One Pattern Three Ways Tikatuly Aurthi

DSC_2737Welcome to my stop on the One Pattern, Three ways blog tour organized by Sew Not Perfect! 

1pattern3waysI was so excited to participate in this tour. I sew a lot of different patterns. It’s so refreshing to go back and revisit a favorite. I chose to sew the Tikatuly Aurthi for the tour. There are so many things to love about this pattern. 2 different neckline options, curved or square asymmetric hem, Dress or Tunic length and it’s also reversible! It’s also multi-season. It’s great on it’s own for warmer months and layers well over shirts or tights for winter. It comes in sizes 0-3 through 6T making it a great option for babies and little girls. It sews up in about an hour.

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My daughter wears school uniforms through the school year so needs a lot more clothes during the summer. I was doing good banking summer appropriate items from last winter and the spring and then Bam! Growth Spurt! I needed more outfits fast or else I was going to have to go shopping.

The first Aurthi I made I also used for my Mystery Challenge. It’s the Dress version, Asymmetric Hem, Square neckline. Stenzo Spring Birds on one side Farbenmix Hearts Poplin on the other.

DSC_2671Next up I shortened the Asymmetric version for a tunic. The pattern comes with tunic pattern pieces but for this one I just took some out of the length. This side is a Stenzo Butterfly print I purchased from Loiseau Fabrics.

The hat is another pattern that we love, the Free Reversible Bucket Hat Pattern from Oliver + S. 

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The opposite side of the tunic in grey and pink Stenzo stars from Mabel Madison.

DSC_2520This is the dress version with the round hemline done in Verhees Flowery Fans Poplin from Mabel Madison. My daughter has a huge thing for fans right now. She picked out this print for me to order and wanted a dress right away so it was a no brainer.

DSC_2733The other side is a Japanese Import print with black sparkly butterflies from Bunny’s Designs. 

 

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I made these a 5T even though she measures a 4T. I wanted to use some of my nicer fabric on these and I want them to last through the winter for layering.

DSC_2523I truly love the Tikatuly Aurthi. I didn’t even use all of the options. There are instructions for colorblocking, and adding ruffles or trim. Another way I have used this pattern is to make it in a holiday fabric on one side and non-holiday on the other that way the dress still gets wear once the holiday season passes.

You can also check out the unlined denim version I made last year where I stenciled with bleach.

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Make sure to check out Sew Not Perfect and visit the other amazing bloggers participating in the tour to see what versatile patterns they sewed up!

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Add a Pocket to the shorts of your 5 out of 4 Adventure Skort

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I am loving the Adventure Skort from 5 Out Of 4 Patterns. It has become a weekend wardrobe staple for me. I always carry a huge phone around though, so pockets are a must for me. I decided to add a hidden pocket to the shorts of my Adventure Skort. I am sharing this little tutorial in case you would like to add a pocket to your’s too!

For this skort I used some amazing euro cotton lycra from Loiseau Fabrics.

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The pocket I made is a simple patch pocket. It has a flap over the top to keep your stuff from sliding out in case your adventures are hardcore =)

You should have your skort cut out before you start. We will be applying the pocket to the shorts piece before it is sewn.

1. Cut out the main pocket and pocket flap.

  • My pocket piece is 6 inches width by 8.5inches length.
  • My flap piece is 6 inches width by 4 inches length.

My phone is an Iphone 6 Plus. It measures about 3×6.5 inches. If you have a smaller phone, you may wish to shorten the length of the pocket. There will be a half inch seam allowance on each side of the pocket. Keep this in mind of you shorten. I am also using the longest length options for the shorts and skirt of the short. If you are using a shorter version you might wish to have a smaller pocket. 

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2. Fold in 1/2 inch for the top and bottom of the pocket, and both sides. I like using fusible tape here, You can see it in the top of the photo above. I have it on all sides. The tape is not required. If you don’t use it, just press the folds in real good so they will stay.

3. Sew the folded edge of the top of the pocket down at a scant half inch. We do this because the top of the pocket will be open and not attached to anything else.

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4. Position the pocket on the shorts. I placed mine so that when wearing the pocket would be on my right side. You will want the pocket to be centered on the width the shorts piece and have the bottom of the pocket about 1.5in from the shorts bottom. In the photo above I have placed my pocket. I have it wrong side facing out just so you can see the placement since I’m using the same fabric.

