The Twirl Factor

Month after month I was addicted to crochet, but this week I rediscovered sewing. The craving for sewing comes when I find a beautiful fabric that I must have or when I see a really nice pattern. This week I saw both, so I started sewing two different dresses. The first one I show you now, the second one is minutes from being finished and will be shown later this week.


I used about 3x1½ meters of fabrics for this double dress (will be worn by a two year old), which has a major twirl factor. I love the combination of colors of this fabric: pink, fuchsia, red, orange, lime, aqua and black.

And for the readers who follow this blog because of the crochet projects: I’m still not bored with crochet, there’s even a project on the way that involves both crochet and sewing, so don’t drop out yet J.

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I saw two movies this weekend that I can recommend, though both are not entirely new (in fact they are rather old; 2007 and 2008).



Jolene – to be true, as a Dolly Parton fan, at first this movie got my eye because of the title, but when I saw it was with Jessica Chastain (one of my favorite actresses since I saw The Help and The Debt), I had to see it. The movie tells about the four marriages of Jolene and how she got from one man to another. Very diverting!




Gone, Baby Gone – about the search for the missing child of an addicted mother, a couple of sickening people who unfortunately live also in this world, and some people who are trying to do the best they can. One big ethical question in the end…

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  1. What a beautiful dress, so pretty I love the fabric. I too get the sewing craze now and then but my sewing skills are quite limited I'm afraid, I would love to be able to do something as lovely as that. :)

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    1. Thank you, Linda. My skills are limited, too, but because you need lots of fabric for this dress, it seems more complicated than it is. It's all just sewing strips of fabric together.

      Liz

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  2. I adore that dress! Twirliness is very important when dressing girls. My girls spin as soon as they get a dress on and this would make them so happy! So pretty!

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    1. Yes, I know, haha! If a dress doesn't twirl, it won't be worn by my girls!

      Thanks for visiting, Jenny! Liz

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  3. Beautiful dress! Perfect for a little girl. :-)

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  4. Hi Liz, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Thanks, Helen! I love the flower creations you've made! Very pretty! Liz

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  5. This is a beautiful dress, what a lucky little girl! I loved making dresses for my girls when they were small.

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  6. That dress is gorgeous. I love the contrasting green underskirt. So pretty. Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

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    1. Thank you, Terry! See you next week!

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  7. Sweet little dress. I wish I could twirl in it. Thank you for stopping by.
    ~Clara

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  8. You do a great job making cloths. I was never into sewing. My mother was a very good at it and made all our cloths until we were grown.

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    1. I learned it from my mother! Thanks for visiting again! Liz

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  9. I used to sew a lot when I was much younger I haven't had the urge to start again, but I love the dress you made!

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    1. Thank you! I saw your blog and love your butterfly pictures! Liz

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  10. Like your sewing and vintage energy.
    "twirl factor" that's a good one.
    I don't crochet, but do sew. Your granny project got me thinking I may have to start spying them out at sales...in bright funky colors of course and sew them together...thinking mixed media wall art, which is my new speed in the craft world.
    Thanks for sharing the inspiration.
    Cheers,
    Leah

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    1. Thank you, Leah! Nice idea to sew the grannies togehter! Think that would look great! Thanks for visiting! Liz

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  11. I am inviting you to come and be part of my blog hop:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/05/show-your-stuff-23.html

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    1. Just linked up! Thanks for inviting me! Liz

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  12. Seeing the twirl factor made me think about being younger and feeling so special in dresses that had skirts that twirled. Beautiful.

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    1. That's exactly why I made it, haha! I always wanted twirly dresses myself when I was a child! Liz

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  13. The twirly dress is adorable!!! Happy Pink Mother's Day!

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  14. Such a pretty dress! Hope you had a wonderful mothers day :)
    Thanks for sharing at our Sunday Round Up! Can't wait to see what you have for us next weekend. Have a GREAT week!
    xoxo
    Heather

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  15. Thanks for sharing this @ The Sunday Round Up.
    Hope to see you again next week.
    Rose
    http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

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    1. Thank you, Rose! See you next week! Liz

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  16. Beautiful and colorful dress - I just looooooooooove the fabric

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  17. The dress is so pretty, I really like the colors together and the fact that it is double layered. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday. I hope to see you at the next party!

