Monday, September 17, 2012

Galaxy Bubble Dress

Craftiments:  Galaxy Bubble Dress

It's Week Two at Project Run & Play, and this week's challenge is to design an outfit inspired by a famous or favorite fashion icon.  Considering I can only name three fashion designers off the top of my head, I thought about sitting out this week.  That is until I discovered an awesome piece of planet and nebula fabric while digging through the remnant bin at Joann's.  My inner geek is crushing over the recent trend in galaxy print dresses and skirts, most notably the Brightness Dawn Collection by Setareh Mohtarez. After visiting another store to purchase more fabric, I launched (hee hee) into creating my galaxy bubble dress!

Craftiments:  Galaxy Bubble Dress front

Craftiments:  Galaxy Bubble Dress back

For the pattern, I traced one of my daughter's jumpers as a starting point and then drafted the bubble dress from there.  I wanted to add more sparkle to the fabric, so after the pieces were cut out I brushed glitter fabric paint on the nebulae and galaxies.

glitter fabric paint

I liked the cone shape of the inspiration dresses, but did not want to deal with a petticoat.  Instead I made the lining from stiff, black denim.   As seen in the photos below, it holds the bubble shape surprisingly well.

Craftiments:  Galaxy Bubble Dress underside

Craftiments:  Galaxy Bubble Dress hemline

I also found a pair of iridescent buttons that blend beautifully with the purples and greens in the fabric.

Craftiments:  Galaxy Bubble Dress buttons

To complete the look, I dyed another pair of nylon tights and fashioned a crown of stars.   I started by wrapping a headband with black hem tape and gluing rhinestone stars to it.  Next I wrapped the headband with gold floral wire, and finally added some sparkle with silver glitter spray paint.

Craftiments:  Crown of stars headband

Craftiments:  Crown of Stars headband

A couple more views of the dress from the side.....

Craftiments:  Galaxy Bubble Dress sideview

Craftiments:  Galaxy Bubble Dress side view

Miss Juju loves her "Universe Dress" as she calls it!  I am trying to convince her to be The Universe for  Halloween.  Hey, some scientists theorize that the universe is shaped like a donut, so being shaped like a bubble dress is not totally crazy!   And in keeping with St. Louis tradition, Daddy will have to teach her some Star Trek jokes to tell for her treats :)


  1. That is such an adorable dress! I wish I was that crafty.

    The Domestic Geek

  2. Love this dress. It would be so cute for a science fair :) Great job.

  3. Very cute! You thought of everything. Thanks so much for sharing at Etcetorize this week~

  4. Fabulous fabric and I love your idea of adding some sparkle to the stars too. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

  5. Beautiful dress! Love how full the bubble is and the extra glitter. My first thought was actually Mrs Frizzle. :)

  6. I LOVE this fabric you used, and your model is adorable. Great work! :) Spotted you on I Gotta Create's link up.

    Feel free to come link up over on my blog as well!

  7. WOW!!! Now that's a cool dress!! LOVE IT!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  8. Outta this world adorable! Great galaxies I love it!
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  9. That dress is adorable! I want to make one for myself.
    Also, being the universe for Halloween is such a great idea.

  10. What a cute dress! I love that you added glitter to it.

  11. You're a STAR! Featuring your cute little dress and model today on the blog. Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create!

    <3 Christina

  12. Hey I love what u did right there. That's so adorable.

    I have one question, I'm a fashion designer and I'm looking forwad that strong fabric (not printed) that Setared Mohtarez used in her collection do you know the name? Or the one you used??

    1. I don't know what she used. I used a quilting fabric from JoAnn's

  13. This is so adorable, she is so cute! thanks for sharing ideas.

    Happy Crafting!
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