Too much fun stuff going on over here for one post! If you’re looking for the CraftingCon tour, Day Three is here.
If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you probably know that I’m addicted to pattern testing! I love finding new people to test for and am so glad to have found Mandy K Designs!
Amanda had a pattern naming contest on Facebook and I entered “Tilt&Twirl” – she ended up picking it for the name, so I was pretty thrilled to get to test, too! I made the size five for my niece Abby, who wears a five in RTW. It fits her perfectly! She says it’s comfortable and was able to take it off by herself.
As you can see, this dress is made for twirling! It has a modest bodice (I used KAM snaps on the back) with a half circle underskirt and a full circle overskirt. The way the pattern is drawn, you can orient the overskirt so it “tilts” any way you want – front, back, or either side.
I used Once Upon a Time Fair Maidens in blue by Alexander Henry for the overskirt, with a corresponding print (out of stock on Fabric.com) for the bodice. The under skirt and sash are broadcloth that I had on hand. When we asked her if she was going to wear it to school and she surprised us by saying no! Then she added it’s because she doesn’t want to get it dirty :) Maybe she’ll save it for church instead.
The sash is ruched in the front. For such a seemingly simple detail, it adds so much interest to the pattern!
And it ties into a giant bow in the back!
There is also an 18″ doll dress size. I hadn’t intended to make that, but I had just enough scraps left over. And I’m so glad I did – Abby’s pretty excited to have a dress that matches for her doll!
I forgot to tell her she needed her doll for the pictures, so that’s mine you see up there. I got Kirsten when I was maybe eight? I pulled her out of her box in storage and couldn’t believe what good shape she’s in for being nearly twenty years old – I was a doll girl and played with her almost every day til I was… um… sixteen, ha :) And Abby thought it was pretty funny that my doll was older than her teenage sister!
Be sure and pick up a copy of the Tilt&Twirl on Craftsy (affiliate link) or Etsy! The pattern is sized from 12 months to 12 years, plus the 18″ doll, so you’ll be able to use this one for a long time! I was given the pattern for free in exchange for testing and winning the naming contest, but would never speak so highly of something I don’t love!