Swan Lake Fabric Tees

Swan Lake FabricToday I have gone all sorts of crazy and decided to jump on the other side of the camera with my little mini model :) I had the opportunity to try out a new line of fabric from Birch Fabrics and FabricwormSwan Lake is here and I’m in love! Swan Lake is the debut collection from husband and wife design team Patrick and Andrea Patton. Swan Lake was inspired by the stillness of forest pond. Graceful swans make their entry for a graceful finale to a perfect evening at Swan Lake. Completed in a palette of calming hues, you’ll find Swan Lake fits into your home or nursery with no fuss at all. They best part is you can get Swan Lake in quilt weight poplin, knit, and double gauze.

IMG_5748I love love love the shade of this green so I choose “Bevy Pond” in the knit substrate. As usual, the knit is amazing! The quality of Birch knit never disappoints, if you are new at sewing with knits I highly recommend it because it sews more like a quilting cotton and isn’t slippery at all. The thickness is perfect and feels super rich.

Swan Lake FabricI love a good v-neck and I have had the Union St. Tee on my to-sew list for a while now. I love this pattern, easy and quick but looks very professional!

swan lake fabric

swan lake fabric

swan lake fabricThen I figured that everything is cuter in mini form so I had to make one for my girl too! For her pattern I used the Vintage V-neck… also quick and easy, just how I like it :) We both love our new summer tees, Bee loves animals and loves that it has “birdie-birdies” all over it! We went to lunch after taking these photos and we got lots of “awwwwws” for our twinning shirts haha!

swan lake fabric

swan lake fabricThanks so much to Fabricworm and Birch for our amazing fabric! You can check out all of the other prints HERE.

30 Minute Sundress with Forest Floor Fabrics

30 minute sundressI’m so excited to be taking part in another one of Bonnie Christine’s blog tours. It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Bonnie’s work and her latest collection, Forest Floor for art Gallery Fabric, might just be my new favorite! Inspired by her experience of living in the forest, Bonnie creates a whimsical world where dreams of a magical place come to life.  Forest Floor hopes to ignite the exploration of forest curiosities, and take you on an adventure filled with green and oak flora and delicate berry tinted fauna that inhabits the wondrous depths of the mountains.

forest floor fabric

forest floor fabric

I fell in love with this print, Wild Posy Flora,  specifically and I just knew that Bee had to have a dress made from this amazing fabric.

forest floor fabric

forest floor fabricI was looking for a simple, summery maxi dress that looked effortless to compliment the gorgeous fabric. I thought about drafting something myself but then I came across this Border Fabric Sundress from Lil Blue Boo and it was perfect! It’s even a free tutorial with no pattern pieces, seriously couldn’t be easier. I obviously didn’t use border fabric so I changed the name to the 30 minute sundress because it literally took me 30 minutes, from start to finish people!! I even had time to add a little Taylor Made tag :)

forest floor fabric

http://www.lilblueboo.com/2009/06/border-fabric-sundress-tutorial.htmlI love making intricate patterns but sometimes I want the fabric to just speak for itself. I used another fabric from the collection, Fierfly Beam, for the top band and straps.

forest floor fabric

forest floor fabric

Then, I had to add some lace trim to the bottom just to make it extra ethereal.

forest floor fabricforest floor fabricBee has already requested her new sundress a few times this week, it will definitely be a summer staple!

forest floor fabric

You can purchase Forest Floor HERE. Be sure to check out Going Home to Roost for all of the other tour details and to check out all of the other amazing designers who got their hands on the pretty fabric. Yesterday, April and Mickey from Sweet Girl Studio shared a gorgeous mini quilt and tomorrow Maureen Cracknell has an amazing project planned just to name a few! Also.. because someone might ask… Bee’s bow is Bloomies Handmade and her adorable shoes are from Amazon HERE. Thanks for having me Bonnie!

Naples Dress Blog Tour

Naples Dress Blog Tour

Naples Dress Blog Tour

Hi Guys! I’m so honored to be taking place in the Naples Dress Blog tour today! Jenn from A Jennuine Life asked me to be a part of this amazing tour and of course I had to say yes! This pattern is so, SO good you guys! I love patterns with a million options because I really feel like I’m getting a big bang for my buck. There are multiple lengths, sleeve options and neck closures (including a free peter pan collar pattern add on that Jenn designed for the tour!) Jenn’s patterns are impeccable, she has definitely found her calling!

