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.
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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. I 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 =)To 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!