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 close-up pictures for a 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 that the fabric I used is cotton with a 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.
Sundress Sewing Pattern
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].
Turn to the wrong side and sew along the center of both straps. Look out on the pleats that are facing against the sewing direction as it is likely to be dragged away by feed dog. The closer the pleats meet the neater it looks.
Turn over to the right side, fold the strap to form the origami pattern, set your steam iron to the highest temperature that the fabric can handle, press to set the folds to make a permanent crease.
** Cautious, try out on a piece of scrap fabric to get the right temperature so that it won’t burn the strap. If you don’t have a steam iron, spray some water mist on the strap before pressing.
Since I skipped the lining for the skirt, I folded the seam allowance of the bust lining and slip stitch along the sewing line to hide all the seams inside.
Hope to see you sew one soon! Let me know if you have a question, I will try to help!