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!

 

{Introduction} Sewing with Denim

Hey sewing friends! I’d like to begin the New Year with several series to help you build confidence in sewing apparel and to encourage you to try new things. First up, we’ll be taking a look at sewing with denim! Let’s start by learning a little bit about denim and taking a look at various types and weights of denim that are great for apparel.


What are denim fabrics?

Denim fabrics are sturdy fabrics with a particular woven construction. Typically denim is made from indigo and white yarn but over time the term has come to reference various colors other than just blue.

What are the various types of denim best for apparel? I love using Art Gallery Fabrics denims for clothing. Let’s see their denim studio offerings:

  • Classic Denim
    • 100% Cotton
    • 4.5 oz/sqm weight
  • Textured Denim
    • 100% Cotton
    • 10 oz/sqm weight
  • Smooth Denim
    • 80% Cotton 20% Polyester
    • 4.5 oz/sqm weight
  • Linen Blends
    • 55% Linen 45% Cotton
    • 220 g/sqm weight
  • Lovey Dobby
    • 100% Cotton
    • 123 g/sqm weight
  • Crosshatch Textured Denim
    • 100% Cotton
    • 10 oz/sqm weight
  • Outland Yarn Dyes
    • 100% Cotton
    • 4 oz/sqm
  • Streaked Blend
    • 65% Cotton 34% Polyester 1% Spandex
    • 5 oz/sqm

When selecting the denim that is right for your project, pay attention to the weight of the fabric (shown typically in g/sqm).

Lightweight fabrics will be less than 150 g/sqm. You’ll want to choose lightweight fabrics for apparel that needs to have a good flow or will be fully lined. Ideas for apparel items: blouses, flowy skirts, children’s apparel, etc.

Medium weight fabrics are usually between 150 & 300 g/sqm. Medium weight fabrics are great for apparel patterns that need some structure but also allow for movement. Ideas for apparel items: pants, jackets, structured skirts, etc.

Heavy weight fabrics will be 300+ g/sqm. Typically heavy weight fabrics aren’t the best for kids apparel, so I tend to steer clear of them.

You’ll also want to pay attention to the fabric content. Any denims that include spandex (like the Streaked Blend from AGF) will have some stretch to it. Denims that have a combination of cotton and polyester will typically have less wrinkling or will shrink less in the wash.

You can read more about the various AGF denim offerings on their blog.

Here are some of my favorite denims. Simply click the photo (affiliate link) to shop. I’m curious if you recognize these fabrics from any of my previous sews????


Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing sewing projects made from each type of denim offered by AGF. Which type of denim listed above are you most excited to see?? Leave me a note in the comments below!

In the meantime, shop around to find what type of denim you’ll need for your next apparel sewing project. You can also check out my Pinterest board I’ll be using during this series for more inspiration!

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.

 

Bountiful Fabrics for Kate

Hey friends! Today’s post isn’t for anything special other than just a regular ol’ “check out what I made” photo bomb! Sometimes, it feels good to just create for the sake of creating, without any other agenda or deadline.

The lovely ladies at Violette Field Threads are going through some of their older patterns and adding in new features, a more precise fit to their measurement charts and of course, the layer printing option! An update to Kate will be coming soon so in anticipation, I sewed up a Kate in all is country-charm cuteness with the new Bountiful fabrics from Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics.

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Kate is a jam-packed pattern: A dress or top option, a scalloped apron, and a handkerchief style headband.

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How perfect was the Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens & Nursery for this shoot? I was so glad I brought this outfit with us when we were photographing for the Fiesta Fun blog tour!

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I added some of the beautiful flowers from the Perennial Renewal print in a free motion appliqué to the apron for some fun flair.

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Kate and Bountiful were a match made in sewing heaven! I just adore how sweet this outfit turned out…so here are some more photos to admire!

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Big thanks to our friends over at Art Gallery Fabrics and special sweet hugs to Sharon Holland for sharing her amazing fabrics with us!

Keep an eye out for the upcoming Kate update from Violette Field Threads and start dreaming up your next sew!

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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!

{Sage Fabrics} Mae and the Desert

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Hey there!!! I’m here to *finally* share with you some more Sage fabric love!!! Back in February, I released the Mae pettiskirt pattern with Violette Field Threads. The original intent for the Mae pattern was to be a super full, fluffy skirt that would layer great under other VFT pieces for added flair and fluff! But, I also wanted to make some everyday Mae skirts for my girls to wear as standalone skirts. SageMae5

Woah. Did you see that??? Your eyes are not deceiving you; those are not two different skirts. Yes, folks- that is a [reversible] Mae!!!! Because when you have to ruffle that much, you better get two skirts for the work of one, right?? HA! The reversible option is included in the pattern and is a great way to really maximize your sewing efforts!

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And when you have lovely fabrics like these two prints from the Sage Fabrics collection by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics, a reversible skirt is the perfect way to showcase that beauty!

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I used the Bougainvillea Lilac print for one side. I love the deep jewel tones and contrast in colors. And, since we live in sunny SoCal, I had to sew up some of the Coyote and Quail in Lavender for the reverse side.

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We had to take a trip to the gorgeous Cactus Garden in Balboa park- the most perfect setting to really compliment the Southwest flora and fauna featured in the fabrics.

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The Allie top in a white linen blend was the perfect pairing for the Mae Skirt. Pick up both patterns with coupon code “SPRINGDRESS” to save 15% this weekend only!

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.

hctfIf you are excited to play with these amazing new prints, head over to her blog and enter to win a bundle of Here Comes the Fun fabrics -and- an awesome scissor pack from Fiskars.

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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

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!

Violette Field Threads Summer Collection: Allie Top and Shorts

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Hey all! I am super duper excited to share with you this darling top and short set I made from a new pattern in the Violette Field Threads Summer Collection (releasing this Thursday! EEEeeeks!). The collection is jam packed with some adorable styles for summer: tops, dresses, shorts, rompers and even a Mom & Me set! Stay tuned because, of course, I had to sew up one of each! I’ll be sharing more throughout this week, but for now…set your gaze upon the Allie set!

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Allie Top and Shorts set features a super fresh pintuck, sleeveless blouse with a keyhole back along with a fabulous bow front short. So cute, so fun!

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For the top, I used a beautiful white linen blend from my local Fabric Mart. Three sweet pintucks along the front center bodice, and a breezy key hole back put this top in high style!

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For the shorts, I paired a print from the Maude Asbury’s new Sunsational line with some vibrant green I had in my stash. Once the fabric arrived, I knew the Makai Pier would be the perfect setting for this fun summer set!

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What look isn’t complete without accessories? Kenzie loves her straw hat from the Target Dollar Spot! I *think* she loves it, can you tell???Allie

Set your alarms for this Thursday, and get ready for an epic release from Violette Field Threads and check back in the rest of this week to see more great looks from the Summer Collection!

The Joy Dress by Violette Field Threads

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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…

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Details:

– 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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!