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my Beausoleil dress

Added Jun 7, 2017

by kelerabeus

Beograd, Serbia






I like to believe that I’m fairly immune to fashion trends – I pride myself in knowing what I like, what suits me best and which styles I gravitate towards, and for the most of the time I don’t feel the need to be in sync with latest fashion craze. Until, of course, 2017. rolled in. Flounces and ruffles were always my weak spots so it wasn’t surprising when I started sewing every frilly pattern that came my way, but cold shoulders! I really didn’t see that one coming! :D

This beauty I’m wearing is Beausoleil dress from Itch to Stitch. Never have I tried one of their patterns before, but when I saw that there’s a call for pattern testers for this design I raised my hand so quickly that I almost sprained my (cold) shoulder! I LOVED the sketch so much! Luckily I got in and this is the dress I made with this lovely (just released!) pattern.

In my book, this is a perfect breezy summer dress – relaxed bodice and sleeves, waist that is fitted enough to look flattering but loose enough to be non restrictive, and lovely A-line skirt. And of course, cold shoulder detail. So darn cute! Neckline and shoulder openings are finished with all-in-one facings and I really like how it looks – very clean and professional finish. There’s a lapped zipper at the back which is NEVER my first choice (I’m invisible zipper kind of girl through and through), but I tried it for this one and I’m almost converted. The result is far better looking than I thought it would be and the lapped zipper method used in the instructions is just plain amazing!

The fabric I used for my dress is floral rayon, very soft and lightweight and with a beautiful drape. Colour reads quite pinkish in the pictures but it’s actually lavender! It’s slightly see-through so I had to line the skirt, bodice is left unlined. I’m not 100% sure that this kind of fabric is what Beausoleil is designed for – most of the testers used more stable and less drapey fabrics which resulted in equally beautiful dresses and tops with more streamlined silhouette. Nevertheless, I’m so happy with my choice – I love this soft and feminine look and I think it feels very me.
The only downside of my fabric choice were the pockets as I really don’t think that they work for this dress and in this fabric – they look very floppy and they’re cheapening the entire look. Actually, right after taking these pictures I took the pockets off and I like the dress so much better without them! But I do believe they would look good in some other fabrics and other prints.

In addition to dress this lovely pattern also has a top option, and starting today it’s available for everyone to buy, make and love. I sure do love mine!




Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Romantic


Itch to Stitch

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    Jul 9, 2017, 08.25 AMby sewing fanatic

    Looks so lovely, its got everything I like, cold shoulders, pockets, wonderful!

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    Jun 11, 2017, 10.50 PMby Stacyco

    It’s very trendy model of dress this summer! Awesome work!

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      Jun 18, 2017, 11.17 AMby kelerabeus

      Thank you very much! Yes, the cold shoulders are everywhere this summer!

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    Jun 11, 2017, 04.17 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Very romantic and cool at the same time! :)

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      Jun 18, 2017, 11.16 AMby kelerabeus

      Thanks Ellen! :)

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    Jun 11, 2017, 11.49 AMby SurMesure

    Very nice dress, the fabric looks “summer perfect”!

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      Jun 18, 2017, 11.15 AMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! I agree, it’s a very summery fabric :)

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    Jun 11, 2017, 07.14 AMby Madcinderella

    Supercute dress! :D

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    Jun 11, 2017, 06.08 AMby Elpida Kyriakou

    Nice breezy summer dress! But if this is lavender then you have the magic ability to turn colors to your warm earthy color palette!

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      Jun 18, 2017, 11.14 AMby kelerabeus

      Haha, thanks Elpida! :D It really does look very pink in the photos, it’s so hard to captures the true colour with the camera sometimes!

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    Jun 8, 2017, 04.09 PMby Mary Athey

    Gorgeous dress. X

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    Jun 8, 2017, 08.19 AMby Maria Hayek

    Yay! Here comes the project and more pictures! :) I really like this dress, including the pockets. But you may be right that it’s better without them for this fabric, but think how cool they will look on this dress in for example light blue soft denim or chambray!

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      Jun 18, 2017, 11.11 AMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! I’m so bad when it comes to writing up and publishing my projects – I have a backlog of pictures that are waiting to be uploaded here! Instagram made me so lazy! :D
      I agree about the pockets – they would look awesome in a chambray or linen or anything of the similar weight. They just didn’t work for my fabric :(

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