With adorable puff sleeves and a tie-front bodice, The Bluebell Dress incorporates several of this season’s cutest trends. Made here in a Mood exclusive printed voile, transform this pattern’s garden party vibe with a velour for Fall or even a stretch sequin fabric for a night out! Its open, geometric neckline is perfect for showing off some statement jewelry; and I can easily see the Bluebell as the next LBD in my wardrobe, paired with some rhinestone tights. How will you be styling this new pattern?
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All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
Since I used a voile for this dress, I chose to line the bodice and skirt with a basic cotton shirting. Rather than make two layers of the dress and sew the lining into the main layer toward the end, I sewed the bodice lining along with the voile as if the were one fabric, like you can see below.
To do this, begin by attaching the front panels and back of your dress at the shoulders and side seams using a French seam. This will hide the raw edges of your fabric inside the seam.
Next, hem the lower edge of your bodice that angles down toward the waistline of your garment.
Sew the center back seam of your main skirt layer and lining layer separately, so you’re left with two skirts. Again, use a French seam here.
Starting at the center back, pin your bodice to the waistline of your skirt, fabric faces together like you see below. Once they’re in place, pin your skirt lining on top so your dress bodice is sandwiched in between your main skirt and skirt lining. Sew around the waistline, sewing all three layers together.
Trim the seam allowance around your waistline, turn the garment so it’s right-side-out, and sew along the waistline again, sewing your skirt layers together and forming a sort of French seam (as you can see below) where you can now lace your elastic through. Be sure your elastic is cut to 2″ less than your waist measurement.
Next, form each of your sleeves by sewing the inseam and then set them into the armscyes of your dress bodice. Evenly gather them into your sleeve cuffs to finish.
Hem each of your skirt layers separately with a 1/4″ rolled hem. For the neckline of your bodice, roll your main layer and lining together into a single 1/4″ rolled hem like you see below.
Lastly, roll the center front edges of your bodice inward 1/2″ twice, like you see in the lower left-hand image, and edge-stitch to create a small casing for your ribbon. Lace your ribbon through both sides of your bodice from the bottom up, and tie together at the top to complete your dress!
Will you be giving The Bluebell a try? Let me know in the comments what kind of fabrics you’ll be trying out!