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    1. Thank you, Alyssa! See you next week! Liz

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  18. This dress is super cute! My daughter would love this! I'm featuring you tomorrow on my blog!

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    1. Thank you so much for featuring me, Alexis! I'm very honored!!

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  19. Such a cute dress. The twirl factor is important! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!
    Mary

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  20. Sew a couple of pennies into the hem and it will REALLY twirl!!!

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    1. Good tip! Thanks for visiting! Liz

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  21. My two year old would have a field day in this dress. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

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  22. Gorgeous little dress!!! Love the green underskirt showing!!!

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  23. HI. THIS DRESS IS SO PRETTY. I SEE ITS LIKE THE PINK ONE. IS THIS A SPECIFIC PATTERN? I LOVE THE FABRIC. GOD BLESS YOU

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    1. Thanks for following and for your nice comments, Carmen! Liz

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  24. Thank you for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/05/show-your-stuff-24-bread-machine-banana.html

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    1. Just linked up. Thanks for inviting me! Liz

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  25. I would love to try something like this.
    www.blissfulsewing.blogspot.com

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  26. Beautiful dress! Love everything about it!!

    I'd love it if you'd share at my Off the Hook link party!
    http://daisycottagedesigns.blogspot.com/search/label/Off%20the%20Hook

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    1. Thanks, Lauren! I just linked up to your party! Thanks for inviting me! Liz

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  27. I saw this cute little dress at a link party. It's so adorable. I'm your new GFC friend. I would if you stop by http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com/, and be mine, too. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. LOVE your post.. This is FAB.. I adore your little dress, so darling and cute.. GREAT outfit. I would LOVE LOVE if you could link this post to my Mannequin Monday's happening today. Great style, lovely blog you have here and I'm officially a follower.. I look forward to stopping in more and indulging... Thanks SO much in advance.. Wishing you an amazing week ahead.. xo~ Marilyn http://www.theartsygirlconnection.com/2012/06/mannequin-mondays-you-wear-it-best-diy.html#comments

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    1. Thanks for your very sweet comment on this dress, Marilyn! I just linked up to your party. Thanks for inviting me! Liz

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  29. crazy story.. i went to a friends house 2 nights ago who had some long time friends in town staying with him. we all got to talkin and one of the gentlemen mentioned his daughter is an actress. so we got on the computer and he pulled up the JOLENE movie trailer for me to watch and some very beautiful pics as well.

    sooooooo, this morning i just happened to be bored and browsing online for some crochet/craft ideas/patterns and got directed to this blog. after going back a few pages thru older posts, i came across your post recommending the movie JOLENE and mentioning Jessica is your favorite actress. PRETTY COOL! and yes, i shared this blog with her dad.

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    1. WOW!! Great story! So you know Jessica Chastain's dad now and you think he will read this :-) ? In that case: Hi sir, your daughter has a fan in The Netherlands (that's where I live). Maybe you want to say hi from me?

      Thanks for visiting my blog and sharing this story! Makes my day! Hugs, Liz

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  30. Hi Liz, thank you for the good words about Jessica, she has been doing this her whole life, Julliard, and some other schools as well, so she is in it for the long, doesn't do drugs, Men or other bad things, so they have nothing bad to say about her on T M Z, she's a great talent, and we are all very proud of her

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    1. So nice of you to write me a message, sir! I don't know what TMZ is (I'm from the Netherlands), but I guess it's some kind of gossip magazine. You can be very proud of yourself as a parent. You did a great job, I think, having such a good girl! I can only hope my two little daughters will end up like her one day! Thanks for visiting and please say hi to Jessica from me! Have a nice weekend!

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  31. TMZ is a show about celebrities in the US. I love your dress and welcome back to sewing!

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Justine!

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  32. Where did you get the pattern for your darling dress(es)?
    Jackie

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    1. I made them up myself by putting together various parts of various dresses. The bodice is the only party that is really from a pattern.

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    2. Thanks for letting me know! I'm just getting back into sewing after about 20 years, and am a bit rusty. My youngest is now 27 and she was the last little girl I sewed for, but now I have a 2 year old granddaughter who loves fun clothes! Need to put together some patterns and go for it!

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