Pattern Name and Designer: Christine Haynes Verano (view C)
Materials used (fabric, notions, kits, etc.): Lady McElroy Orange Blossom Linen/Viscose, Dyed River Shell 15mm buttons in Apricot, Pellon SF101
Modifications: Full bust adjustment from drafted c cup to d cup, 1.5" added to bodice length, shoulder slope adjustment, graded down to a 2X at the waist, raised the armpit by 1"
I love a nice, flowy, summer dress, so as soon as I saw the Verano pattern I knew I wanted to take a crack at making one, and once we got this gorgeous fabric in, I knew it was meant for this dress! This linen and viscose blend has the most lovely drape to it, and the colors are so saturated and fun – perfect for a simple canvas like the Verano. Add in a few colorful buttons, and you've got the ideal summer garment.
The Verano is the first pattern from Christine Haynes I've made, but the instructions were so clear and well written, the size range so inclusive, and the dress so simple and fun to sew, that I am positive it won't be my last. It's a pretty simple make, but I'd not done a button placket in ages and having the clear illustrations was much appreciated. I also really enjoyed the vast amount of possibilities this pattern presents.
The Verano seems to be endlessly customizable, with four different views and three mix and match pocket options, perfect for people like me who like to remake patterns a lot. I did view C, but switched the patch pockets for the side seam pockets of view D. I'm already looking forward to making other combinations!
That said, I did run into some challenges with the fit of this pattern. I was between sizes, so initially decided to do a muslin in the 4X. But there was way too much ease for my taste, and the armpits were massive! I ended up going with a 3X and doing a full bust adjustment, as well as bringing up the armpit (that was still too deep for my taste), and grading down to the 2X for the waist. I definitely recommend double checking the finished garment measurements for this pattern. Despite that, I still very much loved making this dress, and I think the finished result was well worth it. The adjustments I made were easy ones to do, and I think any adventurous beginner should be able to handle this pattern just fine.