If I learned one thing from Me Made May, it's that I need more easy summer sundresses in my DIY wardrobe. And though it's my opinion that any dress that must be worn with a strapless bra does not actually qualify as "easy to wear," I do think my Vogue 8766 hack will gets lots of love from me this summer:
I made quite a few changes: I
And here's my finished look, which happily matches perfectly with my summer hat:
It's a simple (if slightly tedious) task to shir your lines (elastic thread goes on the bobbin and that is all that is to it):
Then I cut my back bodice piece, which I reduced by a few inches to account for all the stretchiness (I also folded out the darts). I love the classic shirred sundress look from the back:
I used my serger to finish the top of the back bodice with a rolled hem stitch:
To create the front button placket, I simply added two inches to the center front of the bodice pattern piece. Then fold over twice and topstitch down — voila! Insta-placket:
At one point I seriously questioned how smart I was to willingly sew a dress that required me to sew 18 buttonholes. (My machine is TERRIBLE at buttonholes). But I love the look:
To keep my belt in place I added thread belt loops:
As for fit alterations to the pattern, I didn't do much. I shortened the bodice on the "petite" lines, though I think I would have liked a little extra length.
I plan on using the same pattern (and pattern mods, buttonholes be damned!) to make an Oona-fied version of this dress for Oonapalooza. I may drop the front neckline into a slight sweetheart shape and sew a gathered skirt instead of this circle one (hemming this dress took nearly as long as sewing the entire rest of it — not for the faint of heart!). I think a gathered skirt would make this slightly more casual for day-to-day summer wear. (Of course, thicker straps would make wearing a normal bra possible, which would be awesome).
What's your favorite summer sundress pattern?