Friday, June 24, 2011
Welcome to the jungle. This dress has some parrots and some leopard print. My friend Jenn came over a few weeks ago and offered a fresh set of eyes on my fabric stash. She pulled out three of these prints to go together. I added one more to the mix and some trimmings and here's the result.
I decided to go for a reverse knot strap style. Added an apron so I could use the Heather Bailey Pop Garden fabric to add in a touch more color variation. And went with a two tier gathered skirt design (not my usual treatment for a knot dress). I then kicked the dress up a few notches with some electric blue nylon chiffon (the stuff that makes petti-skirts) and leopard print grosgrain ribbon. Whew! Lots of sewing but lots of fun. My almost 2 yr old is going to rock this all spring and summer and then straight through til winter.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
I was so excited when I heard that Joel Dewberry was doing a reprint of the mega popular sparrows fabric. I had purchased a small amount of it from the first go round, but had used it all up. Imagine me further delight to find out that the expanded colorways (the subcategories based on color groupings that each collection is divided into) would include "sparrows in plum"!! What better to use to make a signature PLUM SPARROW dress.
The only problem I found once the fabric arrived was that I had nothing to go with it. I am not a "purple" person. I like plum for sure, but there was also the added problem of the blue-y green background color. Lovely, but very hard to match. I had to buy three completely new stash fabric to build out a signature look for my signature dress. I love the end result. So does my 4 year old daughter who A) has a thing for pockets, B) has a thing for purple (what little girl doesn't!?) and C) has a thing for pretty dresses. I count myself super lucky on that last one because I just can't seem to stop making dresses.