A few years ago (5 to be exact!), Melissa Mora of Melly Sews started a wildly popular segment on her blog called “30 Days of Sundresses”. These tutorials ran daily every June and featured fun designs for both little girls and women. The styles were often quick to sew and even easier to wear. So, it seems only fitting that this June, Melissa not only features this segment on her blog this month, but she is releasing a book about it as well!
Sundressing contains 21 “easy, breezy dresses” for both women and girls for a variety of occasions including everyday, trendy\stylish designs, ‘outdoorsy’ (think dresses that are perfect for picnics and days at the lake), and party wear. Included in this book are 10 dresses for women with sizes ranging from 0-22 and 11 frocks for little girls, sizes 2T-12 with all the necessary pattern pieces in an envelope in the back of the book. If you’ve ever sewn one of Melissa’s PDF patterns from Blank Slate, you know that here instructions are clear and easy to follow (the book also has lots of illustrations as well).
One thing I’ve always liked about Melissa’s patterns (and tutorials) is the consistent fit that I get when I sew one of her designs. While I can’t speak for the patterns in this book yet (although my goal is to sew one or two before this month is over), I can’t imagine that they would be any different. However, if you find you need to make alterations, there is a great section in Sundressing that tackles fitting – including a full and small bust adjustments (something you don’t see discussed very often in pattern books). My only disappointment is that the Oasis Dress (show on left) only goes to a size 12, children’s (although admittedly, it probably would make me look ‘fluffy’ and not as adorable as the model). However, keep your eyes peeled for a fun little number I want to make called the Pennybacker dress.
If you’re looking for a project book to keep you busy this summer, Sundressing will definitely keep you busy (and looking great)!