So today I am sharing the Oliver + S Bubble dress with the addition of the Puppet Show collar. To ensure proper fit, I compared the Bubble Dress bodice to the Puppet Show bodice and ended up shaving off a scant 1/4" of the shoulder seams. It was a very simple modification.
There were a couple of things I wanted to mention about this pattern. The Bubble Dress is one of my all-time favorite patterns for toddler and young preschool age girls. But I had remembered struggling with the back placket as well as seeing some not-quite-right plackets in the Flickr pool. That initially made me a little hesitant to try it again.
It's been several years since I've made this dress. Now that I have more experience, I immediately knew when I got to the final steps that there was an error in the pattern- if you own the original paper pattern -where there is a dot missing. A very significant dot that makes the placket come together perfectly. (Errata here.) It's a simple enough fix once you know it's there and the final results are as beautiful as Liesl's always are.
Another issue that I previously had with this pattern was that the elastic wasn't pulled high enough inside the skirt, so it kind of hung at the bottom like this. To remedy that, I added 1.5 inches to the skirt length and cut off 1.5 inches to the skirt lining length. This pulls the outer skirt further inside the underside of the skirt and creates a nice, full bubble.
Iris's 'cheese' smile
I clearly have a thing for peter pan collars and since I've made them so many times, I know it can be tricky to get them to to lay just right. This time I decided to try cutting the collar on the bias to help it lay a little nicer. I definitely think it helped to do it this way and will probably always cut these collars on the bias going forward.
One thing I really love about this pattern is that it doesn't use a lot of fabric. So I've always made the bubble dress in extra special fabric. This was made from a yard of Liberty fabric - and I still have enough leftover to make a little something for Hazel. The collar is a Cotton + Steel solid and the perfect accent color, in my opinion.
Iris loves her Easter dress and we even commented on its resemblance to an Easter egg. That made her week and she did not want to take the dress off. She is so much fun and her age (3 1/2) is so magical! I love it so much... and her. Obv. :)