Tied Summer Dress Remix {because it’s still summer here}

Well, friends, it’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally revisited the Tied Summer Dress. It’s been my favorite sundress pattern for a couple of years now–simple, comfortable, beautiful and easy to make. Awhile ago I was working toward offering the old version as a free pattern download, but since there are a few dresses like it out there already, I decided to mix it up a little first. I don’t think anyone can claim to be completely original all the time, but this version of the dress feels like it came straight out of my own brain. And I am therefore very proud of it. πŸ™‚

If you would still like to make a dress like my original version, you can use the Oliver + S Popover Sundress pattern to get started. The biggest difference between my version and theirs is that my yoke was curved and the dress silhouette was more A-lined.

OK, so what’s different about this version of the Tied Summer Dress, you ask? Well, first of all, there are no yokes on this dress. The front is adorned with some ruffled lace, piping and bias tape, which all together gives it plenty of stability.

The back was one of those lighting strikes of inspiration that I can never quite anticipate. One moment I was going to make the back almost the same as the front and then, BAM, no I wasn’t. It’s as simple as that. And I love it.

The truth is, you could use the style of the back for the front as well and have a very beautiful, simple, dress. I love the versatility of this dress.

The fabric I used here is from the Hello Pilgrim line by Lizzy House and it is legend.. wait for it… dary! The color is Spring Meadow in Green and Turquoise and I love it to death. Seriously, the whole line is phenomenal and if I wasn’t up to my ears in fabric already I would buy more right. now.

I’m currently working on a tutorial for this dress that will most likely come to you in three parts because some of the details are pretty involved. Let’s face it, no one’s going to read through a mile long tutorial, so I’ll break it up a little. That way, people who are only interested in the pockets can access the pocket tutorial, etc.

I’m really looking forward to delving back into tutorials. After a busy summer filled with other priorities my creativity is running totally rampant, which is why I didn’t blog much last week. I simply spent too much time sewing.

But at this moment I’m going to close the laptop, open up a bottle of wine and collapse on the couch next to my honey. He just worked four twelves in a row and I feel like I haven’t seen him in forever. Life sometimes just picks me up like a river and carries me a way and before I know it, we haven’t spent quality time together in five days. I don’t like that and I’m aiming to fix it.

Wow, this post took a random turn.

I think tomorrow I’ll get even more random and give you a Family Update. There hasn’t been one of those in a long time.

Thanks for reading, friends! I hope you enjoy these pictures of my darling Abby as much as I do. Love, Caila πŸ™‚


  1. says

    That dress has to be the best yet – just like all the other ‘best yet’ adorable dresses you have made – ha! And sweet Abby is just the perfect model. A natural, for sure! Those eyes..

  2. says

    Darling pictures, darling dress…i want to make one!! it is 98 here today and fall does not even seem close. Hello Pilgrim was one of my favorites too, but then there isn’t much modern fabric I don’t like!!

    • says

      I hope you do make one with the tutorial! It’s going to be hot here FOREVER, so I might make a couple more before Fall hits us Californians in Novemeber. πŸ™‚

  3. Amanda says

    Hi Caila,

    I just stumbled upon your website from a picture on Pinterest. Is this pattern of your tied summer dress still available? I love it!

    Thank you,