Magnolia Fit and Flare Dress and Top

There are few things I like better than a pattern that can be used for multiple, versatile garments and the Magnolia Fit and Flare Dress and Top from Winter Wear Designs is one of those patterns. If you want options, this pattern has them, including:

  • Fitted through the bust and then loose swing fit through the hip and thigh.
  • V Neck or Scoop Neck
  • Tunic or 2 Dress Lengths
  • Short, 3/4, or long sleeve
  • Optional back insert
  • Optional colorblock front with optional front pockets
  • Optional side seam pockets
  • Top length has optional straight cut that results in a slight handkerchief hem,  a shirttail back hem that combined with the straight front gives a high low effect, or a shirttail front hem that combined with the shirttail back hem gives a scooped hem front and back.
  • The dress length has a an above knee length and a knee length.  The front has a slight curve that combined with the plain back slight curve will give a straight hem when worn, or a straight hem that when combined with the back insert has a high low hem.

Our team was excited to help kick off the Magnolia Sew and Tell with Winter Wear this week by showing off our versions of the Magnolia Dress.  As you can see, it was a hit.  The fit looks great and simply changing an option or the fabric makes it look like a different pattern.  Check out our teams creations below!

Jessica: I had been looking for something exactly like the Magnolia Swing top to pair with my jeans and boots for the winter. I love that there are so many options for this pattern, but I went with the contrast back feature for my first sew through. It fits great: not too tight, not too baggy! I love this mustardy floral print from Purple Seamstress, but it’s not necessarily a color I would look great in. So I used it as my contrast fabric with this yummy magenta, also from Purple Seamstress. Consider this my new uniform!


Leonie: I made the V-neck version of the dress length, with short sleeves. I used cotton jersey to create an everyday dress. The fit is wonderful, long enough for my height and makes me feel very confident!


Lisa: I’ve made the top (tunic) version of the Magnolia using the high-lo hem option - top length in front, and shirt tail length at the back.  This is the v-neck with short sleeves, and the fabric is a Telio bamboo rayon knit, which has lovely drape.  I’ve trimmed the hem with some gorgeous lace I found at a local trim store.


Nicole: I made a shorter with scoop neck version of the dress. I used all fabrics from Joann a black knit lining and silver sequin. The fit is great on all body shapes and sizes. I can’t wait to make a top :)


Merav: Simple Top

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Head over to the Winter Wear Designs Blog to see what the Sew and Tell is all about and share your Magnolia in the Winter Wear Facebook Group