children, sewing

Peony Patterns Freesia Dress {Release}

There’s nothing quite as stunning as a double circle skirt! The new Freesia Dress by Peony Patterns has all that PLUS it’s an easy dress to make with no elastic and just a few buttons in the back!

I decided to make Freesia for my eldest daughter and she just loves how twirly it is! It will definitely get a big workout this spring and summer!

Freesia is available in both circle and gathered skirt options. To make the circle skirt in the larger sizes, you need fabric that’s 55-60″ wide, so quilting cotton will only work in the smaller sizes for this view. I had this beautiful stretch poplin in navy with floral in my stash for years – my plan was to make a dress for me but….. it still hasn’t happened, so I decided to repurpose it. (Fabric is actually still available at Simply By Ti, AND on sale for 40% off through March 2022).

If fabric width is an issue though, you can make this dress without the circle. A gathered skirt uses less fabric (and can use quilting cotton widths) but it isn’t as twirly and full. A gathered skirt might be a better choice for striped and directional fabrics too. Freesia also comes with a belt option. I used the same fabric for my belt as for the skirt, but you could do a contrasting fabric instead.

Freesia comes in sizes 1-14 and the tutorial shows you how to mix sizes together if your child is a mixed size. I’ll forever be mixing sizes for my kiddos haha. For my 10 year old, I did a size 6 bodice lengthened to a size 11 (I did this by adding about 3/4″ at the armscye, and the remaining length at the bodice waist), and used a size 6/11 double circle skirt.

Another thing I love about this dress is the super sweet double straps! They look really pretty. Freesia has buttons in the back of the bodice and a placket at the top of the skirt. The circle skirt is hemmed with single fold bias tape – I used nearly two packages for this one!

Freesia is on sale for one week, until Sunday March 13, 2022. Happy spring sewing!!

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