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Bubble Skirt how to make

user-132840 | Posted in General Discussion on

Hello, I am trying to find instructions for making a bubble skirt dress for my Granddaughter.  She wants to wear it for her Prom next month.  I think I saw a article on it but can’t find it.  If anyone know how to make it I would really like some input.  Thank you NanC


  1. sbsterling | | #1

    Don't have instructions myself, but I cam across a pretty comprehensive review that you might find helpful:


    1. user-132840 | | #2

      Thank you for the information.  I went to Pattern Preview.com and was able to order an out of print pattern from Simplicity with a bubble skirt. Again thank you. Nan E

  2. mem | | #3

    I  Haven't made one but have read how to do it You just make a gathered skirt to the degree of gathering you want and the instead of turning up the hem you attach it to the bottom of your lining which is an A line skirt with a narrower bottom than the top gathered skirt This lining is also shorter so that is how you get the soft ballooning which is the attraction ! You need to make the top layer out of a fabric which is light but with some body such as silk dupion The lining can be just your average lining fabric. The joining seam at the hem is inside the skirt and the two are attached into the waistband . To get the proportions of gathering to width of lining width I would definitely experiment with a fabric which is similar in weight and behaviour to that which you will use.

    1. user-132840 | | #4

      Thank you for the information.  I will make a small sample to check the bubble is what my granddaghter wants.  Nancy

      1. mem | | #5

        I like them long but short they are a bit ????? Still your granddaughter would probaly look lovely in brown paper bag!!

  3. diday | | #6

    I see you have the information you were seeking but I wanted to comment. When I was in the JC Penney store recently I saw one of these skirts on a mannequin and didn't know what it was called. I had to lift the hem to see how it was finished, then went to the clerk to see if we could find it in the catalog. Never saw the "bubble" label, but it certainly fits the descriptions given here and in the pattern review link. Should be easy to duplicate. Another eye-opener and source of inspiration is to visit the image search on google.com for "bubble skirt." There are many variations for waist, length and fullness of skirt, as well as the fabrics being used!

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