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 sundress sewing 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.
This free sundress sewing 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. I have taken some closed-up pictures for various view to show some of the features.
I followed almost all the instructions in the free sundress sewing pattern 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. 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.
My friend feedback was…. everything is great except she needs to inhale and shrink her pregnant 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.