Empress of Zooble Land

My daughter will be the first zooble-based superhero! She designed the dress herself, as evidenced in the drawing above. She seems to like my interpretation. I fashioned the star out of outsized paillettes. The zoobles are reverse applique.

I’ve been a little off buying fabric lately, but I had no knit fabric on hand to make a comfy kids dress. Then DH graciously volunteered some of his old shirts for me to use for the dress. I took 3 white shirts, dyed them purple, and cut around the screen printed motifs to make the dress. The shirts took the dye slightly differently. When I constructed the skirt, I made sure to alternate the different colors when I placed the gores.

I self-lined the bodice so there would be a clean finish at the neck and armhole edges. Also, the 2 layers of fabric make a more stable base for the embellishments on the front.

The skirt is a 6-gore full circle. There is one zooble per gore.

Paillette detail

Dress back



  1. Shams
    Posted July 7, 2012 at 11:19 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oh my gosh, Claudine. Totally adorable. Your daughter is lucky to have a mom who can make her visions take form. Very very special.

  2. Posted July 7, 2012 at 11:38 am | Permalink | Reply

    I think that ‘best mom ever’ trophy is probably waiting in your mailbox!

    • Posted July 7, 2012 at 11:54 am | Permalink | Reply

      Allow me to point out that the reason that I took on this project in the summer when my kids are home is because, when I am making something for my children, they totally respect my sewing time and never bother me.

  3. Posted July 7, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Awesome. Just awesome.

  4. Nancy K
    Posted July 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Delightful! You did a great job interpreting your daughter’s vision.

  5. Posted July 8, 2012 at 2:05 am | Permalink | Reply

    See – this is where having just boys get’s boring. All they let me make them are capes and p.j.’s. I love the star btw! ( I have NO idea what a Zooble is though?)

    • Posted July 9, 2012 at 8:43 am | Permalink | Reply

      A zooble is a Happy Meal toy. See my previous post for a photo of the actual toy:

  6. Posted July 11, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

    A.DORBS!!! Way cute! You are the Super Mom!

  7. Posted July 31, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Awesomesauce! I’m sure the dress confers whatever special powers zoobles have on your daughter whenever she wears it. LOL

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