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...

Fight the hungry undies!

Hello! Since my 2.5 year old niece has been solely in undies for a while now her mother (my sister) and I have noticed that wedgies seem to be a pretty regular occurrence.  Exhibit A   Now these aren’t cheap undies, just regular store bought ones. After seeing a blog post on the So Zo blog about some awesome undies she saw in berlin like these:   They looked so cute and colourful and VERY comfy. So I felt inspired to replicate something similar for little S. I have ordered some organic australian made jersey to use for the front and back piece and will use some 4-way-stretch interlock for around the hips and legs that will them feel more like comfy yoga pants then tight undies.  Here is my first attempt at self drafted undies. Very cute and according to S, very comfy. Clearly as here she is not wearing anything else! The best bonus though, no wedgies!   I will leave you with this final comparison.      Tutorial for self drafting kids undies coming soon… As soon as I finish classes for the semester.    Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

Welcome to Morningstar Designs Welcome to my first blog post. Whether you found this by accident or on purpose I hope you will find something here that is useful for you. I will include the clothes I sew, some patterns as well as pattern reviews. I will share with you plenty of my trials and tribulations along the way to mastering these sewing skills! Check out my Facebook fan page here: http://www.facebook.com/mstardesigns Check out my Etsy store here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/morningstardesigns2 Bye for now, stay tuned for our next post! Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

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