The Felicity Dress & Top: Maxi Version Hack

You asked for it and here it is! We worked to provide you a FREE maxi add-on to the Felicity Dress & Top. This download is now available to everyone that has purchased or will purchase the Felicity Dress & Top.  Just check out the My Account page and you will find this new file available under your downloads if you have already bought the pattern. I give you the Maxi version of the Felicity Dress & Top pattern.

 

If you don’t have your copy of the Felicity Dress & Top yet, you can get it here still on sale through Memorial day for just $5.95.

With the chart measurement below, you can make your own gorgeous Felicity maxi dress!

 

Let’s get started!

Step 1: For this step you will be needing bodice pattern pieces  front/ back and straps pattern pieces from the Felicity Dress & Top pattern. Follow Step 1 of the pattern tutorial to transfer all pattern markings and notches.

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Step 2: There are two ways to sew the spaghetti straps. You can follow Steps 2-3 of the pattern tutorial to create your straps or if you rather have photos tutorial and a cheater method, check out our photo tutorial along with a quick cheater method for the straps here.

Step 3: Follow steps 4-10 of the pattern tutorial to complete your bodice. When you done with step 10, your bodice should look like this

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Step 4: To make your maxi dress you need to add LENGTH to your skirt piece for both options (gathered or pin tucks). Refer to your free Felicity Maxi Add-On pdf found your downloads page of the My Account section of our website. If using the pattern pieces, just print the size you need and tape the pieces edge to edge to add onto the LENGTH of the skirt.

If you prefer a cutting charts, measurements for the new maxi length are included in the add on on page 4.

Step 5: Follow steps 11-13 of your original pattern tutorial to sew your tucks.  If you would like a photo tutorial for these steps, check out our blog here. if you are gathering the front skirt instead of tucks, follow steps 14-15 of the pattern tutorial.

Step 6: To create and hem your main and lining skirt, follow steps 16-18. If you are going to add ruffles to your main skirt bottom, please skip step 17 and continue with step 18 to hem your skirt lining!

Step 7: If you are planning to add ruffles to your skirt bottom, follow steps 19-22 of the pattern tutorial to create and hem your ruffles.

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Step 8: Follow steps 23-25 of the pattern tutorial to attach and finish the ruffles to the skirt. If you are not adding ruffles to the skirt please skip to step 9.

Step 9: Follow Steps 26-28 of the pattern tutorial to attach the skirt to the bodice. Do this also for the lining skirt.

Step 10: Follow steps 29-34 of the pattern tutorial to create elastic casing on the back bodice. If you are going to shirr your back bodice please follow steps 35-36 of the pattern tutorial.

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You did it. Now stand back and admire your Felicity Maxi dress <3. Perfect for weddings but also for the beach.

 

 


Check out one of our tester maxi versions:

 

NEW RELEASE: The Felicity Dress & Top

I love this design. It is perfect for Summer and I promise you, you will keep sewing this design thoughtout summer. The options are endless!

I give you The Felicity Dress & Top pattern.

The Felicity Dress & Top by Bella Sunshine Designs - I love this pattern! Perfect for summer!

Such a gorgeous sundress right! The thin shoulder straps are dainty and allow your little one to soak up the sun’s rays.

The Felicity Dress & Top by Bella Sunshine Designs - I love this pattern! Perfect for summer!

The pattern comes with options for either an elastic or shirred back making fitting a breeze.

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The option for a tucked or gathered front skirt makes this an excellent sew for beginner and intermediate seamstresses alike.

The Felicity Dress & Top by Bella Sunshine Designs - I love this pattern! Perfect for summer! The Felicity Dress & Top by Bella Sunshine Designs - I love this pattern! Perfect for summer!

The optional ruffle bottom gives a little bit of extra frill when wanted.


The Felicity Dress & Top by Bella Sunshine Designs - I love this pattern! Perfect for summer! The Felicity Dress & Top by Bella Sunshine Designs - I love this pattern! Perfect for summer!

The entire bodice and skirt is fully lined leaving no exposed seams to irritate sensitive skin.

The Felicity Dress & Top by Bella Sunshine Designs - I love this pattern! Perfect for summer!

