Hi Friends! I am Sequoia of SequoiaLynn Sews and am really excited about my guest blog post this month. I have been trying to think about some of my absolute favorite patterns and make them again. One of my all time favorite makes is the Breezy from EAM. I made it when it first came out and still wear that top today, a couple years later. I thought it would be fun to take another look at it and show the Ellie and Mac readers why they need it as well!
Even though you have seen the Breezy dress in a lot of posts around the Ellie and Mac world, unless you have paid super close attention you wouldn't even realize that this pattern has a lot of length options. Even when I decided to do this blog, I had forgotten about all the dress lengths so let's revisit this one. I made this pattern as intended without any hacks or changes. I did a full bicep adjustment and a full bust adjustment which are very common adjustments for me. For reference, I made a 3x bust graded to a 4x waist. I am 5'1, but didn't adjust for height as my side waist is the length at which the pattern is drafted.
Here is a quick reminder of the pattern.
*Sized through 4x
*4 sleeve lengths from Tank to Long sleeves
*6 skirt lengths from Peplum to Tall
*Includes a Projector File
I wanted to show you how this pattern can be changed based on the length options and using different fabrics. I made it a point to use a variety of fabrics so you would be able to look at them and compare the differences. Sometimes, I am unsure which fabric base will work well with a pattern and I can assure you, this pattern looks great with all types of knits. The pattern instructions tell you to use a 4-way 50% stretch fabric. This is going to be fun, so let's get into it!!
TANK TOP PEPLUM
Let me start with saying I rarely wear sleeveless or tank tops, but I actually love this one! I think the stretch faux leather from Stitchin' Pretties makes it so wearable. I made my bands with brushed poly. It will be easy to dress up or down and the solid color makes it such a versatile piece in my closet. I love that the wide tank straps actually cover my bra straps completely! The best thing about wearing tanks, they are so perfect to wear as a layering piece. You can easily wear them under cardigans or jackets without the bulk of sleeves! That, to me, is a total win!
LONG-SLEEVED MINI LENGTH
Transitional pieces are my life! I want to be warm and cozy, but I hate being hot! This long-sleeved Waffle knit version is perfect for Spring weather. It isn't overly hot, but warm enough to be comfy indoors. Side note: I am freezing taking these photos. 🙂 I decided to go with the mini length here so it would be perfect over leggings or even jeans! Throw on some boots and I am ready to go. The mini length is the second length option for this pattern. I love the drape of this waffle knit and it is similar in texture as a thermal fabric.
3/4 SLEEVE PETITE LENGTH
The petite length is actually the shortest of the "longer" dress lengths, but the mid-length dress is only about an inch longer than the mini (my teal version) length, so I skipped ahead to the petite length dress. I like that this pattern has so many options and I don’t have to draft my own length lines. I am not sure if this line was intended as a height adjustment for the sewist, but I am using it as an additional length option. I love this one! I used a camo print Jersey knit fabric for the bodice and the skirt and a pop of fun with Double Brushed Poly polka-dot sleeves! If you follow any of my sewing, you know I adore mixing prints! I love the unexpected! Both of these fabrics have wonderful drape and are lightweight. Neither wrinkle much so they are fantastic to wear all day! This one can also go dressy or casual depending on how you style it! Don’t tell anyone else, but this one is my absolute favorite!
SHORT SLEEVED TALL LENGTH
Insider secret friends, I am not tall. I am 5'1 on my best day, but I don't like short dresses so this tall length is perfect for me! This fabric is called Scuba and one of my favorite weights for dresses and peplums because it has enough structure that it doesn't cling to my body. This was my first Breezy that I sewed today and I hadn't done a full bust adjustment yet. After I made this one, I decided to do it for the others for a little more wiggle room. I think this dress will be perfect for late Spring and early Summer! The bright blue just makes me smile! I added pockets even though they aren’t in the pattern. I love pockets and when you use a heavier fabric like Scuba or Liverpool they won’t get pulled down by small items in your pockets.
OK, there you have all the details my friends! Do you have a favorite? I am having a hard time choosing because I love them all for different reasons! I think that is the reason I have so many clothes. 🙂 Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
If you would like to give this pattern a try, you can purchase the Breezy Dress by clicking my affiliate link. Remember that afflinks do not cost you anything extra, they are a commission paid from the designer to me for sharing the patterns I truly love.
(Written by: Sequoia Bond)