Love, at first sight, is how I can describe the Valerie Raglan Sleeve Dress. I came across a post on Instagram for pattern testing for this dress, and could not stop starring at the lines of this dress and the raglan sleeves. Classy and cute are the words that came to mind, but I will let you decide for yourself. I was extremely excited when I was selected to test this pattern. The pattern is from an indie pattern company called Forgetmenot patterns.
The Valerie dress features a short sleeve flounce or long sleeve option. I just loved the long sleeve version and decided to test this one first. This style will work with many different fabrics. I used a cream medium weight crepe fabric that I have had in my stash for years. In addition, I needed a small amount of interfacing as well as in invisible zipper for the back closure and two 1/2 inch buttons for the sleeve closure.
I decided to make a muslin to test out the top of the dress for a fitting. I am so happy I did, as the top was a bit too loose as well as the sleeves too long. The adjustments I made were to take 1 1/2 inch off the length of the sleeve as well as 1 inch off the width of the sleeve. The length of the dress was perfect. Overall, it took an hour and a half to complete the dress.
After making this dress, I am still in love with it. The weight of the crepe fabric I used makes this dress perfect for a dressy occasion. I plan on making two more versions of this dress; one in linen, because I just love linen. I also want another one in a cotton Ankara fabric. Look forward to seeing another Valerie raglan sleeve dress in a future post.