They say life is what happens when you’re making plans, but I say design is what happens when you’re in the middle of sewing a dress and think “this would be super cute as a matching set.” When I tried the top of the Zenobia/Yarrow dress on, I knew I needed to separate it from the skirt. This voluminous and versatile ensemble is exactly what I need for crisp Spring mornings and blustery afternoons, and transitions through the seasons with ease. I can pair the top with jeans, perfect for heading out to dinner, or faux leather shorts for going dancing. The skirt is so lovely, it can pair with a simple white tee or another bishop sleeve blouse for walks through the park or running errands on a bright Sunday morning. Worn together, this powerful pair can do it all from dancing the tango to brunch in the city. I chose a stretchy velour for my ensemble, but this would stunning in a variety of fabrics. Use a crepe for a textured look, or satin for a high-end feel!
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For free downloads and pattern instructions, please visit the original Zenobia Dress and Yarrow Dress posts.
For this version, you will need the following pattern pieces from each pattern:
- The Zenobia:
- Bodice Front
- Front Neck Facing
- Bodice Back
- Back Neck Facing
- Upper Sleeve
- Lower Sleeve
- Sleeve Cuff
- The Yarrow:
- Skirt Top
- Skirt Bottom
As soon as I saw Courtney’s Frankenpattern (or should I say, Frankenstein’s pattern?), I knew I had to recreate this dress. Upon trying on the top to this luscious look, I realized that splitting it up would create a super stylish matching set, and give me not one, but three totally different outfits! I am a sucker for versatility, so this was the perfect way to change up a pattern in a simple way.
It was super easy to change this pattern around. All I needed to do was create some waistbands since I didn’t need closures (thank Swatch for stretch). I made one for the blouse and one for the skirt. I measured my waist and then decided on the thickness for each band. I wanted a one-inch band for the blouse and two inches for the skirt. So, I made one rectangle that was 36″ by 2″ and one that was 36″ by 3″, (accounting for 1/2″ seam allowance on either edge). Then, I simply inserted them into their respective garments, and voila! Two garments, one sharp ensemble.
What changes would you make to this pattern? I think next time I’ll add a little fringe! Let me know what you think in the comments!
Very smashing!!! I look forward to seeing these FASHIONABLE Patterns/Garments … FIESTA 🙂
I absolutely love this dress! Not only is it my favorite color but the material looks vibrant and comfortable. Can’t wait to see more!