I'm so excited to be joining Jenn from A Jennuine Life/Jennuine Design to kick off the blog tour for her latest pattern, the Verona Dress! Miss P and I had the chance to test this pattern, and it was a huge hit with both of us.
To be honest, I've been sewing tons and tons of knits lately, and my wovens stash has been pretty neglected. Miss P wears tunics or dresses and leggings to school most days, so that's what I've been sewing for her. We're a pretty casual family (to P's disappointment ;) ) so my fancy girl doesn't have lots of opportunities for nice-dress wearing. For this dress, we will totally make an exception.
The Verona Dress has lots of great features that make it a fun sew and really wearable - Jenn drafted and tested the dress from newborn to size 12, and in the non-baby sizes there are no closures at all. The dress has a neat notched collar, a notch in the back of the neckline, and elastic in the back at the waistline to make it easy to pull on and off. The bodice is fully lined, and Jenn even made a great video tutorial to further illustrate how to sew up a lined sleeveless bodice like this one. I'm completely challenged when it comes to spatial relations, and despite clear and well-illustrated instructions in the written tutorial, it took the video to really make it easy for me to complete the bodice. Actually, once I viewed the video, I went back to my sewing machine and finished the bodice on the first try - and then shrieked a little about how cool it was that it came together like that!
The skirt is also lined, and the underskirt is cut a little longer so it peeks out from the bottom. The way Jenn wrote the pattern encloses the elastic and leaves the skirt nice and full at the waistline - the extra volume is perfect for twirling!
When we tested this dress, Miss P was still sporting two casts from her tendon surgery, but that didn't stop her from dancing and twirling for our photoshoot. I'm sure she'll be wearing this for Passover with our family, and throughout the upcoming summer, too. Jenn includes detailed size charts, and because the skirts are cut separately from the bodice, it's easy to mix and match sizes or add length to either portion if you need to. I cut a size 4 based on my girl's chest and waist measurements, but lengthened the skirt based on her height.
I'm glad we went the classic route with this watercolor fabric - the Verona dress has a great vintage vibe and is an awesome mix of classic styling with modern details. Jenn included lots of other options, too, including several sleeve lengths, an adorable notched pocket, and instructions for adding tulle to the underskirt. Miss P has already asked me to add those pockets to the next Verona dress I sew for her!
You can find the Verona dress in Jenn's shop here (and it's still on sale through Saturday!), and make sure to check out the rest of the tester tour this week and next!