The Sally pattern is a perfectly simple dress. It comes with three sleeve options: short, 3/4 or none at all. I went with none at all, which may seem an odd choice for fall. But see the little detail on the straps there? The inner part that angles in? Oh, my goodness. I don’t know what it is about tiny details like that, but I love them.
And that tiny little point on the shoulders, is the number one reason I went with sleeveless in this Sally. All the versions have the same bodice, with those same angles, but I felt like the sleeveless highlighted that feature more than the other two options. I ended up super happy I went with sleeveless, besides those little pokey shoulder friends, because the bodice of the Sally is fully lined and I learned something new.
I have never been able to figure out how to neatly line a sleeveless top. I’ve tried, but failed over and over and over. And then the Sally came along and explained it to me. At first, looking over the instructions before beginning, I was super confused and thought I was going to have to fumble my way through it, like I have before, and just try to make it not look sloppy on the outside, while the inside shed tears of ill-sewn sadness.
But no! I started following the instructions in the pattern, and all of a sudden, I realized I was doing it! The instructions have great illustrations and for the first time ever, a designer was able to translate lining sleeveless to me. I totally yelled out, “No way!” as I made that lining happen. I was so excited. I am so excited. I love when patterns not only have great design, but they teach you something you can apply to other sewing projects.
One of the other really great things about the Sally is that there are no fasteners. The bodice is designed to go straight over your child’s head. So why does Ivy’s Sally have buttons. Well. The pattern sizes range from 2t to 8. But Ivy is still way too small for a 2T. I decided rather than grading the bodice, I would make an off-centered placket on the front, and bring the body of the dress in with buttons. The gathers at the skirt hide the fold-over from the placket. And I love the look. I think it’s kind of old world. What old world, I don’t know. But a quaint one where children dressed like children and there were probably sheep roaming the hills.
I did cut the length of the skirt more narrow than recommended, to fit her better. And, as recommended in the pattern, cut it shorter, based on her height. My one other change was to the pockets. I used elastic to gather the openings. I think the added detail of the gather is fantastic.
I’ve included a short tutorial on how to do an elastic-gathered pocket at the end of this post. I’m just a giver like that.
The sleeveless Sally is perfect for cooler weather, especially in a heavier-weight fabric like this corduroy print from Jo-Ann purchased last year. And sleeveless is so easy to layer. Long sleeves and leggings make the Sally a year-round option.
You can purchase the Sally Dress directly from Very Shannon HERE and check out all the other Sally’s on tour for even more inspiration
I was given the Sally Dress pattern to sew up and review for you. It’s a great little pattern, a fun sew, some wonderful tips and tricks, and one seriously cute dress!
The Sally Dress by Very Shannon
Outer Fabric : Corduroy from Jo-Ann Stores
Lining: Stretch charmeuse from Fabric.com
First, finish the upper edge of the pocket with a 1/2 inch hem (you may need to cut your pocket slightly taller than the pattern dictates, to accommodate a thicker hem)
Cut a strip of 1/4inch elastic 2/3 the width of the pocket
Thread the elastic through the hem
When you’ve threaded the elastic through enough so that the end of the elastic is flush with the opening where you started the threading, pull the elastic just a bit more, so that you can fold the edge of the pocket under 1/4 inch. Tack the elastic in place.
Finish pulling the elastic through to the other opening, gathering the fabric as you go. Pull the elastic out of the opening approximately 1 inch. Tack the elastic in place at the opening, and clip the excess elastic. Follow the pattern’s instructions for attaching the pockets to the skirt.
Badaboom badabing, gathered pockets!