Twirling, that is what my kids love. If they get a dress they first check if it twirls and then search for pockets (which I added in these dresses), they are predictable around here. Circle skirts are daughter pleasers, but as a sew fanatic, I also like the dresses that I sew to have more than just twirl. This dress has that, it has a very exiting back. The dress was inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s iconic look from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The dress pattern evolved over the course of the pattern test and the red dress is made with the final version. The first dress I sewed was the blue one, after that, the neckline became lower and the back higher. The dress can be sewn with a knit or woven skirt. Some of the testers even sewed the entire dress from woven, but then you have to adjust the size of the bodice yourself (the bodice is made for knit fabrics).
My middle daughter loved her blue dress that much that she immediately requested a new one, one for her birthday (she just turned four) and she picked the fabric herself. I didn't come around to sewing it before, so on the morning of her birthday (those are low key here), I sewed up the dress. It really is a quick sew, the longest step is hemming (the circle skirt has a very long hem). I hemmed it with a blue contrasting knit strip, which gives a great effect during the twirl sessions.
For the blue dress, which is my favorite, I cut the circle skirt in six pieces, this way all elephants could just stand on their feet. Due to this pieced circle skirt the dress took up an entire meter of fabric. I managed to cut the pink flower version from a 70cm coupon that I bought for 3 euros.
My experience is that using a heavy knit gives the best results. Both the blue and red dress are from Hilco jersey (for the red one I also used interfacing for knits on the neck) and the neck holds up very nice for those two.
A circle skirt is also great for climbing. My daughters prefer to wear dresses all day, every day, but I realized that they have too many dresses. I rearranged their closets and they have multiple piles of dresses. I will have to come up with a sewing plan for the coming months that is focused on a different type of garment.
The Cyan Lily dress pattern is on sale until August 1.
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