Plus, this pattern comes with options for both a top length as well as a dress length designed to hit right above the knee.


 The Felicity Dress & Top by Bella Sunshine Designs - I love this pattern! Perfect for summer!

 

And how about that twirly factor!!!

The Felicity Dress & Top by Bella Sunshine Designs - I love this pattern! Perfect for summer! The Felicity Dress & Top by Bella Sunshine Designs - I love this pattern! Perfect for summer! The Felicity Dress & Top by Bella Sunshine Designs - I love this pattern! Perfect for summer!

Our testers again did an amazing job.  So many version were created during testing and the results were amazing!

Perfect pattern, right?! Be sure to grab it while still on sale for only $5.95 through Memorial day and check it out for more great photos of this garment!

And coming soon on the blog is the Maxi version hack. We will show you step by step how to make your maxi dress using this gorgeous pattern!!!

The Felicity Dress & Top by Bella Sunshine Designs - I love this pattern! Perfect for summer!

 

 

 

Sweet Lilly Sew-A-Long: Day 7 – Wrap Up!

OMG This was our first sew along and I am blown away with the number of the participants and your amazing creations!

Okay lets talk about our participants and our winners!

Fan Favorite

Christine Crowson WON for Fan favourite. Her fabric combo to start with was AMAZING. She didn’t stop there she went ahead and add piping detail to her sleeves! That was genius! Congratulations, Christine! You WOWed the crowd and us!!! You WON $25 gift cerificate to spend at Sew It Seams and free pattern of your choice!

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Admin Favorite

Vanessa Sexton-Martin WON for admin favorite. Your cute little red dress blew us away! The red and blue combo is just breathtaking and perfect for Memorial Day! Those big buttons on the front and back are just perfection! And that red band finish around the top ruffle just killed it!! And you went for the sleeveless hack!!! You have it all!! Great Job Vanessa!!! Congratulations! I LOVE everything about this photo. You WON $25 gift cerificate to spend at Sew It Seams and free pattern of your choice!
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Random Winner

Jessica Gillespie WON for random winner. That apron with an appliqué of a hand giving a peace sign is genius. Congratulations!! Well done.
We are so impressed with all your amazing creations. We enjoyed looking at them and I hope you all did as well!  You WON a free pattern of our choice.
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Here are the photos from all our participants creations!  Everyone did an amazing job. Well done.
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Sewing DIY: Two Ways to Sew Spaghetti Straps

Nothing says warm weather like spaghetti straps.  They are small, they are dainty, and they are have a bad reputation for being a little difficult to sew.  Don’t let those tiny strap scare you into never sewing this beautiful feature on a summer dress!  We have provided your with not one, but TWO methods on how to sew them that will make your summertime sewing a breeze!  Be sure to look out for our newest release, the Felicity Dress & Top to try out this technique.

 

How to Sew Spaghetti Straps: The Traditional Method

You will need:

  1. straps pattern pieces
  2. fabric
  3. scissors
  4. sewing machine
  5. iron/iron board
  6. Dritz Loop Turner – Get this on Amazon!
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Here we go!

Sewing DIY: Two Ways to Sew Spaghetti Straps

First, fold your strap right sides together and sew using the seam allowance provided in the pattern.  Then, most importantly, trim your seam allowance down to 1/8″ (0.3mm).

Sewing DIY: Two Ways to Sew Spaghetti Straps

Then, trim the seam allowance on one end slanted towards the raw edge.  I suggest staying within the raw edge’s seam allowance just in case your stitching starts to come loose a bit.  This is an important step.  It will make your turning so much easier.


Sewing DIY: Two Ways to Sew Spaghetti Straps

Next, grab your Dritz Loop Turner.  Notice how it has a little hook on one end, with a sharp clasp that is a moveable part.  Open this clasp up. We are now going to feed this entire thing through your strap.
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Now this part may seem  little scary the first time you do it.  You are going to want to poke that sharp clasp end within the seam allowance of the raw edge of the raw end of your strap.  This is anchor the end of the strap to the end of the Dritz Loop Turner.  Now is when the magic starts…

Sewing DIY: Two Ways to Sew Spaghetti Straps

As you start to pull the Dritz Loop Turner back down through the strap, make sure the top hook caught the raw edge of the end of the strap.  This will help the fabric not become unattached as your begin to turn the strap right side out.