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5. Pin the placed pocket to the shorts piece. 

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6. Choose a stitch with some stretch to attach the pocket. I like using the triple stitch for this. A Zigzag or the Lightning Bolt stitch will also work.

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7. Attach the pocket to the shorts piece by sewing down the edge of the right side. When you get to the bottom, lift your pressure foot to turn and sew across the bottom. When you get to the end of the bottom, lift your pressure foot again to turn and sew up the left side.

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8. Fold your pocket flap right sides together. Sew down both short sides using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Turn right side out. Press.

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9. Place your pocket flap piece with the open side facing down 1/2 in above your pocket. Center the pocket flap over your pocket piece. Pin.

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10. Attach the Pocket flap to the shorts by sewing across the open edge of the flap.  

IMG_510211. Fold the pocket flap down over the pocket.

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12. Secure the pocket flap by sewing down both sides. Make sure to secure the beginning and end of your stitches well as this seam will get a lot of stress from pulling your hands in and out.

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13. All done with your pocket! Follow the instructions in the pattern to construct your Adventure Skort!

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Huge Fabric Sale at Mabel Madison – 50% off

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Mabel Madison is having a Save our Shop sale. Currently the entire shop is 50% off. Get the details here.

There are only a handful of fabric shops that I go back to time and time again. Mabel Madison is one of those shops. They have a great selection of high quality Euro Knits, Cords, Poplins, and Nicky Velour. Their customer service is amazing. They even have a special section just for boys. I’d really hate for them to not be around anymore. They are trying to clear their current inventory to bring in more pretties. This is an awesome opportunity to try out some super nice fabrics at an unbelievable price.

  • Knits – High Quality Cotton Lycra in beautiful colors.
  • Poplin – I love using euro poplins in place of quilting cotton. The dyes on this fabric are so vivid and gorgeous. Poplins are extra wide so you can get way more out of a yard than you can with standard quilting cotton.
  • Cord– Also extra wide. This corduroy is super soft and lightweight. I would not hesitate making a skirt or pants with this for warmer months. Also suitable for bags.
  • Nicky Velour – This is a stretchy velour that is very soft and comes in gorgeous prints and colors. You can see the cardigan I made below. Would be great for sweatshirts, hoodies, baby rompers or pjs.
  • Hearts Flocking – Found in their Others section, this is a poplin fabric with raised velvety textured hearts.

I thought I’d show some of the things I love that I’ve sewn with Mabel Madison Fabrics.

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Blogged here.  The pants are done in Verhees corduroy. Cardigan is Verhees Nicky Velour with Verhees hearts flocking poplin collar.

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Blogged here: Skort is a Verhees knit.

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Blogged here: Dress is Stenzo Knit

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Blogged Here: Jacket main fabric Stenzo Knit

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Blogged Here Shirt fabric Stenzo Knit

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Blogged Here Reindeer Poncho from Stenzo cord

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Blogged Here Hat and Top from Verhees knit. Shorts Verhees flocked poplin.

Half price Y’all!! Have fun Shopping the Sale!

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Canadian Pattern Designer Blog Tour – Filles a Maman Mimis and Giveaway!

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Welcome to my stop on the Canadian Pattern Designers Blog Tour!  This week the featured designer is Filles a Maman. I love Mel’s patterns. I sewed up the Extraordinary Girl for both myself and my daughter. It’s one of my favorite top patterns. I also worked with Mel testing her adorable  Clemence Shorts and Amour Top for girls. She is so sweet and great to work with. Read more about Mel in her interview here.  She is having a discount f during her mini tour this week! Coupon code is CANADATOUR good for 30% off everything on her website only (http://fillesamaman.net/). Valid from June 22 to 25th (ends at midnight). Make sure to enter the Filles a Maman giveaway at the bottom of this post. There is also a huge giveaway for the tour $400 value that you can enter at  Canadian Pattern Designers tour Grand Prize Giveaway 

I decided to try out the Mimi Pattern. Available for both Women and Girls. I just love how they turned out!

DSC_2470For myself I made the top version of the Mimi. The Mimi Women is available in sizes XS-XL. I sewed up the XXL.  I used the keyhole version without the collar. I love the keyhole detail with the button and loop. The pattern also uses facings at the neckline and hem. The facing for the neckline has a really cool shape that adds a little extra detail. There are also options for a collar and fringe and you can make it as a dress. So versatile!!

