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Friday, January 31, 2014

Twirl into Spring with TwirlyGirl Dresses, a review

Does your girl like to twirl?  Mine does.  Especially in girls party dresses like these from TwirlyGirl.

TwirlyGirl Dresses review at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

TwirlyGirl creates limited edition garments in lively patterns and colors.  Their fanciful styles are unlike anything you are likely to find on the typical department store rack.  And if, like me, you live in a bitty town with limited nearby shopping options, it’s nice to be able to order something that every other girl in town won’t be wearing to church on Sunday. 

We received the Truly Tankful Dress for review.  With it’s simple, modern lines, it’s just right for young girls who are not all grown up, but still a bit too grown up to wear little girl party dresses.

Mary (age 10) has shot up in the last year.  She’s wearing size 8 ladies shoes!  But at just a smidge under 5’, she’s very slim and not built to wear adult clothes yet.  Clothes that are made to fit her height tend to be designed for someone who is much bigger around and she ends up swimming in her clothes.

After studying the TwirlyGirl size charts, I requested a 14 and crossed my fingers.  I was just sure that it was going to have gaping armholes or hang down too low at the neckline. 

Would you believe it’s a perfect fit?

Two looks in One Dress-TwirlyGirl Dresses review at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

The Truly Tankful Dress

  • retails for $41.00, but is on sale right now for $26.50
  • machine washable
  • 96% polyester/4% spandex
  • available in girls’ sizes 2T-14

This simple dress is made in the USA from an easy care polyester and spandex blend.  Polyester is sooo forgiving.  It doesn’t wrinkle at all.  You can throw it in the washer on gentle and dry fly (or maybe use the fluff setting on your dryer with no or low heat---yeah, I admit that I cheat).  And because the synthetic fabric doesn’t hold moisture, it dries very quickly. 

Easy Care, perfect for packing (or cramming into a girl's dresser) TwirlyGirl Dresses review at Homeschooling Hearts & MindsIt’s perfect for packing.

Or for cramming into an overfull dresser, ahem.

The spandex gives it that little bit of stretch that allows it to fit snugly where it should  (like the armholes and neckline), and yet it gives so my daughter has plenty of room to move.

It drapes beautifully with no darts or extra seams. In fact, the front and back are cut almost identically (there’s a TwirlyGirl tag stitched on the “back”), but the Truly Tankful Dress hangs equally well no matter which side you have facing the front.


Flip it around for a different look.

Comfy fit- TwirlyGirl Dresses review at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Of course, it’s not really a girls party dress unless you accessorize…

Ready to accessorize-TwirlyGirl Dresses review at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

What did we think?

At first, Mary thought the colors and patterns were a little loud---she doesn’t often wear patterned fabrics.  But in the course of twirling around during this photo shoot, she started to feel less self conscious and realized that the color looked great on her.

TwirlyGirl Dresses review at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

The length is a little shorter than she would normally wear for a spring dress without anything underneath, but great for layering. 

The fabric is also a bit sheer.

TwirlyGirl Dresses review at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Can you see the shadow of my hand through it?  Also notice that the topstitching at the shoulder seam doesn’t quite match up---not atypical for factory sewn girls party dresses, just something that I noticed because I’m a seamstress myself.  I know from experience how hard it can be to get those lines of stitches matched up just so.  It’s not really noticeable when it’s being worn.

Overall, we like it.  The construction is sound.  I expect it to hold up to multiple washings.  And because it’s a synthetic fabric, it should retain its vibrant colors (without shrinking), unlike most natural fibers.  I think when Mary outgrows her Truly Tankful Dress we’ll be packing it away to save for her 4-year-old sister.

Mary loves the dress paired with white capri leggings and a white shrug.  She had fun accessorizing. 

And she’s looking forward to wearing it outside in a couple of months, once the spring thaw comes.

If you’d like to see TwirlyGirl’s whole line of party dresses for girls including the reversible Original Twirly Dress, shop here.

While you’re there, copy and paste TG64Fun into the coupon code box at checkout to get 15% off your purchase!  Discount does not apply to sale items, gift certificates, or Design Your Own Dress. Expires 3/11/14.

Disclosure:  I received the dress featured in this post for free from TwirlyGirl in order to facilitate this review.  I received no other compensation.  All opinions expressed here are my own.  All prices were current at the time this review was posted.

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