Dreaming in Gold and Bubbles – A dreamy take on the bubble shirt

Project Run and Play has changed things up this year, and I couldn’t be more excited! The news of 12 months of sewing parties has landed a permanent smile on my face. To kick off the new year and new format, the wonderful and talented Alida of Alida Makes has chosen her Bubble Dress Tutorial for this month’s challenge.

To say that fabric can make or break a piece is an understatement. I had originally purchased some bold solid cottons with the intention of color blocking and adding pockets. The image in my head was perfect. The image in real life…not so much. Yikes. Talk about a clown costume! It. Was. HORRIBLE. I kid you not. HORRIBLE. Thus, another trip to the fabric store ensued.

I had sewn a bubble skirt several months ago for Miss P, but she has such a slender frame that it swallowed her up. I knew I needed something really lightweight that would be more flow-y than bubbly. Then, I found it. This absolutely B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L white chiffon with gold sequined dots. (Let’s get real, folks. It’s a faux chiffon.) Next to it, this equally beautiful white satin that I knew would make the perfect lining. (Also, faux. My wallet is not that of a neurosurgeons. Ha!) Both were lightweight enough to do what I wanted. So 20 minutes in the cutting line later – they were short staffed, and it was a sale day – and another 10 in line, I went home with a fresh excitement to start (eh hem, AGAIN) my entry for this month’s challenge.

Alida’s tutorial was super easy to follow, and the dress is such a quick sew. I used her measurements with the plans that Miss P’s bubble dress would actually be more of a bubble tunic, and at 8 years old, the length is just perfect for that. The chiffon was pretty slippery, so I just attached my walking foot that I use for knits, and it sewed up like butter.

Dreaming in Gold Bubble Shirt

The straps were my nemesis. I finished the tunic portion in no time at all, but sat for over a week staring at it, trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the straps. I finally settled on bringing some more “bubble” to the straps to make up for the less bubbly bottom of the tunic. I used the satin to make straps that were 2″ wide and then spent several hours carefully scrunching, pinning, and hand sewing the chiffon around the straps. What I ended up with were two straps that turned out better than I imagined, and the bubbly-ness of them just adds that extra touch that I was looking for.

Dreaming in Gold bubble shirt 2

I chose to criss-cross the straps in the back to give it a bit of a change from just having regular straps, and I love how it turned out.

Dreaming in Gold bubble shirt 3All-in-all, I’m so happy that the first attempt ended up in sewing suicide. If it hadn’t, I never would’ve bought this fabric, and it was SO worth it! Head on over to Project Run and Play and check out all of the other awesome entries! It’s a one-stop-shop for loads of talent!


  1. Deborah Devine | 19th Jan 15

    Beautiful fabric choice. So romantic and “hip” all in one. It looks like your daughter really likes it too from the photographs.
    Deborah @ Sew Much To Give

    • Jo Moreland | 19th Jan 15

      Thank you, Deborah! She’s pretty much in love, so I’m definitely stoked.

  2. Carin | 19th Jan 15

    Looooove those straps and the fabric is so beautiful! Great job!

    • Jo Moreland | 19th Jan 15

      Thanks so much, Carin! I’m pretty partial to those straps myself. 😉

  3. Ajaire | 19th Jan 15

    That fabric is gorgeous! I always let the fabric decide the project. This is the perfect fabric for a bubble on her frame. Great job!

    • Jo Moreland | 19th Jan 15

      Isn’t that the best way to do it? I always tried to find the fabric I envisioned per the project and winded up disappointed to not find what I was looking for. Every time I let the fabric decide, it ends up working out. Thank you!

  4. Crystal D. | 20th Jan 15

    I just LOVE that fabric to bits! And the straps are so super fun. Awesome job 🙂

    • Jo Moreland | 20th Jan 15

      Thanks so much! I wasn’t sure if those straps would be worth the hours of handsewing and pinning, but they were lol.

  5. Ann | 21st Jan 15

    Love the fabric. Those straps are a really fun idea. I might try them myself, maybe this summer.

    • Jo Moreland | 22nd Jan 15

      They are perfect for summer! I know my daughter’s anxious for the warmer weather so she can wear it!

  6. paisleyroots | 22nd Jan 15

    That fabric is so cool! What a fun shirt!

    • Jo Moreland | 22nd Jan 15

      Thank you!! 🙂

  7. Mindy | 22nd Jan 15

    What gorgeous fabric! Wow. I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to actually use it for anything – I’d want to keep it, and look at it all the time. But then I’ve only got a 2.5 year old, so she’s not ready to wear anything so white. Looks fabulous!

    • Jo Moreland | 22nd Jan 15

      Hahaha oh, that’s exactly how I felt cutting into it! I was literally a sweating mess just trying not to screw it up since I love the fabric so much. Better on her than me! I’m such a clutz, the moment anything food wise notices I’m wearing white, it jumps right on me! Haha

  8. Renee | 23rd Jan 15

    Very pretty fabric – great paired with the bubble hem. love the straps!

    • Jo Moreland | 2nd Feb 15

      Thank you!!

  9. Steph | 23rd Jan 15

    The straps are my favorite part.

    • Jo Moreland | 2nd Feb 15

      Hehe mine too! 😉

  10. Audrey | 24th Jan 15

    Nice job! And kudos for trying again…it worked!

    • Jo Moreland | 2nd Feb 15

      Sometimes that do over can really be a game changer! Thanks!

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