Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Birds and the Bees blog Hop - Geranium Dress

I've always wanted to combine my love of quilting with garment sewing, so when my fellow Michael Miller fabric designer, Tamara Kate, asked me if I'd like to sew something up for emma with her newest collection, I immediately said yes!


Her newest collection is called Birds & the Bees and it's just fabulous!


Look how gorgeous these colorways are.

This one's called Ladybug.

and this one is Blue Jay.

I really wanted to incorporate piecing into the garment and once I decided on the Geranium dress by MadebyRae (another one of my all time faves), the bodice seemed like the place to do it. I also decided since emma is a lot more active now, that I would make the shorter, tunic version.

(You can check out another Geranium dress I made for emma with my Les Amis fabric here.)

I spent a little bit of time deciding how I wanted to piece the bodice, and a whole lot of time picking out which of her lovely fabrics I wanted to use! Both colorways are gorgeous, but in the end, Blue Jay won out. You can see more photos of both here.




I chose a herringbone design for the pieced section, and a super luscious Cotton Couture solid on the rest of the bodice so the piecing would really stand out.

The rest of the tunic top is one of my favorite prints from the collection, "all the wee beasts" in magenta. I absolutely love how it turned out! I chose to make the sleeveless version, and with pleats instead of gathers, because it seems just a tiny bit more grown up. I mean, emma is over 2 years old, now. :)


And because I've been slack in breaking out the camera these past few months and documenting her ever changing self, I took a LOT of pics. 








With her favorite bunny-bear.

Well, I hope you've enjoyed my Birds & the Bees project (and subsequent emma-fest). I can't wait to do more sewing with it.

Head on over to Tamara Kate's blog to see who else is making super cute stuff with this collection!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Olfa Designer Spotlight for June

Hello everybody! I've got a free project tutorial up on Olfa's website for their Designer Spotlight series for June and it's perfect if you're looking for a little summer refresh.

I designed a fun table runner using Michael Miller's luscious Cotton Couture solids in an ombre aztec pattern of teals and aquas, my favorite colors. Head on over there to check out the entire project and the free tutorial!


And while you're there, be sure to check out the previous designer spotlights!
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