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 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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