My daughter doesn’t always like what I make for her these days, but if I remember comfort comes first and blue comes second then I’m half way to winning her over.
She requested (erm! last year) that I make her a Balloon Fold Dress. She doesn’t request much by way of clothes, she takes it for granted that she’ll wake up in the morning and every now and then they’ll be something new hanging in her room waiting for her.
Nosh fabric never disappoints on quality, it’s a treat to sew with. But there was a minor problem.
The heavy weight of Nosh Denim College it isn’t really ideal for making summer dresses. That would be like putting ice cream in the microwave*, it just doesn’t make sense.
But it’s still pretty cold in the UK. We certainly can’t get away with a racerback quite yet. So I decided to add sleeves to the Balloon Fold Dress. Using the easiest method possible. I grabbed a long sleeve dress pattern (the Groove Dress), placed the top half of the patten over the top half of the Balloon Fold pattern and retraced the lines to create a Balloon Fold Groove. Simple!
I sewed it together as you normally would, but added some pink self made piping between the bodice and the skirt for a little splash of brightness.
Now let me tell you about the magic of the Balloon Fold Dress. You can create 3 completely different looks from 1 dress. And I don’t mean the kind of different looks you see typically in magazines where they add a belt, add a jacket and add a necklace and try to convince you that one look is different from the other.
I mean 3 totally different garments as if by magic.
A long maxi dress
A short bubble dress
And a puffball skirt and top
So I bet you’re wondering how the magic happens. Surely you haven’t guessed already. Well, as I’m not part of the magic circle I’ll show you, with the help of my trusted assistant…
Can you see why Darcy wanted a Balloon Fold Dress? Apart from it being blue and comfortable, it’s interactive so therefore fun to wear. She can create different looks throughout the day, whatever is necessary for the pending adventure.
And what’s more, the skirt which is in effect a giant pocket, can be used to hide toys, stones and small animals. Which is what kids love to do (tell me it’s not just my kids).
In praise of the fabric
Nosh Denim College is an organic knit fabric that behaves like sweatshirt but looks like denim. The reverse even looks like the reverse of a pair of jeans. It’s my favourite fabric from all that I have tried at Nosh. It’s gorgeous on both sides and a joy to sew with. Here you can see the harem pants I made from black Denim College.
Using it for a Balloon Fold Dress means as the dress becomes a skirt, you get to see the reverse of the fabric, which of course is a different colour. No one will ever know that your outfit started off as a dress at the beginning of the day.
Madeit Patterns Balloon Fold Dress with Nosh College fabric is a magical combination.
*I actually know someone that does that.