Whew! I survived my first SewAlong! It was a blast, and I learned so much! I especially enjoyed the opportunity to help people as they created the dress for the first time, and to see what they made of it. I love how everyone’s take on a pattern can be different: this pattern looks awesome in sweater knit, brushed poly, cotton lycra, french terry and even lace! A big thank you to everyone who participated, and especially to Dhee of the Fab Clique and Kristi Fitzpatrick of George and Ginger for supporting this adventure!
Here are some of my favorite versions from the sewalong (shared with permission from their creators)!
Lilo and Stitch is my favorite movie- so I have to love this dress by Sara Joan Adorno Aponte! So fun!
Valerie Hill used all Fab Clique fabrics for this dress- I love how this rayon spandex looks for the skirt! Perfect for a date night!
I love this yellow one by Victoria Nangle- It just radiates summer doesn’t it?
Victoria actually made two! This is her other DayDream, in a loose sweater knit. I know how frustrating sweater knits can be to sew, but they are often worth it!
And here are my versions:
I used double brushed poly stripes for the bodice and lining, and liverpool for the skirt, both from The Fab Clique. The stripe/floral combo is really on-trend right now, and I like the effect, especially since its broken up a bit with the solid waistband. The liverpool skirt will keep things cool for the summer, and the brushed poly bodice is sooo soft! The waistband is made out of some supplex from my stash. I thought it would give the elastic at the bottom more support, but when I topstitched it there was some stretching and waviness. It is probably only obvious to me (and you, now that I’ve pointed it out!) but it does bug me. Next time, stretch stitch! The Princess even volunteered to demonstrate the nursing hack in action- I love how quick and easy it is to pull up.
My skirt is made out of a sparkly double knit I had in my stash- I bought it ages ago for a new year’s top that never materialized. When I was looking for fabrics to sacrifice to my skirt hack (you can never tell how these hacks will come out!), it jumped out at me, since the double knit prevents the sparkles from being scratchy on the inside. It iso a rayon blend, so it is breathable and flowy. I really like both these makes, and especially love how the dress has POCKETS!
I really love the versatility of this pattern- it can be made into a crop top, a swim top, a maxi skirt, and a nursing friendly dress, all without too much effort! I found the sizing to be spot on for me (which is fairly unusual, as I tend to be at the bottom range or fall below the sizing in many patterns), and the construction was fairly stratightfoward. I did discover a few extra tips to make the finished product more professional/functional, including under stitching the bodice, adding pockets, and using clear elastic in place of interfacing at the top of the bodice and in the waistband seam to make it stretch easier over the bust when putting it on.
I would certainly recommend this pattern to others, and can see myself making it again in the future! Here’s a picture of me doing what I love to do: chasing after my kids- and its a breeze in this dress!
Want to find all the hacks and sewalong posts? They are HERE
Missed this Sewalong but want to participate in my next one? I’m going to be hosting another event over at Pretty Posh Prints for the Midway Bomber Jacket by Greenstyle Creations- and we will have lots of fun hacks there as well! Click on the event link to join and grab your pattern (exclusive discount code in the event group). Side note: As a quirk of facebook, you must first join the Pretty Posh Prints group before you can join the event.