Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Itch To Stitch - Marbella Dress

Another wonderful opportunity has come my way, an opportunity to sew a dress from
 Itch to Stitch.




This is a new pdf pattern company and I was delighted to be able to sew this new dress, the Marbella Dress. (which is on sale for $12)


MARBELLA DRESS design features:
  • A wide boat neckline that dips a bit lower than the traditional boat neck
  • Front and back yokes allow for color blocking
  • Feminine princess lines that allow for a close fit in the bodice
  • Roomy, slightly-above-knee tulip skirt
  • Functional in-seam pockets to fit your cell phone, keys, lipstick and even a slim wallet
  • Invisible back zipper as closure
MARBELLA DRESS pattern features:
  • Twelve sizes from 00 to 20
  • A/B/C/D cups (no more bust adjustments!)
  • Lined and unlined options
  • Lengthen/shorten guideline on bodice and skirt
  • Instructions for high-quality finish
  • Print only the size(s) you need with “layers” feature (no more mingled lines!)
Let's talk about the last feature.  It is fabulous and easy to use, On the left side when you have Adobe, you just select the size(s) you want.  Also, the instructions tell you which pages you need to print for which cup size.


I printed a size 10 with a cup size C, I did have to do some adjusting in the waist to get a nice fit.  I would recommend making a muslin or sewing your lining first to adjust. When I make this again, I will go down to a size 6 or 8 in the waist, so double check the pattern measurements.

My main change was to lengthen the bodice 1", my usual change.



I loved the instructions for this dress, they were very thorough and helpful.  The construction order was perfect with good sewing direction along the way.  For example, when to understitch, and nice illustrations on how to clip the princess seams.  

The only thing I don't like about my dress is the fabric, a Mood Fabrics' cotton suiting, it wrinkles like crazy and is hard to press.  I will be making this dress again with a fabric I love, the dress deserves a perfect fabric.  

I feel the fabric is making the funny lines in the center front of the bodice.  It was such an issue to press and once I finished one area and moved to another area, wrinkles came back in the fabric.  Grrrr.... look at the features of this dress and not the lines of my fabric.  Also, you get two photos today, hubby took the pictures and he cannot seem to focus the camera. I will be using the tripod from now on!

Here is a link to all the dresses made by the pattern testers., this way you can see several versions of this dress.


 With this opportunity for me, is an opportunity for you..... Kennis Wong, owner and designer of Itch to Stitch has given me the opportunity to give a pdf download of Marbella Dress to a lucky reader.  After you read all this blog post, leave a comment about the feature you like best about this dress.  I will draw the winner and announce the winner on November 3rd

I am also an affiliate with Itch to Stitch, which means if you buy the pattern by clicking the link below, I will receive credit for the purchase 

Just Click here for the purchase





Disclosure - I was provided this pattern for my review of the Marbella Dress

29 comments:

  1. Such a cute pattern and I love this style on you :)

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  2. I love a dress with pockets! Very cute.

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  3. The style is just so classic. I think it would be flattering on lots of body shapes.

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  4. This dress would also look fab with a color blocked yoke! Like the inclusion of different cup sizes and princess seams for fitting the bodice.

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  5. I love the neckline and the tulip skirt! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  6. Cute dress on you, Lori! Love the pockets & the tulip skirt

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  7. This is a really cute but classic dress. I love the boatneck and the pleated skirt.

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  8. Great dress, would love to win a copy!

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  9. I like the boat neck style (and the fact that it would be a perfect work dress!). Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

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  10. I love the tulip skirt feature . I think this would be a great dress up or dress down pattern . Even tho your fabric wrinkled you did a great job.
    Thx

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  11. Yay cup sizing. I wish all patterns did this.

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  12. I think would be great on any body. No belt required and the cup sizing makes it awesome. Lori, I love the color of your dress.....you look so pretty and stylish.

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  13. Classic and elegant. Love the dress!

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  14. Very classic style could go anywhere.

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  15. I love the style of the dress. As a teacher I wear dresses often, loving the polished, put-together look. I like the many fitting opportunities in the dress style and the "not too low" neckline (always a plus when teaching teenagers). Hope I win!

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  16. I like the bodice lines best. Different cup sizes is interesting. I wonder if the back is smaller for the larger cup sizes as the bust measurement is the same for all cup sizes. Your dress is very nice even with the less than perfect fabric.

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  17. What a cute dress! I especially like the shape of the skirt and the roomy pockets. Looks great!

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  18. Love the classic style of this dress. This looks like a great dress pattern!

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  19. I love the style of the dress!

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  20. Cute dress! I like the fitting options of the cup sizing and the princess seams

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  21. I like the simplicity of the dress in a solid color, but I am also interested in a color blocked version.

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  22. This is a really great dress on you! Love the pockets and the nice pleats in the skirt, not having gathers is a definite plus.
    this would look great for my daughter as well.

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  23. I love the overall shape of this dress, and that it includes all of the cup sizes. No FBA!

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  24. Thank you for the opportunity. I enjoy the neckline and the custom pieces for different bust sizes.

    Rose in SV

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  25. Nice. I'm testing this dress too.

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  26. Such a pretty dress! You look gorgeous.

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  27. Oh my gosh! I love this style. I went and looked at some of the other testers and fell in need of getting this. I purchased a dress a couple years ago with this neck and waistline and love to wear it. I would love to make one with a more casual fabric perhaps a chambray or lightweight denim. Its the kind of style that is so comfortable but looks like you are dressed up. I'm sure your next fabric selection will be avhit for you. Great job Lori even when fabric turns out to be buggar to work with.🐢

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