Matinee Dress Pattern Tour

June 21, 2014

I’m so excited to show you my version of the Matinee Dress from Jennuine Design (*affiliate link)! One of the things I love about being on a pattern tour is seeing all of the amazing variations everyone takes on a single pattern! Your options really are unlimited with a little creativity! While this pattern can stand on it’s own, there were a few changes I made and you’ll see them below! First of all, here’s the finished dress:


J is going to wear this to her Uncle’s wedding, and she keeps calling it her wedding dress *sob*


I snapped these photos on a windy day, planning to take some better ones later, but then she got a mosquito bite on her forehead at a picnic, and let me just say, girl does not do well with mosquito bites. Needless to say, this is all you’re gonna get. *Ehh….here’s a few from the wedding after all!



So the first change I made was to raise the waistline. J’s toddler belly just works better in an empire waist. Here you can see where I’ve cut the bodice pattern after adding seam allowances. 


I raised the back opening as well, since I like a little more coverage, and added in a big bow. Here, I’ve combined the bottom of the bodice piece with the top piece and made a nice smooth line. That still gives a little drop in the back, but keeps J’s back nicely covered πŸ™‚


I chose not to do the topstitched band, but just put the bow pieces in the back seams before sewing up the bodice. I used two purple Kam Snaps to add a little pop of color to the back. Now that I’m looking at it, it would have been really cute to do a contrast bow too πŸ™‚


The dress is in a gray (or would I call this a black chambray?) chambray that I scored at the thrift store! I love chambray – so nice and light for summer, but with a beautiful sheen that makes it perfect for a wedding! 


The other change I made was to add faux cap sleeves. They’re just so easy and comfy!


J loves her new dress, and so do I! If you want to pick up your own copy of the pattern, head on over to Jenn’s shop (*affiliate link) to save 20% until the end of the tour – TODAY!! To see more amazing versions of this dress, follow along with the great bloggers below:

Matinee Blog Tour

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  1. I knew you would make a brilliant job of the matinee dress, I was looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Simple gorgeous!

    The chambray looks blue on my monitor, just so you know, it looks great in blue too πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks!! I love that we both did big bows in the back πŸ™‚ Ugh, chambray is the most difficult fabric to photograph! When I used blue in PR&P, it photographed purple!

  2. I love the changes you made, Sarah. I had not considered this dress because I like more coverage in back too…but seeing it this way may change my mind:) And, I think leaving the bow the same color makes it more classy and timeless–good choice!

    1. Thank you! It was a really easy modification to make (lots of ladies on the tour did the same – although I think I brought it up the most)but it still has a unique look this way!

  3. I love the proportions for this – I knew you’d put your spin on it and it would be amazing! I’m glad it worked for attending a wedding, and I love chambray as well – regardless of blue, gray or purple!

    1. Haha! You know me – can’t leave well enough alone πŸ˜‰ I loved making this dress and J got so many compliments at the wedding!

    1. Thanks! I was going for a bit more coverage, but still wanted to have that dramatic back – the bow accomplished that!

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