Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Weekend Getaway Dress! Let's Get Sewing!

The Weekend Getaway Blouse and Dress by Liesl + Co

Pattern Description: This pull-on blouse or dress is perfect to wear any day and anywhere. With a relaxed fit and a flattering V-neck, the pattern features kimono sleeves (meaning no sleeves to set-in) and no closures, making it very easy to sew. The blouse is designed with short sleeves. The dress includes cuffed, 3/4-length sleeves and tabbed pockets. The front facing provides an opportunity to use a fun contrasting or complimentary fabric.

Suggested Fabrics: This pattern works best with drapey fabrics like lawn, voile, rayon, silk charmeuse or crepe de chine, satin, and open-weave linen.


We've all had sewing projects that don't quite turn out as we had planned or imagined. It's just part of the sewing process. Sometimes we ditch those projects when they're too far gone. Maybe the fabric wasn't quite right, or maybe it turns out the pattern isn't something you want to wear. Laurel and I have had our share of those!
I saw this dress and immediately wanted to use our amazing sandwashed rayon for it. We've seen this rayon used for pants and tops, and I felt that a dress would be beautiful. 

After our first fitting, I wasn't convinced that I loved the real life version as much as the version in my head. I felt discouraged and uninspired, but Laurel and I put our heads together to figure out some solutions!  

Version Made & Fabric Used: We made View B with short sleeves and no breast pockets in Sandwashed Rayon Challis (Available in a range of colors!).

 Alterations Made: We began making Version B with the longer sleeves, but ultimately, we decided to finish them off at the shorter length. The other issue we encountered was the neckline, which was way too low for my everyday style. Luckily, this was an easy fix for this pattern and taking the neckline up just a couple inches made it that much more wearable for me!

I could finally see this dress becoming as cute as we had imagined it! 

Before making the adjustments

And here's the finished dress...

Successful hacks! Love this dress!

Favorite Details: The overall fit with or without a belt is comfortable and flattering. The neckline is a unique detail that sets this pattern a part from others. A great pattern for all the amazing drapey, woven fabrics we have available. 

I ended up loving this dress so much that we made another out of a fun constellation fabric. This beautiful polyester dress will be great for traveling!

More fabric recommendations:

Rayon Slub - Modernism - Mustard

Sandwashed Rayon Challis - Smoke

Italian Designer Viscose Challis - Craft Garden

Sandwashed Silk Crepe - Fawn Spots

How I Plan to Wear This: With winter approaching, I am looking forward to wearing this with boots and a little jacket - maybe my Pilvi, Kochi Kimono, or my upcoming Wiksten Kimono will be a perfect pairing!

Thanks for reading along, now let's get sewing!

Suzan Steinberg
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