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...

Wiksten Tank – sewing for me.

Wiksten Tank   I have admired this pattern since I saw it here and here and almost everywhere else in blogland.   It took me several tries to get it right but I feel pretty confident I have mastered the Wiksten now!   The pattern itself is very easy, only 2 pieces to cut, front and back. Following many other bloggers advice I took an inch out of the back and raised the front by an inch. The fit on me needed a lot of adjusting as my bust and my hips do not fit the same size. It finishes beautifully with french seams and bias tape.   (I do not really like to have my photograph taken, so this is the best you get)      Bias Detail  French seam detail Lined up pocket detail   These are some of my earlier, less perfect attempts at the Wilksten tank.       Pattern: Wiksten Tank Size: Modified S/M Fabric: Japanese printed cotton lawn from Spotlight Modifications: I made this one about 3″ longer then the pattern so that I could wear it over leggings in the ‘in-between-seasons’. I also used store bought bias tape for the arms and neck holes. Now that I am confident with this one I will be selling them here and here. Till next time 🙂 Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

Pattern mash-up

Recently a family member asked me to make something for their daughter… They sent me a reference shot showing the buttons/collar and red… I decided to have a go because after all who doesn’t enjoy a bit of a challenge. I combined the Little Lizard King sunsuit pattern with the neckline and peter pan collar of Straight Grain’s Bubble Dress pattern. I was not sure if it was going to work out, but after some fiddling and trial and error it worked out okay. Here is what I ended up with… Pattern: Straight Grain’s Bubble Dress with Little Lizard King’s Sunsuit pattern.  Fabric: White woven fabric I had laying around for the collar, super soft red cotton lawn for body from Spotlight. Buttons: Vintage score from a second hand store. Elastic: 1″ elastic for back. Underwear elastic for around legs (makes life so much easier then encasing it) Share this:TweetShare on TumblrPrintEmailLike this:Like...

Hello Wonderful people,I have been distant lately as I have done the following: Moved house, started a new job, started a second new job, gone back to uni and sewed more then my weight in kids clothes (slight exaggeration).Here are some pictures from a recent holiday to Singleton to visit my wife’s bestie. Some pictures from the move. My favourite custom orders of last month.  Thanks for stopping by! I will give an update soon.  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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