Today is the first day of #MeMadeMay, and I thought what a better day to share with you the review of my most recent favorite make the SMYLY Samantha Dress.
Earlier this year I participated in the SMYLY challenge which stands for “sewing makes you love yourself” hosted by Athina Kakou and Hattie VanDerKrohn. (You can see my make for that challenge here.) The challenge was all about encouraging body positivity and mental health through sewing things that make you feel beautiful.
With the overwhelming success of the challenge, Athina and Hattie decided to continue the message by starting the SMYLY magazine that of course includes a pattern!
One of my favorite things about the magazine aside from the great articles is the layout and graphic design. A lot of indie style magazines have a very indie sort of student work look to them. This magazine does not. It has a very professional layout and looks like a proper magazine. I know… I know here I am geeking out about font styles, justification and image alignment, you can blame my graphic design background.
The magazine goes for about $15 dollars the US which is about average as far as magazines go, but with the added bonus of a sewing pattern.
Already so let’s talk about the Samantha dress the first pattern to be released with SMYLY Magazine.
I was lucky enough to be asked if I would pattern test the Samantha dress and I just couldn’t say no.
The Samantha Dress is a wrap top dress with kimono sleeves, a collar option, sleeve variations and two skirt lengths.
There was a very short turn around on the pattern test, but it wasn’t a problem because this dress sews up so fast.
For the test version, I used an amazing aqua blue jersey that has been in my stash for quite a while.
The dress came together pretty much as per instructions. I did have an issue with the skirt being way too big, but I think somehow I must of cut it off grain.
|Pattern:||SMYLY Samantha Dress|
|Version:||No collar, sleeve ties, long skirt|
|Notes & Modification:||I LOVE IT|
|Difficulty:||Easy – Great for jersey beginners||Rating:|
The pattern calls for a medium weight jersey and while at first, I thought that was what I had chosen I think the aqua is actually more of a heavyweight fabric. It still works but I think it hangs a little heavier than how the dress is meant to.
Second Samantha Dress
Once I made the first Samantha dress I knew I had to make a second one! As it turned out I had the perfect spring floral jersey in my stash.
This fabric while had the perfect print, I knew was very lightweight, and as I said before the pattern recommended a medium weight fabric. Despite the suggestion, I decided to go for it.
I’m so glad how the final dress came out. It is rather thin so it needs a slip but it is amazing.
Just like the first dress, the second one came together super fast. After cutting out all the pieces it probably took an hour to sew up.
Like the first one, I sewed the whole project on my serger, except for the topstitching.
The second dress I had no problem with the skirt, which leads me to believe I cut the first one off slightly.
I really liked the look of the sleeve ties on the patter, I think it made a nice detail to the dress.
The pattern has you make the sleeve ties from a rectangle pattern piece. While I like the look I thought it needed to look a little softer.
For my second version, I simply tapered the ends of the sleeve ties and I really like how they look. I also think the sleeve ties on the lighter weight fabric set a little nicer.
Me Made May
As I said earlier I’m wearing my newly made SMYLY Samantha dress today, the first day of Me Made May.
This year my goal is to wear something me-made every month. I have quite a few handmade garments in my wardrobe and I want to try and wear as many as I can this month. The goal for me is to really give love to some of my past makes and to see what gaps I have in my wardrobe to help with future sewing plans.
I’d love to hear in the comments below if you have made the SMYLY dress and what your thoughts are. I’d also love to know if you are joining Me Made May and what your goal with the challenge is.