This weekend I went out of town for a wedding, only to discover that my scheduled posts never posted. So, without further ado, the Solar Sundress that you should have seen last week!
For my first version, I wound up using a bright inked athletic knit from Blended Threads. Unfortunately, I only had 1 yard – which was just enough for the dress, built in bra, and the pocket on the shorts. The rest of the dress (the bra lining and the shorts) are both made with a hot pink cotton which worked out perfect because this particular knit is very thick and I’m pretty sure that would just be too much bulk in the end.
Overall, this dress comes together pretty quickly and easily… even with this entire dress having a built in bra and shorts. The instructions were clear and easy to follow, just be sure to follow them precisely, otherwise you’ll wind up with some wonky straps in the end!
And the fit? Pretty good overall! I think I would have slightly better results if my material wasn’t so thick, but otherwise, I would make the same size again. One thing I do like about this pattern is the variety of cup sizes for the bra (so that you’re not spilling out while you’re wearing it) and the measurements that you need to take to make sure that you’re cutting the right size. The only real test is wearing my new dress out and seeing how it performs…. my only concern is that since the shorts and bra are built into the dress, that I’ll be having to take it off to go to the bathroom. I’m starting to think separate shorts might have been a better idea!