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.

Sis Boom for School

One of my nieces starts kindergarten tomorrow. Such a big milestone! She’s so excited, especially about riding the bus to school.

She’s been home with her mom up until now, so it’s going to be a big change for her. I wanted to make the transition a little more special for her, so I stitched up this dress and sent it to her.

It’s another Round Neck Dress, but this time I used some pretty Mary Trellis fabric from the Sis Boom Bell Bottoms line by Jennifer Paganelli, accented with one of my favorite polka dots. I wanted something a little summery but a little fall-ish, too, since she lives up yonder where they actually have fall before November. (Heck, I think they can even have snow by November!)

I’m a little nervous about the fit, since she’s about the size of a third grader (that’s what you get with two tall parents). Fingers crossed!