I’ve wanted to make an elastic cinched waist Sudley dress for quite some time, and I finally did it! Even better, I used silk I’ve been hoarding for years – double win!
This was actually really simple – I cut the Sudley bodice to be in between the cropped length and the full blouse length as I wanted it to sit at my waist with a bit of volume. Then I sewed the entire dress as per the instructions. The bodice I left unlined, and finished the neckline and keyhole with bias facings. The skirt is lined because it was a tad too see-through – but I simply cut two skirts and sewed them as one piece. In the end, I used a long scrap to make an elastic casing at the waistline seam and inserted elastic. Voila. Super easy.
I really need to do this again, I love how it turned out!! Some of our pattern testers also made their own fabric belts, and that’s another idea I’d like to try out myself.
Now as to the fabric – this is lovely silk from Potters Textiles in Perth, that I have been hoarding for years. As per usual I loved it so much I couldn’t bring myself to cut it. Every project felt like a waste. And I’m glad for that, as it meant I could use it for this dress. It somehow seems to walk the thin line between casual and more dressy – which works so well for me. Anything that can handle the school run and date night is a winner!
What do you think? Would you try a Sudley with an elastic waist?
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Dress: Megan Nielsen Sudley // get the pattern + similar fabric
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens
LOOKING FOR MORE SUDLEY POSTS?
Here’s the full list of Sudley posts and tutorials:
- Pattern Tester Round-up
- Ties and Shoulder Seams
- Bias Facing (Views A, B, D)
- Sleeves and Side Seams
- Bodice Lining (View C) (this post!)
- Skirt (View C)
Here are a couple of posts you also might find useful:
- 5 Tips to Sewing a Perfect Rounded Collar
- How to Finish the Sudley Keyhole & Neckline with a Bias Facing