Monday, May 31, 2010

Sew Along: Popover Sundress Week 1

Recently a couple of people have asked me for a simple sundress pattern they could sew for their little one.
I think it would be fun to have a sew along! I'll take it really slow for all the beginners and anyone who wants to pass where we are please feel free. Email me photos of your creations by June 30th and I'll share with the group!
Let's make this pattern. It's free and easy enough for the beginning sewers among us. To get started you'll need some fabric consult the following to see how much you'll need.

Main Fabric
Size 2T - 1 yard
Size 3 or 4 - 1 1/4 yard
Size 5 or 6 - 1 1/3 yard
Size 7 or 8 - 1 1/2 yard

In a contrasting fabric you will need a fat quarter regardless of size. (For the new sewers, a Fat Quarter is a 1/4 yard, but instead of it being 9" x 44" it's 18" x 22" Most craft stores carry fat quarters in their quilting section.) The pattern says you need significantly more, and while it's slightly easier to just use the layout they show, the way I suggest will waste a lot less fabric. We will either make our own bias tape from this or you can purchase double fold bias tape for the shoulder ties.

Make sure you have thread for your sewing machine in a color to match either the main fabric, contrasting fabric and/or the straps. (And if you're hand sewing this Bravo you have significantly more patience than I do!) You'll also need some pins, fabric scissors, an iron and ironing board, a printer and some paper.

If you want to add a little rick-rack or lace between the yoke and the main portion of the dress you'll need about 3/4 yard of it.


  1. Do custom patterns along similar lines work? That's a really cute pattern, but munchkin is no where close to a size 2T yet.

  2. I can teach you how to resize it if you want, but a similar pattern will work for the sew along if you'd prefer. (because of the adjustable straps T can get away with the 2T size even though she's barely in 18 month stuff.)

  3. What a great idea! I posted a tutorial for the Popover Dress on my blog. I LOVE that pattern. I posted one to my blog I finished last night just today!

    I'm looking forward to your bias tape cutting solution.

  4. I'm game for a sew along. I had the pattern open and was looking through it, when I saw the little "forum" button. I hopped to the forum, and saw your post about a SAL, and here I am! So I'm in.

  5. OOO! This looks like fun!!! I hope I have time to do this along with everyone. My girls love dresses! Thanks for doing this, it's wonderful!

  6. Like Lynds, I got here from the Oliver + S forum. My little girl is also way too small for a 2T (she's 7 months, 27 inches tall) but the way she's growing, I'll blink and she'll be there. Still, i would love to learn how to resize the pattern. Happy to be joining the sew-along!

  7. I love your clothes and your color sense! I'm new on the Etsy scene, too-FairyGodmother4hire.

  8. Okay, step one is find time to come to blog and print out pattern. Done!

    Woohoo! I'm excited, even though she won't fit it forever, haha, that's okay