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Pattern Review: Sauvie Sundress by Sew House Seven

Hello! I have a lovely, new pattern to share about today, the Sauvie Sundress by Sew House Seven. There are lots of versions and options included in the pattern. I made Version 4 with Pocket B, inseam pockets. I’ll share a pattern review with you to share more details about the pattern.

Pattern Description:

“The Sauvie Sundress is the perfect strappy summer dress to reach for when you are wanting comfort, ease and style in those hot summer months. It’s also perfect for layering over a t-shirt as a pinafore when the temperatures drop. Sauvie can be anything from a swim cover-up to a casual summer dress or to an elegant evening gown depending on your fabric choice.

The low front and back V-necklines and narrow straps were designed to cover bra straps and optional bra keeper instructions are included to hide and secure your bra straps within the garment for that extra couture detail. With two pocket options, three hem finishes, two waist finishes and two hem lengths, you can mix and match any of the version’s features.

Features: – Front & Back V-necklines – the back neck is low but should just cover a bra. – Shoulder straps that cover bra straps with optional bra keeper snaps. – Bust darts – Pockets: Version A = topstitched, single layer pockets; Version B = in-seam, loose pockets.

Version #1 – loose at the waist with above the knee hem. Version #2 – loose waist, midi length with side vents. Version #3 – wide elasticized waist, midi hem, A-line skirt. Version #4 – wide elasticized waist, midi hem length with bottom ruffle.”

Pattern Sizing: Standard Sizing, Bust 31” 79cm – 47” 119cm Hips 34” 86cm – 50” 127 cm

Curvy Sizing, Bust 43.5” 111cm – 61.6” 156 cm Hips 47” 119cm – 65” 165 cm

My body dimensions: Bust-34” , Waist-30”, Hips-39.5” I sewed a size 6 for the top and graded to a size 8 at the waist down.

Did it look like the photo/drawing when you finished sewing? Yes!

We’re the instructions complete and easy to follow? Yes. To share in transparency, I was a part of the pattern testing process so I shared feedback in the testing process.

Fabric used (did you use the suggested fabrics in the pattern)?

From the pattern: “The sample dresses were created and fit using mid-weight linen. However, just about any dress weight woven fabric should work as long as it isn’t too stiff or thick. Be aware that using a drapey fabric such as rayon challis will result in a looser flowy dress while a more stable fabric such as cotton lawn may feel a little snugger at the upper bust and the hem will be crisp and a bit stiff. Linen is an in between fabric with just the right amount of drape, ease and stability.”

I used a 50% Tencel/50% Linen blend fabric for my dress. I love printed fabrics but I went with a solid fabric this time around. I’m happy with my choice as this dress will be nice to wear layered with hand knit cardigans. I’ve also knit a few cotton cropped tops that will be fun to wear layered on top of the dress.

Did you alter the pattern in any way? I graded from a size 6 to an 8 at the waist down.

Was there anything you disliked or would change? No! I really like all of the details included in the pattern. There are a lot of options within the pattern so you can mix and match the features/versions that you like.

Would you sew it again? Absolutely!! I have a printed linen fabric in my stash that I’ve been waiting to use. I’d love to make Version 1 of this pattern again with that fabric.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes!! It’s a lovely pattern with lost of fun details. I sewed in the bra strap keepers which is a fun detail to keep my bra straps in place. It makes such a difference and makes the dress even more comfortable. Using a contrast fabric for the bottom ruffle in Version 4 would be a fun as well.

Do you consider the pattern beginner/intermediate/advanced? Advanced beginner

Does the pattern include layers for easy printing? Yes

Seam allowances used in the pattern: 5/8” and 3/8” included in the pattern.

Is the pattern cut or no cut pages? Cut pages

I have to admit that I didn’t own a sundress prior to making this dress (and I love this one). I’ve enjoyed layering hand knit cardigans with this one and I think it will be fun to layer a long sleeved tee underneath as a pinafore in the fall. I recommend you go and check out the pattern!

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