(You can skip to the bottom for the link to sign up if you prefer… rather then reading all this ha!)
I am such a huge fan of the interesting sleeve trend that is flying around right now. And since I can never have things in jut one color I decided a new pattern was in order. This belle sleeved, flowy, comfy, pull over dress is inspired by a similar dress from Zara. Although the Zara edition has a half zipper in the back. I knew I would want to make heaps of these and sippers cost money and take time. So instead I made the neck wider negating the need for a zipper and making it soooo quick and easy to sew!
I have now made four of them with two more cut for the girls for their easter dresses. They love how easy they are to get on and off and how light and comfy they are. I love that they are 100% cotton and that I can make them in any color I fancy!
The blue version is part of a set but I hadn’t finished the gold couterpart by the time I wanted to do pictures, boo. They are for the girls to wear to go see Beauty and the Beast. They are my quick easy versions of Belles blue and Gold dresses. Chloe got to wear the burgendy one instead for pics and didn’t seem too upset about it.
I did branch out from solids (which if you know me you know solids are my jam) and made a super soft and light version from some Tory Birch fabric I bought locally at The Fabric store. It is a gogeous shibori and if you look closely it is light blue and purple. Love love love.
I was fiddling with the sleeve length on this one and Evie let me know that she much prefers sleeves to end above her elbow. So we went with that in the pattern but it is still fun to see the added drama just a few inches adds.
Now for the nitty gritty. The pattern itself is graded into sizes 18 mnths to 12 years. This is a WIDE size range which WILL mean there will need to be tweeks in sizing aka the 18 month being doll size and the size 12 being 30 year old women size (ekkk then I could make myself one!) So I want testers to be very aware that the first versions may be skewed in size at the far size ranges since the base size is a seven. This will mean that if you sign up to test you will need to agree to make two dresses if needs be. One in the original and then one after we tweak sizing. The dress it self is SUPER quick and easy to sew. I am thinking about making an advanced version that is fully lined for more advanced sewers or those looking to make and sell the dresses…. but before I get a head of myself… If you are interested in testing you can snag a spot HERE on a google doc. Please do me a favor and screen shot the page to include your time clock on your computer just in case someone is dishonest and bumps someone else from the list. I genuinly hope (and don’t think) that will happen. But just in case then you are covered. I will be sending out the pattern Friday evening Australia time (middle of the night Thursday northern hemisphere). I am hoping testers can have their initial reviews (aka I cut out the pattern and it would fit an elephant type reviews) with in a week and final reviews within two. I know thats a time crunch but I would love to release this for spring and summer sewing. So there you have it! For those prepping to test:
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Sewing level: Easy
Notions: Matching thread and thats it!
Yardage: No more then one meter and a half for the largest size.
Thank you so much for everyone willing to help!