Friday, February 11, 2011

Japanese Bubble Dress and Bubble Hat

I made my daughter a dress to wear for her brother's confirmation, while taking an unscheduled break from jacket sewing!

It took us a while to decide, but the starting point was a pair of tights and a hairband which I've had for about a year and which I was afraid she would be grown out of

Interesting ( as in I have too much pink, and that I bought it for myself) that the only matching fabric I had was this voile from Anna Maria Horner, but at least I still have enough left to make something for me!

This fabric almost picked it's own pattern, in that I knew it needed to be something simple which would not break up the design too much. I made dress H from this book, Girl's Style Book (ISBN978-4-579-11181-7) which was incredibly easy to sew.
This pattern book is from MisforMake and has some lovely designs for dresses and tops,

I know that this dress has broken all the 'rules' for sewing for children, but I love the colours in this fabric.

I added grey ribbons to the dress, which are sewn exactly as in the pattern.

The back view shows some of the lining at the top. I fully lined the dress rather than use the recommended facings.

This Japanese Pattern Book also had a hat pattern (pattern K) it's quite different to the usual hat I make, and reminds me a bit of a chef's hat, though that absolutely is not the look I'm going for!
I will get my daughter to try it on when she gets home from preschool.

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  1. I love the dress and hat! Anna Marie Horner makes such beautiful fabrics. The fabric choice is unexpected but it definitely works. I hope your daughter love it too.

  2. Thanks Karin, I hadn't expected to use this fabric for such a little dress either ;-) She loves it already, even going as far as to say "I don't love pink anymore" Thanks also to AMH's gorgeous fabrics!

  3. I love how you used this anna maria horner fabric! So pretty! Great work.

  4. Kathy, thank you, I know you're a fan of AMH too. I'm pleased with how the dress turned out, though it involved some 'fussy cutting'.

  5. It's beautiful! You did a great job "fussy cutting". I like how the large flowers are placed on the skirt of the dress. I've heard that AMH voile is fabulous...I'm anxiously awaiting some that I recently ordered.

  6. Thanks Cindy, the flower pattern is so large that it took a bit of extra time to make sure they would look ok on the (small) finished skirt. Just wait 'till you feel the voile, it is really soft and light, but still sews up easily.

  7. I swooned over the Anna Maria fabric and the PERFECT dress you made out if it and then I saw the hat and about fell outa my chair! WOW! So pretty.

  8. Thanks, Kathy, love the "about fell outa my chair" part. My daughter HAS to wear the hat when she wears the dress, and all day, even when eating, and would you believe I'm not too fond of the hat, so I could do with seeing it a bit less :-)