Tropical Bardot

I bought the fabric ages ago, and the pattern is another of Love Sewing’s freebies from Simple Sew. I have to admit, I really do love their patterns! As much as I love their patterns however, I very rarely follow the instructions.

I used  1.5 meters of this beautiful blue 100 cotton with tropical flowers in creamy white. a 22″ concealed zip, and 1 meter of white bias binding. The pattern included a piece for the neck binding, but I didn’t have enough fabric on the right angle so I used pre-bought. The cotton bias added a bit more structure to the neckline.


I had to unpick one of the pleats in the front of the skirt because it didn’t quite match up with the waist dart which was easily sorted. But rather than follow the pattern I stitched all the front pieces together and all the back pieces together to make it easier to match everything up dartwise.

My slip up! needed to unpick the pleat before I could fix the bodice to the skirt piece

My slip up! needed to unpick the pleat before I could fix the bodice to the skirt piece

Zip went in a dream, but he biggest problem was my shallow shoulders, as per usual! I had to take in the front and the back of the raglan sleeves about an inch each side, and even then, I had to refashion the sleeves and add a dart in to reduce the gaping.

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I made a matching belt, which was a pain to iron because I somehow got it twisted but looked good in the end, and I made a twisted hairband to complete the look!

Finished my bardot dress today! #sewing #summerdress #sewcialist #outfit #retro

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Now that I know how to make the sleeves fit me, it will defiantly be a dress I make again! The size 12 for the pattern fits pretty perfectly and its just the right lengeth!


If I were to make this again, I would lengthen the bodice a little because it currently sits just above my waist. Its not uncomfortable, but it would be a change I’d make!

I love this dress!



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