It’s summer time! Which means it’s time to break out the sundresses!
Every summer Melissa from Melly Sews hosts a fun series titled 30 days of Sundresses and this is my fourth year participating!
There is so much inspiration in this series! You can find dresses for all sizes – some are inspiration dresses, some are tutorials, some are patterns! It definitely puts me in the mood to break out the machine and make some dresses. :)
At the end of the post I’ll have a link over to Melissa’s blog where you can enter a super fun giveaway too! But first, let me show you what I made for the series this year!
I had so much fun making up Sorbetto tops for last month’s Sew Our Stash that I thought it would be cool to make a dress version. And of course I had to give it some vintage style. Here’s what I did to alter the pattern:
I used a basic elastic waist dress I already had as a guide for the bodice length and skirt. I had already made up the top so I knew it fit well, so I marked on the pattern where the waist of the other dress hit and then added 1″ for the casing.
I also added a collar to the dress! I used the Sailor Collar pattern here. When I made the top I’d shortened the shoulders some, so I had to remove some from the back of the collar pieces as well. It’s only on the front of the dress, nice and easy to add in.
For the detailing, I used a crochet lace I’d bought at Walmart – they have some really nice trims in their craft section right now. the lace was a great match with some of the tiny flowers on the fabric I thought! I also added in some vintage buttons to the top that blended well with the colors. I just love it when everything accidentally works together with stuff in your stash, don’t you? :)
To make the skirt, I used my store-bought dress as a pattern and cut out the skirt, with an extra inch at the waist. After sewing the side seams I sewed a small gathering stitch, then sewed the skirt to the bodice with a 1″ seam allowance. I turned the casing towards the skirt and sewed 3/4″ down from the first seam, sewing the seam allowance to the skirt. After inserting the elastic I finished the casing and hemmed the skirt. Super fast and easy!
And here’s one of me in the dress so you can see what it looks like on – even though you know I hate that part. :)
I paired it with a cardigan because that’s what I do. I am pretty happy with how it turned out – I’d definitely use the top as a dress starter again. It has so many options for adding cute details. Next time I might try it with a little more flowy fabric – that would look great with the top pattern and make for a softer skirt too.
So that’s my new sundress – what do you think??
Make sure to head over to Melly Sews to enter to win an awesome Mystery Box prize as part of the 30 Days of Sundresses series – and you can check out links to all the other dresses too!