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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 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!

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

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


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