Riley Blake’s Hand Picked {Fabric Blog Tour}

Happy Fall y’all! I can say y’all now that I’ll be a Texas resident right?? I’m so excited to join a great line up of makers sewing up some goodness from our friends at Riley Blake for the Hand Picked fabric collection!

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The Hand Picked collection was designed by Tammie Green for Riley Blake and released late October (which means you can shop from this link). This collection features gorgeous variations of the primary colors in super sweet floral bunches, scattered small dots and dainty flowers.

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I sewed up the Luna pattern by Violette Field Threads to showcase the updated option of the button loop closure and skirt placket! You may have spotted this dress in the new tutorial section.

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For the Luna bodice, I used the Spot Yellow print. I love the bright and cheerful hue of yellow!!

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For the skirt, I sewed two widths of fabric of the Main Blue print. I adore those vibrant primary colors with just a touch of pink to make it extra girly and cute! Riley Blake quilting cotton has a great body for keeping the full shape of the skirt.

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I sewed the ties with the Geranium White print which I thought brought a clean finish to the dress. Those dainty florals tossed about on the fabric just makes me smile!

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Hand Picked reminds me of a gorgeous picnic in the park, running around the grass and picking wildflowers. With the temperatures starting to drop, this cheerful fabric will surely warm your heart!

Big thanks to the Riley Blake team for this beautiful fabric and fun opportunity to share what I’ve sewn up! You can check their blog for more inspiration from the amazing makers!

 

DIY Personalized Knit Skirt with the Cricut Easy Press 2

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

Hey friends!!! I’m back for another fun collaboration with Cricut in their debut of the Easy Press 2. I’ve got a quick and easy knit skirt tutorial with a fun personalization using the Cricut Maker, fusible backed fabric and of course, the 9″ x 9″ Easy Press 2!! When my girls and I saw the beautiful new raspberry color for the Easy Press 2, we just had to make some skirts to match!

First, let’s take a look at this new product:

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The Easy Press 2 is an update to the previously released Easy Press- a ceramic-coated device with precise temperature control up to 400 degrees F and even heating surface perfect for iron on projects! A few specs to admire:

  • Three sizes: 6″ x 7″, 9″ x 9″ and 12″ x 10″
  • Heats up faster than previous model & 60 seconds to iron on success!
  • USB port for firmware updates
  • Easy to use, simple to learn: each Easy Press 2 comes with a beginner project that will get you familiar with the device in a matter of minutes!
  • Digital display of temperature and time controls, beeps to notify user once pre-heated
  • Stylish raspberry color
  • Safety base included: insulated base will keep the Easy Press 2 and your crafting surface safe while the Easy Press 2 is not in use.

I chose the 9″ x 9″ size as most of my sewing projects are kid-sized. I love how I can complete an entire iron-on project with one simple press! Speaking of an iron-on project…let’s get to the DIY!!!


DIY Personalized Knit Skirt Tutorial

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Supplies Needed:

Getting Started:

1/2″ seam allowances included. 

You’ll want to set up your Cricut Maker with the rotary blade. Apply the fusible backed fabric to your cutting mat with the fusible side touching the sticky side of the mat, and the print of the fabric facing up. Be sure there are no wrinkles in the fabric and smooth it on the mat.

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Open the Design Space and locate the pre-made cut file here.

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You can change the name easily, but ensure each letter has its own color coding if you want to use different fabric for each letter. Use the Cricut Maker to cut out the letters.

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Cut a waistband and skirt piece from the knit fabric.

For the waistband, you’ll want to cut a 6″ tall rectangle. To figure the width of the waistband, measure the child around the smallest of the belly (for younger children, this is under the belly and above the hip) as this is where the knit waistband will sit. Subtract the total waist measurement by 1″. For this skirt, the child had a 20″ waist so I cut the waistband to be 19″ wide and 6″ tall.

For the skirt, you’ll want to measure the child from the waistband to the knee or where you’d like the skirt hem to hit. Add 1″ for seam allowance. For this skirt, the child measured 12″ from low belly to knee so I cut the skirt to be 13″ tall by the entire width of the fabric (most knit is 55″-60″ wide).

