Neli's Big Sister

I have recently released a new dress pattern, which looks quite similar to your favourite Neli Dress and the classic Twirl dress. I am writing this short post to clear the air and let you know what to expect from the fit of the finished garment and show the differences.

I will start with the Twirl dress, this is the first dress I have ever drafted. The fit is very basic - tight bodice, knee length and the waistline is in the middle of the waist. The skirt hem is slightly curved. 


Last year (2021), I made a few twirl dresses and still liked the pattern, but as I said it is pretty basic.  I felt like I have become better and more confident in pattern making and I drafted a similar one, but with a higher waistline and a bit more room for growing and moving - the Neli dress. This is my go-to pattern if I want to make a present for a girl. It fits skinnier, chubbier, taller or smaller for their age. The proportions of the Neli dress are just more versatile in terms of the fit. Also there is a sweet peplum top skirt included.

Now let's talk about the big sis.The Big Sister Dress has a loose, almost oversized fit. The bodice is a bit higher than the Neli dress, which already has a high waist. To make the Big Sister dress more casual, the shoulders are much lower, than the actual shoulder line. They are almost at the level of the Boyfriend T-shirt. The Big Sister dress is also longer, than the others and cover a bit of the knees. The sleeves are wider and they are finished with cuffs, unlike the other two patterns.

One picture can explain better than thousand words, this is why I have made the diagram below to show better the difference. 

You can see the difference between bodice width and length and also the dropped shoulder of the Big sister dress. 

I love them all and sew each on a different occasion and mood.

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  • Thanks to this post for the first time I learned how to determine whether it’s okay to use a specific pattern for fashion design, I would recommend reviewing the terms and conditions provided by the blog or website where the clothing patterns is offered. Some are free for personal use but they have restrictions on commercial use or modifications. Always ensure you have the necessary rights or permissions to use a pattern for commercial purposes.

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