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Introducing the Sloan Dress!

Fabric and fitting tips to help you sew this bubble sleeve dress.

Posted in: Patterns • April 1, 2024

Do you remember those bubble skirts from the past? With the Sloan dress, you can sew bubble sleeves! This dress is designed to be fitted, featuring darts that extend into a tuck below the waist on the front, fish eye darts on the back, a slit along the center front seam, and lined gathered sleeves. It has a high, round neckline and closes with an invisible zipper at the center back.

Make a statement with a spring dress in your favorite wovens, like linen, chambray, quilting cotton, or rayon. Or sew a special occasion dress out of sateen, brocade, taffeta, or satin.

The member bonus for Sloan features leg-of-mutton-inspired short sleeves.

Fabric and Fit

Fabric recommendations: Look for stable medium-weight woven fabrics such as linen, linen blends, sateen, chambray, shirting, quilting cotton, rayon, brocade, taffeta, and satin.

Fabric qualities to look for: The bubble sleeves are the stand-out feature of this dress. Consider the effect you want when you’re picking out fabric. Drapier fabrics, like rayon and linen blends, will give you softer bubbles, while fabrics with more body, like brocade and taffeta, will give you more pronounced bubbles. Fabrics with a crisper hand, like shirting, will lend a crisp effect to the sleeves, while fabrics with a softer hand, like double gauze, will give a fluffier effect.

Seamwork members, take advantage of your member deals this month! You can save up to 20% off your order here.

Fitting tips:

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Ambassador Projects

Some of the Seamwork Ambassadors sewed up the Sloan dress already!

Laurel sewed the bonus version of Sloan.

“I totally fell in love with the bonus sleeve, and I'm already planning one in linen for a more casual summer vibe. I legit love this pattern.”

Kathy sewed the Sloan dress from a thrifted vintage bedsheet.

“The Sleeves! And how quick and easy it was to put together! Only four pieces to cut! Looks like it would take forever but it didn’t.”

Kari sewed the Sloan dress in a black eyelet, with the scalloped border at the hem.

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