Laurel Dress by Greenstyle for Sew Fab Pattern Bundle!
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I was asked to review the Laurel Dress or Tunic by Greenstyle Creations. This is a great pattern for someone just starting out with knits. It comes together very easily and had several options for sleeve and skirt lengths, making it a versatile pattern for any season. The cowl neck adds a sophisticated touch that lets you slip this dress on and it feels like you’re in a complete outfit. No need to add layers, or even accessorize very much. I love that!
Since we are on the tail end of Spring and the Summer of No Pants is fast approaching, I wanted to make a light version of this dress.
I chose an open knit fabric in dove gray for the Laurel, and I made a simple slip dress to go under it in a very lightweight watermelon pink jersey knit (affiliate links). The lacy fabric was really delicate to work with, but it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. It did get a bit snaggy at times, but as long as I was aware of it, it wasn’t too bad. I’m really pleased with the lightness and drape.
I don’t own a serger, so I did this all on my regular machine with a walking foot attached. The only adjustments I made were to eliminate the pockets (I actually love pockets on a dress, but since the fabric is see-though, I didn’t think it would look very nice!) and I made the dress in size Small but the sleeves in Medium. I’m 5’4″ and 140lbs and I usually wear a Medium, but the small is still roomy for me, so I definitely suggest sizing down. I made the slip dress underneath by tracing a loose-fitting tank top and then just continuing the line down to just above my knees, with the tiniest A-line flare. I Iove the way it *just* peeks out of the bottom of the dress.
The back of the dress had an option for pleats or a straight skirt. I don’t really need any extra flare in the back, if you know what I mean, so I went with the straight back option.
Overall, I’m happy with this pattern and I love it in this fabric. It’s really very comfortable, like wearing a roomy t-shirt, but has a tailored look. I can see it wearing well into the fall and even the winter by making a black slip dress to go with it or throwing on some leggings and boots.
You can purchase the Sew Fab Spring Pattern Bundle (affiliate link) for $29.95 this week only! The sale ends on May 13th, and once it’s over, it’s over. You can support independent pattern designers by purchasing the bundle from any of the designers below.
(Designers in order from Top left to right) Greenstyle Creations, Handmade Therapy, MODKID, Everything Your Mama Made, The Scientific Seamstress, Figgy’s Patterns, Two Sweets Patterns, Things for Boys, Patchwork Posse, Betz White, LBG Studio, Mouse House Creations, Gingercake, Heidi & Finn, Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Terra’s Treasures, Paisley Roots, Molly Blossom Designs, Sewing Mama RaeAnna. Sale sponsored by The Southern Institute.
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