I took some time over the last few weeks to test the latest dress pattern from Peony Patterns, Lantana. My plan was to make a Christmas themed dress after making this test sample, but unfortunately my sewing machine had a few visits to the hospital, so the Christmas version will have to wait!
Lantana is a sweet button-down shirt dress for kids (sizes 1-14), with two collar styles, sleeveless, short and long sleeve options, two skirt lengths, and lots of opportunities for color blocking and embellishing.
Since we’re going into winter, I decided to sew up the long sleeved version. I thought it would be fun to use piping to make the waistband and button placket pop (this is super easy to make with a length of quilting cotton, narrow piping cord and a zipper foot).
I’d say this pattern is an advanced beginner/intermediate project, mainly due to accuracy required in sewing curves, and the time consuming nature of it (sewing this without trims or piping would certainly cut down the sewing time though!). The instructions however, are written with a beginner in mind, so if you are new to sewing but can follow directions, are patient and careful, then give it a try!
Something I really love about this pattern is how the bodice seams are all neatly enclosed, with the exception of the sleeves.
For the project, I’d recommend some quality interfacing – I use lightweight interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply; and a Simflex expanding gauge is super helpful for spacing out your buttonholes.
My daughter quickly decided that she needs a Lantana jacket, so once I’m done making Christmas dresses, I’m going to see how I go making it into a jacket. I’m thinking I’d size up the chest by 1-2 sizes.
Speaking of size, my daughter measured as a 6 chest and 11 height, so I lengthened the 6 to have a 10 bodice and 11 skirt (I tend to find she is shorter in the torso). For the next one, I plan to shorten the bodice above the sleeves just a little more, adding length at the bottom of the bodice instead. If you’re dealing with extreme blends like me, it’s highly recommended to make a test bodice first.
I used quilting cotton for this dress (I have a stash of it from when a local quilt shop near me closed down a few years ago), but you can use a whole range of light-medium weight fabrics, including poplin, sateen, linen, shirting, taffeta, and more.
Lantana is currently on sale for 40% off, along with the rest of the Peony Patterns collection. There’s also 3 other new releases this week – the Camellia dress, Winterberry embroidery, and Baby Honeysuckle Romper. Sale ends Monday, November 29, 2021.