Birch Fabrics x Straight Grain Patterns Blog Tour

I have found a perfect equation: Birch Fabrics + Straight Grain patterns! And now I have two very happy girls.

I was so excited to receive an invite to join the Birch and Straight Grain blog tour. I knew I wouldn't even need to consult with my daughters about whether they would like new dresses. I have sewn with Birch fabric before and loved it ("100% Organic Fabric, Treated with Love, Not Pesticides"), and we are already huge fans of all of the Straight Grain patterns

We could choose fabric from Jenny Ronen's Whistle Collection, and my younger daughter went straight for Tiny Steps Pink and my older daughter fell in love with Forest Daisies, both in knit.


Arleen was also very kind to send me some ribbing to go with the pretty fabrics! And of course they matched the fabrics beautifully.

For my big girl, we decided to go with the Hanami Dress, which is her favorite style of dress with its long bodice and gathered skirt. *As it is drafted for woven fabrics* I went down a size from her usual size (and adjusted the armhole accordingly) but kept the length. 


I also adore the Tinny Dress (another pattern drafted for wovens), so I chose one of the sleeve options from that pattern for her dress. If you are relatively new to sewing with knits, this fabric is so lovely to sew with. My machine loved it, too. No grumpy machine eating my precious fabric with this one! (Though I probably could have pressed a bit better, heh heh.) 


One thing I noticed with the Tinny sleeve (I made my younger daughter's dress first) was that it seemed a bit wider at the opening compared to when I've made it with a woven (scroll down to see what I mean), so I opted to add the ribbing to my older daughter's sleeve. 


These little daisies are so sweet that my flower-loving younger daughter has already asked for another dress for herself from this fabric. 

But for this tour, she chose the adorable bird fabric, and I went with the Feliz Dress for her. I had never made it before *and because this is also drafted for wovens*, I made a test version (for my older daughter for some reason; what was I thinking?!) as I wanted to see if I could make those pretty fluttery sleeves with a knit. I wasn't entirely satisfied with it, so that's when I decided to use the Tinny sleeve you saw above.  



In my excitement to make this first dress for the tour, I forgot about sizing down and went with her usual size 5. As you can see, there is plenty of room for her to grow into it, ahem. 



After I saw her sleeves, I decided that adding ribbing to the cuff might be a good idea. I might change hers later on. Or not. Since we all know how lazy I am. 



Needless to say, they are ecstatic with their new dresses!



For more inspiration, please check out the other stops on the tour. There are so many beautiful makes!

Comments

  1. Both dresses look so sweet and very comfy! I don't think the pink one is too big to wear it now. It looks like adding a little ribbing to the sleeves was a great idea. I hope your girls will enjoy wearing their new dresses!

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    1. Thank you, Jenya! I'm glad you agree that the pink one is ok to wear now (my daughter would totally agree with you, haha). I like the ribbing, too. I think if I make another Tinny sleeve, I will add the ribbing again.

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    1. Thank you so much! Sometimes they make me wish I were a little girl again. :)

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  3. So very cute! Love them both. 💙💙💙💙

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    1. Thank you, Olga! When I have two happy daughters, all is good, haha!

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  4. Beautiful dresses Emi. Love the sleeves on both, and the little button. Cute shoes, too!

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    1. Thank you, Marisa! I toyed with the idea of adding a little bow instead of a button, but the button idea was my husband's, so I figured I should go with it, haha. I like their shoes, too. Part of the joy of being a little girl, right?

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  5. Beautiful dresses Emi and the fabric are lush! I love the colours lots.

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    1. Thank you, Maria! The fabrics are nice and soft, and the colors are really beautiful in real life!!

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