I was able to test The Matinee Dress, designed by the fabulous Jenn of Jennuine Design. You guys, this is such a great pattern! There are several options - dress or peplum length, sleeveless or cap sleeves, skirt band or plain. I sewed the dress with cap sleeves and skirt band out of this gorgeous Amy Butler fabric in a size 8.
I love the band across the chest - it adds some detail to the sweet neckline.
The band buttons over the open back for a darling back view! My daughter loves how different this dress is from all of the others in her closet.
My daughter's favorite part of The Matinee Dress - the skirt is nice and full - perfect for twirling! I love the band at the bottom and it's my favorite way to do a cheater hem (no burning your fingers pressing the hem under!)
The seams on the bodice are fully encased in the lining, and the whole thing took only a few hours to cut and sew. I can't wait to sew up the peplum version for my youngest!
The Matinee Dress can be purchased on Craftsy or Etsy.
Pattern: The Matinee Dress by Jennuine Design
Fit: true to size
Fabric Used: quilting cotton by Amy Butler, Kona Cotton for the bodice and skirt bands, both purchased at my LQS.
Verdict: This is a great pattern for an advanced beginner - you'll learn some new tricks and make a stylish dress that is so different from any pattern out there!
Be sure to check out Jenn's blog, A Jennuine Life, for some more write ups from the other testers of the Matinee Dress!