Growing up my favorite part of fairy tales was the dresses the princesses or fairies were wearing, whether it was in a movie or book their dress always captivated me, I wanted them for myself. So it’s no surprise that I love making my little girl dresses, upon dresses, upon dresses, and her being pretty much a mini copy of me, she loves them too!
When Little Lizard King asked me to be apart of their special occasion promotion, I may have squealed a little… And with my great love of their Bellevue pattern the vision began to form. One of a vintage feel, in pink tulle and nude chiffon, with vintage lace and a sprinkle of flowers.
The bodice of the Bellevue dress is simple and easy to embellish, I used a cream cotton for the lining and a nude chiffon for the main. For the double flutter sleeves I used three layers each of a soft rose pink tulle. I’m not going to lie, trying to see the tulle for the flutter sleeves to make sure it was lined up correctly was a challenge, can you say crossed eyed, but thank god for wonder clips!!! For the straps I used some vintage lace I found at an antique store. I made the straps out of cream cotton and a layer of nude chiffon, I attached the tulle and sewed them on the bodice, then I simply top stitched the lace to the straps. The vintage lace butterflies were a Facebook find and perfect for this project. The lace butterflies and the flowers were hand sewn on after the dress was assembled.
For the skirt I wanted it long, full, light and wispy. To make the tulle easier for me to cut and work with I left it folded in half (like it come off the bolt) easily creating two layers. I used the width of the fabric for a Maxi skirt length, which worked so perfectly, I cut the width of the skirt panels (front and back) at 104″ each. I did the same thing for the lining which is a dull taupe lining satin and since it is a light weight fabric the the long width didn’t make it bulky. Photographing it in the wind was a little challenging but it did make for some dramatic shots.
The back of the Bellevue dress is as beautiful as the front, the fluttered straps are crossed and tied through loops on the back of the bodice, they can be tied in a bow, or in this case a knot for a more simple look.
For the finishing touch and a little bit of whimsy, I hand sewed little cream flowers with pearls in the middle. Flowers and lace are kinda my signature!
I wanted the pictures of this dress to be as whimsical as it was. So my husband made a simple rope swing to which I added ivy and cream flowers and hung it on a tree in the meadow, thank you hubby. As we walked (or in my daughters case rode in the wagon) to the swing, we picked a bouquet of wild flowers for her. The outcome was as magical as I had hoped for!
The Bellevue is such a beautiful and versatile pattern. It’s no wonder it’s my favorite pattern this year! And this certainly won’t be the last one I make!
Thank you for reading about this Special Occasion Bellevue Dress I created for Little Lizard Kings special occasions promotions, I hope it inspires your fairy godmother side!
Bellevue and the other dress patterns featured in the special occasion promotion are 25% off now through Sunday!
Gotta have a silly one!