Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Matinee Dress Blog Tour

 Remember this sneak peak that I posted during Kids' Clothes Week?  

I was able to test The Matinee Dress, designed by the fabulous Jenn of Jennuine Design.  You guys, this is such a great pattern!  There are several options - dress or peplum length, sleeveless or cap sleeves, skirt band or plain.  I sewed the dress with cap sleeves and skirt band out of this gorgeous Amy Butler fabric in a size 8. 

I love the band across the chest - it adds some detail to the sweet neckline.

The band buttons over the open back for a darling back view!  My daughter loves how different this dress is from all of the others in her closet.

My daughter's favorite part of The Matinee Dress - the skirt is nice and full - perfect for twirling!  I love the band at the bottom and it's my favorite way to do a cheater hem (no burning your fingers pressing the hem under!)

The seams on the bodice are fully encased in the lining, and the whole thing took only a few hours to cut and sew.  I can't wait to sew up the peplum version for my youngest!

The Matinee Dress can be purchased on Craftsy or Etsy.

The Details:
Pattern: The Matinee Dress by Jennuine Design
Size: 8
Fit: true to size
Fabric Used: quilting cotton by Amy Butler, Kona Cotton for the bodice and skirt bands, both purchased at my LQS.
Verdict: This is a great pattern for an advanced beginner - you'll learn some new tricks and make a stylish dress that is so different from any pattern out there!

Be sure to check out Jenn's blog, A Jennuine Life, for some more write ups from the other testers of the Matinee Dress!


  1. Thanks so, so much Ayelet for testing for me! I love this version and getting to see it on a lovely older girl!

    1. It was my pleasure! I can't wait to make more Matinee Dresses!

  2. Question: did you raise up the chest band? Looking at the pics at bottom, the back views have the band lower across the opening. I love this dress for older girlies.

    1. Nope, that's just where it hits her. She's got a short waist just like her mama :)

  3. yeah for bigger girl sewing! I really like it with the cap sleeve, wonderful job!

  4. Great job! The cap sleeve is so nice!

  5. Oooh! I love the choices you made here. I'd love to see you join us at the Inspire Us Thursday link party on The Inspired Wren.