Sewing DIY: Two Ways to Sew Spaghetti Straps

Start to pull the Dritz Loop Turner down through the strap.  Getting the raw edge to turn is the hardest part.  Since you trimmer the edge of the seam allowance at an angle, it should turn fairly easily without much resistance.

Sewing DIY: Two Ways to Sew Spaghetti Straps

Continue pulling until your strap turns inside out.

Sewing DIY: Two Ways to Sew Spaghetti Straps

You are done!  Now look at those beautiful, tiny straps with NO stitching!  You did it!  Pat yourself on the back!

Sewing DIY: How to Turn Tiny Spaghetti Straps the Easy Way

Still a little worried that turning those tiny straps is harder than it looks? Take a look at the above video I did to show how fast and easy turning those straps can be when you have the right tools!

Still not convinced? Does the thought of turning something that small make you fret? Try our cheater method below!

How to Sew Spaghetti Straps: The Cheater Method

You will need:

  1. straps pattern pieces
  2. fabric
  3. scissors
  4. sewing machine
  5. iron/iron board

let’s get started.

Use your strap pattern pieces, cut out 2 straps.

Sewing DIY: Two Ways to Sew Spaghetti Straps

Fold your straps in half lengthwise WST and iron the fold flat

Sewing DIY: Two Ways to Sew Spaghetti Straps

Next we are going to open it up and fold both edges in towards the centre line we just created.

Sewing DIY: Two Ways to Sew Spaghetti Straps

Next we are going to fold it again along the centre

Sewing DIY: Two Ways to Sew Spaghetti Straps

Repeat the previous steps with the second strap

Sewing DIY: Two Ways to Sew Spaghetti Straps

Now we take the straps to the sewing machine. Sew along the edges of both sides. This will also close the open side of the straps.

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You are done!

Sewing DIY: Two Ways to Sew Spaghetti Straps

There you go!  Two methods, both easy. Now all you need is our Felicity Dress & Top pattern to test them out on!

Did you learn something new? Let me know your favorite part in the comments!

Sewing Tucks: A New Way to Gather

Pin tucks & tucks are used in many garments as decorative features. They look beautiful and delicate and can really add a nice detail to a garment. They also can be used in place of a traditional gathering which is exactly how we use them in our newest design coming out, the Felicity Dress & Top. They may seem a little confusing if you’ve never sewn them before, but by the end of this tutorial, you will master them.

Tucks: A New Way to Gather - I've never seen this method before. So neat!

Sewing Tucks: A New Way to Gather

Tucks are folds in the fabric that are secured in some way. Pin tucks, gathers, and pleats are all types of folds. Pin tucks are formed by pinching a fold of fabric on the right side and stitch a pin width away from the fold. They are one of many different types of tucks out there. Today we are going to show you how to form the tucks that just lay close to each other when pressed the traditional way.

For this project you need:

  1. Fabric
  2. Pencil/markers
  3. Pins
  4. Tuck markings
  5. Scissors

Tucks: A New Way to Gather - I've never seen this method before. So neat!

For this tutorial I am going to show you step by step on how to form the first tuck. We are going to use the tuck marks provided from the Felicity dress pattern to mark them on the right side of the fabric. The photos below show you the right side (left) and the wrong side (right) of the fabric.

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First, fold you fabric in half WST.

Tucks: A New Way to Gather - I've never seen this method before. So neat!

Place your pin tuck marks piece on top of the right side of the fabric and transfer all the markings including the length of the pin tucks.

Tucks: A New Way to Gather - I've never seen this method before. So neat!

This is how it will look like after transferring all the tuck marks. For the purpose of this tutorial I only transfer three tuck marks on each side of the fold.

Tucks: A New Way to Gather - I've never seen this method before. So neat!

To form the first tuck, place your pin into the first solid line on the left, then you are going to miss the dotted line and bring your pin through the third solid line. This is called the pinching process.

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After pinching your tuck should look like this

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Next is to take your tuck to your sewing machine and stitch along the solid line. I used 1/4″ seam allowance with stitch length of 3 mm. This is how the tuck should look like after sewing on the solid line.

