Distract with a bow

Blue belladonna

Blue belladonna

Blue belladonna

Blue belladonna

Blue belladonnadress: self-made // shoes: Swedish Hasbeens // bow: F21

The second I saw this fabric I knew it was going to be a Belladone. Even if there wasn’t enough I planned on making a peplum top version. Luckily with some strategic fabric cutting, there was! I snagged this from Tall Sarah’s pre-move stash clearing so I have no idea what it is but it feels cottony and has some texture to it.

There’s a secret to the bow. What happened was that Tall Sarah gave me this fabric on Wednesday, and I decided that I just HAD to make the dress in time to wear to her going away dinner on Saturday. Except that I made this decision at about 9am Saturday, which was quite inconvenient and left me about four hours to do it. Somehow I made it happen but it meant that I didn’t have time to run out and find the right kind of zipper (also laziness) so I had to make do with a regular zip, which looked terrible. My solution was to add a bow, which distracts you from the horribleness of the zipper. I’m also redoing the hem. It needs to be trimmed down and I think I’m going to try out my blindhem foot on this one!

In other news, I just watched the entirety of the Great British Sewing Bee and I CANNOT stop noticing how the pattern is crooked down the front. Although considering it didn’t even occur to me to make it straight I’m surprised I even ended up with an oval in the middle! Yikes.

16 thoughts on “Distract with a bow”

  1. Oh my! i haven’t been too keen on this pattern before, but this dress is amazing! i may have to buy this pattern and some sassy fabric, right now!
    i did the exact same thing with Sewing Bee. it was an awesome eight hours of my life, but i was so disappointed by my lacking sewing skills after…

    1. Omg same! I just kept sadly side-eyeing my garments and imagining how Patrick and May would shake their heads at me saying “Not the best sew,” and “It’s a bit disappointing.”

      1. I’ve been wanting to watch this show for so long but I don’t know where to find it! Is there any place you can watch it for free??

    1. Omg stahp! I’m now contemplating how overly twee it would be if I added a row of tiny bows down the front. I’m pretty sure this needs to not happen ever.

  2. I just wanna make that dress!!! Nice addition with the bow. I’m tired of making bodices that don’t fit properly…. There’s a story there…. so until I learn to do some modifications, I’ll just covet your dress and fabric. The dress and fabric are lovely.

  3. HA! I love that you made it especially for a dinner that night. I fall prey to this all the time. I will get that “ideal” dress for a specific occasion and have to make it right away. Happy ending when it works for ya!

  4. I’m impressed you did this in 4 hours! I often have those last minute sewing impulses, especially right before a trip when I should be packing my suitcase. Your dress looks great! I love the color and the bow.

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