Naples Dress Blog Tour

Naples Dress

What’s even more exciting is that one of my favorite fabric companies, Art Gallery, sponsored the tour and supplied all of the amazing fabric! If you haven’t had a chance to make clothing with Art Gallery Fabrics, I highly recommend it! They are known for their soft, high quality feel. I chose the “Delicate Femme in Gold” by Pat Bravo from her new Essentialss II line. I think this sweet girl looks so good in gold somehow which I think is kind of hard to do haha!

Naples Dress Blog Tour

I love long dresses on my sassy little tomboy girl and I loved the idea of the big butterfly sleeves that are still short and flowy. So, I went with the long gathered dress and short butterfly sleeves. I decided to use a metallic bias tape for a little pop and honestly it was pretty hard to work with, I might take it out and just use the pretty fabric from the dress. It flipped around a lot because it was so slippery but I do like the little gold touch that it adds.

Naples Dress Blog Tour

Naples Dress

Besides the stubborn bias tape that I chose, I absolutely loved this pattern, it was a fun yet simple sew. I loved the neckline closure and I already have a few more in the works!

Naples Dress

Naples Dress

No blog tour is complete without a giveaway! The winner will receive a fat quarter bundle of Essentials II from Art Gallery and a choice of any three of Jenn’s PDF patterns!! And if you just can’t wait (which I don’t blame you), You can grab the Naples while it is on sale HERE! Use code NAPLESTOUR for 25% off through Sunday 3/27 (bundles excluded as those are already discounted). Thanks so much for having me Jenn!

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 Be sure to check out all of these other amazing ladies on the tour here:

3/21: A Jennuine Life * My Sweet Sunshine * Chelise Patterson
3/22: Rock the Stitch * Taylor Made Creates * Élégantine!
3/23: Handcrafted by RED * Lily Shine * Pattern Revolution * Sew Sophie Lynn
3/24: Sew Shelly Sew * 2 Little Hooligans * Handmade Boy
3/25: Filles à Maman * While She Was Sleeping * That’s-Sew-Kari * Czarina’s Project

Chalk and Paint Romper

 Hi Guys! I’m so excited to be participating in Sew Caroline‘s Chalk and Paint Blog Tour today! Caroline’s 3rd and newest fabric line, Chalk and Paint is full of inspiration with it’s artsy and imaginative brush strokes and whimsical yet soft lines. It’s also no secret how much I love the quality of Art Gallery Fabric, it is always so soft and buttery!

chalk and paint romper

When I saw the line I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it! I have had the City Girl Romper on my to-sew list forever and I felt like it was the perfect match. How adorable are the little sunsuit style shorts on this romper?!

Chalk and Paint Romper

Chalk and Paint Romper

I fell in love with this fabric because I love the use of mint with the bright pink and the sienna color, super unexpected but such a fun combo. The back calls for rope/ribbon and last summer I bought a pair of shorts for myself and the tassels drove me crazy so I cut them off and threw them in my ribbon box. They were not only the perfect shade but when I measured them they were the perfect length to the inch!! SEW meant to be! I love it when stuff like that happens.

Chalk and Paint Romper

Chalk and Paint Romper

The romper. I LOVE rompers on babies, I mean is there anything cuter? Here in Texas it is definitely a must for spring and summer. It was a pretty easy sew and only took me a few hours. The top is fully lined and I love the bias tape binding on the inside of the legs. I had never used that technique before and I want to use it all the time now haha! You can kind of see it peeking out in some spots and I love that. Also… pleats and pockets… do I really need to say anymore? There are a few different lengths and size options but I obviously had to choose the little shorties for this little shorty :)

Chalk and Paint Romper

Chalk and Paint Romper

And it looks like Little Miss Sassy is really getting the hang of modeling for my blog pictures haha! Work it girl. She is actually so busy that it is getting harder and harder to even get a still image of her. Hopefully one day she understands how lucky she is to have the worlds most amazing one-of-a-kind wardrobe!

Chalk and Paint RomperChalk and Paint Romper

Chalk and Paint Romper

Chalk and Paint RomperThanks so much to Caroline for including me in the Chalk and Paint Blog Tour! Be sure to check out all of the other amazing sewists and check out what they made!

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