Wow! Candice Ayala has debuted her first sewing pattern The Spirited Dress and she has knocked it out of the park! You can find The Spirited Dress sewing pattern in Issue 18 of the One Thimble Magazine. You can buy the whole digital magazine here or buy just the The Spirited Dress sewing pattern here. You will want to buy the whole magazine though, remember my recently made Basilica Skirt sewing pattern is also include and the footloose leggings are a must have!
Candice Ayala originally designed the The Spirited dress for her daughter’s birthday. Her daughter is known as the spirited one. When applying for this tour, she asked the question, what is your daughter’s spirit. I had to think about it a little, then I decided her spirits are sweet and adventurous. She is so kind and loving, all while having fun and ready for the next adventure. Baby Girl is truly so much fun to be around. Tonight she asked to make cookies for the neighbors, just like we did during the Christmas season. So we stopped by the grocery store and will be making cookies tomorrow. What a sweetie.
The Spirited Dress sewing pattern for girls has a gorgeous Queen Anne neckline. I love the look of it! Although, when I started reading through the pattern for the first time, I saw it suggested using a French curve ruler. I have never used a French curve ruler. In fact, I did not even own one. You can buy a French Curve ruler on Amazon here or you can download a free one here. I downloaded the free version and printed it off. It worked perfectly. As usual, when I do not know how to do something, I become a little intimidated. However the French Curve ruler was so easy to use. It also made sewing so much easier too!
The Spirited Dress sewing pattern also includes the burrito method. Earlier this year, I had never even heard the term burrito method. However, I learned to do the burrito method when I made Baby Girl’s Juliette leotard. It looks and sounds super confusing, however, once you try it, it is easy too. Please let me know if you have any questions with the burrito method or if you would like me to do a video tutorial.
What a great twirling dress too! When I saw one of the suggested fabrics was French Terry, I knew exactly what fabric I was going to use. It is hard to tell by these photos, by this a pink glitter French Terry from Simply by Ti. You can find it here! Yes, I said glitter! You may remember it from my Every Day Tee. When I changed Baby Girl into her new outfit, she said excitedly said, “We match!” I was confused until I looked down and saw I was wearing my glitter French Terry Tee 🙂
I had been searching for a dress to make Baby Girl with the pink glitter French terry for awhile. Actually, the owner of Simply by Ti was very helpful and sent me several suggestions. I kindly said, nope, not what I am wanting. Previously, all the dress sewing patterns suggesting French Terry were usually pretty boring. Not this one! I am so excited! I think I need to make several more in all the glitter French Terry colors!
If you read my blog post from yesterday with Baby Girl’s Easter dress, you saw that I like to listen to Audiobooks while I sew. I actually finished the “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” today. In the book, she recommends talking to your things and house and let them tell them how they want to be arranged. It sounds quite silly, but I still might try it. Maybe my fabric was trying to tell me what it wanted to be. LOL!
As seen above, there may have been some bribery with gummy bears tonight for photos. 🙂 Overall, I am super impressed this is Candice Ayala’s debut pattern. Just wow! When I found out it was her first pattern, I was not expecting it to be so well done. You can definitely see there was a lot of time and effort into designing this dress. Go grab the One Thimble Issue 18 digital sewing magazine here today to get your Spirited dress pattern too!