DSC_2462The top fits me great and I love the nice and clean rounded hem. I used some lovely bird jersey from L’oiseau Fabrics for my top. L’oiseau is also Canadian and one of my favorite fabric shops =) You can read about them here.

DSC_2389For my daughter I made the Mimi Girls as a dress. I used these super cute kitty cats and stars also from L’oiseau.

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I picked the asymmetrical collar option for her dress. Such a cute collar and great way to add a nice pop of contrast color.

DSC_2358The dress version has belt loops for a cute little tie sash. I repeated the contrast by using the collar fabric for the belt. I also used it for the hem facing.

DSC_2419I made the short sleeve option for both myself and my daughter. The short sleeves has instructions for making little built in cuffs. There are also long sleeve options, so this pattern is good year round!

DSC_2381The Mimi is such a great pattern. I love that it’s such a simple shape but has so many little details that you can make several different version. Fabulous!

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Enter the Filles a Maman Giveaway below! Prize is 1 pattern of choice, and giveaway runs from June 22 at 12am EDT to June 25 12am EDT.

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Last but not least, Make sure to check out what the other amazing bloggers have made up with patterns from Canadian Designers for the tour!

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Hello Summer! 5 Out Of 4 Patterns Adventure Skort

DSC_2203I had the pleasure of testing the new Adventure Skort from 5 Out Of 4 Patterns. Make sure to grab the pattern while it’s on sale for $7.95 until Tuesday June 23 at the 5 Out Of 4 Pattern Shop! On to the details!

DSC_2320The 5 Out Of 4 Patterns Adventure Skort is a knit wrap style skort pattern that comes in sizes XXS-3XL covering Hip sizes from 34-53 inches. The skirt portion of the skort comes in two lengths, a longer above the knee version and a shorter length for running, swimming, tennis etc. The shorts portion of the skort has 4 inseam lengths from 1.25 – 7 inches. The shorts feature a gusset for durability and ease of movement. There is a lower waist option suitable for maternity. The skort can be made as an all in one garment or you can choose to make skirt or shorts separately.

DSC_2335I tested the longer version of the skirt and the longest inseam of the shorts. The pattern requires 50% stretch and can be made in a variety of knit fabrics including cotton lycra, technical athletic fabrics, and swim fabric. I used cotton lycra for mine for a casual wear skort. I made the skirt portion of my skort from this adorable kitty print from Mabel Madison Fabrics. 

DSC_2336For my shorts I used a cotton lycra stars print from L’oiseau Fabrics which gives a perfect contrast.

The skort is easy to put together and sews up fast. The no trim pages and layers option makes it speedy to get started. I’d leave about 2 hours for your first one but after that you can whip them up much quicker.

DSC_2207I really think this pattern is the bees knees. I was a little apprehensive because I typically wear my skirts longer. I am just not great at paying attention to how I’m sitting or whether I am flashing when bending over and I don’t want to have to think about it all day.  The skort is super comfortable and I feel very confident wearing it at this length with the security the cute shorts provide. I have worn these all over in various activities from running errands to hiking in the woods. I love how you can be ready for any adventure in this skort! I am sewing up a couple more as they will be part of my summer weekend uniform. I also want to make the short version in swim fabric. Such a great option for running around chasing a 4 year old at the splash pads!

DSC_2321Pick Up your copy of the Adventure Skort Pattern at the 5 Out Of 4 Pattern Shop! It’s on sale for $7.95 until Tuesday June 23! Make some up and go have some summer fun!!

 

 

 

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Mystery Challenge Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II

DSC_2142So excited to share my May Mystery Challenge! The challenge group is doing People and Places Thoughout History this month. Make sure to check out the other stops on the Mystery Challenge Tour at the bottom of this post!

For my challenge this month, the awesome Maegan from Mae and K challenged me to do something inspired by The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II June 2, 1953. I was all over the place coming up with ideas for this challenge. I had dreams of coronation gowns, crowns, thrones, it was all very exciting to think about. First, I needed to do some research. Here were some of my favorite links to read up on this amazing day.

The more I read about the Coronation, the more I got inspired by the peoples story. This was a very interesting time. TVs were just picking up some momentum in popularity. The Coronation was to be televised for the first time. Television sales skyrocketed leading up to the coronation and people planned huge celebrations around watching the event.

