I’m slightly obsessed with neon pink right now.
I want to sew it on everything, and anything.
And maybe it’s because the color goes so well with Boardwalk Delight Fabrics?
Or maybe it’s cause I just plain-old love bright colors, and the 80s.
Either way, Melissa from Melly Sews is hosting her annual 30 Days of Sundresses. And she asked me to be part of it! And to make it extra exciting, she’s also sharing her new book called Sundressing to go along!
The book has so many darling designs for women, children, teens, and plus sizes.
I was so, so tempted to make this cute yellow dress and copy it exactly. Ahhh! Love it! I might still need to make it.
And maybe this one for Clara too. Who doesn’t love a “ballerina dress” that can be worn in every season?
The cool thing about Melissa’s book is that she teaches you how to modify pattern pieces. In fact, you pick out your age/size and then there’s really only one pattern piece you need. Melissa shows you how to change up that one basic pattern piece to make many different dresses.
I love this coral Olive Dress. So beautiful and classic.
I would definitely say this book is not for a beginner. It will take some sewing experience and previous pattern reading to following along the modification instructions. But with so many Beginner type books out there, it’s nice to have something for intermediate/advanced sewers…something that teaches you a new trick and gives you new confidence!
There’s a lot of good information packed into one book.
And for my little Clara doll I decided to make a dress inspired by the Bellevue:
I switched it up a bit, adding a V-neckline, a High-Low hem, no chiffon, etc. But that’s also the beauty of the book. She encourages you to take your own spin on things.
I also added some basic KID shorts under the dress since the fabric was a bit see-through (and I taped the two pattern pieces together just so I could skip the side seam step–like I did here).
And then at the last minute I cut a scrap of fabric and tied it around her waist, and liked it even more. Cause I’m sure there’s some gray area between “lingerie” and “children’s wear”….but I’m calling this a Sundress.
The best part is, on Saturday I asked her to go get dressed and this is what she picked out!
And we knew exactly where she was all day at Owen’s baseball game.
I guess Neon fabric is practical afterall.
Okay, do you want to try out Melissa’s book Sundressing??
Today we’re giving away One Copy.
• Leave a comment, that’s it!
• Open to US residents only.
• ONE winners will be picked via random.org
• Giveaway ends Sunday night, 6/19/16 at 10pm Central time.
And now head over to Melly Sews to see all the other Sundress creations.
For THIRTY days, various bloggers and sewers are sharing their dresses!
Love 30 days of sundresses!! Look forward to this every year!!!
Ooh! I’d love to make something breezy and light to throw on in the evenings after a day of hot yard work!
Just love your sewing !!
What a great book! Thanks for sharing!
Wow! Neon pink! What could be more little girly? Love what you did with this. Thanks for sharing.
This book is exactly what I have been wanting!
Looks like a great book! So inspiring!
I’ve been wanting a book with patterns for kids and grownups, so this one looks perfect!
I love the dress and the neon pink fabric!
Such a cute dress, I’d love this book to try some dresses, my little could live in them all summer!
Such a great book! Functional & fun! Thank you so much!
Clara is growing up so fast! I love it when my brothers pick out something I’ve sewn to wear too. That’s great that there’s a book for more intermediate sewers; what fun dresses!
Ooo! I would exactly copy that yellow dress too!! ….And then make all the dresses!! Love your neon pink dress especially that last photo of Clara with her matching sunglasses!! Thanks for the giveaway!
This book is just what I need! I have tiny girls and we have given up on finding clothing that fits them in the stores. Sundresses are the only way to go!
My girls love to wear dresses in the summer, what could be cooler in 100 degree Iowa humidity!
This is adorable!
What an awesome book! I’ve been busy setting little summer outfits and dresses for my two girls. Thanks for the opportunity!
So cute! I’d love make a few for my little peanut! ☺️
Love it! I’m still new to sewing dresses but have been doing it for the almost the past 3 years sewing clothes for my daughter. It always makes me smile when she puts on the dresses that I’ve made for her and I would love to create more for her in the future as she gets older. Also, I’d like to try my hand at boys clothes too for my little guy.
I love solid colors too! We have the same tastes for fabric.
