Finally, I am happy to share my first wearable project in a loooong time, the Belladone! This is the project I described as a failure in a previous post and which I abandoned in my closet and forgot about. After some failed projects and really wanting a new handmade piece to wear I was so excited when I found this almost-finished piece in the depth of my closet. I finally redid the zipper so that it is very close to edge of the seam allowance to widen the dress, and voila!:-)
This is made using the Belladone pattern from Deer and Doe which I was excited about since it first launched! The silhouette is so classic. I decided to make it using grey Japanese “double gauze” fabric – it is extremely comfy! It was slightly see-through so I lined it with some bright pink lining chosen by hubby. I made some bias tape (this project required quite a bit of bias tape) using the Liberty fabric left over from my sudoku dress project – and decided to use the bias tape as a facing rather than as a decorative trim because I wanted a simple dress. So here you have it, a Belladone which is quite plain on the outside but fun and colourful on the inside!
In terms of sizing, it was my first time to work with a D&D pattern and I found the sizing smaller than Burdastyle which I was used to working with. I had to go one size up for the waist and also had to add 1 cm in width to the rest of the pattern. As well, I moved the bust darts down and added length to the bodice at the armcysts and also at the waist. I think because of all these changes, the opening at the back was not as perfect a fit as it should have been but it is still not bad. I definitely want to make this dress again in another perhaps crisper fabric. This time I sewed an invisible zipper and by habit left too much room from the top – adding a small hook to close the top somewhat remedied this problem but next time I must remember to sew the zipper all the way to the top!
pattern: Belladone (Deer and Doe Patterns)
fabric: Japanese cotton double gauze
adjustments to pattern:added bodice length at armcysts level and at waist, and moved bust darts down. Also added 1.0 cm widthwise by minimizing seam allowance at back zipper but next time I need to add this into the pattern.
Have you had any “treasure-find” (finding abandoned and forgotten projects in your closet) experiences lately?