When Heidi of Elegance and Elephants sent me an email asking about participating in the Bohemian Babydoll Top/Dress tour I can’t even tell you how excited I was! I had seen glimpses of the pattern before she released it on her instagram and then seen the tester photos when she released it and holy cow cuteness! I love how all her designs have a really classic feel to them, yet can be made to feel modern, or romantic, depending on your take on it. And let me tell you, this pattern doesn’t disappoint.
Since A is getting older, I find that making clothes that have more modern lines suit her best. So I opted to do the option without the sleeve, since I really like the lines of the bodice and squared scoop neck. I made this one into a dress, since the print is pretty large scale, but not so much to be overwhelming. Also, did you notice that it has a slight hi-lo hem?! Love it!
Not that you can really notice from these pictures, but Heidi’s instructions on finishing this garment are amazing! You don’t even need a serger, which I love, because I don’t have one. And it’s not just fold the bottom in twice over to finish, there’s a really nice piece that you sew in to the bottom to give it some detail when you see the hi-lo hem, which you can use to either contrast (which I did) or to keep it subtle. Plus the bodice, I swear, this is my best fully lined bodice yet! I’m really pleased with how it turned out.
The fabric I used is Sea Stripes from the collection Salt Water by Tula Pink for Free Spirit, I grabbed mine at my local quilt shop, but you can find it online here
. Now, since I picked the large scale print for the bottom portion, I opted for a nice calmer and softer pink for the bodice part of the dress. I know I said we were trying to step away from an all pink wardrobe, but I think the use of this fabric gives the dress a bit more of an older feeling. Not too sure if that’s just me or not, but hey, she likes it, which means she’ll wear it, so I can’t really complain.
I sewed up a size 5 for her, which fits her great overall. The only thing that I’ve been noticing lately, which is pretty much with all patterns lately, is that she is skinny, but tall!! So next time I will probably do it with the size 6 length, just to be sure. Although with a pair of leggings the dress looks great.
Now, here are some goofy outtakes I just had to include, because hey, she wasn’t moody!! haha.
Oh look…you made it to the bottom of all the goofy pictures!! Well, now that those are seen and done, go grab your copy of the Bohemian Babydoll Top/Dress so you can sew one up!