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Sahara by Bella Sunshine Designs

Sahara dress by Bella Sunshine Designs

Sometimes you sew (or come across) a dress that makes you look 10 pounds thinner. THIS is that dress! Sahara dress has very figure flattering shape. I think circle skirts are more flattering anyway but something about this bodice is appropriately slimming as well. I normally rock my curves (and my rectangles) :-) but if a dress gives me an hourglass shape and makes me look thinner than I am, I will want to make a million!!

bella sunshine designs sahara dress pattern sewing

bella sunshine designs sahara dress pattern sewing

The dress is made for knit fabrics and comes in Ladies sizes 0-30 with Optional Bust Adjustment. The design features two different neckline options for the front and a low scoop back; sleeveless, short sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, and long sleeves with a fully lined bodice. The dress has a full circle skirt that is super flattering.  The design comes with three lengths; top length (hits at the hips), tunic length (which covers the bum) and dress length (hits just above the knees).

As is usual for me, I did my length adjustments. Reduced 2" from bodice front and back. I used size 8 bodice and size 12 skirt due to my waist measurements falling in that range. I absolutely love the fullness of the skirt. I made no other changes. Fabric used was an ITY knit from fabric.com that has been in my stash for quite some time!
The skirt is cut in a full circle so there is no side seam in the skirt. Instructions are provided for seams if your fabric won't fit or if you wanted to add pockets. Mine still had plenty of space left over though. I used 2 yards of the fabric.
bella sunshine designs sahara dress pattern sewing
Sahara by Bella Sunshine Designs

I chose to make a dress version but tunic would be so cute as well. I am planning at least 2 more of these dresses. I already wore this to work this week. I need more!

The bodice is lined and is finished with the burrito roll technique. It's really easy to do and provides nice and enclosed seams. Pattern also calls for finishing the armholes with clear elastic to make sure there is no gaping. I was bad tester and didn't do that but thankfully (small boobs) no gaping!

bella sunshine designs sahara dress pattern sewing
I also love the shape of the back neckline. Cute details like this are a win for me.
bella sunshine designs sahara dress pattern sewing


It wouldn't be a complete post without a twirl! 
bella sunshine designs sahara dress pattern sewing

Here is my affiliated link to buy the Sahara dress. Bella Sunshine Designs has a number of cute patterns so take a look!

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