Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Spirited Dress Blog Hop

Today, I am showing you another pattern from One Thimble18, the Spirited Dress! The pattern is designed by Candice, the woman behind Sewing Ambassadors. Candice is clearly a versatile talented lady, the Spirited dress is just the perfect twirly dress. The Queen Ann neckline is a true eye catcher and makes the dress suitable for any occasion, from summer playground to father-daughter dance.

The dress is an easy sew. The neckline does need some interfacing, but this should not slow you down too much. It is best to sew the bodice in a rather stable knit to make the neckline perfect after top stitching. Following Candice's example I top stitched rather far from the edge, and I really like the look. The pattern includes a pair of underpants, which are a perfect addition to a pattern that demands twirling. I sewed one for both dress of today's post.

To celebrate her first pattern, Candice organized a social hop in which she wanted to celebrate kid spirit. I had tested the pattern, but I made another for the blog hop, because although I love the black and grey dress, the dress and the original shoot did not show her spirit. My eldest's spirit is much more colorful and curious.  I considered putting the dresses in two posts, because I had so many lovely pictures, but in the end I decided to go for a picture heavy post.

Our youngest is actually as colorful as our eldest, but I still went for a rather simple fabric. I feel that the neckline is more visible when there are not a thousand unicorns distraction you from it. I bought the fabric as a remnant from Textielstad and I actually have no clue what type of fabric it is. It is clearly knitted but it also resembles double gauze a bit. It is really two layers. The dress for our eldest I sewed with a scrap piece that I got from her.

 Our youngest is a little Miss Perfect, of course she is a curious kid and often defies us, but she really has an urge to be good. In the Netherlands we have a tradition of giving our kids little booklets that they can lend to a friend and the friend (well actually the mother of the friend) answers the questions in the booklet like "what is you favorite food". Very often there is a last question that asks: What do you wish for... (insert name of the friend). Well, our little Miss Perfectly usually wishes that the "bad" boy will start behaving in class... I of course just end up writing that she wished that he becomes Spiderman.

This perfect behavior she usually shows in our photo shoots as well. For this shoot, I told her that she could behave like she wanted. Well, apparently she just wanted to look like a little angel. I than told her that she was allowed to look crazy, tough or angry. Asking your kid to look angry is also a lovely way to let your kids smile by the way. But I was of course doing it wrong, it is her spirit, so she should be allowed to look what ever she wanted, even though it did not give me a similar interesting picture like the first one from this blog post. I think that the twirling pictures show her in her element anyway.

But then, I realized that she loves to be an animal, she can spend hours and hours with her siblings playing baby animals. We are so lucky that our kids love to play with each other. So, I gave her two cats ears, and then she appeared, our little spirit animal. I know that you want to see even more of these dresses, so hop over to the entire overview of the social hop HERE.

You can buy the Spirited sweater as a separate pattern*, but by buying it as part of the magazine* you will receive many more great patterns and articles. Like the ones from this and this earlier post. Feel free to leave a comment in the language you prefer (although Google translate might have to assist me if you choose something different than English, German, Dutch or Hungarian). If you buy anything through my affiliate links (*), I get a small commission (the price stays the same for you), I am very grateful for everything that feeds my fabric addiction.

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