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My new favourite pattern: The Sudley dress

June 25, 2016
Sudley dress floral

I’m really not sure how it’s been so long between posts except, you know, life got in the way. I’ve still been sewing, I’ve still been working hard and writing about crafts, just not blogging about it I guess.

I’m currently enjoying a well deserved week off and have come home to relax and reacquaint myself with my sewing machine. In preparation, I bought a load of sewing patterns, even more fabric and had way too much planned to actually accomplish it all. But I did manage three dresses and they’ll soon follow in (hopefully) quick succession.

Sudley dress floral

Here’s the first, Megan Nielsen’s Sudley pattern, a top and dress combination with plenty of add-ons. I didn’t expect to like this dress so much, but it is a really easy make and great to wear. I loved this first version so much that I bumped a second version up the list.

The fabric is a floral rayon from Sew Over It. It’s identical to a top I bought a year or so ago in Primark that shrunk in the wash. I didn’t get much wear out of the top but when I saw the same fabric on the Sew Over It website I thought it would be a great chance to replicate it. Obviously that went out of the window once I realised it would be perfect for the Sudley dress and I got to work on it straightaway.

Sudley dress floral

Sudley dress floral

I love the keyhole detail – the dress can be worn with this detail in the front or the back as shown in the photos above. I added a forest green bias binding around the neckline and keyhole detail and the straps are a little bit shorter than the pattern suggests, but it’s a great all-rounder (I even wore the second version out for a meal last night – it’s good for hiding food babies).

I cut a size small and pretty much followed the instructions to a tee, except for lining it. Plus, I’ll make sure not to shrink this one. Next one to follow soon!

Sudley dress floral

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