Hello faithful readers.... BundleUp Boys is over, so we are back to our regularly scheduled programming!!!!
Up today, we have an absolutely adorable pattern from BOO!Designs - the Bat Dress. Now before you say - meh, I'm not into costume-y things, or my girl doesn't like super heroes (WHAT!?!?!?), you NEED to check out these reviews! From Bohemian Chic to Halloween fun, we have got two very different takes on the same pattern for you today.
Here are Nichole and Erica to show it all to you....
- Many options. 2 Lengths, 2 hemlines, 3 Sleeves (endless really with lace like I did) and 2 back closures.
- Yardage and Sizing Charts, both very accurate. ( little fabric needed for this beauty)
- Cutting and Layouts: Pattern pieced together quickly and accurately. Layout include to cut out fabric.
- Quick bias binding tutorial, and it's great when you don't need a lot of yardage in bias. Went very quickly.
- Pattern flows nicely between different options, (button closure of placket closure)
- Detailed images for each step
- Glossary included for basic sewing techniques
- Inspiration page of tester pics, always love seeing different examples!
Included in the options for this pattern are three sleeves, two different hemlines, two lengths, and two ways to close the back. I love that you can customize it to your liking. This first time sewing it, I chose to go with the literal bat dress since Halloween is next month and those bat sleeves are TOO COOL! I couldn't resist. I used black and bat fabric I found at Joann's and some red bias tape for an accent color.
The directions are so clear. The pattern is 50 pages long. The pattern includes charts for sizing, detailed drawings( with a key chart) and images, and lots of important tips to help you sew the dress so it looks clean and finished. There are directions for cutting your fabric efficiently and how to make your own bias tape. I made the simple back dress with the regular hemline and as mentioned earlier, the bat sleeves.
This pattern wasn't hard to sew and I would recommend it for advanced beginners. It took me about two hours to sew from start to finish. I spent some time on the bat sleeves making sure that I sewed close to the edge but had to go back around a few times to make sure I had all the edges lined up correctly and together since I was trying to get the best curves possible. Assembling the dress was pretty simple. The part where you add bias tape is different than the usual way but the directions are very thorough and you know exactly what to do and how to place everything. The simple back closing was easy and it looks nice with the big button.
I would like to make another one but maybe with flutter sleeves and the high-low hemline the next time. I see this as a pattern a seamstress could use over and over with different results every time.