Today is Gunmetal’s release into the world!!! Gunmetal is my personal favorite pattern and has been in my wardrobe for years.
Gunmetal is an edgy dress and blouse with figure flattering ruching and ruffled trim. Made completely out of stretch fabrics, it is surprisingly comfortable while being flirty and fun. This pattern can be used with a variety of unique sheers and laces as the overlay resulting in fun color combinations. View A has contrasting panels with matching ruffles, sheer sleeves, and buttons down the center front. A softly draping circle skirt finishes the bottom of the dress an inch above the knee. View B has a gothic lolita vibe and features ready-to-wear hardware details and faux corset accents. The blouse has a fashionable peplum that finishes at the high hip and the sleeves are finished with clear elastic in the hem.
You can tell how much I am obsessed with it by seeing how often I used it. I wore a Gunmetal for my engagement pictures, for my rehearsal dinner, and even had all my bridesmaids wear Gunmetal for my wedding! All my personal versions were made with view B, but many made in dress form or with view A sleeves. I made the samples in view A so you will get to see all kinds of versions. In addition, the testers and promoters went wild with all kinds of mish-mashes between the views and they all look gorgeous!
I’m showing you a few different versions in this post but I will be going into detail on each one in future posts so you can see what I did differently on each one. In addition, I’ll be showing testers versions so you all can see how different it can look depending on what you leave out or add more of! Here is a closeup of the faux corseting so you can see it in detail. You can also see the ruched panels really well in this picture.
There are a few things I want to let you know about Gunmetal. It comes in both printed version and PDF (A4 compatible) as well as print shop versions (included in PDF)–which now work with A0 paper! (Thanks to Velosewer!) The printed version comes in the cute packaging you see here where the bow is actually the prong that attaches the packaging together. It is sturdy and gorgeous!
View B of this pattern, the ones you see featured above, uses twenty 3/8″ D-rings. It is very hard to find D-rings this small so I sourced them and made them available for you at cost if you want them. I didn’t want the lack of small enough D-rings to keep anyone from getting their inner gothic lolita on!
You can buy this pattern with twenty D-rings included for only $2 extra dollars and no extra shipping. Or, if you already have the pattern and decide later to make view B, or want to make more than one view B, you can buy the D-rings separately for the same price with a small shipping fee.
Gunmetal’s instructions show you how to make this fully lined, however, if you want a lighter version, it is very simple to leave out the lining and neaten up your seams with serging or another seam finish. In fact, I only lined one of my versions! My insides aren’t drop dead gorgeous, but I still love the finished look.
The sew-along page has all the information you could possibly want to know about Gunmetal including finished garment measurements, pictures, metric and imperial envelope backs and more! The sew-along won’t begin until the new year to give everyone time for loved ones and gift sewing for the holidays. The sew-along badges are already available in the side bar though so if you you love the pattern or think you might join us, grab the badge and show some love!
What do you think? Still with me? If so, here comes the prize! The physical version of the pattern will be 15% off through November 27th, the day before US Thanksgiving. Both the individual pattern and the pattern that comes with the D-rings. Use code gun15metal to get 15% off your physical pattern!
Lastly, don’t forget about our themed giveaway! The Gunmetal giveaway will go live soon!
All versions are available in the shop.