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Designer Stitch Patterns is celebrating their 1st anniversary, and I was lucky enough to jump on the blog train this go around.  I’m excited to participate.  Ann is a really encouraging, kind lady who makes some really lovely patterns with great directions, and the women that sew her patterns are so creative and talented.  Today, I get to feature the Designer Stitch Jenny Dress.

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Jenny dress

Fabric Choices – Light to Medium Weight Cotton, Cotton Types, Silk and Silk Types.

The Jenny dress is an extended cap shoulder dress with front and back contoured darts.  It is semi-fitted and has a center back invisible zipper with a back hem vent.  My favorite feature about the Jenny dress is the tie front overlay.  The ties really add a lot of interest to this simple silhouette.

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When this pattern first came out, I loved the styling but passed on it because the smallest size available is a 6.  On closer inspection, Australian sizing is different than US and European pattern sizing (AU 6=US 2=EU 34), and I’m right within the pattern range.  Another problem solved by reading the pattern!  I couldn’t have been more delighted.


I did make a muslin to test out the general fit in the size 6 (size 1 on the pattern).  I shortened the whole dress by 2.5″ which is about right for me so that it sits just above my knee as is intended.  In addition, I decided to flare out the hem just slightly.  My goal was to add just enough for comfort without losing the look of the slim skirt.  I’m just barely a pear, and sometimes I need to have a little more room.  This is especially my preference on summer dresses.  Since I’m bending down often with all my kids, being able to do so without the skirt feeling tight and without flashing is key.

I look forward to making this again with the slimmer silhouette in a fabric with a little more give than what I used.  Speaking of…

Cutting into precious yardage!

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I was really excited to finally find a pattern for this Milly silk/cotton voile.  I bought it from Elliott Berman on sale so long ago I couldn’t even find the order information! 🙂 This fabric is so light and airy, but it has a huge pattern.  I’ve set it aside every summer for the past 6 years because I didn’t know how to handle the print.  The Jenny dress is perfect because it has no horizontal seams that might break up the pattern too much.

Because my fabric is semi-sheer, I decided to fully line it.  There’s no allowance in the pattern for a lining, but it’s not difficult to add one.  I simply omitted the facings and cut the lining 1.5″ shorter.  If you have a heavier fabric, don’t hesitate to use the facings.  Ann has some stellar directions for an all-in-one facing that will give you a beautiful finish!

My lining fabric is a yellow cotton voile.  It might seem a little unorthodox to have chosen a yellow, but I liked how the yellow warmed up the bright turquoise.  That slight color change is a welcome gift to my personal coloring which always requires a little warmth.

I kind of like the contrast the yellow brings to this dress.  It occurred to me that in theory, you could wear tie the ties in the back and wear the front plain.  I don’t think I’ll wear it like this, but it was fun to mix up the style.

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jenny dress


jenny dress

Since I eliminated the facings in favor of the lining, I wanted to have a nice way to finish the edge.  You could use bias tape or keep the facings (just sew them to the lining), but I went for piping.  I thought it’d be a nice way to break up the large pattern just slightly.  The piping is made from a lightweight pale aqua rayon/cotton shirting I bought from JoAnn just for the binding.

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2 happy anniversaries

Not only is Designer Stitch celebrating their anniversary, but my husband and I are celebrating our 10th this week.  I was delighted to have such a happy occasion to wear this dress out for.  It’s been some time since we’ve been able to go out to a nice dinner that requires a pretty frock!

Happy anniversary sale

To celebrate their first anniversary, Designer Stitch is offering 50% off all of their patterns until June 12th.  Donna and Tom would kindly tell you to treat yo self.

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  1. Anja - stokstaartjed doet het zo Reply

    Love your dress, of fits you so Nice. Also love the fabric very much .

    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      Thanks Anja! The fabric is really lovely both to wear and to work with–I’m so glad I finally found a pattern that it was right for!

  2. I love your dress! That fabric… is so gorgeous, definitely precious! What a brilliant touch to use a contrast color for the lining overlay. Great idea to add piping too. It really adds interest to the simple design. I hope you had a fabulous date night in your new frock. Happy Anniversary!

    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      Thanks Linda! We have yet to go out…we’ve had sick kids, plus we’ve been sick. We’ll call it anniversary month!

    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      Thank you! I’m glad I finally got to sew it up!

    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      Thank you so much! I really had a good time adding the piping.

  3. Your dress is beautiful. I like the yellow that you used. It complements the aqua color quite nicely. Happy anniversary to you and your husband!

  4. Happy Anniversary month Elizabeth. Amazed at the number of clothes you stitch along with raising kids.
    it is a beautiful dress. love your smile!

    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      Thank you Sadhana! I’ve trained myself to be fast, but I’m also lucky to have a dedicated space where I don’t have to put things away.

  5. Very, very cute! This is one of my favorite tie-dresses I’ve seen. Very flattering!

    • elizabethmadethis Reply

      Thanks Rachel! I really like the design, and this one is so comfortable to wear!

  6. I really like the design, shape and color of this outfits. These are really amazing. Many more variants are available of this type of outfit but I think this outfit is good more than that outfits. Peoples of europeon region like this type of outfits and also famous in the world.

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