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.
Okay, sundresses. When I think sundress, my first thought is easy – easy to style, comfortable, easy to pack, goes with anything and layers…easily. The Isla Dress from Made By Rae ticks all those boxes for me. The pattern is designed for knits and features a fitted bodice and a gathered empire waist, which I tend to like because it (almost) gives me the illusion of a waist. The pattern features a top (I’ve made several of those, including one featured in the April/May issue of Sew News with velvet sleeve caps) and the dress version, and neither one requires huge amounts of fabric.
This black print (from Girl Charlee!) was the first version I made. I followed it up with another dress in a solid olive bamboo knit but it was a bit too drab, even for me. I cut off the dress and wear the peplum tank on constant rotation – lesson learned! I think this dress begs for a fun print – in large or small scale, maybe a novelty print from your stash, big florals, or my fave of the season, tropical leaves and things. The fit is great and it is so so comfy. In summer, it’s perfect with sandals and a sunhat. In the fall, pair it with a lightweight cardigan or a denim button-up and booties. Come to think of it, I think I’m ready for another one…. maybe a maxi length?