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« on: May 01, 2009 08:41:46 PM »

I know its prolly really simple but I want to do make shirt reconstuct into a bubble dress. Similiar to this::

Does anybody know where I could find a free pattern??  I have never sewed clothes. The only thing I have sewed is 3 xmas stockings and currently working on reusable grocery totes. Any help would be great. Thanx!!
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2009 09:16:58 PM »

Hiya FAERIE! That's an adorable dress! I'm not sure even a large ladies shirt would have material enough for it, though.

What I'd do is measure above my boobs (eg 28 inches) and from that line to just below my boobs (eg 5 inches). I'd cut a rectangle exactly that width (no need for seam allowances, it needs to be snug enough to stay up) and the length would be *2-times my bust length plus one inch for the lower seam allowance* assuming you want a half-inch seam allowance. The bottom band would be *2-times however long you want it to be plus one inch* for a seam allowance and the width would be whatever your around-the-thighs measurement is. For the body, the top edge would be *half the upper-bust measurement times 1.5* (or more depending on how gathered you want it, like 1.75 or 2), and the bottom would be *half the thigh-measurement times 1.5* or whatever. You'd cut two of those, and they'd be as long as you want plus a bit extra for the poof. And cuz lots of people do better with diagrams:

Take the short ends of the top band and put them together good-sides together and stitch a half-inch seam allowance. Do the same with the bottom band. Both doughnuts you just made get folded down like a turtleneck with the good-sides facing out, and then you stitch along the bottom of each doughnut to hold it folded down like that. The body pieces get put together, and then you use a reeeeeeally long stitch along the top and bottom of the body-tube. You pull on the bobbin thread to gather the fabric (or you can do a zigzag stitch along the top and bottom and using a tapestry needle, thread yarn or embroidery floss along the stitching and pull that to gather it). Then it's just a matter of making the gathering nice and even and the body pieces able to fit the doughnuts. Then you just put the gathered body piece inside the donut for the top with the seam allowances together, right-sides together, and stitch. Ditto for the bottom piece.

Don't forget to use a ball-pointed needle and loosen your presser foot. If you have a shirt already that you wanted to make this out of, you'd likely have enough material for a shirt version of this dress (in which case you'd measure your hips instead of thighs).

But about the multiplying the width of the body by 1.5, does anyone know if that's enough to get that kinda poof?

« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2009 02:48:01 PM »

tnx alexus for that tute! I was looking for something like that!
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2009 06:59:39 AM »

thanx! that looks good! Once I get done with these grocery totes, I'm gonna start on this. The shirt is either an XL or XXL in mens. I figure if I needed more fabric I'd use something that looked good with the graphics on this shirt, for the top part and bottom part. I never dont it before so I'm scared I'm gonna mess it up.
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2009 11:13:32 AM »

I was checking out this site I just found and I came upon a video that clears up how to make a bubble dress. Its not a tute for a bubble dress but it will help with the construction of it.  Grin

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