Bellini // Women's Knit T-Shirt Dress Pattern
The Bellini Dress is a downloadable sewing pattern for a modern knit maxi dress, with splits at the sides. The Bellini has baseball-style raglan sleeves, a crew neckline and comes with options for both short and long sleeves.
It’s a great pattern for bold fabrics, colourblocking or neutrals. This easy-to-wear style is trans-seasonal and great for layering.
Skill Level: These instructions are aimed at people who are beginners to sewing knits. You will need a basic sewing vocabulary and a good understanding of your sewing machine.
Sizes: • 'Standard' Sizes A-G (US 2-14, AUS & UK 6-16) See the 'sizing guide' image for measurements.
Sewing Machine Requirements: • An overlocker (serger) threaded up for stretch knits is required for the main seams. • A sewing machine with a ballpoint needle and a twin needle for the hems.
Material Requirements: This pattern is designed for knitted fabrics with a minimum of 5% lycra or elastane. The fabric should have at least 20% stretch to allow the neckline to stretch over your head. Ribbing works especially well, and jersey, double jersey or interlock will also work. Be sure to pre-shrink your fabrics, especially if you’re combining two fabrics.
- A Print-At-Home PDF 24 x A4 or US Letter pages.
- A Copy Shop PDF 2 x A0 pages to print at your local print shop (ie. Kinkos, Officeworks)
- An instruction file 6 pages of very detailed sewing instructions with illustrations. , Download size is 2.4mb.
Materials you need at home:
- This pattern is designed for knitted fabrics with a minimum of 5% lycra or elastane
- 2m (2.2 yards) of knit fabric with a 144cm (55”) width.
- OR 2.5m (2.85 yards) of fabric with a width of 112cm (44”)
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