Sewing for Miss M

Bubble dress: Pattern testing (love)

It’s been quite a long absent, I know 😦

It was not intentional, but somehow, my attention has been focusing elsewhere (there were family matters to attend, doctor’s appointments to be made, a house renovation scheduled (painting, lol) and the inevitable spring cleaning to take place). All too much to handle on your own, trust me.

Now for the good news:
A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky to get a chance to pattern test the bubble dress pattern for An (from the StraightGrain blog. A must-read/follow blog if you ask me, but I’m sure most of you already read/follow An …).

An has greatly improved her bubble dress pattern and will now be selling it in her new shop as a download pdf pattern (thumbs up for a printing-friendly pdf pattern. Love this option as it saves on international shipping costs and waiting-time before staring a new project).

    Bubble Dress_Cover     

Currently, we’re in-between seasons and there’s been quite a lot of showers and strong winds, so while my little girl has been wearing her winter clothes, I (and she as well) was looking forward to a new springtime dress. Testing An’s bubble dress was just the perfect excuse to pull out some cute spring prints and trims!

I know this is An’s first pattern, but you can’t really tell that from the detailed guidelines and perfect sizing. I tested size 5 and fitted like a dream in my almost-5 years old (she’s now 5, btw).

As mentioned before, the weather was not collaborating so I got a lot of lousy pictures and frustration trying to document it, but other than that I must add that this pattern was an instant hit around here 🙂

Bubble Dress_Collar version#7

I choose a favorite floral from my stash (Heather Bailey, Nicey Jane) and added the collar option (too cute)!

Bubble Dress_Collar version#5

M’s was immediatly smitten by this dress – she call it a “princess dress” probably because the bubble is really full and puffy! (love it as well).

Bubble Dress_Collar version#1

Bubble Dress_Collar version#2


I was so overwhelmed by her feedback (she insisted in wearing for school two days in a row, despite the heavy rain and cloudy skies. We compromised on a turtleneck and wool thighs underneath), that I really need to sew another version – this time I choose the collarless version and added an eyelet trim to the bodice.

For this version, I selected a Liberty print from their first quilting cotton collection (Bloomsbury Gardens).

Bubble Dress_Winter version#6

The Bubble Dress closes with a button-loop in the back (no buttonholes or zippers) so it’s both easy and quick to put together – perfect for those of us with limited sewing time – think about last-minute Easter dress, lol. IT IS THAT FAST!

Bubble Dress_Winter version#7

Needless to say this was the dress she wore on a Birthday Day and she got tons of compliments 🙂

Bubble Dress_Winter version#2 Bubble Dress_Winter version#3 Bubble Dress_Winter version#4

So just head over to An’s blog to find out more on this amazing pattern and don’t miss out the cutest baby version from FrancesSuzzane !

Happy sewing,

XX, Ana Sofia

20 thoughts on “Bubble dress: Pattern testing (love)

  1. I love both dresses so much. I was a pattern tester too. I am looking forward to making the collar next time. I loved how quick it was and I am a slow sewer.

    1. Thank you Christine!
      I’m a slow sewer as well (and it gets worse, when I’m sewing under a deadline). I would love to see your version (Do you have a link to share?)

  2. Your two dresses are darling!! The fabrics and subtle pattern changes really created two very different looks…..and the fact that your daughter was smitten, well — A BIG WIN!! Thanks for the link to our baby version of the dress. It was indeed a “FUN, QUICK SEW.”

  3. Thank you so much for this kind review, dear Ana Sofia! It makes me really happy that both you and your daughter like the dress.
    And thank you for being an excellent pattern tester! It’s always a joy working together with you 🙂 xo from Belgium, an.

    1. 🙂
      It is a lovely dress and it’s both perfect for a novice sewer and a more-advanced one!
      My only complain goes to the weather we’re having at the moment (rain and gray skies don’t really provide the best lightning) – these pictures really don’t make justice to how lovely these dresses are!
      Thank you for the opportunity, An! (love it and it was really too much fun …)

    1. She did prefer the Nicey Jane collar dress, but the Liberty version is my favorite as well!
      It looks really nice with a cardi and tights and it’s been getting quite a lot of wear lately – love it when this happens 🙂

  4. Este tecido é girissimo!
    Também testei esta patern da An. Gostei imenso e a minha filha também.
    (E muito obrigada pelo simpatico comentario no meu blog. Foi giro ter um comentario em portugues no meio de todo aquele ingles…)

    1. Obrigada Marta!
      Adorei o teu comentário (em português, são sempre mais especiais, não é verdade?)
      Adoro o teu blog (os vestidos de pregas estão no topo da minha lista, mas preciso de encontrar tempo …) e o teu estilo – as tuas filhas ficam sempre giríssimas 🙂
      Estou a adorar as tuas criações para a kwc – não é fácil conseguir costurar, fotografar e postar. Acho que desisti logo no ano passado (assim não entro em stress e consigo dedicar-me à costura), por isso gostava de ter a tua organização!
      Bjinhos, Ana Sofia

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