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Ellie's Twirl Dress - Any Size

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Author Li Li Belle Creations
Price $9.95
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She will never want to stop twirling! The Twirl Dress is a fun, easy-to-make dress that looks like you bought if from a high-end boutique! The bodice is constructed in a way that hides those itchy seams. These instructions were designed for the beginner, but the dress is so much fun that a sewer at any skill level will love the results.

With a simple button and loop closure, you can achieve that tailor-made look. There are variations to the dress, so you can make several without feeling that you are sewing the same dress over and over again! Also included are bonus instructions on how to make a matching headband. This e-book contains step-by-step instructions with pictures to guide you through the entire process. You can be confident that you are creating the dress correctly. These instructions are so versatile that the twirl dress can be made in virtually any size from baby on up. During the cooler months, add a cardigan over or a t-shirt under the dress, and you have the perfect dress all year round! You can create the perfect fitting dress with any length that you desire. The possibilities are almost endless.

Required materials:

-Fabric: 2-3 yards, depending on the dress size
-One button
-Thin cording
-Coordinating thread
-¾ inch elastic (if making the matching headband)

25 pages with 54 photographs

There are no pattern pieces in this pattern. Measurements are given for cutting.

by Jacks, Amber
on June 13th, 2018

So easy to sew, easy to adjust and so very versatile!

by Baker, Marie-Elena
on March 7th, 2018

The best "princess" skirt, ever! Twirling forever!

by Brooks, Alayna
on February 14th, 2017

Adorable dress and I love that I can make this for any size - it makes a great dress for older girls who are in junior sizes but still little girls, so they can look young like they'r supposed to! I know I will be making many more of these!

by Zz
on January 31st, 2017

Just made a third one for granddaughter. She keeps growing and this pattern is so easy to go up a size. I enjoy simple designs so she can ask for a new dress and in just a day or two she can be wearing it.

by Keen, Narelle
on April 19th, 2016

Sizing was a bit off

by Markum, Sharron
on February 4th, 2015

Very cute but lots of gathers.

by A. Miller
on September 20th, 2014

Super easy instructions and I like the multiple sizes. All the gathers and tiers about did me it, but it turned out really cute.

by Kaz
on May 17th, 2014

Really disappointed with the bodice of this dress. I believe the lining and outer should be done separately and then joined together (instead of sewing lining to outer front then lining to outer back then sewing back & front together) so the seam is not visible at the edge of the armhole. Also, the opening at the back is not sufficient to make it easy for getting on and off, but you only find that out once it's sewn together. Disappointed that I now need to purchase another pattern to create a better fitting bodice to go with the twirly skirt of this dress.

by gbishop99
on March 20th, 2014

I made this dress in two days and did the tiers/ruffles by hand. Daughter loves this dress because it's one she can spin and it flares out when she spins :) Adorable dress and easy to follow pattern. Love the fact that you can do it in any size

by rosenberry, rhonda
on December 30th, 2013


by j. badger
on August 18th, 2013

This is just right!! Any little girl will go crazy over the twirl and girliness. So easy and so beautiful. Love, love, love it!

by lerolai
on July 31st, 2013

Linda Rosander "lerolai"

Wonderful dress, with the perfect amount of twirl ;)
Instead of gathering the ruffles i made pleats and it turned out great.

by Johns, Vanessa
on July 24th, 2013

What little girl would not fall in love with this great twirly GREAT PATTERN

by M. Alonso
on July 19th, 2013

I have never made a dress before and I bought this pattern a year ago and have always been intimidated by until now! I finally made it and it turned out perfect! It was a little big on my girl on top but she just puts on a shirt under and problem solved! She just loves to twirl in this dress over and over again. In fact, it's hard to get her to take it off to wash! Thanks for a great pattern! Will definitely make again!

by brynin, leah
on July 4th, 2013

Super easy, simple to follow and put Great dress!

