Gemma…as a DRESS!

Gemma Dress!

I’m pretty excited about this one! I love to hack patterns, and the simplest hacks are sometimes the best hacks. Since releasing the Gemma sewing pattern last month, I’ve wanted to try making it into a dress (the basic pattern is a tank). My pattern hacks don’t always work, so I was happy that this one worked out nicely!

Gemma Dress

Gemma Dress!

Gemma Dress!

I chose this light blue Anna Maria Horner voile that has been sitting in my stash for years and years. It’s a bit sheer on its own, so I wear a short slip underneath. I think it also looks great with a belt and this purse that I got for my birthday!

Gemma Dress!

There is more than one way to extend a bodice pattern so that it is longer. In this case, I wanted to keep the “S” shape at the hem, but exaggerate it more so that it had a better proportion relative to the dress and didn’t just look like an accidental uneven hem. I started by tracing the basic Gemma pattern, front and back. Then I extended the side seams from the hip by 11,” extended the Center Front by 13,” and connected them with an “S.” Since I also wear a larger size on my lower half than my top half, I ended up having to bump the hip out by 2″ to accommodate my large-ish derrière (my bodice size is medium). You can see all of this in the photo below, which is the front pattern piece, but of course I also did the same to the back.

how to turn the Gemma Tank into a dress

I wore it out for sushi with Mr Rae and Elliot and Clementine for my birthday dinner a couple of weeks ago when the weather was still seriously hot. For fall, I’ll just add leggings and/or skinny jeans and a sweater.

Gemma Dress!

What do you think? Do you like Gemma as a dress? I’d love to know if you give it a try!

15 thoughts on “Gemma…as a DRESS!

  1. That’s fabulous! I don’t need another tank pattern, but I would absolutely buy Gemma if the dress option were included.

    • So glad you like it, Penelope! We aren’t planning on re-releasing the pattern as a dress, but it’s super easy to modify as you can see!

  2. What a great dress! I love it for it’s coolness and the fabric is perfect 🙂 I truly wish your patterns were available in print…I have been avoiding PDF but perhaps in time I’ll have to get over it when I see patterns like yours…. 🙂

    • Thanks, Natalie!! I did try it with the original curve and it just looked a little lame…the small curve works for a top, but not as much for a tunic or dress, I think?

  3. Love it! Great fabric too. Inspired me to get around to taping my PDFs together and tracing with sweedish – will be whipping up soon! BTW – the PDF print out thing is really soooo simple with this pattern! Its only 6 pages for the front and 6 for the back. It was so easy peasy to lay them out and tape together. It takes about 10 minutes longer than a regular pattern and it lays flatter easier, plus it is easier to see the different colors to trace the right size if you print in color. I’d say it shouldn’t stop anyone who likes the Gemma from going for it!

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