One of my biggest goals in life is to have a closet full of day dresses. Printed, solid, short sleeves, sleeveless – a variety of dresses that can be worn in any season so that I don’t have to resort to just throwing on a pair of jeans with a top that I’m tired of looking at. I’ve found many sewing patterns to accomplish this mission (like one of my all-time faves, Colette Moneta), but when I searched Pinterest and came across the Sassy Sparrow sundress tutorial on their blog, I knew this would become a staple for me. I saved the Pin and studied the post several times before I actually got around to making it.
The Sassy Sparrow Sundress #1
For my first one, I used an old bed sheet from Urban Outfitters that my sister bought and never used.
The bodice is a basic cream-colored fabric with subtle polka dots. In hindsight, I wish I had picked a fabric that was more lightweight. This cotton is really firm, so it doesn’t billow very nicely.
I had a little trouble matching the border print of the skirt without having it look like…I don’t know, something weird. So I cut it so that the only border was on the bottom. I still had a little trouble matching the print on the seam…
The Sassy Sparrow Sundress #2
I started the second dress before the first one was even complete! That’s just how excited I was. I didn’t plan to make another one right away; I happened to be at Joann one day and saw a this blue gingham that I immediately visualized as a sundress. Gingham was on my mind a lot at the time because I had tried on a navy blue gingham dress at Target that I absolutely adored, which turned out to be too big. And they didn’t have any other sizes available for me. Isn’t that one of the greatest joys of knowing how to sew? When the dress you want isn’t available, just make one for yourself!
I added pockets to this one. It was my first time doing pockets with a side zipper. I used this tutorial from The Butcher Block.
Look at the waistband on these dresses. Doesn’t it add something special?
Have you tried making the Sassy Sparrow sundress? I’m planning to make at least five more!