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Athina's Named Clothing " Gemma Maxi Dress" Review

Hello everyone! I’m so excited to write my first Sewalicious Blogger Team Post! For my first make I decided to pair one of the Sewalicious ponte di roma jerseys and a pattern that I had my eye on for months, the "Gemma Maxi Dress" from Named Clothing.


After browsing the website for hours, trying to find the best fabric to make the dress, I finally decided to go for a "Black Spots on Grey" ponti di roma. When my lovely parcel arrived, I was very surprised to see that the fabric had an interesting texture, because the polka dots are embossed on the fabric, which gives it a 3D effect. It is sooo soft, warm and washed really beautifully that I couldn’t be happier with my choice!

The pattern I picked has two versions, a jumper and a maxi dress. I went for the maxi dress, just because I love wearing them in the summer, but I never had a maxi dress for winter and I wanted to give it a go! The design and the construction method are very, very interesting and I’ve never seen anything like that before! The front bodice consists of many little pieces that you put together like a jigsaw. It was very easy to make and I finished it in less than 3 hours!


I had absolutely no problem with the instructions and the fabric was a dream to sew! It didn’t roll like some jerseys do and the fact that it doesn’t fray meant that I didn’t use my overlocker to finish the seams.


I made a few changes to the pattern from the start. As I saw the pattern pieces, I noticed that the dress would be too long on me, so I chopped off approximately 20 cm to get it to the desired length (I am 1,65m tall) . I also took the dress in at the side seams by an extra cm.


As for the sizing, I went for a UK 12, which should be ok according to the measurements on the pattern instructions, but in retrospect I should have sized down because I find the dress a little big at the hips and the shoulders. I think I could get away with a size 10. That said, this is meant to be a semi-fitted dress and wearing it tighter is just a personal preference.


Overall, I am very happy with my Gemma dress. I can style it in so many ways, wear it with a pair of sneakers to run my errands or with a belt and high heels for a casual night out! I think the fabric and the pattern were a great match and I definitely recommend them both! For my next version I’m going to try making a color blocked dress and play around with the little pieces and I’m already thinking of a Christmas one in a red velvet!


I hope you like it too,

happy sewing,


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Great blog post.  Love the photo with the belt on.  Really classy. Sue
Love those pattern pieces at the front! What an interesting construction. I’m going to have to check this out although I’d probably do a shorter version to wear with thick tights in a Scottish winter! Christine x
Perfect for UK weather.Looks very warm and cosy xx
Love the idea of a winter maxi dress! The detail on the bodice is lovely and I like the neckline too. You wear it beautifully and I particularly like the version with a belt. Fabric is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing and look forward to seeing the others you have planned x Sally
Hi Athina - your dress looks lovely on you. A really good choice of fabric too. Such a nice pattern and a very interesting and unusual bodice with all those panels. I agree you could have some fun with colour blocking here! It was nice to read your comments about the sizing and construction and this would be useful for anyone wanting to try it themselves. I look forward to seeing your red velvet sounds gorgeous. Pxxx
Hi Athina I was very impressed with your blog on the Named Clothing Gemma maxi dress. It was succinctly delivered paying attention to details on pattern alterations & size adjustments, all very helpful for the potential users. Very descriptive reference made to the fabrics used again extremely helpful.
The dress looks lovely on you & I like your idea of a winter maxi dress & will definitely consider this pattern now. Well done.
Love it styled with the belt! It looks fantastic on you - not to mention comfortable!