Cherry Bubble

"Isabella" for granddaughter Vivian Rose

“Isabella” for granddaughter Vivian Rose



Isabella is a sweet, simple little bubble pattern from My Childhood  Treasures.  When Judy Day saw this pattern on-line, she immediately e-mailed me with the link.  She knew I would love it for our granddaughter Vivian Rose.  It is a for sale downloadable PDF pattern so I had it in my hands moments after buying it.  Don’t you love these downloadable patterns?





My daughter Rebecca loved it exactly as shown on the pattern cover and wanted Vivian’s to look just like that.



But you know how that goes…..even though in my fabric stash I had apples, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries and most fruits grown in the continental US, there were no cherries.

Soon I was on the Farmhouse Fabrics site, my go-to on-line store where I ordered the fabric for the bubble at the top of this post.  (Ironically, yesterday at JoAnn’s Fabrics I saw the topstitched ribbon and the exact fabric as shown in the pattern, at less per yard and no shipping :-[ .)

Rebecca had recently informed me that all clothes under 9 months have been retired from Baby Girl’s closet, though she is just 4 months old.  Weighing in at 17 lbs. and wearing bulky cloth diapers,  she requires a larger size.

Now that it is finished, I have serious doubts that this greatly altered 9-12 month size will fit “chubbalicious” Vivian Rose.

The pattern does not have a crotch opening, so I added extra length there to accommodate the buttons and  the cloth diapers.  Now it looks huge to me, especially around the legs.  I hadn’t taken into consideration that the crotch extension adds to the width of the leg opening.   Even Vivian Rose’s thunder thighs might be too small for this bubble.

Film at 11, after the bubble is tried on.

13 responses to “Cherry Bubble

  1. Janice, it’s adorable! Cherries and ruffles and a little vintage touch- what could be cuter? I’m sure hoping it fits!

  2. Well, it sure is cute! Hope it fits!

  3. So, cute! You and I probably wore something very similar. Well, I know I did. I have a blue dotted swiss bubble that my mother made for me back in about 1951 and then my sister wore in the summer of 1958. When I made bubbles for my daughters, I always added extra length. We are all long waisted and it gave more wiggle room!

  4. Janice, your attention to detail is amazing, right down to the checked ribbon trim on the ends of the ties! This is adorable – love the classic style!

  5. Thanks, Nancy. It seems I can never leave a pattern alone—I have to add and/or subtract a thing or two. This time, I was following the pattern directions ever so carefully when I realized there were no instructions for finishing the ends of the ties. Thus, the gingham”binding.”

  6. You are right, Beckie! There are pictures of me wearing this same style. Because it is still a great design, I guess that’s why it’s “classic.” I bet the old patterns would not require extra length to accommodate the bulky cloth diaper.

  7. Thanks, Donna and Jo. I’ll know if it fits when I see Vivian Rose in two weeks. That will give her thighs more time to…uh…fill out.

  8. Absolutely adorable!

  9. Oh TOO cute!! I LOVE ruffles!! Think positive, it’ll fit and as always this is absolutely perfect in the finishing!

  10. The sunsuit is darling, Janice! I believe that I like your fabric better than the original. I can’t wait to see modeled shots of this!

  11. Oh how I love this romper/ bubble. I even like your fabric better than the fabric on the pattern. The little pops of pink are so whimsical. What a lucky little girl! My oldest daughter, now 25, was my mothers first grandchild and I wish I had the adorable outfits she made. Who knew we would be adopting another child sixteen years after our baby was born?! ( I was in the antique store a few weeks ago and saw a singer gold touch just like the one my mother had all those years. If Id had the spare $ I would have bought it so fast our heads would spin.) for some reason my website doesn’t pop up or link. It’s: http://fromtheart-

    I missed an h so it didn’t link. :/ I took art and orchestra instead of typing in school.

  13. Thanks, Anna. I’ve made so many things for Vivian Rose, but this is one of her mother’s favorites. It would be wonderful if you had all those outfits your mother made for your daughter. I can’t tell you what a thrill it is to see my grandchildren wearing little outfits I made for their parents. That Singer called your name, but you were stalwart in not answering. With all the fabulous machines available today, it’s hard to step back in time to sew without all the new great features.

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