Free Pattern Friday 01/04/22: Marijke Patterns Frilly Dress for Libelle Magazine

Apr 01 2022 Tags: Free Sewing Pattern, PDF Patterns, PDF Sewing Pattern

Spring is in the air & I'm back with another free pattern & this week I've got a lovely frock for you!

The Marijke frilly dress is by Dutch pattern designer Marijke & is the perfect loose fitting tiered dress, there are lots of options for this & it would look different depending on the fabric that you choose.

It's got a lovely notched V neck which is finished with a facing. Instead of bust darts, there are gentle gathers at the shoulders & it has multiple length options, depending on the depth & the amount of tiers that you add.  A tie can be added for a boho look plus there are 3 sleeve options: long or 3/4 with elastic or leave the elastic out of the 3/4 length for a bell sleeve.  

It's available in sizes S - XXL which is 88cm/34.5"-117cm/46" bust, no other measurements are given, but having made this up recently I know that there's plenty of ease at the hips as they're just rectangles gathered into the bodice. This is a relatively easy sew & if you're not a fan of gathering using the traditional method of basting I've got a handy tutorial for gathering using elastic here which gives you a nice even finish.

To get the pattern, you just need to sign up for the Libelle newsletter & if you use Google Chrome, all the instructions are on the website - just make sure that you choose translate to English (unless you're Dutch of course & then it'll all make perfect sense!). There's an option to print at home or A0, which obviously we can help out with but there are only pattern pieces for the bodice & sleeves with measurements for the tiers, so not a lot of pages to stick together & only 1 page of A0.

You'll need from 2 to 3.5 metres of fabric, depending on the size & options that you choose. The fabric suggestions for this are drapey fabrics, such as cotton, silk or viscose. I made mine in a Broderie Anglaise which we have in 2 colourways: Black or Pale Blue.



Philippa made hers in an Atelier Brunette Cotton Gauze remnant she had in her stash and instead of sewing all the tiers, just sewed the first one to create a tunic-length top rather than a dress.

I think these Circle Line Rayons in green & pink would make fantastic Spring/Summer tiered dresses:

For something completely different you could try our our fabulous double sided double gauzes & have fun swapping the colours around for the different tiers. We have 2 colourways: grey/mauve & rouge/green. These are 100% cotton & would make a lovely floaty summer dress.


I actually started writing this blog post before the unseasonable snow we've had this week, so yes, you can blame me for you having to dust off your woolly hat!!

See you next week,



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