I’ve always wished I lived in the late 60’s for the fashion. I love a more bohemian look and have been loving some of the new trends that have a more modern spin on the 60’s style. I’ve been eyeing bell sleeves for awhile now and was contemplating adding them to a pattern because I wanted them so badly, so you can imagine my excitement when Megan told me about her newest pattern, the Dove Blouse. I thought a dress with bell sleeves would be so much fun, so I decided to do a little hack to extend the Dove pattern into a simple A-line dress, while still maintaining that beautiful curved hem that makes the Dove so special.
This is a fairly simple tutorial, but in order for the dress to fit you properly it’ll be important you get a few measurements along the way. Resist the urge to just follow the angle of the side seam to a longer length. That might work for some, but if you are more of a pear shape like me, that will not work. To create a dress from the Dove pattern you will need to adjust the front and back pieces, as well as create new bottom hem facings, if you choose the facing option as opposed to a rolled hem. Once you create your new pattern pieces, the garment will be sewn up just like Megan describes in the pattern instructions. So, let’s get started!