It's been a long time in coming, but I'm really excited that my new pattern is now available! The Sunday Picnic Blouse & Dress comes in women's sizes 0-20, and it's super-flattering for all body types. It features a nifty faux-wrap construction that assures that you won't have any uncomfortable shifting of fabric, as is common with regular wraps. For more information, and to see the back of the pattern including yardage and materials requirements, check out my shop.
I'm in love with my chambray dress version, as it's the only nursing-friendly summer dress I have. The gingham blouse is also a favorite, although I miss it because it's currently on display at one of my distributor's booths. Either version would be lovely made up in one of Alexander Henry's new cotton lawn prints, or in Anna Maria Horner's cotton voile.
This pattern also marks the first in a (hopefully) long line of collaborations with my friend and talented seamstress Kim Ventura. I really couldn't have done this pattern without her, as my deadline for my second book manuscript was taking up all of my work hours. For this pattern, I designed the blouse, sent Kim the pattern pieces and the construction notes, and she perfected the pattern, wrote the instructions, and drew the illustrations! What a help she was (and a pleasure to work with). I'm sure you'll really enjoy her thorough and detailed touch when working with the pattern. Thanks, Kim! And thanks, also, to my wonderful testers, Susan and Monique!
Happy Summer sewing, everyone!