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Sew Liberated Metamorphic Dress

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We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you’ll need to download the digital instructions, as we don’t print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the printed A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day.

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Buy the Metamorphic Dress sewing pattern from Sew Liberated. The Metamorphic Dress is a wardrobe-building dress for all seasons. Featuring a high/low waist seam and complete reversibility, it's inspired by the possibility of layers - wear it with the tiered skirt and patch pockets, or flip it inside out and enjoy a basic, single-layer pinafore with in-seam pockets. Layer it over jeans, leggings, or a mid-length Stasia Dress, or layer it under your favourite woven tee or knitted cardigan. Wear it on the beach over your swimsuit or a short-sleeve, fitted knit tee. The fit is easy, with no bodice darts and plenty of room for the waist. It is drafted for a D cup and below.

This sewing pattern is available to buy in the following formats:

– PAPER (next working day dispatch on orders and FREE UK delivery over £50)

– PDF (available to download immediately after purchase). What is a PDF?

– PDF pattern + Printed A0 copy shop (We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you’ll need to download the digital instructions, as we don’t print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day). What is Copy Shop?

Suggested fabrics: Choose a fabric with a nice drape, such as sandwashed rayon or silk noil. For a more structured dress you can use cotton ikat or linen. It is important to choose fabric, at least for the under layer, that is reversible. The wrong side of the fabric will show as the longer layer of the skirt when the dress is worn with the layered side out.

Fabric requirements: 44" (115 cm) wide fabric: 2 1/2 yd (2.3 m) for the top layer + 2 5/8 yd (2.4 m) for the under layer // 54" (137 cm) wide fabric: 2 1/8 yd (1.9 m) for the top layer + 2 1/4 yd (2 m) for the under layer.

Sizing: US 0 - 24 (approx. UK 6/8 - 22/24). Please check the designer's size chart and finished garment measurements.

PDF pattern includes: Instructions; US letter/A4 print-at-home pattern (25 pages); A0 copy shop pattern (2 sheets) // Layers: No // Projector file: No.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Emerald Green and Mustard Ikat

I love this dress! It's simple but it works so well! I made this dress between a size 4 and 6.

Meg has drafted such a great pattern using good directions and illustrations.  She walks you through the fit, the options, and all the ways to make this garment last.  She uses the burrito method for sewing up the reversible dress and her video (link in the pattern) makes it so easy!

I love that this dress is reversible which gives you so many styling options.  I chose a bright emerald green and mustard square double ikat for the top layer and a coordinating linen/rayon mustard fabric for the under layer.  I thought it would allow for the most options when it comes to styling to have a solid on one side and a fun print on the other.  Plus the colors are great for all year.

I made a muslin of the top in a straight size 4 and realized that I needed a bit more ease in the bust.  I grade out to a size 6 at the bodice sides but kept the size 4 for the shoulders and the skirt.  An important note is that there are no buttons or zippers to get in and out of the dress; so you will need to have enough ease over the bust to pull it over your head.  It's meat to fit like a jumper or pinafore with enough room to layer underneath.    I have this fit which I like but will probably take it in a very small amount next time on the sides.

I also made three additional modifications.  First, I raised the armhole by 1/2 inch because I didn't want my bra to show and this definitely worked.  I also brought the shoulders/neckline in by 1/2 inch because the bodice muslin didn't hit on the edge of my shoulder but was too wide. I also added 2 1/2 inches to the length of the bodice so it would sit closer to my natural waist.  I measured down from the edge of the bodice after trying on my muslin to determine the length.  The shorter bodice is cute but I thought it might not be my style.  The length was, of course, 2 1/2 inches longer, which I absolutely love.  Its right at my knees so good for all seasons.  I also finished ALL my seams, even the ones on the neckline, because I didn't want this to ever unravel.  I hope to keep it as long as I can.

I plan to make a few more of these dresses in some of my fun ikats from India and maybe some leftover tencel challis.

Such a fun make!

This dress pattern has no buttons or zips, no bindings or facings, it is such a straightforward make it is a joy to sew! It was pure, uninterrupted sewing - no fiddly bits or tricky techniques, just fun! I really loved the actual sewing of this, I also love the finished dress. I made the size 12 and love the fit and length. I love the layered look and found it really forgiving when I chose two completely different fabrics (drapey rayon and an old tablecloth!) Highly recommend this pattern, I will be making more!