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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Isabelle's Bubble Dress Tutorial


As promised, I am showing you all how I made Isabelle's Easter dress.  I talked her into a bubble dress, but she chose the wide, high bodice style with a highish waist and wide sash part herself.


And she picked the buttons out, too.
 (Yes, it is missing one- I forgot the buttons when I used Mom's machine to make the holes and didn't listen to her when she said she thought the pack only had three buttons.  I'll add another one later.)

As soon as she saw the bubble skirt finished, she got so excited that I didn't even have to give her the bribe I had promised her to let me make it!


It was a lot of work, but I was really happy with the finished result.


I thought I would try to put together a tutorial of how I made this dress.  It was not super easy, so this isn't a beginner project.  In advance, I apologize if my pictures are not all that great-  I was sewing whenever I could get a spare minute over several days.  This is also long, and picture heavy, consider yourself warned...



As it says on the pattern pieces, for the front bodice cut one out of the main fabric and one out of the lining on the fold, and for the back cut two each out of the main fabric and the lining.





The raw edge is against the bottom, just to be clear.  You could topstitch the top of the band here if you wanted to.  I didn't feel like it.

I used a slightly different technique to make my ties, but this is how I should have done it (hence, no pictures of that step).


(Sew the right sides together at the sides- just to clarify.)

Now, moving on to the skirt...







This is a little tricky because obviously the slit does not want to open up straight... just do your best to make it work!


This crease will make it fold over and overlap flat like it is supposed to.  If it does not look perfect below this piece, it is not a really big deal because the skirt is so full and bubbly that you will not notice.
 


Now, let's make it bubble!  I was making this up as I went along.  You could cut the skirt out in three pieces (two for the back and one for the front), but I didn't think that far ahead. 





This is where I realized that it would probably have been better to cut the back in two pieces and make an extra seam, but it really doesn't matter.  Whatever...






TA DA!!! You are done!


She insisted on posing this way holding a tiny flower...
If anything is unclear, please let me know so that I can fix it!  Thanks!!!

One more quick shout-out to Jess at craftinessisnotoptional for this cute felt flower tutorial found HERE.  I used extra felt, so it is extra big, but I love how this turned out!


 One more dress left to show you!

23 comments:

Pam said...

AWESOME dress, Lindsay!!! You are very clever to make the pattern yourself!!!

Anita said...

Well, let me just say I won't be making that dress! It's too much work! LOL...great job Lindsay...wow, I didn't realize you made your own patterns...and it turned out so beautiful. =) I think that this might be my favorite out of all the dresses...cause I personally love the bubble. =) Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie said...

You've got some great tutorials here and some really cute girls. I wish I were a bit braver about sewing. : )

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my vintage table makeover!

Renee said...

She looks so pretty in pink! You went to a lot of trouble making that dress, but it's beautiful! I know that she will remember it forever!

Jessica Stoker said...

This tutorial is fantastic and I love the colors. I would love to have you link up to our bright colors party:

acoupleofcraftaddicts.blogspot.com

Jess

sweetybird09 said...

Oh I agree with everyone, great job,pretty material and what a lot of work, I do not sew but my mom did when I was growing up, and I can remember her making me dresses and she even hand smocked the front of some of the dresses,Your girls are so lucky to have a mom that makes them such nice things.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Adorable! Such a pretty fabric and color. She looks so sweet!

Carly said...

Wow! Amazing job!! I am going to pin this...you should submit it to One Pretty Thing to be featured. Love it!

Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom said...

Love it, this is going on my to make list!
~Jamie

Michelle said...

These are amazing! I can't get over how cute they are! I am a new follower!
Hope you have a great day!
Michelle
www.delicateconstruction.com

Michelle said...

These are amazing! I can't get over how cute they are! I am a new follower!
Hope you have a great day!
Michelle
www.delicateconstruction.com

Mammy Made said...

That is adorable and you make it look so easy! I might have to give it a go myself :)

- Adele @ Mammy Made

4 Sisters @ bringingbeauty.blogspot.com said...

I love that bubble skirt!

Thanks for joining our Beautify It Monday Link Party!

-Four Sisters

Amy said...

WOW! It looks fantastic! Love the bubble skirt...I can't believe you made the pattern yourself. I love to sew, but I've never made clothing without a pattern! Thanks for entering One Crafty Contest; best of luck!

Garage Sales R Us said...

You make it look so simple but I know i could new do it! I am visiting from the One Artsy Mama Craft Contest and wanted to drop by and say hello. I am a new follower! Hope you will stop by http://garagesalesrus.blogspot.com and do the same.

Robin

Jamie @Terrabyte Farm said...

Just found your blog through SMS, this tutorial is fantastic and I have been wanting to make a dress like this for a while! Great instructions, I will come back soon!

Lauren said...

You make it look easy, but I don't think I would be able to make this if my life depended on it! I'm all thumbs when it comes to sewing :) Straight lines are my specialty ;)

Have a great day!

Jeby Jacob said...

VERY PRETTY ONE! wanted to know how much of fabric you needed for this? Thanks.

Lindsay(PACountryCrafts) said...

Hi, Jeby! You are a no-reply blogger so I can't email you back, but maybe you will check back here. For a size 5 dress I used about a yard of the outer fabric and a yard for the lining. The sash takes just 1/4 yard or so, depending on how wide you make it. I would love to see how it turns out if you make one! Feel free to email me with any questions...

Jeby Jacob said...

aaaaaaww, thank you for the quick reply. I am writing from Dubai, I am sure gonna make one and since you reply so fast, I can quick-post my questions while I sew :).

Judy Rankine said...

I googled this info on making a bubble dress and it is great! I have a suggestion for the placket at the back of the skirt. I was confused about the part of sewing the little crease at the bottom. I enlarged the photo, just by clicking on it and could see better what you had done. But, you could slip a piece of white paper right under that area and we could really see the detail. Thank you so much for the instructions. I will be using your method to make dresses for dolls that I create.

Viktoria Faughnan said...

Hi, Love this dress! I'm looking at making a similar dress and just have a question. When you attached the 'skirt' piece, did you attach it to the 'top' piece, not the sah part? so essentially you have 6 layers in the front? (2 skirt layers, 2 top layers and 2 sash layers)? Thanks

Lindsay said...

Hi, Viktoria! You are a no-reply-commenter so I thought I would try to answer your question here. There are 6 layers in the front and 4 layers in the back. The bodice and sash are basted together along the waistline in the front. I have found that this is better than having a sash slide all over the place when the girl moves. The sash ties for the back do not extend all the way to the bottom and are only sewn into the side seams. You sew the bodice and gathered skirt together, then sew the ungathered lining. I suppose you could sew the gathered outer skirt to the lining and then sew it all together to the bodice, but this is how I did it. I hope this helps!