While she was sleeping, I treated my sweet baby L to something very special.
I made her a new tunic using the Naples dress pattern, the latest release from Jennuine Design.
Baby L's tunic is made from the most delicious denim from the Denim Studio line generously provided by Art Gallery Fabrics. It took me just about forever to choose fabric for this project. I decided to use Ditsy Abrasion for the skirt part of baby L's tunic. I fell in love with this print when I saw a jacket Laura made for her daughter. I think Bombazine Inspired that I used for the bodice compliments it very well. The fabric was an absolute delight to work with. Thank you AGF!
I used two of Jenn's patterns before. Miss R has been enjoying her Verona dress for a few moths, and recently I made a Satya romper for baby L. Both patterns were great and I would not hesitate to recommend them. However I must admit that when Jenn first introduced the Naples dress pattern I was not excited about it. It did not feel like my style, if you know what I mean. However the more photos of this pattern sewn by Jenn and her testers I saw, the more it looked attractive to me.
The Naples dress pattern has beautiful curves that give it such feminine feel. I love the shape of the cross over bodice. Jenn offers a number of various skirt and sleeve options. I decided to give this pattern a go and make it more 'me'. It was very easy to do.
To start with, I decided to omit bias tape finishes and lined the bodice instead. I simply added seam allowance to the front of the bodice and the neckline and cut two of each piece, one from denim and one from voile. Jenn gives brief but clear instructions on how to sew a lined bodice.
Babies and young children have larger heads in proportion to the rest of their bodies. Jenn designed the neckline to be snug fitting and offered a couple of clever ways to adjust the pattern to make sure babies heads fit through the neckline opening with ease.
Now, what is one thing that goes hand in hand with denim? Topstitching! Of course! I simply put two regular threads through one needle to mimic topstitching thread.
Being a mean mummy I took grass off her. Poor baby had no other choice but to try eat the flowers off her tunic! Yeah sweetie, life is so unfair...
Thank you for having me on tour Jenn. I said I was not super excited by this pattern when it was first introduced however I love it now! Thank you for putting a lot of time and effort into making such high quality pattern. Everything lines up perfectly. Your instructions are amazingly detailed. The Naples dress pattern turned out to be easily customised. I could not be more pleased with the final result. Thank you Jenn.
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* Jenn provided the pattern for free. I mean what I say about it.
** Art Gallery provided fabric for this post free of charge. I am afraid I am hooked on it!
*** Baby L did not consume too much grass during the photo shoot.