Hello! I’m Jessamy, from JessamyBMakes and I’m so excited to share my newest Marigold dress with you today!
The Marigold Dress
I’m sure you’ve seen the excitement around the re-release of the Marigold Dress (affiliate link). A new split sleeve option has been added, as well as some improvements to the fit. I really struggled with my decision on what sleeves to make, as there are so many good choices! I originally had planned on the traditional long sleeve with cuffs and placket, to make this dress heavily inspired by a men’s dress shirt. However, the more I thought about it, I realized that I wanted to make this dress as “All Season” as possible.
To achieve that, I used this lovely light weight dotted chambray from Imagine Gnats. I’ve actually had this fabric stashed specifically for a shirt dress for years! I knew the Marigold would be a perfect match. It is a light weight fabric, so I finally settled on sewing up the cap sleeve option.
My favorite feature of this dress is the bodice placket and gathered front yoke. It gives the dress a very classic look, but it also has an elastic waist, to keep it comfortable. I also found the gathered front yoke made this dress very easy to fit. I typically have to do a small bust adjustment to most of my dresses and tops. I found that the slight gathers gave just enough visual detail that I didn’t need to adjust the pattern at all. I would of course still recommend making a muslin, but you might find that the Marigold is an easier button down style to fit that a typical button down.
There are also pockets included in the dress option. Of course I chose to add them, because pockets.
I found the Marigold to be a very fast sew. The construction is very straightforward. There is a fully lined yoke and a front button placket, but don’t let that intimidate you. The instructions walk you through all the steps, and it comes together very easily. Once you have the bodice constructed, the peplum and skirt option both sew up very quickly, giving you a top or dress in almost no time. The only changed I made to this dress was to sew a slightly deeper hem. I’m short, so this made the dress the perfect length for me without having to adjust the patten pieces.
As we head into fall, I wanted to show you why this dress is perfect for layering. As I mentioned, I used a light weight fabric and chose the cap sleeve option. These sleeves fit so nicely under a sweater! I’m so happy that I can wear this dress without any of that cumbersome bunching of fabric that can sometimes happen. Now I can throw this dress on with tights and sweater and be ready for whatever the weather throws at me.
I’m very happy with my new Marigold, I know I can wear it any time of the year and be perfectly comfortable!