Monday, January 13, 2014

Swizzle Sticks Sleeves Revealed!

This needs its own post! Over the past week I've been working on another test for my favorite Candy Castle Patterns. Rebecca, the owner and talented designer, just released the pattern today for the Swizzle Sticks Sleeves add-on. Remember my Princess dresses (another of her patterns)? The Swizzle Sticks Sleeves fit those, as well as the Peppermint Swirl, which is the dress I made in order to have something to put the sleeves on! Rebecca generously provided that pattern to me as well, so now Natalie and Sam both have a gorgeous mega-twirl dress to add to their closet!

We attempted a "photo shoot", but I'm not so skilled in that department and - well, neither are they. Sam is a bit of a ham, but Nat wanted nothing to do with the camera.

Natalie wants to know why she's being subjected to this.
Sam just thinks it's all good fun.

The split second before she spun around and ran...

Oh, Mom, can we just be DONE already? I'm so TIRED!

Hmm, yes, I know I'm adorable.

Love her little dimpled elbows!

The pattern has six sleeve options: short, like Sam's; short with elastic hem, gathered closer to the arm; long with elastic or shirring in the middle of the sleeve, to create a gather and then a sort of "bell" on the end, similar to what you see on many peasant dresses; long and plain; long with a ruffle on the end, like Natalie's; and long with a ruffle AND elastic/shirring.

And check out Natalie's skirt! (I guess I didn't have a great one of Sam's?) That Peppermint Swirl pattern is time consuming but oh so worth it in the end...the twirl factor is unmatched, and it's truly one of the prettiest skirts I've ever seen.

I am crossing my fingers that the girls will be able to wear these for Easter!


  1. These are beautiful dresses! I especially like Natalie's. The colors are oh so gorgeous and the dress itself is fit for a princess! So girly! :)

    1. Thank you! I like Natalie's best too, Sam's fabric was frantically dug out and thrown together but it works on her, and she doesn't care/know any better anyway! I only had a yard of those birds but I was hoarding them for Natalie especially...I so wish I'd bought more of it, even if it a white background on a toddler :D She loves her dress and will voluntarily put it on, which is quite impressive for her!

  2. You have done SO well and those girls rock their dresses.

    1. Thank you :) :) Much credit to the amazing patterns...;)