Tucks: A New Way to Gather - I've never seen this method before. So neat!

Repeat this process for all the pin tucks. This is how they should look like on the right side of the fabric before and after pressing them well.

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And this is how they should look like at the wrong side of the fabric.

Tucks: A New Way to Gather - I've never seen this method before. So neat!

You did it . You have created traditional tucks AND used them as a way to gather your skirt! Sit back and enjoy the results.

Sweet Lilly Sew-A-Long: Day 5 – Forming the Skirt & Ruffles

Day 5: Forming the Skirt and Ruffles

Today is all about skirt and ruffles construction

Follow step 39 to sew your front and back skirt together.

If you want to add ruffles to your skirt, repeat steps 39 of the pattern tutorial to sew side seams of your ruffles too.

To hem your skirt and ruffles follow step 40 of the pattern tutorial. Then continue with steps 41-42 to gather your skirt and ruffles pieces. 

 

Follow steps 43-45 to attach ruffles to your skirt. If you don’t want skirt ruffles skip to step 46.

We are going to complete the dress by attaching the skirt to the bodice.

Follow steps 46- 49 of the pattern tutorial to attach the skirt to a bodice and to finish the dress.

 

Finally we will finish the dress by either sewing the  buttonholes and buttons on back bodice or by attaching the snap buttons!

You can do this by following steps 50-51 of your pattern tutorial!

You are done! Enjoy your creation!! Day 6-7 are catchup days therefore they will be no blog posts. But remember to join us in the group on Monday. We will be announcing the winner!!!!

 

 

Sweet Lilly Sew-A-Long: Day 4 – Skirt Placket

Day 4: Skirt Placket and Back Skirt Tutorial

You will need for this tutorial:

  1. Skirt placket pattern piece
  2. Back skirt piece

Press the skirt placket piece wrong side together 1/4″ (0.5 cm) on one of the long sides. This is how it will look like after pressing.

The Sweet Lilly Pintuck Dress & Tunic Sew Along by Bella Sunshine Designs

Fold your back skirt in half RST. Mark a line at the fold of the skirt down 4″ (10cm) from the top of the skirt. Cut to make the opening for the placket. This is how it should look like.

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Now open the cut you just made into a wide “V”. This is how it should look like.

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With the wrong side of the skirt  and the right side of the placket together, align the unflolded raw edges of the placket with the open slit on the top of the skirt and pin and sew. When you sew, start with a 3/8″ (1 cm) seam allowance and gradually taper the allowance when you get close to the centre of the placket to a needle width seam allowance. Then, as you sew back up to the opposite top edge the skirt, widen the seam allowance back to 3/8″ (1 cm) again.

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Now we will fold the placket around the raw edges to the right side of the fabric.

The Sweet Lilly Pintuck Dress & Tunic Sew Along by Bella Sunshine Designs

Make sure there is no puckers at the bottom of the placket, edge stitch 1/8″ (0.3 cm) away from the folded edge. Press. Beautiful right!

The Sweet Lilly Pintuck Dress & Tunic Sew Along by Bella Sunshine Designs

With the back skirt folded RST, we will sew the bottom of the placket at an angle to complete the placket tutorial. Sew at an angle will help your placket lay flat when folded in half! Just perfect!

The Sweet Lilly Pintuck Dress & Tunic Sew Along by Bella Sunshine Designs

You are almost there! Place your back skirt right side up. Fold the right side of the placket behind the skirt, press and baste it in place.

The Sweet Lilly Pintuck Dress & Tunic Sew Along by Bella Sunshine Designs

The placket should be hidden when closed and no longer visible from the right side. Isn’t this beautiful!

The Sweet Lilly Pintuck Dress & Tunic Sew Along by Bella Sunshine Designs

Take a minute to admire your Skirt placket!

Beautiful! See you tomorrow for the full skirt and ruffles tutorial.

