Gorgeous Dress

A review of Bella Loves Patterns Flor Dress and Top

Reviewed by sew_polly_sew on 6th May, 2022

I look a good frill and a big statement sleeve, so when I saw a few of versions of this dress on insta I knew I had to make one!

I was a good girl and made a toile as I wanted a good fit on the wrap over bodice. I ended up cutting a 16 (as per my bust measurement) and grading to a 14 at the waist and hip. The fit was spot on so I went ahead and cut out my final fabric, a gorgeous gingham cotton sateen. The fabric was lovely to sew with and the perfect weight to hold the structure of the frills on the sleeves.

The instructions are clear and easy to follow, just make sure to mark all your pattern pieces correctly, especially on the waistbands, so you can actually interpret which side has the opening for the ties to feed through! This was the only bit that had me scratching my head!

The pattern is a midi style and has a bottom frill, but I wanted a shorter hem, so I took off about 4 inches and left off the bottom frill.

I am planning a floor length version next, in a beautiful broderie anglaise I bought on my recent trip to Paris!