Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Bubble Fairy Twin Dresses

A couple of dresses I am sending back to my nieces for Christmas!!  Based on their Halloween costumes, my understanding is that they are big into fairies.

When I saw this pretty fairy quilting cotton at BelleBoo, it made me think of them, but also reminded me of some flower and forest fairy books we had kicking around the house as kids. They had really intricate drawings of fairies wearing flower dresses. The fabric is sorta dreamy and whimsical in the same way.

The lining layer is some stripey shirting I had in my stash:

The pattern is the peplum bubble dress by Straightgrain. I made this dress in the past and loved it on my niece, Zoe. It's also one of the most popular posts on my blog... man, a lot of people get to my blog by googling "batik peplum." At the time I first made the dress, it was a free downloadable pattern from Straightgrain, but it doesn't appear to be available anymore, sadly. It's a pretty great pattern!

I made the same changes I did the first time I made the peplum bubble dress: switched out the back zipper for some buttons. The first time it was because I didn't know how to insert a zip, but this time it was just because I liked the look of the buttons!

In particular, I love how this one fairy is all "Behold!! A button. Praise be."

I made them a little bit big for the girls, but I hope they can layer them with t-shirts and leggings this winter and wear them as a single layer next summer...

Are you sewing any gifts this Christmas?


  1. These look great! I love that fairy pattern - your nieces are going to look so cute!! I've made a few Christmas gifts so far, but being the procrastinator that I am, I have a bunch planned but I haven't started yet. :)

    1. Thanks, Heather! Yeah, I have several that I haven't made yet. Add in shipping time from Bangkok and I have a feeling some of them just aren't going to happen on time. I feel better now that these are on their way back to the States, though!

  2. So cute!! I love the fabric - it's fairy-themed and girly but the color blue makes it a bit different and more interesting. And the striped fabric on the inside is so special!

    I rarely end up doing much sewing for gifts around the holidays, except for my own family members. It's sad but true!

    1. Thanks! Yeah, such a pretty blue color. If it was pink, I definitely wouldn't have gone for it...

      I wish I had time for more holiday sewing, too! This might be it for me this year, except maybe a t-shirt for my husband.