I love sewing my girls new dresses for Christmas and the Holidays. I haven’t made a new dress every Christmas, but have so much fun when I do. They use to love having matching dresses and I loved matching them. And while my youngest daughter still loves to match, my oldest daughter does not. She is spreading her wings and wants to be unique. We’ve had Sundays where they change 3-4 times trying to match and un-match each other. So now I purposely make their dresses unique and call it a win if they coordinate. This year I picked the Verona Dress from Jennuine Designs for my youngest daughter’s dress.
The Verona Dress has a beautiful notched collar detail. It’s shaped like a suit collar and gives the dress a sweet vintage flair with a cute peek at the bodice lining.
I decided to use the short sleeves with the elastic in the hem and I love the detail! The dress also has long sleeve, sleeveless, and two types of cap sleeve options.
In the back, the dress includes elastic at the waist to give the dress shape. The dress doesn’t include buttons or zippers to help you get the dress on and off. The good news is that makes the dress even faster to sew. The bad news is you have to be mindful and make sure the dress has enough room to fit over the head. In the tiniest sizes, the pattern includes a slit in the back with a button and elastic closure. In the rest of the sizes, there is an option notch in the back to widen the head opening. I went a bit rogue and made the back a slight ‘v’ and the front 1/2 inch deeper. My kids are notorious for having big heads. When you sew up the dress, just make sure to test the neck opening before attaching the skirt.
I’ve had this Monaluna Haiku fabric for a couple years now and am so excited to finally sew it up. The pluses on the fabric are a gold shimmer. I grabbed some gold crinkle satin for the lining and I love how the collar gives a little peak. Honestly, my daughter wishes the skirt was just gold, but I prefer it with the gold as the underskirt. I compromised by using the left over gold to make a simple skirt. I’m going to have to make some leggings to go underneath the skirt because I know she’s going to want to wear that gold skirt everywhere!
Another perk of the Verona Dress is there is a matching dolls pattern. Although my girls won’t match each other, they LOVE matching their 18” dolls. I’ve got a matching dress cut out on my sewing table but shh…it’s going to be a Christmas Present so I’m keeping quiet about it.
Happy Holidays and Happy Sewing!