One of our first and favorite patterns is the Stella One Shoulder Sundress. 

It has so much charm and is perfect for our hot Southern Summers.  We've been waiting for Summer so we could share this *free* tutorial addition with you all!

(Fabric: left dress: Echino Cycling in Citron & Kikka Green / right dress: Echino Cycling in Pink & Kikka Pink)

We have noticed a new trend lately of an addition of a small strap on the opposite shoulder of "one shoulder" dresses.  We think it's a fabulous optional addition, so we created this free tutorial on how to add an additional strap when making the Stella dress. 

This extra strap not only gives the dress a bit more coverage for a more casual and playful look, but also allows for more ease of fit when the child you are sewing for is not around.  The fit doesn't have to be quite as snug, because the additional strap holds up the zipper side.

Take a look at how cute these little beauties are sporting Stella with the additional strap!


Please Note: This tutorial is an add-on for the Stella Dress Pattern.  If you have previously purchased the pattern, then simply follow the steps below to create the extra strap. If you have yet to buy the original pattern, you can purchase it HEREWe are also giving away the Stella PDF pattern to 5 lucky winners!  (Enter below)


Follow the original PDF pattern up through step #5 and then follow the below steps.

1. Cut out four shoulder strap pieces.  You will cut the new pieces using the existing shoulder strap pattern piece, however you will need to add 3" to the length.

2. Place two of the shoulder strap pieces together with the right sides touching and pin.  Sew them together along the raw edges of three sides, leaving one short end open for turning.  Trim the seam allowance, clip the corners and turn right side out.  Iron flat.  Repeat for the remaining two shoulder strap pieces.

3. Pin the shoulder strap to the the bodice front along the top raw edge.  The strap should be placed approximately 3 1/2 inches away from the zipper side edge.  Note: Depending on the size you are sewing, this measurement could slightly increase or decrease.  Measure how far the strap on the shoulder side is from the edge and mimic this on the zipper side. You don't want the strap on the zipper side to be too close to the edge, or it will be constantly falling off her shoulder when sewn in. The strap should be placed at an angle so that it is crossing over the bodice front diagonally.  This will create a straight strap once sewn.

4. Continue following the tutorial starting at step #6. 


5. Repeat steps 1-3 for the back bodice strap. Yay! You've added an additional strap!  How EASY was that?????? 

We hope you love this addition to the Stella dress.  Doesn't it make the Stella even more sweet and versatile? 

Here are some more adorable shots of The Stella Sundress with optional strap!!!!

Ack!  The adorableness of this photo shoot has us swooning!  The amazingly talented Corrie Collier took these photos of her little darlings for us, and we were beyond thrilled!

After sewing the top of Stella for this tutorial, I had to finish the dress for my own little cutie (even if it meant staying up super late, haha!).  All because the next day we were planning on going strawberry picking at one of our local "You Pick" strawberry farms.  My daughter loved her new dress!  Here are some pictures from our fun day in the sun.




Do you love the new optional strap?  Leave us some love below!!!

Enter to win the Stella PDF below.  5 of you lucky ladies will win a copy!


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May 29, 2013 by Jessica Herning


Sarah L

Sarah L said:

It’s winter here in New Zealand :( I can’t wait for summer to make an emmaline for myself and my gorgeous daughter! Love the Molly jacket and the strap is lovely. Love, love, love Violette Field Threads!


Kelly said:

I love this tutorial and I’d love to win the Stella so I can make one like this for my little one!

Tammy lyons

Tammy lyons said:

What a fabulous little dress. That photo shoot is very darling….So sweet. Thank you for the chance to enter the giveaway.

lauren short

lauren short said:

LOVE this pattern and the extra strap is a precious idea!


Josi said:

The strap did it for me. Love it.

Wendy Swears

Wendy Swears said:

I love all your patterns and Stella may be my new favorite!


Beth said:

it’s winter here in Australia but I’d love to get a head start on a summer wardrobe for my daughter – she’d adore this Stella dress!

Nicole Mills

Nicole Mills said:

Love the Stella!!!

Stacey D

Stacey D said:

I love the Josephine.

Madeleine L

Madeleine L said:

So lovely:) The Olive is my favourite


Karan said:

So cute! Makes me want to drop everything I’m doing & head for the sewing machine….

Samantha Jackson

Samantha Jackson said:

This is an awesome idea miss 4 would rock this look!! I’m loving the cosette at the moment!!

Katrina Germaine

Katrina Germaine said:

Definitely the Stella, love it!!!

Leonie Dewick

Leonie Dewick said:

I so wish my arm was not in a sling and I could be sewing some of the lovely patterns there are sew many I would love to make.

Cassandra Hammond

Cassandra Hammond said:

Stella, can’t wait to make this.

christina skinner

christina skinner said:

I love love love the Whitney pattern!

Hailey E

Hailey E said:

I love them all so it’s too hard to pick a favourite, but I love the Stella such a fun little dress, can’t wait to make one

Tiffany S.

Tiffany S. said:

Oh, I LOVE This option!

jennifer fraunfelder

jennifer fraunfelder said:

I love all your patterns and I just love Emmaline


Mandy said:

Emmaline is my favorite :)

Gina Snyder

Gina Snyder said:

I love your new maxi dress!

Kristen W

Kristen W said:

Thanks so much for the giveaway. Would love to sew this pattern!


Terra said:

The Emmaline is my favorite! Now the Stella is on my ‘to do’ list!

Julie S

Julie S said:

I really like the Stella, especially with the mulitfabric striped skirt!

Angela Dufty

Angela Dufty said:

My niece’s name is Stella and I know this dress would look fantastic on her.

Angela Dufty

Angela Dufty said:

My niece’s name is Stella and I know this dress would look fantastic on her.


Maree said:

Gorgeous love the dresses

Janice Hartley

Janice Hartley said:

Its hard to pick just one, I love so many of them, but I am partial to the Lilly Belle, Cosette and Emmaline. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck to all who enter!


Claire said:

What a great option!! Great pattern :)

kim m

kim m said:

Love this!


DeEtte said:

Love the pattern and especially the optional strap!

Morgan Brausieck

Morgan Brausieck said:

Tutorial is great! Doesn’t look hard at all! Thank you for it and this giveaway

Carrie Dahl

Carrie Dahl said:

Such a great tutorial. Thanks!


Maaike said:

Stella is amazingly cute – with and without the shoulder strap!


Lillian said:

So so cute. I love it!


Heather said:

So adorable!

kimberly bhatti

kimberly bhatti said:


Aldrina Whitbeck

Aldrina Whitbeck said:

Love all the patterns!


Katie said:

Absolute adore the stitching and photography -just amazing!

Katie x

Lacey Julian

Lacey Julian said:

So cute! Would love to make the adorable Stella dress!

DaynaYour name

DaynaYour name said:

I love the Cosette!!!


Kaci said:

I think my favorite so far is the Cosette!!!

Tanaya Ewell

Tanaya Ewell said:

You know I love everything Violette Fields! Much love and success!

Ash P

Ash P said:

I love the Emmaline pattern!


Brandee said:

The Emmaline!!


Patricia said:

Madelyn, Josephine, Ginger.


Carolyn said:

I can’t choose a favourite, so I’ll just say Stella. They are all cute :)


Kim said:

The Emmaline pattern, both for girls and women. <3

Nikki Luke

Nikki Luke said:

Emmaline is my favorite!

Kimberly F

Kimberly F said:

Josephine is my favorite!

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