Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Linen Belladone dress

I made another version of the Deer & Doe's Belladone Robe a while ago but have just gotten around to taking some photos of it. It's definitely my most successful one yet, and has been worn several times already.

I used a printed linen that I found at Spotlight and made the same changes as last time: grading up a size at the waist and hips and moving the bust darts down a bit. This time I didn't pipe the edges and I put the binding on the inside so it wasn't visible as I thought there was enough personality already in the print.

The back detail is definitely my favourite in this dress.

But the pockets were fun too. I used a cute little mini pom pom trim between the top skirt piece and pocket lining, sandwiching it between the two. I'm pretty fond of this little trim and have also used it as trim on a cushion cover recently.

I'm hoping this dress will take me through a few seasons. So far I've worn it in hot weather with thongs and floppy hat...

Hat: Amy Butler Blue Sky pattern
And as a tunic with jeans...
Scarf: No sew jersey scarf - my tutorial here
But I'm thinking it could also go well with a cardigan and boots when the weather cools down.
Cardigan: Metalicus
I have yet another Belladone on the go, but after that I think I'll give it a ret for a while - there are other patterns calling me ;-)
How about you, are you addicted to a particular sewing pattern at the moment?



  1. Lovely! I've been wanting to put some pom pom trim on something for me lately, I still can't decide what. I've been making lots of Simplicity 3503 lately, great for maternity wear.

  2. so beautiful - love this! What a great fabric, and the dress can be worn so many different ways.

  3. Oooh, awesome! I love the fabric! And POM POM POCKETS!!! Do you ever wear tights in the winter? I'd be wearing that over a long sleeved shirt, with tights, all winter long.

  4. Great dress Jo, it looks great and so versatile. I love the way you have managed the placement on the print too, perfect!

  5. I love this version! I'm itching to make another one now :)

  6. Great dress. This is my 1st comment on linen so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading . Thanks a lot!

  7. Oh my gosh, I just saw this one! I posted on my blather--tonight--how I want this pattern. Now . . . I really, really do.

    That is a lovely dress/tunic.


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