I just love Melly’s Sundress book and the beautiful little inspired dress you created for Clara. LOVE the alternate neckline!
Looks like an awesome book. My girls would be thrilled … And me, too, if I get around to sew something for myself 😉
Dress is so stinking cute!
I love sun dresses and the way you can adjust/make changes!
I can’t wait to start sewing sundress for my little girl! The book is so my style of sewing! I love taking a pattern and then modifying it to what I want!
Love the neon pink dress and what you did with it. Melissa comes up with some wonderful ideas (yep I follow her and she is great!!).
Thanks for the chance to win …
If I don’t win this is totally going on my birthday/Christmas list!!!
I love it. Making dresses for my daughter and niece makes me feel amazing.
I love sundresses for my girls. Lovely dress on Clara.
So cute, I’m impressed! One of my friends was raving about a certain brand of kids clothing recently, and everything was so simple and basic, I kept thinking why buy that, I could make it!
Looks like I useful and well done book. Thanks for sharing it with us.
I love your take on that dress! Your little gal looks adorable in it too!
I love it! She needs some jelly sandals and she is set!
That dress is gorgeous! I love sheerish fabrics a little too much.
And that book looks amazing!
With 3 girls, I make a LOT of dresses! I’d love a chance to win this book! Thanks!
I love the neon on your daughter. My DIL is always asking me to make things neon for the grands too. Make them easier to spot when they are up in trees!
I am in love with dresses and skirts right now! I would love a little more inspiration than all the t -shirt dresses I have been making!
I never thought I would want to sew a neon dress, but now I do!! So cute!
I love sewing for my daughter. I would love some new patterns for summer!
I love everything you create! This book looks amazing, with 5 girls I know I would use quite a few ideas!
love the dress! book sounds great 🙂
I love your patterns and your website! I had never used a sewing machine before I found your website, now I sew all of the time! This book looks amazing! I already sew dresses all of the time for my little sisters, so now I will have to order this book:)
What a great dress book! And a most generous giveaway!
I would love to win the book… and that’s Clara?!?! I totally thought it was Lucy when I glanced at the first picture. When did she get so big?!?
Love the pink also! I’d love to have this book!
Love it! An intermediate book would be fab!
I love her 30 days of sundress series. Love your version!!!! I thought Clara was Lucy on one of these pictures haha good thing I read the whole post
Love your blog. I’ve found so many good ideas about sewing for my grandlings. How fun to make them sundresses!
I’ve only done a few dresses for my daughter. None for myself! I’d love some simple options; I’ve only sewn for a few years but I’d love a little challenge!
I haven’t made any clothes for a while & need a reason to get out of my funk. This definitely looks like a good reason!
I love sundresses! That pink dress is so perfect. I’m excited for a book that is more of an intermediate book. Would love to learn more pattern skills
Love your take for Clara’s sundress! She rocks it!
Love Melly Sews! And love your mods for Claras dress! Super fun!
How cute! I’d love to be inspired and challenged by what looks like a great book.
Would love to try to sew this for the summer!
I love sewing dresses for my daughter and I’m always trying to change the patterns so this sounds like a great Book!
This book looks awesome!!
This book looks like a lot of fun!
Would so love to win!
Love the dress and the book sounds amaaaaaaazing! It is now on my Christmas list 😉
This sounds like a fabulous book.
Looks like a great book and what an adorable dress!
I’d love it!
So cute! I love kids in neon and the added bonus of being able to keep track of them is a win.
Looks like a great book!
Love the dress and neon pink! ????
Love it! Actually getting ready to purchase some fabric this week to make a sundress.
Clara is just the cutest and that little dress is darling! Looks like a great book!
That book sounds great! So nice to have such a variety of projects and instructions in one resource.
Love neon pink and the dress you made with it. Would love to own this book.
Enjoy seeing all the creations for summer sundresses and Melly’s new book looks like it has lots of new ideas.
So many dresses! And just in time for summer! This would be a great way to get ready for beach trips and sunny days galore!
Melissa does such a great job with this book! I am super excited to have her at Designer Joi’s Sewing Holiday this year in July!
