I'd had this pattern pinned for a while since I can't resist a freebie. But when I decided to take on the challenge I struggled. One of the great things about this pattern to me IS it's simplicity, and a lot of the ideas I tossed around for remixing it just felt overworked to me. I thought I might have something to upcycle that would inspire me to change up the pattern, and when I started digging around I found this skirt:
|Pardon the wrinkly linen.|
It would totally work perfectly for the Popover Sundress pattern, and give the dress lots of cool details with minimal effort from me. Problem is, I still hadn't hit on an inspiration for how to remix it. Oh well, I just decided to go ahead and make a straightforward Popover out of upcycled materials. And I am so glad I did!
|At some point between when that skirt photo was taken and this photo was taken, this fabric was ironed. I swear.|
I had to reeeally squeeze to get enough fabric for the straps, but that worked out fine too. And how could I possibly resist making a matching doll dress with that little pattern they included? So stinking cute.
But, to make a long story even longer, the real reason I'm now writing this post is that in making the first dress, I found my inspiration for a remix! I loved how nicely finished this pattern is on the inside--so much that I thought it would be a perfect pattern to make reversible. My wheels started turning, and I remembered this post that I had seen on Alida Makes for a bubble sundress. I love the look of bubble dresses, but most have some sort of strange inner workings to create the effect that I can't get my head around. When I read Alida's tutorial, it seemed so simple! So I adapted her idea slightly to make a reversible bubble version of the Popover sundress.
I am totally in love with the results!
|When can I draw on the chalkboard?|
|What's that you say? Look at the camera? But I'm drawing!|
|No piping on the back side--helped with reversibility.|
A few tips on how I adapted the pattern:
-When cutting out my pattern, I mixed sizing a little. My dress pattern was a size 3 width at the top, a size 4 length, but I angled out to a size 6 width at the bottom (so a little extra length for making the bubble, and some extra width for blousiness). For reference, my daughter is 3.5 years old and a smidge on the small side, and I am thrilled with the way the fit came out.
-I cut two dress panels out of fabric A and two out of fabric B. For the bodice panel, I still only cut two like in the original pattern. I used premade bias tape for the straps and added piping under the bodice panels.
-When I started sewing, I referred to the Alida Makes bubble sundress tutorial for how to assemble my pieces. I made some adaptations here too to make it more reversible--namely I cut a 29" piece of baby elastic to make my bubble (it was just under 3/4ths of the total width of the skirt) and sewed it right to the seam where I joined my two fabrics together (on the wrong side of the fabric where the seam allowances are pressed open)--instead of sewing with elastic thread on the lining panel.
-Then, when I sewed the tops of the two fabrics together, I first pinned the bodice panels into place so they would already be sewn in and nicely finished. You could totally just sew across the tops of the two panels to join them, following the curves for the armholes and everything, and just finish the top of the sundress exactly as the Oliver + S pattern directions say though. In retrospect, that probably would have been the way to go--I ended up with lots of finagling to do with the straps and seam-ripping tiny holes to insert them and whatnot.
-After turning the dress right-side out, I jumped back to the Oliver + S pattern to finish the top. Like I said, I had already inserted my bodice panel, but that ended up being more of a pain than it was worth to have the finished armpits without bias tape--I would say to just follow the directions in the Popover pattern to finish the top, but with one caveat--make sure you use thread that will be disguised on your second fabric when attaching the bodice (rather than matching the bodice fabric).
|This shows the back of the dress--see that tiny black seam about 1/2 inch below the red bodice? Yeah, I didn't think so :)|
|Piping pinned into place--one "front" is currently on the outside, the other "front" is on the inside.|
I can't wait to head over to this week's challenge page now that the link-up is open--check out my reversible bubble dress as well as loads of other fantastic takes on this sweet sundress on the Project Run & Play Season 7 Pattern Remix post!
For now this is just a few tips, but I could probably do a more cohesive tutorial on how to make this dress if there is any interest for that. Let me know if you have any questions about the process or if you'd like me to do it a tutorial!