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The Laura Dress – Rosy Peña Patterns

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you had a wonderful time with family and friends for Christmas. I spent Christmas day, which also happens to be CEMO’s birthday, with him and our two sons. We relaxed the entire day while watching movies, and enjoyed a delicious Christmas/Birthday dinner. It was a perfect pajama kind of day for me. I’m happiest when my entire family is home together. I smiled a lot on Monday. Watching our sons take care of their dad, the joking around, the birthday phone calls, praying together, our neighbors coming over to bring yummy gumbo and sing happy birthday to Cecil, and watching him take the first bite of that birthday cake he’s been talking about all month–PRICELESS! That one day was enough to carry me for the entire week.

The Laura Dress - Rosy Pena Patterns

Today’s look is from the new Rosy Peña Patterns Collection. Rosy launched her new pattern company around Thanksgiving and she’s already released two patterns. Congratulations Rosy!!! The Laura is her first release, and this is my version of View B, the dress. I used a sweater knit that I picked up from Joann Fabrics. I first saw this fabric in a cream color and fell in love. I purchased it in three colors; cream, green, and burgundy. I knew I would use one of them for the Laura Dress. I love the loose fit of the pattern and thought it would be awesome in a sweater knit. I styled it with a pair of thick, black tights and ankle boots. I also made a slouchy hat with the leftover fabric. I used Simplicity 8036 for the hat. This is the same hat I made with my long tunic style top/dress HERE. The dress also looks nice layered. I wore it to church on Sunday with a turtleneck underneath to keep my neck warm (didn’t get any photos).

The Laura Dress - Rosy Pena Patterns

Okay beginners, you’re gonna love this one because it’s super easy to sew. There are only 4 pattern pieces and the instructions are very clear and easy to follow. Rosy’s patterns are in pdf form, and she created a video that shows you how to print and assemble the pattern from home. Her video was a great help because I’ve actually had trouble printing pdf patterns from my computer. We purchased a new printer since the last time I tried a pdf. This time I followed Rosy’s instructions and everything worked out fine. Although I’m still not a fan of pdf patterns because of the assembly required, I’m willing to put in the work for the ones that scream for me. I have a few others waiting to be printed, so now I’m looking forward to giving those a try too.

The Laura Dress - Rosy Pena Patterns

I decided to try this pattern for three reasons. 1) It gives me that relaxed vibe, which is what I’m reaching for right now. 2) It’s a simple pattern, making it perfect to showcase beautiful fabrics without disturbing the design of the fabric. 3) I wanted to support Rosy in her new venture. If you’re interested in trying this pattern, you may purchase it at Rosy has created several looks with her pattern and you can see them all on her Blog. You may also follow her on Instagram @rosypenapatterns.

The Laura Dress - Rosy Pena Patterns

Well, I’m getting a little better with my photos. I’m still experimenting and watching YouTube videos until I learn all I need to know to get the quality I want. I’m proud of myself for this week’s improvement though. Once I get comfortable enough with still photos, I’ll be moving on to learning how to record my own videos so that I can resume creating tutorials for you guys. I have some great project ideas that I think you will like, including a series that I had hoped to start in 2017. I continue to take it one day at a time, and I really do enjoy being able to sew again.

The Laura Dress - Rosy Pena Patterns

Project Details

  • Pattern = The Laura by Rosy Peña Patterns
  • View = B
  • Sizing = XXS – XXL
  • Size Cut = XS
  • No. of Pieces = 4
  • Fabric = Sweater Knit HERE
  • Yardage = 1 3/4 yards (58″ wide)
  • Thread = All Purpose
  • Needles Used = Stretch
  • Seam Finish = Serged
  • Skills = Topstitching
  • Rating = EASY – Beginner Friendly

The Laura Dress - Rosy Pena Patterns

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The Laura Dress - Rosy Pena Patterns

The Laura Dress - Rosy Pena Patterns

The Laura Dress - Rosy Pena Patterns

The Laura Dress - Rosy Pena Patterns

Anita Morris

Anita is the Author of STEP Into It, Overcoming Trials That Lead To Purpose. She is also an Online Sewing Instructor for beginner sewists. She is passionate about helping women to step into their purpose by walking in the calling on their lives. She hosts a popular YouTube channel where she helps women to become confident in their sewing skills.

