Darling Ranges Dress by Megan Nielsen
Liberty of London Tana Lawn Cotton in Grey Howell’s Ladders|
Photographed at the Hotel Alexandria, Rome, Italy

Somehow I have STILL not posted my Italy photos from September! I wore this particular dress on the weekend at the Spring City of Craft Show and it’s a good one, so I wanted to finally share it here.

Also – I’m going to blame jet lag for my serious look in the first photo. This was just our second day in Italy, so surely I was both tired and overwhelmed.

There are lots of things that I love about this dress besides the wonderful Liberty print that I used for it. I especially love the v-neck, since I don’t really have any other dresses, except my City Limits wrap dress with this neckline. I used Mother of Pearl snaps instead of buttons which I also love. Next time I make this dress, I’ll still use snaps, but just regular coloured snaps that are not as heavy as the Mother of Pearl ones. Since there are so many, they are a bit heavy on the lighter Tana Lawn cotton.

I made one alteration on the pattern, which was to move & change the bust dart. This was something that I also did with the Banksia Top. Megan Nielsen has included lots of helpful tutorials on her blog about different alterations you can make to her patterns. Very helpful! Other than that, the pattern is pretty straightforward and I’m quite sure I’ll be making another one.

Darling Ranges Dress in Liberty

Darling Ranges Dress in Liberty

Darling Ranges Dress in Liberty

Darling Ranges Dress in Liberty

Darling Ranges Dress in Liberty


  1. Wow! I love the fabric and the pearl snaps. So snapsy! Darling Ranges is such a great everyday pattern (I am currently on a Megan Nielsen kick myself!!!).

    1. thanks ally! i’m loving your megan nielsen projects. i want to make the briar shirt next. plus she has new patterns coming soon!

  2. Looks great, Karyn! I’ve never seen this Liberty print but I love it! Do you find you have to underline or line your Liberty Lawn when you use it to make dresses?

    1. to be honest, i don’t usually line my liberty dresses even though the tana lawn is so thin. i love how light and soft they are. but someone who was more ‘proper’ might! 😉

    1. aww. thanks, tilly. i’m working hard on a mathilde blouse now and i hope you’ll approve of the fabric i chose!

  3. Hi! I would love to meet you again here in Italy, maybe at another one Squam before or later. The dress is beautiful, I love the ladder fabric and Liberty is a must! I really love the buttons, they seems made for that dress. well done!

  4. Please, please, please make a class for this dress. I’ve had the pattern for so long but I’m petrified of buttons.

    1. i’ll see what i can do… but if you do the beginner pattern sewing class you can pick this as your pattern for the class!

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