Layer Up with Cheyenne and Newport
Newport is one of my favorite summertime SLPCo patterns. The back silhouette and uniquely
beautiful pockets create the perfect dress for fun in the sun! Today, I’m going to share a few tips
and tricks not only to perfect the Newport pocket, but also extend the life of Newport beyond the
hot days of summer and into the brisk days of fall by pairing it with Cheyenne.
First, let me introduce myself! My name is Lacey, and I am a born and raised Texan with a love
of art, sewing and creativity. I went to school for graphic design, worked as a creative director
through my 20s, and now I am working my favorite job as a stay at home mom to three. I was so
excited to get this opportunity to share with you today, and I hope we have some fun and can
learn a thing of two from each other along the way!
Now, I don’t know about you, but I always get a little sad moving our summer clothes to the back
of the closet. Those sweet dresses hold memories of playdates, walks on the beach and late
night ice cream runs. All the fun of summer doesn’t have to end as we move into football (and
more importantly, pumpkin spice) season though! With these 3 tips, you can get a few more
months out of you creations.
Cheyenne makes the PERFECT layering piece. Whether you make the dress or the top, like I
did here, they two patterns work together so well. Cheyenne is a quick knit sew, and with all the
sleeve and neckline options, you could easily create a half dozen different looks from one
pattern! Design Tip: If you are creating Cheyenne as a layering piece, check the neckline of
what you are pairing it with before adding the neck ruffles. There are some dresses that may
need to be altered at the neckline so the ruffles are not covered up, or adding bulk beneath the
If you know beforehand that you are creating Newport to layer over Cheyenne, consider sizing
up by one size in width. This will allow a little bit of extra ease to accommodate for the bulk,
although minimal, of Cheyenne.
3) Skirt Length
On skirt length, there are two things to consider. If you are layering Newport over a Cheyenne
dress, hemming the Newport to be 1-2” shorter then your Cheyenne (or if your Newport is
already getting a little short from a recent grow spurt!) would allow the color of the bottom layer
to pop out a bit and add to the layered look. On the other hand, if you were to make the Newport
one size up in both length and width this fall, you could potentially get an entire summer out of it
Ok! Now let’s talk pockets! The pockets on Newport are precious, but I know they can also look
a bit intimidating. In the video below, I’m going to walk you through them step by step, and show
you just how simple they really are.
Make sure to post below with any question, comments or tips on how you extend the life of your
creations! I am looking forward to seeing all of your Newport/Cheyenne pairings!