I really cannot believe that we are almost done with the Sew What Club year! It has been a fun and interesting ride with a LOT of learning on my part ha! But more on that later. For now I wanted to introduce the last women’s pattern that will be sent out on June 15th. This is the last pattern so here is a little tricky insider info, if you become a monthly member for the month of June you will get the pattern at the member price and don’t even have to worry about canceling your membership! It will automatically be cancelled for you! Easy peasy! And believe me the $7 member price is a great deal!
I have always wanted a REALLY well fitted dress. One that looks like it was made for me (because, um, I made it for myself ha!). I wanted to be able to have a pattern that when I had a special event or date it was my go to. I wanted to beef up my sad sad Sunday wardrobe which has been sorely neglected since I started having kiddos and basically lived in skirts.
One of my best friends Lena is in a dress 99% of the time. I honestly can say aside from when we have worked out together I have never seen her in anything else. And her dresses are always gorgeous and fitted and flattering. So I went into creating this dress with her in mind. It took a while working with our grader to get it perfect. To get the darts in just the right spot with just the right length.
But it was TOTALLy worth all that muslin I burned through. The small size of the Lena was born and from there we worked out. Yes small… I am usually a medium but I am getting pretty sick of patterns running so ridiculously small, so I took creator liberty and decided I was a small. It feels good to be a small again ha! I have used every type of zipper on this pattern (and will be sharing the three different versions). I felt like this large gingham was screaming for an exposed zipper.
I LOVE it! I little pop of attitude in the back! Never fear though if you prefer normal or invisible invisible zippers it turns out just as lovely! And we include links to our absolute favorite tutorials for all three.
I was also very inspired by THIS Shabby Apple dress and for that reason asked our grader to help me make a floor length version as well. It does take a lot of fabric and I know the silouhette isn’t for everyone but it is nice to have the option! I will be sharing that version later this week!
To find out more about the Lena or to become a member for the last month head on over HERE.