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Pattern Review - Dixie DIY Ballet Dress

It seems I have a fair amount of stripey fabric in my stash! This one has been hanging around for about a year and a half waiting for the right pattern to come along. Thankfully I purchased quite a bit of this which helped with matching stripes.

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The pattern is the Ballet Dress from Dixie DIY and can be downloaded for $4. Bargain!

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The construction of the dress is simple, as are the instructions. There are no images to assist you, just one page of text which is fine if you've sewn this kind of thing before and I'd say even beginners would find them easy to follow but if not there's a great step by step tutorial over on the Dixie DIY blog.

The dress is mostly sewn on the overlocker with the hems sewn with a twin needle on a regular sewing machine and was quick to put together.

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I like that there is a length of elastic sewn into the waist as the bodice and skirt are sewn together to help the dress keep it's shape. This fabric has some weight to it so I image that will help.

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What else can I say? I didn't need to make any alterations to the pattern and I'm pretty happy with the fit. My measurements were in-between a small and medium so I cut out the larger of the two sizes. There's a little room for movement but I prefer that to being too figure hugging.

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The Details

Pattern: Ballet Dress by Dixie DIY
Size: Medium
Alterations: None
Skills needed: Sewing with jersey. sewing with an overlocker, twin needle hem sewing
Fabric: Viscose jersey
Other materials needed: Elastic to reinforce the waist and shoulder seams
Equipment/tools needed: Overlocker, Sewing machine, Twin needle for hems
Make again?: Definitely!

Have you sewn the Ballet Dress? 

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