by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

EXCITEMENT NOW DOUBLED! I've nearly finished Aqualina's dress. I babysat the children today and when Aqualina saw the dress she wanted to put it on immediately. I told her I had to finish off the sash and do the buttonholes, but she didn't care. So tomorrow I'll finish the dress. I've just pinned on the sash in the picture, but you can see it fits her beautifully in the 1st picture. Love Chris

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by deegee 28 Sep 2014

Beautiful - both dress & model.

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pennifold by pennifold 28 Sep 2014

Thanks so much and I agree with you. Love Chris

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by sewilso 27 Sep 2014

It turned out so cute, what a pretty little model too Chris!

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pennifold by pennifold 28 Sep 2014

Thanks very much, I think so too! Love Chris

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by noah 25 Sep 2014

You are a great Grammie hugs

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pennifold by pennifold 25 Sep 2014

Thanks Carolyn, I appreciate that. Love Chris

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by sewdeb 25 Sep 2014

Oh, Chris, this is fabulous! What a lucky little girl to have you sewing for them. Aqualina is beautiful and looks so pleased with her dress! *

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pennifold by pennifold 25 Sep 2014

Thanks so much - they are such gorgeous little girls. Love Chris

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by lulu07 25 Sep 2014

It is beautiful!!!.......Great job.....she looks like a little princess.

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pennifold by pennifold 25 Sep 2014

Thanks Lulu I think so too! Love Chris

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by sewalaskan 25 Sep 2014

And she just loves it! great job and beautiful girl

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pennifold by pennifold 25 Sep 2014

Thankyou for commenting, love Chris

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by baha0902 25 Sep 2014

its lovely... hope i can make something like this one day...

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pennifold by pennifold 25 Sep 2014

It's easy, just lots of sewing! Love Chris

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by toet 24 Sep 2014

This is a massive achievement the dress is fabulous and your granddaughter looks sensational in it. big hugs and cuddles Heather

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pennifold by pennifold 24 Sep 2014

Hi Heather, thanks, the dresses take such a lot of fabric. Time cutting out and sewing the swirls, but I'm so glad they are finished. Love Chris

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by katydid 23 Sep 2014

Great job! I wish my Mom had this pattern when I was you Granddaughter's age. I would have loved it, too! This pattern is a treasure ! Kay

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pennifold by pennifold 24 Sep 2014

Hi Kay, my nanna made me great big swirly skirts when I was young and I had rope petticoats under them. Ooh! those dresses were just adorable and I used to swirl and twirl for ages. Love Chris

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by vickiannette 23 Sep 2014

lovely job Chris. I have looked the the Candycastle web address. The Peppermint Swirl Dress is a crowd stopper, but I think I like your choice of fabrics better.

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pennifold by pennifold 24 Sep 2014

Hi Vicki, yes they have some great ones on there, but I'm a sucker for navy and white for summer. It always looks so fresh and clean. Love Chris

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by cj2sew 23 Sep 2014

There is just something special about little girls and the love they have for twirly skirts/dresses. Beautiful little girl and dress.

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pennifold by pennifold 24 Sep 2014

Thanks Cathy, I agree with you. One of the ladies on here said she'd love one too! Love Chris

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by babash 23 Sep 2014

So cute and a perfect fit.

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pennifold by pennifold 24 Sep 2014

Thanks so much, yes it is a great fit. Love Chris

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by shirley124 23 Sep 2014

This is a beautiful dress. I can just see your 2 little girls having fun swirling the skirts as they turn around. Hugs Shirley

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pennifold by pennifold 24 Sep 2014

Hi Shirley, I've had Ophelie here today and was she happy! I've got some pictures of her twirling. Love Chris

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by loosie 23 Sep 2014

She's a cutie! The dress is lovely too :)
I like how you organize you fabrics, great idea!

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Hi Loosie, thanks for the comments. I've had a massive clean out and donated hundreds and hundreds of metres of fabrics to my Newcastle Sewing Guild and to our Op Shop. So this is very depleted. Each colour used to be to the top and overflowing! Love Chris

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by graceandham 23 Sep 2014

With that sweet smile, she looks like she just won the beauty pageant.

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Doesn't she just? Love Chris

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by clawton 23 Sep 2014

Just adorable- dress and girl.

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks Carolyn, I agree with you! Love Chris

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by noah 23 Sep 2014

Lovely picture and great sewing :):)hugs

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks Carolyn, she is a little doll. Love Chris

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by dragonflyer 23 Sep 2014

So, so cute...I love the way she is holding out the skirt!