Sweet Lilly Sew-A-Long: Day 3 – Sleeve Construction

Day 3: Sleeve Construction

 

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For this tutorial you need:

  1. 2 sleeves pieces of main fabric cut on fold
  2. 4 sleeve bands of main fabric
  3. 2 pieces of Sleeve Ruffle of main fabric (or other prints)

The Sweet Lilly Pintuck Dress & Tunic Sew Along by Bella Sunshine Designs

Lets start by gathering the sleeves. Follow step 15-16 of the pattern tutorial for preparation! When you are finished with step 16, your sleeves should look like this

The Sweet Lilly Pintuck Dress & Tunic Sew Along by Bella Sunshine Designs

Now we are moving towards the sleeve bands and ruffles preparations! Prepare your sleeve bands and ruffles by following step 17-18 of the pattern tutorial! When you are finished with step 18, your sleeve bands and ruffles should look like this (picture shows RST)

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Next we are going to follow step 19 of the pattern tutorial to sew and finish off the side seams of the sleeves! When you are finished with step 19, your sleeves should look like this (RST)

The Sweet Lilly Pintuck Dress & Tunic Sew Along by Bella Sunshine Designs

Now let’s attach the bands that are not folded to the sleeves. Note: Here you have two sets of bands! The ones that are folded on one side and the ones that are not folded! For this step you want to use the ones that are not folded on any sides. With the wrong side of the sleeves out (like the photo above), place the right side of the sleeve bands (that are not folded on any sides) on the wrong side of the sleeves matching the side seams and the raw edges! Gathered your sleeves edge to match the width of the band and sew! Fold out the sewn band so what you see now is the wrong side of the sleeves and the right side of the band. Here is how it should look like when the band is folded up. Looking good so far! Put your sleeves aside for now!

The Sweet Lilly Pintuck Dress & Tunic Sew Along by Bella Sunshine Designs

Now, prepare and adding the sleeves ruffles to the set of the folded band! Follow step 21- 23 of your pattern tutorial to prepare and make sleeve ruffles! Now let’s add the ruffles to the folded band! Fun! Take your set of band that is folded on one side. Place the ruffle piece right sides together on the non folded side of the band! Matching the raw edges! Baste it in place! Here is how they should look like! Excuse my not so perfect ruffles I think for purpose of the tutorial should be possible to follow!  🙂

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For the next tutorial you need to use your banded sleeves and your ruffled bands! See photo below.

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Okay, so now we are going to align the raw edges of the banded sleeves to the non folded raw edges of the ruffled bands right sides together matching the side seams! The ruffles here should be sandwiched between the bands! This is how they should look like. Sew!

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Now we are going to finish off the sleeves. Follow Step 26-27 of the pattern tutorial to finish off the sleeves! This is how they should look like! Inside is just good as the outside!

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Follow step 28-29 of the pattern tutorial to attach the sleeves to the bodice.  

Follow step 30-31 of the pattern tutorial to finish the neckline for both versions.

 

Yay you did it! See you tomorrow for the skirt tutorial.

 

Sweet Lilly Sew-A-Long: Day 2 – Bodice Construction

Day 2: Front Bodice Construction 

Welcome to Day 2 of our sew along! Today is all about front bodice construction.

NOTE: Follow the whole step 1 of the pattern tutorial if you are making the bodice with bodice bands! Skip the part of cutting and interfacing back and front bodice bands if you are making the hack version!

Perfect! Lets create pintucks. Follow step 2-4 of the pattern tutorial to create and complete the pintucks on your front bodice. When you are finished with step 4, your bodice should look like this. Eek love it!

The Sweet Lilly Pintuck Dress & Tunic Sew Along by Bella Sunshine Designs

Now lets go ahead and sew the Front bodice ruffles. Follow step 5-6 of the pattern tutorial to prepare bodice front ruffles.

Note: If you are making the version without lace on the centre front bodice (the original version) continue with step 7-11 of the pattern tutorial! If you want the hack version with lace overlay, follow this tutorial after step 6 (don’t continue with step 7-11 just yet!).

