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Adaline Meets Country


When Melissa said she was having a birthday blog tour for the one year birthday, I was excited to sign up! I have a tight nit group of designer BFFs and she is one of them. I love her as a designer. She has phenomenal work ethic, she is fun to test with, cares about customers and values feedback.

I chose to hack the Adaline Dress/Tunic. This dress is so cute as it is. It really doesn’t need to be hacked at all. So I decided to do a country-fied version of it. What does that mean? burlap? Yes! Lace? Yes! Frills? Yes! It has it all.

I worked with the tunic and divided the total length of the skirt, as provided in the chart, in half; minus the seam allowance. I cut the same width as the pattern specifies on the top tier and then added ten inches to the width on the second tier to add the frill! All good country, southern belles need a little frill in their life.

Secondly, I used a thin 1/16 inch elastic, but any size would work, and cut it half the length of the second tier. about 4-5″. I picked the spot I wanted a little peek-a-boo section and zig-zag stitched while stretching the elastic the height of the tier; on the underside. When it was secured on the tier, it cinched the fabric up to create the start of the peek-a-boo section. I then added lace and burlap twine straps to the top of the peek-a-boo section and stitched it to the bottom of the first tier. That way it was enclosed in the seam. One tie was on the inside and one on the outside. I tied it in the front as a bow and hand-stitched it in place so that it would stay put when washing.

Thirdly, what country girl doesn’t have BURLAP?! I used wired burlap ribbon to cut a couple of rectangular pieces and 2 square pieces. I also cut with my pinking sheers some scrap pieces of the dot fabric into squares. I also cut one piece of non wired burlap ribbon that had lace edging. I layered these pieces on top of each other and then tied a pretty lace and burlap twine bow to put on the top. Using embroidery floss, I stitched all the layers together. Using thick button thread, I flipped it over and hand stitched a basting stitch in a wide circle and then pulled it tight; causing the flower to pucker just a little toward the front and then I secured the stitching. I fastened the flower onto the dress with a safety pin so it can easily be removed for washing.

My daughter adores her new country chic top and is looking forward to wearing it to school! I hope you enjoyed my hack and will give a shabby Adaline a shot too!

All Bella Sunshine patterns are true perfection. They are easy to follow, very in depth, excellent line-art directions. She offers layers, measurement charts, a pattern group for support and top notch customer service if you ever need help!

Nicola Hebert

Nicola Hebert

Owner and Designer at Seaside Notions at Seadside Notions
I am Nicola Hebert, aka. Nicky, mom, Navy wife, pattern designer, graphic designer and business owner! It’s crazy how fast life moves and I am always trying to move just as fast, often called the energizer bunny. I currently live in Chesapeake, VA thanks to Uncle Sam. I have 4 amazing children from 2 to 16!

Doomed to use emoticons for the rest of my life, I always manage to smile through the toughest moments. As you may have gathered, I am bound to live near the water in some way with our Navy life and being a lover of water, hence the name Seaside Notions!
Nicola Hebert

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5 comments on “Adaline Meets Country
  1. Melissa says:

    I love this version! I think the bow is my favorite part. 🙂

  2. Cassy Gobin says:

    I love this country twist! The flower is perfect and I love that it is easily removable for washing!

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