Pattern Reviews

Marbella (the dress not the holiday destination)

Like #Daphne I have recently ‘found’ Itch to Stitch patterns that are drafted so brillantly for a cup size bigger than a B!

This is the second Itch to Stitch pattern I have used. I admit to being so excited by discovering them, I have a queue of literally all their patterns designed with cup sizes, lined up as future projects.

On to the Marbella. The pattern comes with a great size range 00 – 20 and 4 cup sizes, A to D. Now I’m not going to bore you with actual bra cup sizes and how they don’t really correlate to the pattern but I’ll just say I went with the size that matched my full bust measurement and waist.

Ok, so what do I love about the pattern.

1. Obviously, because it has pattern pieces drafted for bigger cup sizes, yay, no FBA is required.

2. Princess seams, love them, so easy to make adjustments and if necessary grade, although I didn’t actually find these adjustments needed for this pattern. They’re just very flattering. There is a front and back yoke too. Altogether this design makes for a great fitting bodice.

3. The pattern comes with pieces for a tulip skirt or half circle skirt. Both look elegant and flattering.

4. The instructions and pattern pieces come with clear guidance regarding either lining the full dress or just the bodice

5. Pockets! Now usually it’s enough for me to say yay the dress has pockets! In reality in seam pockets flapping about do annoy me a little. This dress however, has the simplicity of inseam pockets but the top of them is sewn in at the waist.


6. I really love that the lining / facings for the yolk are in the main fabric, makes for a really neat finish.

7. The PDF comes with AO pattern pieces which you can send to Printers. No sticky tape required. I use such a fast turnaround and good value in  my opinion.

The fabric I have used came from Fancy Silks in Birmingham, during a recent shopping trip with some lovely ladies. Such a great day out, can’t wait until the next one.

I have to say it is the most beautiful viscose that was lovely to sew. I didn’t find it too slippery, I just used lots of pins whilst cutting out and sewing up. I do wish I had purchased some of the pink based colourway of the fabric too. The print is fun and quirky but not too weird for my taste. I think Fabrics Galore currently stock both colours.

I only lined the bodice because I had just a little of my usual nude rayon fabric from Sew Over It left. I do hope they restock this rayon, it’s my favourite lining. The dress would be beautifully finished with full lining but I’ll just have to wear a half slip/petticoat with this version.

The only thing I did differently was to use a concealed zipper because I prefer them and well, that’s what I had available. I am around 5ft 3 inch and so without any adjustment the skirt without alteration is a good length.

Hope you like the finished dress. I’m planning more, obviously.



2 thoughts on “Marbella (the dress not the holiday destination)

  1. I love that dress – definitely going to have to check out Itch to Stitch patterns – and I’ve just discovered Netprinter too – bl***y marvellous! No more cutting and sticking!


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