by Combs, Whitney
on June 25th, 2013

My daughter LOVES twirling in this dress!! As another user mentioned, this isn't a patterned ebook. If you don't have your recipient to measure, don't buy this. Otherwise, It's fast, easy, and loved! I actually used a top from another pattern with WIDE straps to tie a bow in back. LOVE IT! Will have to post pictures sometime! :)

by tfjle
on June 20th, 2013

I like that this dress has endless sizing ability, because it's based on measuring first. This makes is great for my older girls, that are difficult to find patterns for. It was pretty easy to make and my daughter loves the twirl factor!

by Gee, Elayne
on May 21st, 2013

I love this dress pattern! It is so easy to alter the length for different looks. I have made about 7 of these dresses throughout this year including a ivory satin flower girl dress for my sisters wedding. No matter the fabric they all look wonderful! Plus my daughter loves it because it's a super twirl dress! Thank yo for making such a wonderful dress pattern!

by Bartleson, Lindsay
on May 18th, 2013

Super cute and not hard to make! I'd suggest a ruffler or learn to make ruffles with your serger because there is a lot of gathering otherwise.

by cooper, donna
on April 27th, 2013

Love this dress! It ws my first trirley dress I made for my grand daughter.

by Candline, Michelle
on April 18th, 2013

I have made my daughter 5 of them and she is so very upset that she has out grown them!!! I know what I will be making this summer! ; )

by Ray, Christina
on April 15th, 2013

The first time I made this dress, it was difficult for me. But the more I make the easier it got. I cut the fabric under the arm in a half-circle, because the first dress I made for my daughter was uncomfortable for her under the arm. I really do love this pattern, mostly because it can be adjusted to fit any size. My niece is very tall and thin and her sister is shorter and more on the chubby side. I am able to easily make this dress to fit them perfectly.

by clay, mandi
on March 25th, 2013


by Freeman, Ines
on February 7th, 2013


by V. Smith
on January 24th, 2013

I made this for my grandbaby for easter last year. She loves it and the twirl factor is there. Thank you.

by Aerybeth
on January 12th, 2013

love this pattern!

by Gulotta, Cathy
on December 24th, 2012

Girls love to twirl and definitely will with this.

by Anderson, Laura
on December 23rd, 2012

easy pattern and i absolutely love the dress :D

by West, Mickie
on December 14th, 2012

cute! Easy to follow instructions. Girls love to twirl.

by Painted Butterfly Studio
on November 8th, 2012

Fun and twirly, we did this one for a flower girl dress and just added a simple sash and it was perfect.

by Deb
on October 18th, 2012

Instructions, with lots of pictures help to make this a fun project to make! Believe me this is the ultimatet of twirl dresses. Ruffles,ruffles, and more ruffles make this the ultimate twirl dress!Just like the dresses on the dresses on Dirty Dancing! My grand daughter absolutely loves this dress, and I will be making more for my other 3 granddaughters. All the ruffles do take time, but the outcome is well worth it!

by gruebel, gwen
on September 13th, 2012

dress sews up very nice. make sure you have a calculator handy and that you know how to do ruffles but dress works up very nicely.

by KathyP
on August 1st, 2012

Lots and lots of ruffles. Takes a little time, but well worth it.

by Cates, Stephanie
on July 22nd, 2012

Easy to follow and PERFECT every time!

by Smith, Jodie
on July 20th, 2012

I loved the end result of this dress. I did use a different bodice as I had not child to measure at the time. Super cute and twirly.

by cowell, ashlee
on July 18th, 2012

This dress turned out darling! The instructions were clear, and I enjoyed learning a bit about pattern-making by doing the math for it. My daughter wears her dress every time it comes out of the wash, and spends most of those days twirling!

by Bass, Ashley
on July 18th, 2012

This dress sews up beautiful and is the perfect twirly dress for any age girl! The pattern instructions are easy to follow and I think a great pattern for beginners. I also found this dress so versatile so you can really customize it each time you create it. I will make one note that this pattern doesn't contain pattern pieces. You use the child's measurements to make the dress.