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Fold the skirt in half, bringing the short raw edges together with right sides touching. Fold the waistband in half, bringing the short raw edges together with right sides touching. Sew the skirt along the side seam and finish the seam with a zig zag stitch or overlock. Sew the waistband along the side seam.

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Use the Easy Press 2 to press the waistband seam open.

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Fold the waistband in half again, bringing the long raw edges together with wrong sides touching. Press using the Easy Press 2.

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Hem the skirt if desired. Prep the skirt by pre-heating for 15 seconds with the Easy Press2.

Place the letters in the bottom right corner of the skirt front, a few inches from the side seam and a few inches above the hem. Ensure the fabric print is facing up, and the fusible part is touching the skirt.

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Use the Easy Press 2 to bond the letters to the skirt. You can reference the Recommended Settings from the Cricut website to ensure you have your Easy Press 2 settings set for the materials used in your project. I set the Easy Press 2 to 315 degrees and the timer to 30 seconds.

Turn the skirt wrong side out and press again for half the previous time.

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Although many Cricut Iron On materials have a StrongBond Guarantee (Everyday, SportFlex and Glitter Iron are designed to outlast 50+ wash and dry cycles when used and applied as directed), it is still recommended that the fusible fabric be stitched to further adhere the fabric to the skirt. You can read more about the Cricut Fusible Fabric here.

Sew one or two rows of gathering stitches along the top raw edge of the skirt. Gather the skirt to the width of the waistband.

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Adjust the gathers and place the skirt on top of the waistband, right sides together, aligning the back center seam of the waistband with the back center skirt, and the skirt side seams with the side points of the waistband. Clip or pin the skirt to the waistband. Sew along the clipped seam.

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You have now created a Personalized Knit Skirt using the Cricut Easy Press 2!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Trish & Birdie Blog Tour with Sweet Bee Designs

Hey friends!! I’m sharing a super cute pattern mashup I put together for a fun new fabric collection, Trish & Birdie by Sweet Bee Designs.

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The Trish & Birdie collection features sweet prints of a darling turtle, Trish, and her little bird friend, different floral combinations and some great basic patterns. I used a combination of yardage and a few fat quarters in this adorable dress!

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I used several of the cute prints from the Trish & Birdie collection. You can find the fabric at your local quilt shop or check this page.

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I mashed two of my favorite patterns together to incorporate the comfy knit bodice my daughter loves with the twirl style to showcase the adorable Trish & Birdie prints! Talulah for the bodice and Georgia for the skirt.

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Since Georgia typically runs longer than my usual go-to vintage length, I didn’t make any adjustments to the tier lengths.

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For Talulah, I stayed true to the pattern aside from shortening the long sleeve length to elbow sleeve as I wanted to use this darling navy blue lace for a sleeve ruffle.

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I enjoyed being a part of the fabric blog tour and seeing all the other great projects. Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour to see more inspiration for this wonderful fabric collection!!

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August 16- Jina’s World of Quilting

August 17- Be So Crafty

August 20- A Bright Corner

August 21- Allison Sews

August 22-The little Green Bean

August 23- My Turn 🙂

August 27-Piper’s Girls

August 28-Powered By Quilting

August 29-Steph Jacobson Designs

August 30-Lovingly, Lissa

August 31-Jackie’s Art Quilts

Big thanks to Deane and the team at Sweet Bee for allowing me to participate in this talent-packed tour!!! XOXO!!!

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Summer Sewing with Tallinn Fabrics {Blog Tour}

Hey friends!!! I’m joining the talent-packed Tallinn Fabrics blog tour hosted by Jessica Swift for her debut fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics.

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If you haven’t been following along, hop back to her intro post here. The full tour schedule is at the end of this post, but before you go…let’s take a look at what I sewed up!

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You all have heard by now that my girls are really loving knit dresses because they are comfy, easy to put on and off and wash/dry without any ironing. Wait. Maybe I’m the one that loves the whole not ironing thing! HA!

