Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring is here! {Comfy Spring Twirl Dress}

The weather here in Alabama has been bea.u.ti.ful lately!  Spring has definitely sprung!!  We were able to enjoy the beautiful outdoors this weekend in many ways.  EG had her first soccer game of the season, we enjoyed our local botanical gardens, went to our local outdoor shopping center {that offers lots of activites of its own including mini pontoon boats for rental - see below, a fun carousel, etc.}, and just enjoyed playing outside at home.  Lovely!  This beautiful weather got me thinking about some cute spring clothing for EG.  I've had an idea in my mind for a simple dress for a while, and decided I would go ahead and try it out of a chambray fabric that I picked up the other day at Jo-Ann.  Nice, lightweight spring fabric.  I love how it turned out, and, of course, EG loves how it TWIRLS!  Honestly, she wont wear any dresses anymore unless they twirl.  We literally gave away two dress-up dresses becuase they just didn't "twirl out" enough for her...sigh.  Needless to say, this little dress was a hit!  Details of the dress included a lined, gathered bodice {to provide some interest to this pretty simple style}; a full circle skirt piece {from Dana's lovely tutorial}; sweet spaghetti straps; and a comfy shirred back for easy on and off.  EG and I love this dress so much that I think I'll be making a variation of it for her Easter dress.  For that one, I think I'll use an eyelet fabric and add a lining with tulle ruffle hem...and, maybe a tutorial so that you can make a perfect spring dress of your own :)  I think I'll be making many, many more versions of this sweet dress.  It is the perfect mix of fancy, fun, and comfort.  

EDIT:  The PDF pattern for this dress is now available in size 4/5 (as shown).  CLICK HERE to download!  **Please note that to make this version of the dress (without a lining), you will need to add 1.25"-1-5" to the bottom of the skirt portion of the pattern.  CLICK HERE for the tutorial (along with an option for adding a tulle ruffled lining).  Enjoy!

Perfect for...

twirling {obviously!}...

riding tricycles...



boating...

and more twirling!

Looking forward to more warm weather here, and "warm" wishes to those of you still dealing with the cold :)  If spring hasn't made it yet, it's just around the corner!

14 comments:

  1. great idea!!! Love the way it turned out!!!!

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  2. I love the top part (and the bottom). So cute! Thanks for the idea!

    www.addicted2tutes.blogspot.com

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  3. I love this dress and would love it if you did a tutorial!!! Please!!!

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  4. Beautiful!! I just discovered circle skirts last year and my daughter's love them! (me too!)

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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  5. Thanks ladies! I plan to get around to a tutorial :)

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  6. Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit! A tutorial would be fantastic! I shall look forward to that! :)
    Hope you have a great week!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  7. Great twirling dress! Your little girl seems to LOVE it!
    Please link up today at my linky party
    www.seaminglysmitten.blogspot.com
    Jenny

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  8. Great dress!I would love it if you added this to my new link party!
    http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/2011/03/glitters-first-linky-party_22.html

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  9. I love the dress. So cute and comfy. My daughter would love it. Looking forward the tutorial!

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  10. Awesome!!! Love it - I need to make a few of these!

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  11. Thanks everyone! Stay tuned for a tutorial hopefully this weekend :)

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  12. Love the look of this! Great job.

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  13. Wow, loving your style! I'm your newest follower!

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