Very slow to catch on to this (probably now long past) trend, I thought I would give this pattern its BusyLizzie debut! There are so many lovely versions floating around the internets and the girly-ness of this pattern really appealed. Plus those cute little sleeves are perfect to protect my shoulders from our harsh Aussie sun!
I made a muslin first and using my upper bust measurement and an FBA using this method and got a really nice fit. Those of you that follow me on Instagram might have seen that my original plan was for a floral one, but then I decided the fabric was too much and I couldn’t stand it as a dress, so it got wadded into the corner to be made into sleep shorts (coming soon).
The other major change I made on this pattern was to switch out the skirt to the Belladone skirt. I didn’t want a super full skirt and didn’t have enough fabric anyway, but I knew the A-line one would be too smooth across my tummy (where I am not so smooth). The pleats of the Belladone skirt make it super flattering and I know it has worked before. I also shortened the bodice by an inch.
Whilst I love this dress, the colour and the general look, I have one small problem…I can’t get dressed without help.
I have limited mobility in my right arm due to breaking it when I was young and can’t reach high behind my back (you may notice most of my dresses have a low back). So this one proves to be very difficult to get in and out of. Perhaps with more ease it would move more and I could twist it somehow, or maybe I might do a v-back version a la Anna of Paunnet. (oh getting another vision in my head now…)
I followed the instructions to the letter with this one (with a couple of hiccups as I went ahead without reading). I had heard the lining had an amazing technique for insertion – it’s true it does, and here’s the best bit…no hand-sewing required!! That is my kind of construction.
What I liked:
– the ease of construction
– the cute sleeve detail and sweetheart neckline
What I would change for next time:
– potentially shorten the bodice by 1cm as it still feels ever so slightly long
– give myself more ease around the waist
– insert a stay onto the neckline so it sits closer to my body. Couture Academic has some great tips on how to do this
All told, I am loving this dress and feel super girly in it. Not sure I have immediate plans for another, but there will be one eventually…so many more patterns to try first.
Thanks to Kat for taking the pics 🙂