Hot! Down Under: Mendocino by Heather Ross

This week for the down under theme, I decided to make the Mendocino dress by Heather Ross.  I believe this pattern was put out in 2008.  This dress will be a favorite in my wardrobe – reasons, you ask? Well, you can dress it up or dress it down, all depending on your accessories, who doesn’t love that!?  It doesn’t take a lot of thought and it’s an easy and comfortable thing to throw on for either day or evening.

The fabric was chosen by one of the lovely gals at my favorite local shop.  Dark brown is not necessarily the color that a pale blond with green eyes would choose, but I think the pattern is perfect for this dress. Plus, it’s not as “harsh” as black and really is a lovely fabric.


Sundress in winter

Mendocino dress in the middle of winter!

The details:

Fabric: Cloud 9 (Heather Moore) Hydrangeas organic fabric, 2 1/2 yards fabric to include dress and pockets

Pattern: Heather Ross Mendocino dress, can be found for free download online

Year: pattern is from 2008

Notions:Elastic thread, matching thread for bodice, hemming

Time to complete: 4 hours

Wear again: Yes, many times, I believe

Total cost: Approximately $20-$25

I love that I made the decision to post this photo on the day that Colorado is projected to get 12+ inches of snow.  I don’t know what possessed me to go outside in the snow storm, but it makes for a good story.





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  1. Great dress! Cute fabric. I hope you weren’t out in that snow for long!

  2. This fabric is indeed lovely! I love the dress style you chose – it really lets the fabric shine! Well done for braving the cold and snow for these pictures!

  3. Great way to showcase that gorgeous fabric. Hope the southeast gets some of that snow that dropped on you. Cold, wind, rain, and flurries, but no accumulation. Would love a round of sundress snowball fights ;-)

  4. Pretty dress, it matches the snow!

  5. Thanks gals! It was a really fun dress to make and it was definitely cold outside! Great photo opportunity for the theme, though!