by cunha, sandy
on June 29th, 2012

This dress is very easy to make and so pretty. This was my first attempt at making dresses for my girls and it was so painless. The girls love to twirl in it for hours. It took me a day to make the 3 dresses. The ruffles are really what makes this dress. The only thing I have change the second time making this dress is to add a layer of underlining in the bodice to give it a crisper look and a little less sagging.

by Malouf, Shelly
on June 21st, 2012

loved this! It was a little difficult figuring out the pattern for my two girls but I did and not only were they easy to assemble, they have been the favorite dresses for a year now.

by Crumpton, Rosa
on May 30th, 2012

Definitely will want to use a ruffler foot for this dress. It is very pretty and twirly. I agree with other commenters that the bodice is a bit bare.

by Watson, Sheila
on May 22nd, 2012

Absolutely beautiful dress! The pattern is great, and end result is amazing. Everyone loves it!

by MLB
on April 9th, 2012

I don't love the "straight across" bodice. I like a litttle more coverage on the top. The skirt is great, though. I've paired it with another bodice for a nice result.

by WILCOX2005
on April 6th, 2012

I love this pattern I made 2 dresses so far and have another 3 to go 2 are for easter and 1 is for a friends daughter that saw the dresses and really wanted 1. I love making them so easy and beautiful and the girls can't wait to wate them.

on April 4th, 2012

Aside from some problems with the math and sizing of the dress the pattern is great. So easy to follow that I've made three (though not entirely by design)

by Laney, Melissa
on March 16th, 2012

Once you figure out the math, this is an easy pattern to replicate. My girls loved to twirl, and twirl and twirl. Once the top got too small/ tight, I just cut off the bodice and turned it into a skirt! The ruffler foot is a must for this dress! It saves HOURS of time!

by Mason, Roberta
on March 8th, 2012

LOVE this dress! Super twirly!!

by Spoon, Susan
on March 7th, 2012

I love that I ca make this for so many different sizes, but a ruffler is definitely a must!

by Reali, Patricia
on March 2nd, 2012

Ths is a beautiful pattern, and my daughter loved the dress I made for her from it. I will make more of these once I get a gathering attachment for my machine - so many layers takes a lot of time to gather! The effects are worth it, though!

by Morton, Shelly
on February 10th, 2012

Very disappointing there are no pattern pieces! If you don't have a little one to measure, you're out of luck! Would not recommend this pattern!

by cooper, sarah
on February 8th, 2012

Love this pattern! So easy, great discriptive instructions! Adorable, can't wait to make again in a different color scheme!

by Baker, Deb
on February 5th, 2012

VERY pretty girls love to twirl in this dress!

by Burke, Karen
on January 31st, 2012

This pattern is so easy to follow, the dress makes up beautiful. I will be making many more as my grandaughter loved the dress.

by Burdick, Cindy
on January 22nd, 2012

My girls love, love, love this dress! They would wear them everyday, if I would let them. The instructions are well written and easy to follow. I did alter the tops of my dresses, though, to make them a little higher and added a cap sleeve.

by Johnson, Samantha
on January 20th, 2012

LOVE LOVE LOVE this pattern. I used this for our annual trip north to visit my husband's family. Very easy to put together.

by farah
on August 1st, 2001

Ilike this to make it for my child

by amber bowers
on August 1st, 2001

This pattern is sooooo pretty! Very easy to do and the look is just beautiful! I made 2 different styles. One exactly as instructed, and then another one that I shirred the back top portion and wow, how versitile this pattern is! By the way this was my first piece of clothing ever for me to try and I was so impressed at how easily written out the instructions were and how possible it was to make a little masterpiece! Thanks, LiLi Belle Creations!!! I will be coming back to this pattern time and time again!

by donna cooper
on August 1st, 2001

This dress made up VERY pretty. I added a ruffle on the top portion because I noticed that the dress was a bit low for a child. I also used a think ribbon for the back instead of the loop and button. The diffucult part was the ruffle at the bottom. I have not sewed ruffles in years. It was time consuming and at times I had to just put the project down. I will use a ruffler the next time I attempt the dress. I will be posting a picture when I visit my grandaughter.


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