Friday, June 27, 2014

Patriotic Twirly Dress for Little Momo

We are ready to celebrate July 4th!!

Momo needed a new patriotic dress this year. So I went with her favorite style at this time, a twirly dress!

This dress is a copy of this dress I bought online 2 years ago.  The bodice fits her right now with no room to grow, and the skirt is too short.  So it is time to say good-bye to this one.  But before I let it go, I wanted to re-create this design.  
I traced the original dress bodice, and added seam allowance and enough room to grow for Momo.  Well, I think I over-did it again.  The dress bodice is a too big on her.  
But thanks to the waist tie, the dress can be worn fitted!
The original dress had two small buttons in the back.  I went with two large star buttons.
The fabrics are from Jo-Ann.  It is the same print I used for the Orange Georgia Twirl Dress.  I thought the chrysanthemum print looked like fireworks, perfect for a patriotic dress!
The original dress had 3 panels sewn together.  It was not a full circle skirt, it was more like 3/4 or smaller circle skirt.  I cut a full circle skirt, and while adjusting to the bodice I trimmed about 1/5 circle off.  It still has plenty of twirl power, and I think I may like it better than a full circle.  
The flower was made in the same way as Princess Tiana Crown and Flower.  I just used the scrap fabrics.  You see the huge fabric-covered button in the middle?  It is about 1 1/2 inch diameter. I bought them at a dollar store when I was in Japan (well, since I was in Japan, it was 100yen store) last year.  They are made in the U.S., but I have not seen them at the local craft stores.  I love Japanese dollar stores!

We are looking forward to seeing some beautiful fireworks!
I do not think I will have anything to show until the holiday is over.  So I know it is a little early, but let me say... 

Happy July 4th everyone!

Linking up to those fun parties.


  1. A gorgeous dress :) I love the fact you follow your daughter's likes. I hope she will have a lot of fun twirling in her new dress :)

  2. The chrysanthemum prints in the two different colours look so good together, Annie. A beautiful dress!!!

  3. I think you've made a wonderful job at replicating the dress! It's even more beautiful than the model. The flower adds the perfect touch for a girl.
    If it's too large right now, the better. She will be able to wear it for a longer time. Children outgrow their clothes so rapidly!

  4. Wonderful dress! All details are fabulous! Lovely pics!
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  5. Aww Annie, this is such a beautiful dress and so much amazing detail :)

    1. Thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays :) Pinned and featuring this week at the hop..

  6. This is a gorgeous dress! I wish I was any good at sewing.and brilliant photos of her swirling amd twirling! Hope you had a great 4th July!x #creativemondays

  7. This dress is gorgeous! I love the fabrics, the flower, and the star buttons. I'm pinning this!!! Great work!

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  8. Love the dress! The fabrics were perfect and that bow to match is darling! So glad you were able to use the other dress as a pattern and it looks like she'll get a lot of wear out of it!

  9. Just how talented can one person be? Or are you fooling us and are really a "team"?



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