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Yolanda’s Verano Dress & Sagebrush Top Are the Definition of Comfort

This is an image of a woman standing in front of a white brick wall wearing a black dress and white shirtYolanda is one of our wonderful, local Brand Ambassadors. Hopefully you have been following her sewing journey here on our blog. She is a delight and her project breakdowns are just as much of a joy to read. Follow @yosproc on Instagram. 

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!

 

This is an up close image of a short sleeve that has an elastic opening.

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.

This is an image of the bottom of a dress. The hem and ruffle are shown.

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.

This is an image of the back of a woman wearing a shirt that ties closed at the neck. The fabric of the shirt she is wearing is white with stars on it and the dress she is wearing is black with stars on it.

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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