Yeppers- I actually finished cleaning up my Bella dress pattern last night so that I could share it with you today! I originally hand-drafted the pattern when I first made it but I would've been too embarrassed to share that ugly mess with you so I worked for a few hours on Illustrator to get it all prettified for all you sewing enthusiasts!
This is my first pattern I'm offering for free and it's made to my daughter's specific measurements. She's a small 4T with a 19" waist. The finished waist on the dress measures approximately 22" for a comfortable but not too loose fit on her.
Okay- so once you've downloaded, cut and taped your pattern together, let's go through a quick tutorial on how to put it together!
Materials needed: piping/lace trim (optional), 12"-18" zipper, two or more fabrics and your usual sewing stuff like thread, pins etc.
Don't forget to read my set of instructions on the pdf pattern if you want to put in a full lining for the bodice! And if you have any problems or questions, my email is on the sidebar to the right!
Let's get sewing, shall we? =)
For step 7 below, don't line up the top of the zipper with the top of the bodice! Leave a little seam allowance there for the lining! I goofed on the pic and had to redo my zipper!
In step 10, my front bodice was slightly smaller than the back bodice. I fixed the pattern so that this won't happen when you do yours. The dress still fit K perfectly even though it didn't line up perfectly.
Oops, I forgot to photograph the sleeves being pinned to the bodice, but you totally get how to do it right? Pretty easy but if you have questions, shoot me an email and I will help you through it! =)
Shake out your brand new dress and do a happy dance! You've just made the Bella dress for your special little girl and hopefully, she'll look happier about it than K does below, haha!
I hope you enjoyed this free pattern and tutorial! I'd love to see how you've personalized your Bella dress so please do email pics to me and I'll post them up on my blog for inspiration to other sewing enthusiasts!
And just a quick note for those who want a different size- this pattern should be very easy to size up or down as needed simply by adjusting the width and length of the bodice and skirt. If sizing up/down more than two sizes from 4T, then adjust the armhole as well.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Happy sewing!
xoxo ~ Julia
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