Sunday, August 19, 2012

Bubble dress: patterns and tutorial


Edit, March 19: the free bubble dress pattern has been replaced by an all new and improved version, which is sold via my patterns page for $8. My apologies to those of you who were 'lured' here via Pinterest by the promise of a free pattern - I cannot remove those pictures from Pinterest. To soothe your disappointment: you enjoy a $1 discount if you use the code PINTEREST.

So, how has the pattern been improved?
better sizing (the dress is longer for the higher ages)
more sizes: instead of 2y - 4y - 6y - 8y, it is now 1y - 18m - 2y - 3y - 4y - 5y - 6y.
- a peter pan collar, which you can choose to leave on or off
digitally drawn instead of hand drawn patterns
- much more detailed instructions 
- more information (table with sizing, table with yardage needed, printing and assembling instructions, cutting diagrams, etcetera)
- all information is now provided in inches/yards as well as centimeters












114 comments:

  1. great tutorial! I'll have to try it sometime! :-)

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  2. :-) Heel tof! Ik maakte een gelijkaardig jurkje naar een Japans patroon.

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    1. Dank je :-) Ik denk dat ik weet welk jurkje je bedoelt: ik hebt het hier ook al eens gemaakt. Dat is een geweldig patroon!

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  3. I'm going to have to try this for my gbaby. What book did you use to teach you to create your pattern?

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    1. Hi Okie, I used "Metric pattern cutting for children's wear and babywear" by Winifred Aldrich (there's a link in the text).

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  4. I'm going to have to try this for my gbaby. What book did you use to teach you to draw your pattern?

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  5. Wonderful tutorial and pattern. Thank you!
    Your girl is so sweet.

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  6. Hi Okie, I used "Metric pattern cutting for children's wear and babywear" by Winifred Aldrich (there's a link in the text).

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  7. This dress is precious! I love it! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  8. love love love this bubble dress, it will have to be added to my list for baby girl. I'm currently challenging myself to make my twin boys' fall/winter wardrobe - I'd love for you to stop by to see what I'm doing ~ Suzanne
    http://winterwonderingswanderingswhatnot.blogspot.com/2012/08/project-0-updates-competitive-nature.html

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  9. Thanks so much for posting this tutorial! I can't wait to try this. :)

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  10. Can you suggest the best way to print this out? Is it best to take it to a print shop or is it possible to use a home printer. Thanks, LOVE your work.

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    1. You can just print it at home; it is separate A4-size pages, which you will have to put together with tape. Just make sure you do not resize it (print at 100%) and you'll be fine! Good luck with it -let me know how it works out :-)

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  11. Cute dresses but the Model is so adorable - little Princess ;-))) I'll sew this for my girls for next summer. Or maybe it will work with some havier fabrics for colder days? Thank you for teaching that! KamiJns

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    1. Thank you :-) I've made balloon dresses in lawn cotton, double gauze, and quilting weight cotton, and the first two give the best results. But as you can see in the pics, quilting weight also works well! I doubt if heavier fabrics than quilting (eg corduroy, canvas, heavy linen) will look good though. As the dress is fully lined, it'll also be warm if, for instance, you use quilting weight for both lining and outside. :-)

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  12. I just finished making this dress with some sweet Laura Ashley fabric I bought about 25 years ago when I lived in the Netherlands. There used to be a LA outlet by Helmond, not sure if it is still there. Anyway, after a few false starts, due mostly from not always reading the directions it came out great. Thank you for the great tutorial and the lovely pictures of your little one.
    Is it okay with you to use this pattern to make dresses to sell on my Etsy shop? I would be very happy to give you credit in the write up.

    Thanks again,

    Anne

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    1. Waw, that's great! You can sure sell them in your Etsy-shop; just include a sentence like "the pattern for this dress was made by StraightGrain" and then a link to my tutorial and I'm happy! So curious about the dress in Laura Ashley! ...

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  13. Thank you so much! This pattern's really great. I tried it with a gauze outer fabric and cotton batiste lining and it turned out to be adorable. I can see why you've made several of them!

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    1. That's so great to hear, Megan! If you have a picture of the dress, you can perhaps email it to me - in a couple of weeks, I'd love to post some pics of different versions of the dress, made by other people than me :-)

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  14. Por favor gostaria de imprimir esses moldes como faço?Gostaria de fazer pra minha neta que vai fazer dois aninhos.Quais seriam as medidas dos moldes?Se atendida for ficarei muito feliz e grata.Abraços

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    1. Hi Onida, I do not understand Portuguese. Are you asking about the sizes?

