Today, I get to share the Venice Dress by New Horizons Designs. The Venice is a great pattern for drapey wovens – you can also use lightweight knits. I just love the drape of this beautiful challis I chose.
The pattern comes in a wide range of sizes: 00 – 26. It features a low neckline, romantic split sleeves, and a flowy hemline. My current version is a size 8 mini and fits true to size. My dress was made with a really nice challis that I picked up at my local JoAnn’s. This is a wonderful pattern for a quick and stylish date-night dress.
It also features a low back and an optional back strap which I highly recommend for this dress. Without it, my dress was falling off my shoulders. The high-low skirt is also a plus.
Each pattern piece is clearly marked with a grain-line, so cutting the pieces is a breeze. The front has darts and there are instructions on how to remove the dart from the pattern piece if you’d rather not have them. I sewed mine with the darts.
The best part for me was the split long sleeves. I mean, how does it get any better than this?
This dress went together easily even with the split sleeves and the elastic casing for each wrist. It probably took about 5 hours to fully construct. I feel ironing is really important to making a finished garment look well so take that into account. And this was actually my first time making the Venice, so I think it came out beautiful!
The pattern directions are very clear and well written, as I have come to expect from New Horizons Designs. She includes fabric requirement charts, a chart for what pages to print for each option, pattern layout graphics, and detailed instructions with pictures for every step.
With summer fast approaching, I feel I can put this dress to good use in any environment, including the office. Even a simple up-do can really make this dress perfect for dinner with the hubby.
I’m glad I took the chance on visiting this pattern. It is well done, easy to make, and really cute on. Now, I need to make a couple more for the summer. This time I might go sleeveless.
Until next time, happy sewing!