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« on: January 16, 2008 09:00:38 PM »

So I've been making these double layer twirly dresses with attached pettiskirt and matching ruffled pants. I love how full they are and of course my daughter loves twirling in them. They just take forever to make compared to my easy dresses I'm used to making. On to pics:
Blue Floral Dress

Pink Paisley Dress

McDonald's Dress


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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2008 09:10:58 PM »

Cute.  Love the pink paisley one.
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2008 09:42:31 PM »

Those are adorable! I love the McDonald's one!   Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2008 11:50:13 PM »

really cute dresses for a beautiful girl*

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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2008 12:10:24 AM »

i wanna make one!!
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2008 12:55:31 PM »

Those are way cute.  I have the orange version of your pink paisley.  I saw the pink not too long ago.  But when I went to pick up the bolt, my husband shot me the "we are not waiting in THAT cutting line" look.  So me no have none. *pout*  but really love what you've done with it.
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2008 04:30:51 PM »

These are really easy to make, they just take about 5 hours for both dress and pants. I only have 3 pattern pieces for dress: Bodice, straps, skirt. 2 for pants: front and back.

First you start with McCalls 4814. (Wait til McCall's patterns are on sale for $1.00) Now I lost the pattern for the back of the bodice but it's pretty much the same as front so I just cut the front out twice. I cut out 2 of bodice in fabric (front/back), 2 of bodice in lining (can be fabric or something solid), 2 skirts of fabric, 2 skirts of contrasting for pettiskirt. For straps, I've been making them longer where I can tie them for growth purposes. If you do that, you need 4 of fabric and 4 of contrast. If you are just sewing them to front and back then do 2 of each. For ruffle on pettiskirt I cut (4) strips of fabric the width of the fabric that are 4" long on my rotary board. So 4 X 44ish.

To Sew: sew both skirts together at sides. Hem fabric skirt. Add Ruffle to bottom of pettiskirt. Sew fabric bodice at underarms. Sew Lining bodice at underarms. Pin fabric bodice and lining bodice wrong sides together. Sew your straps wrong sides together and turn right side out. Pin them to bodice making sure they are the right way. Sew from underarm edge around the top of bodice to other underarm bodice and then again. Turn over. Put gathers in each skirt and sew fabric skirt to fabric bodice and pettiskirt to lining bodice. That way the inside of your dress looks pretty.

*Note about this pattern* I cut this pattern out in size 3 and use 5/8" seams on bodice when sewing under the arms and it's pretty roomy for my 4 yr old who wears 4T/5T. I've heard the same from other people who used this pattern too. So if the first one you sew is too big then when you put the bodice on the fold, move it over an inch or so off the fold. Make Sense?

For pants, just use any pants pattern and cut a 4 inch strip and ruffle it. Sew it on. Hope that helps.

The pink one was on clearance for $3 and then half off that at Joanns, the McD's was like $2 at Walmart, and the blue floral one was at Joann's for $3 too I think. The solid fabric is some broadcloth you can get at Joann's, Hobby Lobby etc for $2 a yd for cheap stuff and $6.99 a yd for high quality stuff when I used with a 50 % coupon. You need about a yard and a half of fabric and yard and a half of pettiskirt fabric.

Now get to sewing those Big Twirly Dresses for your little princesses. Each dress cost under $7 to make for all you crafty mommas out there. And I've made them out of curtains, full size vintage sheets, and several fabrics together found in remnant bin. Any questions feel free to ask.
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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2008 09:23:51 PM »

Adorable dresses!  The McD's fabric is too cute!  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2008 06:01:42 AM »

OMG, that McDonalds fabric is just too cute!!
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« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2008 10:44:57 PM »

A few better pics:



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