The Belinda dress by Go To Patterns is a comfortable knit dress with puff sleeves, banded hem and a fun kangaroo pocket. This knit dress has so many cute features, one of which is the banded hem which makes the skirt look almost like a bubble skirt.
I made this one in a reversible knit from Joann and simply adore how it looks on my baby girl. Those puff sleeves and the bubble skirt are just too cute. I keep finding reasons to use reversible knit for all my projects, it doesn’t have as much stretch, it frays a lot and I lost a good amount of yardage after the first wash BUT it’s really soft and cozy.
Pockets are a newfound love for my daughter, she tries to find pockets in everything she wears. Since making this dress a couple weeks back, she’s used it quite a bit and every time she wears it, I feel like I have found the perfect jersey dress for her. Perfect for play dates, parks or grocery shopping!
I like the fitted bodice and where it hits her at her waist, and it’s a great basic pattern to play with. I thought it’d be fun to make a couple more Belinda Dresses for the holiday season.
This little jersey belinda was initially meant to be a tunic to be paired with leggings but towards the end, I couldn’t bear to leave out the banded hem, so it ended up being another dress. I figured, she can still wear leggings when it gets really cold or next year when she’s taller.
A few alterations I made to this pattern – Cut the sleeves at elbow length, folded the neck band towards the inside so the black only peeks a little bit. Then I added a little heart appliqué and a bow with a bead to dress it up a bit.
I followed This tutorial for the knit fabric flowers on her head band and the boots are from babies r us. She LOVES those boots.
I made yet another Belinda dress with quilted knit this time also from Joann.
The alterations I did were pleating the skirt instead of gathering, reducing the gathering at the sleeves and cutting longer sleeves without cuffs. Also, the skirt piece was cut 3 inches longer eliminating the banded hem. I love the quilted knit, it is really cozy, was perfect for this morning’s weather when we got out to take pictures.
The crocheted hat and boots are from babies r us and tights are from Target.
I thought it would be fun to try a different look changing up her accessories a bit. So here is one more picture before I end the post 🙂
I do have plans to make her a little coat with this pattern, I think it’d be really cute with all the gathers at the waist and a Peter Pan collar maybe? But that is another post for another day.
The Belinda dress pattern by Andrea Pannell can be purchased at Go To Patterns (affiliate link).
The Rushcutter by In the Folds is an A line dress with two dramatically different styles. View A is a three fourth sleeved raglan dress with large side pockets and an invisible zipper while view B is a sleeveless dress with in-seam pockets and a button closure. Both views have a paneled bodice. For my test, I chose to do view B.
The Rushcutter is a very carefully drafted, detail oriented PDF pattern full of interesting design features and well- explained instructions. One of the features that I like about this pattern is how many options Emily the designer provides in each style of the dress, not just in terms of design elements but finishing and sewing techniques as well. Two styles of pockets, two styles of closures, sleeve styles, hem finishes and French seams all explained in such detail, that the process of sewing the Rushcutter is truly gratifying.
For this version, I used a linen blend for the bodice and a rayon challis for the body and sash. The rayon challis frays so much, I used French seams to finish all the inside seams, and bias tape for finishing the neckline and armholes, the instructions for which are all included in the pattern.
Check out some other tester photos at Rushcutter Tester Pictures to see both sleeveless and 3/4th sleeved styles and how the choice of fabric gives this dress an entirely different look each time.
The dress has such flattering lines and along with the drape of the rayon challis, I like how it looks even without the sash. Next on my sewing to-do list is a three fourth sleeved Rushcutter as part of my winter wardrobe sewing.
I am so glad that I was able to test the Rushcutter pattern, I love the pattern and how well my dress turned out. This is the first PDF pattern by In the Folds, and I find this a very high quality and extremely well drafted pattern with great instructions and pictures. I can’t wait to see more patterns from this designer.
Get your copy of the Rushcutter and join in the sew along over at Emily’s blog.
The On Point Penley by KB Stitch Designs is a semi fitted top with several options, two necklines – a Henley collar with a V-neck and a standard polo collar, 3 sleeve lengths – short, elbow length and cuffed long sleeves. The top comes in two lengths shirt and tunic, and then there’s also the dress length. If all these options are not enough, there’s another one – contrast side accents for color blocking.
For this version, I used a lightweight jersey knit with a soft drape, the placket can be made in both woven or knit. The pointed placket, the V-neck henley collar and the curved hemline are what make this top stand out from standard polo or henley collar Tees. The functional buttons or snaps make this nursing-friendly too!
With options for sleeves, top and dress lengths and the comfort of knit fabric, this is going to be a staple in my fall wardrobe. This was the first one I tested, and while I didn’t think much of the fabric by itself, I love this striped top.
For my second one, I used a floral jersey knit from Girl Charlee knit fix and a blue rayon jersey that I got from a local fabric warehouse. It’s a very quick sew with the placket and collar taking up most of the time. The pattern comes with great instructions and pictures to guide you through every step and has very helpful tips along the way, making the placket and collar constructions smooth and easy.
I love the tailored fit of this pattern. Check out the KB Stitch Designs website for more tester pictures with loads of other options including dress length and contrast side panels. There’s even a maternity add-on with ruching on the sides. you can get this pattern now for 25% off at On Point Penley Polo ( affiliate link).
Another pattern that I was lucky to have gotten the opportunity to test is The Diamond dress and top from Pattern Anthology’s Unbiased Collection. It is a Shwin Designs pattern with a unique diamond shaped bodice, that is so cleverly drafted that the construction comes together quite simply. It has two skirt options – gathered and peplum, short and long sleeve options and of course dress and top option. The pattern also includes one full page of fun line drawings for coloring-in to help you decide fabric placement for color blocking or contrasting.
This is the gathered skirt version with elastic added to the seam allowance (instructions for which are included in the pattern). The pattern also comes with helpful tips and instructions for bust adjustment and for lengthening/shortening the bodice.
The solid green is a cotton jersey from Hancocks and the floral is a rayon jersey knit from a dress I found in the clearance section at Old Navy.
For my next version, I made a peplum top. I wanted it to be more fitted, so I sized down, and shortened the bodice by an inch. I love the fit on this one.
I love this fabric a lot but it was incredibly hard to photograph. Fabric is from Joanns, it is a reversible knit in gold with dots on one side and stripes on the other side.
The diamond dress along with the Adora top ( that I blogged about here ) is one of four patterns in the unbiased collection by Pattern Anthology which is on sale for 40% off ending today. The sale bundle also includes great coupons worth over $250.