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. The back of the Belladone is already cute as is, but the fact that you added a boy, you made it even cuter. If that’s at all possible. I just cut a a belladone yesterday, may be I can add a bow to it!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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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