Bleuet is a dress that works in a great variety of fabrics: poplin, lawn, wool, linen, chambray… Just make sure to avoid very lightweight fabrics (such as rayon) that wouldn’t handle the button closures well, or any fabric that is too stiff (twill for instance) that would create unsightly folds around the princess seams.
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Don’t forget to adapt the weight of your buttons to the weight of your fabric! Go with wood, nacre, or plastic for lightweight fabrics, and avoid heavy metal buttons that would pull on the front of the dress.
Briana, September 16 2017
It’s so interesting that the puff sleeve was regarded as not popular when so many of the makes posted on Instagram are done with this detail and given that Katie of the Inside Number 23 podcast is perhaps the reason a lot of people know about this pattern and she even backs up the puff sleeve. Please, oh, please say there is hope for the original version. It sounds like many people were very much interested in that version. Camille said there were possibly fit issues but can’t those be worked out?!
Eléonore, September 18 2017
Hello Briana, and thank you so much for your interest in our Bleuet dress pattern ♥︎. Sadly, while the aficionada of the Bleuet pattern loved the original puff sleeves, the dress in itself was the least popular of our pattern range. Swapping the puff sleeves for a sleeveless/cap sleeves option contributed to rejuvenating the design of the dress, and we have had a very positive response on the new pattern from a wider audience!
Of course, this doesn’t mean we must forget our clients who loved Bleuet’s vintage style, that’s why we really worked on the B version as a strong nod to the original design while keeping the pattern fresh. For these reasons, we do not plan on re-introducing the sleeves on the new Bleuet design.
Jo Bergstrom, September 16 2017
I just ordered the bleuet pattern last night! I’m so excited to choose fabric, this blog is perfectly timed.