{One Thimble Issue 16} Hally Dress

Another smashing success for One Thimble Sewing E-Zine – Issue 16 is now available and it’s jam packed with incredible patterns, sewing articles, tips for small businesses and fun tutorials. I’ve had the pleasure of sewing and reviewing many patterns of the years for OT and I’m super excited to share with you my sew from this latest release.

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There were so many fabulous patterns to choose from but since we get a nice, long summer here in sunny SoCal I decided to go for the Hally Casual Dress pattern by Ainslee Fox. A little peek at the details in the Hally dress:

– Sizes 1 through 12

– Intermediate sewing level

– Written for woven fabrics

– Bodice facing and elastic back

– Bias trim finishing

– Two construction methods

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I sewed this Hally dress using two prints from Art Gallery Fabrics Garden Dreamer fabric collection. I wanted something summery but that could transition to fall with a layering tee.

The Hally dress is great for showcasing a few different prints in the color-blocking pieces that make up the dress. I love the side panels- really cute for contrasting fabrics.

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The Hally dress has an easy, pullover style to the fit and will last her through next Summer. There is a small cased strip of elastic in the back to keep the shoulder straps in place. The front and back skirts are slimmer than our usual twirly dresses but they really compliment the silhouette.

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The Hally dress has bias binding to finish the bodice and create the straps. Jen includes two construction methods for the binding to give you two subtly different looks. I chose the second method.

Nothing will stop this girl from dancing! She loves her Hally dress and has plans for many more! I sewed this dress up in about 2 hours and about a yard and a quarter of fabric. Such a cute and simple style that will quickly fill your closets.


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{Cricut Blog Tour] Sewing for Vacay Tutorial & Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by Cricut. The opinions expressed in this post are my own. Affiliate links are included.

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Hey all!!! I hope you are enjoying your summer- soaking up the sun and warm air, getting to explore the great outdoors and spending lots of quality time with loved ones. If you’re anything like me, you’re planning out a great summer vacation and may be in need of some festive and fun new gear! Today I’ll be sharing a quick and easy tutorial using the new Cricut Explore Air 2 machine, some exciting new iron-on vinyl sheets and the Cricut Design Space. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom to see the entire Sewing with Cricut Blog Tour lineup and enter to win a Cricut Explore Air 2 for you!

My family and I were heading out for a road trip around Southern California so in my clever and creative mind, I planned out this super fun new vacation tote to showcase my Cricut vinyl design.

Before I could start my Cricut project, I quickly sewed up this awesome new tote bag from Art Gallery Fabrics Yuma Lemons Mist in Canvas using this tutorial.

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If you’re new to using a Cricut machine or just want to see what it’s all about, read on to see how quick and easy it is to create a super fun, personalized iron-on decal. If you plan on shopping for some new Cricut gear, use coupon code “ChristmasInJuly” Free shipping for US orders!!!


Creating an Iron-On Decal with Cricut

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Before you start designing your decal, first measure the space available for your intended layout. I like to do this first so that I can plan my design from the start using the final dimensions. Sometimes projects look great on screen but when transferred to the size and layout of the space you actually have available, it just doesn’t jive. Once you have your measurements for your decal canvas, it’s time to get the party started!

If you want to customize your decal read on or you can just download my design and get to cutting!

Let’s start by opening up the Cricut Design Space and creating the decal design. The Design Space is super user friendly, really intuitive and basically will walk you through step by step how to go from design to finished cut.

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After I designed the decal, I color coded each vinyl layer in the design so that it would populate all the same layer letters onto one cutting mat. Click “Make It” and the Design Space quickly and easily formats your cutting mat template for you. 

Be sure to click to mirror the design so when it is transferred onto the tote it will read left to right.

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I don’t like to waste any vinyl so I look at the cutting mat layout in Design Space and cut the vinyl to the same dimensions, with just a tiny bit of wiggle room on each side. Transfer the vinyl onto the cutting mat, with the colored side down. Do not peel off the liner at this time.

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You’re ready to load into the Cricut machine! Follow the prompts in Design Space to cut your first vinyl layer. Again, be sure you’ve toggled the “mirror design” switch!!!! Side note- how gorgeous is that mint colored machine?!?!! LOVE!

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Unload the mat and get ready to weed the cut design. I start by peeling off the negative space from the liner (the clear plastic), leaving the design on the cutting mat. I use the handy Cricut Weeding Tool to carefully weed out the rest of the unwanted vinyl. Repeat until you have all the layers of your design cut and weeded.

Next, you’ll lay out the bottom-most layer of your design onto your project. I used these great little Cricut Scissors to cut my design into sections to transfer onto the tote.

Transferring the vinyl from the liner to the tote bag takes care and control to ensure your finished product is straight, well pressed but not melted, and looks incredible. Place the decal on the tote with the vinyl facing up and reading from left to right. I layer my vinyl layers before I start ironing to ensure everything will look the way I want it to once I put all the layers together. If everything is good to go, grab your iron and let’s finish this project up!

