Thursday, April 5, 2018

DIY Boho Babydoll Dress: Patterns for Pirates

A couple of weeks ago I was thrilled to be selected as a tester for a new Pattern for Pirates sewing pattern that released today! Grab a copy of the BOHO BABYDOLL PATTERN here. If you pick it up this week you will get it at the discounted release price.

Pattern Description: This pattern comes with many options to create a beautiful boho look. Choose from a racer back tank, top or dress with short, 3/4 and long sleeve options, plus top length, skirt length, maxi length and a hi-low hem option. 

Size Range: XXS - Plus3X
Recommended Fabric: Rayon Spandex or other drapey knit

The dress pictured here is the racerback tank option and maxi skirt. I used a Purple Rayon Spandex fabric from Joanns and vintage lace trim on my bottom hem. 

The tank is finished with bands and it gives the tank a beautiful fitted finish. The bands allow an easy option for a lace overlay to be added, I can't wait to try the look.

 This pattern is quick and easy. If you are familiar with knits, this is a great pattern to add to your collection to provide you with many different looks. I will have a top to show you in a couple more days using the same pattern.

Tips for making this pattern: Follow the pattern's advice for gathering. You may want to cheat and take short cuts but it will leave you disappointed. Spend the time to gather the front and back separately. And make sure to use two rows of gathering stitches. Then pin like crazy and attach the skirt to the bodice slowly using a basting stitch. Once it looks the way you like, stitch it on with a permanent stitch. 

Tips for the length: I personally prefer a long maxi that I can wear heels with and still have it graze the floor. I shortened this skirt 1/2 inch per pattern suggestions for my height. It just touches the floor in the back while barefoot. Since I was going for a boho look (how fitting that they ended up naming the pattern Boho Babydoll :) ) I decided to go barefoot in my photos.  If I were to make another dress to wear with heels I would make sure to not shorten the skirt at all and maybe take up less of a hem if needed. 

This dress is fabulously comfortable and a great addition for my spring and summer wardrobe. 

Thank you so much to Shelli at SHELLIQUATTLEBAUM photography for the lovely pictures.


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