I’m gearing up for my work travel season, and one item of clothing that is always perfect for traveling is a good, knit dress. They are easily dressed up or down, and they are hard to wrinkle.  Perfect to pack in my carry-on! With four Out and About Dress versions in my closet, I felt like it was time to switch it up and try something new. Enter the Marianne Dress by Christine Haynes!

I saw the pattern in the Indiesew Spring Mini-Collection, and I had to buy it. I’ve seen versions on Instagram that had me drooling over the simple, casual style. But it’s obviously not always too casual, as seen here. I paired it with a gorgeous scarf my sister brought me back from Italy. Purple is one of my favorite colors!

I sewed up version A, sans peter pan collar, plus I added the sleeves from version B. Instead of three buttons on the cuff I found two largeish ones from my stash. Simple and cute–good to go!

The fabric I chose for this dress was some black ponte de roma I had in my stash–I believe it’s from Girl Charlee. I bought it thinking of another Out and About (a staple of mine), but decided to try something new. I’m really glad I did! Originally, I was worried about it being too boxy or frumpy on me before making my purchase decision. Luckily I was wrong to worry! This pattern has a great shape.

This was a quick make that I’ll definitely be making more of…especially for when I travel. I’m thinking another version A in flora and version B (with the blocking!) in some nautical stripes.

Have you made the Marianne yet? What are your thoughts? //Victoria

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