One common way to celebrate was with a Street Party. Everyone in the neighborhood would pull their tables and chairs into a long line in the middle of the street and celebrate with food, drink, and entertainment. I just love the idea of these. What a fun way to enjoy the community.

Another common way to celebrate was Tea Parties. There was even a huge tea party held at Buckingham Palace for underprivileged Children. In Birmingham, all children up to age 11 received a Coronation mug and a tin of chocolates.

After taking all of this in and thinking about what I had in my stash to work with, I decided that we were going to have a Tea Party! My daughter LOVES tea parties and I thought it would be a good opportunity to make her some pretty linens to go in her tea party basket,

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I started with a tablecloth. I had a yard of this gorgeous English Tea fabric that I thought would make a perfect backdrop for a Tea Party. I hemmed it up using my coverstretch.

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Next, I made some napkins from Stenzo Netherlands Rose. For the napkins I finished them by serging with some variegated thread.

DSC_2048I loaded it into a basket and presented it to my daughter along with her tea party supplies. I showed my 4 year old photos of Queen Elizabeth II and explained we were going to have a Tea Party to Celebrate her. She was sooo on board =)

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I decided she needed a special dress for the occasion. I made her a Tikatuly Aurthi in a Spring Stenzo Bird Print. Both the Bird/Flower print and roses were purchased from L’oiseau Fabrics. These prints are no longer in stock but her shop is full of similar lovelies.

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The opposite side is a Lillestoff Hearts Poplin. The dress is reversible. I will show off the other side in a future post.

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She needed some jewels, we were celebrating a Queen after all! We used her crown from her recent ballet recital.

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Some Tea, Cookies, A British Flag, A Teddy Bear Companion, and a Photobombing Dog, we were all set!

DSC_2103A fine time was had by all! She was soooo excited about the linens and has since had a couple of impromptu tea parties in the living room. It’s amazing how much the simple things can delight children. This has reminded me that I should do more quick small projects for and with her.

DSC_2168“What??? a paint brush? Can I paint with it??” Haha figuring out Mom’s prop tricks =)

I loved reading about the Coronation and while I would have loved to do an ornate gown and cape I am happy I came to a place to use what I had and make these things which she will use for some time.

Make sure to check out the other stops on the Mystery Challenge People and Places Throughout History Tour!

5/26 │ Create 3.5 – George Sand
6/3│ Mae & KTeslaPretty Little BlogMoon LandingKnot Sew Normal – Lutie Eugenia Sterns
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Bundle Up! Love Notions Bluezette

DSC_1823Welcome to my stop on the Pattern Revolution Bundle Up Sale Blog tour! This Bundle Up Sale is a Women’s Bundle. I think it’s my favorite so far. So many awesome women’s patterns including Sleepwear, Underthings, Activewear, swimwear, Jeans, Tops, Dresses, and shorts. The designers have really outdone themselves for this one. The Bundle up Sale runs from May 1-8 . During the sale you can get up to 11 amazing women’s patterns for an unbelievable price. The more you buy, the more you save!

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I chose to make the Bluezette from Love Notions for the tour. The Bluezette is a knit or knit/woven combo dress that is stuffed full of options. There are two different bodices, a standard close fitting and a relaxed fit. There are sleeve options, lined or unlined. There are several skirt options including circle, hi-lo-tulip, a-line. There is even an underskirt/slip so you can use lightweight or sheer fabrics for some of the skirt options. This is like the Swiss army knife of dress patterns!

DSC_1833I decided to go with a lined sleeveless close fitting bodice and a circle skirt for the tour. I knew I want to make more styles so I went ahead and printed/taped all of the skirt/bodice/sleeve options. I love that if you only wanted to make a specific style Love Notions gives you a printing guide to tell you which pages to print for each option. To make it even easier the pattern utilizes the layers feature in the pdf so you can only print the sizes you need.

DSC_1857The Love Notions Bluezette has a casing that allows you to add elastic to get a great fit. After I sewed up my bodice and skirt I decided to omit the casing and elastic because I like where the dress fit on my longer waist. The next time I make it I will add an inch extra in length to account for my longer torso and add the elastic. Love Notions provides instructions in the pattern and a cutting line to add or remove length.

