Gingham Madrid Dress

Today I am sharing this Coffee and Thread Madrid dress I made for the Madrid dress tour.  It is a faux wrap dress with a tiered skirt and lots of options including sleeve and skirt lengths.  You can buy the Madrid dress with 25% off during the tour using the code ‘madridtour’. 


I don’t think I have worn Gingham since I was at primary school but love the gingham trend currently.  I looked around for some examples and found this Ganni dress in a similar style. 


I bought the lightweight viscose fabric from Rainbow Fabrics at the bargain price of £2.99 a metre. The pattern uses quite a lot of fabric due to the width of the lower skirt pieces but I managed to squeeze mine out of 3 metres. 4 metres would have been more comfortable! 


The pattern itself was easy to follow, I had no problems attaching the facing and putting together the bodice. The fit on the shoulder is really good for me, it doesn’t feel restrictive at all, I think the darts on the back shoulders helped with this. There was a lot of gathering for the skirt pieces but it was straightforward to make. 

I reduced the bodice length by one inch and then reduced each skirt piece by one inch for a maxi length. It is drafted for 5’3 to 5’7 and would be too long for me without these changes. I also prefer a maxi which doesn’t reach the floor, more practical for me! 

You can see how light and swishy the fabric is on a breezy day!

[Dress – Madrid dress by Coffee and thread, fabric from Rainbow Fabrics; shoes – Ash Majestic Star, Bag – J Crew]

I took these photos in Penge which is known for its street art! Here are a few examples which are just round the corner from Penge East station. 


  1. Olga
    June 24, 2019 / 7:08 pm

    You look so pretty! Love love the styling! ❤️ You remind me of my former student whose name was also Atia!

  2. August 13, 2019 / 5:57 pm

    Gorgeous, I love a faux wrap dress as actual wrap dresses always gape too much on me. I love the gingham trend too but it reminds me of primary school dresses especially in red or blue!

  3. Claudia
    February 29, 2020 / 2:56 pm

    Hi, I just found your blog by recommendation from Closet Case patterns. Georgious!

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