Showing posts with label bubble dress. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bubble dress. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Bubble dress pattern available now

After an avalanche of computer problems over the last three days, I finally managed to finish the bubble dress pattern and instructions, and open up my shop.

The bubble dress pattern is sold for $8, and is immediately available for download. Just click the "Add to cart" button blow, and you will be taken through all the necessary steps.

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The patterns and instructions are in pdf-format, easy to print (on letter size or A4 paper) and to assemble. The 29 page file includes:
- easy-to-follow sewing instructions with full-color pictures of each step
- digitally drawn patterns for ages 1Y, 18M, 2Y, 3Y, 4Y, 5Y, 6Y, seam allowance included
- detailed information about printing and assembling the patterns, yardage needed, materials needed, and sizing
- cutting diagrams for quilting width and regular width fabric
- all measurements are provided in inches/yards and centimeters

The new pattern and instructions are about a trillion times better than the previous, free versions, and that has everything to do with the excellent feedback I received from all the testers who helped improve them: Amanda, Ana Sofia, Ashley, Christine, Erin, Jenny, Karen, Katie, Kristin, Olga, Maria, Marta, Megan, Melinda, Nina, Randi, and Shana. Thank you so much!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Call for pattern testers - CLOSED

Six months ago I put a free pattern and tutorial for a bubble dress online. While I received many pictures of super cute bubble dresses made with the pattern (check this out), it also became clear that there is room for improvement. The dress needed to be longer for the bigger sizes, and I also became increasingly ashamed over the amateuristic look of the patterns (they were just scans of hand-drawn patterns!). 

In the past few weeks, I finally learned to draw digital patterns, and after making a digital version of the peplum bubble dress patterns, it was time for improving the regular bubble dress patterns as well. Rather than just making a digital version of the same pattern, I started from scratch and drew all-new improved patterns. The differences with the old pattern are the following:

- better sizing (the dress is longer, especially 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 in really pretty colors :-)
- more detailed instructions are also on their way

Improving and digitalizing the patterns took me many more hours than I anticipated. In view of the time I put in it, and also taking into consideration the high quality of the new patterns, after much thought, I decided to no longer give it away for free. Instead, I will sell the pdf-patterns in an online webshop for a small price (probably around $7).

Therefore, I would also like to have the patterns tested properly. Currently, I'm still looking for pattern testers for the following sizes:
- 1 year
- 18 months
- 2 years
- 3 years
- 4 years
- 5 years
- 6 years

Being a pattern tester means that you:

- receive the pattern for free
- make the dress, and send me feedback and some pictures of the dress (worn, not on a hanger) within 3 weeks (2 if possible).

If you would like to be a pattern tester, please send an email to straightgrainblog [at], indicating which size you plan to make. Please rely on the table below to choose the right size, not just on the age of your child. Keep in mind that these are the dimensions of the finished dress, not of the child who should be wearing it ;-) So the easiest way of working is to take a well-fitting dress from your child's wardrobe, measure it up, and compare to the measures in the table.

Dimensions of the finished dress:

1 year
18 months
2 years
3 years
4 years
5 years
6 years
length (back neck to hem)  [in cm]
chest (circ.) 
[in cm]
length (back neck to hem)  [in inch]
chest (circ.)
[in inch]

Thank you in advance! :-)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Bubble mania

A few weeks ago, I put patterns and a little tutorial online for making a bubble dress. I've been so overwhelmed by all the positive responses! From hundreds of (re)pins on Pinterest, and  Shwin & Shwin and Sewset putting a spotlight on the dress, to Singer Brazil promoting it on their Facebook page and, last but not least: many fellow sewing fanatics and bloggers letting me know that they enjoyed making the dress. Thanks to all of you - you cannot imagine the gratification this warm response has given me :-)

Today, I'd like to share some pictures of awesome bubble dresses made with my pattern and tutorial.

Adrianna of Crafterhours made a bubble dress in Rashida Coleman Hales' marvellous Washi fabric. What a sunny little dress this is!


Mary Jo of All This For Them made two stunning bubble dresses. The left one is my favorite :-)

Anne Riggs also made a couple of bubble dresses, and is selling them in her Etsy shop! The dress on the left is in vintage Laura Ashley fabric. Sam of Sam Making Lists (the funniest blog I've ever read!) made a very sweet version for her cute little daughter (right hand picture).

Mrs. Kanuckles made one in a knit fabric and shared it in her flickr-account. It's less bubbly in knit, but I like it a lot! And finally, Jeannie made the dress in the same fabric as I did (Echino Chelsea Lion) for her daughter Juliette.

If you also used the pattern and would like to see it featured here, just send me an email or put a comment below this post, and I'll update it! Thank you Adrianna, Anne, Jeannie, Kelly, Mary Jo, and Sam for allowing me to use your pictures :-)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Peplum bubble dress, attempt #2 (KCWC days 3-5)

On days three to five of KCWC, I gave the peplum bubble dress a second go. This time, I lengthened  the bodice by 2 centimeters (0.8 inch) and finished the neckline with bias instead of facing. And, most importantly: I used the fabric in which I had been dreaming the dress for a couple of weeks: Nani Iro Fuccra double gauze, from Kicoli's Etsy shop.

 I think it definitely looks better with the longer bodice. In the next weeks, I'll be trying to find some time to draw some patterns for ages 1 to 6.

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 (?).

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

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Balloon dress in lawn cotton

One of my favorite Japanese sewing books is Jolies Tenues pour Fillettes Coquettes by Akiko Mano. The cover alone is to die for: a beautiful picture of a gorgeous girl in a smashing balloon dress. Yes, the adjectives are on sale today.
As a self-confessed balloon dress addict, the first pattern I used from this book was, of course, the balloon dress featured on the cover. In contrast to the bubble dress I drew myself, this one does not have a separate bodice and skirt.
When Norah was younger, I made the dress a couple of times in midweight cotton. This time, a chose for a very thin lawn cotton: Nippon by Nani Iro. The fabric is a bit of a mystery to me: it's an atypical design and material for Nani Iro, and when I search for it on Google Images, the only pics I find are from the Etsy shop where I bought the fabric (Kicoli). I don't know from what year it is, or from which line.
The important thing was cutting the pieces in such a way that the half circles would match on the sides of the dress. This was quite the challenge, as the half circles are irregular in shape.
And the best thing: the fabric looks just as good in wrinkles as it does ironed.
By the way, Norah really liked her new dress, even though the pic below might suggest otherwise.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Echino balloon dress

- Balloon dresses are my favorite dresses.
- Double gauze is my favorite type of fabric.
- Etsuko Furuya of Echino is my favorite fabric designer.
Do I need to explain that I was pretty eager to make a balloon dress in Echino double gauze?
The fabric is Echino Chelsea Lion in grey, and I must say, double gauze turns out to be a great fabric to make balloon dresses in. It falls very... balloonylike.
I drew the pattern myself, recycling the pattern from the Nani Iro Pocho dress I made earlier.
And if now, we could finally get some nice weather here in Belgium, so that Norah can wear her dresses outside as well? Thank you.