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I love my Love Notions Bluezette. I am working to build a summer wardrobe capsule which I will post more about. This was a perfect staple dress for me to add to my capsule. I made my dress in Stenzo Floral Line Purple from Mabel Madison.The little flowers are so cute and the colors will fit right in to my summer wardrobe.  There will be more Bundle Up patterns represented in my capsule too. The patterns are amazing and the price cannot be beat!

Make sure to check out the other stops on the tour!

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Top Stitchers – In Like a Lion, out like a Lamb

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I’m so excited to finally reveal my outfit for Top Stitchers! Top Stitchers is an Iron Chef style sewing competition at Pattern Revolution where bloggers were paired up to compete against members of the Pattern Revolution team. I got to compete with Kara Orr who also blogs at Sweeter Than it Seams.

I am competing in the Pioneer speciality.

  • Pioneers: To you, sewing is a skill you never stop learning. New gadgets. New sewing techniques. New fabric types. These advanced sewing challenges inspire you, and you have the unique skillset to conquer them: a creative mind with incredible attention to detail, and the confidence and optimism to persevere.Your objective is to develop a new sewing technique or skill, as instructed in your prompt, and utilize it in your sewing project.

Pioneer Prompt: “In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb”

Like most women who sew for themselves, you may have spent the winter months dreaming of sundresses, light jackets, and crafting Spring/Summer attire to compliment your warm-weather shoe collection. UNLIKE the average sewist, your visions aren’t limited by what can be made in quilter’s cotton or jersey knit. Oh no. You take the seasonal saying “In like a lion, out like a lamb” too seriously for that. Instead, you will be incorporating fur, wool, or leather (or their vegan cousins) into your women’s-wear contest submission!

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So, if you are keeping up, New Skill, Wool Leather or Fur, Spring outfit. I decided to go with Wool and Leather. My top is made from mostly wool jersey and vegan leather. I decided to conquer my fear and sew my first bag, I made the bag from a loose weave wool coating that I felted. You can read all the juicy details on the competition post at Pattern Revolution.

001-3I’m so proud of the bag I made. I have been wanting to make one forever. I used the Free Ramona Mini Hipster from Swoon. I think I am a bag convert now. It was really not as difficult as I thought it would be. The one complication was the wool got pretty thick after I felted it. My machine growled at me a couple of times when I had to sew through it with multiple layers, but it lived.

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The back of the top is Vegan leather and a Lillestoff Scandifly print,

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  • Vegan Leather from Girl Charlee
  • Stenzo Mosaic Knit (accent fabric on bag) Mabel Madison
  • Stenzo Windowpanes Corduroy (Bag strap, bottom, and lining) Mabel Madison
  • Stenzo Little Netherlands Roses Grey from Loiseau Fabrics
  • Wool Jersey – Ebay
  • Wool coating (bag main) Fabric.com
  • Lillestoff Scandifly (Knit used on back of top) Stash/Unknown
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Every Little Thing for Spring

DSC_1539I decided kind of last-minute that I wanted to make a new dress for my daughter to wear for her egg hunt at school. I decided to go with the Every Little Thing dress from Shwin Designs. 

DSC_1515I have made Every Little Thing several times but this is the first time since I started blogging. It’s such a cute little dress. I love the shape. It sews up really fast and it only has a couple of pages to stick together so you can decide to make one and get started right away. It’s a go to for me when I want to make something on a whim or for a gift. The fit has always been great on my daughter.

DSC_1521I made a small modification this time in that I sewed the loop for the bow into the bodice. This allows me to take the bow out and straighten it up. It also makes it interchangeable.

DSC_1550I did a lace overlay on one side of the bow. It was awesome in theory but not enough contrast to the dress. I might remove the overlay else I will use it with another dress that I have an interchangeable bow loop on. I also slightly tapered the bow into a trapezoid shape instead of rectangle so the bottom sides would hand down a little.

DSC_1544I love these sweet little Stenzo birdies and flowers from Loiseau. They just scream spring to me. DSC_1558I used some yellow snaps on the back. I love the little pop of color. Another cool thing about this dress is the front and back bodice is the same. You can flip it around and wear the closure in the front. My daughter thinks that is super cool.

DSC_1499I hope everyone is enjoying the start of spring and to those still dealing with snow I hope that your warm air and sunshine arrives soon. We are eating it up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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