Oh this couldn’t be better timing, we are finally unoacking the craft/sewing supplies after our move and I’m dying to make a few sundresses for my Alice and was just scratching my head in search of direction to best patterns which can be modified to my esthetic. Thank you Dana!
So cute!!! Such a fun idea to focus on just one type of clothing.
So adorable! Nothing better than dresses in summer, I’d LOVE to try the book!
With 6 Grandgirls this book would be really handy for me! I am always sewing for them!
I love that this book has plus-sizes as well! that’s a rare find!
I would love to win this but will definitely be getting a copy one way or the other! LOVE the hot pink!
2With 4 granddaughters I need this book!
Absolutely LOVE this sundress!!!!! Getting this book! Thank you for sharing.
What fun! I just made a sundress for my daughter, but I’d love some more options.
Oh I really like t fabric! That color would be practical, in finding kids. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!
I love sundresses!!!!
Love the book! And your adorable neon dress!
Wonderful job on the sundress! That book looks awesome:)
What an amazing idea for a book… I just love sewing sundresses, and love to wear them and put them on my daughter even more!
I really need sundresses, so winning this book would be a great inspiration.
Yay!! Love this!! I now have a little girl to sew for. Look forward to checking out 30 days of sundresses!!
Everything you make just seems so Bright & Happy 🙂 Love it all!
Adorable little girl in a great dress!
There is a reason why friends wore sundresses all summer long in Mississippi. They work all summer long.
Ooooooh, I’ve had my eye on this book! (I follow Melissa, too!) Dresses are hands down my favorite type of garment to sew…I think it’s because I have the type of body that is hard to make pants for. Thanks for sharing and teaming up for the giveaway!
Yes please!!! How awesome is that pink dress!!! I’d love to make one.
Such a fun dress for Clara! I’ve been excited about this book and now that I’m seeing more of what everyone is making I’m feeling more inspired!
I want this book!! What a great idea, sundresses for kids to adults. Awesome!
Dying to try out her book!
This books is super intriguing to me…
I would love this book
Oh my goodness! This book look amazing!!
This looks like so much fun to make and wear!
This book looks fabulous!! I would LOVE to win!
I love looking at all these beautiful creations. I’m a beginning sewist, so I love to look at sites like this for ideas and inspiration.
This book would make for some fun summer sewing!
How exciting, I love the sneakpeek I’ve seen so far in this post.
Love melly’s patterns! Your version is adorable!
What a beautiful book, and such a cute dress! I am looking at your Clara thinking “how can she be so grown up?” The same way I look at my littlest girl. Time flies.
Love sundresses and so excited to be making my own for my daughter and I! B
oh i could definitely use some new summer dresses in my life… this book looks like the perfect place to start!
Looks like such a fun book!
Dana, you’re the best! Because of your tutorials, I have found the confidence to sew like a pro. Thank you for all that you do!
I have been following Melissa for quite some time now and love all the things that she does! I have a couple of both her woman’s and kids patterns in my to do list. This book would sure help me as I am a true beginner! Thanks for the offer!!
love the samples you showed from the book! would love to win the book to try some out myself 🙂
This looks like a great book!
What an AWESOME book!! Adorable lil’ Model too!! 🙂 I have a Grangirlie that would Looooove to have such great outits!! Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way!! 😀
I love the classic simplicity of these dresses! Why spend hours to make a sundress when the sun is out!!
3 girls in the house=lots of dresses already but…we’d love more dresses please! Thank you for sharing this beautiful book!
So cute! Your daughter is precious in her new dress!
I need more dresses in my life!
Well, now I am happy I moved to the USA a few weeks ago 🙂 This book sounds really great, although it might be challenging for an intermediate seamstress who’s not yet used to English sewing terminology… I definitely like what I am seeing here, the examples of the book itself, but also your version, especially with the moderations! I also LOVE the fabric, where did you find that? (I’m still trying to figure out how to do the better fabric-shopping here in the USA, it seems to be almost all online, and I’m not used to all the names for the apparel fabric, but I’m sure I will find it somewhere if I look a bit better 😉 ). In the fabric shops where I looked, the one fabric from your boardwalk design that I really wanted, was sold out! I’ll be quicker when it’s back in stock 😉 Must be really nice that it’s doing so well!
