Spring is here, so I can start making some little dresses again. I have seen some inspiring sewing lately of little bubble skirts (check out the blog Straight Grain) and sweet-heart cut-out's, so I decided to combine them both into a dress.
I drafted my own pattern using a bodice from a Simplicity pattern and altering it so it was fully lined with a heart cut-out at the back. Originally I was going to do it up with loops and buttons, but the elastic loops didn't catch properly and came out, so I hand stitched hook and eye's on. The bubble skirt is a large rectangle gathered onto the bottom of a smaller rectangle to give it the bubble effect. However, the cotton I used was so light that it doesn't really pop out. Afterwards, mum suggested next time to insert a layer of tulle between the layers to help it puff out. Good thinking.
It is a very sweet dress, however maybe (definately) a size too large. I need to take the bodice width in and lift the skirt higher so it is on her waist which will bring up the hem line and make the dress perfect. As much as I like the subtle colours of the dress, my daughter finds them boring and would much rather a dress filled with every colour of the rainbow. So while I am adjusting the pattern, I'll also be searching for fabric more to the taste of a 2 year old girly girl :)