#LN8503MS Southern Belle (Paper or PDF)


  • Beautiful with Border Lace or Border Fabric
  • Full Flare Gathered Skirt and Waistline Accent
  • Raglan Sleeve
  • Scooped Neck
  • Sizes 6-18, All Sizes Included
  • Beginner Level
  • Paper or PDF

PDF Pattern is Formatted for your home printer. 


This feminine classic is designed for lace, border, or ombre fabrics for a sheer outer layer quality (an “overdress” layer) over an opaque second fabric or lining (called “dress”), but can be equally beautiful in a single layer of comfortable cotton. The easy to fit bodice with midriff has below-elbow raglan sleeves with darts for good fit and mobility, is gathered under the bust and finished with self fabric binding at the scooped neckline. Both views have the same full gathered skirt, but view A has a slightly angular hemline with godets great for a double edged galloon lace, and view B has a rounded hemline, best for fabrics without a straight-edge border design. Closure is a center back zipper. The waistline is accented with a tied or pinned ribbon embellishment.

FABRICS: Designed for soft or crisp fabrics in a light to medium weight. View A Overdress look for: Lace, bordered eyelet, or any fabric with an embroidery finished edge or crosswise directional prints and florals with an edging, View B Overdress look for: All-over lace, eyelet, embroidered fabrics without an edge finish and ombre’s (colors that fade from edge center) Directional or non-directional prints without an edging. Overdress Fabric Types: organza, chiffon, gauze, georgette, organdy, lawn, and voile. Dress, A or B: cotton, rayon, wool, satin, crepe back satin, faille, taffeta, sateen, and light weight denim are only a few great options.

NOTIONS: Thread, 22″ zipper, 2 ½ yards of ribbon for belt, sizes 16-18: 1/2 yard of interfacing; sizes 6-14: 1/4 yard of interfacing


45″ 60″ 45″ 60″
DRESS 6 5/8 yards w/o nap 4 3/4 yards w/o nap 7 5/8 yards with or w/o nap 4 1/4 yards w/o nap

 (Cut on Crosswise)

9 1/2 yards single edge border 5 yards double edge border N/A 5 3/4 yards w/o nap






Additional information

Weight 3.7 oz
Dimensions 9 × 12 × .75 in

paper, pdf

About Sizing

All patterns are multi-sized with every size included with the pattern.

Our sizing does not follow the standard sewing industry sizing, but more closely resembles the ready-to-wear retail market. Our pattern body standard is an hourglass figure with a generous “B” cup bust, curvy, long waisted, with a height of 5’7″. Expect a fitted minimum ease allowance of Bust=3″ Waist= 1/2″ Hip=2″ except when design ease requires more room for style.

Check the top right hand corner of the package front for the range included with the pattern. The package back will include this measurement chart, listed in inches.


Because many of us are not a perfect numbered size, sometimes pattern width alterations are necessary. We’d like to help you know how to alter your pattern with the least amount of trouble, so we suggest that you start thinking of the cutting lines as just a mathematical guide to width change rather than a hard and fast must cut line.

The first step is to compare your measurements to the chart. Find the number closest to your measurement without going over. As an example, let’s assume a hip measurement of 42″, which is right between size 12 and 14 on the chart. Because our measurement is exactly between these two sizes, we can draw our own cut line exactly between these two sizes which is the exact size we need for our measurement! If we use this same method at the waist and bust, tapering from one line to the next, matching up all the pieces vertically, we can be more assured of a fairly well fitting garment without making a trial garment first.

Use the chart below to find out where to draw the cut line in relation to your measurements.

For example, using the same example as previously mentioned, the difference between the size chart and the actual measurement is 1″. The chart below indicates that a 1″ difference requires an additional 1/4″ be added to the side seams. Draw a new line 1/4″ from the size 12 cutting line and taper it to the next corresponding measurement for waist and bust. In this way, a close enough fit can be achieved using math, not guess work. Add just the right amount to your pattern to make it the right size for your measurements before you cut.


From the nearest size, if your measurement is an additional: Add to pattern side seams:
1/2″ (1.3 cm)
1/8″ (.3 cm)
1″ (2.5 cm)
1/4″ (.6 cm)
1 1/2″ (3.8 cm)
3/8″ (.9 cm)
2″ (5 cm)
1/2″ (1.3 cm)
2 1/2″ (6.3 cm)
5/8″ (1.5 cm)

With a few measurements and adjustments, you can give your pattern the custom fit you need.


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