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Jayne’s Sudley Dress!

Gold Foil Sudley Dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns

So here I am back on the Felicity Fabrics blog again with the prettiest dress I think I have made so far!

When Caroline and Fliss showed me one of the new fabrics they had recently added to their shop I knew it was perfect for me. They both know me so well and know what style and type of fabric that I am drawn too!

I immediately knew that this delicious rose gold foil fabric would make a gorgeous Sudley Dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns.

Lots of Options

I do love a sewing pattern that comes with lots of options and variations as you can create so many different styles. The Sudley dress and top certainly has that! There are 3 sleeve lengths, two blouse lengths and the dress version. Not only that but it also comes with the option of adding a Peter Pan collar too. 

You can mix and match all the options which is great for unleashing your creative side! There is definitely lots of scope too for some cute little pattern hacking too if that’s your thing! The possibilities are endless! Also, the fact that you are getting at least 4 different design features in one pattern means you are getting great value for your money!

Reversible Feature

The sweet keyhole neckline option can also be worn both front or back. It is such a pretty neckline feature, very feminine and flattering but if you wanted to change the look you can simply wear it at the back instead. I love this idea as it’s another way of changing how you can style your outfit for any particular day.

Light Rose Foil

When my fabric arrived, beautifully packaged as always, I was just blown away with how pretty it was. The material which is 100% polyester, is a delicate shade of light rose, with embossed gold foil sprigs scattered all over. I was really impressed with how soft and drapy the fabric was and how the gold foil just caught the sunlight.

The only thing you have to consider when working with any fabric that has embossed detail on it isto take care when ironing! Simply use a medium heat setting and ensure you iron on the reverse so you don’t melt your fabric.

I used my silk organza pressing cloth. I use it all the time in my dressmaking and its perfect for this type of fabric too.

The Prettiest Dress

I chose the dress option with the long sleeves and the keyhole neckline for my project. The pattern also comes with the option to line the bodice for the dress version. I decided not to line mine and simply followed the instructions as if I was making the blouse. I then just added the gathered skirt part. I made my dress length 2 inches shorter than the pattern as I wanted it to be above my knee. 

I chose size 12, based on my body measurements and it fits just perfectly on me.

 I have to say it is the prettiest dress I have made so far. The colour is just perfect against my skin tone and the style is just right for me. I love the dropped waist style it is such a flattering look. The gold embossed foil detailing really does give it that wow factor and makes it extra special. The fabric is so soft and luxurious and a dream to sew with.

Fairly Easy Sewing Project

The pattern is classed as intermediate but I found it to be a really easy sewing project. If you are new to dressmaking I think this would be a fairly easy project to try. The instructions were very clear with useful diagrams for you to follow.

Tie Detail

The only thing I would change when I make this pattern again is to shorten the tie detail slightly. I found them to be a little on the long side but that is my only criticism.

Overall, a great few hours of relaxing sewing for me. The only stressful part was turning the long ties through! So glad I have one of those loop turner gadgets which makes the process so much easier. I really enjoyed this sewing pattern and it fits like a dream. The fabric drapes beautifully and I just love how the gold catches the light.

Thanks for reading and happy sewing!


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