|oliver+S Bubble Dress|
I have made two of these divine numbers for Little One, one with bubbles and one without, and with her second birthday around the corner I thought it was high time for another!(or two)
Now the scalloped version HAS to be a spotty fabric,its a bubble dress! But the softer balloony style has a lot more scope. The bodice on both views is perfect as a canvas for a really geometric design as it has a lovely, uncluttered front.
So, I decided on the Michael Miller Disco Dots for view A and Tula Pinks Bunny Damask for view B.
|Bunny Damask for view B|
It is well worth taking your time cutting this pattern out if you are using obvious repeat, as it displays your fabric to full advantage. I made one in an Amy Butler print and was very fussy with the front bodice but the rest I just cut to grain as it was a busy abstract print.
|Amy Butler Bubble dress|
Another , I just cut to grain as the pattern was very busy. It worked out just as well.
I have ended up cutting out five Bubble Dresses, two for Little Ones birthday in size 12-18 mnths, one for her friend in size 2T to be sewn now. I also cut out two more in size 2T for Little One to have in Summer 2012. I love having outfits pre-cut!
|Three to sew now and two for 'ron'|
Now to sew them up!
To be continued.....
What a great idea to pre-cut outfits! When I'm in the mood to cut I love it, but when I'm in the mood to sew and nothing is cut, I dread it!ReplyDelete
Oh, I'm excited about this upcoming set of posts -- I just traced a size 2T to make my daughter a dress for Chinese New Year, which is right around the corner! I'm making it in a plain red silk with a white cotton lining. Too plain? Any thoughts on embellishments? I have so little of the silk, it'll be a challenge to make it all fit.ReplyDelete
Thanks Sandi, and if they are a print that doesn't require special placement, you can lay the fabric in layers and cut several at once!ReplyDelete
Thats sound gorgeous Sarvi, do you really think she will need a 2T? Or are you sizing up because of the lux fabric?
I would make the dress and then add detail ONLY if you really want to, it's elegance could so quickly be overwhelmed.
I cannot wait to see it!
I can't wait to see the bubble dresses. I bought the pattern especially to suit some fabric that I had, that is how I got hooked on O+S! It is such a sweet pattern for little ones.ReplyDelete
I could never pre-cut fabric for clothes...by the time I would get back to them I would have changed my mind!!
How do you cut? With a rotary cutter or scissors? Do you use pins or weights?
I love thw fabric that you have chosen, by the way.
Sometimes I get so involved in fabric choice I just can't decide- then I usually go with my first option!
I tend to over think things so it works for me to decide and cut-and then it's ready to go!
I cut out on the table with scissors and I use lots and lots of pins. I will often layer fabric and cut out several at once but I am very fussy , checking that it is all perfectly smooth.
I am glad you like my fabric choices!
These are going to be gorgeous, Nicole! I like having things cut out too - as much as I hate cutting, it's great to just be able to pick something up and sew! Can't wait to see the bunny damask one - I tossed up between a bubble dress and a birthday party for Miss L with this fabric!ReplyDelete
Sarvi - I think your dress sounds gorgeous as is
I like to cut when the children are up and sew when they are in bed.
Love, love, love Bunny Damask. I have the green/sage as well!
I agree with you about Sarvi's dress- sounds luscious.
I have begun pre-cutting patterns too! I thought it would be perfect for the free minutes I grab between class assignments. And, I was right! It's great to have it all there, just waiting. I store my cut pieces inside my pattern bags, just like you.ReplyDelete
No idea why this has never come to me before...
And, I LOVE that bunny print! With Niblet so attached to bunnies just now, maybe I should try and find some?ReplyDelete
(Have finally posted again on my blog. You've encouraged me to be less lazy about it! Thanks. I really enjoy it when I get in the mood.)
I do want to squeeze the maximum amount of dress out of the fabric, as it's made from leftovers from her grandma's dress, so it's a bit special. Also, 2T is the smallest size I have, and it's a bit painful to buy another copy of the pattern to make a single dress in the top size of the range.ReplyDelete
I thought and dreamt about it last night and am thinking of adding just a simple velvet ribbon around the waist ... we'll see. So happy to have a mini-sew-along!
(The rosy bubbles, especially, really do remind me of Laura Ashley -- I had a dress from them as a child and it was my favorite!)
I love pre-cutting, I find it difficult to sew with other people around, but cutting out is fine. Husband moved a cedar chest of drawers to the end of our table and all my cutting gear is in that, so I can set up whenever I have a spare minute!ReplyDelete
Tula Pink is so clever, I love her Hushabye Collection, it is so whimsical and clever, Mel.
I see your point Sarvi, It may be longer , but that would look sweet!
Velvet ribbon sounds beautiful and I know you will track down proper cotton velvet ribbon, not the nasty nylon stuff!
The girls nursery are both done in Laura Ashley and I swoon over their charcoal silk curtains printed with silver dahlias for my room!
Nicole...another question...you mentioned that you use cotton rich fabric for lining...do you know how much cotton? 50/50 or more? I need to source some. Sheeting is 50/50, but lots of the other poly/cotton is 65 poly/35 cotton. That sounds like too much polyester to me.ReplyDelete
Also about how much outer fabric would you allow for one little bubble dress? Say 6 month size? I was thinking of buying the pattern to use for making baby gifts. I have the bigger size for my girls.
Hi Millie,The lining I buy is sold as cotton rich so it must be at least 50% cotton. Sheeting sounds like a great idea!ReplyDelete
As for yardage,if you choose a fabric without an obvious repeat,I am pretty sure 3/4 of a yard would be lots!
I made the two little girls Bubble dresses from some Nicey Jane dots and was able to cut both (6-12 mnths&size 5) from 1 1/2 yards!
These dresses are so beautiful! I know it's been nearly a year since you posted, but do please let me know if you'd be interested in selling these, if your daughter has outgrown the 12-18 mos size :) My daughter was born on Jan 29 (just 3 days after this post!!), and I am on the hunt for gorgeous dresses! I *love* this Oliver + S pattern, which I know has been discontinued but I've seen for sale elsewhere... I just don't know if I trust my (beginner's!) skill to making one of these bubble dresses :)ReplyDelete
Cara,what a lovely compliment!ReplyDelete
I am afraid Miss Tildy is still wearing them and they are quite tatty now!
Did you see that I blogged this dress step by step? I am sure you can do it.
If you need any help I am only an email away or the O+S forums are very helpful https://oliverands.com/forums/forum.php?id=9 and there is a Boutique Sewers program https://oliverands.com/boutique/.
I can recommend this lovely lady http://www.etsy.com/shop/beebabymine.
Which dress did you particularly like? I could make you one but I will need to organise a licence.
Feel free to contact me again and enjoy your beautiful daughter!