Little Sister wore this dress three days in a row after I completed it, so I would say she likes it. And that's saying a lot these days, because girlfriend is PICKY. I had a feeling, though, that she would be a sucker for this full twirly skirt. I mean, who wouldn't be?
I have been wanting to make her something like this for a while, but I can't bring myself to buy enough fabric to make a skirt this full. Especially in a nice drapey knit like this--that would be so expensive! But as I've been sorting and packing for our move, I came across this dress in my closet. I think I shrunk it, because it's way shorter on me than I am comfortable with but I am certain this was not always the case. I used to LOVE this dress, which is why I still have it--I couldn't bear to part with it.
|The last time I wore it--at a VERY fun party for a VERY dear friend|
I kept all of the fullness in the skirt--the knit is lightweight, so it's not too heavy even with all that fabric. I cut the skirt right at the top of the existing pockets (this was the first dress I owned with side-seam pockets--what a game-changer!) so that Sis could have pockets in her dress too.
|Back view, with pockets deployed|
Then I made the necessary modifications to bodice, straps, etc, added elastic to the waistband on the inside, and voila--twirly fancy little girl heaven!
I love that it's long enough so that she doesn't risk exposing herself when she twirls, but short enough that she doesn't trip over it. And I think the sizing is forgiving enough that it should last her a while! Should be a winner.