Women’s Renni Pattern Review and Mods

The Women’s Renni Dress from A Sparkly Baby is hands down my new favorite 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 in the first place.

Are you ready for the long list of options this pattern offers?  I hope so!

  • Dress length
  • Mid thigh Length
  • Maxi Length
  • Split Skirt -you can choose this for all skirt options too!
  • No Sleeves/ tank top
  • 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 even more with this amazing modification.
REVERSIBLE – Heck yes, I said it!  You will love this reversible front/ back option.
First you are going to cut 2 sets of front bodice pieces (omitting the back bodice).  So, 2 sets of mirror images. In addition to that you will need to cut 2 bodice bands/ neckbands.  To cut the neckbands you will need to measure the front bodice and double the center length.  Cut 2 of these to this length X 2.5″- as the pattern states.

Your cut pile will now look like this: (armbands, sleeves not pictured)

Lay your neckband pieces on top of each other, right sides together.  You will mark a line up the center of each end.  You can use the pattern measurements if you’d like, but I wanted a lower cut top so I went a with a smaller measurement.  I decided to measure the center of my bra- 2″, I want that to be covered.  So, taking that and the seam allowance in to consideration, I went with 2.5″ in the front and 3″ in the back.
I like to mark this with a disappearing (or air soluble)  ink pen.

Take your bodice pieces and sew the shoulders and sides seams together.  Then you will pin your neckband on, right sides together.  Start at the bottom and go up and over the shoulder seam, then down to the bottom.  Make sure you place the front on the front, and back on the back.

Now you are ready to add your grommets.  I like to space mine 1.5″ apart, starting 1″ from the bottom.  I used Kam snaps table press and 7mm grommets on mine.  You can also use hand held grommet pliers.

Now add your sleeves, or armbands just as the pattern suggests.

I also made a simple modification to the skirt.  I shortened it by 5″ (to make it a top length skirt) and left off the center panel, for an exposed/ open center.  After the side seams are sewn, I like to serge the sides and bottom before hemming.

Now to add your skirt to the bodice.  Run a gathering stitch and pin in quarters, matching up side seams and centers.  Gather to fit, and sew.

Quick tip:  Cut a piece of 1/4″ elastic double the under bust band length (or 2″ smaller than the finished bodice width) and sew it into your skirt/ bodice seam.

My first Renni- Straight from the pattern, only mod was lowering the neckband and adding grommets.

My second Renni-  Lower neckband, grommets, split front – no panel and shortened to shirt length.

This one is my favorite and super fun!  Totally reversible, shirt length, lowered neckline with grommets.

Front and back

Reverse Front/ Back

But wait there is more!
If that wasn’t enough, I made a cute lace skirt (from the pattern pieces) and added the under bust band in cotton lycra.  I made this a totally separate item so I can wear it with the top or without.  Options.  Options.  Options!

Front/ back with lace skirt

Reverse Front/ Back lace skirt

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Want to make your own lace up cording? See my tutorial here.

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First dress fabric is Double Brushed Poly from Sew So English
Faux sparkle fabrics are from Pink Zeppelin Fabrics
Second dress, stretch lace for my skirt, and all solid fabrics used for bands are from Purple Seamstress Fabrics

See my review and mod for the kids version of this pattern here. P.S. you can use this mod on the girl’s dress too!

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