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Friday, August 19, 2011

Fashion & Flair Friday ~ Adult Twirl Dress by Petite Republic

Welcome to our first Fashion & Flair Friday!

I was super excited to see that Juebejue over at Petite Rupublic made an adult version of my Little Nora Jane Twirl Dress!   And, she's here today to share how she did it!  

Hello! I am Juebejue from PetiteRepublic and I am honored to be doing a guest blog here at Wildflowers and Whimsy. I am currently seven months pregnant with a baby girl, so you can imagine my excitement when I discovered April's blog full of inspiring girl's clothing! I fell in love with one of them and just had to make one for myself for now. Hope you enjoy my maternity / adult rendition of the dress!

When I saw it, I really wanted one for myself and Kaylee! While it would be a while for Kaylee to be big enough for cute dresses, I can wear one now :) I made one that I can wear now and also after pregnancy.



I followed her tutorial to cut the circle skirt. I have just ordered a ruffle feet from Amazon, since making little girl dress would require lots of ruffling. But I decided to put a bias stripe instead as the hem of this skirt to make it more suitable for an adult and less heavy. Since, the skirt is cut so that its higher in the front and lower in the back, the bias stripe was made to make sure that all edges are enclosed (kind of like a french seam) and the skirt hem looks finished from inside and out. It took a while to iron the long bias stripes!


 I think the cut of the dress drapes quite well over a big tummy, dont you think so?


The bodice of the dress is actually made from McCall 5652, which is actually a really great summer maternity dress pattern. I lengthened the back piece a little to allow me to put in a elastic band and shirring it a little. The edge of the top is enclosed by bias strips which extends into a strap.


From the back, the dress look rather classy:

 From the side, it looks really cute:

The material is an all cotton seersucker, and no bra required -- making the dress super comfortable! I love wearing it, it makes me very happy and feeling very floaty. I still have a lot of the material left to make a cuter version for Kaylee, I cant wait until next summer!

Thanks so much for sharing!  I can't wait to make myself an adult version!

If you've got a knockoff tutorial you want to share on Fashion & Flair Fridays, email me!  And don't forget to enter my For the DIY Diva giveaway!  It's open through 8/21/11.


Stephanie Rose said...

super cute!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

thanks again for the inspiration and tutorial! :)

Cheryl said...

you look lovely.

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