You’ve got this amazing fabric that you’ve been hoarding for just the right pattern … You’ve finally found the right pattern, but when you go to cut the fabric out you realise the pattern and the fabric just weren’t meant to be. Your pattern canvas is just a smidge too small for the fabric design … uggghhh I’ve been there, done that too!
This blog post will talk you through what you need to do so you can sew these dresses without the bodice contrast – giving you easy ways to get new looks from your Alyss, Bells Beach & Disco Dress patterns.
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Let’s start with the Disco Dress
The Disco Dress pattern includes a full pattern piece for the front bodice main.
Simply discard the front yoke piece and ignore all instructions for attaching it.
For the back piece you can either
- Trim 1cm (3/8″) from the bottom of the top back bodice and from the top of the bottom back bodice and stick the pieces together. OR
- Trace the back bodice lining. Trim 1cm (3/8″) from the bottom of your traced piece OR
- Overlap the top back bodice piece and the bottom back bodice piece by 2cm (3/4″). Stick the pieces together.
You can check whether your new back piece is right by laying it over the top of the back bodice lining piece. They should be identical except the back bodice lining piece will be 1cm (3/8″) longer.
You then ignore all instructions for joining the top and bottom back bodice piece.
Sew the pattern with your “new” front and back main bodice pieces
Next let’s have a play with the Bells Beach Dress Pattern
For the Bells Beach Dress the contrast is only on the front bodice.
The easiest thing to do is to discard the front yoke and the front bodice main pattern pieces and to use the front bodice lining pattern piece to cut both your main and your lining. You could join the front bodice yoke and front bodice bottom piece as above for the Disco back (remembering that for the Bells Beach dress the main and lining are the SAME length) but that seems like a lot of extra work!
Let’s finish up with the Alyss Dress
This example was sewn by Mariana from Maryall Boutique. She also made some other modifications to this pattern (left off the sleeves and collar, pleated the skirt and added a lace sash)
For the Alyss Dress you’re going to want to choose the back zip option.
Discard the front top bodice and the front bottom bodice pattern pieces. Use the front bodice lining piece to cut both the main and the lining.
Discard the back top bodice and the back bottom bodice pattern pieces. Use the back bodice lining piece to cut both the main and the lining.
For the Alyss Dress your main and lining pieces are the same length.
In the above example Mariana from Maryall Boutique has also left the sleeves off her Alyss Dress. There’s a blog post showing some other examples of Sleeveless Alyss Dresses HERE
I had a few questions after that blog post about how people made their Alyss Dresses sleeveless. So here’s some tips for making your Alyss Dress sleeveless
- Make the back zip version. You could do the side-zip version but you should in that case move the zip placement right to the top of the underarm. The main issue with using the side-zip version is the top of the zip might be irritating in the underarm without the sleeve to protect that delicate skin.
- Skips the steps related to attaching the sleeves. If you have the One Thimble version of this pattern that’s steps 18, 19, 20 and 47 for the Ainslee Fox version of this pattern that’s steps 6a, 6b, 6c and step 12a.
If you have any questions or feedback about “spinning” your Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns please don’t hesitate to ask in the Ainslee Fox Sewing Den group on facebook or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
It gives me such a buzz to see the things you sew with my patterns so be sure to show me what you’ve been sewing!