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).
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🙂
I choose a favorite floral from my stash (Heather Bailey, Nicey Jane) and added the collar option (too cute)!
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).
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).
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!
Needless to say this was the dress she wore on a Birthday Day and she got tons of compliments🙂
XX, Ana Sofia