The Blue Sonja Dress

Do you ever start a project that you think will take just a few hours and will be instant gratification…and then you hit road bump after road bump and two weeks later you’re STILL not finished?  This was one of those projects…but now that I’m finally done, I’m really happy with the results!

Elie is my best model
Elie is my best model


I’ve wanted to make a skater dress for a long time, and when I found the Sonja pattern on Burdastyle I knew it was the one.  I really liked working with this pattern, and the instructions were easy to follow.

My problems came when I tried to fit the bodice.  I spent some quality time with my muslin – took in the side seams; shortened the bodice; etc – and it finally fit perfectly.  But for some reason, when I constructed the bodice out of my fashion fabric, it was way off!  I ended up having to re-fit the bodice in the final dress.  Still, I finally got a product that I’m mostly happy with…although there are definitely a few things that I would fix if I could…but when is that not the case?

A little bunching at the back...sigh
A little bunching in the back…sigh

I tried some different seam finishes in this dress.  I couldn’t find the right seam binding in my local fabric stores, so I tried my overedge foot for the first time.  I love it!  Although, I’m not convinced that was the best finishing technique for this silk…but it worked.

Zig Zag Overedge
Zig Zag Overedge
The old fold 'n stitch
The old fold ‘n stitch

I hand-picked the zipper and the lining on the inside to keep it in place.

Hand-picked Zipper
Hand-picked Zipper

I really love this dress, and I think I’ll be making a few more.  I definitely want one in a print for a casual day dress…maybe my Spoonflower designed fabric!


In other news, my Britex Flocking Birds printed silk arrived, so I’ll have to make a decision on what it should become when it grows up – blouse? skirt?  Any suggestions?  I only have a yard so I’m pretty limited.  Apparently it’s now sold out and they will not be getting it back in stock, so I need to do something special with this precious yard of Italian finery…

What will I become?
What will I become?

11 thoughts on “The Blue Sonja Dress

  1. Pretty dress! I think if you’ve only got 1 yard of the bird fabric, I’d lean towards a blouse–the Sewaholic Alma maybe? I’ll bet you could squeeze out one of the short sleeved versions.

    1. Thank you! Oh that vogue pattern is beautiful and I love your version of it! I’ve already started cutting out the Minna Blouse from Salme patterns for this fabric, but I’ll have to try Vogue 8815 soon.

  2. Found you because you found me!
    Great dress. I have yet to do a hand picked zipper. Really nice job!
    The bird print has to be a blouse. You will want that beautiful print by your face since so many people will be looking at it. Obviously just my opinion. 🙂

    1. Thank you! And it’s so nice to “meet” you 🙂 Thank you for the suggestion. Luckily, I did decide on a blouse for the bird-print. I am hopeful that I’ll have it finished in a few days, but I’m not so great at sewing during the week, so we’ll see how it goes.

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