I love playing with some good ol’ pattern mashing and hacking so I decided to sew up a Kennedy (woven pattern) with this super cute knit! To alter this pattern for a nice, fitted knit dress I simply took off the extra ease from the back bodice center and the waistband. Instead of a button placket, I sewed the back bodice together in the center, and made the waistband in the round. For the skirt, I kept true to the pattern pieces but chose to gather the skirt rather than pleat. I was afraid of the pleats would be finicky and stretch out while sewing so I took the easy route!

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Once I saw the colors and detail in the Baltic Swans Sand print, I just had to have it!!! I love the green and pink combo with the dark swan and light background contrast.

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I’m so thrilled to be a part of this great tour! I hope you enjoyed my stop and reading about how you can take this woven dress and make it with knit!

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Thursday April 19 – Mathew Boudreaux | Mister Domestic

Friday April 20 – Katie Skoog | The Simple Life Company

Monday April 23 – Sharon Holland

Tuesday April 24 – Eleri Kerian | Sew and Tell Project

Wednesday April 25 – Paola Baker | Love of Fabrics

Thursday April 26 – Maureen Cracknell

Friday April 27 – Alexis Wright | My Sweet Sunshine Studio

Monday April 30 – Isabelle Selak | South Bay Bella Studio

Tuesday May 1 – Cassie Massolia | Lily Shine Creates

Wednesday May 2 – Becca Plymale | Sunflower Seams

Thursday May 3 – Alisa Kutsel | A Stitch In Between

Friday May 4 – Sharon McConnell | Color Girl Quilts

Monday May 7 – Karen O’Connor | Lady K Quilt Designs

Tuesday May 8 – Sarai Schuk | Sarai’s Hobbies

Wednesday May 9 – Elise Baek | Elise & Emelie

Thursday May 10Jessica Swift

Friday May 11Gwyn LaSpina

Monday May 14 – Loni Jakubowski | Havin Sew Much Fun

 

Quick & Easy Sewing with the Cricut Maker: A Review

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

If you remember back to last summer, Cricut partnered with several sewing bloggers to initiate a #SewCricut collaboration. I was one of the fortunate few that were asked to try the Cricut Air Explore 2 and blog about a sewing project I created with the help from the Cricut machine. You can read my post and see photos of what I made here.

Well, lucky me…again! This time they sent the new Cricut Maker machine and asked that I share a review of the newest cutting machine in their lineup. I played around with the new Maker for about a month to get comfortable enough to share my thoughts. I’ll be back again in March to show you a sewing project I created with the Cricut Maker’s help so stay tuned for that follow up post!

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First, let’s talk about the details of the Cricut Maker and what sets it apart from the other cutting machines.

  • Most notably: Easily and quickly cuts through hundreds of fabric types without stabilizers needed using a rotary blade.
  • Compatible with hundreds of digital sewing patterns available in Cricut Design Space, including patterns from Simplicity and Riley Blake.
  • Easily and quickly marks seam allowances on fabric with the Washable Fabric pen.
  • Double Tool Holder means you can go from marking to cutting the fabric without having to change a thing!
  • New Adaptive Tool System™ with 10x the cutting force.
  • Can cut through many more materials such as leather, mat board, vinyl, paper, etc.
  • Thoughtful storage compartments on the top and in front flap.
  • Tablet or phone dock as well as a usb port to charge devices.

Here’s how the Cricut Maker can help you to complete sewing projects quickly and easily:

The fabric no longer needs to be bonded to something like stabilizer in order for the machine to cut it. The Cricut Maker has a rotary blade tool that works just like your handheld rotary blade. It’s super precise and can cut curves, tight corners, etc. without a snag! This means you can put your fabric directly on the mat and with a press of a button your pattern pieces can be cut out with precision and speed!

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The machine also can mark seam allowances and stitching lines with the Washable Fabric pen. When sewing small projects like doll clothes, accessories and such, having a clear seam allowance guide is super helpful. Since the pen and rotary blade can be in the tool system at the same time, you don’t have to change out anything in between tasks.

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The patterns in Design Space have step-by-step directions including size of fabric cuts, extra materials that may be needed, what to load on each mat, how to assemble (including full color photos), tips and also approximate time needed to complete the project. There is also the option to upload your own patterns, but I have yet to try this feature.

