Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Ready for a vacation with the Passport Dress

As a nursing mom of a little one, I have to be wise about what I wear. I need clothes that allow comfortable and easy access to feed my little guy. When choosing what to sew, I have had to keep that in mind. The Passport Dress has been in my pattern case since it was released in 2011, but I was pregnant, then feeding on demand. Now that Little Man is getting older and nursing less frequently, I can choose different options to make.

Last Fall, I took advantage of a fabric sale at Joann's Fabric and found this fantastic, retro, wavy, print for a steal. It is a cotton with a little stretch from I guess, a bit of spandex. I decided to use this fabric for this dress because I figured that it would be very forgiving as there is only 2.5 inches of ease. I had a bit of concern about the dart details being lost in the print, but I love the print so much I decided to forgo that concern.

Here is my review and completed project photos.

Pattern Description: Misses' Passport dress & jacket. Lisette Sew Your Style pattern.

Pattern Sizing: 6-22, I made a straight 12.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes and the illustrations helped when the words confused.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the pattern design; the pleats in the shirt and the V pleat in the center. I love the placement of the division of the bodice and skirt, not at waistline, not empire. Very flattering placement.

Fabric Used: Stretch cotton from Joann Fabrics.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made no changes whatsoever! This dress went together great and I didn't need to change a thing.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Yes! You will have to stop me from making too many. It is rare to find a pattern that comes together so well and looks great too! I have another cut and ready to sew and a green linen that is calling for a passport dress! I will add an invisible zipper next time, though the lapped zipper worked fine here.

Conclusion: I love this pattern! Love my dress!

Pleat details

Got my bag, and ready to go!

I love this dress!
I am ready to take a trip. Where to go...

Happy Sewing!


  1. gosh if I had seen the pattern cover I would have walked past this pattern, but your dress is beautiful and you look fantastic it in it

  2. Agreed! I always felt the Lisette patterns were geared towards much younger ladies but you knocked that on its ear! Great style lines and a blank slate for wow fabrics like yours. You are SO photogenic!

  3. You look fabulous and totally rocked this dress and pattern!!! Great job!! You mention patterns that were useful to you when you were nursing more. Would you mind sharing some of your favorites?

    1. Thanks Bikegrrl! Sorry for the delayed response, my little guy has had a bug :(.
      I liked the tops in Simplicity 1916, 2181,and 3750 for nursing. The stretch knit was perfect for pull down ease of access.

  4. I just got this pattern too because of your review! : ) I also will have to wait until breastfeeding is less frequent, but I am excited about it! And I will look into the breastfeeding patterns that you recommend. One "trick" I have done with the Alabama Chanin fitted top/dress pattern is to put an invisible zipper in the center front seam to allow for easy access. It is not too noticeable and I can easily remove it later if I'd like to (though may have to re-work the neck binding). It is especially important to watch the low-ness of the neckline in this case. : )