Lightning Stripes Belladone

by Jennifer Lauren on September 16, 2013 · 9 comments

in Dresses,Modern Patterns


I managed to make a few things to show off before my sewing machine hopped aboard a ship and this Belladone is one of them. I made this almost straight after I had finished my Airelle Blouse because I was on a Deer&Doe kick, and because you know, new patterns are exciting! Especially when they are of the birthday present variety.

I used some amazing blue and black diagonal striped cotton, that actually has some one-way stretch in it that I hadn’t realised until I went to wash it. I was kind of annoyed, but got my Tim Gunn on and made it work!! Also, I really like the diagonal stripe. I think it’s quite unusual for fabrics these days who seem to prefer a vertical or horizontal stripe. Those fabrics are so missing out!






I made the dress almost straight out of the packet, except for a few minor things. I narrowed the shoulders, made the join at the top of the back bigger (I was worried about it possibly stretching out a little due to the stretch in the fabric), made the skirt longer and omitted the skirt hem facing, instead doing a simple rolled hem. I’ve never actually come across a skirt hem facing before, have you? Due to my time restrictions I opted to leave it off, but I think I’ll give it a go with my next Belladone (as there will be a next!).

I thought it would be fun to cut the waistband with the stripe going the other way, making a small lightning strike across the dress (well, I think it looks like a lightning strike…). Also, to break up all that diagonal stripey goodness, I think it needed it, otherwise there would be the possibility of too much stripe (can there be too much stripe?).

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Linda L September 16, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Great looking dress! Love your fabric. Perfect for this dress.


Emma September 17, 2013 at 1:28 am

This looks really good. I love the way you’ve changed the direction of the stripes on e waistband.


ooobop! September 17, 2013 at 1:59 am

Brilliant stripe placement. Fabulous fit too. Such a lovely dress.


lunefantasy September 17, 2013 at 9:57 am

Such a beautiful version !!! You look fantastic !


Kristin September 17, 2013 at 10:49 am

I love what you did with the stripes! So fantastic!


Siri Andersen September 17, 2013 at 5:21 pm

That dress is fabulous is every way! Very well done ;)


ksgentry September 17, 2013 at 7:22 pm

The play on the stripes of the fabric is wonderful, your Tim Gunn moment made it work! It is beautiful.


Claire September 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm

The stripes are really effective. A great dress!


Jennifer September 25, 2013 at 8:31 pm

This is so pretty! Has anyone ever told you that you look just like Laura Linney?


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