I love the sundress that you made, the modification to the pattern is marvelous!!!!
I love ow ss turned out! I love the shorts too. Kids are so active! No need to sesee undies! Lol the book looks awesome!
This book is for me! No longer beginner but still have plenty of room to learn a new trick/skill especially when it comes to modifying patterns.
Beautiful dresses!! Can’t wait to try for my niece. I love your videos and the way you clearly explain things!! I think I have watched all and tried many too!!
I’d love this book, but your Clara is too cute! How she is growing up is so much fun to watch! Thanks for all you do I love pink too.
I love what you did with the neon pink dress! It’s adorable and I really want to make it for my daughters. ????
THIS BOOK LOOKS AMAZING AND GREAT DRESSES FOR MY DAUGHTER CAN COME OUT OF IT 🙂
I would love this book! Summer dresses are my favorite!
Looks awesome!! Book sounds super fun
Looks great. And Clara is beautiful!
Very cute! And that book looks like lots of fun!
Hello, this is awesome to see that you have this book full of Sundresses!! I would really love to make some of those dresses from this book, they’re all so pretty. My daughter and nieces would love these dresses. The pink neon I like soooo much 🙂 that my favorite color!!!!
Looks like a fun book!
Love the dress! I love instruction books that help you customize everything
Love it! Thanks for the chance to win one!
Bright colors are great for kiddos. When we are going out to a park or something, I try to dress the kids in bright colors so it is easier to keep an eye on them in a sea of littles. 🙂
Her little dress is so so cute!
The neon pink is fabulous!
What a doll! I love the pink fabric and the high-lo hemline!
If only I had this book right now. It’s wedding season, and some sundresses would be awesome to wear to weddings!
I love sewing dresses! Everything looks beautiful!
Never really cared for neon pink until this pos . Now I need to get me some and try this book
My 7yo LOVES sundresses. I have one on the sewing table for her right now! I hunted far and wide to find a pattern for her and would love to check out this book!
Love the sundress, but when did little Miss Clara grow up?? She looks so mature and a lot like Lucy!! Cute cute CUTE!!!
Such a cute dress! And a great idea for a book!
Such a fun dress! Would love to try out so many of the dresses in the book.
Love it!!! What a perfect book for summer!!
I love summer – I love sundresses – I love sewing – I love everything about Dana’s MADE EVERYDAY blog/website/life/creativity/patterns/fabric/tutorials/and on and on – thanks for the chance for the great book and have a good day everyone.
I love the fact that this book also has for plus sizes. Its very difficult to find nice patterns in bigger sizes. And I love all the girls dresses for my 2 daughters. Love from San Antonio.
Looks like my kind of book!
I have been off my sewing game lately. This book might be just what I need to get back to it. Thanks for sharing!
I’m with you..neon everything for summer! Your tutorials are great because they make everything seem so easy and unintimidating ????
I would love, love, love to win this book. I have a daughter, after three boys, and love to sew for her. I have followed Melissa’s series for a couple years and the book would be a blessing to own☺
These all look lovely! Thanks for the giveaway!
Would love to win the pattern book ! Thanks for the giveaway.
Love the 30 days of sundresses series and a book just seems perfect. Also, I’d like to thank you for this blog. Many of my first sewing projects came from your tutorials and your kid shorts pattern is my absolute favorite pattern for my girls. I’m going to be so sad when my daughter doesn’t fit in it anymore next year! Thanks for all your hard work.
Would love this book. My girls love dresses.
Would love to win this book. I’m a newbie at sewing, but I’ve made several pillows with piping (thanks to your YouTube video!), napkins, and baby burp cloths (again, thanks for your videos!). Would love to try something new in this book. Thanks for the contest!
I love this dress! Where is this fabric from? I would love to win this book.
I love your tip about skipping the side seam on shorts. I make sleep shorts out of old sheets and this would save me TONS of time! Thanks! 🙂
I sure would love to win!!
That book looks amazing, thanks for sharing!!
Would love this for me and my girls!
Yo quiero un vestido como tu niña Clara!!
Que bonito y bonita la modelo.
Love the color!
I love her sundress series every summer, so of course I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!
