sometimes, it’s impossible for the weather not to influence my fabric choices. last weekend we were hit with a decent little rain/windstorm that knocked out power around town and didn’t let up for days. at the beginning of that storm, i pulled fabrics for my stop on the sally dress tour!
the sally dress is the newest pattern from Shannon of luvinthemommyhood / very shannon. she actually debuted this sweet design as my guest on vintage may this year, so it was a no brainer for me to help her promote the pattern now that it’s been released!
i’m so happy with how this little dress turned out!
the pattern comes in sizes 2T – 8, has three sleeve options, and actually pulls on with no closures, which could be a bit scary, but the fit is great! the design of the dress is smart in that it doesn’t slip down in any kind of noticeable way. see that little point at the shoulder? i can’t be sure, but i suspect that helps.
the stormy fabrics i chose for this dress make me happily fallish. i’d been wanting to use Nordika by Jeni Baker ever since i saw it debuted at Quilt Market this year! Jeni is such a sweet gal and i really admire her work, so it was fun to showcase her fabric here. this print is called Whimsicöl Mist and it’s part of a panel that’s really stunning. i only had a fat quarter and it was just barely enough! i got it at Bolt of course.
the skirt is a wonderfully drapey charcoal gray baby wale corduroy from fabric depot, and the pockets are lined with scraps of gray shot cotton. for a storm-inspired dress, it sure is soft and light!
i added flat piping between the bodice and lining but sewed it a bit out of order and had to fold the piping up and stitch it down to make it work. kind of a nice effect in the end.
this is a 3T bodice with a 5T skirt to fit my little beanpole. the pockets a tiny bit low because of that two size discrepancy, but just barely. i never know when i sew non pink/rainbow dresses whether she’ll actually like them, but she loves this dress! woo!
i’ve got one tip when sewing the bodice and its lining, since Shannon’s method differs from other patternmakers a bit. if you’re going sleeveless like i did, sew a 1/2″ basting stitch around all armholes before sewing anything together. this will guide your pressing later and help everything match when you join the shoulders and topstitch. i always have trouble pressing evenly along a tight curve, personally, but this helps me. :)
be sure to check out the versions my co-pattern-tour-stoppers Tara and Sabra made today, too! the sally dress is such a great little dress for customization, and i love seeing what those ladies came up with.
okay! miss sassy pants wants to know if you’d like to WIN a copy of the sally dress pattern!
:: Giveaway details ::
> giveaway is open until Thursday, October 3 at 9pm Pacific Standard Time Giveaway is now closed.
> winners will be chosen at random and will be contacted by email and announced on the blog
> open to US and international residents
> void where prohibited
:: Here’s how to enter ::
> leave a comment telling me your favorite warm drink to curl up with in a storm. my current addiction is a homemade decaf salted caramel latte – mmmmm so good.
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* i received the sally dress pattern in exchange for this review, and was not compensated for the giveaway. my opinions are entirely my own.