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For those sewing small projects like doll clothing, wallets and purses, hair accessories, small quilts, stuffed animals, baby shoes, etc. the Cricut Maker can cut out most if not all of your fabric pieces saving you tons time and energy! Also, Cricut has a super handy sewing kit that comes with the essential tools needed while sewing with the Cricut Maker.

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Here are a few photos to show you my first attempt at using the Cricut Maker for a sewing project. The Vintage Fabric Bunting Banner project is available in Design Space here.


Now to my thoughts on the Cricut Maker:

I really appreciate the extra storage, usb charging port and the increased cutting speed. Sometimes it’s the little things that totally win me over!

I am excited to utilize the rotary blade and sewing patterns to continue to help my 8 year old become an independent sewist. One area that tends to give me the most worry is having her cut out the projects as she is still developing her scissor cutting skills and isn’t quite mature enough to use a handheld rotary cutter. Having that step done safely and quickly with the Cricut Maker will allow us to spend more time working on her sewing skills and keeping her little fingers safe.

The larger fabric cutting mat (12″ x 24″) really opens up the possibilities in terms of sewing project size. No need to be constrained to tiny projects!

Cricut Design Space seems to be so intuitive for me to use and I love that the machine comes with a starter project. As soon as you plug your Cricut in and connect to a device, it literally walks you through a step by step project (materials included) to get you comfortable with the main features of the machine. The Cricut Maker came with a really great card with a small fabric feature. In completing the project, I learned how to install the pen to the tool dock, use multiple mats specific to the type of material used, install the rotary blade to cut fabric, and assemble a multi-layered project. In 5 minutes, I had a really great overview of how I can use the Cricut Maker to create amazing projects.

The Cricut Maker isn’t only for fabric- I’ve used mine so many times in the last month for all sorts of projects. I linked to the projects in Design Space so you can easily re-create them too!

Last minute Valentine’s Cards for my kids (last minute as in 10 pm on February 13th with a 10:35 pm bedtime!) with Natalie Malan’s paper.

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Personalized map artwork for my master bedroom with vinyl.

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100th Day of School tees for my kids (with their help!) using Iron On.

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A new front door mat using a stencil made from cardstock.

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I hope you found this review helpful and inspirational! Please let me know if you have further questions about the Maker and I will do my best to address them in the follow up post coming at the beginning of March. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this new cutting machine! Tell me your favorite feature or what you hope to sew using the Cricut Maker in the comments below!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

{One Thimble} Issue 18 Blog Tour

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Issue 18??!?!? How is that so?? I remember joining the Pattern Revolution team back with One Thimble Issue 2 and have sewn something from nearly every single issue since! I’ll recap some of my favorites at the end of this post. But for now, let’s take a look at the Ladies Ballerina Tie Top from The Wolf and The Tree.0J9A9238

I sewed this top up in about an hour using this really beautiful sage green knit from Hobby Lobby. I made my top with the double sided tie option, medium sleeve length, and the neckband finish. 0J9A9217

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The pattern also includes a cowl neck option, perfect for those in cooler temps! A huge size range, Ladies 0-22 US, makes this pattern very versatile for tweens through women! Also, the Ladies Ballerina Tie Top has 5 different sleeve options, making it a great year-round sew!0J9A9219

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If you’re looking to branch out into some self-care sewing, this would be the perfect beginner pattern! Sewing a top with stretch allows you some wiggle room in the fit and the simple construction will have you feeling confident and successful.

Wanting to make Mom-and-Me outfits? The Ballerina Tie top also can be made in girls sizes! 

June’s Cottage: Briar Hill Designs Fabric Blog Tour

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Spring is coming soon and the new June’s Cottage fabric collection is going to be a must have!!! Beautiful painted roses, delicate blossoms and berries, dainty florals in hues such as amethyst, candlelight, pear tree, and raindrop create a romantic collection with a vintage touch.

We are so excited to be a part of the June’s Cottage fabric blog tour hosted by Briar Hill Designs for RJR Fabrics. Let’s check out what I sewed up!

