lotus pond geranium twirl dress

lotus pond geranium twirl

I am thrilled to beย  a part of Rae’s Lotus Pond fabric tour!

She is the best, right?ย  I pretty much want to be just like her when I grow up.


You’ve seen her gorgeous new line out and about the internets right?

If not, it’s called Lotus Pond, by Cloud Nine Fabrics. And it is wonderful.


the colors are amazing, designs cute and quirky and great for boy OR girl sewing. And the quality of the fabric is fantastic.

I chose to sew with meadow blossoms in white, because the colors and floral print….they’re myย  jam. all of it.

You all knew I’d pick that one, right? I’m nothing if not predictable with my color tendencies. ๐Ÿ˜€

lotus pond geranium twirl

Onto the dress! You know I just had to make a Geranium. I think it’s my…10th? anyways, enough that I don’t read the directions anymore. ha!

I did debate for a long while about how to make it different. I settled on adding a circle skirt, and using some fun pompom trim to add some pop to the bodice.

the skirt is from the georgia twirl dress. (which I am obsessed with. I keep adding twirl skirts to EVERYTHING) It merged pretty well with the geranium, just had to trim some off the top of the skirt to match the bodice. to insert the trim in between the skirt and bodice, I sewed the skirt to the lining first, and then folded down the outer bodice over that seam, sewing the trim in between. the opposite of how the pattern directs you but I felt I’d have more control that way. It’s still a teeny wonky but I can live with that.

lotus pond geranium twirl

Hey there Miss C! Haven’t seen you round these parts lately! decided that she deserved a new dress of her own…and she LOVES it.

I made a 4T bodice (cap sleeves and scoop neck), with a 6 length skirt from the GT pattern.

lotus pond geranium twirl

ย I covered the buttons in back with coordinating pale pink fabric…love it.

lotus pond geranium twirl

She was SO much easier to photograph than she used to be! She may be getting more clothes soon as a result of this…

lotus pond geranium twirl

lotus pond geranium twirl

and of course, the twirlability was important, and sufficient enough for C.


lotus pond geranium twirl

thanks for having me on your tour, Rae! Congrats on the new line.


  1. I love it! The fabric is fabulous, the floral print is girly but not too much. Perfect!

  2. so so pretty! this print is my fav from the collection!

  3. what a lovely dress! fabric and pattern go together beautifully!
    I am waiting for my lotus pound to arrive and, after seeing this photos, can’t wait to turn it into dresses for my daughters!

  4. Love that ball fringe!

  5. Evelien VDM says

    The dress is gorgeous, but the shoes are TO DIE FOR!
    If only they made these in adult size… ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. oh my goodness this dress is adorable!! Especially withe the mini pom poms! I love mini pom pom trim!

  7. This is so pretty! I love it.

  8. Marjory W. says

    Very nice. Miss C. is so cute and so photogenic!

  9. Hi! Beautiful dress. How big is now little Miss C! She’s grown a looot. Love!

  10. That little girl is SO CUTE! I love the dress… especially with that pom-pom trim and the pink buttons.

  11. So cute! Love the twirliness and the pictures!

  12. eeeep look how cute she is! you’re right, this print is perfectly YOU. i love that you added the ball trim and the circle skirt, that’s a dress a little gal will adore, for sure.

  13. Thanks foor sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate your efforts and I am waiting for your next
    write ups thank you once again.

  14. This is too precious and she just loves that dress!! I am a new seamstress and I just used the Lotus ponds fabrics to make a zipper clutch! Great fabrics!! Susan

  15. Jess- I just love this dress with this fabric! I’d love to make this someday. Pinning! (and she’s just adorable!) You are right, you need to be making more dresses for her just b/c of how photogenic she is! -gina

  16. I never leave comments any more because I feel like a broken record…..This dress is a adorable! I love the circle skirt with the Geranium Dress top. I will be copying.

  17. Oh, that is so cute! …the fabric and the dress.

  18. Well this is just about the cutest – and sweetest – thing I have ever seen!

  19. Stephanie says

    I echo the comments on the lovely girl, twirl, trim and fabric! I’m also curious about where you were for this photo shoot. The building, trees and lawn look like a very nice space to be.

  20. First of all, C = adorable!! Secondly, this dress is sooooo sweet–you are very talented ;0)
    I am new to sewing with a machine, but I’ve made a few baby dresses (with patterns) by hand when my kids were younger. When I am ready, I think this will be the first dress I attempt for my granddaughter. Thank you for sharing, this is a great inspiration…but where on earth do you find the time to sew, mommy, and blog?!

  21. I love it. C is gorgeous and the dress looks great with the circle skirt ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Long time reader, first time poster! I have both patterns and am attempting the same mashup. Did you sew the skirt per the Georgia pattern instructions or more like the Geranium (with only the back seam)? thanks!!

  23. Catherine Rutter says

    I would love to purchase the pattern for the Lotus Pond Twirl Dress for a 3 year old. I did not see a pattern on the website. My granddaughter loves to twirl!!!


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