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    2. Onedi said....Please I would like to print these pattern how do I?I would like to do to my granddaughter who will be two years old.What are the measures of pattern?If answered is I'll be very happy and grateful.Hugs

      Translated by Bing :-)

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  15. I just made this in a size 6 with a knit fabric. It is a huge hit with my daughter!
    Thank you so much for the pattern, I can see a couple more in my future!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrskanuckles/7936335838/in/photostream

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    1. Waw, I love your dress! I never tried it in knit fabrics myself, but it obviously works!

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  16. great tutorial. Thank you! How much yardage does this dress require?

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    1. Hi Lisa, it depends on the size you make, on the width of the fabric (regular or quilting) and on whether your fabric has an upside and downside. The best you can do is cut out the pattern pieces and take them to your fabric shop. But I used less than a yard for my 2-year old...

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  17. Hi! Thank you for sharing.
    I came to you after a recommendation from the Singer Brazil Blog's page on Facebook.
    Is everything so creative. Congratulations.
    I'll keep reading the blog from now.

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    1. Thank you for the nice comments, Priscila! And thank you for explaining how you ended up on my blog - now I finally understand why I suddenly have so many Brazilian followers! :-)

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  18. thanks for sharing this tutorial.. model is so sweet...

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  19. super cute! thanks so much for the great tutorial and pattern.
    ps. found you via pinterest :)

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  20. SO cute!! Thanks for the pattern!

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  21. thank you for sharing.... is a beautiful pattern, bye bye
    taced

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  22. Can this be printed on letter size paper and still keep true to size?

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    1. Hi Daisy, the patterns need to be printed on regular A4 paper (I guess that is what you mean with 'letter size paper'?) and then put together with tape. Good luck with the pattern!

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  23. Hi! I love your dress and tutorial. It really inspired me! I ended up making a bubble dress for my daughter and blogged about it here:
    http://allthisforthem.blogspot.com/2012/10/bubble-dress.html
    Thanks again! :)

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  24. I think I will give this one a go. Well done on getting some of your patterns up for people to share. I would like to do the same sometime but haven't quite worked it out yet!

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  25. This is so awesome, An! Thanks for such a great tutorial--and a pattern!! I can't wait to try it out.

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  26. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have been admiring your dresses for some time and am so happy to have found this today.

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  27. un grand merci de France !

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    1. And a big "you're welcome" from Belgium ;-p

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  28. wow!!! great tutorial...it seems easy I should try... I have a lot of nieces... and right now I know what to give them for christmas!! thank you!!!

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  29. Great tutorial and wonderful result (and adorable model)! I used this as our "craft of the day" on our Facebook page. Check us out at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brushes-and-Thread/231012056980834.

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  30. I just made this dress today, it's so cute and was fun to make. Thanks so much for the pattern and instructions,,,Eva

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  31. Super cute.. so is the model.. I think I might can make this for my gdaughter..

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  32. Waw, I love your dress! I never tried it in knit fabrics myself, but it obviously works!

    http://stylopoint.com

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  33. I made this dress with satin. A blue tunic and gold bubble base, I made puffy sleeves in red and teal and madw a snow white costume for my niece for Christams. Thankyou this was really easy to follow and alot of fun!

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    1. That really sounds like a gorgeous dress! Happy that you liked the pattern :-)

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  34. I am a novice sewer (like this was my second project with my sewing machine) and it turned out great!!! I can't wait to see my niece in it! I used a lightweight corduroy with a cotton lining and I couldn't be happier with it! Great job on an easy pattern and lots of instructions (especially for us newbies!!! I'd love to share a pic if you'd like!

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    1. Waw, I'm very happy to hear that it went well! I'd love to see a pic of the result :-) My emailadress is straightgrainblog //at// gmail.com

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  35. Do you have a tutorial for your bubble skirt too?
    I am a novice sewer and was able to follow your awesome tutorial and finished the dress in one day. My daughter loved it! Thank you so much!

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    1. Funny you're asking! I'm planning to make a bubble skirt pattern and tutorial in the coming weeks. Happy to hear that the bubble dress worked out well - thank you for the nice comments :-)

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  36. Great tutorial, thanks a bunch from Switzerland! You made a little princess very happy at Christmas, she loves her dress!

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  37. I made a 4T dress for my wedding using your pattern. Love it! I added a collar but the pattern was great! Thanks!

