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Women's Bella Coola Dress

Silky soft, dreamy drape, fuss-free & flattering on ALL. In can only be our best-selling knit Bella Coola Dress. Easy as a tee, with a gently gathered bust, all-around em... Read More >>

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Women's Bella Coola Dress is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 311.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love the Bella Coola dresses! Regret you felt the need to redesign the Bella Coola!! Great Dress, so feminine. Do. NOT like New Designed Betts Bella. Hope you continue to sell the original. Will need more next season!
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not "betta" and not "coola" I thought the sale item I was ordering was the improved "Betta Bella Coola" but it is not fitted through the bust and it falls well below the knee. It is not flattering-rather matronly. I often dance so wore it dancing even though I wasn't crazy about it. I wore it with a belt to make it fit better. It did not breathe and was hot to wear dancing, so it will probably sit in my closet.
Date published: 2016-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This dress is exactly what I wanted The dress fits perfectly as all other dresses in my size. It is easy to put on and feels good. It is lined so no problem with being able to see through the material. It is my new favorite dress
Date published: 2016-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from casual attire . I bought this dress for one of my daughters , she did not think it was flattering on her . I tried it on and i thought the same , a bit clingy in all the wrong places for us.... we both have a similar shape, size 16 to x l. It may be perfect for others , just not us. btw, my daughter is 41 , 5' 8" weight approx 160 pounds .
Date published: 2016-03-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Runs large Nice item for the sale price. I ordered the large and medium would have fit. A top that I ordered in large was too small. It is hard to know what size to order. I didn't exchange because I no longer want to order from Sahalie. Their shipping charges and return shipping make it too expensive.
Date published: 2016-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this dress! I am so impressed with the quality and the style of this dress. I am a 66 year old grandma who needs a 45" long dress. When I realized Sahalie had shortened the Bella Coola Dress, I hurried to order two more of last years model before they sell out. Please, please keep the 45" dress in your inventory!! In addition, the style of this dress is perfect. The cool cotton knit fabric is so comfortable and the A-line style of the skirt is flattering and feminine. At 5'6", and 130 lbs. I usually wear size S, but to allow for any shrinkage and comfort of ease, I ordered size M in this dress. It is perfect! Would love THIS dress in more colors. I will say it again...I love this dress!
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bella Coola Dress is so comfortable! I love this dress! I have another I bought last year as well, it washes and drys in the dryer beautifully. I had mine hemmed up a few inches b/c I like a bit shorter length. I hope they come out with even more patterns and colors.
Date published: 2016-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect fun cold weather dress! Love the colors....got it in all three! Very complimentary fit!
Date published: 2016-02-24
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What is the difference between the misses length and the petite length? Also, is the petite cut small through the bust area?
A shopper on Mar 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If you select "read more" in the style description, you will find our more details specific to this dress.
Lengths: Misses 45"; Petites 42"; Plus 47"
Do you have a suggestion as to what color cardigan to wear with Paisley Bella Coola Dress?
Pat C on Feb 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I think the best choices for a cardigan to complement the Paisley Bella Coola Dress would be: pale blue, teal or coral-rose. (The colors appear a bit lighter in the online photo.) There is a hint of yellow in the pattern, but I do not believe that color would best complement this lovely dress. I often opt to wear a jean jacket with the dress, and I accessorize with turquoise jewelry and boots. I've received many compliments. :)
How does this dress fit with a DDD bust?
A shopper on Mar 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I am actually returning this dress because I ordered a large and although it fits my DDD, it hangs on me and is not flattering. I really like this dress but honestly, it isn't designed for curves. Very disappointed...
Where can I find the 3/4 sleeve length for the dress? It was mentioned in someone's comment.
A shopper on May 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have a couple with the 3/4 sleeve. They seem to be offered in the fall and winter.
I usually wear a 6/8. Does this dress run small or large? Not sure whether to order a S or M.
Karen L on Mar 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I typically wear a 10, sometimes an 8. I'm 5'8" and 150#. A Medium fit me quite snugly, and I likely would have kept it as I prefer things fitted, but didn't think the pattern did much for me. As other reviews noted, this short sleeve version runs smaller and shorter than the 3/4 length sleeve versions. (2" in width, approx 3" in length) I had ordered both sleeve versions in M and kept only the 3/4 length due to fabric color and pattern preference.
Does the dress length shrink in the wash?
A shopper on Mar 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I purchased this dress in a petite length and have been extremely satisfied with it...in every way. It hasn't shrunk anywhere and I've worn it (and washed it) many times. It's easy to dress up or down and is so very comfortable. I am planning on purchasing another in a different print. There is no higher praise than that, is there? Edie Mergler, Bloomsburg, PA
Which Bella Coola cardigan bestgoes with the coral dress? Mango? Oatmeal? Olive? Do they all match?
A shopper on Mar 26, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I went with oatmeal
Would a coral sweater work with the tropical print?
Carol R on Mar 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: i have this dress in the bluish color print...i wear a light turquoise shrug with it but i think coral would look great......might look for a coral one myself....lucy
Would the Aruba blue go-with-the-flow wrap match the paisley Bella Coola dress, or would another color look Better?
Mary S on Apr 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have every one of these dresses and have found any wrap, sweater (pullover and cardigan), shirts worn over the dress and even shirts UNDER the dress work. This dress crosses over into every season. The most versatile and flattering dress I have. That's why I have 4 of them and am going to order the new color!
The dress listed as "Paisley" comes with a henna-colored swatch, whereas when you click on a turquoise paisley pattern swatch, it is described as "Henna". So, which to believe? If I want to order the turquoise, do I have to choose "paisley" even though it is illustrated by a rusty-reddish swatch, or vice versa? I would be hard to imagine, that, indeed, the name "Henna" could refer to a paisley blue pattern...
A shopper on Oct 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I bought the light blue "paisley ", fits well, used for travel, doesn't wrinkle
The henna dress has a different pattern, more floral, I think.
What kind of shoes do you suggest? I don't do platforms or heels over 2"
A shopper on Sep 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 2" heels if you have shorter legs, and you could go to a shorter heel if you have longer legs. However, it really depends on the look you are after. Some women could wear flats - but it's a different look.

