Dutch PDF sewing pattern designer, Sofilantjes, turned one this past week (Happy Anniversary!!) and they're celebrating with a fun blog tour, highlighting their very first pattern, the Summer Surprise Dress. This sweet little sleeveless dress is a super quick sew that is perfect for the hot summer months. Love that!
-The Summer Surprise Dress comes in sizes 6m-7y and then sizes 7y-12y (Two different PDF sewing patterns).
-The Summer Surprise Dress is meant to be sewn using knit fabric.
-The Summer Surprise Dress has three hem options- top, dress and tunic.
-The Summer Surprise Dress features a simple box pleat front bodice and a gorgeous bow in the back.
I sewed up a size six, dress length. Lil' Miss loves her dresses! I purchased all of my knit fabric from the wonderful Purpleseamstress Fabrics. I did not alter the pattern in any way and/or mash it with another pattern/size/additional idea. In other words, I sewed as instructed in the Summer Surprise Dress tutorial. :-)
The Summer Surprise Dress has three pattern pieces- front, back and bow. There are measurements to cut the arm and neck bindings and bow center. I love when a PDF sewing pattern has minimal pieces to print, tape and put together! I also enjoy when PDF sewing pattern has size layers- that saves so much ink, time and erases any room for error when cutting out the pattern.
Sewing up the Summer Surprise Dress was very straight-forward. I really enjoyed the simple, clear pictures in the tutorial. The flow of the tutorial felt intuitive and natural. I never questioned what a particular picture was trying to show me and/or illustrate. Simple, white arrows also helped to aid in my understanding of the pattern.
There is a lot of set-up in the beginning of the Summer Surprise Dress tutorial. Instead of just skimming, be sure to really read through the directions and understand it- it really helped me while sewing!
This dress was a really quick sew! It can be sewn on either a regular sewing machine (using a stretch stitch) or a serger. I used a combination of both. I definitely believe that the Summer Surprise Dress would be a great starting off point for somebody wanting to delve into the world of sewing with knits.
Now, let's take a moment to talk about the bow in the back of the dress- how cute is that!?! I love that the bow is self-enclosed (no raw edges and no bindings on the bow, itself). The bow adds a girly touch without being in the way. Cute and functional- that's always a winner in my book!!
Quick sew! Comfy knit! Cute bow back! I know that I'll be making many more of these Summer Surprise Dresses! Love!
Congrats, Sofilantjes, on your milestone anniversary! Thank you for inspiring us with your story and your talent, Anne (the brains behind Sofilantjes). Thank you, for allowing me to take part in your blog tour- I really had fun sewing up the Summer Surprise Dress. Cheers to many, many more (and lots of fun, new patterns ;-)!
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Good luck and happy sewing!