Swan Wings + Hello Ollie Fabrics

swan wings

Hi Guys! Welcome to day 2 of the Hello Ollie Fabrics Blog Tour! I’m so excited to finally share the Swan Wings that I made earlier this year. Last spring Bonnie Christine asked me if I would make something for her booth at Quilt Market for her newest fabric line, Hello Ollie for Art Gallery Fabrics. I was so honored because I am a huge fan of Bonnie’s work… and how cool is it to have a project at Quilt Market?!


Bonnie’s new line is gorgeous and ethereal. Being named after Bonnie’s daughter, Ollie, sweetness is brought to life with dabbling swans, feathered fellows and garden blooms. Bonnie threw out a few ideas and I LOVED the idea of some pretty, girly Swan Wings and thought they would be perfect in Bonnie’s Booth.

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I used White Muslin for the base and made two quarter circles by sewing right sides together then sewing alone the side and bottom and left the top open. That made the wing’s base.

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I found this really pretty lace and cut it out in a strip and followed the lines in the lace to make it even more feminine… I kind of want this as the trim on a kimono now haha! I added this to the very bottom of the wings.

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Then I used all of the gorgeous Hello Ollie fabric to make the feather shape in rows of 2-3 and sewed it on starting at the bottom.


I used metallic silver thread and left it long so it looked natural and raw. I also trued to use the raw edge of the fabric for the inner part of the wings.


Then I added in real white feathers (strategically placing them in blank spots) and hot glued them to the base fabric.

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When I got to the top I used metallic gold bias tape to sandwich everything together.

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diy swan wings

I LOVE how they turned out… I’m not going to lie it was hard to mail these to Bonnie but I knew they would get love at Quilt Market :) Look how amazing the Hello Ollie Booth was! Everything looked perfect!

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I had a little fabric and some gold metallic bias tape leftover and made this adorable Naples Dress (pattern found HERE). How cute is the little Hello Ollie tag I added from the selvage?!img_0676img_0679img_0682 img_0678

Be sure to check out the other talented women in the tour! Yesterday Lindsey, shared an adorable shoulder tablet bag and I know Amanda has something amazing up here sleeve for tomorrow! You can check out the rest of the Hello Ollie Tour HERE on Bonnie’s Blog, Going Home to Roost and you can find the fabric HERE.

Pippa Peplum Piggy Dress

pippa peplum piggy dress

Guess what I made… again. Another Pippa Peplum Dress by See Kate Sew, I love this pattern! And how else could I showcase this adorable PigFabric?! I can’t get over it. I just hope my model isn’t getting sick of it haha.

Pippa Peplum Piggy Dress

I have yet to make an actual Peplum top using this pattern but instead I just keep making dresses! They are perfect for our “Texas Fall” because it’s basically in the 70′s for a few months. I have the dress add on pattern and I think it’s definitely a must have!

Pippa Peplum Piggy Dress

This fabric is seriously to die for. I can’t get enough of it… I love the entire line!! It’s from Birch by Emily Isabella and the line is called Homestead.. this fabric is “Oink”. It is super soft and as usual Birch fabric is a dream to sew with.

Pippa Peplum Piggy Dress

My model really wanted to showcase her jumping skills while wearing the dress… so I guess its safe to say it is comfortable haha! As usual I always size up, I like the kids to get a lot of wear out of momma-made clothing. I hope everyone has a great week… as happy as a jumping, spinning toddler!

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First Day of School Dress

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The baby of the family started school… kind of. It is just two mornings a week but she loves it, I love it… everyone is happy :) But she definitely needed a First Day of School Dress! My friend owns a Garnett Designs, a monogram and vinyl company (she ships so look her up) and she posted a cute little apple monogram and I just knew that Bee needed it haha! She had it on a white tee which was super cute but for some reason I needed it on stripes.

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I looked everywhere for a black and white striped dress that wasn’t a fortune and I couldn’t fine one. I guess that’s the beauty of being able to sew right? I already had this fabric in my stash, even better. I bought it years ago, and even used it for some newborn leggings that I posted about HERE. It’s from Girl Charlee, it’s super comfy but it’s super stretchy almost making it hard to work with, Thankfully I’m not a perfectionist :)

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As for the pattern, it’s the Pippa Peplum Top by See Kate Sew with the Dress Add-On. I have made this pattern a ton of times and I LOVE it! Seriously one of my favorite little girl patterns. Sometimes it’s hard to find patterns that are this simple, they all have ruffles or sashes or embellishments… which are great but we aren’t super girly girls over here. The dress add on bundle is so worth it, I have never actually made this as a top, just the dress. This is the “gathered dress” version, I also love the “circle skirt” version… which I made HERE.

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first day of school dress

I know apples are kind of a “back to school” thing but I’m hoping they can also cross over into fall too right? Let’s say that they so because I just love how this one turned out, crooked stripes and all! I hope everyone has a great year and thank you Mary for the amazing apple monogram!

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Farmer’s Market Dress

farmers market dressLast week I shared Bee’s Farmers Market Birthday Party HERE. It turned out super cute and it was so much fun! I wanted to have everything in one post but I was getting to picture happy haha, so I am sharing her birthday outfit today… The Farmer’s Market Dress!

farmers market dressThis dress was so simple. I was going to make a structured red and white gingham dress but with the messy food and the water slide I figured I better keep it a little more casual. I found a shirt on Zulily that I liked for myself but all that they had was XXL… it was cheap so I bought it anyway and figured I could make it work for someone. I mean, how perfect is the little saying right?! It came in and it was way too big so I knew I had to repurpose it for Bee. (HERE is the link to the shirt, I think it’s sold out but HERE is a very similar one.)

Farmer's Market DressFarmer's Market DressFarmer's Market DressI wanted to keep the little details on the shirt legible so I had to find a simple pattern that showed it off. I ended up using Dana’s Warhol Dress Pattern. It is so cute and it’s a free pattern, yay! I pretty much stuck to the pattern except I did lengthen it a little so that the design looked centered. Then I used the red and white gingham fabric that I bought for the original dress to do the tie. The pattern calls for another knit fabric for the tie, but the woven worked perfectly too! I already have another Warhol Dress in the works because it took less than an hour, which in my book is an excellent pattern!

http://www.madeeveryday.com/2008/07/the-warhol-dress-pattern.htmlI also got my t-shirt at Zulily, I think it has expired but HERE it is, so you can be notified when they are back in stock. It’s super soft and since Im the worlds biggest graphic tee fan, it was perfect! You can check out the full party HERE.

farmers market dress

farmers market dress

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