Today I'm a stop on Jennuine Design's Matinee Dress tour!
The Matinee Dress and Peplum Top features a pseudo bateau neckline with a plunging open back. A simple sash at the empire waistline adds interest and closes the middle back. There are several options for customization: cap sleeves, a contrasting hem band, and dress or peplum lengths.
I made quite a few changes to the pattern. Eliza measured in 12/18 months for the chest and waist, so I stuck with that width and used the 3T length. I lengthened the skirt and shortened the bodice. I moved the sash to the waist and made it into a belt that closes with a large hook and eye. I used ric-rac to keep the shoulders up. And finally, I made the width of the skirt pieces for the size 8 dress so it would be fuller.
Pattern: Matinee Dress from Jennuine Designs
Fabric: All fabric is from my stash: the floral fabric is a vintage feed sack.
Size: Combination of 12/18 month, 3T, and 8 as described above.
This is one of the nicest PDF patterns I've used. The sizes are nested, so you only have to print out the size(s) you need. Jenn has been so thorough in her instructions; she caught potential mistakes before I had a chance to make them. The diagrams are simple and easy to follow. For these reasons, this pattern would make a nice one for Confident Beginners.
During the tour, Jenn is offering the Matinee pattern for 20% off with the code matineetour20 in her pattern shop.
She's also collected an awesome assortment of prizes for a giveaway! Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway here!!
Thanks for having me, Jenn!