Monday, August 26, 2013

Say Hello to The Sally Dress!

This summer, I was really excited to be chosen as a pattern tester for Shannon of luvinthemommyhood's newest dress pattern, The Sally Dress!  



This dress pattern is utterly charming!  It's full of vintage-esque details, but it still feels fresh and modern.  For my first tester version, I choose the elbow length sleeve option.  Combined with the square neckline, I think it gives the dress a classic, elegant, Jackie O feeling.



My favorite part of this dress has to be the pockets!  How great are they?  The give the dress a touch of whimsy and seriously...kids adore pockets!  I chose a complimentary fabric in this version to let the pockets stand out just a bit more.



The Sally Dress is beautifully designed, inside and out!  The little details Shannon added in the construction are fabulous and make the inside just as special as the outside.  The bodice is fully lined and all the seams are enclosed, including the skirt seam.  The directions for encasing the seams are super clear and easy to follow.  Even if you are an experienced sewer, you will love the clever way she puts everything together!  Here's a view of the beautifully lined sleeve seam.



This is a great dress for all seasons with three different sleeve options - sleeveless, short sleeves and elbow length sleeves.  For my second tester version I did a sleeveless dress which I purposely made a bit large so I can save it for next summer!



On this version I kept the fabric the same for the body of the dress and the pockets and I love it this way as well!  I think you could really do some fun mixing and matching of prints between the bodice, skirt and pockets if you wanted to really go all out!



I honestly have no idea what this pink fabric is since it was given to me and had no selvages on it!  The gorgeous green, yellow and gray print fabric is from the DS Quilts collection at JoAnn's.  I've had my eye on it for awhile and this dress was the perfect chance to use it!



Overall, I highly recommend this pattern!  It has great versatility and a gorgeous silhouette.  It really satisfies my need for that slightly vintage feel that I prefer in children's clothing, but is still really up to date.  It's a pretty easy sew, too!  I'd give it an intermediate rating, simply because of the technique involved in lining the bodice, but if you felt really lazy needed to sew it more quickly and easily, you could use standard seams.  I'll be honest...I did in my second version because I was running out of time!  






And now, many more pictures of my girls in this extremely cute dress :)











Thanks to Shannon for allowing me to test this adorable pattern and for all the great, open communication during the testing process!  Now go get your copy right away!