June 17, 2016

Melissa Mora of Melly Sews just released a book all about sewing up easy sundresses for hotter weather and it’s called Sundressing. The idea for the book is that once you have a well fitting bodice (the book includes basic slopers to work with), you can make subtle changes to create many different dresses from that one simple pattern. You can find more out about her book through her blog here.

There are many tutorials to choose from, for both women and girls, but I immediately knew that I was going to sew up the Sutton Dress (a fun off the shoulder dress) as a trendy outfit for an upcoming beach vacation.

The directions were easy to follow and I was able to cut out my pattern in about 20 minutes. It really is such a forgiving style with all of the ease in the ruffles that I wasn’t worried and didn’t do a muslin, although the fit came out pretty perfect anyway.

I did make a couple of changes. First of all I lengthened the ruffle by a couple of inches. Just a personal preference. I also wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the length. The dress is supposed to be mid calf, but at first I lengthened it to maxi to see what it looked like. It totally overwhelmed me. So I decided to hem it in a nice wide 4″ hem right above the knee. With all of the gathering it just seemed to look a bit better on me to have a bit less fabric.

The fabric is the perfectly lightweight tencil chambray that I bought from Colorado Fabrics recently. Because of the abundance of ruffles and gathering, I was afraid it would end up too sweet looking on me in a print, if that makes sense. I was tempted to make it in black gauze (because I like everything in black) but I think this is a good compromise. The chambray dresses it down a bit so I can wear it with flats and not feel too dressed up for daywear. I have a beach trip coming up and you better believe this is getting worn. If I were going to make any changes to it next time, I might just raise the back of the bodice by an inch or so. As is, the bodice cuts straight across the back at the underarm. It still covers my strapless bra so it’s fine as is, but I think it would be nice to have it a bit higher where the ruffle attaches in the back so it doesn’t pull down at all. Otherwise, the fit and style are spot on for me.

I’ve said it once and I will say it again, this is such a great look for those of us who want to cover up some areas, but still want to be on trend. It’s romantic and sexy and still flatterning on a range of body types. I think everyone needs one of these in their wardrobe this summer, even if it’s just a beach coverup.

I have one copy of the Sundressing book by Melissa Mora to giveaway to one of you. To enter, simply leave a comment below. Commenting will close on Sunday, June 26th and then I will contact the winner. (US entries only, sorry.)

Congrats Melissa on your new book! I’m so excited for you.

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  • Reply Sorahart June 17, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    I love your fabric choice! Great choice for summer.

  • Reply bookboxer June 17, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    I’m loving sundresses! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply (30) Days of Sundresses with True Bias - Melly Sews June 17, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    […] Last January I went to Denver and while I was there I got to meet Kelli of True Bias. So I’m thrilled to welcome her to (30) Days of Sundresses and the book tour for Sundressing. Kelli sewed up the Sutton Dress, and I love the fabric for this – a great summer basic! Check out her book review and enter for a chance to win the book here.  […]

  • Reply Alexandra June 17, 2016 at 9:40 AM

    What a wonderful resource! I love your dress:

  • Reply Tonnia Williams June 17, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    We NEED sundresses in Texas right now. HOT! Plus my daughter loves them. Looking forward to your book.

  • Reply Hilary Jordan June 17, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    This dress is darling!

  • Reply Create/Enjoy June 17, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Love it, it is SOOO cute with the shorter hem and big ruffle! I love the classic chambray, too!

  • Reply Jill June 17, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    Love the book concept and your dress looks great!

  • Reply Show and Tell Meg June 17, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    What a neat idea! I’m in Florida, so sun dresses are a year round staple 🙂 And your dress is so pretty!

  • Reply Lisa k June 17, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    Sundresses are my favorite! So pretty!

  • Reply Mara June 17, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    This book sounds awesome and your dress is so pretty.

  • Reply Ashley June 17, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    Ohhh I love this dress. I know exactly the fabric I’d use for it!

  • Reply Rachel June 17, 2016 at 1:19 PM

    I have been waiting for a book like this!

  • Reply Kaydee June 17, 2016 at 1:25 PM

    What a great book! I definitely need so more sundresses. It’s supposed to be 109 here by Sunday!

  • Reply Tess June 17, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    What a cute dress! It looks great on both of you!

