Chantelle’s Rifle Paper Co. Nina Lee Bloomsbury Dress Hack
With the weather warming up here in the U.K. it seemed the perfect time to make a very special floral dress. I have dreamt about making a Nina Lee Bloomsbury dress for a while. The deliciously wide ruffle and buttons down the back, definitely caught my attention.
I do think every Rifle Paper Co. fabric is stunning but the particular fabric I chose really stood out. The darker background just sets off the flowers beautifully. The fabric is made of cotton and is so soft. Even thought it is quite structured, I think it is perfect for a dress especially if you want it to hold its shape.
Now on with the dress! This pattern is really straightforward to make. With no tricky fastenings, it’s a great make for a confident beginner. In order to make the blouse pattern into a dress, I simply lengthened it by 19” in an A-line shape towards the hem. I repeated this step for the back and cut two pieces.
I sewed the central back seam, stopping at 15” from the top. Finished each side of the opening and used hair bands as button loops.
I love the original high neck ruffle collar on this blouse but I wanted to try a different look. Instead of adding the collar pieces, I simply used bias binding to finish the neckline.
I am absolutely over the moon with my dress! It all came together so quickly. The dress is ridiculously cute and exactly how I imagined it. I just love it when that happens....