my radar for a while now!  In fact, when some local friends saw what the second challenge was for the match, they told me right away how the Marianne dress is my style!

Marianne Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I love the cover photos Christine did of the dress, and pretty much just copied her!  I knew I wanted a striped dress, so I called Harts fabric to make sure they had enough yardage of the fabric I wanted.  They were great and shipped it out right away.  The solid white fabric is Robert Kaufman laguna jersey that I grabbed from the Imagine Gnats shop.  And the buttons were from my stash.

Marianne Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed a quick muslin of the Marianne dress to check the fit and size 6 was perfect.  (My measurements are 34-27-37 if that helps you judge size.)

Marianne Dress :: Dandelion Drift

One of the great things about sewing patterns is that they are like little mini sewing lessons.  You learn new techniques which can carry over into other patterns.  With the Marianne dress, I had never used clear elastic before.  It is perfect!  There is no pulling on my shoulder seams, leaving my dress looking pretty professional!

Marianne Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I grabbed a few techniques from other patterns to apply to this pattern.  I finished the neckline differently than Christine instructs.  The greenwood tank pattern (by Straight Stitch Designs) has you finish the neck leaving the binding pretty narrow.  I love the feminine look of this finishing technique and have been pretty much applying it to all of my knit tops!

Marianne Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I’m sure you’ve noticed, but I also added pockets to this pattern.  I love a dress with pockets, but knew that side pockets on a knit dress are not the best.  I have added side seam pockets to a lady skater dress before, and the pockets constantly bunch up and add bulk at my hips.  The pockets I used are from the Cabin pattern (by Blueprints for Sewing).  I love these pockets and thought they would look great with the Marianne dress.  They are called weltless pockets, and are pretty easy to sew up!  (I do have to confess, though, that I was crazy nervous cutting out my weltless pockets when I had to slice into my dress.  But it all worked out great!)

Marianne Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Here’s a quick peak at the inside.  I sewed it all on my serger, except the hem and the neck line, which were done on my regular sewing machine.  (Christine’s instructions are great and walk you through how to use either machine to sew your dress.)

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Oooh, last thing.  The stripes.  I was meticulous about matching these stripes, so I pinned, and pinned, and pinned some more.  I tried pinning two different ways and thought I’d share what I learned.  The first side I sewed, I pinned each and every single stripe, with my pins perpendicular to the seam (that was a lot of pins)!  The second side, I pinned with my pins parallel to the seam, with the tip of my pin going into one stripe, and out the second stripe.  Both sides worked great, neither one yielding a different result than the other.  From now on, I’ll be pinning the parallel way, using half as many pins as the other side!

Marianne Dress :: Dandelion Drift

  • Leah

    Love your addition of pockets to the Marianne Dress!! I enjoyed reading your post. Best of luck.

  • Teri

    Your Marianne dress is so pretty! It’s such an easy style to wear and you made it more functional with the pockets. I hope you make it to the next round!

  • Michelle

    Nice stripe matching!! I love the classic style on you, it totally works :) I deliberated adding pockets to mine forever but then decided against it in the end- I love what you did with yours though!! What a great idea :) Good luck!

  • Lori

    I would have been nervous too to cut into the middle of the fabric! The pockets turned out great in terms of both functionality and design.

  • Kimberly Payne

    Love the classic look of the blue and white stripes. I really need to make this dress!

    I am so glad you like the binding method from the Greenwood pattern, it leaves such a great finished neckband.

  • Shannon

    This turned out so nicely! The stripes are so classic, and I love the pockets. Good luck!

  • Terri

    It came out great Teresa! I love the fabrics and the pockets are the perfect touch.

  • Angie

    Love this on you!! The pockets are amazing! Great job!

  • tanyamaile

    I just love the classic stripes and the pockets are wonderful!

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  • Barbara Carlon

    This is exceptional! I really like the little front pockets. Nicely done.

  • Cheryl

    Such a classic, clean combination! And you chose just the right style of pockets for this dress–way to go!

  • Kay

    I love your version. It looks great on you.

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  • Rachel

    What a smart spot for pockets!

  • Annie

    I love it! It has so a summery refreshing look while being chic! Great job.

  • Taylor

    This is so cute! Glad to see a sucessful Cabin pocket transplant too! And in a knit, no less. Well done :)

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