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Using an iron on the cotton/linen setting with the steam setting OFF and a pressing cloth, apply heat to the design for about 15-30 seconds. You’ll want to add a light pressure and be sure to pick up your iron and move to the next section rather than swiping across the pressing cloth (NOTE: Use a pressing cloth that is either white or from the same fabric as your project. I used a dark strip of fabric just so it would show up more in the tutorial photos.) After your bottom layer of vinyl is adhered to your tote, you’ll turn the tote inside out and press again from the inside for 15-20 seconds.

Let the area cool and then peel off the liner and admire that gorgeous decal!!! You’ll repeat the transferring steps until all the layers of your design have been adhered. Don’t rush things- not waiting for the layer to cool before applying another layer may result in melted vinyl or bubbling.

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Pack your new tote with a towel, your sunnies and a good book and head to the pool! Before you head out, be sure to hop down this post and enter to win a Cricut Explore Air 2 of your own!


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Fiesta Fun Fabrics {Blog Tour}

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Hey all!!!! If you’re anything like me, as soon as those temperatures start creeping up after a long winter and the sun starts shining longer into the evening hours, your creative soul begins eagerly planning for summer sewing! Right?? Good news- Fiesta Fun Fabrics are out in your favorite quilt shops and online fabric stores such as Hawthorne Threads and are screaming all things summer! I am so honored and excited to be a part of a stellar blog tour showcasing some of our favorite prints from the Fiesta Fun Fabrics collection by Dana Willard of Made Everyday for Art Gallery Fabrics. Alexis of My Sweet Sunshine and I got together for a festive afternoon at a local Botanical Garden. Let’s take a look at our fun shoot:

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What a trio of cuteness, right??? For my oldest daughter’s outfit I sewed up an Allie top with the Piñata Confetti print, trimmed with bright blue mini poms. I played with the incredible canvas from the collection in the *updated* Fawn shorts pattern.

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Thanks Target (and Alexis) for these perfectly perfect sunnies and headband- it’s like they knew we needed some props for this blog tour!

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Alexis sewed up the most darling dress in the Citrus Sunrise print- I seriously want to make one for myself!!!

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And for my youngest, a June dress sewn also with the canvas print. I haven’t made a dress with canvas before but the Art Gallery canvas has a great drape and structure, but still gathered up just fine for the full skirt. How fun!!!

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And because I can’t ever keep my posts short and sweet…here are some more photos of our day!

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Thanks for checking out my stop on the tour! Be sure to hop back to the Blog Tour Kickoff Post and check out all the other amazing makes with Fiesta Fun Fabrics!

Big thanks to our friends from Art Gallery Fabrics, and big squishy hugs to Dana for including us in the tour! Happy Sewing!

{Gnome Matter What!} Blog Tour: Everyday Elodie

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Hey friends! I’m joining the stellar round up of sewing bloggers for the Gnome Matter What! Blog tour hosted by Izzy and Ivy Designs for Ink & Arrow Fabrics. Be sure to check the tour schedule at the end of the post and find the link to the *giveaway* as well!

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The Gnome Matter What! fabric collection features darling little gnomes and other lawn figurines, sketchbook floral and snail prints and great blenders like dots and vines! I love the colors included in this collection: lilac, seafoam, subtle oranges, blues, and neutrals. Really great for spring!

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For the blog tour, I chose to sew up the new Elodie pattern by Violette Field Threads. Since my girls have a growing collection of Elodie dresses already, I decided to play a little bit with the pattern. This is the sleeveless, everyday version with some creative additions.

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I added a ruffle along the sweetheart bodice overlay by cutting a long 2″ strip of the Set Vines in Dark Seafoam, pressing the strip in half and gathering along the raw edge. When I make this modification again, I will lower the sweetheart shape to account for the added height in the ruffle because I kind of think it ended up too high at her neck 😦 Bummer dude.

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Another modification I made was to switch the lengths of the main skirt and skirt lining. I wanted the Square Dot Blender in Lilac to peek out below the Sketchbook Garden main skirt. To do this, I swapped the cut lengths of the main skirt and skirt lining, and then reduced the lengths so the skirt and lining hem was just a simple 1/4″ hem versus the 2″ vintage style hem in the original pattern.

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How cute is this Sketchbook Garden print? I love the subtle graph paper background (the previous math teacher in me is doing the happy dance). I also love the sketched flowers and stems, cute little snails, and soft splashes of color.

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I hope you enjoyed my stop on the Gnome Matter What! Blog Tour. Check out the entire line up:

Monday, April 3- Izzy & Ivy Designs

Tuesday, April 4- My Sweet Sunshine

Wednesday, April 5- Pear Berry Lane

Thursday, April 6- Lily Shine Creates

Friday, April 7- Pattern Revolution

Monday, April 10- That’s Sew Kari

Tuesday, April 11- Recap- Izzy & Ivy Designs

And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway! The giveaway will run through April 12. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize!

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
SewSohpieLynn
Happiness in the Making
MADE Everyday
Little Bit Funky
Sew and Tell Project

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:

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.

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!