The Hally Dress

Oh, hey, I am blogging! :) (I miss blogging, I miss sewing every day...) Summer is still in full swing around here. Usually we have summery days until at least mid October. And sometimes those are the perfect summer days, with the best beach days. So, I am still sewing things for our summer wardrobe. This is my latest make. It's the Hally Casual Dress, one of the patterns available through One Thimble #16, a digital sewing magazine that was out a couple of days ago. I am joining today the official OT16 blog tour, follow along with us to get to know several new PDF patterns and be inspired!

If you follow this blog you already know all about One Thimble and how much I love it. If not, well, here it goes: One Thimble is a sewing digital magazine, full of PDF patterns, articles, tips & tutorials. (You can see my previous posts and reviews of previews issues here: five (the Moku Shorts/Culottes), six (the Multi-Apron)seven (the Jukebox Dress)eight (the Jackalope Tee and the Fedora Hat)nine (the Carnival Jacket)
ten (the Playproof Dungarees and the Willow Dress)eleven (Wild Things Baby Shoes and the Bear & Bunny Baby Quilt), twelve (Calla Lilly Crop Top), thirteen (the Sakuro Clutch), fourteen (Wild Things Hotties), fifteen (the Philippa blouse, the Pom Pom beret and the Hipster Teddy Bear).

If you haven't yet had a look on OT issue 16 go see it now

The Hally Casual Dress, a pattern by Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns.

A floral cotton print from Miss Matatabi. (Do you spy the little pink bunnies and fawns? So cute!)

This pattern is available in sizes 1-12. Although the chart put my model on size 5 for width I made a size 7 (width) combined with size 9 for length. I am all about making one or two sizes up these days so the clothes last longer (at least for this and next year's summer). So, you can see in some photos that is does look a bit large on the sides and neckline, but it's just because of my decision, not because of the pattern itself. I trust Ainslee Fox patterns, I've used them before and they're great! I totally recommend them. (No compensation for saying this, I might add. :) )

This pattern has a couple of great features: it has no closures (because of the elastic at the back it goes on and off through the head easily), it has side panels and front and back gathered skirt pieces, the bias trim straps make a cute triangle cut-out detail at the front bodice (love it!).

This pattern is rated as an Intermediate level. Regarding construction and techniques used, it offers two different methods of making the bias trim straps. One is mind blowing and sort of difficult (but totally amazing!) and the other (the one I'm using here) is easier but still trickier at some steps. I had a couple of head scratching moments but I got over it. The end result is so satisfying that I am glad I picked this pattern. Love it!! 

Issue 16th of One Thimble is themed "Under the Sea" and offers lots of mermaids and tritons inspired patterns. Here's what you'll get with this issue: 

PDF patterns: 
- High Tide Trousers 
- Triton Tank
- Scuttle shorts
- Hally Dress
- Miss Olivia dress (ladies)
- Pearlie dress (girls knit dress)
- Makana Mermaid Skirt
- Melody Mermaid Tail
- Mermaid pocket doll & shell (felt doll)
- two free motion appliques 

Articles & Tutorials:
- Fabricadabra
- Project Kin
- How to create a custom stamp
- How to make an aquarian felt mask 
- How to insert a glue-in purse frame
- Understading cork fabric
- Your guide to HTV (heat transfer vinyl) and templates
- Tulle skirt overlay tutorial
- a couple of craft/sewing business articles

Go check One Thimble issue 16 now! 

Make sure to stop by on all participating blogs. You will find a lot of great inspiration! 

Blog Tour Kickoff: Pattern Revolution
8/11/2017 | Sewing with Sarah  |  GAAF Machine
8/12/2017  | Call Ajaire  | Happy Okapi  | Idle Sunshine

Want a free copy of One Thimble #16? One Thimble is giving away one copy of this amazing issue to one reader! Just try your chance by entering the rafflecopter below! 

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Happy sewing! 


  1. Oh what a wonderful dress! Didn't know One Thimble till now... will find lot's of inspiration indeed in their digital magazines. I have to try the Magazine once, but therefore want to give it a chance first here ;-)

  2. Oh Sara, this dress is perfection. I don't think it looks too big, it looks perfect for hot summer days. You have convinced me, I need to make one for my big girlie! Great to have you back by the way ;)

  3. Wonderful to see you back on our beloved interwebs! And a beautiful dress on a lovely girl...can't wait to see what's next for you!

  4. This is such a gorgeous dress, Sara. I love all the beautiful things you make for your children - and your photographs are so lovely, too!


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