THIS DRESS. It has been consuming my every waking (and sometimes sleeping) hour over the past few weeks. I have been staring at lines on the computer screen until I go cross-eyed. I’ve been sewing up samples by the dozen (much to the glee of my very lucky daughters). And I’ve topped it all off with a switch to WordPress.
I’m still polishing up my site and getting my head around navigating WordPress. I’ve also lined up a professional to tie up all the loose ends that I will no doubt miss. So you’ll have to forgive me if my room is a little untidy over the coming week. To make up for it, I’m going to leave you with some more pictures of the Twirl to Me dress. I make a lot of clothes for my girls, and yes, I am occasionally met with ambivalence. This dress elicits only excitement. It ticks all the boxes for my girls and I thoroughly enjoy seeing them in it. It’s girly, but not over the top. It’s swishy and swingy but it doesn’t trip them up. It’s comfortable and cool and oh so very pretty.
Miss very-nearly-Seven is wearing a Size 6 in the longer style. It is a perfect fit on her. I used quilting weight cotton for this version and little elastic loops at the back instead of fabric loops (because I can be lazy at times). I like using elastic loops for kids clothes. It makes it so much easier to fasten the buttons quickly, especially when there’s serious twirling to be done.
There’s a lesson to be learnt from this dress. Always, ALWAYS measure those little printer test squares before you make a pattern. Seriously guys, this is my own pattern. I put the test squares there myself, but did I bother to measure them? No! I could have saved myself a whole day of angst. But on the plus side, it did make me add another cutting line to the pattern for the extra option of a tunic/top as well as a dress.
I also discovered some nifty little post-make fixes for the dress, should the sizing not be perfectly spot on (which happens, because who is a standard size anyway?). The true size of this version is a 5. I thought I was sewing a size 3! Miss Six is a tall size 6, and Miss 3 is a perfect size 3, so this dress doesn’t actually fit either of them. But I guess it gives you an idea of how the dress will look if you accidentally make a size too small or a few sizes too big.
For those of you who follow me on Instagram, I’ve been hinting (not so subtly) at the fact that I’m in the process of putting this dress into a PDF pattern. It’s certainly been a rollercoaster ride for me so far, not helped by the fact that I am perhaps somewhat of a perfectionist. In fact, my husband, having seen the way I’ve been fretting over corners, lines, and calculations, has decided that I’ve missed my calling and thinks I should get myself into coding.
It will be my first PDF pattern so my anxiety levels are probably higher than normal. I want it to be perfect, as you can imagine. And it’s close. It should be…these dresses are now exploding out of my daughters’ wardrobes and I’m running out of nieces.
I’m just about to enter the third phase of testing. We’re talking human trials (unrelated humans). So I’m going to include a sign up form here for those of you with a little human, who would like to consider testing for me. I’m not interested if you have a blog or any other social media account. All I want is honest feedback from a range of different sizes. I will need to see some photos though, on a real human, so that I can see your creation and how it fits. Unfortunately I can’t pay you, but I will value your time and efforts immeasurably, and of course provide you with a final version of the pattern when it is eventually released.