Laundry Day Dress
Summer break is officially here, and all we are missing is the actual warm weather. It’s been nothing but rain and clouds for a couple of weeks, and I desperately miss the sun. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good downpour, but summer just isn’t as satisfying when the weather is crummy. For that reason, I haven’t had a chance to show off this new sew as much as I hoped. But, I managed to snag a few quick pictures. I’m patiently (impatiently) waiting for summer dress weather to arrive.
Sunflowers are my favorite flower. Sunflowers are like a little piece of the sun that has connected itself to the earth for us to admire its growth. They burst with color and flourish beauty in any setting. That would explain why this fabric is one of my favorite fabric prints of all time.
I originally purchased this fabric many many years ago from GirlCharlee.com. Back then, I had little to no knowledge of sewing, bought the cheapest sewing machine on the market and tried to sew headbands and simple projects. It didn’t take time before my frustration outgrew my craft curiosity, and I ended up selling most of what I had. All that was left was a couple of my favorite fabrics I couldn’t part with, and were instead stashed away in a tote.
When I think about all those years ago and how little time I actually spent educating myself on a craft and instead tried to wing the process, I shake my head in disappointment. Now that I’m older, I realize that with any creation or craft, it takes hard work, dedication, and a patient hand. I still have so much to learn but I’m proud of how hard I’ve worked to become the seamstress I am today.
Y’all, laundry does NOT spark joy. We live in a small apartment building with no washer or dryer hook-ups, so I have to go outside and around to the other side of the apartment just to have clean clothes. Not only that, but I have to share our single washer and dryer with everyone else in our building which means it takes ALL DAY to do just one load. It’s fitting that on Sunday, our typical wash day, I unapologetically pushed the laundry aside so that I could sew up a “Laundry Day Dress” instead. I’m telling you, this dress pattern is a total game changer! Its SO comfy and I feel like I’m secretly wearing a nightgown and I’m the only one in on the secret. Pair this pattern with a light fabric and you have a dress perfect for summer. Or, pair the pattern with a thicker fabric, throw on a scarf and cardigan, and you’re ready for fall!
I made this dress using the medium size, straight hem dress length, and paired it with the short sleeves and scoop neckline. The sleeves and bottom of the dress were hemmed using a blind hem stitch on my serger. I did not add any alterations.
The Laundry Day Tee/Dress sewing pattern is an adult top that includes three different lengths (shirt, tunic, and dress length), five different sleeve options (tank, short, elbow, 3/4 and long sleeves), three neckline options (scoop, v-neck and cowl), and an optional high low length on both the tunic and dress. The sleeves and bottom of the top/dress are hemmed instead of banded which makes this project a breeze to sew up.
Do you want to know the best part? It’s a FREE sewing pattern. Now, if your jaw just dropped on the floor and you’re swooning for this pattern, I grant you permission to push your laundry aside my beautiful friend, because you’re about to step into the world of cozy living. Head on over and join the ‘Love Notions’ Facebook group. The code is only available to those who are part of her group, and read the pinned post at the top for the code. Enjoy!
Here are some other shirts I made using this pattern
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