Before you continue with step 7-11 of the pattern tutorial, you will want to cut another centre front bodice on fold using lace fabric. Refer to the photo below:

The Sweet Lilly Pintuck Dress & Tunic Sew Along by Bella Sunshine Designs

Then, baste the lace centre front bodice and the main centre front bodice together, both right sides are facing up! Refer to the photo below:

The Sweet Lilly Pintuck Dress & Tunic Sew Along by Bella Sunshine Designs

Love it! From here you can now continue with step 7-11. When you are finished with step 11, your bodice should look like this:

The Sweet Lilly Pintuck Dress & Tunic Sew Along by Bella Sunshine Designs

Im so loving this so far! Now let’s go to the next step! Full bodice construction! But first decide if you want to add bodice bands or skip them, add sleeves or go with sleeveless look before you continue next!!!

Original version: If you are attaching the bottom front band to the front and back main bodice with sleeves, please follow step 12 – 14 of the pattern tutorial.

Sleeveless version: For this version don’t sew the side seams yet in step 13! We will follow this Burrito method to sew the sleeveless version. After sewing the sleeves using the burrito method you can then complete step 13-14! You are done for today! This is the end of the Day 2! You did it.  Admire your work for a minute! See you tomorrow for a sleeved version tutorial!

Sweet Lilly Pintuck Dress & Tunic - PDF Sewing Pattern by Bella Sunshine Designs for sizes 6m through girls 12 - What a beautiful, vintage inspired pattern! I am in love with the pin tucked bodice and the ruffles! My sweet girl needs this dress! Pinning for later!

Sweet Lilly Sew-A-Long: Day 1 – Gather Supplies

Introduction

Welcome to the Sweet Lilly Pintuck dress sew along! I am so looking forward to sewing along with you all amazing ladies for the next several days. Would you like to join in the fun?! Here is what you need to do to participate:

 

 

1. How to get the pattern: You can purchase your copy of the Sweet Lilly Pintuck dress pattern here. (P.S. It will be ON SALE all this week!)

2. Visit our blog each day from day 1 (today!) to day 6 (Saturday!) for step by step tutorial.

3. Come and share your photos along the way in the Bella Sunshine Designs Pdf Pattern group or on Instagram using #bellasunshinesewalong #sweetlillypintuckdress and ask for help and/or give advise through out the entire sew along.

4. Upload your progress pictures & finished garment photos in the Bella Sunshine Designs Facebook group for the chance to win the prizes!

5. Finally don’t forget to visit our sponsor’s Facebook group  Sew It Seams and request to join in!

 

PRIZES

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Fan Favorite – $25 Gift Card to Sew It Seams & Pattern of Choice from Bella Sunshine Designs

Admin Favorite – $25 Gift Card to Sew It Seams & Pattern of Choice from Bella Sunshine Designs

Random Winner – Pattern of Choice from Bella Sunshine Designs

 

SCHEDULE

Day 1: Gather Supplies & Pick Your Option

Day 2: Bodice Construction

Day 3: Sleeves Construction

Day 4: Skirt Placket

Day 5: Gather & Attaching the Skirt

Day 6 & 7: Catch Up

Day 8: Winners Announced!

 

Let’s get started!

Day 1: Gather fabric and supplies/pick your option 

Good morning, this is officially day 1 of our Sweet Lilly Pintuck dress sew along. So exciting! I hope you are ready because I am so ready.

I really love this part of any sewing project – gathering and putting together fabrics and supplies you need to sew your sweet lilly!

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Are you ready? lets get started!

Printing and taping your pattern pieces

For this I recommend you to read pages 3-4 of the pattern tutorial before you cut and tape together your pattern pieces.

Note: If you need to blend sizes please refer to page 7 of the pattern tutorial before you print and tape your pattern pieces together!

Recommended fabrics

Woven fabrics for both main and lining are recommended for this design! The pattern is not suitable for stretchy fabrics! I used cotton voile to make the white dress. Other fabric choices can be found in page 9 of the pattern tutorial.

Fabric care

Be sure to wash and iron your fabrics! Woven often shrinks, and you don’t want that to happen after you’ve put hours of work into your garment!

Choose your option

let’s figure out which option you want to do before we get started! This will also save you which pattern pieces to print and which not to! You have two options! to go with the original version or to go with the hack version (white dress). The hack version has no sleeves, no front and back bodice bands and have an overlay lace on the main centre front bodice! Both versions are amazing! 

End of day 1. See you tomorrow!!