Twirl, Baby, Twirl

I love when inspiration strikes. I’ve been mulling over a modified version of the That*Darn*Kat Round Neck Dress. When my Wonderland by Momo (Moda) fabric arrived from Fabric Hound, I suspected it would be a great match for my idea — and I was right.

Miss L’s very twirly dress is a huge hit with both of us. The modification was very easy: I cut the bodice about three inches below the armscythe. The lower part is essentially a twirl skirt cut with three 6.5″ tiers (I used a 1/2″ seam allowance). The middle tier is four pieces of two alternating fabrics (the same ones used on the bodice and neckline).  (Note: I used the size 4/5 as the basis for this dress, intending for it to last throughout the summer and maybe into the fall.)

I used only one button on each side of the neckline, a pretty red flower button from a past Chez Ami sale that reminded me of the flowers on one of the fabrics.

A certain little miss is really into twirling and said she was quite satisfied with the twirl factor of this dress. And repeatedly demanded that I photograph her in action. (Definitely a good idea to take pics before she ate dinner; that could have been gross.)

It was definitely a lot of gathering — even with the use of my serger — but the results made it totally worthwhile. Especially when I saw all those happy smiles.

30 Replies to “Twirl, Baby, Twirl”

  1. Cute dress and beautiful hair. They do love their “twirly” dresses, don’t they? What a good use for the fabric. And I like your instructions, that makes it easier than figuring it again.

  2. That is SO adorable! Can you just whip two up and send them to my house? My girls would LOVE them! I bet she was thrilled!!

    take a bow Jenn

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  3. L.O.V.E. I.T.! I bought this pattern about a week ago after seeing it on “freemotion” blog….. I’m still a newbie at sewing but with a 2.5 and 4 year old girls I must “get my ruffle on” and sew twirly skirts/dresses. The 4 year old in particular has been asking for a twirly dress….. sigh. Miss L looks fabulously twirly in her new dress….

  4. it’s so beautiful! you remind me not to throw my scraps away!! love the design of the dress too. that neckline looks like it might not be too hard for me. haha!

  5. Hi!

    Just thought I’d put a name to the usernames. I added you on Twitter (faroula) and Flickr (IsabelDecibel) yesterday.

    I have to say that the dresses you make are so gorgeous and they inspire me to make my own for my girls. I’ve only made one each so far but all your work really makes me itch to get going again.

    I have a twirler here too – this might be the one I go for ..

    Thank you for posting all these wonderful pictures. *hugs*

  6. I’m so glad I found your blog! Since I have a crazy computer, I’m thinking that I can’t fully experience your website, I will ask you instead of being able to search:
    Have you done any dresses with a straight across bodice? i.e. no “armscythe”? I haven’t measured it out or done a muslin but I was wondering if that is a suitable style for a novice sewer of girls clothes. Thanks

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  7. I LOVE it!!! I have loved your stuff since I saw your daughters pictures on the Gymbo forums before I knew you were a SM.

    I also wanted to let you know that you have won the Queen of ALLL Things Awe-Summm Award!

    You can grab the award for your awesome blog from my blog.


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