Last year, Madeit released the amazing Fold collection. I bought most of the patterns, but due to my pattern backlog, this one is the first of the Madeit collection that I actually sewed. I have several patterns that I have never sewed (which is why I joined the sew-your-pattern-stash group last year) but I still buy new ones. I feel this is a usual phenomenon for sewists, as is having a huge fabric stock, but still I think. I should change my ways. There are several gems in my pattern collection that are screaming to be sewn. This balloon fold dress was one of those gems for sure.
I sewed this
versatile garment during my sew weekend, but I did not have time to show
it to you yet (seeing as I a bit over-committed myself in testing
garments). The woman behind the humorous blog Needle and Ted is also
behind this pattern. She blogged this week about a balloon fold dress for her
eldest daughter, and I realized I have to make one for my eight year old as
well, but let's first talk about this one.
I took the paper
pieces to the weekend, but more like a back up project. During the
weekend I mostly sewed woven test garments. On Saturday afternoon I
craved a satisfactory quick project, balloon fold dress to the rescue. The
balloon fold dress is intended as a knit dress, I mixed it up though. The top
is knit, but the skirt is double gauze. This very soft fabric has two
pretty sides, making it perfect for this project. I bought the fabric at
Nuttafabric, around the time the store opened its digital doors.
the original pattern the back of the dress is in one piece, I changed
that to have an entire knit bodice and to have a woven skirt part
I did not have my instructions with me, so I winged the construction
method. I made a fully lined bodice, which made finishing the armholes
very easy, I finished the neckline with a neckband. The original
construction method is with bias on the neckline and armholes.
thing that makes this dress so versatile is the way you wear it. It is
either a maxi dress, a bubble dress or a top with a skirt. Only one of
the pics actually shows the top-skirt option, but you get the point.
With hindsight the top-skirt version might not be ideal for a model with
a baby belly, but the other two options look darn cute.
I love to hear what you think of my creations. Feel free
to leave a comment in the language you prefer (although Google
translate might have to assist me if you choose something different than
English, German, Dutch or Hungarian).