101 Gaza Dress


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Misses 6-18

This sewing pattern for an ankle-length gown is composed of easy-to-construct panels that are perfect for pieced or handwoven fabric variations, needlework, and other embellishment. Create an heirloom thobe with one of the traditional embroidery designs included in the pattern.

This dress pattern is made exactly from the garment worn for centuries by women in Gaza.  The loose-fitting ankle-length kaftan-style dress has long sleeves, slightly narrowed at the wrists, three side panels on each side, shoulder and front yokes, and front split opening.  Two optional embroidery designs are included for the front yoke, as well as suggests for other authentic decoration. 

Includes multi-sized pattern tissue, sewing Instructions and two embroidery designs and techniques.

Suggested fabrics: Crisp or soft fabrics such as denim, broadcloth, muslin, linen, lightweight wool. Traditional colors are black, indigo, white, or natural.

Yardage chart (.pdf)

Sizing chart (.pdf)

This pattern is available as a Paper pattern and PDF pattern. Choose the
pattern format you want in the drop down menu. The PDF pattern has files for
copy shop (36” and A0), print at home (A4 and 8.5”x11”), as well as instructions and embroidery instructions.

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Liz from British Columbia, Canada, who has made this pattern in everything from silk to fleece, shares this modified construction sequence that she devised to make it easier to sew the dress on a serger and so the dress can be painted or appliquéd as a whole:

  1. Do not stitch shoulder seams or tops of sleeves, as directed in Step One of the pattern.
  2. Stitch Front Side Panels to Mid Side Panels, as directed in Step One of the pattern.
  3. Stitch Mid Side Panels to Back Side Panels, as directed in Step One of the pattern.
  4. Stitch underarm Sleeve seams to notch 4, as directed in Step Three of the pattern.
  5. With right sides together, pin and stitch combined Side Panels to Sleeves, matching notch 4 at center of Mid Side Panel to notch 4 on Sleeves, as directed in Step Three of the pattern.
  6. Stitch Side Panels and Sleeves to Front, as directed in Step Four of the pattern. Then stitch to only one seam on the Back. At this point, the whole dress can be laid out flat and painted or decorated as desired.
  7. Stitch final Back seam.
  8. Stitch shoulders and top seams of sleeves from neck edge to wrist.
  9. Apply Yokes, as directed in Step Two of original pattern. Liz has also modified the pattern to insert a front zipper, for ease of dressing.