Penny Dress

A review of Penny Dress


Reviewed by redwsews on 19th October, 2018

I made the Colette Penny dress (view B) in a Liberty tana lawn as part of the #alittlelawnparty challenge.

I chose to make view B, which is sleeveless and has a kind of cummerbund style belt across the waist seam. The skirt is a midi length and has pockets (who doesn’t like pockets?!)

I found the pattern went together easily and was well drafted, with the only adjustments I made being to grade between a size 6 and 10 and my usual hollow chest adjustment which involves dropping the front bodice shoulder seam down at the neck by 1cm and doing the same the CF point.

The dress used some nice techniques, such as the burrito method to finish the yoke, and the pattern was clearly explained for the most part. I’d say this would be a good pattern if you’ve some experience of making shirt styles already or one to stretch yourself on if you’ve not tried before. I can’t really comment on the collar insertion method though because I totally ignored in favour of the one on Sew Sarah Smith’s blog!

A full review is on my blog at