Giselle Dress PDF Sewing Pattern

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The Giselle Dress is a semi-fitted but casual and contemporary midi sheath dress. It features a double darted bodice, T-shirt length sleeves, and a sweet round neckline. It’s shaped through the waist and hip with panels in the skirt, into which you can insert an optional cheeky split. It closes at the centre back with an invisible zip and keyhole opening, and the neckline is finished neatly with bias binding. Giselle has a mid-length hem, but of course you can hem it wherever you like to suit you.

Super versatile, it’s all in the fabric choice and styling with Giselle. Wear yours at the weekend, to work, for a fun evening out – she’ll even look the part at a special occasion! Keep it simple and striking in a solid fabric, choose a ditsy floral for a casual day look, or go all out with a big bold print. Giselle makes a great canvas to show off that special fabric.

A perfect base for a bit of pattern hacking, you can easily shorten or lengthen the sleeves and skirt hems, make just the skirt, or even change the skirt completely. How about creating a gathered skirt from a simple rectangle of fabric for a completely different look?

See what other people have been making in the Giselle Dress Gallery!

Sewing Level
The Giselle Dress is an advanced beginner to intermediate level sewing pattern. As the bodice is fairly fitted, we recommend you make a toile first so you can make any adjustments to the fit before you cut into your fabric.

Sewalong
Fancy sewing your Giselle Dress along with Lisa? Watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the Giselle Dress sewalong on the Sew Over It YouTube channel!

Fabric Suggestions
We recommend lightweight woven fabrics with drape for the Giselle Dress, such as viscose or tencel twill, viscose challis and lightweight crepes. A linen viscose blend could be lovely as well, as long as it is drapey. You can also use cottons with a good drape, such as seersucker or voile, though you may wish to line a dress sewn in voile, or wear a slip. We recommend avoiding crisper cottons such as poplin or lawn, as these don’t have the required drape. Find the fabrics that Lisa’s Giselle Dresses are made from in the Giselle Dress fabric category.

Fabric Requirements
The Giselle Dress sewing pattern is sized between UK sizes 6-30. The pattern is split into two different blocks, sizes 6-20 (B cup) and sizes 18-30 (D cup). See the chart for details on fabric requirements.

Like all our patterns, the sizes are nested to make it easier to grade between the sizes, depending on your measurements.

What will I receive?
The downloadable pattern file contains:

  • printable pattern (in both tiled print-at-home and copyshop format)
  • fully-photographed printable instruction booklet
  • imperial/metric conversion size chart
  • copyshop permission letter

The Giselle Dress pattern is either 34 A4 pages, 32 US letter pages, or 2 A0 copyshop page (sizes 6-20), or 40 A4/US letter pages, or 2 A0 copyshop page (size 18-30).

If you purchase the PDF Pattern + Copyshop Printing option, you will also receive your pattern printed on A0 paper in the post. Find out more about our PDF Printing Service here.

So what is a PDF pattern?
A PDF pattern is a downloadable pattern that you print yourself at home on A4 or US letter paper. Alternatively you can choose to have the copyshop files printed on large A0 paper, and posted to you at home. If you’re using the A4 or US letter options, simply download, print at home, tape together and let the sewing begin! When you print the pattern, print at 100% (you might have to uncheck the scale box). Print page 1 first, the square should measure 10cm x 10cm.

Never used a PDF pattern before and would like some help? Learn everything you need to know in our handy Guide to Assembling PDF Patterns over on our blog!