Loli Dress {One Thimble Issue 14}

Hey all!!! If you’ve been following my blog for quite some time (did you notice the name change?!?!), you know by now that I have insane love and adoration of Jen and the One Thimble sewing ezine. Every issue is jam packed with super trendy and fun patterns, incredible articles written to inspire and inform sewists and small business owners, and the greatest collection of coupon codes! Check out this issue’s contributors:

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Issue 14 has just released and I’m thrilled to share one of the exciting new patterns included in the ezine.

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Meet the Loli Dress, pattern designed by Bobkin Designs. It is sweet, delicate and brings full summer vibes! Written for sizes 2-10, the pattern includes a measurement chart to help you select the perfect size.

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Let’s talk about the amazing options included in the Loli Dress pattern

1) Dress or Top length

2) Button back closure or Elastic back

3) Cross over ties or Straight ties

4) Spaghetti Straps or Bias straps

5) Enclosed bodice or Topstitched bodice

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Now let’s take a look at the Loli dress I sewed up in the most incredible fabric from the Sage Fabric Collection by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics.

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I just *had* to play with the Painted Desert Night print. Seriously- it’s SoCal embraced in jewel tones. The “painted” florals make my heart melt. Ahhhhhh.

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My daughter, obviously, loves flowers and flowy dresses so the Loli Dress in Sage fabrics was a winning combination for sure! Her expression when she realized she dropped the flowers on the ground. Too funny.

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I loved sewing up this really confident-beginner friendly dress. The illustrated tutorial is concise yet contains helpful notes to make this dress with the desired options. I did add some length to the dress to give her a little bit of growing room throughout spring and summer. I know another growth spurt is on it’s way and with this beauty I wanted to max out the wearability!

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I look forward to seeing what the other amazing makers sewed up from One Thimble Issue 14. Be sure to check in on each stop of the blog tour, hosted by Pattern Revolution.

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Blithe Fabrics {Blog Tour}

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Growing up in Michigan, I always thought I would be much happier (and warmer) in Sunny Southern California. In fact, when we first moved here last January I was shocked to feel the “frigid” temperatures of the lower 60s (living in Hawaii for almost 4 years will do that to ya!) and couldn’t believe that the weather fluctuated this much here! Even more mind blowing- just two hours away from San Diego, you could venture into the winter wonderland of Big Bear, CA. When the opportunity to get together with my sew pal, Alexis of My Sweet Sunshine, and take photos of our kiddos in the snow-covered setting we jumped right in- snow boots on and all! I am so thankful for the opportunity to share what we sewed up with new Blithe Fabrics by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics.

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Blithe Fabrics were a match made in heaven for our Big Bear adventure! The cool tones in the Dear Deer Teal knits popped against the winter white setting.

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The sweet print of the Bows in Silence was the perfect scale for my little gal’s dress, as well as her doll’s tiny little outfit!

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I loved the light’s reflection of the snow in the warmth of the Birds Song Sun knit Alexis used in her daughter’s dress.

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I am super proud of our girls for braving the cold and putting on a pretty smile for these photos! They always have so much fun together at our shoots. I love that my girls have a great role model like Alexis’ daughter. They really look up to her!

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Of course our trip to Big Bear wasn’t all photoshoots and business, we managed to squeeze in some fun!

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Here are a few more photos from our shoot. There were too many beautiful ones to limit my post so I put together a little slideshow!

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Big Thanks to Katarina and our friends at AGF for the gorgeous knit fabrics! They are always a favorite of my girls and mind- so soft, smooth and cozy!

Here Comes the Fun {Blog Tour} with Sew Caroline!

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Sunshine. Bright Colors. Big Smiles. All these things are what makes my heart flutter and the new Here Comes the Fun fabric collection by Sew Caroline for Art Gallery Fabrics is finding a special place in my heart as well! We spent the past week completely drenched in rainstorms, but thankfully the sun came out just long enough for us to run outside and snap a few pics! I was hoping for a beachy-fun shoot, but I’ll have to try again another day.

