Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Spring Sewing for girls: Adorabelle Twirl and Swirl Dress

In the last few weeks, not a day goes buy that I don't work on testing a sewing pattern for independent pattern designers.
Some of them have been released, some are in final stages and a couple don't even have a release date yet.
This also gives me an opportunity to start on spring sewing for the girls (and the Little Tornado).

I have been thinking on creating a Girl's  Clothing Capsule for Spring, but my approach is to sewing (and crafts in general) is so organic that I don't think I'll stick to strict pattern/design guidelines in my capsule. Also, my younger daughter is still at this age, where I can get away
with fun, bright prints and colors.

One of the patterns I tested this week was an "Adorabelle Twirl and Swirl Dress"  by Pickle Toes Patterns. This one was fun to make! It has so many options, ruffles, the very popular Pixie Hood, short or long sleeves, flutter sleeves or sleeveless, Peplum top, tunic or dress length, plain front, or panel front, with or without pockets, and I sizing 12m-12T.
I love that designers are creating versatile patterns, with so many options and possible combinations. Thinking of capsules, patterns like this can be used to create anything from a T-Shirt, Tunic, Dress, Peplum Top, Skirt and even and Undershirt.

Here is my version with bell sleeves, flutter, round neck, double twirl skirt. Go check out the designers blog for inspiration! I've seen testers make such fun garments with this pattern.

I used a panel from Peek-A-Boo, color-blocked on the sides.
Fabrics used: navy blue and yellow interlock and cotton lycra panel for front.

Daughter approves, loves the colors (what a nice departure from our usual pink-purple-lilac-fuschia-hot pink-you get the idea) color combination. makes her fly!


  1. Thank you so much for featuring a blog about sewing my pattern. You were wonderful with helping and your beautiful model looks adorable in her dress!

  2. Thank you for the opportunity, Kellie! It was great fun and I was very impressed with your process of designing the pattern "just right"!