Reveal day is here! I am very happy to share my first project for #sewmystyle2018 – the Sunny Dress and Top from Friday Pattern Company.
This pattern has received mixed reviews from our participants. It was one of the first patterns released by Friday Pattern Company and there are a few things missing from the pattern pieces (notches, lengthen shorten lines) and the instructions. The drafting itself also caused people a few issues depending on their body type. However – on the other hand there have been some amazing Sunny dresses & tops already appearing on the #sewmystyle2018 on Instagram.
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I am really pleased with how my Sunny Dress & Top have turned out. I really wanted to try both styles and its safe to say I’ll be adding more of these into my wardrobe.
The Sunny Top
I made the Sunny Top first because I wanted to use it to check the fitting for the dress. I used this gorgeous fabric from Stonemountain & Daughter (our sponsor for January) called flight in the colour Blush. It aims a bamboo Rayon print knit and is so soft.
I cut an XS which was fine for the shoulders, neckline & sleeves however it is a bit snug around my waist & hips. Personally I don’t really mind as I do like wear more form fitting garments however I knew that was something I would need to adjust for the dress.
One thing I really love about the Sunny pattern is that gorgeous hem! I used a twin needle to finish off both the hem & sleeves and this it give it a professional finish.
The neckband is not perfect but a) it is overlocked on now so I am not changing it haha and b) I really don’t mind.
The Sunny Dress
For the dress version of the Sunny I chose this lovely striped Rayon Knit called St. James Stripe also from Stonemountain & Daughter. Their fabrics are such amazing quality – I would definitely purchase from here again.
This time I decided to cut the XS but graded out to the small for the curve of the waist & hip and back to the XS for the bottom (of which I ended up taking off 5 inches) I am so glad I did this as it fits me really well and is ‘body skimming’ as opposed to ‘body hugging’
Like I said I ended up taking off 5 inches before I cut into my fabric as I knew it was going to be way too long on me. Whilst I was explaining how I did this on my Instagram stories (I promise I will show you on the blog how I did this when I make my next one) I didn’t recheck my measurements so the back is a bit longer than the front. For those who have been following for a while you will know I love a high-low hem so this has actually worked out as a welcome design feature.
My fabric did stretch slightly when I twin needled the hem but It doesn’t bother me…too much!
I didn’t hem the sleeves this time instead I rolled them up and popped a small stay stitch to keep them that way.
Overall I am so pleased with both my Sunny Dress & Top and will definitely be adding more into my wardrobe.
Don’t forget you need to have your Sunnies up by the end of the 28th (in your timezone) to be eligible for the monthly prize – a $100US voucher for Stonemountain & Daughter. The winner will be picked randomly from the hashtag #sewmystyle2018 so make sure you include this on your photos. Winners will be announced on the 31st January.
Make sure you scroll down to see what else I made in January!