A Christmas Naples with Hawthorne Threads


The Naples Dress from Jennuine Design (affliliate link) is one of my favorite patterns and I’ve been wanting to sew another version for awhile now.  As a member of the new Certified Jennuine Design team I knew this should be my first project.  I know I can happily scream from the rooftops my love for this pattern!


I fell in love with the newest Indy Bloom Christmas line from Hawthorne Threads and was so happy to partner with them to showcase this pretty print on this project.  This is printed on rayon and perfect for this pattern.  The drape and weight are lovely and those sleeves were just made for this fabric type.  This floral is just so beautiful and unique- a holiday print that she can wear all winter.


This pattern is a quick sew and so original.  There are mulitple sleeve options and you can pick to do a gathered or a-line skirt. I picked the butterfly sleeves for this dress.  I think it’s my sleeve of choice right now and anytime it’s an option I go for it!  I love the drama it brings but without all the work of ruffles.


I’ve made a couple in the past but this is my first gathered skirt version.  I love the extra fullness it gives the dress.  Perfect for a little twirling!  My version is a bit of a hi-low hem.  I’m calling it a happy accident as I gathered the straight bottom hem instead of the curved top of the skirt.  I love the little bit of edge it gives the dress.


My favorite detail of this pattern is the big bow tie option.  I love the retro-cool look it gives the dress but it’s so sweet at the same time.  Every time I make this pattern I giggle at the images of 70’s supermodels it reminds me of.  It has such a vintage vibe but in a modern classic way.


We had to do our favorite bow hairdo for this look.  Too perfect for the holidays and to imitate the front tie too!

Oh how we love this dress!!!  I’m so excited to be able to share my favorite Jennuine Designs makes with you and know you will love them too.


A huge thank you to Hawthorne Threads for sponsoring this post.  Make sure to check our their incredible selection and all their house-printed lines.  They have fast shipping so you can get your holiday prints in time too!

Naples Tunic by Jennuine Designs


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When Jennifer from A Jennuine Life contacted me about an upcoming blog tour for the *Naples Dress I was thrilled at the opportunity to join in!


A little background in case you’ve ever wondered how I decide which kid to sew for, this is the dealeo- Payton is my standard size kiddo and she gets most of the pattern tests because of this.  Sophie is tall and skinny and the reason I started sewing for my kids in the first place (hence the blog name).  I love being able to custom fit pieces for her.  Both girls have totally different tastes which makes it super fun to dress them!


I showed both girls all the pictures I could find under #naplesdress and it was love, love for my playful, girly Payton (You’ll get to see her version next week on the Naples Dress Blog Tour- stay tuned because it’s awesome!).


This one needed a little more convincing and I knew a flowy rayon challis version would be right up her alley.


And boy, was I right!


It’s just edgy enough to satisfy her and still sweet too!


I did the wide bow version and I love the bit of drama it brings.


This is the size 7 a-line tunic length with about 2 inches added to accommodate her height.


I used the bell sleeve piece but cut it on the 2t line to make it not as full and flared.


I don’t think I could love this top anymore- it’s just perfect!!


She’s pretty thrilled with it too and that’s really all that matters.


I love the vintage feel of this pattern and think she looks like she just stepped out of an episode of Three’s Company (haha).


Ok, more pattern details- It comes in sizes newborn to 12 and features a darling bias bound crossover bodice.


There are a few neckline options- a simple bias bow, a button closure, and this wide bow tie.  There are also two body options- a-line and gathered.


And  you’ve got multiple options for sleeves- sleeveless, two bell sleeve lengths, and wide flowy butterfly sleeves.  It also has dress and tunic lengths. AND there’s an 18-inch doll version, holy cuteness (I’ve got one for you next week- eek)!


Options, options, options!


This was one of the quickest photo shoots ever- squeezed in between her orthodontist appointment and play practice.  I absolutely adore these pics though and love her cute little braces smile!


Stay tuned next week for the Naples Dress Blog Tour.  There are so many amazingly talented bloggers sewing up this pattern.  I’m so excited to see what they create and to be wowed with inspiration.  Thank you Jenn for such a fun pattern.