This blog hop came with a super sweet surprise for the bloggers- a fabulous scissor and snips pack from Fiskars! I had to capture my fabric cutting dream team and share with my Instagram friends!

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I am so excited to be a part of this talent-packed Blog Hop! Let’s take a look at what I’ve sewn up with the new Here Comes the Fun Fabrics:

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I have been dying to sew with more AGF Voile because it is so super soft, has gorgeous drape and still enough sturdiness to keep me from pulling my hair out when sewing! For my youngest, I sewed up a beautiful Annie Maxi Dress by Violette Field Threads in the Block Stencils Burst voile.

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I used mini pom trim for the straps for some extra pizzaz and *FUN*

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For my oldest daughter, I pulled out an old favorite, the Ginger dress pattern also from VFT. I love this style and it always screams summer and all things fun so it was the perfect choice! (Did you read that in your best Olaf voice??)

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For this Ginger dress, I paired the Sprayed Doodles Coral print with Improv Strokes Citrus. I love the bright, cheerful colors and the subtle black touches to bring lots of dimension.

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Check out all the amazing hues in these fabrics! Ooooh la la!!!!

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These dresses sure brought the fun to our rainy week! I can’t wait to sew up some more gorgeous garments with this new fabric collection from Sew Caroline.

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Want to see more awesome makes from the HCTF fabrics?? Check out the entire Blog Hop party:

 Aubrey Plays
A Jennuine Life
Izzy and Ivy Designs
Holly and Company
Elle Lee and Me
Lilly Shine Boutique
Simple Life Pattern Co
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Happiness in the Making
MADE Everyday
Little Bit Funky
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Fall Collection by VFT with Bari J

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I set a goal for myself last year to send our kindergartener to school with at least one piece of handmade clothing each school day. I decided to keep myself accountable and post her daily outfit on instagram with the hashtag #schoolfashionbymom. In November, we found out we were moving from the eternal summer of Hawaii to chilly California with a month vacation to frigid Michigan. That transition kind of put a kink in my plans and I resolved to start fresh again with another #schoolfashionbymom school year.

Dressing a six year old who seems to have her finger on what’s “cool” was presenting a bit of a challenge, so when Violette Field Threads revealed their Fall Boho collection in collaboration with Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics– both K and I were flipping out in excitement. She loves the boho style- easy fitting, vibrant and eclectic feel. I love all things VFT and Bari J so it seemed like a dream come true!

The response to the collection has been incredible. I have loved seeing everyone’s amazing creations in the VFT fan group and all over social media. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to dive in and dream up some new outfits for K to wear this fall.

Let’s take a look at each (of the 5) pattern and fabric combinations:

First up is Luna.

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It’s a sweet dolman style dress with a relaxed fit bodice, a darling square neckline and back tie closure. The Luna pattern sews up like a dream- in a little over an hour the garment was cut, sewn and pressed for photos! I kind of feel like sewing a separate sleeve is a little overrated and we should just dolman all the things. HA.

Every girl loves pockets- VFT did a phenomenal job designing these super cute, oversized front pockets. K could hardly keep her hands out of them, and I’m pretty sure a few pebbles found their way into the pockets throughout the shoot. On a positive note, they make for perfect storage for a lens cap or cell phone when I happen to be wearing leggings that day.

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I selected the Cocquet Bouquet print for the skirt and Stitched Diamant Verve for the bodice. I love the jewel tones in the floral print and the softness of the bodice fabric design. While perusing Hobby Lobby the other day, I stumbled upon this adorable blue leaf trim that fit perfectly in the midst of the gorgeous floral and greenery of the Cocquet Bouquet print.

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Next up we have the showstopping Odette.

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Odette has a silhouette so precious and sweet it will make your cheeks hurt! I just adore the darling flounces that bounce playfully with every move. The gorgeous side ties draw the easy fitting top in on my thin-waisted daughter.

