Monday, September 9, 2013

Pattern Remix - Saffron Twirl Dress by Zafarani

 First thing first.....I love this dress! :)

I was lucky enough to recieve a copy of the debut pattern from Zafarani, The Saffron Twirl Dress.

Karly has tested for me many times, and always comes up with the most amazing versions of my designs for her little cuties. I am happy to finally do the same for her :) I did change a few things...some intentional and some not (because I apparently cannot read directions well!)

Her first pattern is the Saffron Twirl stinkin cute!!! Very well written and great pictures. It is a super feminine dress that is not too "sweet", totally my style. The original features a v-neck bodice, open back with button placket, full skirt and waist sash.

Here is my version

I used a very light weight steel grey cotton and lined the bodice with a fun vintage sheet. I used a golden yellow cotton for all the binding.

On to the details and some of the changes I made

The first thing I did was alter the bodice. I made a wrap front instead of the solid v-neck.
I extended the neckline angle all the way down to the bottom waist,  and cut mirror images of the front rather then on the fold. 

 I ended up with two front panels and bound the long edges with cotton binding

 I marked both front panels along the binding where the original v-neck was supposed to be so I knew where to overlap them.

Once I overlapped them I followed as directed...although because of the binding I did not have two separate bodice pieces (outer and lining) so my inside of the dress where the skirt is attached did not end up looking as nice as Karly's does if you follow the directions :)

I used cotton bias binding around the waist ties and just rounded the ends to make it easier.

I added two button plackets and just topstitched them to the inside of the binding (the top one getting added once I realized I did not read correctly and put the placket in the wrong place!..I like how it came out anyway...happy mistakes)

Since my material was so sheer I ended up making a double skirt, I just cut two skirts of the same size and sewed them together along the top and worked with it like it was one.
I trimmed the outer skirt about a 1/2 shorter to showcase the layers...also then I could use two trims. I  bound the shorter one in some more yellow cotton and used a full cotton lace trim on the inner skirt.
 Finally I tacked the front panels together to help keep the shoulders from falling down.

I love how the dress turned out, and more importantly so does my little girl :)

Checking her hair..... she can twirl

Now go get yourself a copy of the Saffron Twirl dress  and make something your little one will LOVE!

**Thanks to Karly from Zafarani for giving me a chance to try out your super pattern, can't wait to see the next one


  1. So gorgeous! And I love the gray and yellow together. -Jen

  2. Love how you remixed it! Love the colors too!

  3. This dress has been on my table since I tested it, I'm making my second version and my sister is requesting a third. It's been a hit in my house! Once it's washed, my daughter throws it back on before I can get it in her closet. That's a pretty big win! I just love the new neckline you did& I didn't realize it was that easy to alter a bodice into a wrap top. Thanks for the tutorial!


  4. so beautiful! love your modification of the pattern to make it a wrap style. And thanks for the mini-tutorial on how to do so! love the grey bound by the yellow bias tape - fresh and modern!


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