A dress for all seasons

A review of Jolene Shirt and Dress

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Reviewed by Frances Evans on 12th July, 2021

I love this dress! It is so versatile and comfortable – there’s more ease in the waist than you’d know from the silhouette, perfect for big lunches!

I found it straightforward to sew, though fitting was a little more of a challenge. I’m short waisted, so needed to take 5cm off the length of the bodice. There wasn’t much room to manoeuvre, and I worried that taking so much off the pattern would ruin it, and I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I needn’t have worried. I also graded the waist down a size (still loads of room!), took some length off the skirt (because I’m short, as well as short waisted), and added in-seam pockets (because they should be there). I added the skirt ruffle from the expansion pack.

The fabric is a lovely yarn dyed gingham from Sew Me Sunshine, making the vibe very primary-school-summer-uniform, which I love! I am looking forward to making a long sleeved version for autumn/winter.