I only recently began sewing my own clothes, well it's been a year, but it still seems new with all that I have learned, and still learn. I wanted something special to wear for my Valentine's date night and remembered this amazing dress I had the honor of testing last year. The Venice Dress from New Horizons. These are from last year and I have certainly come a long way since then.
I love this pattern and the options available with length and sleeve type including split long and short sleeves, standard long and short sleeves, sleeveless, mini, maxi and a high-low hemline. The pattern is for sizes 00-26. As for fabric, I have used a lightweight knit on all three I have made, but would also be perfect in a Lightweight Woven, Rayon Challis, Voille, Georgette, and more, You just want to use something with a drape.
I wanted my dress for Valentine's Day to amazing so I went with the split long sleeve option in the mini. Fabric was the challenge for me. I wanted so bad to make this in a micro-suede kit, but there was not enough fabric available and it could not be ordered. I was devastated, until stumbling up a stunning floral at Joann's that was screaming to be made into this dress.
I was fearful the split sleeve would far exceed my skills to date, but I was pleasantly surprised at just how easy this was to stitch together. While I love pockets, I chose to leave them out this time around since it was more formal than the two prior versions I made,but the option is there.
I did need a little extra so I added the strap across the back which is included in the pattern. Since this was a knit I actually used double fold bias tape instead to avoid it stretching out.
It is still quite chilly out here so I was able to pair this with some fleece legging and boots for date night. When it warms up I can pair this with a great pair of heels. I received nothing but compliments all night long on date night no matter where we went. I have already decided for this summer to make the split sleeve maxi and cannot wait to show that Venice off too.
I wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day and hope you not just celebrate love today,
but every single day!
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