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La Bella Donna Tunic

La Bella Donna Tunic

La Bella Donna, the beautiful lady, is a ladies’ top and tunic sewing pattern. It is your easiest and quickest pick-me-up pattern when you feel like your sewjo is gone. It is also one you would run to any time of the year given the many variations it offers. I made the La Bella Donna during a pattern testing process. It also comes in the girls’ version, Girls La Bella Top & Tunic, making it perfect for mum-and-me matching outfits.

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The Pattern

The La Bella Donna sewing pattern is a versatile pattern that can be worn in both cold and warm months. The cowl and hoodie versions can be worn as layering pieces or on their own during the colder months whereas the short-sleeved top version is perfect for summer.

La Bella Donna sewing pattern


  • Sizes range XS – 5X
  • Full bust pieces included
  • Shirt and Tunic length
  • Neck Options: round neck, cowl neck and hoodie
  • Sleeve Options: Short, 3/4 and long
  • Rounded and banded hem options
  • Pocket option
  • No-trim pages & print only your size(s).

The Fabric

This pattern is recommended for medium weight knit fabrics with a 4 way stretch. This includes cotton jersey, rayon/ viscose jersey and sweater knits (perfect for colder months).

I made the tunic version using a floral cotton jersey fabric which was rather drapey and behaves like viscose jersey. I bought it from Girl Charlee UK before they closed down in the UK.

Here are my fabric recommendations from myfabricsuk (who stock an amazing range of jersey fabrics).

The Making

La Bella Donna pattern is such a quick make which can be completed in a sitting. It is a beginner-friendly pattern for anyone who wants to have a go at sewing with knit fabrics.

The short-sleeved version I made features dolman sleeves which eliminates setting in sleeves. The short-sleeves are finished with sleeve bands which is easier than hemming the sleeves in my opinion.

I also made the boatneck version for the pattern testing in size XS. I had the option of finishing the neckline by either folding it over Itself or using a binding. I went with the hidden binding option which came together pretty easily.

I made no alterations to this pattern which is anyone’s dream. Although my tunic version does not seem long enough, the final pattern was lengthened.

The Finished Garment

what’s not to love about La Bella Donna? It is an easy pattern that is sure to become a wardrobe staple. I plan to make the short- sleeve shirt version this summer and cowl tunic one in sweater knit fabric for winter. Of course, I will also be making the girls’ version for my missy in matching fabric.

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I love a loose-fitted linen dress whenever the weather warms up. Unfortunately, the hot and very warm summers are never promised in the UK. However, I have had the pleasure to enjoy a few warm ones which have felt like I was back in Africa. It is those times that have made me look for a pattern like this cocoon dress.

This Cocoon dress was a free pattern in one of the UK sewing magazines which I missed out on. However, I later managed to get my hands on it and I quickly made my very first dress. I am sure I will be making a few more dresses from this pattern really soon.

Pattern Description

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This Cocoon dress is a statement style that is suitable for all body shapes and sizes. It is a versatile style that can be dressed up or down for all occasions. For a more fitted look, it could be paired with a narrow belt.

It does not require any zips, buttons or darts which makes this Cocoon dress a super quick and easy garment. And this makes it a great choice even for complete beginner to dressmaking.

Simple sew Cocoon Dress Sewing Pattern Review

Pattern Sizing It comes in UK sizes 6 - 20

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, It did.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy to follow even for a complete beginner.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked how quickly this dress comes together. And the fact that you do not need any fitting whatsoever if you choose the right bust size.

Simple sew Cocoon Dress Sewing Pattern Review

Fabric Used: Cotton and linen blend with vibrant stripes.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did not make any alterations to this pattern but I intend to eliminate the seam on the front the next time i make this dress.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes. This is a beginner friendly pattern as it comes with no closures and needs no fitting whatsoever.


I love this dress so much and I am planning on sewing a few more really soon and maybe one in african wax print fabric. I have found my warm summer holiday dress. Thank you for stopping by.

Simple sew Cocoon Dress Sewing Pattern Review

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