This week I tried my hand at Seamwork’s Neenah dress, a long sleeve turtleneck dress, in a vibrant red and blue print. When I first tried this dress on my first thought was, “oh no, what did I do. This fabric, this print, this style and these curves! Ahh this is too much!” But I made some tweaks and I have to say I really love it now and totally fits my personality—it’s a bit extra, just like me 🙂 Scroll for sewing and styling details!
I found this pattern to be super-easy. If you’re just getting started with sewing this is a great beginner project! My favorite thing about this pattern is that because it has both the turtleneck collar and the cuffed sleeves you only need to hem the bottom—which is perfect for those of us who hate hemming knits. I did make a few adjustments to the pattern. I added 1 inch in length to the sleeves and 3 inches in length to the bottom to accommodate my long legs and arms. I cut out the XL size and graded it out just a smidge larger at the hips. I found the sizing to be very accurate in the hip, shoulder and bust but quite large in the waist measurement. Perhaps that’s because this is drafted to be less form-fitting than I like. I decided to take it in about 2 inches at the waist to really highlight my curves and made sure it didn’t look like I was wearing a turtleneck sack.
Because the colors are so vibrant in this dress I opted to tone it down with taupe/nude colored accents. I styled this dress with a taupe faux leather jacket that I found at Nordstrom Rack ions ago (similar here: Forever 21 Plus Jacket ) and Ugg Ankle Booties that I got for trade at my local consignment shop (you can read more about how I scored these booties here: Bi-Annual Closet Clean Out). I also added gold stud earrings and a gold pave and tortoise bracelet from Bauble Bar* to the ensemble (you know I can’t go out of the house without some sparkle). BaubleBar is quickly turning into my favorite place to find costume jewelry, link here: BaubleBar.
I got this pattern through my subscription to Seamwork Magazine. Seamwork is an online sewing magazine that includes two patterns each month for just $6.00 per month (you can purchase this pattern without the subscription here: Seamwork Neenah ). Seamwork patterns are perfect for the beginner sewist and the time-constrained (I definitely fall into the latter!) And have a wide sizing range from XS to 3XL. If you use this link to subscribe I get a pattern credit!! https://www.seamwork.com/subscribe?ref=maryalice18784 Check it out!
This dress calls for medium weight knits with at least 25% stretch (you’ll need this stretch to get the turtleneck over your head as there are no closures). I used a mid-weight sweater knit that I found at my local fabric shop. A thicker knit such as Ponte would be perfect for this pattern! Check out the Ponte options at Mood here: Mood Fabrics Ponte or the sweater knit options here: Mood Fabrics Sweater Knit
Whatever type of knit fabric you choose just make sure its sturdier than t-shirt weight and will give you some warmth (otherwise defeats the purpose of a winter style dress, right??)
I plan to make another one of these dresses in the next week or so. It’s still pretty cold here in Philadelphia and around these parts winter is notorious for lingering throughout the month of March. Perhaps I’ll make a solid colored one next to dress up with more vibrant accessories.
I hope you’ll give this a try! It’s so easy, so cozy and is nearly a complete outfit in just one pattern.
Happy Sewing and Styling!
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