Sewing the Sally Dress for Spring

Earlier this year I got some fleece from Organic Cotton Plus.  It is a high quality very soft fleece.  I know that M loves anything purple, so I was hoping this would be a win.  Rachel made up a Sally Dress by Very Shannon this past summer and it was a real hit! If you missed it HERE is the post.  It is a sweet and easy dress to sew and to wear.  sally 1Because I know that there will still be cool days ahead of us,  I decided to make one with long sleeves.  This makes M happy, because she will not need a sweater or jacket and this soft fabric combined with the long sleeve will be enough to keep her warm.   Short sleeves are an option in this pattern, so I simply extended the sleeve so that it would be the perfect long sleeve.

If you want to add a long sleeve to a pattern that does not give you that option it is easy to do.  Begin by measuring the arm you are fitting.  Measure from the top of the shoulder (where you feel the little knob) to the wrist (or wherever you want the finished sleeve to fit).  Add 1″ for your hem.  Take the sleeve piece that you are extending and measure from the highest point of the shoulder down to your full length.  Extend your side seams.  You may want to take a quick wrist measurement to be sure you have not added too much width to the sleeve.

Looking for a short cut to add long sleeves? Try this post. 

sally 1

M does not like to layer anything so this fleece is a perfect way to provide some warmth. She does not like jeans or pants, but leggings are daily wear for her.  I like to think of them as footless tights.  For some reason even in the very cold, she does not wear socks around the house.

sally dress PDF pattern

This is the perfect dress for her to wear until the weather warms up for real.  I have heard from her mother that she has even worn it to bed.  It is always a good sign when they don’t want to take it off after trying it on.

sally 3

Is it finally warm by you- or did you heat up a couple months back?  Is your summer sewing finished or are you still thinking about it?

Happy Sewing, Donna

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  • Amy Mayen May 15, 2015, 10:25 am

    whoa, I haven’t made it to summer yet lol! Very sweet dresses. There’s a mint and polka dot one up there too;) I love the Sally dress. I never gave much thought to adding sleeves, but the way you described it sounds really doable. Thanks for the tip!
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  • Annie May 15, 2015, 1:57 pm

    It is cute looks very comfortable. I never thought of sally dress in fleece, but it makes sense…no zipper or buttons, and in fleece it would be super comfy dress for little ones. We have been having hot days already, so will not be wearing fleece till winter, but your post reminds me we should experiment the patterns with various types of fabrics!
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  • Amber May 18, 2015, 8:37 pm

    Aww M is so cute! Found your site when I was looking for some inspo for my niece dress that I want to make for her this spring. I really need to check that Sally Dress post.

    And yea ditto on seeing kids love what you sew for them. Kids cant really fake it so you will know easily when something is a hit or miss. Always true for me when I make something for my nieces and nephews.

    Thank you for the inspiration,
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  • Jessy February 11, 2016, 2:49 am

    I found your post on Pinterest.
    This Sally Dress is really great. Love it so much !
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