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Peony Patterns Daffodil Tee, Powderpuff Pettiskirt & Bluebell Hairbow {Release}

Every girl needs a twirly skirt, and Powderpuff is definitely a hit in our house!! After making this one, I quickly realized I needed a top to go with it, and so the Daffodil Tee was the natural choice! Of course, to top it off, I had to make a Bluebell Hairbow as well! (Bluebell is a free pattern, so definitely grab that and sew up all the bows!)

Powderpuff is kinda the garment I didn’t realize I needed. When Tash (the owner of Peony Patterns) started talking about how she needed a pettiskirt pattern, I couldn’t work out the appeal. But you know what? If you want to get dresses to have a big pouf to the skirt, then you need a pettiskirt underneath! Of course, you can also wear Powderpuff as a standalone skirt, but just know you have *options* with this one!

The Bluebell Hairbow is intended for woven fabric, but you can easily make it with knits as well! I did most of the construction with my serger.

I ended up making two Powderpuffs. I made one for my youngest in white broadcloth with a white lace trim (all from Hobby Lobby), and another for my eldest, hers with white broadcloth and a wide embroidered trim (also Hobby Lobby. Where my wallet goes to die. Actually, this outfit was super cheap to make in reality, as broadcloth is cheap and the trim was half price….. so…. not so terrible on my wallet… this time!).

This is my second Powderpuff! My eldest daughter is wearing it under her Lily dress.

Check out my blog post on the Minerva website for details on my daughter’s Lily Dress!

The skirt is easy to construct – it’s a series of rectangles with elastic in the waistband. Ruffling it is the most time consuming part, and I did use my ruffler for that step. You can also make it slightly more complicated by adding tulle over it (I had planned to do this but forgot!).

Powderpuff comes in two lengths – mini and regular. This skirt is mini length and I added the lace to the bottom, so it’s a bit longer than the pattern intends. In addition to children’s sizes, it also comes in doll size – suitable for 13″, 15″ and 18″ dolls. These new patterns are currently on sale too, so it’s a great time to stock up!

Peony Patterns Daffodil Tee is also a quick sew. This one is with knits, and has sweet puffed sleeves with banded cuffs. I modified this pattern by shortening the bodice a little and adding a wide waistband. I also widened the sleeve cuffs, based on a hack I saw in the Peony Patterns Facebook Group. My one mistake however is that I used the 2t instead of 3t width! I just grabbed the template I had cut out last year, thinking it was the right size still. Oops. (This pattern is currently only available in baby sizes – Newborn – 4T. It also comes with a woven diaper cover).

The fabric for my Daffodil Tee is from Wolf & Rabbit Fabrics. This is called “Light Eucalyptus” and it’s just gorgeous!! Hand painted by Ella Salomea Randall, it’s then digitized and printed on organic cotton Lycra in Europe. This particular design is available for preorder until Friday March 4, and will be shipping to customers sometime late April. The whole collection is beautiful and perfect for summer and fall sewing!

Disclosure: I received 1 yard of fabric from Wolf & Rabbit for purposes of promotion. I received the patterns from Peony Patterns in exchange for testing them. Opinions are 100% my own!

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