Floral Marimekko Calvin Dress

Who can resist a bold floral Marimekko Print? I scooped up this print as soon as the email hit my inbox from Core Fabrics. I realized when I started putting together this blog post that the colors are some of my branding colors for the blog- that forest green in mustard gold- which may explain why I was so drawn to this fabric! Plus, I just love those giant Hibiscus Flowers.

The fabric is lightweight- but not sheer and has a cool smooth hand which is so lovely to work with- and wear! I purchased 2.5 yds and started searching through my stash for a dress pattern. I bought the bias tape to 3 colors to see which one I liked best then went back and bought more of the green colorway.

If you haven’t seen Core’s bas tape selection -go check it out. So many lovely colors and it’s a really nice weight. My dress is bound completely in the forest color. I had tried the gold but it was a bit much. I removed it and started again.

I originally had the ring hardware for adjustable straps but decided I would never adjust these anyway so I just measure the armole and secured the bias in place. I will say using the hardware does make for a clean finish. But I really never wear adjustable straps.

Fabric & Notions:

Watercolour Floral Print Satin Finish Marimekko Deadstock – Cream + Teal

OOS- Core Fabrics

Gütermann All Purpose Sew-all Thread – Army Green 644


The Calvin pattern is a wrap dress and top with exposed bias binding that extends into long ties to form a bow closure. It has rings and sliders which create adjustable shoulder straps for an easy fit. View A is a short top that hits approximately two inches below the natural waist. View B is a straight dress that hits at mid calf.

Alterations: Size 8 graded out slightly at the hips. Bust dart altered off my sloper. No sliders.

Here are a few close ups. One alteration I really worked on for this version was the bust dart. The pattern is drafted for a C cup, and I’m a B. I was going to do a small bust adjustment but then decided it would be easier to just redraft the front using my slope- since the dart was actually a little high for me as well at 47. You can see my earlier version here: Navy Linen Calvin Top.

I really love the fit now and the angle of the dart is perfect for me. I am probably going to wear this most as a swim/ yoga cover-up dress. A wrap dress is always perfect for that!

This dress is really nicely drafted so the wrap has a nice amount of coverage for walking with the front panel. I serged all my pieces prior to construction with coordinating mustard thread and then pressed them all open. For the tie entry I left a gap in my seam instead of the buttonhole which looks much nicer. I did grade this out slightly at the hips. I just eyeballed it- mainly because I just like a little more room for sitting.

I may raise the back a few inches on my next version and cut it on the fold. It hits a little low. I could have raised the straps a bit- but I liked where the armhole was sitting. So next time I’ll play around with raising that up.

This dress is so comfy and easy. I just love it. I have a feeling I’ll be making a few more next spring!

Back soon with more makes! Happy sewing!

2 responses to “Floral Marimekko Calvin Dress”

  1. Diane Avatar

    Cute shaping on the bodice and back makes this dress unique! Love the mustard detail too!

    1. Rebecca Avatar

      Isn’t it pretty! Bonus it’s so comfortable!

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