This fall we introduced the Sew Liberated patterns to our shop, and Bonnie has been busy making up samples to show them off! The Metamorphic Dress has been high on our list of patterns to try. It’s loose and reversible, ideal for layering, and has a free-spirited vibe that we love. There were a few hiccups in the making of this dress, but keep reading to find out how Bonnie dealt with them!
The Metamorphic Dress is a reversible jumper with a scoop neck, curved-hem overlay, and a gathered waist. It features patch pockets on one side and side-seam pockets on the reverse. The instructions are well-written and easy to follow. The “burrito method” for creating a lined bodice always feels like magic, and creates nicely finished (and reversible) results. (Plus, there’s a video tutorial available if you get stuck!) The waist gathers add a bit of ease to the skirt without being overdone.
Deciding which two fabrics to use for this reversible dress may have been the hardest part…so many combinations and possibilities! In the end we chose a lovely caramel-colored silk noil and a lightweight Robert Kaufman woven chambray. These two fabrics looked fabulous together, and seemed like a great combo for winter. But as Bonnie discovered, together they were just a bit too heavy for this pattern. Either one of these fabrics alone would have been just right, but when put together the heaviness weighed down the dress and added bulk. Next time, we would use a lighter-weight voile, rayon or even a Brussels washer linen for both layers. The chambray also lacks drape, despite being fairly lightweight, which also affected the overall look of the dress.
Fit & Adjustments
Although it turned out cute in the end, Bonnie had to make quite a few adjustments to the Metamorphic Dress. On the outer layer, Bonnie took the side seams of the skirt in 3″ and shortened the length by 1.5″. On the underskirt, she took the side seams in 2″ to reduce the fullness of the skirt and eliminated the in-seam pockets so the waist and hips weren’t too bulky. This likely wouldn’t have been an issue with lighter-weight fabrics… lesson learned! She also ended up gathering the front bodice to get a better fit in the chest. It is important to note that there are no darts in the bodice, so it’s meant to be a looser-cut and works best for D-cups or smaller (even though the size chart goes up to a 48.5″ bust measurement).
This is a darling pattern, and I like to think we learned a few lessons for next time! Choosing two lighter-weight fabrics (even a knit) would make it look more like the pattern photo. In addition, the fullness of the dress is part of its charm but can also overwhelm some frames. Thankfully with a few tweaks it turned out pretty darn cute, and is reversible to boot! And who doesn’t love a twofer??