Red, White and Pink

Welcome to my stop on Sewing by Ti's Red, White and Pink blog tour.

February - Valentines' month. The month of all things, pink and red and white, and roses and chocolates.  And this precious girl's birthday.

Soon our Miss 6 will be a Miss 7 (going on 17). I'm not sure how the 'birthday dress' trend started with this one. The first I remember was when she turned 4. The prospect of a Rainbow themed party was just too good an opportunity to miss. I made her a Peppermint Swirl Dress*, using solid poplins to make a rainbow. The year after was her Shopkins Dress (a La Tulipe in shopkins fabric that she still tries to wear). Last year was the Gingerbread Dress (base pattern was the Gabriella Fae by Sis Boom).  This year she isn't having a party (although she's still busy planning all sorts of activities) so without a theme to work with, I suggested red, white and pink, to work in with the blog tour, using the pattern where it all began - the Peppermint Swirl by Candy Castle Patterns.

She decided on pink and white, and we hit Spotlight.  I'm a big fan of Spotlight's spots and stripes range of poplins. They have a good variety of colours and patterns, and it makes it easy to find coordinating fabrics.  The range didn't disappoint, and we walked away with an array of pink and white fabric.

There are 7 fabrics in the skirt. I used another unicorn poplin we found for the bodice, and the sash is a pink gingham scrap I found at an op shop. The skirt looks intimidating, but it's actually surprisingly quick to sew up. Using the overlocker to join the skirt panels definitely speeds things up.

Unfortunately, I didn't end up with the bodice quite the way I wanted it. The curves around the neckline aren't as smooth or symmetrical as I'd hoped. But after sewing the Spirited Dress, and the Clementine Dress (by Tie Dye Diva -  blog post still coming), I have a couple more techniques that I will look at next time.

I very nearly used bias tape to finish the hem of the skirt. But I couldn't find a pink in my stash of solids that would work (only 7 pinks, and none of them were quite right). And the thought of cutting , pressing and hemming all that hem just got the better of me. So I pulled out my woolly nylon, and went for a rolled hem (the loft in the woolly nylon fills in the gaps between the stitches for a nice finish.

For a statement dress it's hard to go past this beauty. This is the second time it's been a birthday dress, and  I can't see this being the last time.

If you scroll all the way to the end, there's a heap more photos. This girl couldn't stop twirling. (well nearly)

For more Red White and Pink inspiration, check out the other stops on the blog tour ...

Let's get inspired!
February 1st: Sewing By Ti (intro),  Mahlica Designs
2nd: Sewing With D
3rd: Sewing With Sarah
Sunday, February 4th: Tenille's Thread
5th: My Heart will Sew On
6th: Kathy Kwilts and More
7th: Stitched By Jennie
8th: EYMM
9th: With Love In Every Stitch
10th: The Bear and the Pea Atelier
Sunday, February 11th: Our Play Place
12th: My Sewing Roots
13th: Margarita on the Ross
14th: Very Blissful
15th: Seams Sew Lo
16th: Sew Sew Ilse
17th: Aurora Designs
Sunday, February 18th: Sewing Scientist
19th: Manning the Machine
20th: The Fairy Dust Bin
21st: Hazelnut Handmade
22nd: Kate Will Knit
23rd: Lulu & Celeste
24th: Flaxfield Sewing
Sunday, February 25th: Twinado Alley
26th: Ma Moose
27th: Auschick Sews
28th: Oak Blue Designs

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  1. This is gorgeous!! I love the curved patchwork features in the skirt. You did a beautiful job.

    1. Thanks Rachel. The pieced skirt gives an amazing amount of twirl, and means you can work with a range of fabrics.


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