Bella Dress #2 and #3

I knew I couldn’t stop at just one. Such a satisfying pattern!


Bella Dress #2 is  for me. I added an infinity scarf made from the leftover metrage, inspired by Lara from Thornberry. It’s a good way to get rid of scraps!

#2 was made from a light weight ponte bought online some time ago from Gorgeous Fabrics. Construction wise, I treated this like a woven (straight stitch) apart from the sleeve and dress hems. They got the double needle treatment.

I finished the neck edge with purchased poly cotton bias tape and stabilized the shoulder seam with a satin ribbon

Without the scarf, the neckline is a gentle bateau shape.


The “wrong” side of the fabric is a lovely solid blue so this dress goes  from bracelet to elbow length in six seconds!

And then back to bracelet length for a photo with my “little” boy.


Taller than me! Even when I am in heels!

Keeping with the family theme, the next Bella was for Felicity.


We love those pockets!


Bella #3 was made from novelty sweat shirting from my local Spotlight store.



I finished the neck on this one with purchased bias tape too, but didn’t need to stabilize the shoulders – not much stretch in this fabric.

I used bias tape on the sleeve hems too. Because I could. And it’s pretty!


We could not resist the Dalek reference. Daleks come in a rainbow version don’t they? If not, they should.


Side view. Yes it really is a sack dress.


Back view


No complaints about pattern placement ( yet…)

And the obligatory twirl!


Am I done with this pattern yet? Well, no, I’d like to make a linen version and a drapey viscose version, and… but I have other sewing lined up.

Such as a Liberty strawberry thief shirt for me.

I started with the collar and I am very happy with how it’s looking.


I used Heather Lou’s (Closet case patterns) thread tail method for the collar points. It’s brilliant!  Also, taking care cutting out so I avoid comments about pattern placement from my hyper vigilant daughter might have helped…


22 thoughts on “Bella Dress #2 and #3

  1. Absolutely love your dress. The fabric is amazing. But then, who could resist a polka dot puff ball dress? 😉

  2. I love this dress on you – shapely enough to avoid being a plain sack, but elegant and swooshy. And of course I LOVE the bobble dress. How could I not?!

    That Liberty shirt is going to be a stunner. I love Strawberry Thief.

  3. Oh yes to grey with coloured pom poms! I must see if there is any of that left… Both dresses look terrific and so different with the very different fabrics. Says it all really.

  4. I simply love it that you are a season ahead (behind?) me – I’m getting all the ideas for my A/W ’17 sewing. Keep ’em coming and all looking as good as these dresses – so versatile, comfortable and stylish. Just perfect.

    1. I gave mine a test drive today. Had to go to Sydney for the day for work. It’s an excellent travel dress that looked as good at the end of the day as it did 15 hours before. Pity I can’t say the same about me!

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