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Hi Kim, yes, she loves to do that with her full skirts! Love Chris

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by highlandermom 23 Sep 2014

The dress is so pretty, but the joy and beauty in your GD is priceless.

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks Mary, I agree with you. Love Chris

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by robinbird 23 Sep 2014

Such an adorable dress you've made& this little girl looks so thrilled with it. Also, wondered if you don't mind telling what pattern you'd used or was it your pattern? Thanks for sharing your project. :~D

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Pattern information is listed below and in the post about Ophelie's dress. Thanks for commenting Robin, love Chris

robinbird by robinbird 23 Sep 2014

Thanks for sharing about the pattern info. :~D

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by sonjapotgieter 23 Sep 2014

Stunning....Well done....So pretty

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks so much Sonja, love Chris

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by pennyhal2 23 Sep 2014

The expression on her face makes every minute you worked on it worthwhile. You should frame that photo and hang it on your wall. When you see it, you'll be inspired to make more things!

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Ha ha ha! Yes, I agree with you - their appreciation certainly makes it all worthwhile. Love Chris

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by mysew1325 23 Sep 2014

both are beautiful .. great job.

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks so much, love Chris

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by baydreamer 23 Sep 2014

Oh my! This is just too cute! She is over the moon in love with this beautiful dress! How will you ever get it off of her :)

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

I know, she just loves to twirl. She is a little gymnast too, so she knows how to do it. Love Chris

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by kingmar 23 Sep 2014

Simply adorable - and the dress is also a work of love. Enjoy their happiness of wearing something you made for them.

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks so much, I love making girl's dresses and I know the girls appreciate them. Love Chris

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by basketkase 23 Sep 2014

What a beautiful little model in a beautiful dress......great job, Chris!

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks so much Vicki, it's great that they both love to wear pretty dresses. Love Chris

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by gerryvb 23 Sep 2014

so adorable, and she looks so happy and proudwith her new almost finished dress. It's gorgeous!

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks Gerry, I only have the buttons to do and sew the sash in place. Love Chris

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by dailylaundry 23 Sep 2014

What a sweet smile - She loves it!! And, who wouldn't - you did such a lovely job on this dress and I bet the other is just as beautiful - well done!! You must be pleased!!!! Hugs to you, Laura*

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dailylaundry by dailylaundry 23 Sep 2014

Can't wait to see a pic of the girls together!!

pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks I'll have to see what I can do about that, love Chris

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by mary51 23 Sep 2014

Beautiful girl and the dress is perfect for her.

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

I think so too Mary, love Chris

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by decojo 23 Sep 2014

Perfect match! Aqualina is beautiful in her lovely dress. Fantastic job!

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks for commenting, love Chris

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by edithfarminer 23 Sep 2014

Wonderful dress on an adorable sweet little girl.

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks so much, love Chris

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by Ada 23 Sep 2014

wow you have just made terrific job!

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks so much for commenting, love Chris

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by pldc 23 Sep 2014

Perfectly lovely! The dress is very pretty too. ~hugs~

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks Loralye, the girls are gorgeous - love Chris

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by marianb 23 Sep 2014

It's no wonder she was excited to try it on Fits like a glove..

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks Marian, can't wait to see Ophelies now! Love Chris

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by airyfairy 23 Sep 2014

She looks absolutely stunning Chris. You have made the dress beautifully.

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks so much Sarah, it was a real labour of love!!! Love Chris

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by michemb 23 Sep 2014

Beautiful dress for a beautiful little girl, just lovely
hugs
Michelle

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thank you for your lovely comments Michelle, I just love your work. Love Chris

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by jrob Moderator 23 Sep 2014

Oh, my goodness! Look at that sweet face! Good luck Nanna, keeping this awesome dress for Christmas.....I think you may have to come up with something else. lol

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Ha, you're right, Aqualina wanted to take it home with her today. Love Chris

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by designgirl 23 Sep 2014

She is so sweet, and the smile says" Thanks Nana, I love the dress." Great work.
Hugs Lynn

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Hi Lynn, you hit the nail on the head. Love Chris

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by spendlove Moderator 23 Sep 2014

She looks very proud of her dress! I bet you do as well!

