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.