digital bubble dress sewing pattern
Elevate the dress to new heights! Fully lined dress has built-in cap sleeves, gathered skirt with scalloped side seams, and elasticized hem for bubble effect. Dress can also be made without scalloped sides.
This style is provided as a digital pattern. It may be printed on both home printers (using either 8 1/2" x 11" or A4 paper) and at service bureaus that handle 36" wide sheets. When you complete your order, you will be provided with a unique code to instantly download the pattern. See our digital product policy for full details.
Girl's dress. Fully lined dress has drop-shoulder cap sleeves, gathered skirt with scalloped side seams, and elasticized hem for bubble effect. Dress can also be made without the scalloped sides.
Each of our patterns calls on a unique set of sewing skills. Haven't ever done one of these things before? Don't worry. We'll walk you through it, step by step.
After successfully sewing this pattern, you will have developed the following skills: buttonholes, gathering, and lining.
Designed for light- to medium-weight non-stretch fabrics like cotton broadcloth, batiste or calico, and lightweight linen, denim, chambray, or seersucker.
Very light-weight non-stretch fabrics like batiste, voile or broadcloth.
Thread, three 3/8" or 1/2" buttons, one yard of 1/4" elastic.
Fabric Guide (fabric width: 44"-45")
SIZE 0-3M 3-6M 6-12M 12-18M 18-24M Dress 5/8 yd 7/8 yd 7/8 yd 7/8 yd 7/8 yd Lining 5/8 yd 5/8 yd 5/8 yd 5/8 yd 5/8 yd Interfacing 1/8 yd 1/8 yd 1/8 yd 1/8 yd 1/8 yd
SIZE 2T 3T 4 5 Dress 1 yd 1 yd 1 yd 1 yd Lining 3/4 yd 1 yd 1 yd 1 yd Interfacing 1/8 yd 1/8 yd 1/8 yd 1/8 yd
SIZE 0-3M 3-6M 6-12M 12-18M 18-24M Dress Length 16" 16 ½" 17 ½" 18" 18 ¾" Chest 19" 20" 21" 22" 23"
SIZE 2T 3T 4 5 Dress Length 20 ½" 21 ½" 22 ½" 23 ½" Chest 23" 24" 25" 26"
English System Size Chest
Birth-3M 17 17 ½ 17 ½ 17-23 7-12 3-6M 18 18 ½ 18 ½ 23-27 12-17 6-12M 19 19 ½ 19 ½ 27-29 17-22 12-18M 19 ¾ 20 ½ 20 ½ 29-31 22-27 18-24M 20 ½ 21 21 31-33 27-30 2T 21 21 22 33-36 30-33 3T 21 ½ 21 23 36-39 33-36 4 22 ½ 21 ½ 24 39-42 36-39 5 23 ½ 22 25 ½ 42-45 39-44 Metric System Size Chest
Birth-3M 43 43 43 43-58 3-5 3-6M 46 46 46 58-69 5-8 6-12M 48 50 50 69-74 8-10 12-18M 50 52 51 74-79 10-12 18-24M 52 53 56 79-84 12-14 2T 53 53 56 84-91 14-15 3T 55 53 58 91-99 15-16 4 57 55 61 99-107 16-18 5 60 56 65 107-114 18-20
Submit a review to share your thoughts with others.
Average rating: 5 reviews)(based on
Surprise success, 11/12/2014
Reviewer: Lydia (Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia)
Surprising myself totally I have just completed this gorgeous little bubble dress. Yes, fully lined too. The instructions are so clear and straightforward that I was able to follow them carefully and hey presto I made the dress! My sewing skills are fairly basic but now I am excited about advancing on to something else.
So IN LOVE with this pattern., 11/4/2014
Reviewer: Lynette (Perth, Australia)
I have made 5 dresses from this pattern and it's stunning! I love the sleeves and it sits so perfectly on my 5yr old and 1 yr old. I love the sleeves because it's perfect for a hot summer where the shoulders are not burnt yet the child isn't feeling too hot. Such a pretty party dress too and other mums at the parties have commented that its such a nice dress kids can play so freely and yet look stunning. Because this dress is lined, it looks as good a store bought dress. I was very wary of PDF patterns but Oliver +S has done it so clearly that it's so easy to follow... especially when I have never taken a dress making class before. Thank you!
Who doesn't like a Bubble (dress)?, 9/17/2013
Reviewer: Nicole (Tintinara, SA, Australia)
Its completely adorable! From the delicious 'bubble' of the skirt to the dear little cap sleeves. The sweet semi-empire line to the ingenious back placket it is the perfect bundle of cute and clever design. I blogged a step-by-step tute if you would like a peep http://fiveandcounting-motherof5.blogspot.com.au/2011/01/bubbles-for-little-one.html Personally, the scalloped view is my favourite http://www.flickr.com/photos/motherof5/5399906341/in/set-72157625616566618 how cute is that? But if you prefer a more delicate look it sews up just as nicely in a dainty floral http://www.flickr.com/photos/motherof5/7087117417/in/set-72157625616566618 The yoke is simply begging to be trimmed http://www.flickr.com/photos/motherof5/5399905985/in/set-72157625616566618 and being fully lined it is as lovely on the inside as out. Go on, make a Bubble dress, you know you want to!
Professional finish, 7/28/2013
Reviewer: Brittney (Utah, USA)
Love this dress! I recently made coordinating bubble dresses for my twins birthdays, such a sweet result! It is a quick sew, with such a great, professional looking finish due to it being fully lined.
Adorable dress, quick sew!, 7/3/2013
Reviewer: Masha (Georgia)
I was so surprised at how quickly this dress came together despite being fully lined. It is beautifully finished on the inside as well as on the outside, and is an adorable dress for a little girl. The bodice is a little roomy compared to ready-to-wear sizes; I could have sized down one size if I had really wanted to, but it still looks good - and she'll be able to wear it next year, too!
Determining Which Printing You Have
As errata are discovered, they are marked for correction in subsequent printings of the pattern. To determine which printing of an instruction sheet or pattern sheet you have, look at the copyright box which appears on each. Toward the bottom of the box, there is a series of numbers. The lowest number you see there indicates which printing you have. For example, if the lowest number in the box on the instruction sheet is "2," you have an instruction sheet from the second printing. Any errors in the instructions mentioned for the first printing have been corrected in your version. If the lowest number in the box on the pattern sheet is "1," you have a copy of the pattern sheet from the first printing. Pattern sheets and instructions sheets can be printed separately, so be sure to check the errata notices for pattern pieces against the printing number on the pattern sheet and errata notices for instructions against the printing number on the instruction sheet.
Please note that this error has been corrected in the digital version of this pattern. This note applies only to the first printed version of the pattern.
- The first printed version of this pattern contained a small error. Piece #2, the Back Bodice, was missing a dot. The dot should be aligned with the second notch and located 1/2" from the lower edge.