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I haven't sewn along with Project Run and Play for a long time, and so when I saw they were changing the format this year, I was excited. Sewing four outfits in four weeks is a bit much, but one outfit a month I can handle. Maybe.
So this month was a bubble dress. I started with an idea that completely evolved and this is what I ended up with. The skirt is a circle skirt with a rectangle lining to make the bubble. Then I used a knit tee shirt of mine to make into a tank for the bodice of the dress.
This dress was originally going to be for my middle girl, but that didn't work out. I made the tank way, way too long. It's even long on my oldest. I tied the sash really snugly, and it makes the bodice of the dress look like a tucked in t-shirt, but that was not my intention. I really should shorten the bodice, but let's be realistic. It's probably not going to happen. She likes it though, and she doesn't know I messed up-she's just happy to get a new dress.
See? That tucked in look was completely intentional. Ahem. Good thing my two older girls have almost the same chest measurement.
I lined the bubble skirt with the same fabric as the sash. These fabrics have coordinating colors, but with most of the chevron hidden, it's not overwhelmingly busy. At least, I hope not.
Here's a quick how-to for making a bubble circle skirt. It's pretty basic-all I have is photoshop elements.
1. Make a circle skirt
2. Make a rectangular liner. I used a width of 1.5 times the waist measurement plus ease. Make sure it's a couple of inches shorter than the length of the circle skirt.
3. Gather the circle skirt along the bottom edge.
4. With right sides together, insert the rectangle into the circle skirt. Adjust the gathers to fit. Pin and sew.
5. Turn right side out and press along seam line. Gather the top of the rectangle to fit the waist of the skirt. Adjust gathers to fit. Baste the waist and continue as normal.