Sleeves of dreams!
A review of Park Lane Dress and Blouse
My measurements placed me between a size 8 and 10 and made a UK size 10. I find Nina’s sizing a little more generous than other indie patterns which turned out to be a massive blessing in disguise as I was able to omit the side zip! I went for the mid-length sleeves and no optional collar or shoulder frill.
I originally planned to make this in a Liberty tana lawn, but thought it would benefit from something heavier and with more drape. This was definitely the right call and I love how it moves! This gorgeous floral crepe is from Escape and Create.
I made a few changes to the pattern:
- Used French seams throughout
- Made By Rae’s facing trick
- Sewed facing RST and flipped
- 2cm narrow shoulder adjustment
- Omitted side zip
- Cut back skirt on the fold
- Inserted sleeves flat
- Stitched cuff seams in the ditch
- Shortened it by 24.5cm to take it from midi to mini
- Finished hem with bias tape.
I’ve gone into more details in my blog post, if you’d like to know more.
I cannot overstate how much I LOVE this dress. I haven’t had a chance to wear it out of the house yet but I’ve been enjoying twirling around my living room and garden in it. I haven’t tried the top version yet but I’ve seen some lovely ones on Instagram and will definitely be making one soon!