Hot! The “Apple” Sundress

The Facts
Fabric: apple printed worn cotton duvet cover, given to me by a friend; well-worn old sleeveless shirt for the flat piping and pocket binding; white muslin for bodice lining, $2
Pattern: Pattern Runway Gathered Sundress
Year: contemporary
Notions: store-bought piping from stash, self-made flat piping, invisible zip
Time to complete: about 7 hours?
First worn: 6/16
Wear again: yes
Total cost: about $4

For this challenge, I wanted to make a carefree sundress to keep me happy in the urban heat.  Summer vacation means I’ll be doing lots of fun stuff about town with my daughter, like going to museums, playgrounds, and the beach.  We’ll also spend a week in the Adirondacks at guitar camp.  I think this dress will do me well in all of those situations.  Both the duvet cover and the shirt had seen a lot of use before they found their way to this dress.  I love the well-broken-in softness and beachy, casual feel to the fabrics.  The shirt has an embroidered pineapple pattern that you can see a little on the pocket binding.

The pdf pattern was easy to put together and the instructions were well-organized and full of tips– great, professional design overall.  I cut the armholes a little deeper.  I believe the technical term for this is lowering the armscye.  Anyways, I did that, and I also cut off about 6 inches from the skirt length because it was looking pretty frumptastic.  I like it a lot better shorter, but I’ve now collected enough evidence to conclusively determine that I just don’t like dirndl skirts on me.

I wanted piping on both waistband seams, but I ran out of store-bought piping (leftover from another project) after I did the top seam.  So I made my own by cutting bias strips and folding them in half wrong sides together.  I actually like my flat piping better.  Now that I know how easy it is, I’ll be adding this feature to future creations.  I’m pleased with how the bodice lining turned out– all beautiful and clean inside.  Sewing weekly is really starting to show!




Lee is a highly educated stay at home mom with a lot of projects. She lives in New York City.


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  1. That is super cute!!

  2. Lovely dress, you will certainly look nice running around with your daughter in that.

  3. Love your dress. Perfect use for that fabric.

  4. Oh…soooooooooo cute..Looks great on you.

  5. So pretty! I would wear this dress. I love the colors and the piping. It’s looks great!

  6. So cute! I love all the little details. Very well done.

  7. That is unbelievably cute! Yay!

  8. Love that fabric, and this style is fantastic on you! I love all the piping details, especially your flat piping – what a great idea!

  9. Lee, this looks gotgeous on you. Love the color palette. I spent thr day at the Met. I bet you and your daughter would love the rooftop sculpture. You can actually walk through the sculpture. You need to wear flat rubber shoes or sneakers. Go to the 4th floor. Tickets are free but assigned to a time slot. Really cool views of the city.

    • Awesome, thank you! She’ll love the roof and maybe I can bribe (ahem, I mean positively reward) her to go to the Prada-Schiaparelli exhibit.

  10. Darling! I love how you used your homemade piping on the waist and pockets. That’s a very pretty detail. I always make my own piping now. I buy cording from jo-Anns and sandwich it in the folded fabric. Then I stitch it in, but not too close as the final stitching will be when I attach it to the garmet. Usually I cut on the bias, but for decorative piping, I bet it doesn’t matter.

  11. This is a beautifully done sundress! Lee, you look adorable!

  12. This is so sweet and the colours are beautiful on you. Love your piping and the colour. It looks so comfy to wear.

  13. So cute! I love the print and the piping details!

  14. Absolutely adorable, I love your piping and trim details! That apple fabric has a vintage feel to it that I would be drawn to as well. I bet your daughter likes it and wants one too: )

  15. What a beautiful job you’ve done Lee, I can imagine the bodice lining too. Wonderfully Summery too.

  16. A duvet? Get outta here! It’s wonderful!