A Dress for All Seasons...and Days: The Sunday Dress
Posted on Monday the 8th October 2018 by Sew Sarah Smith
Following on from the success of the Rosetta dress
from Pattern and Cloth, which was a huge hit with my daughter over the summer, I decided to forge ahead and sew her up their Sunday dress
. The Sunday Dress is designed to be suitable for both heavier weight fabrics (such as medium weight wool, cord, velvet or drill) and lighter weight fabrics (think lighter weight Chambrays, cotton lawns, linens and even silk if you’re feeling fancy!) It can be worn with a cardi or over a long sleeved top. All in all then, it works really well as a pattern to transition through the seasons.
I was sent this fabulous flamingo print Chambray Fabric
from Minerva with which to sew it up and I kid you not, it’s unbelievably soft and gorgeous! A lovely shade of blue and peppered with white flamingos, what’s not to love!? In fact so enamoured am I with this fabric that I’m tempted to order more to make myself more Piccadilly PJs
with. It behaved impeccably whilst sewing up too. I was also sent the matching 16" zip and some dark blue Anti-Static Lining Fabric
. I added a button to each of the front patch pockets on a couple of the versions I made.
Pattern matched Flamingos on the pockets!
Now I confess, when I got my hands on the Chambray and realised just how deliciously soft it is, I decided to forgo using the lining fabric, opting instead to line with the Chambray itself.
I had some fabulous tartan from Minerva lurking in my stash that I also wanted to make the same dress with and decided the anti-static lining fabric would be perfect for that dress, as we all know (wool) can be pretty itchy stuff!
As for the pattern itself, once I’d made the Chambray version I went ahead and sewed up a further four dresses. Yes, that’s how much I love this pattern! As mentioned above, it can be sewn in a vast array of different fabrics and, what’s more, it’s great for using up sizeable offcuts from previous projects, which is what I proceeded to do (you can see the other versions over on my blog
The pattern is designed as an easy sew. It has an invisible zip enclosure down the centre back seam and is part-lined. The designer has tried to make the instructions as beginner friendly and detailed as possible, so I’d class it as an ‘adventurous beginner’.
Invisible zip with lining
Construction wise I would say, having now sewn up 5 of these dresses in a range of fabrics, is that the front neckband piece is possibly a tad long.
Also, according to the finished chest measurements, I cut the Chambray in a size 9 (my daughter is 8 but big for her age). The dress is designed to be more fitted through the chest (but still with enough room to wear a top underneath) with the front having a large pleat detail – perfect for little girls with pot bellies. It’s quite fitted through the back, giving the whole design a sort of 60s shift dress vibe which I love. However, having cut the Chambray in the 9 I had to retrospectively let out the side seams under the arms to give her more breathing space. I cut the remaining four dresses in a size 10. I’d recommend sizing up or at least sewing the side seams with a 3/8” rather than a 5/8” seam allowance.
Apart from highlighting those niggles, you can whip this dress up in no time, hence why I sewed up the 5! Again, my daughter adores all the versions I’ve made her with her first words upon trying on the Chambray version being “Mummy it’s sooooo soft!”) She’s very particular about the feel of fabric against her skin, as am I, and she needs to feel unrestricted whilst playing, making this pattern twinned in this gorgeous Chambray an absolute winner!
Again, if you’re interested in seeing how the pattern works in different fabrics, they’re over on my blog www.sewsarahsmith.com
All that’s left for me to say is thank you very much Minerva for once again coming up trumps gifting me these gorgeous supplies!