Are you all having fun with Frocktober so far?
Maybe you’ve already made a dress (or two) and are thinking about another one to make this month?
The Gillian wrap dress is designed for knit fabrics, so it’ll be super comfortable, and depending on the fabric you choose, it can look either ‘dressed up’ or comfy and casual.
With yoke and gather details on the front and back shoulders, the Gillian is reminiscent of both the 1970’s (the decade best known for knit wrap dresses) and the 1940’s. A waistband and long ties add definition and structure around the waist, and a curved lower edge at the bottom adds a soft and unique touch.
Gillian is a nice and versatile pattern – there are three sleeve lengths to choose from (short, elbow-length, and long sleeves), two skirt lengths (knee length and above the knee) and options to make it as a dress, top, or skirt. Plus, those yoke details are just crying out for playing around with colour blocking!
You can make Gillian for all seasons, too – make it up in a soft wool or wool blend for a warm and cozy winter garment, or in a lightweight cotton knit for summer.
As with other Muse patterns, the Gillian wrap dress is inspired by someone the designer knows. And with this release, there’s a bit of a twist – for the first week the pattern is out, 100% of the sale price (less the transaction fees) will be donated to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation – a charity chosen by Gillian herself, the ‘muse’ the pattern was named after. Buy the pattern before 19 October and you’ll not only get a new dress design to try out for Frocktober, but you can feel good, knowing that you’re helping out a great charity.
Plus, we have one copy of the Gillian wrap dress pattern to give away to a lucky reader. Want to be in to win? Just comment below and let us know – which variation would you make up first?
The contest is open until 17 October and we’ll draw the lucky winner and announce them here on The Monthly Stitch on 18 October.