Such a pretty and elegant dress

A review of Nina Lee Park Lane Dress and Blouse

Reviewed by Thebakerthatsews on 9th July, 2020

I absolutely adore Nina Lee’s patterns and spied this dress before she’d brought the pattern out. Nina wore a rest version to the Sewing weekender last year and it was such a beautiful dress. I was so excited when she brought the pattern out and immediately bought it.

I was not disappointed!! The instructions are fabulous and hold your hand every step of the way. The construction is clever and there a lovely little details included like the keyhole opening at the back and the ruffle you can add to the sleeves. There’s a slight puff sleeve feature too and the gathers at the bust create a beautiful shaping in the bodice. As well as the key hole opening at the back there’s an invisible zip at the side.

The skirt has a Slightly dipped hem at the front and back which creates a lovely shape. I made a size 8 and chose to bring it in slightly at my hips as I have quite narrow hips. I needn’t of bothered though as it fit me so well I could have got away with not making this adjustment.

The sleeve is finished by gathering it into a band/cuff but I chose to finish it using some narrow elastic instead.

You can hear more about my review over on my YouTube channel where I share details for the fabric I chose. I also share another of my Parklane dresses – it’s such a great pattern I’ve made three so far!