This year has been all about comfy fashion, from silky sleepwear to jersey loungewear, we’ve loved it all. Enter our favorite new fabric for fall: velour. Smooth, luxurious, and stretchy? This fabric is a triple threat and needs the perfect sewing pattern to go with it. The Bellflower Dress incorporates a few of this season’s top trends, including long statement sleeves and drawstrings along the skirt!
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 3-4 yards Cognac Stretch Velour
- MDF216 – The Bellflower Dress Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
Begin your dress by sewing the bust darts on the front of your dress following the guide on your patter.
Place the front and back of the dress together face to face and pin at the side seams. Sew straight down the sides using a regular 1/2″ seam allowance as if the skirt extension isn’t there like the graphic shows below. I used a stretch stitch down until I reached the extension and then switched to a straight stitch.
Add a small eyelet or button hole just past the seam into the extension about 1.5″ from the bottom of your skirt.
Once the sides are sewn, fold the raw edges of the extension under and stitch 1/2″ away from the side seam on either side, like you see below. This creates two casings for your drawstring. The top of the casing should be open so you can thread the drawstring up through one and down through the other later on.
Finish attaching the front and back of your dress at the shoulders using a stretch stitch.
Note: If your fabric doesn’t have enough stretch to fit over your head, you may want to cut a keyhole opening at the center back and add in a hook and eye at the top once the raw edges are hemmed.
Create each of your upper sleeves, sewing up the inseam with a stretch stitch.
Create each lower sleeve puff and attach to the bottom edge of the upper sleeve, aligning the inseams on each. Set each corresponding sleeve into its armscye similarly, matching up any notches.
Create the cuffs and fold each in half, wrong sides together. Gather the lower edge of each sleeve into a cuff.
Create each of your drawstrings, tying off or slip-stitching the raw ends closed. Feed them through your drawstring casings up through one and down through the other on either side. Evenly gather the skirt along each and tie at the bottom.
Finish off your dress and neckline with a 1/2″ rolled hem.
Will you be adding the Bellflower to your fall wardrobe? Let me know what color you’re thinking in the comments below!