I’m typically slow to join in on fashion trends. It took years before I finally accepted that skinny jeans (which is pretty much all I wear now) were a thing and I remember the first time I tried on leggings as pants… I cringed and promptly put them back on the shelf, vowing to never do it again. But now, after discovering the magic of Lululemon spandex, it’s a wardrobe staple for me!
However, the off the shoulder – or cold shoulder – trend seems to be everywhere and I love the effortless, 70’s vibe. It makes me want to abandon my fashion-cautious ways and fill my closet with shoulder baring dresses and tops! Ever since seeing the vintage Simplicity 9967 tops that Sophie sewed (here and here), I had been on the hunt for that pattern or something similar but kept coming up empty. Luckily, Melissa from Melly Sews recently wrote a book called Sundressing: Sew 21 Easy, Breezy Dresses for Women and Girls and it includes instructions for creating the Sutton Dress, an elastic waist, off the shoulder sundress!
What’s really unique about Sundressing is that Melissa provides the pattern pieces for one bodice block and then each dress contains the instructions to modify the block to make each different dress. I found that I was able to made my bodice modifications per the instructions pretty quick, but I did make a few changes along the way…
I wanted to create an off the shoulder dress similar to this one that I had been eyeing at Anthropologie. To do so, I lengthen the bodice by flaring out from the underbust, carefully making sure I was adding in enough width to fit comfortably around my hips. To make up for taking out the elastic waist, I decided to beef up my elastic to 3/4 inches since I wanted to ensure it would stay up. I added in a little extra length to the top of the bodice and the ruffle to account for the wider elastic as well. I also used double fold bias tape and ironed it so it was single fold to accommodate the wider, 3/4 inch, elastic.
For fabric, I used a blush tencel I picked up from Mill End when I was visiting Portland earlier this year. This was my first time using tencel and I’m pretty much in love with it. If you are looking to pick up some tencel, I heard a rumor that Indiesew will be listing some around mid July! 🙂
Want to make a Sutton Dress too? Melissa is gracously offing a chance for a Sewbon reader to win a copy of the Sundressing book! Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below or this direct link. Sorry, USA shipping addresses only.
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To see my past projects from the 30 Days of Sundresses series, go here for the Easy Knit Summer Sundress and here for the Criss Cross Strap Sundress. To see the complete list of all the dresses featured this year, head to the Melly Sews blog.