Pattern testing: Senna dress

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Hello everyone! It's been a while I shared a make here, although I'm sewing quite a lot these past few weeks. This is because I'm not photographing as much as I'm sewing, but hopefully this will change!

I'm here to share a great dress with you. This is the Senna dress by Lindsay Woodward patterns. When Lindsay was in the hunt for pattern testers for her new pattern I immediately took the opportunity. I had already seen previews of the pattern in Lindsay's blog and I really liked it! The thing I love about this pattern is that it's really versatile. It is a dress, a crop top and a skirt pattern all in one, leading to endless possibilities. The pattern features a loose kimono-sleeve bodice with blouson waistline and a ruched pencil skirt. The neckline comes with scoop and crew neck options.

I opted for a classic look, a little black dress, that's more suitable for everyday. I used a soft medium weight jersey, I cut a size 8 with no alterations and went for the scoop neck dress variation. Lindsay's done a wonderful job making this pattern. The fit is great and the instructions really clear. I had some problems with the ruching, because in the pattern testers copy, Lindsay suggested using elastic thread which didn't really made much difference. Don't worry though, the final copy suggests using a 1/4"(6mm) elastic for the ruching, which solves the problem. 

I love the fit of the dress and how comfortable it is for everyday wear. I really enjoyed making this and I'm definitely planning to sew many more variations!

*Disclaimer about all the pattern testing talk that's going around: I received this pattern for free to test, but all opinions are my own. I sent feedback on the draft to Lindsay, which was incorporated into the final pattern. I was not paid to test this pattern, and was given a free copy of the final pattern as compensation.*

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