amarena dress from our pattern testers

The Amarena Dress was a winner with our testers.

Melani liked the flattering neckline and ease of wear.

Woman stands on a front porch wearing a knee-length mustard yellow cotton dress with a v neck, collar and short sleeves.

Rhythm has done some pattern-matching perfection in sewing up this printed rayon dress.

Woman wearing a knee-length rayon scallop print dress with short sleeves and a v-neck collar

Erica looks stunning in this deep red, and Maria played with a contrasting collar fabric.

When our testers sewed up the Amarena dress it included long sleeves for view B.  Based on the feedback, the sleeves were shortened to ¾ length. Although you won’t see that length in our test photos, I think we can agree the testers did an amazing job! I love how Jamie and Shelley played with color blocking.

Sue continues to inspire us, making several test garments. In addition to the off-white version above, she made this Amarena Dress in a gorgeous print with a custom fabric belt and piping detail on the collar.

Woman wearing a green v-neck pullover dress with long sleeves and pockets. We see the front and side views of the dress.

Both Shelley and Sue took advantage of the (surprise!) cutting line to shorten the Amarena to a shirt. While the pattern doesn’t detail yardage or instructions, it’s not hard to work out on your own.

The woman on the left is wearing an olive green short-sleeve v-neck shirt with a collar. The woman on the right is wearing the same shirt in a black floral print with long-sleeves.

You can read more about the Amarena Dress pattern right here, check out fabric and styling suggestions, and take a look at Liesl’s Amarena Dress Pinterest board. You can get your own copy in paper or digital format.  Don’t forget to tag us #lieslandco and #lieslcoamarenadress so we can see what you make!




  1. Marsha Ronald

    The ladies did a fantastic job with their dresses and tops. They are all so lovely. Can you tell a bit more of their fabric selections? I have to purchase all my fabric from online stores, and it would be helpful to know how their fabric choices affect the drape of their dresses. Thanks so much.

    1. If I’m not mistaken, Melani’s dress (mustard yellow) is a linen blend. Rhythm’s is a printed rayon, as is Sue’s green dress. Shelley’s long sleeve color-blocked dress is a linen/viscose twill, and Jamie’s red and orange color-blocked dress is linen. Hope those help a bit!

      1. Marsha Ronald

        Thanks so much, that helps!

  2. Lyndsey Stanfill

    So cute! Great job everyone! I love the collar on this pattern, and I don’t think I would have sewn the version it without it. But now, seeing those examples that’s on my list, too!

  3. Amazing how the color can make all the difference in the world… Really like the red one the best.

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