Remember awhile ago when I was totally geeked out about this  lemon lime fabric from Fabric Mart?  Well, I definitely remember and it has been burning in the back of my mind ever since.   Last week I finally did something about it. The lovely blogger Cindy from Cation Designs nicknamed this fabric the Sierra Mist dress and I loved that name so it stuck! So without further ado (drumroll please), I present my Summer Spark Sew-along entry, the Sierra Mist dress!!!
For this dress i used my TNT McCall’s 5974, The Perfect Knit Dress.  This is now the 4th time I have made this pattern.  Although, this time I did the scoop neck version instead of the V-neck.  I also eliminated the the sleeves and of course the zipper.  Why the designer choose to put a zipper in a knit will always boggle my mind, especially since there is a “designer tip” that says to skip using it altogether if your fabric is stretchy enough. 
In this photo you can see the pleating detail a little better.  I love the pleats under the bust!  I was concerned about them at first thinking that it may make the bust a bit to baggy, but they didn’t.  That concern was the reason I had not made the scoop neck version before now.  I was also going to put a solid black tricot as my center band but the black of this fabric was not even a close match.  Instead I decided to go with the same fabric and cut it on the opposite grain since it was a 4-way stretch fabric.  
Fabric: 2 yards of 4-way stretch from  It is now sold out.  Luckily, I still have 1 yard left to make a swimsuit.
Notions: Other than thread, none.
Hours: Roughly 2 hours from start to finish.  Final pressing may have made it take a little longer though.
Will you make this again? Abso-freaking-lutely!  This is one of my TNT patterns and now that I know how great the scoop neck version is I will definitely make another version or two.
Total cost: $3.98 for fabric.  I love the $1.99 per yard fabric section from Fabric Mart!
Final thoughts:  I really wanted a funky print dress and this is perfect!  I cannot wait to wear it on vacation because it is so lightweight.Also, if you have been living under a rock and have not made or purchased this pattern do it!  NOW!!!


  1. What an amazing dress! I love the citrus print and I love it even more now that I’ve read it’s a knit! Yay! So much for a comfy, stylish summer!

  2. […] 1. Sierra Mist Dress Easily one of my most favorite dresses I have ever made!  The pattern is a TNT, but with a different bodice that I now prefer.  The fabric is why I love this so much though.  It is definitely one of those stand out and be noticed prints, which is so not something I would normally do.  However, this one has changed my mind and I will be doing quite a few more stand out and be noticed prints in 2013. […]

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