Thursday, October 10, 2013

Clara Tiered Twirl Dress

I love Fall weather.  Maybe it's because I was born in the Fall or maybe it's because I love the Fall colors. Whatever the reason, I'm glad it's finally here and things are starting to cool off!  Because it has been so pleasant outside the last few days, I've taken my children on several outings.

Earlier this week, we headed to the zoo where I was finally able to take a few decent shots of Ella wearing her Clara Tiered Twirl Dress by Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop.

Since I am an affiliate for Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop, this post contains affiliate links; however, all opinions stated are 100% my own.  I was provided a copy of this pattern for free in return for my honest review of the pattern.

You see, I made this dress earlier this summer and have tried at least two other times to get her to stand still long enough for me to make photos.  The name of the dress does it justice!  She loves to twirl in it!

The Clara Tiered Twirl Dress pattern is a simple sundress style dress that is a great sewing project for a confident beginner.  I say confident beginner because there are four small buttonholes for the thin straps to go through on the bodice.  The pattern instructions and photographs are clear and straightforward as well as very easy to understand.

The tiers are simple, slightly gathered strips of fabric that are sewn together.  Because of this, you can make a dress like I did with lots of different fabrics, or stick to a variety of solid fabrics for the tiers, or a mix of both.

In all, I spent roughly an hour and a half sewing this dress together in a size 6 for my daughter.  I think the bodice fit is perfect on her with or without a shirt worn underneath it.  That's another great feature of this dress!  It can be worn year round just by wearing a short or long sleeved t-shirt under it.  We can even pair it with a cute little solid colored cardigan and some leggings and wear it in the winter, too.

Next time I make it, I plan on using more solid fabrics so that I can embroider a design or monogram on the bodice.  Don't you think that would be cute?

As far as the fabrics I used to make this version of the dress, Kelle of Ann Kelle designs for Robert Kaufman graciously sent me these beautiful fabrics to "play" with.  Since there are so many different geometric prints all in the same colorway, I decided the Clara Tiered Twirl Dress was the perfect pattern to showcase all of them at once!  Do you think it's too much?  Na!  It's perfect!

I made this brightly colored version of Clara Tiered Twirl Dress using Ann Kelle's Woodland Pals fabric in Bermuda for the bodice, Remix Small Chevrons, Remix Large ChevronsRemix Dots, and Remix Triangles all in Bermuda for the five tiers, and the large chevrons for the straps.  You can purchase all of these prints at a variety of online and brick and mortar retail fabric stores.  I highly recommend them!

Want to grab a copy of this pattern for yourself?  Then head over to Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop to purchase the Clara Tiered Twirl Dress Pattern.

While you are there, be sure to check out the Thrifty Thursday pattern--the Adele 3 Tier Ruffle Skirt--that is on sale today only for just $4!

1 comment:

  1. Cute! I've got a couple summer projects that never held still long enough to be photographed too :)


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