Friday, October 18, 2013

pattern review friday - the sally dress by very shannon

I remember when I first saw this dress as part of the Vintage May series.  It was love at first site.  Simple vintage flair ... check.  Square neckline ... check. Giant pockets ... check.  Comfy for Mae ... this one gets two checks, one from me and one from Mae :)  Yep, the Sally Dress by Very Shannon had everything I love all wrapped up in one adorable package.  So, I not-so-patiently waited for the pattern to be released.  As soon as the pattern was available, I rushed to buy it, but alas my cheapness frugalness thriftiness (whatever you want to call it) kicked in, so I did what any girl would do ... I resorted to trying to win the pattern through one of the may giveaways :)  When that strategy failed (big surprise!) I decided to just buy the pattern which I should have done in the first place.  On the bright side, I waited long enough for the SewFab bundle to be released that I was able to get the Sally Dress and several other great patterns (see Mae's Bimaa sweaters here) for a really good deal!

I made the smallest size (2T) included in the pattern, but Mae has such narrow shoulders that a smaller size bodice probably would have fit better.  I think next time I make it, I will just use a narrower seam allowance around the neck to keep the dress from sliding off her shoulders.

I made a couple of small changes.  The most obvious one is that I added a front off-centered opening to the dress.  Mae really (and I mean really!) hates clothes that are tough to get on over her head.  And her version of tough to get on includes pretty much anything that is not stretchy enough that Gracie can wear it too!  The only other changes were to add bands the sleeves and the hem for extra length ... and to the pockets to match the sleeves and hem.  It gets pretty cold here in the winter, so the best dress is the one that meets the top of your boots so nothing is exposed to the weather.  Longer dresses also hide long johns pretty well :)

Update:  Go here to learn how to make your own front opening Sally Dress

Please ignore both the frown and the car key in the next picture.  This was the only close-up I have of the front of the dress.  Great (or even mediocre!) pictures are often difficult to come by with your average two year old, and Mae is no exception! 

I adore these giant pockets!  Mae isn't very interested in them yet, but this dress will fit for a while (possibly a couple of years!) so I'm sure she will find a use for them eventually :)

Mae was really excited to get back to the car.  We had only been outside for about five minutes, but I'm pretty sure she's made the association between the end of photo shoots and the cookies in the van :)

Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Denim found here
Gold button - Vintage
Boots - H&M


  1. You did such a beautiful job and I love love the fabric you chose. The off center opening looks great, I might add one to my next Sally Dress.

    1. Thanks! This is one of my favorite fabrics of all time. I'm all out right now, but I have plans to buy more soon :)

  2. That is so pretty! I want to add a couple of inches to our girl's dresses too so I love seeing that you did that... any pictures or advice if I wanted to add that beautiful side opening too? (I know you might not have time to share and that is ok too... just love it!)

    1. I would love to say that adding the opening was simple, but in reality it changes the entire construction of the dress. I will publish a tutorial tomorrow with the basic changes, and then if you have any other questions, just let me know :)

    2. That is so kind of you... Thank You! I will be so excited to follow your tutorial whenever you are able :-)

    3. Thanks to life in general it took me an extra day, but I did finish the tutorial :) You can find it here:

  3. I love the off-center opening! It's darling!