Sundress Week: Jill’s Recommendations

I do have a few opinions on what makes a great sundress. Sundresses should be comfortable. If you’re dealing with a high heat situation you do not want to be wearing an tight fitting, pinchy dress.sun dress  Sundress Week: Jills Recommendations

Comfort is on the top of my list. I love my sundresses to be on the flowy side, maybe with a bit of a twirl factor too. For me a sundress has to be made with easy care fabric. Silk is lovely, as is easy-to-sew cotton. A fitted sheath in silk shantung would work for something on the formal side.

Below are two sundresses that meet all my criteria. I made this classic sundress last year for a 1940′s ball. The pattern is from 1948 but as you can see, this style is just has relevant today. This has a great twirl factor with a 3/4 skirt, it is made with a cotton and a China silk lining. I need to go back in and adjust the straps.

Straps that fit comfortable, no digging and stay on your shoulders is also a must for the perfect sundress.

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I’m working on this one right now. I wanted to finish it for the series but, life got in the way. This is an OOP (out of print pattern) from Vogue 8645.

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il fullxfull.375640528 buhx Sundress Week: Jills RecommendationsThe outer fabric is a stretch satin and the lining is a grey chiffon. Chiffon, probably not the greatest choice for hot days, we’ll see. With the loose nature of the dress it shouldn’t be too sticky when wearing. And, it’s not like I’m going to be toiling in the outback or anything.

This version has pockets. I do love pockets but they are not a make or break for me. Sometimes I don’t like the extra bulk of a pocket and I might eliminate them.

On a side note: This pattern is interesting because it’s made to be reversible. You don’t see many reversible patterns anymore. Although it’s easy to figure out how to make a reversible garment, I find it interesting that Vogue actually presented it that way.

So in a nutshell here’s my list of must-haves for the perfect sundress.

  • Easy care fabrics
  • Straps that fit (no sliding off shoulders)
  • Flowy, with a bit of twirl
  • Fantastic fabric

Basic, but non-negotiable requirements. The fun is in the details don’t you think? Find a classic sundress and make a bold statement with outrageous, head turning fabric. My recommendation is to make up one for every day of the week!

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Sundress Week: Pattern Picks from BurdaStyle

Ty from joins us today with her top picks for sundress patterns. 

Screen Shot 2017 07 20 at 12.01.43 PM 208x300 Sundress Week: Pattern Picks from BurdaStyleIn order for a regular dress to be considered a “sundress” I think it needs to show a little skin, and always have bare shoulders. I love the flirty ties on the straps of this Spaghetti Strap Dress!

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This classic Feminine Dress is a little more versatile because you can dress it up with a nice pair of wedges or dress it down with flip flops and wear it to the beach.

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Babydoll dresses are so perfect for summer! This Babydoll Dress is particularly light, breezy and super comfortable to wear on hot days in the sun.

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Travel Trio Sew Along, week 2: Self-Lining for Reversible Garments

IfScreen Shot 2017 07 11 at 3.48.47 PM 181x300 Travel Trio Sew Along, week 2: Self Lining for Reversible Garments you’ve been dreaming of creating a versatile travel wardrobe, look no further than Christine Jonson‘s Travel Trio Two 331! Made from knit fabric, this pattern includes full patterns for three versatile, wrinkle-avoiding garments,  including a knit skirt, a funnel neck top and a hooded jacket. Travel Trio designer Christine Jonson joins the Sew News blog today with tips for creating lined versions of each garment, including the hooded jacket.

A simple one-seam design, this hoodie pattern is designed to be self-lined using a LYCRA blend fabric with good recovery and at least 60% stretch. Continue reading

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Sundress Week: Isla Dress Pattern by Made by Rae

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Amanda, here! Yay for sundress week! A bit of background before I hop into my pattern pick…so hold tight. When I started sewing, I focused on all dresses, all the time. After an extended break from sewing garments for myself, I find that I’m mostly a separates gal. I love sewing basics that I can wear everyday and in endless combinations – and that’s been my focus for over a year now. Fast forward to Me Made May this year, and I realized I was actually lacking in the dress department! So that’s my marching orders…a few dresses for summer, bonus points if they can transition into fall with easy layers. Continue reading

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Sundress Week: Josie Dress by Christine Haynes for Sew News

Kate’s Take on the Josie Sundress

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The first issue of Sew News that was released after I came to work here had the Josie Sundress on the cover. I thought it was so cute, and I thought it might be flattering on me because the high waist would help disguise the lower half of my pear shape. I put it on my list of things to sew; I even bought cherry-print fabric and a zipper. I had other things higher on the list, though, and suddenly it was fall and I didn’t really want to be sewing a sundress in the fall, knowing I wouldn’t be able to wear it for six months. So I set it aside, planning to make it in the spring. Continue reading

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Creating Couture Embellishment: A Review & Giveaway

One of my goals in my personal sewing game is to slow down and enjoy the process. Sometimes when I start a project I’m so focused on finishing it and wearing it that I lose sight of opportunities to take my garment from okay to wow. When I slow down I start to think of adding this or that to the garment. Sewing French seams instead of using a serger; adding trim and flair to little details and so forth.

To align with my goals I’m reading the the stunning  book Creating Couture Embellishment by Ellen W. Miller. This gorgeous book will show you step-by-step how to take your garments to the next level with embellishments. The book is beautiful. From the visual index in the front to the full-color photos (and 1,840 detailed illustrations) through out to the lengthy resource list at the end; this book is a keeper for fashion students, home sewists, professional seamstresses and collectors of fine books. Let’s have a closer  look.

Creating Couture Embellishment UK US cover final front HR Creating Couture Embellishment: A Review & GiveawayChapter One is devoted to how-tos, tools you’ll need and basic information. Chapter Two is on fabric manipulation. You’ll learn how to do not one type of ruffle but seven. You’ll learn various techniques for pleating, tucks, runching, shirring, smocking and quilting (which is going to be hot this year as seen in Calvin Klein’s latest runway offerings). Chapter Three is an extensive section on embellishment how-tos. Everything is here, from braiding, hand embroidery, decorative appliqué, crystals and more. Continue reading

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Our Favorite Sundresses Of The Season!

Nothing spells summer like a sweet sundress. When the weather turns hot, sundresses are the only way to go. How do you define a sundress? Do you think easy to make, easy to wear, easy to style, something that shows a little bit of sun-kissed skin or the perfect travel garment – or all of the above? Stay tuned this week as the Sew News editors share their thoughts on what makes the perfect sundress and a few of their favorite sundress patterns.

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Follow the links below for more on our favorite sundress patterns:

Kate’s Pick: Josie Sundress by Christine Haynes (also pictured above!)

Amanda’s Pick: Isla Dress Pattern by Made by Rae 















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