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.
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!