I was over the moon when I was selected to test the Sahara Top and Dress* by Bella Sunshine Designs. And so was our daughter when she put the dress on! That twirl factor! The disadvantage is that I am afraid that I cannot get away anymore with dresses that do not have such a twirl factor.
The Sahara Top and Dress is a pattern for knit fabric. I made the dress with long sleeves. Other options in the pattern are, sleeveless, short sleeves or as a top. You have to use fabric with at least 50% stretch otherwise it might be too tight as the sahara top and dress are very fitted. Our daughter was in between sizes, initially I sewed the smaller size, but in the end it turned out that is is better to choose the bigger size if your model is between sizes.
It is a nice, sweet and girly dress with a beautiful back, that makes it even more girly.
I think the dress is a musthave for your girl's wardrobe, it looks beautiful and because of the knit fabric is so comfortable. As my daughter already asked, is it a ballet dress? It is a dress that makes you feel like summer, so let the summer start! Or at least let's start with the spring and summer sewing.
Fabric: blue fabric is a regular knit, I don't know where I bought it several years ago. The fabric from the skirt comes from Megastoffen
Pattern: Sahara Top and Dress by Bella Sunshine Designs
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