Verbena Dress by Blank Slate Patterns

Thursday, March 12, 2020

The Verbena Dress and Peplum Top is here! Let me introduce you to this latest sewing pattern from Blank Slate Patterns.

The Verbena sewing pattern comes with a dress and peplum top view. 

More features include:
  • Scoop or V neckline
  • Snug fit through shoulders, bust, waist, and sleeves
  • Invisible elastic reinforcement at the slightly above-waist seam
  • Short, elbow, 3/4, and long set-in sleeve options
  • For light- to medium-weight knit fabrics with four-way stretch only (DBP or cotton/spandex recommended)
  • Sizes:  Women's XXS-3X (bust 30-53")
The most unique aspect of the Verbena pattern is the tiered style. While there are plenty of tiered dresses on the market, Verbena starts with a 3/4 circle skirt upper tier that minimizes bulk at the waistline. The lower tier connects with a ruffle that adds to the interest of the dress.

I sewed the Verbena Dress with a scoop neck and elbow length sleeves using a rayon spandex knit from Joann. This fabric grew on me a bit, so I would suggest hanging the dress overnight and checking the hemline before actually sewing the hem if you use this type of fabric.

As far as personal adjustments go, I added 1 1/4" to the bodice for my height. The waist seam is designed to hit 1" above the natural waist. The pattern includes detailed instructions for taking your measurements and adjusting the bodice to get the placement just right. I ended up cutting off some inches off the bottom tier to even out my hem as I indicated above and have the length at just above my knee. 

The pattern includes 5 main pattern pieces depending on your neckline style, and you can opt to cut the bottom tier rectangles using an additional pattern piece or a cutting chart. The peplum portion comes together very quickly. The bottom tier to create the dress requires a bit more time as you are gathering and attaching a very long section of fabric. 

The Verbena Dress and Peplum Top is on sale for 20% off until Friday 3/13. Be sure to grab it now!

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