Melissa Mora of Melly Sews just released a book all about sewing up easy sundresses for hotter weather and it’s called Sundressing. The idea for the book is that once you have a well fitting bodice (the book includes basic slopers to work with), you can make subtle changes to create many different dresses from that one simple pattern. You can find more out about her book through her blog here.
There are many tutorials to choose from, for both women and girls, but I immediately knew that I was going to sew up the Sutton Dress (a fun off the shoulder dress) as a trendy outfit for an upcoming beach vacation.
The directions were easy to follow and I was able to cut out my pattern in about 20 minutes. It really is such a forgiving style with all of the ease in the ruffles that I wasn’t worried and didn’t do a muslin, although the fit came out pretty perfect anyway.
I did make a couple of changes. First of all I lengthened the ruffle by a couple of inches. Just a personal preference. I also wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the length. The dress is supposed to be mid calf, but at first I lengthened it to maxi to see what it looked like. It totally overwhelmed me. So I decided to hem it in a nice wide 4″ hem right above the knee. With all of the gathering it just seemed to look a bit better on me to have a bit less fabric.
The fabric is the perfectly lightweight tencil chambray that I bought from Colorado Fabrics recently. Because of the abundance of ruffles and gathering, I was afraid it would end up too sweet looking on me in a print, if that makes sense. I was tempted to make it in black gauze (because I like everything in black) but I think this is a good compromise. The chambray dresses it down a bit so I can wear it with flats and not feel too dressed up for daywear. I have a beach trip coming up and you better believe this is getting worn. If I were going to make any changes to it next time, I might just raise the back of the bodice by an inch or so. As is, the bodice cuts straight across the back at the underarm. It still covers my strapless bra so it’s fine as is, but I think it would be nice to have it a bit higher where the ruffle attaches in the back so it doesn’t pull down at all. Otherwise, the fit and style are spot on for me.
I’ve said it once and I will say it again, this is such a great look for those of us who want to cover up some areas, but still want to be on trend. It’s romantic and sexy and still flatterning on a range of body types. I think everyone needs one of these in their wardrobe this summer, even if it’s just a beach coverup.
I have one copy of the Sundressing book by Melissa Mora to giveaway to one of you. To enter, simply leave a comment below. Commenting will close on Sunday, June 26th and then I will contact the winner. (US entries only, sorry.)
Congrats Melissa on your new book! I’m so excited for you.