Summer Surprise Tour

I totally need to do the topstitching but I was too eager to try it on her

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Welcome to Day 4 of the Summer Surprise tour! It’s the 1 year anniversary of Sofilantjes and the Summer Surprise was the first pattern she released…


…and a pattern that I had tested! Her hair has a grown a little bit in a year, ha!

I did small modification to the pattern. I cut the bodice a few inches below the back opening, then shortened the remaining pattern piece (which I had cut at the tunic line) by about 1.5″ to make it peplum top length. I also redrew the outer edge of the skirt so that it would be more peplum-like.



Yes, I fully admit that I  should have topstitched around the bindings, although I did steam and press and it looked great until after she had been wearing it for a few minutes. Hopefully the topstitching will help with the puffiness around the bindings.

The pattern has been updated to include the print by layers option. If you have the original version of the pattern you can contact the designer and she will send you the update.


It’s a totally cute and quick sew, even doing the modifications that I did.

The fabric main is Riley Blake Wildflower Meadow and the navy is Kaufman Laguna knits. I purchased both from

The pattern includes a top, tunic and dress length, and also comes in regular and skinny sizes. I’ll have to try out the skinny size for my skinny minnie 5 year old next.

For more details on the pattern, I made an overview chart:


Did I mention there’s a giveaway? Check out what you could win and enter the rafflecopter below!

The prizes for the Day 4 giveaway include:

-5 out of 4, winner’s choice
-Muffin Head Patterns, winner’s choice
-Seaside Notions, winner’s choice
-Audrey & Tiffany, winner’s choice
-Pickle Pudding, winner’s choice
-Handmaiden’s Cottage, winner’s choice
-Koda Baby, winner’s choice
-Sofilantjes, winner’s choice
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the stops on the tour!
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9 thoughts on “Summer Surprise Tour

  1. You little girl is so cute! I just love her curls!! The bow on the back of the dress is really cute too! I want to try this pattern. Beth

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