Earlier this month I had a chance to do a little pattern testing for the newest women's dress pattern, the Starlight City Dress from Lil Luxe Collection. I still haven't done quite that much pattern testing, but mostly that's because the timing doesn't work out quite right, but this dress intrigued me. And, the timing seemed to actually work.
The pattern is a layered pattern, so you can print only the size you need. It can be made as a dress or as separates. It has three different skirt options, gathered knee, gathered maxi, and body con; three different sleeve lengths including short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve and long sleeve; and pockets! Aside from the slew of options Jessica and Angie worked tirelessly so that everyone would be able to wear the dress AND still also be able to wear a regular bra by creating three separate bodices (Petite, Regular and Tall) for each size.
Plus, it's made of knit...which makes it amazingly comfortable and easy to wear!
I was impressed by how well the pattern was made and how the dress came together. Jessica and Angie did a brilliant job listening to everyone's feedback and making changes so that the dress fit each and every body just the way it was meant to (see tester photos here!).
I made the gathered maxi skirt with short sleeves version in XS. I'm not typically a maxi skirt gal, I tend to get "tangled" in them (I know, I'm weird), but I really love this dress. Especially since I finally used my beloved April Rhodes Serape Fervor knit!
Oh, and the back...no bra showing and just the right amount of skin.
My first version was just the crop top as we worked on the bodice first and then moved toward the dress/skirt once the bodice was correct. There were a couple of small changes for my size with the armscye but it's still wearable for me...
In this yellow laguna knit it feels so nice, this knit has the perfect amount of stretch and recovery for this pattern!
I paired it here with my lotta skirt from Compagnie M. I like it with this skirt because the skirt has a bit of a higher waist (or at least I can pull it up a bit to do so). And, I really do love the shirt, though, I have to be honest, I'm not quite sure I'll ever have the nerve to wear a crop top out in public.
But hey, that's just me! My husband told me I looked like a SoCal girl...I'm still not quite sure if he liked that or if he too was uncertain! HA!