Odette can be sewn as a dress or a top, is fully lined and has a keyhole back tie closure.

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Odette was a detailed sew, more suited for the intermediate sewist. The end result made me sit back and beam with pride at what a gorgeous top I had just made!

For fabrics, I chose to make Odette from all one print- the delicate and dainty Petit Potpourri Gold. The print showcases the softest pink and golden floral with light sage greenery. Since K’s favorite color is pink, I added a pop of pink with the beautiful ribbon sash and ties from Hobby Lobby. For the keyhole closure, I used a soft pink crocheted lace trim.

You can also see the Sloane cropped pant in this outfit. Sloane is a skinny fit pant or cropped pant with an optional tuxedo stripe. I really love the fit of these and of course, more pockets! I loved sewing with this amazing AGF Denim that had a shimmer in the light wash look. Pants are so fast to sew, I don’t know why I don’t make more.

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A fourth pattern in the Fall Boho collection is the Julianna top and dress.

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Julianna is an all knit dress or top, with the most adorable gathered sleeves or simple long sleeves. I sewed up a top version because K is always in need of cute sleeved tops to go with her leggings and skinny jeans. The dress version has a circle skirt just begging for twirls!

My favorite feature of the Julianna is the gathered sleeve. The sleeve cap is gathered and gives a little “puff” style, the mid sleeve is gathered with an elastic casing and the hem of the sleeve is also gathered with elastic.

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Julianna was another fast sew and perfect for beginners. I love the softness and structure of the Joy Plante Cora knit. Art Gallery knits are buttery smooth, the perfect weight and stretch for garments and sew up like a charm.

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Last, but most definitely not least (more like my favorite!!!), is the Giselle Kimono.

The Giselle kimono has several hem options, looks fabulous trimmed out with poms or fringe, and is perfect for layering as the temperatures fluctuate.

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Seriously a super fast and easy sew, I know you’ll end up with 10 or so once you get going. Kind of like pringles, once you pop you just can’t stop! The coolest part- Giselle can be made in your size too! I’m holding on to a little bit of this gorgeous Paradis- Sweet to make a matchy matchy set for K and I!

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She calls this her “poncho” and wants to have it on all the time. Thank goodness the beautiful floral fabric is light and airy, because it’s been so hot lately! Isn’t it supposed to be chilly and crisp in the fall?? Giselle pairs perfectly with the Sloane skinnies, and apparently that combo will induce sassy poses on the spot!

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I hope you enjoyed checking out our #schoolfashionbymom update featuring the *new* Fall Boho collection in collaboration with Bari J for Art Gallery fabrics. All fabrics shown were from the incredible Joie de Vivre collection and are a perfect pairing with the Luna, Odette, Sloane, Julianna and Giselle patterns.

Check more pics and daily doses of handmade kids fashion on my Instagram.

A big thank you to Art Gallery fabrics for sending along the most gorgeous Joie de Vivre wovens and knits and to the lovely ladies of Violette Field Threads for allowing me to sew up their incredible new patterns! Truly a match made in sewing heaven!

Back to School with M4M

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Back to School already?!?!!? I swear just yesterday my oldest sweetie graduated from Kinder and here we are- August- ready to go back to school! I can’t believe how fast the summer goes by but boy was it a fun one!

The darling mermaids over at Made for Mermaids invited me to join the fun in their sewing-star studded Back to School blog tour and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try a new pattern, shop for some fun fabrics and dress my girl up in a cute new school outfit! Let’s a take a look at what I sewed up!

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I eagerly picked the Katelyn Jumper to play with and it is just SO precious! The Katelyn Jumper is for girls sizes 1/2 through 14, has fun pockets and super cute button straps. It is a super quick sew with really beginner friendly instructions.

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For the fabrics, I shopped Hawthorne Threads for some fun back to school inspired fabrics and selected this great typewriter print from Pastel Thrift for Art Gallery Fabrics for the skirt fabric and Apples in Green from the London Calling collection from Robert Kaufman.

