Some months ago the Schnittchen Girls showed me some line drawings of their AW 2016 collection and I was sold!!! Among the patterns was a dress that just screamed 'Trine, make me!' - and who am I to let down a screaming LBD?! That would be cruel, right?!
Late September the pattern was finally ready to travel from Germany to Denmark - and that Jeannie Dress was sure worth the wait.
'Mr. Draper will see you now'! With a little more boob and butt I'm pretty sure I would make a damn fine Don Draper secretary in this dress. It's got that va-va-voom in a decent way, right?! That neckline combined with the crossover bodice and the fitted skirt - so freakin' elegant, if you ask me.
The pattern is designed for woven fabrics preferably with a little stretch, but Schnittchen also suggests scuba or some other sort of stable knit; a knit with some weight, not too much stretch and great recovery, like this GOTS certified textured double knit from Stofdepotet.
This fabric was indeed perfect for the dress.
The dress is designed with at back vent for walking ease, but because of my fabric choice I omitted that one. The dress is also meant to be zipped at the side seam but again due to my stretchy jersey fabric I could leave out the zipper.
Before sewing I had a feeling that I might have to adjust the fit a teeny tiny bit. So, instead of constructing the dress as a bodice and a skirt joined at the waist seam, I joined the front skirt to the front bodice - and did the same with the back parts - before sewing the side seams of the dress, making it much easier to take in if necessary. I mainly took it in at the arm and bodice area. Not much - just a 1 cm at each side I believe. Furthermore I stitched down the cross front detail because it gaped when I moved. That's about all the changes I made. Very simple ones.
The dress is unlined but you could easily add a lining to the skirt if prefered. The sleeves are beautifully finished with facings. All hems are finished with a blind stitch - I hand stitched the sleeves and machine stitched the skirt hem.
I've got only love for this pattern.
The new collection from Schnittchen will be released on Oct 16 and I promise you it's gorgeous. Perhaps even the best so far imo.
The Jeannie Dress pattern will be available in standard European sizes (34-44) and plus sizes 46-56. Oh, this cut is perfect for plus size girls! Show them hips!
Schnittchen has offered to sponsor 3 patterns for a giveaway - just leave a comment below to enter and I'll announce the three winners on Sunday Oct 9.
Thank you so much, Silke and Co. for having me on this tour
UPDATE: Below you'll find the 3 winners
Pernille E (comment no 22)
Anne (comment no 3)
Homemade by Jill (comment no 53)
Send me an email, you lucky girls :-)