Twirling Away

My daughter and I are huge fans of the Pearlie dress from Peach Patterns (see this post on Instagram). It is a great fitting dolman style dress with a gathered skirt with a really fun curved hem. So, when Marina Roussel‎ (the designer at Peach Patterns) mentioned she was testing an add-on, our love affair with the Twirly Pearlie began.

The fabulously fitting original slim bodice got a lovely circle skirt in two lengths (peplum and dress), an optional waistband (lengthens the dress length skirt from vintage to knee), and long sleeves (it is cold here in the midwest USA winter!).

The first version I made used the waistband, dress length skirt, and the long sleeves. Definitely TWIRLY PEARLIE!

Ah, she was in love!!!! This clock fabric was double-brushed polyester from Made of Love and this polka dot accent is DBP from Mily Mae.

This was such a hit, my next version was in lush Art Gallery mint polka dot accented by the much-hoarded ice cream from Jumping June (similar).

I love how fast the dolman style sleeve and circle skirt sew up. Gathered skirts like the original Pearlie are so pretty, but, dang, if they aren’t the fiddliest! Hemming a circle skirt is not my most favorite thing, but the extra twirl makes is well worth it!

For this last version, we used this uber soft fuchsia DBP from Simply by Ti. Ti has THE BEST fabrics and shop. I got a set of these rotary blades she recently started carrying and using a fresh one was perfection, especially for cutting around curves.   

The new Pearlie pieces can be bought in two ways:

  • If you own the original Pearlie, all you need is this add-on 
  • If you don’t already have the Pearlie, you can get the add-on pieces and the original in this bundle.

The instructions are super clear and this is a terrific pattern for newer seamstresses or those looking for a quick sew. I hoping to assembly line a bunch over the holidays!

This was such a dreamy dress, she decided to wear it to a breakfast with Santa.

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