Rainbow Twirly Dress

Every girl knows that a special day requires the perfect outfit. This fun little dress helped make a seventh birthday party special for a friend’s little girl.

Her mom sent me a picture of what she liked and what she was looking for and I got to work.
After having so much fun shirring my daughter’s Christening gown, I was thrilled to shirr again! I added a piece of half-inch elastic at the very top for a little added snugness to help the dress stay in place.

The body of the dress was created with long rectangles of fabric. I used this awesome tutorial to help me with my math (because it’s not my best subject). To gather the fabric quickly and easily, I used this sewing-life-changing technique that I’ve talked about before. It’s a very easy dress to make!

My favorite part was, of course, picking the fabric!  I love color, I love prints, and I’ve been fiending to do a rainbow dress, so I was THRILLED to get this project.  The mom, Amanda (a friend from high school) wanted the colors to go in the same order as a real rainbow and omitted the indigo color so that the decorations, invitations, and dress would be coordinated.

Choosing the fabric was an extremely enjoyable challenge.  It seriously took me about a half-hour just to decide on the blue!  This wasn’t a simple choice because I wanted to make sure all the colors complemented one another–no one wants to look like a clown (well, maybe, but that’s a whole other story…)!  In addition to just worrying about coordinating colors, I wanted to coordinate prints as well.

The yellow fabric has dragonflies, the orange fabric has swirls and dots, and the red is obviously polka dots (and I just loooooooove me just some polka dots)
The purple fabric has flowers and butterflies, the blue fabric has hearts,  and the green has two-tone stripes.  I was very excited to find this green because it really helped to give the dress a vertical flow because of direction of the stripes.  

I am so thrilled with how the dress turned out!  The ENTIRE TIME I couldn’t help by reminisce about my childhood love for Rainbow Brite ;).  I am going to have to make another one for The Robug :).  I’d love to see pictures if anyone makes one of their own!  Have fun!!!

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30 thoughts on “Rainbow Twirly Dress

    1. Aw, thank you! It’s fun and easy and is just so pretty ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m excited to have some more gingers here–welcome! I visited your blog and your “Sewlebrity” post–you are a fantastic seamstress! I hope to be that good someday ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for coming by to check out everything and for following!

    1. Thank you very much! Shirring, though a little redundant and time consuming, is one of my favorite techniques ๐Ÿ™‚ I appreciate your coming by to check it out!

  1. Cute! I love that tip about gathering. I’ve never seen that before, but I’m going to try it next time I need to gather. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

    1. Thanks so much! Happy birthday to your little Chubs and good for you for still bf’ing–my daughter weaned herself at 9 mos ๐Ÿ™ Thank you for coming by!

    1. Thanks so much–I actually went and picked up some more of the same fabric today so I can make another one! I appreciate your coming by to check it out!

    1. Hooray! Thank you very much and, as always, thanks for an awesome party–I did some serious pinning this week ๐Ÿ™‚ I really appreciate the feature and thank you so much for coming by to check it out (and for liking it)!

    1. Thank you very much! Shirring is actually really, really easy–elastic thread hand-wrapped loosely on a bobbin, sew your lines, and then STEAM to shrink it up. It’s so fun–kinda like shrinky dinks (if you remember those)! Give it a try, it’s not nearly as hard as it looks ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for coming by to check it out!!!

    1. Thank you so much! Definitely make one for her–my daughter is not a dress girl at all and even she loved this dress ๐Ÿ™‚ I would love to see what you create! Thanks for stopping by!

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