Monday, August 31, 2015

Not JUST a Sunsuit!

I was so thrilled to be asked to participate in Call Ajaire's Not Just a Sunsuit Tour, showing off the huge variety of looks you can achieve, all with this one pattern! May I present, the Call Ajaire Paneled Sunsuit!
Of course, Myra is a world wise 2nd grader, with very decided opinions about her wardrobe. She wanted the maxi dress. Decidedly.
That made me cackle with glee, since that is the view I had been hoping to sew! My mother gave me this pretty batik several years ago. It's left over from a quilt she made, then a skirt she made for herself. Useful yardage, that. Now it's Myra's favorite dress.
Since Myra is the girliest of girls, I added a bit of pretty crocheted lace that I had lying around. I think my sister-in-law gave it to me. The slightly creamy beige went very nicely with the vibrant batik and I like the boho vibe it has. The pattern includes the piecing in the bodice, making adding trim a snap! I inserted a bit into the straps as well for a pretty ruffle effect.
The back is also pieced for colorblocking or trim insertion, and has elastic gathering just below the armholes. It keeps the bodice snug while still allowing this to be an easy, pull-on dress. It also makes the back blouse attractively.
The waistline is also fitted with an elastic casing. The bodice is blousy and cool - perfect for the Indian Summer weather we are having!
Another favorite feature - pockets! They are optional, but we love pockets around here. Where else is a girl to put her rocks? The shape of the skirt is also quite nice. It is slim through the hip, but flares just below the pocket edge. This allows for a sleek look, even with the elastic waist and in a stiffer fabric like this batik.
We love our Paneled Sunsuit Maxi dress!
If you've hung out this far, I have a treat for you!
In honor of the Not Just a Sunsuit Tour, all of Call Ajaire's patterns will be 15% off until September 7th!! Just use the code SUNSUIT15 in her Etsy shop or on UpCraft Club.
Be sure to head over and check out the other bloggers on the tour as well. There are some amazing projects showing up!

Monday August 24th:  Max California | Filles à Maman | Hey June | House of Estrela
Tuesday August 25th: Skirt Fixation | Gracious Threads | Kimmie Sew Crazy | Shaffer Sisters
Wednesday August 26th: Kid Approved | Pinkel | Falafel and the Bee | Once Upon a Sewing Machine
Thursday August 27th: Buzzmills | Pattern Revolution | Sprouting JubeJube | Handmade Martini
Friday August 28th: That's Sew Kari | Lulu & Celeste | Paisley Roots | Modern Handmade

Monday August 31st: Sew Cool for the Tween Scene | Kadiddlehopper | Imagine Gnats | Nap Time Creations
Tuesday September 1st: My Sweet Sunshine | Straight Stitch Designs | Handmade Boy | That's What She Crafted
Wednesday September 2nd: Climbing the Willow | Rebel & Malice | GYCT Designs | Two-Many
Thursday September 3rd: The Crazy Tailor | sewVery | Just Add Fabric | Delia Creates
Friday September 4th: A Jennuine Life | Conversas de Hermanas | Made by Sara | Not Sew Fast


NZSEW said...

So cute! I miss you!

NZSEW said...

Are you going to come visit us in Utah?

Becky W said...

Such a pretty dress, and Myra looks so happy wearing it!

Ajaire said...

The lace is a perfect touch with that fabric. I adore her in this maxi :)

Elizabeth said...

Such a pretty version! The lace makes for such the perfect ruffles and it's a nice contrast to the batik. I've been really impressed with how well thought out the variations are on this pattern. If I had a daughter, I can see this being a staple pattern.