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Anytime that I sew something and there are pockets I always receive the biggest hug and the most compliments from my kiddos. Pockets make everything better!

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The jumper pattern has generous ease so the dress can just slip on and off over the head easily. I see it as a great dress that will get lots of wear as she grows!

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When I started cutting the skirt I noticed that the letters weren’t just random but that there were several hidden inspirations in the print! I’ll leave you with this photo as encouragement as you “make” your little ones their Back to School wardrobes! Happy sewing!!!

Big thanks to the Made for Mermaids crew for allowing me to join in on their great blog tour. Be sure to follow along to see all the great sews along the way! I’m sure after seeing all the great inspiration you’ll want to pick up some patterns so be sure to use the coupon code “M4MB2S” for 20% Off (Excludes fabric).

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One Thimble Issue 11: Baby Gifts

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It’s that time of the year when I get super geeked and pumped up about another amazing issue of One Thimble (affiliate link) sewing ezine is released and about a dozen new, epic, must-have patterns are available! This issue I am particularly excited about for two reasons: one, Little Lizard King‘s Hoya dress is one of the featured patterns and two, the Urban Jungle theme is totally on point!!! I am joining along with several other bloggers and Pattern Revolution to showcase some of the great patterns included in Issue 11. Jump to the end of this post to see a collage of all the featured patterns as well as the entire blog tour schedule. Want to check out what I sewed up??? Read on…

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If you’ve been following me for any period of time, you’ll see that I pretty much stick to girls clothing. It’s my home base, my niche, and definitely my comfort zone. However, I also like to stretch myself so from Issue 11, I picked to sew up a baby quilt and baby shoes for a sweet little baby boy who just entered into this world (read more about him later).

The Bear and Bunny Quilt, by Horris and Deedle, is an adorable, modern, rugby striped quilt pattern with fabulous animal applique options: bear, bunny, polar bear, and frog. I am not a quilter. Not at all. But, I really loved how simple and approachable this quilt seemed, and of course put an animal on anything and I’m there! It really was a fairly quick sew- only took a couple nights of sew-time, was great for small cuts of fabric and the applique went together easily.

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I sewed up the bear option, but did it in white and greys to match the prints of the stripes…maybe he’s not a polar bear but an albino bear? Is that such a thing? Either way, he’s pretty cute! The quilt pattern is a one sized pattern- coming in at 40 x 46 inches and perfectly sized for a toddler bed and a tummy time mat for infants!

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Next up was the itty bitty, adorable, Wild Things Baby Shoes from Big Little Patterns. I mean, can anything beat this ultimate level of cuteness?? The Wild Things Baby shoes comes with several animal variations: panda bear, bear, fox, bunny, raccoon, kitty and mouse and fit sizes 0-3 months to 12-18+ months. These little kicks come with traceable face details, adorable little ears to sew and come together super easy for being so tiny!

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Ok so you’re totally wondering why do these items look so boyish and why baby stuff??? One of my most dearest friends, Emily, found out a few months ago that she was expecting a baby boy. Of course I was thrilled for her but then immediately had to start thinking of what cute boy patterns I could use to make baby gifts for her. I was so excited to get started on some fun baby boy projects for her, when I unexpectedly received a text that her water had broke at almost 21 weeks. She spent the next 7 1/2 weeks on bedrest in the hospital under close monitoring and sweet Gideon was born, 12 weeks early and a tough little warrior. You can read all about her amazing testimony of strength and courage in her Mother’s Day blog post here. I chose to use tribal prints for his quilt as a homage to his strong battle in his early days of life. I also used a mint green triangle print, as their last name is Green and Emily loves the color mint. Triangles represent the heart of Gideon’s family- centered in God, his parents, and his siblings. I chose to sew up the bear as the bear is known as a symbol of strength, fearlessness and power. Three characteristics already evident in this little 2 week old baby boy, carried on from his amazingly courageous parents.

