Summer Bubble Dress

Here she is just a day after asking for a new dress.  After all, since Isabel got a new dress, she felt deserving of her own.  Who was I to argue?  This is a very simple shift dress  (Burda 9544) with a few added bottom seam darts which give the bottom a slight bubble effect.  She was more than happy with it and the fabric really suits her.  Check out the freckles!

It looks like I spent a lot of time figuring out how to place the print so that it looks like a necklace, but it really was just a happy accident.  I have to say how happy all of this garment sewing is making me.  I love how quickly these projects come together, and how they showcase the fabrics I love.  I especially love how I can make something pretty for someone I love.

Isabel’s Popover Dress

Indulge the repetitive picture-action here, but I simply couldn’t choose which picture was cutest!!

This was my fist attempt at making this dress, but it won’t be my last.  This is a free pattern called The Popover Dress and you can download it from the Oliver + S website.  First of all, obviously, it’s an adorable dress.  But, what I really appreciate is how quickly you can make this dress.  I tend to start projects impulsively (I know…you’re surprised…right?) and with a dress pattern like this, given my fabric is already washed, I can make this little number in about an hour.  If I want to use packaged bias tape for the straps, it would be even less time.  I did make one revision in the yoke.  I wanted it to be  a bit taller, and so I didn’t fold it over in half as the instructions say to do.  Instead, I cut out 4 yokes and sewed two to the front, and two to the back, one being the facing for the yoke, and one sewn on the outside.  I hope that makes sense.  I put in a little ric rac as the pattern suggests, but I am thinking of other things to insert at that upper seam.  Crochet trim lace…piping…pom pom trim!

Fabrics are from the Free To Grow line of organic cottons from Robert Kaufman, designed by Nancy Mims.