Botanical Belladone

Wow! I can’t believe I finally made a Belladone dress. This pattern caught my eye ages ago, and then my Mom bought the pattern for me at Christmas (thanks Mom!). Since I imagined it as a summer dress I waited. And checked out lots of Belladone inspiration. You can find my favorites on my Belladone pinterest board.

botanical belladone front

The fabric is from IKEA. I totally loved the botanical print and it’s a nice medium weight cotton. And less than $5 a yard which is perfect for a wearable muslin.

botanical belladone pocket

The sewing wasn’t too hard and the instructions were more than sufficient though definitely not hand-holding! I’m glad I waited until I had some experience with dresses to try this. And lots of bias tape practice. This is my first time doing an exposed zip. I hand-picked it which is definitely my preferred way to do a zip. So precise. I like the way it turned out and will probably do this again soon. This was also my first time using a hem facing and it made hemming the dress very easy. I am not usually very excited about hemming (last step, why can’t I wear it yet, who knew the hem was so long…) but this was pretty fast and looks very nice.

botanical belladone back

I graded between sizes using a 36 at the shoulders, 38 at the bust and 40 at the waist and hip. I was hoping to avoid any gaping around the back detail and was mostly successful. It looks ok in the pictures and is comfortable to wear, but I will fold maybe 1/4″ out of each of the top back pieces and take a tiny amount out of the front neckline.

botanical belladone detail

I’m looking forward to making another Belladone. I always feel like I perfect the fit on the third version. Only I’m not sure how many of these dresses I need at one time so it may be a little while before I do another. Perhaps when the perfect fabric finds me…

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Details: Deer & Doe Belladone dress, graded from sz 36 at shoulder to 38 at bust to 40 at waist, exposed zip


  1. Helena says:

    Wearable muslin? I think it is perfect! I want to run to IKEA and buy that fabric, too.

    • pinned says:

      So nice when a wearable muslin turns out as good as a carefully planned project! I bet they still have some…

  2. Fröbelina says:

    I knew that this fabric looked familiar to me! I love it especially as a dress! 🙂 And your exposed zipper, what a beautiful detail 🙂 Well done 🙂

  3. Meg says:

    I love this dress- the exposed zip is particularly awesome! I bought this fabric from Ikea a couple months ago, too!

  4. Kelly says:

    The fabric works so well! I’m adding that to my IKEA list 🙂

  5. Inder says:

    Oooh, I love this fabric, and I never would’ve imagined it as a dress!! It’s fantastic! The exposed zipper is just great and you really look like a million bucks in this style. That is one NICE wearable muslin!

    • pinned says:

      Exposed zips on everything! I love when a muslin turns out well. This made me feel so brave I’m tackling another new dress pattern…

  6. Jen says:

    Wow, that belladone looks great!! That dress hasn’t really been on my radar until now. And I’ve seen that fabric at my local Ikea but had overlooked it – I think I’ll give it a try in a new pattern one day soon!

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