WendyBird Dress Pattern

Do you remember a couple years ago when you couldn’t walk into a fabric store without bumping into rows of chevron fabric or shop online without the store recommending you pick up a matching chevron with that? There were multitudes of posts and tutorials on how to cut chevron fabric, match it at seams and sew it so it didn’t look like a big hot mess.

Anyone who has sewn with this fabric, which be real is many of us, have cried into our poorly matched chevrons we spent too much time on at least once.

This fabric has been in my stash for at least 2 years. It came in a batch of imperfect fabrics. It doesn’t have much stretch and is slightly off grain, and CHEVRONS. It is the stuff of nightmares. My child has been asking me to use it for ages.

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When we got a chance to participate in the Wendybird pattern tour I saw an opportunity. The lines of this pattern seemed like a good place to give it a swing. The fun front insert created some breaks that would be more forgiving of my never gonna match fabric.

She’s so happy with it. The Wendybird pattern is a S.U.A.T. dress pattern with 4 different sleeve lengths, 3 different fronts, and several hemming options.

I choose gathered skirt panel insert with long sleeves and cuffs. Then I hacked it into a tunic length. My daughter is a tall 6, I started by cutting the 6Yย body at the 3T length. When I finished I compared it to her longer tops and decided I had about an inch to an inch and a half to hem.

Both of my fabrics are very light so I was worried about rolling and getting a clean hem so instead, I laid it out nicely, marked it and clean cut the hemline with my rotary blade.

She’s so tall that occasionally I need to lengthen sleeves, I clearly didn’t double check these! Good news Spring is on the way so this top will still work perfectly.

The adjusted tunic length still has a great twirl. It’s a good compromise for an everyday outfit that still works well for a busy elementary schooler.

I can’t think of a happier place for this fabric to end up then twirling in the wind on a happy kid. Wendybird for the win.

Have you ever avoided a fabric in your stash? Have you used it?

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All the opinions in this post are my own. I received the pattern for free for participating in the tour.

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  • Sarah Helene January 26, 2018, 5:50 am

    Unique “look” for a young girl’s tunic! Love the addition of dotted fabric for part of the front with chevron — all black & white. Thanks for sharing! Sarah in Minneapolis

  • Jennifer January 26, 2018, 11:25 am

    This is adorable Rachel! Now I need to go make a tunic-length Wendybird!

  • Danlynn Engberg January 26, 2018, 11:43 am

    That tunic length wendybird is sooo cute! I love the patterned fabric you used. Can’t go wrong with SUAT. ๐Ÿ˜

  • Roshni January 26, 2018, 11:50 am

    Beautiful dress and fabric .. love to make some dress for my niece..

  • Sara January 26, 2018, 11:52 am

    Itโ€™s hard to pick one favorite SUAT pattern. I just finished a Womanโ€™s Neverland tee and am working on a Girlโ€™s Shirtzie dress. I had very little experience sewing knits and Iโ€™m loving all the great support that comes with SUAT patterns and the FB group.

  • Larissa January 26, 2018, 12:06 pm

    Love this hack! Perfect for running around and playing!

  • shona January 26, 2018, 12:11 pm

    love this hack, so warm looking for our cold winters down under

  • Kim Korstjens January 26, 2018, 12:28 pm

    My favorite pattern from SUAT is the Scrundlewear.

  • Angel January 26, 2018, 12:35 pm

    I love this hack Iโ€™m gonna have to try it myself!!

  • Brandy Hoot January 26, 2018, 12:41 pm

    Love your creation!! Pattern matching freaks me out!!! My favorite SUAT pattern at the moment is Boxerwear – my son is finally getting some of my sewing attention and he’s so happy!

  • Ashley Calkins January 26, 2018, 1:11 pm

    I love all that patterns you guys offer! Muse and WendyBird are my favorite. But I also love the scrundlewear!!

  • Danni January 26, 2018, 2:27 pm

    So adorable! Pattern is great and this fabric choice made it even better!!!!

  • Sigridur Hrefna Thorsteinsdottir January 26, 2018, 2:46 pm

    Love this, my favorite SUAT pattern so far is the bunzies though I really like them all. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Natalie Schroeder January 26, 2018, 3:05 pm

    My favorite SUAT pattern is probably the Brazi, but it’s sooo hard to choose just one! My girls would probably say the Ariel leggings since they LIVE in them!

  • Jennifer January 26, 2018, 4:24 pm


  • Elizabeth Goertz January 26, 2018, 4:41 pm

    So cute! Great job!! My favorite SUAT pattern is probably the brazi but I have so many close seconds!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • There's Holzhausen January 26, 2018, 4:52 pm

    My favorite suat is the Merryweather. So many options for business casual shirts. I love how all the patterns are so customizable.

