I fell in love with this pattern months ago and promised myself I would buy it and make it. It was just so pretty and feminine with a cool bohemian/ country girl vibe. (Is there such a thing?) When The Monthly Stitch announced Frocktober AND were doing a week long Sew-Along and feature of the Kate & Rose Giselle pattern I knew I was going to be fulfilling that promise! So, let’s talk about the Giselle.
There are 2 versions of the dress you can choose from. View A is above and has 3/4 sleeves. View B is a sleevelss maxi! I love me a maxi and WILL make one of these for myself. But the dress I was making was for Holly (who has been SPOILED in the dress department the last month or so), and she liked the shorter one. Although you will see I made some changes and sort of blended the two together!
I used a black and white floral print dress cotton I had bought in Los Angeles in the Fabric District. Can’t remember the shop but I know it was a SUPER deal. It turned out to be one of those pieces of fabric you wish you’d gotten more of. The weight is perfect- not too see through. It didn’t wrinkle too much during the pre-wash phase. And it was 54″ wide so plenty of space to work with. I actually bought it for ME ME ME but I was having trouble finding exactly the fabric I wanted for this dress. I was looking at the waistline pieces (there are 2 versions) and the lines of View A called out to me and said “PIPING.” Yes, I swear I heard the angels sing… and a lightbulb went off above my head… and I remembered the black and white fabric and knew red piping would make a most excellent addition. I would have piped the neck but the remaining packages of red at JoAnns were a different dye lot and I did not want to ruin the fabulous dress by using a slightly lighter red piping!
I am so in love with this dress and pattern. PDF’s are not my favorite thing in the world but I have been getting a little practice lately and this one ended up going together pretty easily. As you have probably noticed we wanted a “spinny” skirt as we call them around here.
I cut a front and a back the width of the fabric. The Maxi has a second ruffle so I borrowed from that look and made a short ruffle to add on. I think that makes it “double spinny” right? ;)
Sorry about the blurriness. I was checking out the new BURST feature on my phone camera. My bodice has lining also. I just have a thing about lining bodices. Especially if I am working with a white base. The directions call for bias tape around the sleeves and neckline. I had to think the whole lining thing through before starting because of the extra pieces but it worked beautifully.
The Giselle dress also does not have a zipper. Hip Hip Hooray! It is a just loose enough to get over your head and there is a pretty tie back to give the dress nice shape.
This dress was a big hit at my house. I have an open stairwell and whenever I finish a project I hang it under the stairs. The next morning when #1 walked by she asked, “who is that dress for? I love it!” Ummm… that is for Holly. Several hours later daughter #3 came down (she likes to sleep until noon) and said, “Who is that dress for? I want one!” Ummmm… that is for Holly. I guess Holly is a lucky little girl! But frankly, as I tell them, she WEARS what I make her! Sewing for someone who WEARS what you make is a joy! But I will be making more. They will all be a little different- Less skirt and no ruffle on Juliette’s. 3/4 sleeve for Kadi. Maxi for ME ME ME! Seriously a great dress! And Kate & Rose have more delights for you to check out!
Thank you Monthly Stitch for getting the ball rolling on this one. Me and my girls all need MOAR DRESSES!