Joanne Faux Knit Wrap Dress by Sinclair Patterns

Another test* and another great dress to come out of it with the Joanne Faux Knit Wrap Dress by Sinclair Patterns. This pattern company has steadily become a favourite of mine due to a great fit straight up and the fact that the garments are actually in rotation in my wardrobe.

The Joanne dress is fitted at the bodice with a faux wrap and a pleated accent to one side seam. The skirt pattern is available as a knee or midi length flared skirt and there is also the option of a top with an overlapped peplum. Sleeve lengths available are short, 3/4, long or elbow length and also a flounce variation and not to forget a sleeveless offering which also has a different cutting line for the armhole so the fit is spot on. If you love a dress with pockets, they are also an option, along with a belt/tie.

Fabric recommendations are a light to medium weight knit and for mine a chose an abstract brown spot rayon knit (97% rayon/3% spandex). I found the stretch and weight perfect for my sleeveless midi dress version. If your fabric isn’t as co-operative, instructions are provided for stabilising shoulder, waist and pockets seams. I chose the regular length pattern, although petite and tall options are available, along with all the other benefits of good PDF patterns.

Construction is actually quite quick with this dress, I’d say maximum 2 hours. The neckline isn’t too revealing either which I like. I’m really happy with the fit and didn’t make any alterations to the dress, even omitted my normal sway back. Although I made this as a summer version, I can layer it with a long sleeve top underneath to get me through the colder months.

The Joanne Dress is on sale currently for $7.99 through until 25th September!

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.

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Dakota Tunic/Dress by Sinclair Patterns

I’m sure we all have a few pattern companies that we favour, and Sinclair Patterns is fast becoming one of those for me, among others. I always apply when a testing call comes out as I like the designs, they fit with my lifestyle, and the instructions as well as the pattern itself, are really thorough.

You just need to check out the listing of the Dakota tunic, which I tested*, to see the options available. The skirt is a 1/4 circle gathered peplum/skirt, empire waist dress or tunic with a curved hem. The front bodice can either be finished with a true or faux placket or without the placket.  There is the option of long, 3/4 and short sleeves or sleeveless and inseam pockets. I almost forgot to mention there are two different necklines too. Sinclair patterns are great in that they offer their patterns in petite, regular or tall and the size range is UK8-26.

We will be travelling sometime next year to a humid climate so I thought making a sleeveless dress was a good choice, it will be both comfortable and easy to pack. I used ink tie dye rayon spandex fabric and followed the instructions exactly as written. Everything went together smoothly and it really was a quick sew. I didn’t find the empire waist to be too high as sometimes I think it can emphasize my mum tum. The bands for the neckline and arm holes were a perfect fit and I like the neckline and shape of the bodice whereby you can still wear normal undergarments. The curved hem is a really lovely feature.

I must admit though, I didn’t really realise until after I put it on and took photos that my gathering is a bit uneven on one side, for both the front and back, although this fabric is so busy that it isn’t noticeable from afar. I actually had this post drafted a week ago and held off posting until I finally fixed the gathering issue. Much happier with the dress now 🙂

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.

 

The Stevie Skirt by Rebecca Page

With summer fast approaching, it’s time to swap out our winter wardrobe. Miss 7 is growing like a weed and is in need of some new clothes for the season. I decided to test* The Stevie Skirt by Rebecca Page (**affiliate link) as it’s a really quick sew, a versatile pattern that can have different looks depending on fabric choice and beginner friendly with great instructions.

                              

The size range is massive, from 8-inch doll, girls newborn to 12 years and ladies XXS to 5XL. There are four different length options (above the knee, knee, midi, and maxi) and to top it off there is a special launch price for the all-inclusive BUNDLE (ladies XXS to 5XL, girls newborn to 12 years, and 18-inch dolls) for $12.90 until 23.59 GMT on 15 October 2018. The girls pattern individually is currently $6.00.

Suggested fabrics are those with a minimum of 30% stretch. I used some rayon spandex tie dye ink and made the knee length version. I chose to make the “yoga” waistband and omit the elastic but it is a tad loose on her. I think more so because the fabric doesn’t have great recovery. Anyway, she didn’t want me to alter it and says it’s okay and the fact she has already worn it to a birthday party and the day after that suggests she is happy.

I have more of this fabric left over and am contemplating a maxi or midi version of my own. I believe it’s a wardrobe necessity for all seasons and the skirt shape is extremely flattering on all body shapes.

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.

**This post contains affiliate links to Rebecca Page Patterns