  • Hannah January 26, 2018, 5:08 pm

    Such a pretty dress. My favorite pattern is definitely the scrundies!

  • Alexis Davis January 26, 2018, 6:20 pm

    I love the original Scrundlewear pattern!

  • Rachel January 26, 2018, 6:31 pm

    Great idea! I think this will work great for my tall 4yo on the days she decides she doesnโ€™t want a dress but still wants to look girly

  • Tracey January 26, 2018, 6:41 pm

    I LOVE this!!!!!

  • Lisa January 26, 2018, 8:40 pm

    Such a cute top/dress pattern! She looks like she really loves the top! So far my favourite pattern is the kids scrundlewear but hoping to make the ladies bunzies soon!

  • Kary Davis January 26, 2018, 10:45 pm

    I need this! So cute! Great pattern!

  • Lynette Howatt January 26, 2018, 11:00 pm

    Sooo Cute! I would love to make this.

  • Rachael Torrence January 26, 2018, 11:42 pm

    I want one for me! Super cute!

  • Jane Tremblay January 26, 2018, 11:45 pm

    I love this pattern, I have dots that I didn’t know what i was going to do with it I also have a plan that I want to use. This is a great idea for me to use both fabric, I so would love to win this pattern.

  • MommaJ January 27, 2018, 1:46 am

    Gorgeous! I love this pattern and need it in my life!!

  • Jessica January 27, 2018, 2:37 am

    Love all the patterns ๐Ÿ’œ

  • Joana January 27, 2018, 6:14 am

    If you have to buy ONE pattern, buy Wendybird dress. Is SUPER versatile and you can make from a simple and quick day-by-day dress to a fancy panel partu dress <3

  • Ber January 27, 2018, 6:47 am

    The tunic length is so cute!

  • Tiffany January 27, 2018, 7:54 am

    My favorite SUAT will always be Bunzies women’s underwear. Although I really like all the underwear patterns for the rest of the family and my daughter loves Shirtzie and Aroura dresses.

  • Erin January 27, 2018, 8:00 am

    I think I’m going to have to pick the Neverland Tee, though I haven’t made it yet. I just love the look of it.

    And I absolutely adore the Tunic Hack, I am so going to have to make that for my little girl who wears tunics more than dresses.

  • Carin January 27, 2018, 9:32 am

    I love this as a tunic top! Great hack!

  • Amanda January 27, 2018, 9:37 am

    I love how simple this looks! I don’t really have a favorite, because they’re all my favorite!

  • Robynne Mills January 27, 2018, 10:01 am

    Wendybird is definitely my current favourite. I can’t stop making them… And now I need to make twice as many ๐Ÿ˜…

  • Monica Rosas January 27, 2018, 10:26 am

    I love all the patterns! ๐Ÿ’œ

  • Shelagh January 27, 2018, 10:49 am

    I’m hoping Wendybird will be my new favorite but it’s.gonna take a lot to replace scrundlewear in my heart ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Marichu January 27, 2018, 11:02 am

    Havenโ€™t sewn chevron material… but this blog and pattern makes it doable. Tks

  • Joyce Brown January 28, 2018, 5:31 am

    I’m liking the beauty boatneck right now during our winter season, but really like many others…

  • Molli Glowacki January 28, 2018, 7:29 am

    So cute! Love the mixed prints. (I have a woven chevron Iโ€™ve been avoiding too). I like the Aurora and crossover Brazi from SUAT.

  • Ariel January 28, 2018, 2:56 pm

    This is so gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  • Ariel January 28, 2018, 2:59 pm

    This is so gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ my favorite is the shirtzie right now but I’m in the process of making the romper (the name is currently escaping me) I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  • Stephanie Thomas January 29, 2018, 6:55 am

    The Neverland tee! Like the Wendy bird, this one pattern can give you so many different looks

  • Sharon Smith January 29, 2018, 12:57 pm

    This pattern is so much gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ I always love wendybird dress pattern because Wendybird Dress is a fabulous new dress pattern that has multiple skirt and sleeve options.
    Really good news Spring is on the way so this top will still work perfectly ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Joanne Roots-Rochon January 29, 2018, 6:36 pm

    I would love to win the Wendybird. I think this just the cutest dress/tunic.

  • Lacey January 30, 2018, 4:08 pm

    I need to do a tunic length for the baby Wendybird Iโ€™m making next week. Thanks for the idea. It is my favorite SUAT pattern so far.

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