I made this little dress way back in April for my daughter’s birthday. She specifically requested it. We’d just been through the seasonal wardrobe shuffle which meant that a lot of her dresses were passed onto her younger sister, including this favourite that I made for her last year.
The pattern is the Twirl to Me dress, in the maxi length. The fabric is vintage, found at an estate sale for less than a few dollars. It is a beautiful cotton sateen, but quite an old fashioned print. I was surprised that Coco picked this from my stash, but it ended up suiting the dress very nicely.
I know she’ll get a lot of twirls out of this little party dress. It’s obviously not quite as practical as a simple T and shorts, or the tunic dresses I make for her day to day wear, but it is a dress that makes her feel special when she wears it. And everybody needs something like that in their closet.
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.