If you’re stopping by for the first time today from luvinthemommyhood, [hi, by the way!] you need to know that there are not a lot of dresses sewn in my house. There are four [adorable and wonderful] boys, who get a lot of mama-made clothing. But no dresses.
So when Shannon of Very Shannon and luvinthemommyhood came out with her amazing new pattern, The Sally Dress, I needed to make it. Thankfully, I have some lovely nieces, whose moms always appreciate some Auntie Jess-made clothing. :)
Sigh. Little girl clothes are so lovely, aren’t they? And the Sally Dress? Oh my. SO wonderful.
I’m going to be honest with you here. I have never sewn more than a simple peasant dress before. I mean, I’ve sewn some fairly complicated garments, but not dresses. And I was incredibly impressed by this pattern. The instructions were so clear [and the illustrations! yes!] and this pattern is oh so well done.
This dress has a lined bodice that comes together so smoothly and gives it a really professional finish.
The large pockets are perfect for picking berries and collecting treasures.
This dress is perfect for every day playing or a special occasion. And mamas… there are NO closures – no zippers or buttons. Independent dressing for the win!
I love this fabric pairing on this dress. Soft and innocent – the rosebud fabric matches the vintage vibe that the Sally Dress already has. But this dress is so versatile that you can make it in nearly any fabric [as you can see with all the different versions that have been sewn for the Sally Dress tour!]
Did anyone else have a garment made in this rosebud fabric as a child? I know that I did [and a doll dress as well] and when I posted a sneak peek picture on facebook, I got lots of comments from others who did too! I found all these fabrics [including a pink and white stripe that I used for the lining] together at a thrift store.
I am a little obsessed with how the gathers look against the bodice.
Do you want to win your own copy of the Sally Dress from Very Shannon? [yes, of course you do!]
There are three ways to win [so you can enter up to three times]…
- Like If Only They Would Nap on Facebook – leave a comment telling me you do
- Like Luvinthemommyhood on Facebook - leave a comment telling me you do
- Leave a comment on this post and tell me who you would sew the Sally Dress for!
Don’t forget to leave your email address so that I have a way to contact you if you win. Giveaway will close Friday October 11th.
Disclosure: I was given this pattern in exchange for my honest review. And I honestly love it.
All photos in this post taken by my incredibly talented sister-in-law – Brooke Collier Photo. Please don’t use these photos without permission. And if you live in the Grand Rapids, MI area, you should definitely book her.