One of the things i love about the pattern development process is coming up with variations. I love variations! The only problem is that sometimes I want to include more patterns than I can realistically put in a pattern. Sigh. I want all the variations.
Sudley was kind of the worst for that. I’ve been working on this pattern for a number of years, and i just kept adding more ideas. It got to the point during development when i realised it was getting a little silly! So instead of making the pattern confusing, i decided to add some bonus variations, that people could explore themselves if they wanted. That means extra cut lines, and a diagrams to illustrate what it would look like. This dress is one of them!
Perth is stinking hot in summer. I think it’s hard to understand the Aussie heat unless you’ve lived here – the best description I’ve been able to come up with is that it feels like your skin is burning off your body. As a result, i love loose flowy dresses. I’d been craving something light, and this dress really filled that desire.
I cut the blouse length bodice and added the drop waist skirt bonus variation. Left off sleeves to keep it cool, and full lined it because the fabric is a little sheer. I used a bamboo lining because i’m all about natural fibres against my skin, and though i can’t remember what this fabrics content is, i’m a bit concerned it might be poly. I bought it as a remnant from the popular Perth store Potter Textiles, which sadly only sells locally and wholesale. One thing to note is length wise – this looks quite long on me compared to other people, and keep in mind that I’m not very tall :) at 5’4″ most things are a little longer on me, so if you’re shorter too this might be a good indication for you of what you can expect length wise.
I’m super happy with how this dress turned out! It’s been awesome for those days when i just need to throw on something quick and take the kids to school!
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