I share this story only because I know there are many who can relate- sewing, especially handmade gifts, is so much more than just fabric, thread and a great pdf pattern. It’s breathing life into simple materials, creating beauty with your love and care, and handing over a little part of yourself to the recipient. I hope that in Issue 11 you are able to find great patterns, inspirational articles and motivation to step outside your comfort zone, craft something amazing with your own two hands and to bring beauty to someone else’s day.

See all 12 pdf patterns featured in Issue 11:

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Follow along with the One Thimble Issue 11 Blog Tour hosted by Pattern Revolution:

Gracie by Blaverry

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When you have to move from Hawaii, a part of your heart longs for the beach on a daily basis. Thankfully, our new spot in California isn’t too far from the ocean and we can continue on with our beachy-photo set up! The girls and I went exploring in Del Mar to find this cute and cozy beach, spotless on a rainy day like yesterday! Thankfully the sun started to break through the clouds just as we climbed down the rocky path and out onto the soft, cool sand. In comes Gracie, the most darling, slim fit, knit raglan dress from Blaverry patterns. 

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I’ll get into details in a moment, but let’s cut to the best feature- the nice sized kangaroo pouch pocket that my girls couldn’t keep their hands out of! Maybe it was the brisk 70 degree day, or the fact that the adore all the pockets on all the dresses! I love the cute skirt flounce that makes it a fresh and girly style!

Gracie is written for girls sizes 2t to 16y and includes a child’s measurement chart (chest and waist only) along with finished measurement chart (length and chest only). The designer uses the layer printing option so I only selected the sizes I needed to print and saved paper and ink! The tutorial features digital images for the pattern construction rather than real-life photos.  I enjoy the succinct and direct style of the tutorial, definitely written for the advanced sewist who doesn’t require hand-holding. Blaverry styles remind me of what I see at the Nordstrom kids department- clean lines, tailored fit and simple fashion. My girls adore their Gracie’s and I enjoy a good, fast, sew so there will be many more to come!

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Gracie is a quick sew for those comfortable working with knit fabrics. I chose this really great cotton/spandex blend from Joann’s in a navy/emerald anchor print, a super summery pink and emerald stripe from the Doodles collection and tied both dress together with a emerald interlock. I got home only to realize how Ralph Lauren-esq these dresses were turning out! I’m sure he’d be proud.

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Head over to Blaverry’s facebook group and check out some great Gracie inspiration from her customers and fellow promoters!

The Naples Dress Blog Tour

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3/21: A Jennuine Life * My Sweet Sunshine * Chelise Patterson
3/22: Rock the Stitch * Taylor Made Creates * Élégantine!
3/23: Handcrafted by RED * Lily Shine * Pattern Revolution * Sew Sophie Lynn
3/24: Sew Shelly Sew * 2 Little Hooligans * Handmade Boy
3/25: Filles à Maman * While She Was Sleeping * That’s-Sew-Kari * Czarina’s Project

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Hey all!!! I am back to blog all about K’s new favorite twirly angel dress (as she’s named it), from the Naples Dress pattern by Jennuine Designs. I am so fortunate to be on this great line up of really fabulous and talented bloggers for the Naples Dress Blog Tour and can’t wait to share all about it!

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The Naples Dress pattern is written for sizes newborn through girls 12- woah is that a phenomenal size range!!! It includes a whole plethora of options including: 4 sleeve options, 2 skirt options, 2 length options, several necktie/closure options and instructions for splitting the back bodice if desired. The pattern features illustrations for visuals of the thorough step-by-step tutorial. My favorite PDF pattern feature, layer printing, is a great asset to the Naples Dress pattern. I found Jennifer’s tutorial to be very detailed, full of great tips and various techniques to create a one-of-a-kind dress, and very professional in finish and presentation.