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I couldn’t resist the gorgeous Prized Roses in Mayfair! I adore the hand painted look and anything purple is my little girl’s favorite! I paired the rose print with Baby’s Breath in Ribbon and added a sweet lilac velvet ribbon for a sash.

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For the second dress, I chose Forget Me Not in Tea Cup and Laurel in Coast. I had a beautiful white lace trim that completed the look! Both dresses were made from the Penelope dress pattern by Violette Field Threads.

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The lovely ladies of Briar Hill Designs are hosting a fun giveaway along with this great fabric blog tour! The giveaway will run on Instagram starting Saturday, February 10th. One lucky winner will receive a fat quarter bundle of the June’s Cottage fabric, six Briar Hill Designs quilt patterns and an original piece of watercolor art.

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Don’t forget to check out all the great stops on the tour!!!

Feb 5th: Blossom Heart Quilts

Feb 6th: Lily Shine Creates

Feb 7th: Tangled Blossoms

Feb 8th: Aggie and Francois

Feb 9th: Katy Livings

Feb 10th: Briar Hill Designs

Big thanks to the ladies of Briar Hill Designs and the team at RJR Fabrics for including us in this fun maker’s tour! BlogTour3-01

Blush Fabrics {Blog Tour}

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Hello friends!!! I’m back on the blog today to share my latest make with the most gorgeous Rayon print from Blush Fabrics by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics. Dana reached out to a great batch of sewing bloggers to join in on the fun with the Blush Fabrics blog tour! It has been so awesome to see what others have sewn up (and so many in this same print!) over the last several days. If you want to check them out, search the hashtag #blushfabrics and see what great things have been popping up on Instagram lately!

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For the tour, I decided to play with the rayon substrate. I *love* AGF Rayon because it’s got the most perfect flow and drape for maxi dresses. And in my house, maxi dresses = ultimate princess dress = mom of the year!

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I used Alexis’ newest pattern, Zoey, for Violette Field Threads with slight modifications (aka late night sewing and I tried to find a shortcut). Instead of finishing the bodice with bias along the neckline, ties and the front placket I decided to sew a lined bodice and add pom trim for the neck ties. A super simple modification that saved me lots of time and turned out super cute!

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This maxi dress made for the perfect dancing, twirling, and moody grinning attire!

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I hope you enjoyed seeing the new Zoey maxi I sewed up with the Floret Rayon in Sunkissed print from Blush Fabrics. Big hugs and a sweet “Thank You” to Dana and our AGF friends!!!! My girls adore this retro, pink and blue collection! Keep scrolling to see some more Blush Fabric makes on my girlies!!!

Flit and Bloom Fabrics {Blog Tour}

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Hey, Friends! I am so excited to be a part of of the Flit and Bloom Fabrics Blog Tour hosted by Patty Young  and Riley Blake fabrics. Be sure to hop over to the Kickoff Post and enter the fabric bundle giveaway!

Let’s take a look at what I sewed up from the new Flit and Bloom collection!

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I sewed my daughter a Luna dress in two prints from the collection.

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For the skirt portion of the dress, I used the Bloom Main Pink print featuring bright pink birds, blue and green flowers and hints of grey.

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For the bodice and big front pockets, I used the Bloom Blossom Pink print. It really makes the dress stand out with the bright pink background!

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Flit and Bloom features prints that combine birds and flowers in fun, cool colors with pops of pink.

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I love how bright and cheerful the colors are in this collection! Riley Blake quilting cottons are such a good weight for apparel fabrics, iron easily and stay vibrant wash after wash.

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Get a quick view and see inspiration of the entire fabric collection here.

Big congratulations to Patty Young on her 20th fabric collection! We love Flit and Bloom and can’t wait to see what the other apparel bloggers have sewn up! Be sure to check the tour schedule on the Kickoff Post and follow along all week as we celebrate Patty’s newest fabric collection for Riley Blake! We’re so thankful to be included along with some other incredible sewists for this tour! Big thanks to Riley Blake for the beautiful fabrics and to Patty Young for the opportunity to join in the fun! XOXO.

 

{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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Check out the entire lineup and click around to see the other incredible OT Tour bloggers!