Lily Sage and Co Vacation Dress

Are you loving the cold shoulder trend? I am seeing it everywhere! Admittedly, I was uncertain about the trend, but I was convinced after I made one as a sample for spring quilt market.

I made my Lily Sage and Co Chloe Dress out of some fabric I had purchased from last year’s Cotton + Steel popular Rifle Paper Co collection. I am already dreaming of going on vacation this year, but until we actually do, this dress is perfect.


It’s such an easy, quick sew, too! It requires quite a bit of bias binding for the neckline and sleeves, so if you’re new to sewing bias tape, take your time. Unfortunately, the pattern pieces aren’t trued (I find this to be common among indie patterns), so you’ll need to correct the pattern piece in order for the hem to lay flat and smooth.


According to the pattern, she designs patterns for taller silhouettes (5’8″), so I initially expected to remove a few inches (I’m 5’1″), but after piecing the pattern together, I realized it was more of a tunic length than dress length. I added 2″ to the hemline for it to fall just above the knee on me, which is perfect for chasing a toddler and daily life. I am a “true” proportionate petite, so average and tall friends, consider adding length to the “dress” or it will likely be tunic length…which may be what you want.


Are you on board with any of the other spring/summer trends? I’m working on a pair of wide leg pants, and I may join in on the Mcall’s sew-along and make a pair of overalls. Stay tuned!