Have you ever thought of turning a top pattern into a dress? This is one of the most popular pattern “hacks” you can do and it applies to almost everything. I have tried it in the past with my Agnes top pattern and I really wanted to do the same with another favorite, the Gable top by Jennifer Lauren. So this post is all about how to hack the Gable top into a dress!
The Gable top is a 50’s inspired slash neck jersey top. It is very easy to make, very stylish and elegant! I made it as a top back in December and I can’t even tell you how much I’ve worn it so far! I LOVE it and this is not an understatement! Next week I’ll show you 4 different ways to style it.
How to do this easy hack?
But anyway, back to the hack. As I said I really wanted to make a body-con type dress with this pattern, so here’s what I did!
I held the front pattern piece in front of a mirror, marked where its hem ended and measured the distance from there to the point I wanted the dress to hit me. To create a midi length dress, I added 45 cm from the top’s hem. You’ll have to add the same amount to both the front and the back pattern pieces. That’s it! I sewed the dress exactly as I would sew the top, except I had longer side seams 🙂 Nothing complicated!
I fell in love with the end result! The royal blue ponte di Roma from Tsagrinos.gr looks so elegant and I think this color suits me, I should wear it more often! Because the fabric is a double knit, it is not very tight on me and hides the imperfections of my body. I don’t think I could pull it off if it was a lighter weight jersey!
As for the size, the blue dress is a size 12. It is comfortable and nice, but I have to say I took the sleeves and the side seams in by a lot, so I guess I ended up with a size 10. There was too much excess fabric under the armholes and it looked baggy and I prefer it tighter there.
I liked this hack so much that I decided to make another one, this time for my Minerva Crafts Blogger Network Post. I used this beautiful Atelier Brunette jersey, which is a little bit lighter weight than the blue ponte, but still ok for this dress. This is actually a size 10 and you can read all about it on Minerva Crafts.
I hope you like this hack! If you have any questions that I can answer, please don’t hesitate to contact me!