Bella Sunshine Designs is a little vintage meets modern and that’s what you get in the Adaline Dress and Tunic
. After I took these pictures, I decided Pigg#2 should have had bobby socks and Mary Janes to complete the look and drive home that 1950’s/60’s vibe I got. It’s sweet and feminine without a lot of fuss.
This dress features a color block fitted bodice, gathered skirt, button closure down the back, slight ruffles at the sleeve edge, and a wide hem that helps it hang nicely. Oh, two sleeve lengths, dress and tunic lengths, and a lined bodice as well.
I have been searching for a pattern for a long sleeve dress out of woven fabric for quite some time and I jumped at the chance to test this pattern. It was already something I was looking for! So of course I chose to test the long sleeve and dress options in a size 4 with size 5 length. Melissa gives instructions for blending sizes that really help make sure you get the fit you are looking for.
The bodice of the dress is fitted and fit Pigg#2 really well without any adjustments. It’s not too tight so she can still run and play but doesn’t look baggy either.
(Where did she learn to pop her leg like that? I did not coach that little pose at all! Stop growing up so fast!)
The long sleeves have good length to them with a bit of room to grow. I didn’t test the short sleeves, but they hit just above the elbow. Both have the slight ruffle from elastic.
The dress length is meant to hit right at or an inch above the knee (there’s part of that vintage flair). Pigg#2 and I prefer a bit longer length (she said she was cold) but the more she wears this dress the more drawn I am to that sweet little girl feel and seeing those knees poking out from her dress.
5 buttons down the back. Something I learned from this pattern test was how to make a placket with a single piece of fabric for the skirt back. That’s another skill I’ve been looking for a pattern to teach me since my go-to sewing skills book doesn’t have that in it…and my google searches are not always effective at bringing up the results I want. Sometimes I spend more time looking for the information I want that it takes to actually do it!
You can find the Adaline Dress and Tunic
at the BellaSunshineDesigns.com. Melissa is also releasing a sweet wool coat pattern, Gabriella’s Winter Coat
. I got to test that pattern as well so take a look at my post to see more pictures.
Oh, and in the next couple days I’ll also post another version of the Adaline Dress and Tunic I made. Pigg#2 helped me pick out fancy fabric to make a Christmas dress for her.
Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission. This helps fund fabric for testing and reviewing patterns, and paying down student loans for my husband’s training. Regardless, I only recommend what I believe is quality.