Her name on paper was simple enough: Betsy. Not very pretentious. Not very unusual. Downright ordinary, in fact. But when she arrived, her striking gown’s elegant silhouette and shimmering jewels glistening in the late evening sunlight, it was clear we had been wrong about Betsy. She was a force to be reckoned with.
“Besty” is a luxurious soft gown in both maxi and day lengths. It features a pull-on design, a ruched bodice, optional bodice lining and petticoat, and shoulder straps that cross in the back before becoming part of the pleated skirt. We suggest using a soft knit with some body and rebound, like a jersey knit.
-Fashion fabric 5/8 yard(45” or 60“ wide)
-1/3 yard lining fabric
-Optional Petticoat: 1/4 yard tulle in 2 colors
Thread and Optional embellishments
Difficulty Level: Advanced
What You Get: One 26 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! A summary of instructions text only page is also included to save on printing ink! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. This pattern will require several of the pieces to be cut out and then taped together, but all pieces print at actual size. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.
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I actually had some trouble with this pattern. I had to rip out the back straps several times before I could make them come out right. And I don't love the fit as well as I usually do Melody Valerie Couture patterns - it looks very bulky where the waist attaches to the skirt. But it still is an elegant, sophisticated dress and I'm sure a little girl will be delighted with it!
Melody, thanks for sharing your most fabulous pattern with us. I think it is the prettiest dress pattern ever for our girls.
I just finished this dress. It's very pretty but I'm going to have to remake the skirt part of it because it has ended up significantly too short. I recommend adding 1-2 inches to the skirt pieces depending on how large you make your hem.
This pattern was not difficult at all to make, and the instructions are very helpful. I really, really like buying patterns from people who sell on Pixie Faire. They are simply the best! And this one, in particular, is top-notch. Twenty-five stars!