The Renni Dress and Tunic from A Sparkly Baby is an amazing pattern. I have not seen anything similar to it in the PDF pattern (or paper pattern -anyone still use those?) world yet. So many options, you can make this dress 10x and not duplicate it exactly- no joke! I love the simplicity and detail of the instruction, along with the detailed picture tutorial. I am more of a visual person, so the pictures are really important to me. Another really great feature is the layers for printing. Seriously, layers are awesome! You can print just the size you want and only the pieces you want. This is one of the reasons I fell in love with ASB patterns.
Are you ready for the long list of options this pattern offers? I hope so!
- Dress length
- Tunic Length
- Hi/ Low Skirt
- Split Skirt -you can choose this for all skirt options too!
- No Sleeves
- Short Sleeves
- Long Sleeves
- Optional inset Pockets
- Simple Bodice
- Embellished Bodice, endless possibilities!
Now that you can see all the amazing choices and options for this single pattern get ready for another option with my faux layered sleeve modification.
You will need to start by dividing your sleeve into two parts, an upper (short sleeve) and lower sleeve. To do this you need to add seam allowance above and below the short sleeve cut line. I am adding 1/4″ to each side, because that is my preferred seam allowance when using my serger. It allows me to serge without cutting fabric off too much with my blade increasing the life of the blade.
Once you have your seam allowance drawn out on your pattern piece, cut your sleeves. You will use the line below the original short sleeve cut line to the upper sleeve, and the line above to cut the lower sleeve. The original short sleeve cut line will be where your sleeves meet.
The pattern call you to sew the sleeve with the side seam of the dress, in one step. We are going to exclude the sleeve from this. Sew your dress as directed, but we will add our sleeve at the end.
Take your sleeve pieces and sew the side seams and mark quarter points with pins or clips. The cuff measurements are printed on the pattern piece. *just another little reason why I love ASB patterns.
Now that everything is mark in quarters we can assemble the sleeve.
- Slide the band inside the upper sleeve, right sides together. Match up quarter marks and raw edges.
- Slide the lower sleeve inside the upper sleeve and band, right sides together. Match up quarter marks and raw edges
This is what your sleeve will look like all nestled together. Now it is ready to be sewn or serged. Be sure to only stretch the band to fit as you sew/ serge your sleeve. This is why we marked the quarter points.
After you are done sewing your sleeve together, add the bottom band (the measurement is on the sleeve pattern)
Your sleeve will look like this:
At this point you can go back and add your sleeve to the rest of the dress. Just slide the sleeve inside the dress’ arm hole, right sides together, matching up center sleeve and shoulder seam on the bodice and side seams. Gather to fit. Sew/ serge together. Done.
Options pictured here:
Dress length, split skirt, grommet/ lace up front detail, inset pockets, and my faux layered sleeves
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See my review and mods for the women’s version of the Renni dress here. P.S. you can use this mod on the women’s dress too!
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