Sherbet Swirl dress in view A with smocked ruffle

Cheryl Clapp’s Sherbet Swirl dress from our Summer 2022 issue is a round-yoke ruffle dress that is absolutely adorable! This dress is perfect for any warm summer event, and the sweet ruffle can be created in two different ways. Gathered ruffle or smocked ruffle—you decide! Either version is fun to make, and the results are dreamy. This pattern also works beautifully in various fabrics and trims. Check out Cheryl’s two different versions below, and get inspired to create this Sherbet Swirl dress this summer!

Sherbet Swirl - View A
View A

View A is made from easy-care Imperial batiste. It features a smocked ruffle adorned with hand-stitched silk ribbon roses and cast-on leaves, which could be substituted with simple lazy daisy leaves.

Sherbet Swirl - View B
View B

View B is made from a cotton floral print and two shades of satin finished lined pique with a simple gathered Swiss ruffle.

Sherbet Swirl sashBoth views have a sash closure on one shoulder through an elongated buttonhole and two hidden snaps above and below the sash. The narrow-hemmed sash in View A can be substituted with a 1-1/2″ double-sided satin or silk ribbon as in View B. Each sash is completely removable for laundering.

The hem in View A is finished with French lace stitched to entredeux like the yoke ruffle. View B is hemmed with a Swiss edging with floss woven through the attached entredeux. For a not-so-fancy version, a simple narrow hem could replace the trims in either view.

Sherbet Swirl - View A twirlingAdd a nylon bouffant slip for extra fullness and a more formal look. Either way, any little girl will surely delight swirling about in this sweet, tiered dress.

The pattern, sizes 2–5, and instructions for Sherbet Swirl can be found in the issue downloads for our Summer 2022 issue of Classic Sewing magazine.

Classic Sewing Summer 2022 issue