I have a confession.
When I bought this fabric, I was totally thinking that I was going to make something for the kids with it. I loved it, but it just reminded me of a more child-like fabric. I kept picturing these adorable little girl’s dresses, perhaps with a coordinating navy bodice and word fabric skirt paired together.
I was feeling particularly depressed about the state of our nation, and the news that continues to pop up in my news feed, when I stumbled across this fabric. The hand printed words on the textile just seemed to jump off the page at me. It told the story I want to be a part of, a story of ‘home’, ‘happiness’, ‘laughter’, ‘friends’, ‘togetherness’, ‘warmth’, and more. The fabric seemed to tell a story that I want to continue to live my life by – and hope that we are a country can continue to move forward as we piece ourselves back together into a WHOLE unit. Working together as we should, in love and understanding and peace. The fabric seemed to embody something special to me – and I simply needed to make something with it. So I purchased a couple of yards, thinking that my daughters would be the recipient of the handmade fare.
Then I was invited to an event. A Grand Launch party of the ‘She Laughs Project’. A website / movement being launched to help encourage women to ‘laugh without fear of the future’. It is a message of positivity, of hope, and of self love. Bringing women together to encourage, offer friendship and support, and to know that they are NOT alone. That no matter what obstacles you are facing, or where you find yourself, there is a light and a hope for the future.
As I looked around my closet for what I might be able to wear to this event, I started to think about the fabric sitting on my studio desk – and a vision crystalized.
Make this Look: Sudley Dress Pattern
MAKE THIS LOOK:
- Pattern: Sudley Dress & Blouse Pattern, Megan Nielsen Patterns
- Fabric: Sew Caroline Happy Home Fabric Collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, To Live by Peace
- 3 -4 hours
- Advanced Beginner
I swear, I made every rookie sewing mistake known to mankind when sewing up this pattern. I was definitely having an off day. Firstly, I decided that I knew better than the pattern instructions – and wanted to sew up the pattern using my own instructions. WRONG. Every seamstress out there will tell you not to do this. I cut out my fabric wrong, I didn’t measure myself or make a muslin, I sewed sloppy. I kid you not – I was a HOT MESS sewing this dress up. I don’t know what got into me, but it was just a bad sewing day.
I tell you this for a few reasons…
- We all have bad sewing days. Even the most experienced of seamstresses (not me) have them, so go easy on yourself the next time you sew your sleeve to your neckline. It happens to us all.
- Do as I say, not as I do. I often take shortcuts to make up for time. Shortcuts almost never lead to sewing happiness. Just saying. They always take longer in the long run.
- If you decide to make this dress for yourself based on this post, you might find some slight modifications. Nothing too much to note, unless you are a stickler for the specifics. I will continue with my ever so slight changes made, which were only done to correct my sloppy sewing.
- Since I was making this sleeveless, I took about 3/4″ – 1″ off the shoulder seam. I really want to make another version of this dress, with the sleeves, for Fall. The 3/4 sleeve version looks absolutely perfect!
- My bodice is a bit shorter than intended. I had to shop off about 1/2 – 3/4″ to fix my sloppy lining / exterior bodice pattern cutting. Like I said, I don’t know what the heck was wrong with me that day.
- At only 5’4″, I consider myself shorter in height than the average woman. That being said, most dresses need to be altered in length. Instead of cutting off the skirt length, I decided to add a nice DEEP 2″ hem all around. I found this really added to the quality of the garment, making it look more expensive.
- I chose not to add the hook closure along the keyhole neckline opening. I really loved the way it looked as is, without the ends coming together along the top. Just a minor design detail.
All that being said…
I adore this dress. I got so many compliments on it at the She Laughs Launch Party event, it actually took me by surprise. People really just related to the fabric and the dress style. I had to turn down numerous custom order requests. I will definitely, definitely, definitely be making more Sudley dresses this Fall – because come on, this dress paired with boots is going to be !!! Just saying.
So if you were on the fence about buying this pattern. BUY IT. It is awesome.
Yeah, I would say I was ON POINT for this party. Lol! Pardon my crummy iPhone photo…
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…