In May 2015 I pattern tested the Dixie DIY Bonnell Dress. It is a lovely dress pattern with cheeky cut-away sections in the bodice.
|Dixie DIY Bonnell Dress|
Onto version two. I bought two metres of cheap and cheerful red floral viscose from a stall on Chapel Street market in Islington last summer (£2 per metre) with the intention of making a Bonnell Dress v2. This time I omitted the cut-away sections and slightly lengthened the skirt section.
The construction was good and with a self-lined bodice it looks very pretty on the inside too. The fit is great but (why is there often a but?), the back bodice must have stretched out during construction as the back section which should lie in a beautiful V for the centre-back zip is all floppy and stretched. I should have sewn or ironed on some stay-tape to stablise it. Better luck on version 3!
|You can see the slight rippling of the bodice either side above the zip - eek!|
Pattern: Dixie DIY Bonnell Dress = Free for pattern testing in 2015
Fabric: 2 metres of viscose from Chapel Street market, Islington = £4.00
Gutterman Thread: Red from stash = free
Invisible Zip: Red = £1.00
Bias Binding: Red bias binding around zip from stash = free
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