Since it's almost August, I say it's high-time I made a summer dress. Don't you think?
What better summer dress than Heather Ross's Mendocino Sundress (free pattern here). I have seen so many of these cute dresses all over blogland, and here's the kicker...not one of them was a dud. They looked fabulous on everyone! Now that's my kind of pattern. Another fabulous thing, there are only two pattern pieces. How can you not love that?
As for the shirring, well, I'm not going to pretend like we didn't have our growing pains. After a lot of frustrating test runs and practice swatches I finally figured how to load the elastic thread properly and set the right stitch length (on my machine it was a 4). It was a crazy journey, but we eventually got there, didn't we, shirring?
So here are some stats...
Pattern: Mendocino Sundress
Source: Heather Ross
Fabric: Seeds in Royal from Amy Butler's Belle Collection
Yardage: Little less than 3 yards
Made for: Moi
Date Started: June 13, 2009
Date Completed: June 20, 2009
Mods: I added about 3 inches to the length. Remember I'm one of those tall girls.
You know, I think I could make a dozen of these dresses and live in them all summer. Too bad fall will be here before you know it.