Sundressing Book Tour + GIVEAWAY!

Every summer Melissa of Melly Sews hosts a fun event on her blog: 30 Days of Sundresses… this summer it just happens to coincide with the release of her new book, Sundressing: Sew 21 Easy, Breezy Dresses for Women and Girls. I had the privilege of snagging a copy early to sew a fun project from her new book and I love how it turned out.


The Sutton Dress from Melissa’s book is a super on-trend off the shoulder dress that has a fitted elastic waistband. I opted to turn mine into a top and omit the elastic waist. One thing I love about her book is that the only pattern piece you need to create all the looks is a bodice block. Through each chapter Melissa shows you how to alter your bodice block to fit the look and style of the pattern. It’s definitely a great book of projects for a budding seamstress who loves to fit clothes for herself (or her daughter!).

For my version of this top, I omitted the waistband and simple lengthened the bodice by about 10″ (I have a pretty long torso). The pattern calls for 3/8″ elastic, but I went with 3/4″ because I was afraid it wouldn’t stay up as well without the elastic waistband.

I love how my top turned out (in Chalk and Paint voile!) and have already worn it several times this summer. Sundressing // SewCaroline.comSundressing // Sundressing // Sundressing // SewCaroline.comI loved making this top because it was an easy way for me to casually stick my foot in the off-the-shoulder trend … I think I like it, I’m still deciding =)Sundress2016LogoTo see past projects of mine from Melissa’s 30 Days of Sundresses series, go here for the Seaside Coverup and here for the Boat Club Dress. To see a master list of all the dresses featured this year, head to Melly Sews blog. Happy sewing!

Want to win a copy of Sundressing: Sew 21 Easy, Breezy Dresses for Women and Girls? Simply leave a comment below letting me know your favorite summertime activity. Open to US residents only.

78 thoughts on “Sundressing Book Tour + GIVEAWAY!

  1. I love road trips! My husband and I started when we were dating, and now our toddler enjoys them, too. We usually drive to a destination about 8-12 hours away and make lots of stops along the way, so it usually takes about 2-3 days to arrive. We have found some great gems along the way, and we have great memories to look back on. :)

  2. My favorite summertime activity is sitting around the fire ring in the back yard with all of the kids and playing trivia!

  3. Thanks for the chance to win! I love relaxing in the hammock in my backyard with my children playing around me :)

  4. Right now, my favorite summertime activity is spending time in the backyard with my kids. They are 2 yo and 3 months old. We have a wading pool and water table. It’s my slice of heaven.

  5. I love playing with my dog. Of course, I love that all year round, but be can be outside more in the summer. :-)

  6. Spending time with my kids, waking up late listening to their stories in bed, evening strolls looking for bugs…they make my day

  7. I have an inflatable kayak that I like to take to the nearby lakes my favorite summer activity is a tie between that and hiking.

  8. I love having a slow morning with lots of snuggles with my two girls! We don’t get to do that during the school year and before I know if, they’ll be to old to want cuddles from their momma.

  9. My favorite summertime activity is going for a long morning walk around our town before the heat of the day. We have a great farmer’s market on Main Street that the Hubs and I love to browse and snag a homemade sweet treat for breakfast :)

  10. Do I have to pick just one? I love being outside working in my garden. And I love taking care of my animals. We live on a mini farm!

  11. My favorite summertime activity is enjoying the outdoors in the warm sun. My favorite time of the year! Oh, and also learning to sew at night while everything is quiet. :)

  12. My favorite summer activity is harvesting fresh produce from our little garden. It feels so rewarding to grow something myself!

  13. I love, love, love the beach, but I think moving plants around my yard brings me just a little more joy. :)

    That top looks lovely on you.

  14. Camping! My husband and I usually trailer our motorcycles to a nice state park or other interesting area where we can camp and ride new roads. ❤️

  15. My favorite summer activity is taking my grandkids to the free family movies at our local theater on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. I get to spend time with the grands and their Moms get a much needed break!

  16. Love to go camping and hiking with my family in our adopted home state of Montana. Thank you. tljeo at yahoo dot com

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