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!


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