Bella Loves Patterns Flor Dress: DIY Black Swiss Dot Cotton Ruffle Wrap Dress

Bella Loves Patterns Flor Dress

Hi All,

I am excited to share a pattern from a new-to-me pattern company today: this is the Flor Dress from Bella Loves Patterns, and it is a beautiful, fun, feminine and extravagant pattern which can be sewn as either a dress or a crop top.

Bella Loves Patterns Flor Dress

There is so much to love about what this pattern offers. Not only does it come with FOUR different cup sizing options (I didn’t need to do an FBA to this bodice!), but the instructions are excellent and I love that there is the crop top option included, if that’s your jam. I love the finished dress, although I haven’t had the chance to wear it out yet. We are going out for dinner at the end of the month so I am hoping I might have a chance to wear it then. The ruffles make it impossible to wear a layer on top so you kind of need some warmer weather to wear it 😉

Bella Loves Patterns Flor Dress

I did raise the armhole by about an inch for complete bra coverage and I am really pleased with the outcome. I also did a 1 inch full seat adjustment. Even on gathered skirts which seem full, I find I sometimes need that adjustment to stop the skirt hiking up in the back, and appearing shorter at the hemline. BTW, the fabric is a beautiful quality black swiss dot cotton from Fabworks. It’s almost sold out (last 3 metres available at the time of writing). The swiss dots are actually a burgundy colour; it’s subtle but a nice touch. The pattern does not recommend using fabrics without some structure to them.

Bella Loves Patterns Flor Dress

Full review below, but overall, this is a beautiful pattern IF you don’t mind all the gathering and hemming that’s involved 🙂

Bella Loves Patterns Flor Dress

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

Flor is a romantic wrap dress & cropped top that is perfect to wear during the warm seasons or winter layered over a turtle-neck. The pattern features statement ruffles inserted into shoulders, princess seams and wide waist ties.

Flor comes in two styles: a high waisted cropped top and midi-length dress with gathered waist and tiered skirt. Both styles are finished with bias binding around the neck and armholes. The dress and top have a high wrap “V”-shaped neckline.

With no zipper or lining or complex closures, Flor is surprisingly simple to make. The dress option also has inseam pockets.

Pattern Sizing:

Size 6 – 20, in A, B, C and D cup sizes.

I made a size 18 bodice in a C cup, grading out at the waist and hips.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

The instructions are very good and detailed. I especially liked that the instructions told you to stretch the bias at the neckline slightly when applying it to snug up the neckline and stop it from gaping.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

This is a great pattern and there is nothing to dislike. It is beautifully drafted, the fit is great, and the different cup options meant I didn’t need to do an FBA. I liked that the pattern pieces included pieces for the bias strips to finish the bodice and neckline and that an option to make a cropped top is also included in the pattern.

Fabric Used:

Swiss dot cotton.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

  • The pattern is drafted for someone of 5’4″. I am 5’3″, but I ended up removing 9 inches of length. With hindsight if I was making this again I might only remove 7 or 8 inches, but the length is still something you should check before cutting your fabric. BTW, this dress is a fabric hog, and even with my removal of the length, my 4 metres of fabric was just enough to cut this dress.
  • I did a 1 inch full seat adjustment.
  • I raised the armhole by 1 inch.
  • I omitted the pockets.
  • The bodice is a good fit, but, just in case, I added a press stud at the crossover for added security.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

It’s quite a distinctive style so I don’t know if I need another one. I did have a mind to make the cropped top version for my daughter but I don’t know if I am up to all that ruffling and hemming right now, lol. I do recommend if you like this style.

Conclusion:

The perfect statement summer dress. Love it!

See you soon!

Bella Loves Patterns Flor Dress

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

12 thoughts on “Bella Loves Patterns Flor Dress: DIY Black Swiss Dot Cotton Ruffle Wrap Dress

    1. Thanks Beth. Yep, I have noticed that dresses I have been drawn too over the last couple of years are taking far more fabric than ever before!

  1. Gorgeous dress! This looks great and very feminine. I may have to check out this pattern company!

  2. Manju, this dress is just lovely! I think that the black swiss dot adds even more awesomeness to the overall design of the dress and giving it more versatility depending on the accessories worn.

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