Independence day is over but I hope everyone had a great holiday! My girls, husband and I had a great day. We got to show off our flag dresses I was telling you about! They were a hit just like last year. Only this time I got to join in on the fun! I felt like a little girl with the constant urge to spin in circles to show how swirly and cool my dress was. I did it a few times too! This is definitely not the every occasion type of dress but it is fabulous for special days! I posted a few pictures on Instagram right away so if you’re not already following Sew Many Girls definitely check us out! This week however on the blog I am hoping to answer some questions about the dresses.
This skirt pattern is from Candy Castle patterns and it is called the Peppermint swirl dress. It comes with the pattern for an entirely woven dress. There is also a pattern for women sold separately. While the original pattern is lovely and I have made it many times, I wanted something to compliment the tie front I made for mine. So I purchased a couple of woven girl pattern from LilLuxe Patterns with tie front/back options.
The pattern I used for my dress is a knit top and a mash between the Lucky Lingerie and Aphrodite patterns from RAD Patterns. Attaching this bodice to the gathered woven skirt was pretty simple so I don’t believe a tutorial is needed. Just gather the skirt to match up to the bodice and attach. Almost any gathered woven skirt can go with a knit bodice. Well I have never had any issues doing so.
The bodice is done entirely from the pattern instructions as well as the skirt. The only thing I did was add elastic to the skirt to all 3 of my girls’ dresses. There are a couple of steps I took to do this. Follow my tutorial HERE!
The fabric used for the Peppermint Swirl skirt is plain solid red and white from Walmart. The navy woven stars is from Walmart also. My navy knit was from Girl Charlee. But it was purchase a year ago so I’m not sure if it was available this year. I had to use the cheapest option available to me because the pattern calls for 10 yards of fabric for my dress alone! YIKES!!! I promise it is so worth it.
The swirl skirt pattern is super easy to follow. The instructions are great also. The cutting took me the longest to do and I always manage to sew one flounce backwards. So take your time and think about each flounce as you sew it on. Also, Start these dresses early if you’re making as many as I did.
The bottom of all the Peppermint Swirl dresses are a rolled hem. There are measurements on the pattern however, for Bias tape as well.
I hope this answers all your questions about the dresses. Don’t forget to check out the short tutorial on how I added the elastic to the back of the dresses. Adding Elastic to the Swirl Dress
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