So cute and comfy looking!
Super fun book! I love sewing dresses for my little girlies and also love tweaking and perfecting patterns..thanks for the giveaway!
I neeeeeed this book!!
I’m new to sewing with knits but I’d love to give it a try in some cute summer dresses!
This would be a great book for my daughter and I! thank you!
Totally awesome! Yes please!!
I’d love a copy of this!! I make sundresses for my girls all the time and I’d love to up my game a bit 🙂
I see Clara is taking after her Mom with lovely long blonde locks 🙂 Melly’s book looks fantastic I would love to win a copy, thanks for the chance.
I am excited about a book that is not all beginner patterns. That sounds so fun!
Everything about sundresses just cheers me up!!!
Looks like a great book. I love the 30 Days of Sundresses posts. Most things are nice and easy for someone like me, who hasn’t sewn in years.
I’ve watched all your YouTube tutorials and made everything I could from them, ready to move onto dresses now!
I just have enjoyed your tutorials ever since I started back to sew several years ago. You just make sewing so much fun while, at the same time, sticking to the rules so that garments turn out looking professional. Thank you so much for the neon pink sun dress which my grand daughters are certain to love. So much fun. And your new fabrics are fun too. My budget wants all of them.
Would love to sew something for me….my girl gets all my sewing action right now!
Adorable!!!!! I would love a new summer project!
Clara is a mini Lucy! Such a cute book, so many cute things to look at and make!
Love sundresses. Thanks for this post.
Just chanced upon your site and I’m hooked!
Sooo pretty! Would love to learn how to sew these sundresses!
LOVE YOUR SUNDRESS! LUCKY GIRL! AND THE NEW BOOK LOOKS AMAZING! I NEED TIO HAVE IT!
I would love to try a few of those patterns for my daughters!
I would love to try sewing dresses from the new book!
I can’t decide which one I want to make my granda.ughters first. Great patterns.
Those are stinkin’ adorable. I’ve been sewing off and on since I was a kid, and I would love to be more independent in modifying/designing of my own dresses for my kiddos.
Oh, pretty! I have a daughter who will wear nothing but sundresses in the summer. This would be perfect for my sewing library.
I’d love to win this! =)
Such a cute dress!
Awesome! I love following your blog for many, many reasons. One being, I have 3 kids the same ages and you inspire me. It’s blowing my mind how grown up Clara looks! My youngest was born a couple weeks later and still looks toddler-esque (to me anyway). Just wanted to say hi! As always, love your stuff! ????
What a fun book! I would love to use it.
That neon dress is adorable! Love the idea of being able to alter something to exactly what I am looking for. It sounds like a great book. And who doesn’t love sundresses??!!
Love sundresses! Would love to win this book! Thank you.
I love sundresses! They’re so comfortable in the Nebraska heat and humidity. I’m planning to make a few to get me through July and August.
I love the neon pink you chose for this dress! Awesome details too, the high low style and v-neck. I’d also want to make shorts for my daughter. That way she can play freely in this dress. Thanks for sharing!
What a clever book!I love multiple choice patterns!
Very nice. I really need a few sundresses. Thank you.
This in my first year to see a sundress book and I love the variety of dresses.
Very cute dress on a very cute little girl! I agree that there aren’t enough books out there to challenge the more intermediate sewers. I love the idea of pattern adaptation.
Summer’s hot period. When you’re hot you don’t want to be encumbered with clothes. Sundressing is the perfect solution!
What a nice review of the book – so many fun ideas. Your Neon sundress is fabulous and your daughter adorable – Happy summer!!
I love the idea of a different sundress everyday! My little girl loves wearing dresses.
So pretty…sundresses all summer!
Thanks for the giveaway. I love neon pink, too 🙂
love the dress and also love neon pink. thank you for the chance to win one of Mellys books. 🙂
I’m so looking forward to this book! Melissa’s tutorials and instructions are top notch!
Looking forward to some of these looks and many more to come for our new Grand!! Yea for internet helpers! :>) MS
Love that this teaches how to customize. I’ve been running into the problem of needing to adjust things a lot! 🙂
Love your blog and love Melissa’s book! So, naturally, I’d love to win that copy.
