“What an amazing party dress. Unbelievably easy to put together with clear step by step instructions” – Andrea Whitrow
The Phoebe: A Gorgeous FREE Gown Pattern
The Phoebe is a fabulously fantastic party dress that fits to perfection
With a fully-lined bodice, shaped bust and invisible zip for the adult sizes, and sweet straps & an elasticated back for the kidlets, you can tailor your Phoebe to fit exactly as you want it. The deep V-neck can be made with or without optional modesty panels on the center front and under both arms for more coverage.
The beautiful A-line skirt gathers into a fitted waist and has both midi AND maxi length options. The maxi length features additional optional godets for a slight train and maximum wow (perfect for wedding and formal gowns!) The extra fabric is all about the swish and sway, giving movement and a touch of magic.
Whether you go for casual summer dress fabrics, or jump straight in with glittering evening fabrics, the Phoebe is simply dazzlingly gorgeous.
Including all sizes from XXS to 5XL and children’s 12 months to 12 years, the detailed instructions that will guide you one seam at a time to the dreamiest dress you’ll ever make!
To help you get the exact fit you want, you’ll find also complete step-by-step fitting notes included, a free Full Bust Adjustment (FBA) and Small Bust Adjustment (SBA) tutorial, optional bra cups and optional interlining for additional support! It’s an advanced-beginner level pattern that’ll give you a custom, gorgeous gown.
The Phoebe is drafted for woven fabrics and can be made in a wide variety of medium-weight fabrics.
A stiffer fabric will give more structure and your skirt will puff out more, while a softer fabric will have more drape and swish. Some great suggestions are duchess satin, crepe satin, cotton drill, cotton lawn, taffeta, and velvet.
Whether you go for sparkle and shimmer, or a dreamy floaty vibe, the Phoebe pattern is stunningly beautiful.
“My daughter loves to dress up, so this was a perfect choice for us. I love the option of modesty panels on the front and side as my daughter is still young and more comfortable with coverage. The optional horsehair braid gives a great poof to the skirt. This is a timeless classic design that can be made in all different fabrics to give it a different look. Plus, it’s free!” – Kelle Lujan
“A stunning dress! Phoebe will make you look and feel like the goddess you are. Flattering on all sizes. Plus, invisible zips are really not as hard as you imagine, I promise.” – Zoe Lawson
How hard will this be to fit to my personal shape?
The Phoebe really is a surprisingly easy sew! We had testers of a variety of shapes, sizes and abilities try the pattern. There are a few adjustments you might want to do to get a perfect fit depending on your body shape, but they’re all described in the fitting notes.
Bust adjustments – There is a complete free Full Bust Adjustment (FBA) and Small Bust Adjustment (SBA) tutorial for how to adjust for a larger or smaller bust sizes.
Interlining – If you wish to wear it without a bra, there is an optional interlining for additional support in the adult sizes. If you haven’t used interlining before, this is simply another layer of firm or medium-weight fabric you baste inside the garment to give it some structure (if you can sew in a straight line and a curve, you can add interlining!)
Muslin – We highly recommend you start by making a muslin (test garment out of inexpensive fabric) for the bodice part of the dress. This means you can try the top on and check for any adjustments you might want to make before cutting out your good fabric. Body shapes can differ person-to-person enormously and it’s a quick and easy step that means you can have complete confidence in how your final garment will look and feel.
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