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It’s finally looking like it might actually be May sometime soon! Which means we ended up with the perfect timing for the It’s Gonna Be May blog tour with Petite Stitchery & Co. So when this tour was first announced, I had great ideas for hacking the Juliet bodysuit with a zip or lace up front, creating slit bell sleeves on the Emerson shirt, etc. But as I watched sign ups come in, everyone wanted to do the bodysuit. I mean, who wouldn’t? I looked through some of the older patterns and thought that the Belle top and dress would be a great summer option for girls and give a great variety to the blog posts. So I switched!
My new plan was to make both a dress and a top, I bought the new tulip shorts to match. However, fate and my daughter had different plans. She picked out the blue sequin fabric and we both agreed on the polka dots. I cut them both out, but completely forgot to cut the shorter length for the shirt! In my defense, it was late and I was watching Outlander while cutting everything for the week. I may still shorten the polka dots into a shirt after all, which I think we will get more use out of.
The blue dress is made exactly per the pattern, and she absolutely adores it. She puts it on and just begins spinning around and watching it fly. It’s a great simple dress that can last the entire summer.
The pink polka dots is a *sort of* woven hack. She actually measures into the smaller pattern sizing for width, but her height puts her into the 3T range. I didn’t want to have to get both baby and kids patterns and then mash it all together, so I just went with the smallest 2T size and lengthened to 3T. I used white single fold bias tape to finish the neck and arms, and because she is smaller I didn’t even need to add any sort of closure – it just slips right over her head. She did pick out a shimmery pink zipper to go, but we’ll just have to find another use for it!
Overall, Belle is a really nice, simple and quick to sew pattern that will be great throughout the summer and can be changed up for different looks. I’m very happy with the end product and look forward to finally getting to make the Tulip shorts that I bought as well.
Until next time, happy sewing!
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Leslie J’s Sewing Shack
Jot Designs USA
House of Estrela