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a drop waist sleeveless Sudley

Megan Nielsen Sudley sewing pattern : bonus variation with drop waist and no sleeves

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!

Megan Nielsen Sudley sewing pattern : bonus variation with drop waist and no sleeves
Megan Nielsen Sudley sewing pattern : bonus variation with drop waist and no sleeves
Megan Nielsen Sudley sewing pattern : bonus variation with drop waist and no sleeves
Megan Nielsen Sudley sewing pattern : bonus variation with drop waist and no sleeves

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!

Megan Nielsen Sudley sewing pattern : bonus variation with drop waist and no sleeves
Megan Nielsen Sudley sewing pattern : bonus variation with drop waist and no sleeves

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Blouse: Megan Nielsen Sudley // Get the pattern 
Shoes: Saltwater sandals in natural leather

About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Nilla
6 years ago

I love that fabric with the black and white squares and the pop of delicate colours in between! Your summers sound scorching hot, a rare problem in Finland where I live.

Lisa Poblenz (patternandbranch)

You always use the coolest fabric!

Tammy
6 years ago

Cute dress with lovely fabric! I just received my Sudley pattern and it’s exciting variations, but was disappointed that after paying $25US dollars it isn’t the heavy paper I’m accustomed to with your patterns but tissue paper like the Big 4 companies. I have all of your patterns because they are exceptionally drafted and stylish.

Liliana
6 years ago

I love this version! The keyhole in the front is so pretty

Chrissa
6 years ago

As a fellow Aussie, I know what you mean about hot, summer days! And your dress looks like it would be perfect for such weather. Love the design on the fabric too!

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