This pattern and tutorial will guide you step by step through the process to create your own Bellbird Dress! A dress so unique, with vintage charm, we know you’ll get lots of great comments on it! And, you can say “I made it!” which is the best feeling ever!
You’ll love the loose fit for easy playing, and the bell sleeves that gather at the wrist. This dress has been created to wear in winter with a top underneath for warmth, or, go sleeveless for twirls in the summer. Whatever you choose, its fully lined and comfortable for your little one to wear and play in.
She will love discovering her new dress has pockets and thinking of all the treasures she can store in there.
This pattern is beginner friendly and has no scary bits! Yay!
If you’re wanting to try something new, have a go at the beautiful flower laurel shown in the photos. The neckline of The BellBird is perfect for showing off some stitching and you’ll find the pattern and instructions included.
- Instant PDF download
- Children’s sizes 12/18m – 8
- Inseam pockets
- Lined bodice
- Loop and button closure on back bodice
- Bell sleeves with elastic cuffs or sleeveless
- Higher neckline perfect for embroidery
- Free embroidery pattern and tutorial
- Full tutorial, photos and support to help you create this dress!
- Newly added A0 copy shop files
The BellBird Dress has been designed with beginners in mind – Can you sew in a straight line and find the zig zag stitch on your machine? Then this is for you!
You’ll love the enclosed seams in the bodice, the easy button and loop closure (no button holes or zips!). The instructions for the pockets are detailed in each step along with photos. If pockets make you nervous, give them a go and enjoy your finished results!
The more advanced will appreciate the option to gain some new skills and have fun with the embroidery tutorial and pattern!
For summer think: Cottons, voile, lawn, linen and linen blends, chambray and light denims (there are so many great denims available now!), and anything similar that catches your eye!
For winter think: Quilting or upholstery weight cottons, corduroy, velvet, drill, and anything similar that catches your eye!
Fit and Ease of The BellBird Dress:
The BellBird Dress has been created with play in mind! There is plenty of ease already included in the pattern. Its been designed for a loose fit (enough for a top underneath it for winter), and we think you’ll love the bell sleeves that gather at the wrist.
When you are choosing what size to create, measure around the chest (tape measure tucked underneath the underarm). Use the chest measurement to determine what size your child is.
This pattern has been created using Standard American Measurements and might seem different to what you usually buy in stores. Therefore, use the size the chart says you are to fit the chest, and if required, lengthen or shorten the skirt as needed.
Fabric and Fit Chart:
Additional Notions Required:
- Elastic 1-1.5cm in width (length supplied in chart) for sleeves
- Thin elastic (rolled or flat) for button loop. 5cm / 2 inches.
- Safety Pin (for threading elastic)
- 1x medium sized button
What You Get When You Purchase:
This is a PDF digital download. When you purchase through PayPal you will be emailed the digital pattern and tutorial. Save these to your computer.
These downloads will also be available in the “My Account + Downloads” section of this website when you are logged in. This is where the most updated version of your purchases will be and you can access it any time. In the future I may revise this pattern and slightly alter it. If you’re sewing in the future, check back for the latest version.
You can choose to print The BellBird Dress pattern at home or at your local copy shop:
At home: The digital pattern is 20 pages long in black and white, and can be printed on A4 or US Letter paper on your home computer and then assembled for use.
At copy shop: You can email The BellBird Dress pattern to your local copy shop printer, or save it on a flash drive and take it to them to print. This has been formatted in an A0 size and has all of the pattern pieces you need.
You will also receive a comprehensive tutorial with instructions, photos and tips to guide you in your sewing of this garment. Please view this tutorial on your device or computer to save the trees!
What’s a PDF?
A digital document viewable in Mac Preview or Adobe Acrobat Reader. You will be able to save, view and print these documents on your computer or device.
Returns and Support
Because this is a digital product and can be saved to your computer, I am not able to offer returns on any purchase unless at some fault of my own. So, please choose carefully and make sure you are purchasing the correct pattern!
In lieu of returns I offer comprehensive online support to those who are sewing! You can contact me on Facebook, Instagram and email, and you can expect a prompt reply! I will endeavour to help you in any way I can.