Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Amarena: a new Liesl & Co pattern


I'm so glad I can finally share the last summer dress of the season! I made this Amarena Dress last month in anticipation of the new Fall release of Liesl & Co's patterns. I've been waiting impatiently to be able to share it :) 

Like many of Liesl & Co's dress patterns, this one is simple to make and wear -- the silhouette is a shift dress but there are also interesting details. I chose to make the short sleeved view, with the cute little shawl collar. There are also two pocket options, a welt pocket and a side seam pocket with a more unusual cutout front. I chose the side seam and I really love the effect. 

This cuff detail is also really cute! 

I used a crisp cotton from my stash -- I have had this for ages and finally found the right pattern for it. The dress has a centre front seam, but this print is random enough that pattern matching didn't worry me too much, and I think it worked out well. This is a pretty easy make, no closures to worry about. I really like the neckline with this collar feature. 

The alterations I made were just to sew up the neckline one inch higher than the original point, as I am short between shoulder and bust. This is something I alter often as I don't want V-necks too low! 

I calculated the length at just above the knee, where I'm comfortable, and am very happy with this cute shift dress. I think this is one I'd make again, especially because there is a long sleeve version that I could see making in a cozy wool or corduroy for fall/winter. 

For now I'm enjoying this bright and fun summer version!


  1. Thank you for reviewing this pattern I was considering purchasing. It looks lovely on you, bright and cheerful. I wish ;more patterns for dresses had collars included, IMHO a collared dress whether casual or dressy makes the dress look finished, In this case the dress appears more tailored, but in a fun relaxed, everyday way. Nice job!

    1. Thanks! It's a quick make and I really like the shape and that collar!

  2. Your dress is lovely. I’m making this one at the moment in a linen type fabric. I made the welt pockets, it’s coming together fairly well at the moment but struggling a bit with the collar at the V end. The dot is lower on the facing than on the dress where the collar ends meet and not sure whether that should be so.

    1. Thank you! This will be so nice in a linen, and you are brave to make welt pockets :) I'm not sure about the collar, I can't remember what I did since I raised the collar point by an inch. I think the dot is on the seamline of the facing, not the edge so it should work when you align the edges. I hope you'll come back to share your finished dress so we can see it!


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