Great looking neon pink sundress combo – would love to own the book. Thanks for hosting this contest and giving us a peak at it’s contents!
I love hot pink too!! What a great idea to tape together the pattern pieces for the shorts. Will definitely try it next time.
Nothing says summer like sundresses! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. Fingers crossed for the win. 🙂
I would love to win this book! The dress you made looks beautiful on Clara. Thanks for the opportunity 🙂
I’m a new convert to sundresses, myself, and it was great to find this series! Not having had girls, I get to sew them selfishly just for me … and the nieces, of course! Many thanks
One can never have enough Sundresses, or patterns that stretch your skills. Love the pink.
Little Clara is a fashion diva in her hot pink sundress! I really like the spin you put on the Bellevue dress, especially the V-neck and the tie belt. It looks comfy, fashionable and cool…would look great on a mama too!
Love the little girl neon pink sundress and shorts
Love the neon pink sundress and shorts
I like the alterations you made to the original pattern. So many possibilities here. ????
Would love to win the book. The dresses look awesome. Like the idea that you can make several sizes by just changing a few pattern pieces. Thank you.
These are just so gorgeous! I’m swooning over everything
You are so talented. I love the fabric you chose and how you made it your own! You’re daughter looks adorable.
Great looking book and an always great blog! I love your stuff!
Too cute! These sundresses would be great for hot south GA!
Swoon!! I hope I win the book…I have an eleven year old daughter that still allows me to sew for her. And will occasionally agree to match her seven year old sister. This book would be perfect!!
I love sundresses! Can’t wait to get my sewing machine unpacked -we are in the middle of a move!!!
I love this neon pink dress! This book looks fun!
I would love to win this book! I have 2 granddaughters, 2 great-nieces, my sister and myself to make beautiful sundresses for. 🙂
Cute dress! And good children locating strategy lol I will have to try that with mine.
Love the child’s dress. I can see my 3 grand daughters in one like that. Too cute
I like the dress and how you adapted it. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
I want to make one in my size!
I love the neon!
Neon/ bright colors are always fun! I almost consider it a necessity with my boys to put them in bright colors. It’s nice at the playground etc to be able to keep up with them visually easily:)
I love everything you post! I am excited about the sundress book. Please post MORE videos!
Absolutely the best patterns I have ever seen!!! My mom made my dresses when I was little and I can’t wait to get this book and make these for my granddaughters!!!
Thank you, you are very talented!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The neon pink is such a great color! Would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks!
I need this dress in my life!! this is absolutely adorable!!
I love this. I just finished making the bridesmaid dresses for my daughter’s wedding. This looks like a nice switch.
What a great book! How exciting it would be to win and be able to make all those beautiful clothes!
Love all of these sundresses! Between my 3 adult daughters, 2 little granddaughters, and myself, I know I could get a lot of use out of it!
Love the pink! And the attitude with the sunglasses
I love it! Thanks for doing a giveaway!
That dress looks amazing!
Love sundresses!! Super cute blog!
I love neon for my kids too, so that I can see them on a beach full of people. My daughter would love some new dresses. Thank you!
Such a cute dress!!! My daughter is obsessed with dresses, and only dresses, so this book would be perfect for her!!
Adorable as always! I shy away from making clothing bc it scares me (I stick to purses and totes). Wonder if this book could change my mind…?
Drat! I was off at Yellowstone and then a family reunion in the middle of nowhere with no internet. Love the pink and this looks like a great book to add to my arsenal!
I’ve followed you for a long time, but never commented. This dress is soooo cute! I’ve never been awesome at v-necks.
I would love love love this!!!
Love it! So many possibilities.
Beautiful. Perfect summer wardrobe.
Hi, thank you so much for all your wonderful information. Since I live in the opposite hemisphere (Australia), is there an archive area on your site so that i can read past posts about the opposite seasons?
Warm regards from Melbourne which was a wet and cold 14 degrees today.
Hi Gloria! I don’t have month/year archives, but everything is here! The best thing to do is search for posts containing the subject you want, or look in the tutorials section (menu at the top). Thanks for reading. 🙂
Wow! I love that dress and the website sounds awesome with all the options! I will have to check them out!