Gabberdashery’s Cosy Bella Dress

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Happy November everyone!

I’ve not been sewing for a while, as I was away for a month on tour with my band, so when I finally got back to my machine I needed a nice, simple palette cleanser to get back into the swing of things and to kick start my Autumn/Winter wardrobe making! I spent hours trying to work out what I wanted to make first, after weeks of dreaming up new outfits then I spotted this amazing quilted jersey I got from Fashion Formula (who print your designs onto a huge range of gorgeous fabrics!) a while ago I wanted it to be on my back… now! I knew straight away that it was destined to be one of my favourite patterns – the Bella Dress – by Simple Sew of course!

This is my fourth Bella dress and I couldn’t be happier. I whizzed this up on my overlocker in a record 1.5hrs and am over the moon how well it fits and suits the fabric. I have hacked this pattern a bit – I did right from the start. I elongated and straightened out the sleeves as I’m not a fan of bell sleeves for winter – I like to keep is close and cosy. I also lengthened and tapered in the hem a bit to give it more of an hourglass figure and made the funnel neck longer so there is more to ‘roll with’ 😉 !!

I will be wearing this dress to death as it’s basically a big cosy blanket and it did double as a good Halloween make too!! Because the print is so bold and graphic it suits the simple Bella dress so well but I also have this dress in a plain blue and polkadots -it’s a really versatile Autumn/Winter staple!

I hope I inspire some more Bella’s – please do tag #simplesewbella and let us see your version!

Sew much love,

Comments 4

  1. Hi:)

    Sorry to keep carping on, but this about the SS App offer with £1 PDF pattern from Etsy.

    I bought it & registered etc, got the ‘please tell us which pattern you’d like’ email. I replied to request the Veronika Dress, because I already have most of your other patterns, but it’s never arrived.

    I’ve texted a couple of times about it – sorry to be a nuisance, I love Simple Sew patterns. I love Gabby’s version of the Bella in this email too – I’m going to try it with a Missoni wool mix (when I feel able to risk cutting into it!)

    Kind regards,
    Deb Mckenzie

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      Hello Deborah – I’m afraid we are just the bloggers and don’t work for the actual company. The best way to get an answer is to email gavin.burrell@practicalpublishing.co.uk and explain your problem. Good luck and sorry I can’t help you! Also thankyou for your comment and good luck with the Missoni Bella – it sounds wonderful! Xox Gabby

      1. Thank you very much for your reply Gabby. I didn’t actually mean to post on this section and did so in error!
        I was contacted immediately by the lovely Claire, who sorted everything out for me immediately. Simple Sew is a great company.
        I really do love your take on the Bella Dress – I’m planning on starting mine next weekend (fingers crossed!)

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