  • Reply Darla June 17, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Such a cute dress! Love the look of a wide hem.

  • Reply Katherine June 17, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    I have the perfect fabric for this dress! I was just deaming about a couple of lovely sundresses, it would be so great if I won! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  • Reply rebecca pelletier June 17, 2016 at 2:30 PM

    Such a cute dress. I need to try it ASAP.

  • Reply Jeni June 17, 2016 at 3:09 PM


  • Reply Alana June 17, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    I love the concept of this book and could use some encouragement to start modifying patterns. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Kathy E. June 17, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Your dress looks great on you! I think you made the right choice with choosing a solid fabric…plus it can be dressed up with a bright colored flower pin or wide-brimmed hat! Perfect length for you, too as a maxi with the ruffle top would be too much. Great work!

  • Reply Stirling Allred June 17, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    I love the idea of this book! Exactly what I’m into sewing right now (two Colfax’s down, two Mini Colfax’s on the sewing table). I love your version of that dress!

  • Reply Kim June 17, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Cute sundress! Thanks.

  • Reply Deb R. June 17, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Love the dress you made! I didn’t think I would like that style but you’ve changed my mind. The book looks like something I would love! Imagine the joy to read and plan and sew!

  • Reply Debby June 17, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    This looks lovely. I really enjoy reading the changes that people make to patterns to customize it. We are all shaped so differently, and it is important to get the look we feel good in. It sounds like this book encourages this and I love that about it.

  • Reply Deb J June 17, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    What a lovely dress!!! I definitely need to make some sundresses for me, my granddaughter, and all my great-nieces. What fun!!

  • Reply Sarah J June 17, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    I always love her sundress series each summer and I can’t wait to get a good look at this book! Lovely dress!

  • Reply kelli June 17, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    So easy to dress in sundresses during the hot weather!

  • Reply Meg June 17, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Cute! Perfect in that chambray!

  • Reply Alexandra Sobczak June 17, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Very cute!

  • Reply Courtney Kalinowski June 17, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Super cute!

  • Reply Mary Russell June 18, 2016 at 1:20 AM

    Very pretty dress. I think this summer is going to be a great year for dresses of all kinds.

  • Reply dawn June 18, 2016 at 1:44 AM

    Hooray for sundresses!

  • Reply Lisa June 18, 2016 at 5:27 AM

    This is a great idea for a book. Thanks for the chance to win! I love the dress you created and I think the chambray is a perfect choice.

  • Reply Tabitha June 18, 2016 at 7:29 AM

    Thanks for the chance to win. Love dresses.

  • Reply Carrie June 18, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    What a great book concept…..and your make is adorable!

  • Reply Jan B June 18, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    This sundress is so very pretty! The chambray makes it wonderfully casual.

  • Reply Barbara June 18, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    I am totally in love with the book, guess I will have to buy it if I don’t win 🙂 I love your dress too, it’s really summery, I can totally imagine you walking on the beach with it! 🙂 And luckily I recently moved to the USA so I can join this giveaway 🙂

  • Reply Judy van kalken June 19, 2016 at 5:18 AM

    Love what you did. Thanks for offering the book giveaway

  • Reply Carol S June 19, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    One can never have too many sundresses. Would love to win.

  • Reply Jenn June 19, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    I need to make 2 of these. Both my daughter and I need this dress. So cute.

  • Reply Sonja June 19, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    I could never pull off this look, but you look absolutely killer! (You can leave me out of the giveaway… I’m getting ready to move and don’t want to pack any more books!)

  • Reply Karen June 19, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Oh my gosh, as a slow sewer, I love the idea of fitting the bodice ONCE and then going from there… Also this dress looks so easy breezy and perfect for summer; glad you chose the shorter length – it’s just right!

  • Reply Jeanette June 19, 2016 at 9:25 PM

    I love the chambray dress! So flattering with all the ruffles…who knew! i would love the book as I can see making dresses for my daughters and grandchildren. I’m thinking I might even like wearing this dress in a lightweight knit to reduce the bulk but still have the flow. Great design, I’m looking forward to seeing what else she has in the book.

  • Reply Maddy June 19, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    I love your version of this!

  • Reply Martha June 20, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    Loving this!!! Definitely need a copy!!!