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    1. Thank you for letting me know - I'm very happy that you liked the tutorial! Adding a collar as a great idea - I'm going to give it a try next time I make one :-)

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  38. I used this pattern and made a 4t dress for my flower girl. I love it! Thank you for such a great pattern and tutorial links.

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  39. Thank you for this pattern, I made it in purple for my 2 year old and it looks great. Think I will be making more of these!

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  40. A very comprehensive tutorial!!! Thanks for sharing the pattern. Hope you don't mind but I'm pinning this. I would love you to share this at our Ongoing Linky that's just for Girls' Dresses

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  41. Thank you for this beautiful pattern! I think I'm going to try it was some pink raw silk like material to make an Easter dress.

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  42. Okay, I am not a seamstress by any means - so when I print out your pattern pieces, do I need to re-size them or are they ready to use? Sorry for a silly question! I am new to all of this sewing stuff! :)

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    1. Hi Sherry, not a silly question at all! It is important that you rpibt it at 100%. Tip: before you start cutting the fabric, put the pattern pieces on one of your daughter's dresses to make sure that the size is okay.

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  43. Merci pour le tuto, très jolie robe :))

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  44. Allo! It would have been nice to have a square test to see if our print is ok. Here in Canada we use only letter paper, which is smaller than your A4 paper. But I think that when I choose on the printer A4 size with the option "without border" it's OK, hopefully!
    Anyway, thank you for the nice pattern, j'adore !!!

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    1. How odd is that! I had no idea about the Canadian paper sizes! :-)
      But as long as you print it at 100%, it shouldn't matter too much. The important thing is that it fits your daughter. Compare the width of the bodice pattern to the width of a dress which fits your daughter well, and you should be fine, even if the pattern is printed slightly smaller or bigger. (Don't forget that the pattern included seam allowance, though)

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  45. Super jurkje. Kan je dit ook maken uit 1 stuk, zonder apart rokdeel?

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    1. Ja, daar bestaan patronen voor. Ik maakte er zelf al een paar uit een prachtig Japans naaiboekje: zie hier

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  46. Just saw your edit for pattern updates after cutting the frock pattern yesterday. :)
    Keep up the awesome work.
    Love from India,

    Rashmi

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    1. Sorry about that, Rashmi! The pattern seems to run a bit small, especially for the highest ages, so I want to lengthen them a bit. I don't know how old your daughter is exactly, but if you've already cut the patterns, you could place them on an existing dress, and check if they fit. Keep in mind that the pattern includes seam allowances (1 cm at the top of the bodice, 1 at the bottom of the bodice, 1 at the top of the skirt, 1 at the bottom of the skirt). If it turns out to be too short, you could manually add some length to the bodice and/or skirt. Hope this helps!

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  47. My daughter is 16 months. But I measured her and found 4T would be best. :) So no issues. Here are the pics:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151224990446367&set=a.10151224990406367.443860.518081366

    Have linked to your blog.
    Thanks again!

    Rashmi

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  48. I love your blog and your daughter is super cute! Thanks for the tutorial. I made the bubble dress for my nice and she looked adorable :D

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  49. I sewed this dress for my 2 year old girl. She wore it on my friend's wedding and everybody loved it.
    Thank you so much.

    Greetings from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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  50. Thanks for your beautiful pattern and tutorial! I understand reworking the pattern...I was thinking I made mine to short but I didn't panic. Adding some leggings would be just as cute. Linked this up with my two results...check it out!

    http://bluehousewhite.blogspot.com/2013/02/pretty-little-bubble-dress.html

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  51. Hi there

    Love this dress! Any chance you will do a 1 year old pattern?

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    1. Yes, the new pattern will be in 1y, 18mo, 2y, 3y, 4y, 5y and 6y!

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  52. Looking forward to the pattern! I have 3 little girls and I think this will be the perfect Easter dress for them! Thank you for the tutorial!!!

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  53. could you leave the old pattern accessible in the meantime? I'd like to print & measure for fabric this weekend

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    1. Unfortunately, the old pattern will not go back online. But if you'll contact me via email, maybe you can be a pattern tester for the new one (which should be finished this weekend)?

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  54. I came to your blog to download the pattern for my daughters birthday dress which is in a month. I saw your note. When do you think you will repost the patterns? Thanks!!

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    1. Hi kristen, the pattern is almost ready, and then goes through pattern testing. It should be available within 3 weeks...

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    2. Is it possible to be a pattern tester? I was planning on making it for my 12 mos old, and my four year old.

