Mar 152011

I’m excited to have Sarah share a review of this super cute dress pattern today! I love that it is versatile enough to be worn all year!


Recently I had the pleasure of using Jona G’s Sunny Scallop Dress pattern for the 1st time! I made View C with the ruffles and used Mo Bedell’s Party Dress in Ramble – Shindig for the body of the dress and the Drip Strips in Fiesta for the ruffle, and for the underskirt, Jennifer Paganelli’s Jodi print from her Queen Street collection in Fuschia.

My daughter just loves the dress! While it may be intended as a sundress it also works perfectly over a t-shirt and tights for the cooler days like we’ve still been having. (She wasn’t about to let the dress hang around in a closet waiting for warmer weather!)

The dress really was quick to sew! I sewed it over the course of a weekend, tracing out pattern pieces one evening, cutting and sewing a few seams the next day, then finishing the dress up the next day.

When I was making this dress I had summer in mind, when my daughter would be turning 7, so I traced the 7/8 pattern without first measuring her. Somehow I managed to forget that she’s petite. :-) When I finally did measure her she was still in the 5-range of this pattern, which explain why the dress is a bit longer than you’d expect on her. Layering over a t-shirt the dress fits fine, a bit loose, but certainly not unwearable. :-) Lesson learned: measure before cutting!

Jona’s instructions are really well written and she includes great illustrations throughout that would make the Sunny Scallop dress perfect for someone who has recently started sewing!

The special construction of this dress creates a lining and hides almost all the seam allowances within the lining for a beautifully professional finish and no itchy spots. I added the optional elastic under the arms so there won’t be any gaping when it’s worn as a sundress.

The single thing I wish was different about this cute pattern is that the enclosed pattern pieces are printed on thin tissue paper and I’ve gotten spoiled using patterns with the heavier-weight pattern paper. Certainly not a reason to miss out on this cute dress though!

Another great dress benefit– it is perfect for twirling!

Cayley Spinning in her Sunny Scallop Dress

I do intend to make this pattern again, and I want to make the scallop version next time! (How cute would it be in the new Riley Blake Sugar & Spice?!)  The Sunny Scallop Dress pattern has a size range from 2 all the way up to 9-10, so I expect I’ll use it quite a few more times actually. :-)


Thank you, Sarah! I LOVE the dress! I think Haley would like one too, and I agree the Sugar & Spice fabrics would be just precious!  Of course, we always like to see everything you’re sewing!  You can add pictures to the flickr group here!

  4 Responses to “Sunny Scallop Dress – Pattern Review”

  1. This is one of my all-time favorite patterns. I have made now 3 dresses and 1 almost finished and 3 more cut out. I love how it makes it’s own slip and goes together soooo fast. No buttons, no zippers. Sweet.


    Melanie Reply:

    @Rhadonda: Awesome! Do you have pictures? I want to see too!!!


  2. True confession…..I really love this dress!! I love the fabrics Sarah chose for it and her sewing looks impeccable (and her daughter could not be more beautiful!!). Thank you for such a sweet review (whew!!).

    I’m completely tickled by Rhadonda’s comment too (especially since I’m crazy about the versions of this pattern that she has made)!

    Thank you Melanie and Sarah!!


    SarahB Reply:

    Thank you Jona! Talented Melanie came up with the great fabric combo! I love it too! :)


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