The Beverly Belle Dress by Izzy and Ivy

Hey everyone! I'm Nichole, and I'm super happy to be bringing you this review today.

Izzy and Ivy Designs Beverly Belle

Seriously...I loved this top. And so did my daughter, can you tell? 

This twirlicious top has elastic casings for the straps, as well as the bodice. I just loved the final look of this top. The enclosed bodice and straps make for a very comfy dress for my sometimes picky 3 year old!

Here's a rundown of the pattern:

  • Great size range  12-18mos through 14
  • Includes sizing chart as well as fabric requirement chart
  • Pattern piece for swirls, measurements for bodice and straps. Goes together VERY quickly
  • Cutting is a little lengthy, but nothing horrible. I cut each swirl separately, but you could probably pile em up and get more bang for your cut. ;)
  • Excellent numbered pictures include for each step, with coordinating numbered steps. No guess work. 
  • I quite enjoyed the seam allowance stated at the beginning of each section. I found this very helpful to not have to keep searching what seam allowance was needed.
  • Sewing the top up went together very smoothly and fairly quickly as well. 
  • Pattern calls for a bias tape hem. If not buying, I recommend taking the time to make actual BIAS tape, it'll go on much easier. I enjoy making bias tape, because I'm a weirdo like that.  I think the bias hem is a must, as it provides such a clean beautiful finish. 

Overall, I really enjoyed sewing this up, and it provides a stunning finish! And I learned a few tips along the way, can't beat that! My favorite part about buying new patterns is learning new tricks! :)

Hey everyone, it's Trisha again.  Today I get to talk to you about the Beverly Belle from Izzy & Ivy Designs.  This is one of their popular paper patterns that has been revamped and turned into a pdf pattern.

This is seriously one of the funnest tops I've made.  We love the twirl factor.  After we took pictures my daughter did not want to take it off.  Jumping on the trampoline and all.

This pattern has one pattern piece for the swirls, and then the straps and the bodice lining are cut from measurements. I love that there are only 4 pieces of paper to tape together, so it is very easy to assemble.

Sewing the swirls together is a bit difficult, so it is probably more of an intermediate pattern.  The first time I made a skirt similar to this was several years ago, however, and I was nowhere near as experienced as I am now, so it is possible for an adventuresome beginner to try.  It just takes some determination.  The instructions are well written with detailed pictures of all the steps.  

The only part I had a bit of difficulty with was correctly joining the bias tape.  To be honest, I was in a hurry trying to finish it with my kids asking every 10 minutes if I was done so we could head over to Grammy's house.  I was also looking at the instructions on my phone, so it just didn't click with me.  I did it my own way and it works fine, but I want to figure out the correct way to do it.  I will definitely have to try again.  I used 2 packages of store bought tape, but you can also make your own if you wish.  

The top is gathered with 2 pieces of elastic, so no shirring is needed.  The straps also use elastic to gather each side.  

Overall I have to say I really enjoyed the outcome of this pattern.  Sewing the swirls together, then finishing the edges, and then top stitching was a bit tedious, because I was essentially sewing each seam 3 times, but it was totally worth it.  I already have plans to make another one for my youngest daughter.  In fact, I was also trying to think of a way I could add a few more swirls and some length and turn this into a skirt for me!  I might be a little obsessed with the look of the swirls at the moment, haha!!