Tiny Bubbles Dress in Mammoth Flannels

Hi, I’m Holly! I work at Connecting Threads’ sister company Knit Picks. Thought I mostly knit these days, I’ve been sewing since I was 6. My grandmother was a garment worker and there was nothing I loved more than to sit at the sewing machine with her and sew my own clothes. I now have two young daughters (ages 1 and 2-busy times!), and I love sewing clothing for them even more than for myself. So when Connecting Threads started carrying gorgeous Mammoth Flannels, I knew I wanted to make my older daughter, Penny, an Oliver & S Bubble Dress. I just got finished sewing it. What do you think? Made in Striped Tweed Flannel (color: Flame, item number: 7683), I think it turned out so soft and cozy.


Released a few years ago, this bubble dress pattern has become an absolute classic. I’ve sewn this pattern before, and let me tell you, it’s an absolute joy. It has very few pattern pieces, comes together quickly, and results in the cutest dress ever (you can see so many people’s versions here)! I highly recommend The Bubble Dress to new sewers and seasoned clothing makers alike. It creates such a cute silhouette for a small person (and comes in 2 download sizes – Birth to 24 Months and 2T-5).  Surely you have a daughter, a niece, or a grandchild in need of a tiny bubble!


We’re going through a monkey phase right now. Both my daughters, Penny and Lulu, love monkeys, so I knitted them a sock monkey sweater (you can find details here) and used the bubble dress to complete the outfit.  I know the flannel will be a big hit because, especially if you live in a cold or damp climate, this fabric will make your child feel like they’re in pajamas (or as Penny would say, “Tajamas”) all day long. Wouldn’t that be nice for all of us?

Pick up this pattern and a yard or two of Mammoth Flannel and trust me, you’ll make a dress that a little girl in your life will never, ever want to take off.  Or use a cute quilting cotton to make a very sweet version for Spring!

You can find more about me an my family here. Thanks for having me, Connecting Threads!

xoxo, Holly


  1. Alisha - February 24, 2015

    I just adore this dress. You did such a nice job.

  2. Teri - February 24, 2015

    That turned out so cute, love, love, love it!

  3. Anita - February 24, 2015

    That turned out so cute in the flannel.

  4. Jenna - February 24, 2015

    wow so cute! Love the photos and this dress!

  5. Laraine - February 24, 2015

    I adore the look of bubble rompers/dresses. Yours came out beautifully and I’m tempted to try one for my granddaughter. I love the sock monkey coordinating sweater too. She is one very lucky little girl.

  6. Dawn - February 24, 2015

    Ahh, these photos are even cuter now than when I saw you taking them. I got to touch this dress, it’s so incredibly soft and also the perfect drape for a kid’s dress. Holly is a super talented seamstress, guys.

  7. Ginger - February 24, 2015

    Cute dress. I know you all don’t sell it, but Moda makes sock monkey fabric.

    • Holly - March 12, 2015

      I saw that! I’m actually knitting a duplicate cardigan for my younger daughter, with sock monkey fabric pants to match. I’m crazy, I know :).

  8. Shannon O - February 24, 2015

    love the whole outfit! right down to the high tops!! could you post a photo of her wearing it all? your choice of course!

  9. Judy - February 25, 2015

    The dress is so cute! I bet she loves wearing that soft cozy flannel.

  10. Ann - February 25, 2015

    A Mom who knits and makes clothes…What lucky girls! The dress is cute – especially with the adorable sock monkey and matching sweater. I never would have thought of flannel, but I can see the dress with a turtleneck and stockings as well. Enjoyed your website…do you have the Candy Dots pattern finished yet? I think I can handle single crochet and it is very cute pattern.

  11. Winthur - February 25, 2015

    I love it! Especially the outfit altogether with the knit cardigan.

  12. Patrice Stanton - March 3, 2015

    Hi Holly. Too cute…I found Connecting Threads just now through a sidebar pop-up ad! I’ve started sewing clothing again (about a year ago) and can’t find the high quality (high thread count) and soft-hand cottons I prefer. I can’t find Thread Count info on the shopping-site so wanted to ask someone in the know. Can you help?

    Sincerely, Patrice Stanton

    • Alisha - March 4, 2015

      Hi Patrice,

      Thanks for your comment. In case you haven’t heard back from Holly yet, the industry standard thread count for quilting cotton is 120. That’s what all of Connecting Threads’ flat cotton fabrics are, and what Robert Kaufman states is the thread count for their fabrics as well. Hope that helps!

  13. Judy P - March 10, 2015

    So wish this came in larger sizes. My granddaughters who wear a 7 and a 9 would love this.