Rebel Girl Party Dress - PDF Sewing Pattern by Bella Sunshine Designs for sizes 12m through girls 12 - I love the cutout in the back of this dress, and the pleated skirt makes it look classic. My daughter would look adorable in this. Repining for later!

NEW RELEASE: The Rebel Girl Party Dress Pattern for Sizes 12 Months to Girls 12

I’ve been living in a hole lately.  I’ve not posted on the blog much.  My friends have barely seen me.  My husband has been wondering if I ever sleep at night.  But there is a very, very good reason for the lack of writing, the lack of playdates, and the great need of under eye concealer.  This is a big one, y’all.  This is probably the most proud I have ever been to release a pattern.  But let me back up a bit and start from the beginning.

Back in March, I signed up to participate in the Design My Pattern contest hosted by the Betties Basket Facebook Group (If you’re not a member yet, join!).  Lots of sewist drew up ideas and submitted them for designers to pick.  We as designers had no clue who had submitted what drawing.  I happened to choose the pattern by the wonderful Melissa Malice of the blog Rebel & Malice. She was a tester for me on the Holiday Cutout Dress & Top, so I was excited to work with her again.  Then, life got crazy.  My youngest decided sleep was for the birds and thought the entire household should comply with that philosophy, and all designing got put on the back burner.  It’s now July, and I am thrilled that the pattern is finally ready for release!

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The Rebel Girl Party Dress pattern features a fully lined pleated skirt and fitted bodice.  But the real surprise is..Rebel-Girl-Party-Dress-Isabella-PDF-Sewing-Pattern-Web-003The back!  I love fancy backs on patterns!  They are one of my favorite things to design and sew.  Rebel-Girl-Party-Dress-Isabella-PDF-Sewing-Pattern-Web-004

This pattern features more advance techniques such as understitching, an invisible zippered skirt, button back, and blind hem.  As you may have seen from my recent tutorial on understitching, the stitching is not visible from the outside of the garment.  Here’s some more cute photos of my Isabella being two.  Rebel-Girl-Party-Dress-Isabella-PDF-Sewing-Pattern-Web-007 Rebel-Girl-Party-Dress-Isabella-PDF-Sewing-Pattern-Web-008 Rebel-Girl-Party-Dress-Isabella-PDF-Sewing-Pattern-Web-017 Rebel-Girl-Party-Dress-Isabella-PDF-Sewing-Pattern-Web-020Rebel-Girl-Party-Dress-Isabella-PDF-Sewing-Pattern-Web-019

Notice the blind hem.  *sigh* I am so in love with this dress!

This pattern has been tested, tested, and tested some more.  It’s gone through several revisions to make sure the fit was perfection before it was released.  Here’s what some of the testers had to say:

“Love the look and the fit. It is hard to make a fitted dress that actually fits. :-)” -Kara S.

“I was particularly impressed with how blending the sizes for the bodice created such a perfect fit. Love the understitching and blind hem. It really puts this pattern in a league of its own. Very professional and aesthetically pleasing.” -Kelly S.

“I love the clean look of all the understitching, invisible zipper, and blind hem.” – Savana G.

“I love the design, love the pattern, love your work! This is one of my favorites party dress I can’t wait to make another and share using the final version!” -Mgeni J.

“Lovely pattern. Thought the zipper instructions were well done.” -Elizabeth P.

Take a look at some of the photos from my wonderful testers:

Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing Pattern

Made by Nicola H of Seaside Notions

Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing Pattern

Made by Rose M.
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Made by Elizabeth P.
Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing PatternMade by Rebecca W.
11698518_10205981089720376_65715907320294169_nMade By Laura B.
Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing PatternMade by Zara B.Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing PatternMade by Savana G.Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing PatternMade by Candice A.Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing PatternMade by Amanda E.Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing PatternMade by Jennifer N.Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing PatternMade by Heather B.

Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing PatternMade by Kelly W.Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing PatternMade by Diana R.Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing PatternMade by Lindsay R.Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing PatternMade by Kara S.
Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing PatternMade by Kelly S.Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing PatternMade by Jessica R.Rebel Girl Party Dress PDF Sewing PatternMade by Amanda E.11694976_10207291706036990_3684598418780850915_nMade by Tasha B.

So many beautiful dresses!  All of the testers really did a great job.

This pattern is on sale now through Thursday July 23rd for only $6.95.  Be sure to pick up your copy today.  While you are at it, buy another one of my beautiful patterns and get an additional $3 off when you use the code REBELGIRL at checkout.  But hurry, this offer will only be good till July 23rd at midnight EST.

Sewing Technique Tutorial: How to Understitch

Hey guys!  It’s always fun to learn new sewing techniques to further enhance your sewing knowledge.  One of my favorite things to include on a garment is something not found in many pdf sewing patterns.  It’s understitching! Because I know not a lot of people may be familiar with this technique, I thought I would write a quick tutorial for it.  It’s so easy to do and it makes a huge difference in the appearance of a garment.  So without further ado, I present…

Sewing Technique Tutorial: How to Understitch - Great tutorial! I can't wait to try this!

 

How to Understitch. Creative title, I know.  Before we delve into how to understitch, let’s talk about why you would want to.  Understitching is topstitching’s more refined, cooler, better looking brother.  Yes, I said it.  Topstitching can be ugly.  If you are sewing what you want to be a high end garment, the exposed topstitching can totally ruin the look.  But without topstitching the necklines, the first time you wash the garment, it’s going to look like a huge mess.  Understitching to the rescue!  By understitching instead of top stitching, your seam lines will stay crisp and clean, but your stitching will only be visible on the inside of the garment.  Clear as mud?  Read on, and you will see what I mean.

Sewing Technique Tutorial: How to Understitch - Great tutorial! I can't wait to try this!

First step is to make your seam as you normally would.  In these photos, I am using scraps of the pink anchor fabric to represent the main fabric, and the blue polka dot fabric to represent the lining.  This technique would also work with an unlined garment that has a facing instead.  
Sewing Technique Tutorial: How to Understitch - Great tutorial! I can't wait to try this!

After you sew the seam, make sure you give it a good press.  If you notice, pressing the seam open gives it a nice, crisp, professional look from the right side of the fabric.  Pressing can take some time, but it is by far the most important aspect of sewing.  It really makes a difference!  
Sewing Technique Tutorial: How to Understitch - Great tutorial! I can't wait to try this!

Next, press your entire seam allowance towards the lining/facing.Sewing Technique Tutorial: How to Understitch - Great tutorial! I can't wait to try this!

Now it’s time to understitch.  With the seam allowance pressed towards the lining/facing of the garment, edge stitch 1/8″ (3mm) away from the seam on the lining/facing side.  You will be sewing through the right side of the lining fabric as well as the main and lining seam allowances.

It’s important to note that understitching can be impossible on some tight curves and small spaces due to not having enough space to sew.  What you have to do is just understitch as far as you can.  While it may not seem like it, the rest of the understitching will hold the neckline/arm hold securely in place after laundering.
Sewing Technique Tutorial: How to Understitch - Great tutorial! I can't wait to try this!

This is how it will look from the right sides when your understitching is complete
Sewing Technique Tutorial: How to Understitch - Great tutorial! I can't wait to try this!

Here is a view from the back side.  You can see that the understitching is just to the side of the main seam line.  Now all you have to do is fold the lining and main fabrics wrong sides together at your seam and press.  
Sewing Technique Tutorial: How to Understitch - Great tutorial! I can't wait to try this!

You did it!  See how nice the front of the garment will look?  I love the fact that the stitching is not visible.  You see this kind of technique a lot in higher end ready to wear garments. 
Sewing Technique Tutorial: How to Understitch - Great tutorial! I can't wait to try this!

Here is what the inside of the garment would look like.  It is the only place the stitching will be visible.  Plus, the best part about understitching is that it gently rolls the main fabric towards the back, effectively hiding the lining of the garment in the process.

How cool is that?  And the best part is, it’s so easy!

What other techniques would you like to learn?