Sally Dress Pattern Tour + Giveaway!

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Let me begin by stating how honored I am to be included in the Sally Dress pattern tour Shannon from luvinthemommyhood and Very Shannon is hosting over the next couple of weeks!

For my stop on the pattern tour, I am sharing the first and second Sally’s I sewed.  Shannon was centered on getting a great fit for the pattern so there were multiple revisions, and for the sizes that I made (2T and 4T) the first version ended up being very close to the final version.  The only difference is that the bodice and armholes on the final version are slightly longer.  I thing there may also be some differences in the skirt length, but those changes were minor.

Pattern testing for Shannon was a fabulous experience.  I really felt like I was a part of a team and a process to get the best possible product for everyone who would be purchasing the dress.  I’m sure from Shannon’s side it was a communication storm trying to keep everyone up to date on versions and changes based on the feedback coming in, but it felt very well-managed and informed from my side of the drafting table.  And let’s not forget how adorable the dress itself is – the square neckline, full skirt, and those pockets!  Arden delights in trying to cram as much into them as she can at every opportunity.  Hadley stashes her pacifier in them so she can keep it handy and I don’t take it from her!

One cool part of testing this pattern was Shannon’s method for enclosing the seams on the bodice.  I’ll admit that I had to rip out seams, some of them more than once for the same error, because I skipped ahead on the directions thinking I knew where she was going.  If you read the instructions you’ll find what may be a new fun technique for doing the shoulder seams on this style of bodice where there isn’t an opening in the back for turning.  The construction is different for the versions with sleeves.

The fabric I used is an embroidered cotton from Jo-Ann Fabric.  It began as white, but I dyed the material in two baths so I could give Arden and Hadley coordinating but not matching dresses.  Arden’s peachy coral dress is a custom mix of fuchsia and golden yellow (a little of this, some of that, a little more of this and I ended up with exactly the color for which I was hoping!), and Hadley’s is aquamarine; both Rit dyes.  I used white broadcloth for the bodice and pocket linings and dyed them along with the embroidered fabrics.

It was fun shooting the pictures for this – I took the girls to our local candy store and got them each an ice cream cone.  This was Hadley’s first cone and she had it all over the front of her dress by the time we were done because she kept clutching it to her chest.  This shop is in a little business district with restaurants, antique stores and gift shops and the people walking or driving by were commenting on how cute they were in their dresses.  I agree!

If you’ve made it through my ramblings and gushing over this great pattern, how ’bout a nice reward with a chance to win one for yourself?

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28 Responses to Sally Dress Pattern Tour + Giveaway!

  1. mjb September 23, 2013 at 4:39 PM #

    I’d love to make one in a plaid flannel for Christmas.

  2. littleblackduckblog September 23, 2013 at 4:59 PM #

    I love your Sally dresses! I made two as part of the testing and my girls really love them! I have have plans to make one with sleeves for the autumn/winter from a baby cord that I have in my stash

  3. Elizabeth H. September 23, 2013 at 5:11 PM #

    The Sally dresses are so cute! I have some lavender and white dot fabric that would be great!

  4. Niki September 23, 2013 at 5:41 PM #

    LOVE THOSE DRESSES!!! You did a fabulous job! I would love to make one in some eyelet cotton, but I also love the idea of making one to layer over a long-sleeve top for winter. In that case, I would love to use a heavier cotton, maybe in Christmas colors.

  5. Annika September 23, 2013 at 6:16 PM #

    i would love to have the sally dress pattern. those dresses are so beautiful!

  6. Jessica September 23, 2013 at 6:21 PM #

    I would use something in my stash, anything flowery and yellow would make her happy!

  7. Amy September 23, 2013 at 6:23 PM #

    Great job! I can’t wait to try this pattern!

  8. Sarah @ EmmylouBeeDoo September 23, 2013 at 7:06 PM #

    Oh they’re adorable! 😀

  9. carin van den berg September 23, 2013 at 8:04 PM #


  10. Veronica Schmucker September 23, 2013 at 8:11 PM #

    I’d just love to make this dress. It’s beautiful, and the pockets! My daughter LOVES pockets.

  11. Maegen Foster September 23, 2013 at 8:25 PM #

    This is such a great dress! What a good idea to dye the fabric so the dresses coordinate, but aren’t exactly the same! The colors are perfect.

  12. Little Ella Lu September 23, 2013 at 8:28 PM #

    I have some white eyelet that I would love to use with this pattern!

  13. Karen September 23, 2013 at 8:48 PM #

    The dresses are charming on your adorable little girls! I think that eyelet or any cotton print would be darling in this pattern.

  14. Caroline Flynn September 23, 2013 at 9:24 PM #


  15. Elizabeth September 24, 2013 at 2:14 AM #

    The dresses you made are so cute! I think I would use a cotton print (with pink in it for my sister) or maybe flannel for the cooler weather that will be coming soon.

  16. Diana September 24, 2013 at 4:20 AM #

    Love these dresses and would love to use bright bold colors.

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  17. Erin A September 24, 2013 at 8:27 AM #

    OH wow, these are so beautiful!! I’ve been eying the Tulle line by Leah Duncan, I think that might be it. But I love your pink version! My girl has so many blues in her closet, a deep pinkish print might be perfect into fall. Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  18. erica September 24, 2013 at 1:55 PM #

    I believe a soft chambray would be fabulous!

  19. Isabel.A. September 24, 2013 at 9:05 PM #

    I would like to make that dress with the Jay-Cyn Designs “, Stamp Stripe Pool”

  20. Emily Schildhouse September 24, 2013 at 11:27 PM #

    I would love to see a vintage sheet version!

  21. April Boyer September 25, 2013 at 12:22 AM #

    I have a brown and white gingham (from a vintage sheet) that would look adorable!

  22. Lynn Walder September 25, 2013 at 7:05 AM #

    The dresses and models are darling. Love the pattern. It looks so comfy.

  23. Lynn Walder September 25, 2013 at 7:05 AM #

    The dresses and models are darling. Love the pattern. It looks so comfy.

  24. Pienkel September 25, 2013 at 8:03 PM #

    Very cute! Love the clean square necklines!

  25. Pienkel September 25, 2013 at 8:04 PM #

    Guess I’d make it in polkadots, I pretty much make every dress in polkadots…

  26. Libby September 27, 2013 at 12:08 AM #

    I don’t know, but I love love love the simplicity of yours! Very inspiring! Nice dye job too!

  27. Breenah A September 29, 2013 at 3:29 PM #

    I have some great bright stiped fabric that would fabulous.

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