Straightgrain Bubble Dress

Late to blog this number but here is a Straightgrain Bubble Dress (with alterations) I made 2 years ago. I was inspired by Shirley Temple and that Era of dresses to come up with my own version. Here is what I came up with: My inspiration: The details: Pattern: Bubble Dress by Straightgrain patterns (no longer available). I chose this pattern because of the short bodice. The bodice is fully lined with a pointed collar buttoned down. The skirt is the from the sewing pattern – only instead of sewing together the outer and inner skirts to create a bubble I left them separate to create a skirt and a lining. I also added the full back opening to incorporate the fully functional buttons. Ps. Thanks to Bec for the great photos <3 Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...
How I altered the Grainline Archer into a dress.

How I altered the Grainline Archer into a dress.

If anyone has been following along with my Instagram (@morningstardesigns) you will know I have made a number of Archer Shirts. You can check out some I blogged here and here. I have been looking for a sleeveless shirtless dress to wear over leggings or jeans in Autumn/Winter for a while and could not find any in the shops… I would also like something I can sell in my shop that is actually good. Now for the photos (follow to the end for the how).         Now for the part that all the sewing people out there might find interesting… Here is the short of it: I have altered the bodice part of the Grainline Studios Archer in the past to fit me well and now I have a pretty well fitting set up. So what I did with this one: Add 6″ in length and made the skirt more A-line. Omitted the sleeves. Angled the top of the arm hole in. Added bodice darts to wherever they worked the best. Finished the arm holes with bias tape. Extended the button placket all the way to the bottom (the buttons are fake after the top 5).   *** What I will do different next time, make it an extra inch longer. Use a bit less interfacing. Hopefully work it so I don’t need a bust dart at all.   Happy Sewing! Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

Sewing for my nieces Winter wardrobe

The last few weeks I have been sewing up lots of new Winter items for my nieces (3 and 3m). Check below for the information regarding each item and pattern information.  Sofia loved her Mara blouse pattern by Compagnie-M. I was lucky enough to win this pattern for free. The pattern is amazing and comes in A1 printing option or regular A4 printing. I went to Officeworks and had the A1 print done. I have never done this before but it really made everything easier. I sewed up the size 4 so she can get plenty of wear out of it. She loved both of her Mara blouses – I am pretty sure I will just be making her these in the future as it is hard to please her.    Her other ‘woodland animals’ Mara blouse was so loved we nearly had to quit the photo shoot because she really did not want to take this off.  I got this gorgeous organic cotton knit from Remnant Warehouse online and it is perfect – ridiculously soft and silky. I made Sofia a size 3 Raglan Tee pattern by Peekaboo patternshop. The neckband is some really stretchy grey ribbing – I didnt really like this so won’t be using it for this again. This is a self drafted size 3/4 cotton long sleeve tee. The fabric is a bit thinner then the organic cotton but is still very soft. I got it from the Remnant Warehouse as well and previously made Sofia some leggings out of it – It would make a great Skater dress! Sof also scored some organic jammies. The...

Lua Sleep Sack pattern tour

I have been looking forward to trying out this pattern by An from Straight Grain since she first mentioned it many months ago. It has been such a joy and privilege testing this sleep sack pattern. My partner did not really understand my jumping up and down about it either.  It is no surprise that I love this pattern especially given I have finished 2, started 3 more and have a 6th cut out to sew as well. With all of the babies expected this year and things starting to cool down here in Australia – this is the perfect pattern.    I had hoped to include some photos of my new niece Amelia in her sleep sack but she has been unwell. Please accept this very sweet (5 days old) photograph of her as a runner up prize.***photos of sleep sack in use now available (pictured at 6 weeks old).    (For those here for the baby photos, more at the bottom)   Basically this pattern was a breeze to sew up. The instructions are very clear with a number of illustrations to help out. Printing and piecing together the pattern was so easy and paper efficient – the bottom section of the pattern can be used for both the front and back pieces.    The only tricky part of the pattern (besides choosing the fabrics, of course) is installing the zipper. This is walked through though very gently and was not hard to do. There are some great tips throughout – I certainly learned a few things.    This pattern is very adaptable and could easily be made...

I made a Washi Dress.

  Like every other blogger, I believe I am now a Washi Dress addict. I have already made 3 (including the one above).   I have decided I do not like shirring/my bobbin case does not really enjoy shirring so instead I will be using an elastic casing. Works just fine.    I also like the bodice extended (As visible in this one) to provide enough room for my ample chest (hehe).    So far I have not made one with pockets as I don’t really use pockets in dresses anyway. I cannot wait for my zipper foot to arrive so I can have a go at turning this dress into a fitted dress with a side or back zipper.   Officially hooked.     Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

Pinafore binge

This past week I have been getting into the Roly Poly Pinafore . I have not finished my binge and imagine this will be a great way to work through my stash.    Complete with a sweet little set with some bloomers from Shwin Designs baby basics bloomers. I am sneaking this in as my signature style as it features my favourite elements of the now; organic fabric, wooden buttons, metallic gold polka dots and the right amount of whimsy.    Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

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