  • Reply Holly Sharp June 20, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    LOVE the off-the-shoulder trend, and it looks great on you!

  • Reply Nique June 20, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Lovely make. Thanks for the opportunity

  • Reply Andrea S. June 20, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Such an adorable dress! Looks amazing on you 🙂

  • Reply Ashley P June 20, 2016 at 11:26 AM

    I love your dress!!! I think the changes you made turned out great, so pretty!!!!

  • Reply Erin June 20, 2016 at 12:06 PM

    Chambray was a perfect choice for this pattern – it definitely keeps it from looking too sweet. It looks incredible on you and seems really versatile.

  • Reply Rebeccq June 20, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Such a cute dress, love how you made it your own! Looks like a great book!

  • Reply (30) Days of Sundresses 2016 - Melly Sews June 21, 2016 at 10:08 AM

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    • Reply Miriam June 27, 2016 at 12:05 AM

      Looks like lots of fun!!

  • Reply JessZ June 21, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Love your version of this dress! I’m sold and need to make one stat! 🙂

  • Reply Amanda Brandenberg June 21, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Beautiful! Love the chambray.

  • Reply Cat June 21, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    Love this! Hope I win.

  • Reply Samantha H June 21, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    I’ve been scouring the internet for the perfect summer dress patterns. I would love to get my hands on this!

  • Reply Lisa S. June 21, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    I love wearing dresses all spring and summer! This book would be so perfect for ideas. 🙂

  • Reply Val Jensen June 21, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    The patterns are beautiful! Thank you for offering this.

  • Reply Karen Christensen June 21, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    Love your dress and fabric. The book looks like it has lots of great ideas.

  • Reply Sarah R June 22, 2016 at 4:50 AM

    I absolutely love your style! This book looks amazing!

  • Reply Kaytrina Thoma June 22, 2016 at 6:16 AM

    This dress looks great on you Kelli! I wish I knew where in Colorado Fabrics you found the beautiful tencil fabric as I would plan a trip to grab up a few yards:)

  • Reply Lia June 22, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Every time I see another off-the-shoulder dress I think NEED – and then I have to sit myself down and remind myself how strongly I dislike wearing strapless bras. But. But. This is so cute (but without being cutesy). It’s a dilemma!

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  • Reply Wendy bedrosian June 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Somehow, I’ve never worn sundresses much. I always feel terrible not wearing a slip, (see thru factor) and just never did. So, this year, I made a few pairs of (real) silk tap pants/French knickers. I am a fabric snob, so I was not goi g to go out and buy polyester ones! They are still short-ish but now I don’t feel like I have it all out there new fabrics (but I don’t go too sheer). So, wearing a lot of dresses this year and loving it!

  • Reply Addie June 22, 2016 at 11:28 AM

    I like the alterations you made to this sweet summer style. I am tempted to make something similar after seeing it on you. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Reply Creshone June 22, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    You look amazing in it. I need a few of these

  • Reply Donna Lee June 23, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    I love your choice of chambray and the dress looks great on!

  • Reply Barbara June 23, 2016 at 7:11 AM

    That dress looks great on you! I love the fabric.

  • Reply Rachel M June 23, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    I love the fabric and the dress! I’ve been looking for a similar type but Joann’s doesn’t have what I want and we don’t have any other fabric stores nearby

  • Reply Sarah S June 23, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Your dress looks great, love the chambray.

  • Reply Lindsay June 23, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    I would love to win!

  • Reply Amber June 23, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    love this dress! And the idea of such a book to create many different styles. I’ve been sewing for myself just over a year now and I love it!

  • Reply Carolyn June 24, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    The dress– and the book– are so lovely! I would love a copy.

  • Reply MARTHAIA June 26, 2016 at 12:29 AM

    Great book to win,,,really like the dress too.Thanks

  • Reply Carolyne Sullo June 26, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    What a pretty dress! This is a versatile dress to take on a beach vacation! To the beach or out to dinner, accessories will make the dress. A summer wardrobe staple!

  • Reply Rhonda June 26, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    So cute. I am going to have to try this pattern.

  • Reply Tina L. July 21, 2016 at 10:46 AM

    Horray for sundresses and sweet patterns and more fabric quests!

  • Reply Tina L. July 21, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Hooray for sundresses and sweet patterns and more fabric quests!

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