pattern: Antoinette by the very talented Nele (I love the School Photo dress with scallops that she sewed)
This dress was a true collaboration between BK and I. The pattern was my choice (with her having final approval, of course) and the fabrics were all her idea. I turned her loose on fabric.com and had her put all the solid Kona Cottons she liked on the design wall. It was truly interesting to see what she chose! There were plenty of pinks and purples but also a smattering of greens. I then had her make groupings of 3. She narrowed it down to 2 groupings and chose the above combo as her absolute favorite.
I admit I was a little nervous and not sure the colors would indeed work well together but happily, they look the same as they did on the computer monitor. I used a narrow off white piping to accent the armholes and unique pockets.
I don't know which I like more...the collar and bow on the front or the back with the V and invisible zipper. Wouldn't this dress be fun all in one color but with slight variations in shade? Next time!
pattern: Oliver + S Birthday Party Dress
fabrics: Roco Beat Ornamental Fabric from Hobby Lobby and Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton, Breakers & Azure from Pink Chalk Fabrics
MG didn't get quite as much input as BK did with her dress. I chose the pattern and the main print fabric. But I did let her choose 2 solids from the print to use for the pleated front section and for the bow. MG and I are pretty much in sync...I would have chose the same colors!
The Birthday Party Dress is a relatively new addition to my pattern stash. It was one of those that I didn't think much of but then I kept seeing cute versions pop up in the flickr pool. Next time I sew this pattern, I'm going to try this tutorial and make some tunics with cap sleeves.
I made a tulle skirt for K to wear for Easter but unfortunately, the skirt ended up being a hot mess. I rushed through cutting the tulle and ended up with a section in the back that was much shorter than the other layers. It kept sticking out and just looked wrong. Luckily, K has plenty of spring/summer dresses and wore one of those instead.
pattern: "Tiny Shiny" Top, Ottobre Design Woman 02/2014
fabric: Lisette Lawn (spring 2012 collection) from Jo-ann Fabrics
The top has 2 flounces across the front with self fabric straps and an invisible zipper in the back. The flounces and hem are finished with a rolled hem. It's a bit big on me. The neckline should lay flat across the chest. I've lost about 10 lbs. between running and a bout with a vicious stomach bug and the first place I tend to lose inches is my bust (sadly!). I really should have measured myself before tracing the pattern off. But it was good enough to wear with my cardigan.:)