Today I am sharing all the details of the Georgia Twirl Top/Dress Pattern. I am sharing almost all the ones I made, I didn’t get final pictures of 3 of them. My favorite thing about this pattern is that it comes together super quickly, and with a really nice finish.
The top/dress is fully lined. One of my favorite ones is this one made in a tribal print I scored in Downtown L.A. She has already worn it a few times. The fabric is a cotton blend of some sort, so it’s really soft and kind of a slinky almost silk like texture. I like the way it drapes to the body. I lined it with a teal cotton fabric which gave the skirt a little more bounce.
I made this one using the color block option (with a higher line than in the pattern) I made the top layer out of lace and then lined the whole thing with a white poplin.
I almost wish I had made this into a dress, but I decided to go with a top length because I thought it would look cute with a slim skirt but also it’s a great way to dress up pants without being overly dressy. The lace was pretty easy to work with although the stiffness of the lace didn’t curve as well around the waist, I was able to make it work. Then since the whole thing is lined with a poplin it’s not scratchy against her skin.
Last year I bought some fabric to make the girls Easter dresses. Only Penny was a newborn, my life was crazy and the dresses never happened. So I am happy to report that this year the dresses are done already. Now I just have to make a shirt for Jude and they are set for Easter.
For Penny I made the dress length but then I shortened the bottom layer because she is still crawling more than walking at this point I didn’t want it to catch under her knees every time she moved. (although it would likely get her to just walk all day instead of crawl, I kind of like that she still crawls) So the length is just above her knee which means a diaper cover is needed because any bending over and her bum hangs out.
I made Penny’s with the color blocking option as well and I made hers reversible even though I never took pictures on the reverse. Her’s can be all stripes like Abbey’s or color blocked like shown above.
The dress has a unique design to it, there are no underarm seams, the front and back cross over at the under arm. (which is a little hard to notice in some of these pictures due to print matching) The back overlaps and buttons which means easy on and off. The overlap stays closed pretty well even with twirling but the pattern also includes a note of how to close the back up a bit to ensure there is no peeking of underwear. Shown above the bottom several inches are sewn shut. I left it open on all the other options. It’s still easy to get on and off they just have to step in to it.
I had a little fun with the stripes and made a chevron bodice on this dress, as well as adding extra length. Abbey is quite tall for her age especially long in the torso. Since she is due for a growth spurt soon I went ahead and added the usual length as well as an ext a inch for some buffer. So instead of coming right above her knee it comes just below the knee.
Pattern || Georgia Twirl Top/Dress
Tribal Print || L.A. Fabric District || Teal Cotton || Jo-anns
Navy Lace || White Poplin || Jo-anns
Striped Seersucker || Mood Fabrics || White Poplin || Jo-anns || Blue Chambray || Michael Levine