Sew Much Ado just recently released the Sullivan Dress and I knew it would be the perfect dress for K’s two year pictures. I started on it while she was napping one day. I hadn’t taken her height measurement for awhile, so I guestamated. Bad idea! I guess the little lady is taller than I think. When I went to put it one her, her diaper hung out. Very attractive I know ;). I decided I either needed to add a contrasting band at the bottom, or some lace trim to add some length. I really wanted to clean simple look on the bottom, but that is what I get for getting in a hurry! In the end I really do love the outcome of the added lace!
The pattern comes with some fun options! It features either a straight, or scalloped bodice hem, knee length or maxi length, short sleeves, or sleeveless, and a cute little keyhole closure at the back. All versions have instructions for an optional lace or chiffon overlay on the skirt. It comes in sizes 12-18month to 12 years. I originally was planning on sewing up the scalloped knee length version, but at the last minute changed my game plan because I wanted to incorporate lace on the bodice. The lace already had a fun scalloped edge, so I ended up making that the scalloped edge on the bodice instead.
To add the lace on the bodice, I first basted the lace to the bodice and sleeve pieces. I cut my lace to hang over the bodice to achieve the scalloped look. If you want to achieve that look as well, make sure to cut the lace piece longer than the bodice piece. I also stopped basting about two inches from the bodice hem to account for hemming of the bodice later. I didn’t want the lace hemmed. When sewing the side seams together I also stopped sewing about 2″ from the bottom of the bodice. After the bodice was hemmed, I hand stitched the seams that were still open. I then stitched in the ditch (the side seam) to attach the tiny amount of free hanging lace to the bodice. Other than adding the lace, I followed the instructions as was written!
The instructions are fully illustrated and easy to understand! I absolutely love all the fun details in this pattern. I love the tulip sleeve detail and I love that the bodice overlays on top of the skirt! The longer I sew, the more I love the small details like this! The way the keyhole is sewn in leaves a very professional finish and a great shape. I was really pleased how it turned out vs. some other key holes I have sewn.
What I love about this pattern:
-Clear and easy to follow instructions
-Scallop bodice detail
-Bodice overlay detail
Measurements: Chest: 19″, Waist: 19″, Hips 19.5″ Height 35″
Size Sewn: 18-24 months which was way too short on my tall lady
Modifications: Added lace to the bodice. Added length at the bottom since I guessed wrong on her height!
Fabric: Crepe from JoAnne Fabrics. It is a little too poofy for my taste, I will make it with a fabric that is lighter weight and has more drape next time. Until then, we can just feel like a princess 🙂
Cost: Nada, the fabric is left over from the dress I made myself, which I counted the entire cost there.