Blush Fabric Tour


To say that I was thrilled when Dana of Made Everyday contacted me to ask if I would like to be part of her Blush Fabric Tour would be a massive understatement. In fact, I double-checked the message, thinking that maybe it was some kind of mistake, and really she meant to be contacting someone else.
Lucky for me, it wasn't a mistake, so after swooning over all the pretty prints, I settled on two that I knew my daughters would love. The first was easy: Cat Nap Pink. My youngest is crazy about cats, crazy about knits, and crazy about all shades of pink. I knew if I paired the fabric with a twirly dress, she would be in heaven. And she was. 


 I cannot emphasize enough how soft this knit fabric is. It is incredibly soft. It is like "being cuddled by a cloud," in my daughter's words. In fact, when the fabric arrived, she jumped on it and did what every fabric lover would do. She hugged it to her, wrapped it around herself, and rolled around on the floor with it. Okay, wait. Maybe that's not what all fabric lovers do. But I'm not saying that she learned this behavior from watching someone else. Ahem. 


She started dancing as soon as she put it on. She even asked for her "fancy shoes and socks" and decided to put on a performance for me. The dress pattern I used is one that I have been meaning to try for a long time: the Kensington Dress from Hey June. It has cute options for the placket and sleeves, but I went for the very simplest one, since I wanted to focus on the print. Also, I went with ribbing for the neckband instead of using binding. I did make the dress a little on the large side so that she could wear it for longer. (This is important if you want to avoid any kind of future meltdowns about favorite dresses becoming "too tight.")


If you'll notice, it has slightly gathered sleeves, which I love - especially when it's intentional, as it is here (unlike with my first attempts at setting in a sleeve, hahaha). This has become her new special occasion dress, which she has decided goes very well with a fluffy jacket that she also treasures for its tactile quality and its pinkness.  


I thought that since there was enough of the cat fabric left to make a top, I could go for a matching look with my older daughter. For this, I used the Issie Top from Sewpony. I love the feminine ruffles, and thought it would go well with this print. 


You might notice something amiss in the photo above. Yep. That's not my older daughter wearing the top. It is two sizes too large for my youngest, but when she saw the finished Issie, she declared it hers "because this is MY fabric!" My older daughter, though disappointed, did the nice big sister thing and said she was fine with it because she was looking forward to the dress that we said I would make with the prints she had approved. Phew. 


I had some trouble narrowing down which fabric I would use for my big girl's dress. I knew I was going to use the Top Knot Dress from Chalk and Notch. She loves the dress (I've already made four), and she had requested another one a while ago. I was torn between the Mod Paper Indigo and the Floret Sunkissed, so my daughter made the final decision: the flowers. 

I also knew I wanted to use two fabrics for this dress. Dana was already being so generous by letting me choose fabrics for both daughters, so I went and purchased the Hex Rose from Fabric.com to go with the Floret Sunkissed. 


She couldn't have been happier with the finished result. And also, what girl doesn't love a circle skirt, right? I love how the colors coordinate so well in this collection, and though I had contemplated adding some gold piping to the dress, I think it is pretty enough the way it is with these prints.


I realize the print matching isn't great, but because I had widened the belt, I thought I wanted more of the flower to show. In hindsight, maybe that wasn't the best idea.

I also want to give a huge thank you to my sewing guru Mie of Sewing Like Mad, who came to the rescue when I lamented at how my neckline was all wobbly. She reviewed lots of really helpful tips with me to see what I might have done/not done (snip the curves, understitch the facing, grade the seams, press everything properly....), and I think we got there in the end. Or at least, closer than where I was when I first went to her. Thank you, Mie!


I like how the flowers look as though they're dancing when the skirt swishes around like that.


All of the fabrics from this collection are so pretty! I've got my eye on that gorgeous rayon for myself next (have you seen Erin's beautiful dress?). Which one would you choose? You can check them all out here.


Thank you so much, Dana, for having me on the tour! 

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  1. Such amazing makes Emi! Love them all. ❤️

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    1. Thank you so much, sweet Patricia!! You always bring a smile to my face xxx

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  2. Emi, I am blown away by your makes! That Top Knot is beautiful and I'm thrilled that your daughter loves it! This is such a great fabric collection and you paired the fabrics, ribbing and trims perfectly! Xo

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    1. Wow, thank you so much for the amazing compliment, Gabriela! I'm so pleased that you like the combination. Your patterns are favorites with the entire family over here :)

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  3. Wow, everything is so incredible gorgeous! But that Top Knot Romper/dress wow wow wow. I don't think I would have thought of pairing those two fabrics and they are perfection. STUNNING! And the neckline looks perfect now. You know I'm always ready to help you when needed. 😘

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    1. Thank you a million times, Mie! For ALL your help. You are always so generous and giving with your time and knowledge. I'm so psyched you like the dress!

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  4. These are all so beautifully sewn and photographed! I had to chuckle about intentional gathered sleeves vs newbie ones because I have a lot of the latter. 😂 the girls in our house are definite fabric drapers/cuddlers too! I really need to sew a top knot dress!

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    1. Hahaha Emily, so glad I'm not alone with the sleeves. You should have heard me the first time I tried sewing a sleeve and my friend was all, "Um, did you mean to gather it like that?" Or something along those lines. I didn't even know what she was talking about back then, LOL!

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  5. Your littlest makes me laugh every time!Glad she loves the dress and the top, they are so beautiful! I know a couple of girls in Oz who would go gaga over that kitty print! Gotta check where I can get this fabric locally :) The Top Knot looks wonderful! IN fact, you inspired me to sew this pattern again, properly this time :)

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    1. Awww thank you, Jenya! You know I almost tried making a knit Top Knot after re-visiting your post! And yes, you should try to get your hands on this kitty print. I think it was meant for cat lovers the world over! :)

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  6. Oh my! That Top Knot dress is gorgeous!!! I am with your eldest. It is my favourite girls pattern! Your youngest simply makes me smile. Simply so recognizable as a mum of two girls as well :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Marieke! The Top Knot is a wonderful pattern, and I love your versions of it! And haha, well...sometimes my youngest can be a bit...stubborn about things, but I think it's because she has had to fight for a lot of things thanks to her older sister. You know how it goes ;)

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  7. Your girls are so cute! Love both makes! The ruffle adds just a bit of playfulness and the dress is gorgeous in that fabric combo! So good!

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