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The BellBird Dress

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)

$10.00 NZD

Childrens sizes 12/18m – 8 *PDF Digital Download*

A modern take on a vintage silhouette, The BellBird Dress is perfect for playing and picnicking in!

Featuring a free embroidery pattern and with or without bell sleeves, you can make this dress your own!

Pockets included for treasure collecting.

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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!
Sewing Level:

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!

Fabric Suggestions:

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:
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • 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 (or if you would rather make a bank transfer, please email me hello@belowthekowhai.nz to arrange) 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.

The 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.

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.

Returns and Privacy Policy

Start sewing your BellBird dress today and show me your progress and finished results in our “Below The Kowhai” FB community, or on Instagram /belowthekowhai 

5 reviews for The BellBird Dress

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    A lovely timeless pattern, modernised with the addition of pockets. I love how this pattern is versatile to suit your style and a great pattern to have in your collection….I am already imagining many different combinations to make!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Such a sweetly styled dress and LOVED the addition of pockets. If I can make this pattern as a complete beginner, then anyone can! The pattern and tutorial were straight forward and easy to follow with the addition of many extra tips and photo prompts. Thanks Sophie for a great project to launch me into sewing, I’m so pleased with the result! 🙂

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    This pattern is easy to follow, and the final product is just stunning. The embroidery and pockets are a lovely touch as well. This has quickly become my daughter’s favourite dress. I sewed the sleeved version for winter, but I’ll definitely sew up another one without sleeves for summer.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I loved sewing this!! Instructions were easy to follow with lovely photos to help guide me along. I made a sleeveless version & fell in love with the no zip or buttonhole opening at the back. My daughter loves wearing the 2 I have made her so far!!!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I’ve recently completed my second BellBird dress (the first time I sewed a sleeveless size 1, and this time a size 6.) I love the classic beauty of the design and was impressed with the easy to follow instructions. The fit is spot on too. I also really enjoyed the added bonus of the optional embroidery, and found the instructions and pictures so helpful for that too! Thanks for making such a lovely pattern.

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