By now, most of my friends in the sewing world have been introduced to miss Beverly Belle. She's the newest PDF pattern to hit Izzy and Ivy and she's goooooooorgeous!
If she looks familiar, her twin sister has been previously available in paper version. (Yup, if you prefer paper patterns, you can get this in that form too!)
She's only available in top length, but I made mine the next size up for some room to grow. Theoretically, since all 11 sizes use the same pattern piece, you could size up as much as you want to make a dress-length! (Just use the elastic measurements and number of skirt panels recommended for your child's measurements!)
This pattern required hardly any paper to assemble/tape/cut (YAY!!), buuuuuuuut it was a major fabric hog. So I made it my goal to scrap and stash bust the heck outta miss Beverly Belle!
I chose this red fabric as my "inspiration", and collected the remaining blue, pink, white, orange, and black fabrics from this one print.
Ultimately, I decided the key to a successful patchwork piece would be choosing prints with very different scales and styles (Ahem: CHAOS.)
Beverly Belle also includes instructions for a bias tape finish. Which this bias-averse sewist may have actually attempted... if it didn't require 6 YARDS of it. Seeing all the beautiful bias versions around has afflicted me with just a smidge of regret... but not enough to stop me from spending $10 on trim to avoid the experience altogether.
YAY POM POMS!!
I wouldn't call this a fast sew (there are a lot of seams!) but it IS really easy. If you haven't sewn with curved pattern pieces yet, let this be the one to learn on. Seriously.
The twirls and smiles are totally worth the time and fabric investment. So much so that I made TWO this week. (No judgey, go make your first BB and tell me you aren't tempted to do the same!)
Just look at the smiles!