All of my daughters are in their 20s and no grandbabies in sight! And yet the urge to make little girls’ dresses is powerful. I decided to try a smaller spiral version although there was not, at first, any recipient in mind.
As usual, I started moderate before going more extreme. The first attempt with a 4″ curved gore produced a modest, almost conservative A-line skirt shape.
And it did!
So I made them another one.
Here is the free basic bodice pattern as a pdf for printing at home. Be sure to print at 100% rather than “fit to page”.
And here’s the four-inch skirt piece.
You’ll need to sew three of these C-shaped pieces together for each gore for smaller sizes, or four for larger sizes — and 14 – 16 gores for smaller sizes or 18 or more for larger sizes. The number can be flexible, you can add more gores depending on how many different colors you want to combine.
Here’s a size 8 version of this with four pieces per gore, and a very cool back-and-forth pattern that was accidental! I discovered I’d sewn two of the gores backwards from what they should be (the blue and pink positions reversed) at about the time I realized I hadn’t added enough gores for the larger size. So instead of picking it out, we added another color, the red stripe, in between, which I think is what really makes this one so stunning.
And the recipient in full twirl 🙂