Rainbow Peppermint Swirl

She’s FIVE!  Well, she turned 5 almost 3 months ago, but I’m still in a bit of denial.  My little girl is growing up.

You may remember the first rainbow dress I made for Maya.  She was turning 3 and insisted on having a rainbow-themed party.  So of course I had to make her a rainbow dress.  Fast forward two years and she still loves rainbows.

When the Peppermint Swirl dress was released from Candy Castle Patterns several years ago I swore I would never make one.  Not so much because I didn’t like the look, but because it was SO popular.  It seemed everywhere I looked in my online sewing life, there was another one or two or three.  I wanted to keep my sewing more unique.  But I kept coming back to it.  And then I saw the most beautiful rainbow swirl dress.  I figured Maya was only going to be my twirly princess for a very short while.  So I purchased the pattern and set out to find the perfect rainbow colour combination.

Happy Birthday Maya!

Happy Birthday Maya!

I didn’t want the colour palette to be like the original rainbow dress I made, I wanted the colours to be softer.  So I headed to my new favourite fabric store, Mad About Patchwork, and spent a good hour deciding on the perfect colours.

Then came the dreaded part of cutting out the swirls.  Let’s just say there are 14 swirls and each swirl is made of of 2 parts.  That’s a lot of cutting.  But thanks to my handy dandy rotary cutter, it really wasn’t that bad.  I took the advice given in the pattern and just serged them all together and didn’t bother ironing the seams at all.  The skirt came together remarkably easily.

I think she likes it

I think she likes it

I changed the bodice slightly as I didn’t care for the deep sweetheart that was part of the pattern.  I just drew a straight line across and called it a day and followed the directions exactly as written, just ignoring the bits about sewing around the curves.  I don’t LOVE the bodice, but I do LOVE the dress.

Maya and Star Lily

Maya and Star Lily

I decided to make the sash as a separate piece.  I’m not sure that was the best idea because when she wears it, it rides up and looks a bit silly.  I may still attach some belt loops (a la Butterfly blouse closure), but for now Maya wears the dress sans sash.

For the hem I used single fold bias tape.  I like how it gives it a bit of weight and makes the dress really stand out when she is twirling.  And let’s face it, Maya is ALWAYS twirling.

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