Another Belinda Dress-and lesson learned

In the fall Rachel and I were lucky to be able to test the Belinda Dress(affiliate link).  Rachel was home for Thanksgiving and we were busy sewing, visiting, cooking and managing to take pictures all in the same 36 hours.  See how that went here.  So now that things have settled down, I decided to make up another.  M loves the dress which we made up in a 2T.  It is getting on the small side so up sizing it was!

Cute Dress Pattern

The dress is sized for knits with a 25% stretch, which we used the first time.  I thought I would make one that would offer and little more warmth, so decided to go with a micro fleece.  Soft, stretchy and warm.  Well word to the wise……..this fleece stretches more than the regular knit that we used last time.   I proceeded to cut a size 3.  It looked bigger than I thought it would but was confident of the sizing.

Cute Dress Pattern

As it turns out it is rather large.  We decided that this is mostly fabric related, and really,  I should have known better.  After going back to the left over micro fleece it probably has a stretch closer to 40%.   The dress is sized quite appropriately when using the recommended knit.  But the stretchier soft microfleece doesn’t create the bubble effect in the skirt making the whole thing rather large.

The dress is really cute and rather than take it apart and cut it down we decided to hang it in the closet and bring it out next fall and winter when M will be in preschool. WOW!  We can’t seem to move past the zero degree mark and I am talking about NEXT winter. And Rachel’s baby going to preschool.

blue belinda

The lesson has been learned.  Be sure that you size correctly if you are going to change your fabric choice.  Generally speaking the more stretch the fabric has the smaller size you need to use.  I am sure a 2T would have worked fine in this instance.

Although I was sad this was not an immediate win, it did remind me to think things through a little more and re size when needed.  The Belinda dress is a Go to Pattern.(affiliate link)

Have you ever had something in your head and just thought this will be great, only to find you have made a basic miscalculation?  I

Happy sewing, Donna

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  • Amy mayen February 13, 2014, 8:53 am

    My last Belinda dress was a kind of a boo boo. I ended up somehow not taping the bottom of the battery on. I had a few (I thought) blank pages and it ended up a Belinda top instead. I want to sew it again, I love the pattern so much. I love your fleece version, and the print! I haven’t seen it done in fleece before:) did you see the sewing with knits post recently at Elegance&Elephants? It has a stretch guide that will determine your fabric’s stretch and recovery. Nice for patterns that reccomend a certain percentage!
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  • Annie February 13, 2014, 12:33 pm

    I was thinking Belinda dress with fleece would be cute, and you confirmed it is! Thanks for the tip on sizing, I will be more careful when I use this pattern next time. Was it hard to sew the 2 front panels for the pockets, as fleece is thick? Your dress is really cute and will get good use when time comes!
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  • Pam February 13, 2014, 7:05 pm

    There is usually something to be learnt from a mistake and so our sewing skills improve along the way. You’ve made a lovely dress and as you say, it will fit next year. Love the bright, fun fabric.
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  • Cindy February 14, 2014, 10:28 am

    Better too big than too small! The dress is really cute. I like how you used the pattern for the neckband.:)
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  • Stephanie February 17, 2014, 7:39 am

    Love the fabric choices!
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  • T'onna February 18, 2014, 9:36 pm

    Cute dress! I really like the zig zag fabric!

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  • Ajaire February 18, 2014, 11:30 pm

    Ooh I love it in the fleece. I’ve been hoarding microfleece this winter so I’ve been looking for more things to make with it. Thanks for the tip in the sizing!
    My girl will go to preschool in the fall too. Yikes they’re getting older so quickly!
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