If you have shorter legs and want to wear shorter heels, I would shorten the length of the dress. You might also try a Petite size, but that may not fit the bust properly.

The bust on this dress is already a bit high.
would this dress work for a trip where I have to do sink washing, does it dry quickly, at least overnight?
A shopper on Apr 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I did sink wash this dress one time when I was staying in a hotel. I hung it up overnight near the air conditioning vent so there was lots of air movement, and it was dry in the morning. I think how well the dress dries overnight will depend on the weather, how humid or dry the air is. (Don't hang it on the ceiling sprinkler in the hotel room, or it will end up very wet!)
Is the dress washable?
A shopper on Apr 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have several Bella Coola dresses and, yes, they are washable. I usually hand to dry, but if you use a gentle drying cycle I would think they would be ok.
I am not quite 5' tall. Will the petite be too long?
A shopper on Apr 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No. I am five feet one and it was tea length on me. I didn't like that length so I hemmed it to just under the knee and I like it much better. Showing more leg makes a short person look taller. I feel and look much better at that length.
does the dress have pockets? if yes, what type, side seam
A shopper on May 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No pockets on this dress. It is very comfortable and flattering. I received lots of compliments.
It appears to have a kind of divided top area....how does it look on substantial bosoms?
A shopper on Mar 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I'm a 34B, petite. It gave me a nice full shape on top. I bought it for my daughters wedding (July outside country wedding). First dress I ordered and never looked for another dress. Fabric was so soft and not thin but not heavy and does not wrinkle. Literally carried it in a plastic bag to show to friends before the wedding, never a wrinkle. I love a dress you can put on and just feel and look good in!
Does this dress have a zipper or is a pull over loose fit?
A shopper on Feb 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No zipper. It's a pullover. Very comfortable and fits well even without the zip?
What size to order if I wear a 10 petite?
A shopper on Jun 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The measurement chart is quite accurate in terms of selecting a size. They have redesigned the dress to fit a bit more closely. I am 5'4" and have both misses and petite in this dress. The petite is the same dimensions in terms of measurements, but does fit much better on me, especially length.
which shoes look best with the paisley dress?
A shopper on May 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I bought this dress for my wife and she loves it. I showed her this question and she answered and I quote "Red!"
Is there ample bust room? I take a 34 DD and fitted seams sometimes fall short in the bust for me.
Lady Di on May 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would be a bit wary if I were you. I am a 34B, and ordered the Extra Small in this dress. It fits nicely; is comfortable in the bust. But for someone who is 34DD, the seams probably would be too short.
Is there a charge for returns?
A shopper on May 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I call having to pay for return shipping "a charge for returns" - so if about $10 doesn't bother you and it's an expensive item, it's still worth returning it. But I will be more careful about ordering from here in the future - no ordering 2 sizes to get the right fit knowing I'll return half the order.
there are 4 color choices and 5 pictures, what color is the dress shown with the model in the cowboy hat?
A shopper on May 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I believe mine is "Paisley"; bought it last year so can't be sure. Mine looked orchid/turq/hot pink in the catalogue so have worn it with a deep(hot) pink accessory. After cataract surgery, I realized that colors are actually turq. & brick red!! I still get compliments but don't pair it with the hot pink anymore!
What percentage of the fabric is cotton?
A shopper on Mar 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 56% cotton; 38% modal; 6% spandex
have you changed the length of this dress?
A shopper on Aug 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I am 5'6" and this dress fits me almost exactly the same way it does in the pictures. I bought a 3X and it falls about 3"-4" below my knee.
How can I get free shipping?
A shopper on Jul 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: sign up for email specials on the bottom of our web site for special offers
Are the length measurements of the Bella Coola dresses from the shoulder or the back of the neck?
Barbara D on Apr 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The measurments are taken from the high point of the shoulder.
what are measurements foe a 3X?
A shopper on Mar 27, 2015
Waist 46"
Hips 55"
Sleeves 33"
56% cotton; 38% modal; 6% spandex +
Care Instruction:
Machine wash in cold water; Do not bleach +Tumble dry low; Use cool iron if needed +
  • Pullover design dress
  • V-neckline
  • Cap style sleeves
  • Shaped front yoke
  • Soft gathers at bust
  • Empire waistline front and back
  • Six panel skirt
  • 45" average length
  • Imported