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    3. Yes Kristen, that would be great. Just send me a little email (see About page for my address) and we'll work something out. Only thing is that the dress would have to be finished within 3 weeks...

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  55. Quick question...I think I can create my own pattern for the bodice but is the shell of the skirt longer than the lining? Or are they the same lengths (vertically speaking).

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    1. Yes, the shell is longer than the lining.

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  56. I'm considering making this out of wool felt (and not lining the bodice, just cutting out the pieces...) Do you think that could work, or should I still line the bodice? Want to make this out of a "warmer" fabric for winter!

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  57. Lining the bodice is indeed not necessary. But I wonder whether wool felt is flexible enough for a bubble skirt - it woul have to be very thin to work I think.

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  58. Love to see the pattern, when it's ready.

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  59. I really want to use this for my three girls... for easter which means i better start soon lol .... hoping the pattern is up soon? :) love it

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  60. I second the motion of hoping pattern comes out super soon. I bought fabric today

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  61. Also, does it need to be top and bottom? Can't the dress just be one piece, instead of having to deal with sewing top and bottom together...perfecting ruffle before sewing into place

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    1. Thank you, Sarah, Ashley and Kabisho! I'm working as hard as I can on the pattern. With the last tester feedback on its way, I hope to have it ready by March 18...

      As far as the separate top and bottom are concerned: of course it is possible to have a bubble dress in one piece, but then you're dealing with a totally different pattern...

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  62. Very cute, I can't wait to try it when you get the new patterns up next week.

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  63. do you need anymore pattern testers I'm looking to-do a dress for a 6yo

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  64. Thank you soo much! I downloaded the pattern last december and had not gotten to do it because I am still a rookie with the sewing skills. the bubble dress is actually the very first dress I sew from a pattern, I had done refashion but this was my first, will try to email a pic. danke!

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  65. oehhhh! Ik ben verliefd :) Ons meiske is pas 8 maanden, de kleinste maat is dus te groot.... Heb je een suggestie voor me? Of misschien tóch nog in kleiner? Mijn beste vriendin trouwt over 2 weken, en onze Nore móet dit jurkje aan :)

    Liefs uit Rotterdam

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  66. Oooohhh.... Ik ben verliefd.... Onze Nore is pas 8 maanden en de kleinste maat van het patroon is te groot vrees ik. Heb je 'm nog kleiner? Ze draagt nu maat 74 (is een petit meiske) Fijne avond en groeten uit Rotterdam!

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  67. I already have your pattern but can not find a link to the tuturial? Is it no longer available either?
    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Michelle, the tutorial is now included in the pattern. The pattern is now better in sizing, and includes a collar too. The instructions are more detailed than the tutorial which used to be online.

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  68. Hi, wondering this pattern suitable for beginner?

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    1. Hi Selena, yes it is. It has no particularly difficult techniques (no button holes, no zipper, for instance) and all steps are explained with clear pictures. If you should buy the pattern and still find anything unclear, feel free to send me an email for help! An

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  69. Hi An, thinking of making this next (after hanami, which is a great pattern!) can I do invisible zipper for the back? Just curious

    Thanks
    Loren

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    1. Thanks, Loren! You could use a blind zipper in the back, but you would have to adapt the back bodice a bit: because of the overlap, the back bodice parts are a bit skewed (as they overlap at the bottom, but only just touch each other at the top). So you would have to 'straighten' them first(send me an email if you need help with that). an

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  70. I featured your pattern on my blog's 10 minute bat wing tutorial tonight. I just love it. My little girl is wearing a dress I made from it and I put a link to your blog. Thanks for the great pattern!
    http://pickledokra.blogspot.com/2013/09/no-sew-bat-wings-10-minute-costume.html

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  71. I’m still learning from you, but I’m trying to achieve my goals. I absolutely enjoy reading all that is written on your blog.Keep the tips coming. I liked it....
    especially this blog is mainly for sewing...
    thanks..

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  72. So am I correct in assuming that the bubble dress pattern is no longer available in a size 8, although it used to be?
    Thanks

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    1. Yes, that is correct. Because bubble dresses suit younger kids better, I went for expanding the smaller sizes....

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  73. I'm going to have to try this for my gbaby. What book did you use to teach you to draw your pattern?!!

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  74. I love this pattern! I have made several already and I am NOT an advanced sewer. People rave about the dress when my daughter wears hers. And the dress still fits her even though I made the 18 month pattern and she is almost 3! It is short, but we put leggings on under it so it makes for a cute bubble type shirt/dress. And it is so fun to choose the fabric.

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