30 Days Of Sewing With Art Gallery Fabrics: The Bonnell Dress

Last month I was invited to be involved in 30 Days Of Sewing With Art Gallery Fabrics – to say I was excited is an understatement!  Throughout the month of September, they will be sharing beautiful projects that have been made with their beautiful range of fabrics.

I chose to make the Bonnell dress from DixieDIY: a gathered skirt dress with triangular cut outs on the bodice.  I had a really hard time choosing fabrics because all the new collections are just gorgeous! The one that jumped out at me the most was the Anna Elise collection by Bari.J.  The look book for this collection is just adorable!  After narrowing it down to this collection, I chose the Wind Melody Carmin for the main fabric and the Rythmic Hatch Vivid for the dress lining – both cotton.

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It was a hard decision choosing because I am also IN LOVE with these cottons too: Encolureful and Boho, Tribal Study Jewel & Bunny Binkies Funk. How sweet are they?!  Definitely choices for future projects!  Take a look at the collection and tell me which prints you love. 🙂

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Having never sewn with AGF, I knew that I wanted to get the fit of the dress perfect before cutting into my fabrics.  If you read my blogs or follow me on Instagram or Twitter, then you will know that many Bonnell dresses have been made over the last couple of weeks.  3 wearable muslins to be exact, which of course will be blogged about soon!


Once I was completely happy with the fit of the dress, I started my AGF make.

Checked twice & cut once.

Checked again before starting to sew…just to make sure!

This was a dream to sew with and it was a make that made me smile through the whole process.  The cotton was soft and glided through the machine with ease.  Even from the inside, it looked so pretty.


I’m not sure if anyone else can relate to this…but I love the feeling you get when you turn a bodice the right way round to see how well the lining looks with the main fabric.  *swoon!*



I wore the dress whilst out on a walk with Maisy puppy; it was incredibly soft and incredibly comfortable – fitting perfectly in all the right places.  I love how the colour of the dress looks different depending on the light.  I almost made the waist band in the lining fabric to add a bit of contrast but then decided to stick to my original plans – do you think a contrast waistband would look ok?

Here it is anyway!  Hope you like it 🙂  I do!  I ❤ it!





Wondering where you can get hold of Art Gallery Fabrics?  They have a fab new app out (for android & iOS) where you can peruse the fabric collections & find your local supplier.

This blog post was sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics.


21 thoughts on “30 Days Of Sewing With Art Gallery Fabrics: The Bonnell Dress

  1. Lucky you! What a fab choice of designs. You chose really well and love the contrast lining, really elevates the whole dress. Looks great on too, and totally with you on the bodice/lining reveal 🙂

    1. Yes I’ve also seen them quite a lot – I wouldn’t be able to get away with showing my tummy through some of the cut outs though…I’m glad these are in just the right place 😀

  2. I’ve loved watching and reading about your progress with these dresses, I’m very impressed with how you worked out which bits needed altering in order to gain a perfect fit. They have all turned out beautifully but each is different enough for you to wear them consecutively too. And I agree, Art Gallery fabrics and their new collection are just gorgeous.

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