Last week I had the pleasure of testing the Bumblebee dress pattern that will soon be released by Sewing Mama Raeanna. If you haven't had a chance to check out her blog yet, go take a look here. RaeAnna has put together several great tutorials and even a couple of free patterns. Who doesn't love free!
The Bumblebee pattern has a plain bodice framed by ruffles, so the opportunities to customize this dress are endless! I chose to make a lace flower with a vintage button in the center. All I did was draw concentric circles (think bullseye), gathered the lace along one edge, and sewed it with a straight stitch along the circles starting on the largest circle and moving toward the center. Then I attached the button in the center tto cover the end of the lace. I used the same lace on top of the ruffles on either side of the bodice just to tie it all together.
The pattern was quite easy to follow. The only changes I made were to eliminate the ruffles on the sleeves. I thought adding lace made it busy enough and adding more ruffles would just compete with the bodice. I kept the original sleeve length, added a narrow band to the bottom of each sleeve and threaded through some elastic to gather the sleeves slightly. I also made a deeper hem than the pattern calls for because I wanted a shorter dress that could be worn with leggings. All my changes were cosmetic and did not change the function of the pattern at all :) I closed the back with two snaps from KAM snaps, my absolute favorite place to get snaps!
Fabric - light blue micro pique (I've had it for years)
Lace - cotton from Joann's
Button - light pink vintage
Snaps - kamsnaps
Here's a sneak peek of my version of the Tinny pattern for the Flip This Pattern series over at FrancesSuzanne. I can't wait to share the whole outfit (and a tutorial!) later this week.