This Post Has 51 Comments

  1. Barbara Griswold

    Thank you Anita for taking the time to share with us your latest fabulous creation. Bless your beautiful family.

  2. Angela

    Anita I have just started to sew with my
    Daughter and found your beginners videos.
    I’ve really enjoyed learning from you. You seem to be a very warm, kind, joyful person. I’m sorry
    Your husband is battling cancer right now.
    I pray for him, you and your family.

  3. Sandra

    Hi Anita, I wanted you to know that I’m praying for your husband, you and your family. Stay strong in the Lord, and continue to believe and trust in Him. Isaiah 41:10

  4. Kelly

    Miss Anita I pray your husbaNd is doing better and stronger, not only physically but spirituality as well . I miss your videos as I am a beginner sewer and have just completed my first circle skirt with your detailed videos ( watched over and over and over) ☺️!! I can’t wait until all is well and you’ll be teaching us more!!
    Lord bless you and your family!

  5. Tomasa

    Beautiful family – I am glad you all had some quality time during the holidays. Love your dress – it looks so comfy and stylish.

  6. Cheryl

    Love the look and what a beautiful family you have! Praying.

  7. The Sewing CPA

    Very pretty dress. I’m glad you had a wonderful Christmas with family.

  8. Deborah

    I am so grateful that your husband, Cemo, is doing so well and that you were able to celebrate a joyous Christmas and his birthday with your family. I have been following your family’s progress throughout your husband’s illness and I have been praying for all of you. God is indeed a GOOD GOD and He hears and answers prayers.

    I used to be an avid sewer but got away from it for a while. You are encouraging me to get back in the game. Thanks.

    Continue to be blessed!

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh Deborah, thank you so much for your prayers. We really appreciate you.

  9. Vanessa

    Happy Holidays Ms. Anita. I love that relaxed vibe too! Great color choice and groovy pattern. May God continue to keep you and your family in His care.

  10. Rosalind D

    Hi Anita, Thank God for what He is doing in your family. I really like the dress and hat. I have the pattern and I will be working on it. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Rosalind! I can’t wait to see your version.

      1. Rosalind D

        Hi Anita, oh no, my hat look like a purse. I did something wrong, but I am going to wear it. Lol. If you get a chance to make a video of that hat I will be looking for it.

  11. Ms. Sheila

    Hey Anita. Your dress is beautiful. I love the style of it, and I love the fabric. It was so good to see you are sewing again. I cannot wait until you start your tutorials again. I am glad to hear that you had a great Christmas. I will continue to keep your husband Cemo in prayer. GOD is so good. Continue to stay strong my Sew sister. Love ya!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Ms. Sheila! Thank you so much. It feels so great to be sewing again.

  12. Brittany Jones

    Beautiful Ms. Anita!! So happy to see your gorgeous smile!! You’re doing fabulous with your pics!! Can’t wait to see your next project!! And I’m still keeping your family in my prayers!! Blessings!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Heey Brittany! Thanks so much, sister!

  13. Rosy Pena

    Anita! It warms my heart to see you smiling and so happy in your Laura dress! I appreciate you so much for supporting & sharing your pictures with us! Words can not express how exciting it is seeing the patterns on other people and you knocked it out of the park! Love you Anita! ❤️

    1. Anita Morris

      Heeeyyy Rosy! I’m so glad you like my version of your dress. Yes, I imagine it gives you so much joy and excitement to see people sewing your pattern. Love you too, sister!

