Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Peplum bubble dress, attempt #1 (KCWC days 1-3)

On the first three days of Elsie Marley's Kids Clothes Week Challenge, I worked on something which had been on my mind for a couple of weeks: a peplum bubble dress.



The dress might just look like this bubble dress, but with a lower waist, but actually, there are quite a few differences. The bodice gets narrower towards the waist instead of wider; there's a blind zipper; instead of fully lining the bodice, it is finished off with fine bias at the arm holes and facing at the neckline; and the sleeves are cap sleeves. In other words, I drew the pattern from scratch.







I'm pretty happy with this first attempt. The bodice should be a bit longer for a true peplum effect, and I'll also be changing the collar (facing never seems to work well in these small sizes).
I'm also pretty happy with the fabric (Pat Bravo Summer Love, from Hawthorne Threads). I had my doubts after I bought it, but in this dress I think it actually looks nice. The next one, though, will be in some gorgeous Nani Iro flower fabric. Can't wait to get started on that one :-)

If anyone is interested, I can make a tutorial and patterns for this dress (?).

21 comments:

  1. I love this dress - and would definitely be interested in a tutorial!

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  2. Oh my goodness, I adore that dress! Looks so cute on your little one. Way to go! Love it!

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  3. I am swooning over this!!!! Tutorial or pattern to sell... either way I have to make one! I'm pinning this!

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  4. This is so cute! I wish I was skilled enough to make patterns from scratch! Last night I tried to do a sweater dress for my daughter with no pattern and she just tried it on and it is the worst thing ever. Ha ha!

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  5. I really like it. Great fabric, too.

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  6. It's very sweet. I'm tempted to try a bubble dress (I can't believe I haven't yet!) Would love to see your tutorial. -Rachel

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  7. Yes, please, on tutorial and patterns for this dress! And where are the leggings and boots from? Love the whole lot!

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  8. Yes, please, on the tutorial and patterns for this dress! Also, source for the leggings and boots? Love the lot!!

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    1. Thanks :-) Boots are from Zecchino d'Oro (apparently hard to find outside Europe) and tights are Imps&Elfs (old collection I think; I bought them in an outlet).

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  9. What a darling little girl. The dress is so sweet on her.

    I'd love for you to link this up to WKWW-What Kids Wore Wednesday Link Party this week at ONE little MOMMA.

    http://onelittlemomm.blogspot.com/2012/10/wkww-what-kids-wore-wednesday-link-party.html?utm_source=bp_recent&utm-medium=gadget&utm_campaign=bp_recent

    Kilee
    www.onelittlemomma.com

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  10. So very cute! Yes, tutorial please! :)

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  11. Drafting a pattern from scratch during kcwc is so ambitious, and yours is fantastic! That bodice fits her perfectly! Love the design.

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  12. Your patterns are amazing - if you were minded to make a tutorial I have two nieces who would be tickled pink to have a dress like this!

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  13. Tutorial please! Also this would be my first time working with zippers. Could you add extra zipper photos please?

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  14. ohhhh, I love this. I have a petite little girl who would look darling in something taylored like this adorable dress. She is almost getting old enough for me to start making dresses for her! I'd love to see a tutorial!

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  15. Yes please, a tutorial and pattern would be much appreciated. Your 2nd peplum bubble dress photo on KCWC flickr brought me here. Soooooo adorable

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  16. Love it ...just gorgeous, would love the pattern too!

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  17. has the tutorial been written for it yet, thanks munching, love

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