You know how they say that you can build an entire wardrobe by building on a couple simple pieces? That was, in part, the inspiration for my newest pattern, Aurora Belle. That... and a little girl who likes to layer many different tops and bottoms together to create her own (very eclectic) look!
Aurora Belle offers a simple summery design that can be used as the starting point for a whole variety of different looks by changing the skirt length, adding layers, or making separate pieces. I hope that you will agree that this one pattern is a great basic for any girl's wardrobe!
Aurora Belle starts out as a skater style peplum or dress with a fitted bodice and half-circle skirt. This skirt offers the perfect balance of flare and twirl with a smooth un-gathered waistline. The sweetheart neckline has an elastic halter, which makes for a safe comfortable fit on the back of the neck without knots or long ties, and the back of the bodice can be shirred or made with elastic casings. The instructions include both methods. There is also a link in the pattern to my Shirring: Testing & Tension blog post if you want to learn how shirr.
This pattern includes three length options. The peplum falls to below the hips and is very stylish with shorts or capris. The mid-length comes to at or just below the knees and is perfect for everyday wear. And the full maxi length skirt makes for a beautiful formal option. Even better, these three skirts can be layered however you want so you can mix together different fabric types or prints. My daughter loves to mix, match and layer to her heart's content! Included in this pattern are options for an exposed or covered waistband option for making a separate skirt... which means that you can make the peplum and add however many different skirts to wear underneath!
This pattern is lovely in cotton, but it's also perfect for different woven fabrics. The bodice is lined and with the layered skirt it works beautifully for thin, sheer, slippery, or drapey fabrics. Try it with eyelet, rayon, charmeuse, or voile. The pattern includes instructions for how to do a bias tape or facing for the skirt hem, or you can use your preferred method for hemming curves.
Aurora Belle is definitely going to be making up a lot of my daughter's summer wardrobe this year. Pick up your own copy in the Pattern Shop for the special new release price, today through Friday March 17th. Dresses for church on Sunday and peplums for every day, this pattern has us covered! Now all my little girl needs is a shrug or bolero to take this pattern from one to three seasons... good thing I have my sketchbook handy to start working on my next design idea!
Thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the digital world. When I'm not designing (or, more likely, attempting to keep up with housework or schooling my three rug rats!) you'll probably find me with my nose in a book, escaping for a few precious moments into a world of fiction or learning with single-minded focus about my latest interest. Here, I'd like to share with you some of the things that I'm currently working on and a bit about all the ways I like to keep my creative juices flowing!
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