Sewing Project: Sundress {With Free Pattern}

Sewing Pattern: Sundress

Sewing Pattern: Sundress

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I fell in love to this “Love In The Afternoon” sundress from Twinkle when I saw it featured in Craft Stylist 2 months ago. A cocoon shape (with narrowing bottom hem) with origami inspired shoulder strap and the zig-zag topstitching on the bust band are those features that caught my eyes… moreover, it is a free pattern, how can I resist not to sew one. I believed that it would look great on my best friend, so I made this for her as a maternity dress. For some reasons, she doesn’t want me to put her as the main picture, so, I have to put her on the second, go and have a look how this dress turn out on her, isn’t she lovely :)

This free pattern is available in sizes from 0-16 for you to download and print, there is also a written instruction for you to follow, [click here to get all the details in Craft Stylist]. The dress is not difficult to sew, but I find that it would be much easier if there are some pictures to go with the instructions, especially on the shoulder straps. By the way, if you browse through the photo album above, I have some closed-up pictures for various view to show some of the features.

I followed almost all the instructions given except a few, eg. I skipped the lining for the skirt, I used invisible zipper and I added 3″ on the skirt so that it is almost on knee length (as what Bee wanted). The reason I skipped the lining is because the fabric I used is cotton with dark background, I prefer the sundress to be light and easy, and most importantly comfortable to wear, so a lining is not necessary here.

After Bee received it and wore it, her feedback was…. everything is great except she needs to inhale and hide her tummy a little when wearing from top down, as the narrowing bottom hem is just nice to pass through her growing tummy …. I overlooked this! If you were to sew this as a maternity dress, remember to take into the account for the bottom hem measurement… lol!

Below are some of the photos and instructions I need to point out so that it is easier for you to sew, especially the origami pleated strap.

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  1. Wow thanks for sharing. That is a beautiful sundress. My daughter has been looking for “The” sundress and now I have a pattern thanks to you.

  2. This looks gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing! Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

  3. Wow you did a really good job!

  4. Wow, thanks so much for the great pictures! I love this. I’ll be linking to this.

  5. Love this dress. I’m a beginner in sewing but this looks really good. I’ll try to sew this.

  6. Lovely!! If you like, I have a link party on my blog. I would love it if you’ll add a link to your website or blog.
    Bye!
    Annemarie
    http://www.annemariesbreiblog.blogspot.com

  7. hi, i’m trying to make this dress now and i’m having trouble. what is the “stitch and turn method” on step 3? and how do you fold the oragami strap?

    • Hi Kay,
      It is a tube making step where you fold your fabric with right side facing each other, sew along the edge, then use the tube turning tool to pull the tube right side out.
      The origami strap are shown in the first 4 tutorial steps above.
      Hope this help :)

  8. Hi,

    I love this dress. The shape is fabulous and you picked out a great fabric to make it up in. I linked to this post on my website. The url is http://craftstew.com/sewing/52-free-dress-patterns if you want to check it out.

  9. hi,
    i love this dress…very nice…
    i just want to ask…where did u get the very nice fabric like this dress??

    • I bought the fabric from a local textile shop here in Malaysia. May I know where are you from?

      • oooo i think you are buying from abroad. may i know where the shop? because it is so beautiful and show your stuff is so exclusive. and i also want to know where you buy accessories for your work. thank you.

        btw im from selangor, malaysia.

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        • Didn’t know you are from Malaysia too, great!!! You can get the fabric from Kamdar but I am not sure if it is still available, no harm go there for a look :) best of luck!
          Well, I source my accessories from all over the world and I can’t really tell you where exactly which from where lol…. think I should set up an online shop so that you all could buy from me instead of hovering around to find them ;)

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          • Can I know where can I go to see the beautiful fabrics other than kamdar? I was also keen to make bags, wallets and so on. your work is very appealing to me to try to. thank you.

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          • Shop around other textile shops and quilting shops….. may be you can try Craft World at SS2.

  10. I bought the fabric from a local textile shop here in Malaysia. May I know where are you from?

  11. hi love the dress i am trying to make it but i’m having trouble making the bust are there more instuructions i could have or a very explicit step by step method i could follow??? thanks a lot :)

    • Sorry, Sala, this is the only tutorial I’ve had prepared for this sewing pattern. Perhaps you can fill in the contact form and tell me in detail which part you have problem to continue. A photo or 2 to show the problem would be on the good :)

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  12. There actually are instructions above the download for the patterns is a separate download for instructions.

    Donna Rae

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