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Heartstrings Dress with Optional Shelf Bra

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THIS IS A DIGITAL PDF SEWING PATTERN
The Heartstrings Dress is a fit & flare style featuring a fitted bodice with narrow or wide straps, waist seam & A-line skirt. It is designed for stretch knit fabrics & includes an optional shelf bra that you're going to love!

WATCH THE VIDEO to see what's in this sewing pattern.

 

FEATURES
  • SILHOUETTE: Fit & flare.
  • BACK: High or low.
  • FRONT: Band or binding along neckline.
  • INSIDE: Single layer, lined or shelf bra.
  • SHELF BRA: This is optional & can be made in self fabric or, for extra support, athletic knit or power mesh.
  • FINISHES: Binding, fold over elastic (FOE).
  • STRAPS:Binding, fold over elastic, added wide straps (with ring) or adjustable straps. Use soft Lastin, clear swim elastic or plain elastic.
  • LENGTHS: Above knee, below knee & long.
  • FABRIC: 4-way stretch knit fabrics. Not suitable for woven fabrics.
  • SIZING
  • This pattern covers sizes 4-30. 
  • This pattern is sized using your upper bust (UB) measurement for the bodice & your hip/seat (H/S) measurement for skirt section.
  • UB range: 73-135cm (28.75-58.75").
  • H/S range: 80-150cm (31-59"), measured 20cm (8") down from the natural waist.
  • View the size chart here
  • FABRIC

    For a cool summer dress, it sews up beautifully in cotton lycra, bamboo, viscose or modal knits. Layer up in winter over a fitted tee or sweater - try sweater knit, wool or French terry. Splash out in a fabulous graphic print in saturated colours - try swim fabric or poly knit.

    • 4-way & 2-way stretch knits with vertical give. 
    • View fabric & trim requirements here.

    Suggestions include cotton lycra, swim fabric, athletic knit, Merino Wool Knit, Rib Knit, Jacquard knit, Viscose or rayon elastane knits, Double brushed poly (DBP), Single brushed poly (SBP), Stretch knit crepe, Poly elastane knits, Bamboo elastane, Modal Lycra. 

    Shelf bra suggestions: as above or, for more support use athletic knit, power mesh or power net. For increased support, sew a 2 layer shelf bra.

    TRIMS

    See tutorial for more details.

    STRAPS (MAIN TUTORIAL): 6-10mm (1/4-3/8") Lastin, clear swim elastic or plain elastic (not knitted).

    SHELF BRA (OPTIONAL): 2.5cm (1") - 4cm (1.5") soft (plush) elastic.

    ALTERNATIVE TO BINDING/STRAPS: Fold over elastic (FOE) in 2cm (3/4"), 2.5cm (1") or 3cm (1 1/8') width.

    WIDE ADD ON STRAP (OPTIONAL): 2 x 12-18mm (1/2-3/4") bra ring. 6-10mm (1/4-3/8") elastic (Lastin, clear swim or plain).

    ADJUSTABLE STRAPS (OPTIONAL): Bra ring & slider to match width of FOE or binding. 

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    Customer Reviews

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    Candice
    Favorite Dress

    Easy to follow pattern. Built in bra is so functional. Fit is amazing.

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    Sophie
    Favorite dress yet!

    The built in bra is hands down my favorite feature of this pattern! I can’t recommend this one enough.

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    Livia
    Summer Perfection!

    Actually, all-year-round perfection is more like it!
    This dress has so many possibilities.
    I love that I get to pick between single layer, built-in bra, or fully lined.
    I have made multiples already and don't see myself stopping anytime soon!

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    Beck
    Summer dreams

    This lovely knit dress pattern has a great fitting and sewing tutorial. It has options for wider straps to accommodate wearing a bra, or sewing a built in supportive shelf bra which makes going braless in the summer a possibility, even for bigger busted ladies.

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    Erika
    Perfect summer dress

    Absolutely love this dress! I live in a very hot and humid climate and this dress is perfect for the weather. I really enjoy the shelf bra and the option for FOE instead of binding