The Amalfi Dress by Hey June Handmade

I have been looking for a dress like the Amalfi Dress from Hey June Handmade for what feels like "forever."



I love wearing dresses, and moving into spring I was going through my wardrobe looking for that perfect combination of floaty, feminine, yet casual and easy to wear. And then I saw the silhouette of the Amalfi Dress (in particular, View A with the flutter sleeves). The search was over. 

The fabrics that best suit this dress include lightweight rayon, poly, or silk, so I went through my stash and found this fabric I'd bought ages ago from Miss Matatabi. I believe it's a blend of rayon and linen, and unfortunately it is now sold out (but she has other rayons here). I had initially put it aside thinking that it would be too scratchy, but pulled it out again when I had completed my tester version. And now that it's finished and I've spent the day wearing it, I can say it wasn't at all scratchy!


You see, I have been wanting to make this exact dress (pretty much) ever since I saw a drapey polka dot dress in a poly fabric by the French designer agnes b. The only thing that might have been different was that the agnes b. dress had short puff sleeves (and maybe it was a button-down), but I much prefer these pretty flutter sleeves. I have always loved the casual yet chic vibe of the French brand, and I think this pattern captures that same spirit. 

I made View A, with the shorter skirt, thinking it would suit me better at 5'1", but I am tempted to try the more elegant and formal View B as well. Since this dress was made using the tester version, I believe the sleeves and hem of the final version are a bit shorter than mine. The bodice has darts for shaping, and I like the blouson effect of the top with the elastic casing (the way the casing is created is pretty cool). I made size 2 and measured the elastic to suit my waist - and I might have added about 1.5cm to the length of the bodice because I feel like I have a long torso, relatively speaking, though I am not sure I really needed it with this pattern. I also raised the neckline by about half an inch, but as you can see my modesty small bust has prompted me to wear a camisole underneath, haha.


The tutorial includes instructions for staystitching and understitching, which I highly recommend you adhere to, particularly with slippery fabrics. And don't forget to clip the curved seams otherwise you might end up with facings that won't lie flat. Ask me how I know...

I love how easy to wear this dress is. You can just slip it on over your head, and it includes pockets! Ah bliss! Here I am about to put my hand in my pocket. The other hand, hidden by that tree branch, is (I believe) already in the other pocket.


By the way, sorry I am looking as though I am doing my best Birnam wood imitation in most of these pictures. I think my husband felt that he would take some arty pictures of me behind the cherry blossoms, but instead I realized too late what he was doing and saw that a huge branch is pretty much covering most of the dress. (He swears he had no hidden agenda and he really does like my dress, haha.)


You can pick up your copy of the Amalfi Dress here. And if you're more of a top gal, there is a great tutorial by Lara of Handmade by Lara Liz on the Hey June blog here.

Happy sewing!

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  1. It looks absolutely lovely - very feminine and floaty.

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    1. Thank you so much, Marisa! I love the feminine vibe of this dress. :)

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  2. Very very pretty! The dotted fabric looks lovely!

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  3. I have one hand in my pocket ;) Alanis, yeah? But seriously, the dress looks pretty meets casual meets elegant. Love it. I really like this print.

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