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Ruffled Bell Sleeve CoverUp

Added Jan 25, 2017

by sewing fanatic

Nth Is, New Zealand






Long Sleeve Maxi – Burdastyle 07/2013 #124

I traced this pattern four years ago, and I think the back piece was possibly traced wrong, or the front piece was- as it looks higher haha. No worries as hi-lo hems are all in lolz. Its a nice wide loose style for warm weather, tho I probably didn’t need to make it one size up like I did here. The ruffles look out there, and they stand out because I used two complimentary fabrics, as I didn’t have enough of the floral main fabric for the ruffles. Both lightweight fabric remnants cost $3 each from a local fabric fair, they’re kind of barky crepey crinkley materials which tended to blunt my needles, but thats one thing I have learnt: having a new sharp needle for each new project makes sewing much easier and reduces problems. To make the inside seams tidy and secure (I need a serger lol) I zigzagged all seams twice, the second time over making them ‘rolled’ seams, a bit of fussing but it did the trick ok lol. The floral has metallic gold thread accents adhered to the outer surface, hope they don’t become unstuck. Its synthetic fabric but the dress has an oversized-fit and doesn’t feel itchy to wear. Location: Pt Chevalier

Material Notes

woven lightweight crepeon fabrics (floral semi-opaque with gold accents, & pink semi-sheer with silky embroidered florals).




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Evening Wear, Romantic
Chiffon, Organza, Polyester, Rayon

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    Apr 8, 2017, 02.44 PMby sewing fanatic

    This dress was difficult to capture properly on camera eg my phone, maybe as the ruffles mean it’s slightly ridiculous to wear at my local beach, but I was trying to get a resort or beach-house kind of look lol. In any case these feminine frills would also go down a treat at a flowery garden party. Overall, I’m trying to sew a permanent vacation wardrobe for myself, as you can probably tell from looking at my studio lolz!

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    Feb 2, 2017, 02.03 PMby kisses

    Lovely dress Nadia….looks great on you and the pink really make it stand out more

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      Feb 4, 2017, 12.13 PMby sewing fanatic

      thanks so much kisses; luckily i found the pink one to match with the main floral, yay! =D

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    Jan 29, 2017, 03.51 PMby RedBelka

    Great beach outfit! love the fabrics!

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      Feb 4, 2017, 12.12 PMby sewing fanatic

      thanking you very much RedBelka xx

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    Jan 26, 2017, 03.15 AMby izbott

    Its wicket and you will rock the beach muchacha!

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    Jan 25, 2017, 08.15 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Cheerful and Lovely! :)

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    Jan 25, 2017, 07.58 PMby chula123

    such a bright and cheerful dress! looks great on you! hahah, well if moving away from the gothic look was your intention, you defo have succeeded :-))

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      Jan 25, 2017, 09.55 PMby sewing fanatic

      thanks chula darl! my decided efforts to move away from the favored gothic looks of my youth is showing, haha! xx

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    Jan 25, 2017, 03.22 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

    Floral and rulffles and bell sleeves and maxi!!!! All things I love in a summer dress are here!

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      Jan 25, 2017, 09.54 PMby sewing fanatic

      hahahehe! thats like me, totally love all that! thanks lovely =)

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    Jan 25, 2017, 06.21 AMby Mary Athey

    Lovely dress and it looks great on you x

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      Jan 25, 2017, 09.55 PMby sewing fanatic

      thanks so much Mary for that darl xxx

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    Jan 25, 2017, 03.50 AMby Eli Cat

    Very beutiful. It’s good for spring.

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