Dress Pattern: The Barcelona


The Barcelona sewing pattern is the perfect dress to take you from day to evening with 2 bodice options – a classic boat neck or a sassy V-back. Designed to make a statement in stripes with her chevroned detailed skirt, she is just as delightful in a plain fabric or make her in an elegant cloth for a chic and glamourous look.

Skill level: Intermediate

Sizing: UK 8 to 18

Fabric Requirements –

Refer to chart (in  photos) for fabric requirements, these are a quick guideline but each design within the pattern has different requirements.

  • 115cm wide fabric you will need a 2.80 metre length
  • 150cm wide fabric  you will need a 2.15 metre length

Suitable Fabric

  • Designed with a stripe in mind the Barcelona would also work well in a plain or printed cloth. use woven light to medium dress weight fabric with a soft stable handles such as denims, chambrays, linen, fine wools, brocade. Soft and drapey cloths may require extra ease at the hips to allow for the extra dropping that will occur at the hem and it may be advisable to omit the pockets
  • I’ve made this dress twice and love it! The step by step instructions are very straight forward. I’ve listed the photos of me in my dresses. On both occasions I didn’t have enough fabric for the whole dress so I used plain fabric for the top. The black top dress is actually jersey. As long as the jersey isn’t too stretch it worked well and meant I didn’t have to include a zip. The green top dress is made from cotton. The green cotton was quite sheer so I doubled up the fabric and bagged it out rather than using the bias binding sleeve and necklines.

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Equipment required

  • Sewing thread (polyester / all sew)
  • Dressmaking pins
  • Scissors (fabric and paper)
  • Sewing machine
  • Unpicker
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Invisible zip (see back of pattern for correct size as varies on each design)
  • Fusible interfacing apx 50 x 25cm (see back of pattern)
  • Hook and eye
  • Stay tape (version B) 60cm

What is included

  • Paper pattern printed on 60gsm paper
  • Multi-size pattern: UK sizes 8 to 18
  • Maker instructions in a fully illustrated booklet to guide you through sewing
  • Pattern includes seam allowances
  • Please head to Mavenpatterns.co.uk for tutorials.

About Maven Patterns

An independent pattern company run Sharon Maven. I met Sharon, her husband Richard (from James Tailoring) and their daughters at the Knitting & Stitching Show in October 2019 and loved their patterns. The clean designs that champion vintage fabrics. The designs are classic but definitely have a nod to vintage style It is important to me that every product I stock at Olive Road adheres to my ethical and sustainable values. Maven Patterns also put these values at the forefront of their business.

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