So, there was the tiniest scrap of fabric remaining from my very-loved Violet Dress . I figured that if I was going to make my daughter a matching dress from it, I might as well snag the Violet dress for girls pattern * while it’s still on sale right?
Purchased the pattern, printed, assembled and cut one afternoon, and finished sewing and photographing the next day. Since I’d already made the Violet dress * for myself, I breezed through the construction barely having to refer to the instructions.
This really is my favorite picture of the lot! Those straps are just lovely, and the shape of the dress just gorgeous!
This ended up being a bit shorter than intended (I cut between the top length and dress length) because I was working with very minimal fabric yardage. This length is almost similar to my Violet dress, and I really couldn’t love it any more on her!
For the darling little flounce, I did a rolled hem (one of the recommendations for finishing the hem that is included in the pattern). I did not finish the bottom hem, since it’s knit and won’t fray and I didn’t want to shorten the dress further.
The Violet dress & Top for girls* comes in sizes 6m to 12y with good quality instructions, well drafted pattern pieces and neat finishing details that guarantees a professional quality handmade item. I have already professed my love for BSD here and here lol!
Both the girls* and ladies* Violet Top & Dress patterns are now on sale, which ends today! Or you can get both patterns in a bundle here*.
*If you buy the pattern through one of my affiliate links, I get a small percentage of the sale at no additional cost to you and you will help support my blogging adventure. Thank you.
Summer’s my favorite season – Cheerful sunny days, annoyingly bright sunlight streaming through the windows, late sunsets, fruits all kinds of fruits, no school and no lunch boxes, beach picnics and summer breezy dresses!!! I love summer tunics and dresses, and I love shopping for them, but this is actually my first time sewing a summer dress for myself – The Violet Dress & Top by Bella Sunshine designs is everything you’d want for in a breezy summer dress (aff)*. It’s a comfortable knit dress which is well fitted and has a pretty flounce (that is optional) in the front, and a delicate looking back with criss cross straps.
I made this out of a poly spandex knit with sort of a border print that I wish I had a little bit more of, so I’d have been able to center the print but I still love it!! Fabric is from Fine Fabrics.
Isn’t the back detail lovely? I loved learning how to make these delicate looking spaghetti straps (with clear elastic for added stretch and stability) from this pattern. Between the straps and the lovely flounce, I can’t decide which is my favorite feature!
One thing that I really love about the Violet Dress & Top is the fit, it’s just perfect (aff)*. I have a small frame and it’s not unusual for me to have gaping at the neckline and under the arms in ready to wear dresses. So it was a pleasant surprise when I wore this dress for fit check and realized how comfortable and flattering it was with absolutely no weird gaping anywhere.
Another reason why I really like using Bella Sunshine Designs is how much importance is given to neat finishing details, both on the inside and outside.
I am shorter than average so I shortened the pattern piece by an inch as soon as I printed the pattern out. Admittedly I was worried it might be a bit too short, but I love it, length and everything!
It bugs me so much that the design is not in the center back 😦 but oh well! I was working with a remnant fabric here.
I have a few Bella Sunshine Designs patterns by now and I love how effortlessly a project sewn with a BSD pattern goes. Their instructions and pattern pieces are impeccable, not to mention how perfect I find the fit – It’s always a bonus when you don’t have to fiddle with fitting right?
The Violet Dress & Top, (on release sale for $9.00) goes from sizes 0-20 with pattern pieces included for larger cup sizes as well which means no adjustments required! This quick summer sew can be made with or without the flounce, and the length of the straps can be adjusted as well!
What’s even more wonderful is that this pattern comes in girl sizes too! – The Violet Dress & Top for girls is now available for $7.00 (release sale price) or you can get both the ladies and girls pattern as a bundle – The Violet Dress & Top – Bundle for only 12.00 now. (aff)
*I was given the pattern for free in exchange for testing the pattern, but all opinions in the review are my own.