Today is a very exciting day as I can finally announce the release of my next pattern, the Sheona dress and top.
Ever since I wrote my book “Sewing your dream wardrobe”, I knew that I wanted to create some sewing patterns that would be perfect for my day to day life and that -hopefully- many other sewists would find useful as well. As much as I love glamorous dresses and full skirts, my reality as a work-from-home woman is that I need clothes that have that “secret pajamas” element. Clothes that are comfortable, so that I would want to take off my pajamas in the morning and wear something more appropriate for work. But also clothes that I can style up or down depending on the occasion.
And what does everyone think of when you say the words “comfortable clothes”? Well, you guessed it! Jersey fabrics!
So my very first sewing pattern couldn’t be anything else than a super simple knit shift dress and top. But, in its simplicity, this pattern offers unlimited options! And that’s why I love it so much. The package includes 5 different versions, which you can see in the line drawings below, but apart from those, its hacking potential is amazing! For that reason, in the following weeks I will be sharing with you hacking tutorials on how to change it up a little and create more than 20 different variations. Talk about versatility, right?
As with all SMYLY patterns, the Sheona dress and top comes in a big range of sizes, starting from a size 4 and going up to a size 28. You can have a look at the sizing chart below.
It is also available in 2 languages, English and Greek and comes along with a free sewalong video to help you in case you encounter a problem. So, if you ask me, this is the perfect pattern to start your dressmaking journey with, if you are a novice in sewing in general or just a beginner in sewing with knit fabrics.
The pattern is a digital download only, but it includes 2 options: an A4/US letter size to print and assemble at home and an A0 file to send to a copy shop. Whatever you prefer, I got you covered! (See this guide on how to assemble your PDF pattern)
The muse for this pattern couldn’t be anyone else than the lovely Sheona of Sewisfaction. Sheona introduced herself to the sewing community through her YouTube channel and quickly became known for her charming personality and talent. Her passion for fabric buying was the reason why she decided to start her own business and opened her lovely fabric and sewing studio in 2017.
Now, let’s have a look at the different versions, shall we?
Version 1 is a simple shift dress. Classic, elegant and comfy. You can adjust the length to create an above-the-knee dress or a longer dress, depending on what you like to wear.
Version 2 is the ultimate T-shirt pattern. Easy to wear, perfect to style it up or down and able to look completely different, depending on your fabric choice.
Version 3 is a dress with a wide ruffle at the hem. This romantic style is so cute, don’t you think?
Version 4 is a simple top with a ruffled hem, that sits on your hips. You can adjust the ruffle height to sit on your natural waist if you prefer that look, but no matter what you choose, I’m sure you will just love it!
Version 5 is essentially the same as Version 1, a shift dress. But the added narrow ruffle at the sleeves and hem give the dress a completely different vibe. More playful, a bit more girly and very on trend.
All versions have options for short sleeves or 3/4 length sleeves, which makes this pattern appropriate for all seasons. Just choose the right fabric and you’ll be making Sheona dresses and tops all year long! Be careful though, it can be completely addictive, considering the fact that it needs very little fabric, too. It is the perfect stash buster!
If you want to see all the versions in action, make sure you check out my vlog, where I am talking in more detail about the pattern.
And if I convinced you that this pattern shouldn’t be missing from your stash, you can go ahead and purchase your copy from my shop.
You can also check out the Sheona Hacks series I did, where I created 15 different versions out of this pattern and that all come with detailed tutorials on my blog.
I really hope you love Sheona as much as I do and I can’t wait to see all of your versions! Don’t forget to tag me @athinakakou on Instagram so I can see your makes and also use the hashtag #aksheona so that everyone can admire them!
Also, check out my blog post on fabric recommendations for your Sheona versions by clicking on the image below.