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!


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.


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.


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


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.


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!


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!


{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.


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


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.


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.


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!

The Joy Dress by Violette Field Threads


It is no mystery that I adore Violette Field Threads. When sewing for my shop, some of their patterns are my go-to’s for a classically, vintage-inspired look. I’ve loved them since the show-stopping Emmaline released and have most of their designs in my vast collection of pdf patterns. When the opportunity to test one of their new dresses popped up, I quickly jumped on it, knowing it would be another homerun pattern that I would soon be using to fill my little’s closets for this spring and summer.

Introducing, the Joy Dress…



– Top and Dress length options

– Sizes 12 months to girls 10

– Printable pattern pieces OR cutting chart for rectangular pieces (YES!!!)

– Fully digitized pattern pieces

– Real-life photos to follow along with in the tutorial

– Finished Measurement Chart and Fabric Requirement Chart

– Side Ties and Buttoned Straps

– Double elastic back for comfortable and snug fit

– Full, twirly skirt

– Sweet, curved bodice with softly, gathered sides


I would consider this pattern to for a confident beginner level of sewing skill. The elastic casings go in easily, the pattern pieces print and tape together quickly, and the detailed tutorial makes for a smooth construction.


The details and unique design of the Joy Dress & Top make for a superb spring/summer look for your little cutie. My favorite feature is the curved bodice, offering modest coverage and a unique neckline.


The side gathers allow for a full, twirly dress that is so fun and sweet!

The buttoned straps keep comfortable while sitting or riding in the car, and can be adjusted to be on the inside of the dress instead of showing on the outside.


I sewed up this tester-sample for Honor in the most glorious Cotton + Steesingle border print. Yes, I think I am slightly addicted to C + S, and there’s no turning back now that I can hoard it locally! HA! I mean, check out the amazing metallic polka dots on this dreamy mint fabric!!! SWOON.


And, of course, what would a beautiful VFT dress be without the most lovely floral crown from Moana Baby??


I set out for the photo shoot with full intentions to get sister shots with the Annabelle dress I made for the girls #bundleup promo and the new Joy dress. This was the best I got! There’s always next time, right???

Joy_AnnabelleIt was truly a JOY to sew these lovely new pattern designs from VFT. Be sure to hop over to their pattern shop and stock up for spring and summer!