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I am back and super excited to share the results of my latest sewing adventure! I previously made a Christine Haynes Lottie dress so when I saw her latest pattern, the Verano Tank and Dress pattern, I knew I had to make one ASAP! The only challenge for me is that I am not a fan of wearing sleeveless garments so I also wanted to make something that I could wear under the dress. After giving it some thought, I returned to a staple in my patten repertoire and decided on Friday Pattern Company’s Sagebrush top, especially since it seems like puffy sleeves are having a moment. Honestly . . . I love puffy sleeves so I really don’t need an excuse!
Patterns: Verano Tank and Dress by Christine Haynes & Friday Pattern Company’s SagebrushTop
Fabric Used: Dress - Robert Kaufman Stellar in Astral & Top - Robert Kaufman Stellar in Crystal
Size Made: Dress - 2x & Top - 1x
Modifications - None
Both patterns are well written and incredibly easy to follow (even for a new sewist like me!)
The Verano dress sewed up quickly once I made the top part of the dress. I also did not need to adjust the length which is not always the case since I typically need to hem skirts and dresses. I love the drape of the fabric and look forward to it getting softer and more relaxed with wear and time.
I was a bit intimidated to start the top since I haven’t sewn anything with elastic yet; however, there was no need to worry. Not only are Friday Pattern Company’s patterns well written and easy to follow, but I was also able to find a great tutorial which walked me through sewing the entire pattern. I did omit the ruffle since I didn’t want to add bulk under the dress; however, I love this pattern so much, I have already started another top and will leave the ruffle in this time. In addition to the puffy sleeves, I also appreciate the little tie on the back of the top. It’s a sweet alternative to buttons or a zipper. Both patterns are great for beginners and the dress has enough different versions and options that I believe advanced sewists will find plenty to keep them engaged.
If you are looking for a quick summer dress/shirt combo, I suggest you give both of these patterns a try. The top will be in regular rotation this summer and I can also see myself wearing the dress into the fall and winter by adding a bulky cropped cardigan and some boots.
I look forward to seeing your versions of both garments!
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