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Hi Sue, yes, it's a good feeling when I finish a dress or project I've been working on for ages. Love Chris

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by lbrow 23 Sep 2014

I love the look on her face. How happy she is, I knew she would love it. I also know the joy you feel in your heart when you see how much she adores it. A good feeling isn't it. Love you Chris/Lillian

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks so much Miss Lillian, she was so excited when she saw Ophelie's and kept repeating "Oh! Ophelie's is so cute Nanna". She is a little doll, and yes, it makes my heart soar! Love Chris

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by Wendyy 23 Sep 2014

This is such a beautiful dress. Where is the pattern from? I have two granddaughters who will absolutely love it. Is this one of your own designs? I love your choice of fabrics.
Wendy

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Wendyy by Wendyy 23 Sep 2014

I forgot to mention just how beautiful Aqualina is. She has such a beautiful smile.

pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Hi Wendy, thanks for the lovely comments. It's not my own design, this particular dress is a combination of the Disco Dress from Ainslee Fox patterns (which is the bodice) http://www.ainsleefox.com.au/cate... - and the Peppermint swirl dress from Candy Castle patterns (which is the skirt). Love Chris
(I posted the link in Ophelie's dress in an earlier post, but I'll put it here too - http://candycastlepatterns.com/)

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by lolly3 23 Sep 2014

hi pennifold, what a beautiful dress the colour combo looks fantastic, a summer dress or you can put a light t-shirt underneath it for cool days. regards Lorraine mcneill woodcroft south australia

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Hi Lorraine, so nice to have another South Aussie on here. We've got a few and of course I come from S.A. too. I think I told you previoiusly I was from Reynella. Love Chris

lolly3 by lolly3 24 Sep 2014

Thankyou Chris for your comment, it is so lovely to read and see what other like minded sewers, embroiderers and craft people do, I find inspiration from all of the cutie members, it makes my day, regards Lorraine

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by toogie 23 Sep 2014

Oh, so pretty Chris, both the dress and Aqualina! No reason it takes so much yardage! Gotta go for now!-T

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pennifold by pennifold edited 23 Sep 2014

Thanks Toogie, it takes so much yardage as it's all cut on the cross to give those gigantic twirls. Love Chris

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by Dupsilly 23 Sep 2014

She really love it you can see that makes a heart grow warm well done

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks for commenting, love Chris

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by mops Moderator 23 Sep 2014

She looks beautiful and so does the dress.

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks Martine, she's our little fashionista! Love Chris

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by elemausi 23 Sep 2014

Looks very nice on the cute model.

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks I think so too. Love Chris

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by pacmp 23 Sep 2014

Now that is a dress made just for a little girl who loves twirling and twirling! Hope she doesn't get dizzy as this is one awesomely cute dress on a more than adorable little girl! You can see her eyes sparkling with pleasure in it. Bet you got the biggest hugs today. Great job

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks so much for the comments. No hugs, but lots of oohs and aahs and thanks Nanna and she said I'm just so clever! Love Chris

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by babolucia 23 Sep 2014

She looks so pretty and happy in that dress. If I were there, I'd be fighting with her for the dress---sadly it wouldn't fit me.

You did an excellent job!

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks so much Lucia, yes full skirts are just so feminine aren't they? Love Chris

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by lidiad 23 Sep 2014

Congratulations, Nanna, you have done a great job! Aqualina is adorable in her new dress.
Hugs, Lidia

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks so much Lidia. I appreciate. Love Chris

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by RockyB 23 Sep 2014

Oh it fits her perfect! She is so adorable! I can see her twirling around and around! Beautiful job Chris

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks so much Rocky, yes Aqualina is a real little 'girly' girl, she loves dressing up. Love Chris

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by asterixsew Moderator 23 Sep 2014

The dress looks even better when it is being worn by one of your granddaughters. It is very pleasing that after making a dress for a child to see how beautifully it fits. Congratulations proud Grandma/Nanna

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pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

Thanks Caroline, yes this pattern is a wonderful fit. As these are for Christmas (and we have it hot here) I wanted them sleeveless. I did put a cap sleeve on Ophelie's, but I didn't want one on Aqualina's dress. She wanted me to finish it whilst they were here today. I told her I'd finish it tomorrow. I'm a NANNA! Thanks once again. Love Chris

pennifold by pennifold 23 Sep 2014

I've left the hems on both dresses just overlocked/serged. There were 3 ways of doing them, they were - bias binding, which would have taken metres, folding it up (but they don't recommend that due to the curves) and overlocking! I took the easiest option. Love Chris

asterixsew by asterixsew 23 Sep 2014

I too would have taken the easy option

mops by mops 23 Sep 2014

I would have too!

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