The Sally Dress


If you’re stopping by for the first time today from luvinthemommyhood, [hi, by the way!] you need to know that there are not a lot of dresses sewn in my house. There are four [adorable and wonderful] boys, who get a lot of mama-made clothing. But no dresses.

So when Shannon of Very Shannon and luvinthemommyhood came out with her amazing new pattern, The Sally Dress, I needed to make it. Thankfully, I have some lovely nieces, whose moms always appreciate some Auntie Jess-made clothing. :)

the sally dress  if only they would nap

Sigh. Little girl clothes are so lovely, aren’t they? And the Sally Dress? Oh my. SO wonderful.

sally dress

I’m going to be honest with you here. I have never sewn more than a simple peasant dress before. I mean, I’ve sewn some fairly complicated garments, but not dresses. And I was incredibly impressed by this pattern. The instructions were so clear [and the illustrations! yes!] and this pattern is oh so well done.


This dress has a lined bodice that comes together so smoothly and gives it a really professional finish.


The large pockets are perfect for picking berries and collecting treasures.


This dress is perfect for every day playing or a special occasion. And mamas… there are NO closures – no zippers or buttons. Independent dressing for the win!



I love this fabric pairing on this dress. Soft and innocent – the rosebud fabric matches the vintage vibe that the Sally Dress already has. But this dress is so versatile that you can make it in nearly any fabric [as you can see with all the different versions that have been sewn for the Sally Dress tour!]

sally dress Collage  if only they would nap

Did anyone else have a garment made in this rosebud fabric as a child? I know that I did [and a doll dress as well] and when I posted a sneak peek picture on facebook, I got lots of comments from others who did too! I found all these fabrics [including a pink and white stripe that I used for the lining] together at a thrift store.



I am a little obsessed with how the gathers look against the bodice.


Do you want to win your own copy of the Sally Dress from Very Shannon? [yes, of course you do!]

There are three ways to win [so you can enter up to three times]…

  • Like If Only They Would Nap on Facebook – leave a comment telling me you do
  • Like Luvinthemommyhood on Facebook – leave a comment telling me you do
  • Leave a comment on this post and tell me who you would sew the Sally Dress for!

Don’t forget to leave your email address so that I have a way to contact you if you win. Giveaway will close Friday October 11th.

And be sure to check out all the other wonderful dresses on the Sally Dress tour…
sally dress pattern tour on

Disclosure: I was given this pattern in exchange for my honest review. And I honestly love it.

All photos in this post taken by my incredibly talented sister-in-law – Brooke Collier Photo. Please don’t use these photos without permission. And if you live in the Grand Rapids, MI area, you should definitely book her.

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  1. I would make this precious dress for my new niece and my best friends daughter. I unfortunately have 2 stinky boys :-(

  2. Jess, for some reason I always want to show you the cute things I sew. Like the garden gnome costume I made for Gideon…although I’m slightly afraid he won’t wear the beard when it comes down to it. Anyway…I’ve NEVER sewn from a pattern before. Although my sewing has greatly improved over the last year I only utilize tutorials. I’m actually really wanting to try this pattern. Partially because I think we may be having a girl in January. But even if it’s a boy I have an adorable niece :)

  3. That dress is beautiful . . . and your sister-in-law’s photos are amazing! I used to have a summer receiving blanket with that rosebud print! :) I’d love to make this sweet dress for baby Katy, the newest little one in our family.

  4. So beautiful! Love those soft colors! I would love to sew this for my 2 yr old lil miss who seems obsessed with pockets. :-)

  5. I would make this dress for my three girls. It would be great fun to sew it three times over with different mixes of fabrics!

  6. I absolutely love this dress and would make it for my 3 year old daughter. She adores pockets. I have some dark purple material that qould look gorgeous for it.

  7. I would totally make this for my little daughter!! She is 2 and loves “pitty desses” so much.

    p.s. I have some of that very rosebud fabric on the shelf!

  8. I liked both pages- luvinthemommyhood and if only they would nap. Also, I can’t even sew a button on, but I would conspire with a friend who CAN sew to get this dress onto my little girl someday. I have three boys before our miracle little girl and you can bet I put her in dresses EVERY chance I get! :)

  9. I’d make one for my daughter…been eyeing this one for a while, she would love those pockets!

  10. Also I would like to sew one (or lots) for my Livvy, duh. ;) and probably a friend’s new baby due this winter! :D

  11. Love the name of your blog…and I too have 2 wild, crazy, stinky precious boys, but would LOVE to make a few of these Sally dressed for my cousins girls! Thanks!

  12. I have strange thoughts of flipping this pattern for a boy. Using the bodice for a shirt and the pocket details on some shorts…nickitikitari at hotmail dot com.

  13. I would make this dress for my identical twin girls who turn 3 next month. I think they would look so adorable in matching Sally dresses! Perhaps if I used 2 coordinating fabrics but flipped them on the second dress :). Email: rachelcampell 24 at gmail dot com

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