Skip to main content

The Suzy Dress by Athina Kakou Patterns

I love dresses! I used to wear them all the time, but nursing babies deterred me, for a bit, from wearing them as often as I like. But my baby is almost two, and I'm starting to see "light at the end of the tunnel," and I'm starting to make a few non-nursing friendly things. So, I was super excited for the opportunity to test the Suzy Dress by Athina Kakou Patterns.

Athina Kakou Patterns is a new-to-me pattern designer, and OH MY, when you look at her page, you'll see nothing but gorgeousness!

When you browse through her other patterns, you'll see some very classic, timeless, and beautiful looks. This dress also fits those descriptions, and this pattern certainly does not disappoint.

Let me tell you all about this pattern:

The Suzy Dress pattern is drafted for knit fabrics. It is recommended to use medium weight fabrics with 30%-50% stretch. Some recommended fabrics are ponte di roma and cotton spandex. In the tutorial, there are helpful tips for choosing fabrics, especially aimed at helping beginners choose a suitable fabric that is easier to use.



This pattern is for a beautiful dress that hits below the knee (mid calf). It has an elasticized waist with a sash. It can be made with either a beautiful boat neckline or a modest scoop neckline. The skirt is really sets this pattern apart from similar dress patterns because of the interesting detail at the hemline. There is a little slit to one side of the skirt.

The construction of this pattern is very easy. The instructions are fully illustrated and explain every step. Even a beginner could make a very beautiful dress using this pattern.

The pattern includes optional inseam pockets. You can choose short sleeves or 3/4 length sleeves.

The tutorial includes a measurement chart with body measurements and a finished garment measurement chart to help you accurately choose your size based on how you would like it to fit.

The pattern includes a 3/8" seam allowance.

My Dress:

I made this pattern using a liverpool fabric I got from Fabric.com a while ago. I really love sewing with liverpool because it is so easy to use. It is a little thicker, and sturdy. It doesn't roll or curl as you sew it. I also LOVE wearing liverpool. The structure is so nice for dresses, and can be really flattering. I also LOVE liverpool because it doesn't wrinkle! It's my favorite fabric to put in my suitcase for vacation! 😉

I was really drawn to the boat neck option, however I chose to make the scoop neck since I am still nursing. I was hoping that I could pull the neckline down far enough if I need to nurse while wearing the dress. I honestly haven't tried it yet, but if you're hoping to nurse in the dress, you might consider dropping the neckline a tad and using a 4 way stretch fabric, like cotton lycra or double brushed poly.
I chose my size based on my bust measurement and blended to one size larger for my waist. The dress does have positive ease at the waist, so I likely would have been fine not blending sizes for this particular pattern.

While there is positive ease at the waist, the tie belt cinches it in beautifully! I love how it looks with the belt.


You can see that the dress hits me below the knee. And look at the slit detail!

Don't you see why I love it? 

Grab it through March 15th at a 10% discount! And look around her shop, she's having a sale on other items now too!

Thanks for reading this post! If you don't already, come follow me on Pinterest and Instagram! If you enjoyed this post, I would love for you to subscribe or follow my blog so that you can be notified of future posts! 💓 

Comments

  1. Thank you so much for pattern testing for me, Laura! I enjoyed reading your post and Im thrilled you liked the Suzy dress :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for having me for testing! I really enjoyed it! ❤

      Delete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Free and Easy... Sewing the Agnes by Halla!

I love trying new things when it comes to sewing. I love learning new techniques, how to do things different ways, and figuring things out. For the most part, I also enjoy trying new-to-me pattern designers.

This was my first ever pattern by Halla - the AGNES. Yep, I downloaded it a long time ago when it released, but this was my first time ever making it! I downloaded it with intentions of trying it because it was so popular. It may have been popular because it's a FREE pattern (you can get the code to download it in the Halla Facebook Group), or it may have been really popular because it's FREE and REALLY AWESOME. This blog tour gave me a chance to find out for myself!

I participated in this blog tour put together by Kate of Sewing from Scratch... the idea is that we would all sew the same pattern, but make it our own. If we love it as is, we sew it as is. If we want a cute bow (Gwen😉), we add a cute bow, if we want to make all the adjustments to get our perfect fit (Sequoi…

Fun, Fast, and Free - Fresh Looks for Summer!

When I first saw the information about the "Boys in Summer" Blog Tour hosted by Made for Little Gents, I knew I wanted to participate! My boys are the reason I started sewing! I HAD to participate.

But, what would I sew? I contemplated what I might make for a couple of weeks, and then it hit me... it would be super fun to highlight a couple of great freebies! EVERYONE loves free stuff. Free patterns are a great way to try a new designer out before making a purchase, they're perfect for adding some variety to your pattern stash without spending money, and they're just super fun... because more patterns = more stuff you get to make. 😁
So the freebies I'm going to talk to you about today are from Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop. I love Peek-a-boo patterns. I've made a few of them for my boys and have tested a few as well. I feel like the instructions are mostly geared towards beginners, so any skill level can be successful with her patterns. I've really enjoyed the…

Fabulous and FREE! The Neck Tie Top by Winter Wear Designs

I love free patterns, especially when they're by a designer that I already know and love. When Suzanne with Winter Wear Designs drafted this pattern, I was excited! I have not been very exciting with my wardrobe choices in the past - most of my shirts were just basic tees. Solid tees are still nice to have, but it's so much fun to wear something different. Lately I've been LOVING all the fun prints!

I KNEW I wanted to test this pattern, and as soon as I finished sewing it, it became my new favorite shirt. Like... I've been wearing it ALL THE TIME. I really need to make another one!



This is the new free Neck Tie Top by Winter Wear Designs. Isn't it great?

Let me tell you about it!

This top is a semi-fitted tee. You have the options of a solid front or a color blocked front. I color-blocked the front top to be the same fabric as my neckband tie.  The sleeve is a slim poet style sleeve with a cuff. You can either finish the bottom with a band or a simple hem.



It is inte…