  14. Peggy

    Praise the Lord! Trusting you all had a Merry Christmas. It’s nice seeing CEMO and I thanks God for healing and you for allowing us to see God’s healing hands. Beautiful dress. I love the loose fit and as always how you put it together. Happy New Year!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks so much Peggy! Praise God for what He is doing! Happy New Year!

  15. Linda L

    Hi Anita, Blessing to you and your family. God is great. Tell Cemo the prayers are on going. Well u did it again. Love your dress and the hat. Im going to order my pattern in a few minutes. Have Happy New Years

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks so much Linda! Have fun sewing your Laura!

  16. pam

    This is so cute. I love this dress and it is the perfect style EASY – thanks for sharing. By the way you can have your patterns printed at your local print shop (Kinko’s) so you don’t have to piece them yourself or you could buy a printer and print them yourself.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks so much Pam! Yes, I’ve heard about the Print Shop version and Rosy’s pattern has that option.

  17. Dara


    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks so much Dara! Happy New Year!

  18. Paulette dowdie


  19. Cynthia Willis

    As Billy Crystal would say, “You look marvelous,” The dress is adorable, I’ll be ordering my pattern this afternoon, and the hat is so cute and sassy-with the extra benefit of keeping your head and ears warm! I saw that fabric last week when I was in the store, I guess I need to head back!

    So good to see the pic of your handsome hubby with his favorite boys, I know the laughter was good medicine for you both. Continued prayers and blessings for God’s loving care for you all. Happy New Year!

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh, thank you so much Cynthia! Yes, the laughter is so therapeutic! Happy New Year!

  20. Carmen

    Lovely just lovely. I love the hat too. Happy birthday to your husband. My SIL is a Christmas baby too. Great job on the pictures. I will check out Rosy site. Happy 2018.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Carmen! Happy New Year!

  21. Ray

    Always are one amazing person… keep motivating the young sewist.. prayers from here to you and your family

  22. Gwendolyn Styles

    Hi Anita, you have a handsome family, and you all are in my prayers. I have used that same fabric in black and white for a poncho. It looks

    good in the style dress you made. you do such fabulous work in every thing you create. Love your designs. Happy new year to you all

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Gwendolyn! Thanks so much! I appreciate your compliments. Happy New Year!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks so much Sue! Have fun with your gorgeous fabric.

  23. Roz D

    Hi Anita, I really like this outfit, especially the hat. I think simplicity is on sale at Joann, I am going to look for the hat. Good to see your family. Amazing how God is working! I will check out Rosy’s blog.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks so much Roz! Yes! Have fun making your hat.

  24. Gwendolyn dukes

    Good morning … I am thankful that you husband is getting better. The look of joy on the faces of you and your sons is priceless. Continue to keep the faith I trust and believe that God can and God will. I have a question, for each design that you post is there a tutorial that go along with it? Happy holidays!!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Gwendolyn! Yeeesss! God can and God will. Amen!

      No, I don’t do tutorials for every design that I post. I hope to return to recording tutorials soon.

  25. Sherry

    Hi Anita. I love that dress. It looks both cute and comfortable. I just love your warm, kind and positive spirit.

    Belated birthday wishes and continued prayers of healing for Cemo.

    Peace and blessings to you and your beautiful family.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Sherry! Peace ad blessings to you and your family also.

  26. Angie J.

    I love the look and will definitely check out her pattern. Very comfortable looking, just what I’m looking for

    1. Anita Morris

      Awesome Angie! Happy New Year!


    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to your family. I love the dress, but I have not learned to sew with knit. Looking forward to learning how to sew with that type of fabric. I really enjoyed your blog and You Tube. You’re very inspirational personal to others. I loved that spirit about you. You give me hope in learning to sew, not only that but in our Heavenly farther. Thanks for kind spirit

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh, thank you so much LeJeun! You will learn to sew with knits. It’s not that hard. Check out some of the books about sewing with knits to learn and practice with scraps.

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