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K asked to have a dress length, full and twirly gathered skirt and the butterfly sleeves. I chose to sew the skinny bias tie option for the neckline closure and kept the back bodice with plenty of room for easy on/off. She put my skills to the test and twirled her way around the field until she almost fell over!

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Can we discuss these amazing fabrics???? Art Gallery Fabrics generously sponsored all the fabric for this blog tour and I was like a giddy kid in a candy shop picking out the perfect pairing for our Naples Dress. After hours of going back and forth on combinations, I finally was able to decide on the most glorious, buttery smooth, Icy Mint solid knit and my new obsession: Painterly Wash from the AGF Denim Studio. Both fabrics were the perfect weight, drape and texture for the Naples Dress pattern. I love the flowy, airy feel of this combination!

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Use code NAPLESTOUR for 25% off through Sunday 3/27 (bundles excluded as those are already discounted) and get your copy of the Naples Dress pattern today!

Enter to win a fat quarter bundle of Essentials II by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics and a choice of any three PDF patterns from Jennuine Designsa Rafflecopter giveaway. International friends- AGF is generously including you in the giveaway!

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Thanks for checking out my stop on this fabulous blog tour! Jump back up to the top and click around to the various other stops along the way this week…each Naples Dress is so unique and fun- it’s great to see each blogger’s style really shine through this versatile style! Thank you, Jennifer, for including me. We love our Naples Dress.

The Charlotte Top by JillyAtlanta

Hey Hey Hey! HAPPY MONDAY!!! We’re kicking of a bright and cheerful new week with this adorable Charlotte Top, pattern by Jilly Atlanta Patterns.

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I love testing for other designers because it gives me a break in my own workload and I get to know other styles and encourage the designer along the way! I had a great time playing with the Charlotte top and seeing the great new sews from the other testers.charlotte4

Honor loves her top, and had a blast taking pics!

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The Charlotte top is a simple a-line top and dress pattern for sizes 2-8. It includes sleeve options for sleeveless (shown), short, 3/4 and long sleeve. For the dress version, a cute elasticated waist detail adds some flair and flow to the design.

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The cutest part of Charlotte is the ruffle bib detail! I used bias cut chambray ruffles that had just enough fringe to give lots of texture and pizazz!

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I adore the professional finishing touches and french seam construction, the inside is just as beautiful as the outside! Great pattern, Jill! Thanks for allowing me to test!

FINN by Blaverry

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I love when I have the opportunity to sew up something fabulous from another pattern designer. It’s a nice breath of fresh air in the midst of my own designs. Christie from Blaverry reached out to me to sew up and share about a great pattern of hers, the FINN top. Let’s take a look at what I created!

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The FINN top has a fitted bodice with a super cute hi/low peplum and lots of sleeve options: short (as shown), 3/4, long and layered. You can even lengthen the peplum to a dress length for more variety!

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I literally ran (my fingers) to Hawthorne Threads to pick out some fabulous knit for our FINN top and I am absolutely smitten with the new Fleet and Flourish knit, Swifting Flora in Fond. Like beyond smitten. Like I’ve already sewn more garments with it and want to order more (stay tuned for those pics later in Feb!). Maureen Cracknell seriously stole my heart with this entire collection. So romantic, so fresh and colorful. Sigh.

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For my narrow framed girl, the fit of the top was splendid! The length was perfect and I love the sweet short sleeve. She loved the little flare of the peplum, and didn’t hold back on her twirls.

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Blaverry patterns feature digital images in the tutorial to help guide you through the construction of the FINN top. A great size chart and finished measurement chart is included to help you select the right size, or combination of sizes, to fit your child. I love her concise and direct steps, definitely written for someone who is comfortable with sewing at an intermediate or advanced beginner level. I adore Christie’s clean and simple style with a designer brand look. I always think of Nordstrom and Burberry when I see her collections. If you are new to Blaverry, check out her free pattern, the Zozo Dress, and give Blaverry a try!

Thanks, Christie, for the opportunity to play with the FINN top! This one definitely won’t be our last!