Summer Surprise and Solis Dress Mash-Up

First off, let me just say, CONGRATULATIONS to Anne for 2 wonderful years with Sofilantjes!!!  You have so many awesome patterns, I can’t wait to see what you come up with in the future!  Happy 2 year anniversary!!  Oh and I am sure you all love giveaways and free patterns?!  Make sure you follow me to the end of this post 🙂

Hi everyone, my name is Jennifer and I am the momma to three kiddos, 9 year old boy/girl twins, and a spunky little 3 year old girl. I’ve been sewing trucks since my twins were about a year old, so gosh, it’s already been 8 years! Oh how I have grown in the sewing world, still love looking back at some of the first dresses I ever made, some of which are being worn again by my little one. About 2-3 years ago I was introduced to the world of PDF patterns, and then there was no looking back!  I’ve been sewing and helping Anne for almost 2 years now and there is so much I love about her patterns. They are quick sews, an hour or two and my daughter is running out the door wearing her new outfit, and that is no exception to what I am here to share with you today!

I’m so excited to share this pattern mash up with you all!!! The first pattern I ever tested for Anne was the Summer Surprise Dress; my daughter was only about 18 months old.IMG_4261(1)

This pattern will always hold a special place in my heart but as my daughter started growing up, she started having opinions on what she wanted to wear. First requirement, it has to twirl! Second, it needs to have pockets.  I still love to make her the Summer Surprise Dress but when Anne came out with Solis Dress pattern, I just knew that the two of these dresses mixed together would be a winning combination!!

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So here is how I was able to use the top portion of the Summer Surprise Dress and the skirt portion of the Solis Dress.

First, I printed the whole Summer Surprise pattern and cut out the size that would fit my daughter according to the chart in the pattern. My daughter has a 22” chest, so I cut a size 3 for the dress and bow, and the corresponding arm and neck bindings.

IMG_6974(1)IMG_6975(1)For my bindings I find it difficult to find the perfect color to match my fabrics, so I love to upcycle a shirt made of ribbing for my bindings, since you can find MANY different colors.  I should note that I cut the neck binding a few inches longer than the pattern says, since I followed the neckline of the Solis pattern.  Better to have it too long than too short!   I also printed out only the FRONT bodice piece for the Solis dress (in size 3, size 5 length), and the circle skirt (size 3 waist and size 5 length.  Oh, and pockets too!). Below you can see all my cut out pieces needed for this dress.

IMG_6977(1)In order to get the slim fit that the Solis bodice has, I needed to alter the bodice part of the Summer Surprise Dress.  I just laid the Solis front bodice pattern piece on top of the Summer Surprise dress pattern. I matched up the point at the bottom of the armsycle on both patterns then just traced the sides of the Solis and the bottom of the bodice of the Solis. I also loved the little scoop on the neckline, so I traced that as well onto the Summer Surprise pattern.  You can see my changes in RED below.

IMG_6973(1)I did the same with the back of the Summer Surprise, matched up the bottom of the armsycle and made sure the length was the same for both the front and back pieces.


So from here, I just followed the instructions for the Summer Surprise, sewing on the bow and bindings on the neck and arms. Final step that I followed was sewing the side seams, at this point the bodice is finished.  I always like to double check fit before attaching the skirt portion.  Go ahead and set the bodice aside, and we will work on the skirt portion from the Solis pattern next.


Now, grab your 2 skirt pieces and 4 pocket pieces from the Solis pattern, and start sewing on step 15 according to the Solis pattern. When the pattern gets to joining the bodice to the skirt, just grab your finished Summer Surprise bodice and continue with the instructions, and you are FINISHED!!! Check out how adorable these patterns are mashed together! And it checks everything off the list, fast to sew, comfortable to wear, it’s trendy, it twirls and has pockets!! Oh and it’s ADORABLE! I hope you try this, you won’t be disappointed. Please share pictures in the Sofilantjes Sew and Show group on Facebook if you try this out, I would love to see them!!!!

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Before I leave, be sure to check out Sofilantjes Sew and Show on Facebook for a fun scavenger hunt game being played this week, all the details will be in the group. And there are so many people helping Anne celebrate her 2 year anniversary with Sofilantjes, so be sure to check out these blogs for more fun pattern mashups and giveaways!!!

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14 thoughts on “Summer Surprise and Solis Dress Mash-Up

  1. Congratulations on 2 years!!! 🙂

  2. Love the dress!

  3. My love for the Summer Surprise is big, but with your mash-up it’s even bigger!

  4. I love this dress! I need to get the summer surprise pattern now!

  5. Always love your blogs!

  6. love the swing part of the skirt!

  7. What a wonderful mash up! I just may need to get the Summer Surprise top.

  8. really nice mash up! I need to get the summedress now 🙂

  9. My daughter also insists that all her dresses are twirly so this is a great mash-up for her.

  10. Love this!

  11. Thanks for the really detailed tutorial!

  12. Circle skirt + Pockets + Bow-back top… PERFECT combo! and, i didnt know the cute little blonde on the Summer Surprise Pattern belonged to you 🙂 she is adorable!

  13. were can i find the pattern summer suprise dress?
    I want to make this for my daugther.

    1. The Summer Surprise has been retired and is no longer for sale.

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