Sunday, March 23, 2014

My 100th Blog Post Celebration: Free Spring Dress Pattern, Anyone?




This is officially my 100th post- woohoo! I can't believe I'm still going. I feel guilty sometimes about not posting consistently but seriously- this is for fun and so I can do it only when time away from three kids allows me to. So no need for guilt, right?

I've stopped posting over at Fresh Off the Bolt since I've realized it's just very odd and difficult to continue two blogs about my creative endeavors. I've decided to keep it online since I have some tutorials and patterns still floating around over there. But from now on, it'll just be this blog, Handicraftiness, that'll hold all my creations.

Anyway- back to the point of this 100th post: I'm celebrating by offering my Bella dress pattern for free!





The Bella dress pattern is available in 12-18 months to 5Y with more sizes coming soon! The bodice is fully lined and the skirt length is adjustable to however long or short you want it to be. You could make it into a peplum top or drop waist dress. You can mix and match fabrics which I love to do. You can even add pockets or appliques to make it special.



I love that it comes together in just a few hours~ I made five dresses over a 3-day period during my son's naps and after his bedtime. I am impatient so instant satisfaction is very gratifying.

I highly recommend mixing and matching fabrics for the prettiest effect! The blue/gray dress above uses woven organic cotton, lace, and chiffon and it turned out to be one of my favorites! I haven't tested this pattern with knits yet but I think it would be okay to use for the skirt. Speaking of the skirt, I extended K's skirt to 14.5" so it would hit just below the knee. She's growing tall very fast so I wanted this one to last through the summer at least!



UPDATE: I've decided to indefinitely allow free downloads of this popular dress. Download it HERE and HERE and let me know how the sewing goes!

Happy Spring Sewing and thanks so much for reading!

P.S. Share your Bella dress HERE in the Bella Flickr Group! I'd LOOOOOVE to see the myriad of combinations that can be made from this pattern! See you there! =)





31 comments:

  1. Many thanks for offering that stunning, and beautiful dress for free! I love it!

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    1. Thanks so much, Carmen! Happy sewing!

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  2. Cute dress thanks for sharing!

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  3. Beautiful and thanks for sharing. Have put your link on my side. Regards

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  4. I love this pattern - is there any way to purchase it now?

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    1. HI Alyssa~ Sorry for the late reply! Please send me your email and I'll send you the pattern for free! Thanks~

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  6. Hello! I have been waiting for this pattern for months now! I even posted on your blog when I found it! I have been checking back constantly but somehow missed the free pattern... I even bought fabric to make this dress with... is there anyway that I coukd get this still? I have been so excited to try this! I am not kidding, this is is one of the sweetest dresses I have ever seen! My email is cross.christen@gmail.com, jusy in cass you can have pity in my poor soul ;)

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    1. Hi christen! You can find the links above in the post! I decided to keep the download free for now! Thanks so much for your interest!

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  7. Ps, my computer is broken so forgive the typos...

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  8. This is such a beautiful creation I can, t wait to try attempt this dree I just cant seem to download pattern comes up invalid link. Are you able to email it to me or send me the link please mu adress is just4bnkate@hotmail.com thankyou so much for sharing your talent , have a great easter x

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    1. Hi did you ever get free pattern, can you send it to me bary42@earthlink.net. thank you B.

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  9. I love your creations. Love to sew for my grandchildren. They would really like the many different styles you have created. I am having problems downloading the other patterns.

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    1. Hi Arnita, so sorry for the late reply~ I've been on a small blogging vacation. Did you click on the words HERE and HERE underneath the last picture in the post? I've tested both links and they work fine for me. Let me know if you're still having problems! Thanks!

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  10. I made 2 ! (uploaded one to flickr) . I made one without sleeves. I will be trying this pattern again soon.

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  11. Bummer, looks like I missed this pattern while it was free. I just started learning clothing construction and it's my first time to your page. Is there a place I can purchase it? Than you

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    1. Hi Kendra~ you can download the dress using the links underneath the last picture in this post! Thanks! Happy Sewing!

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  12. encore un bien joli modèle que tu partages avec nous
    un grand merci

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  13. Thank you so so much! This is a beautiful dress!

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  14. It wouldn't load the tuturial or pattern pieces for me, says that there was a problem loading the pages. I only get the first page of each link. Is it possible to have it sent to me in an email to missy69_82@msn.com please and thank you! :)

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  15. merci pour ce tuto elle est tres jolie

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  17. Did you use tulle over the skirt portion? I love this pattern!

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    1. Yes, I did use a vanilla colored tulle over a pink cotton. Thank you!

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  21. i thank you for this awesome free dress tutorial n patterns. i cant wait to make one each for my girls. love the idea. thx so much

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