Aubrey-A Handmade Holiday

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One of my favorite parts of being on Project Run & Play is the new community I feel closer to, and get to support! The PRP store has designs from contestants who designed a piece for, or used one of their patterns on their season of PRP. This month, they’re running a Handmade Holiday blog tour featuring these patterns!

My daughter looked through the shop, and chose the Aubrey dress from Modkid. I love it too. It’s a simple silhouette, with a little extra design detail that adds just the right amount of interest. The sizing was perfect.

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There’s actually a pocket option designed into the front seams, but I opted to leave it out since the fabric I was using was textured, and thick, I didn’t want it to be too bulky.

The dress fits my daughter’s no fuss style perfectly. When she put it on, she was in awe of it, and wore it the rest of the day after photos, plus every other opportunity she had after that until I made her wash it!

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This fabric is from Simply by Ti and is an AMAZING textured nylon spandex. It is so sturdy, and has super stretch! It feels like a good weight for this dress, and my daughter felt the quality as soon as she touched it. You have to check it out, and the other nylon spandex she has in the shop!

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I hope you’ll look at the other stops on the Handmade Holiday tour, and create something yourself for this season, whether it’s fancy or casual, for yourself, or a gift, it’s always good to use the creativity we have to share more beauty with the world.

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Raven Part 2

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Hi! I’m back with another Raven before I’ve even posted anything else on my blog. Lol! I didn’t have to sew this up specifically for anything, so it’s my true love for this design that I’m sharing.

In all my versions, I had not made the top length yet, and I thought it would be perfect for this velvet. I’m on the promo team for Raspberry Creek Fabrics, and I get to sew up a 2 yard cut of their fabric once a quarter. I chose this velvet, because my oldest has been asking me to sew her a velvet dress for a LONG time. Apparently of all my velvet makes, none have been for her. I knew I couldn’t get a dress version out of 2 yards, and she’s been wanting a top version, so it seemed perfect.

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This pattern is designed for woven, but I think it worked great with velvet! I made one big change, and did not line the yoke. So my seam on the bodice, where the ruffle is, is exposed. I thought the knit would be too thick to make it look nice, and it ended up just fine!

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I needed to pick out some stitches from where I basted the ruffle on, but I forgot before pictures. If you’re looking closely, that’s what that is 🙂

I encourage you to join the Sofiona Designs Facebook group, and check out their shop! They are a new company that I am so excited to support, and watch them grow!

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Raven

Fabric source:

Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Sofiona Designs – Raven

There’s a new pattern company on the block, and I’m so excited to help welcome them! Sherri Herrera competed on Project Run & Play, and won her season! She was so supportive of me during my season, and reached out to ask if I would help test her designs as she was starting her own pattern company, Sofiona Designs. Her BFF Trisha Yanke is also part of Sofiona, designing patterns, and all the other work that goes into starting a new company!

I was moving slowly, with a few week old baby, and so the only tester call that had spots left open when I got there was the Raven pattern. But the design is gorgeous, and I love it.

I am very impressed with how smooth the ride has been, at least from my perspective. It’s clear that lots of background work went in before the tests were run, and they have a clear plan in place, that I hope will bring them lots of success!

The pattern is drafted beautifully, fits true to measurements, and they have beautiful construction in the tutorial! Inside finishes are not high priority for me. I don’t mind a serged seam, but for them, I followed directions, folded everything under, twice, and ended up with beautifully finished dresses!

The first version I made was the short sleeve one. except it started out as long sleeves. The sleeves needed adjustment, so I cut them off at the short sleeve length, and it might be my favorite! This one has the short ruffle, and ties in the back.

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The next version I made was the gingham one. I did the long ruffle on this, and elbow length sleeves. This fabric came from an estate sale a couple of years ago, and I’ve decided to stop hoarding, and start sewing. Well, it’s not necessarily so much a hoarding problem, as a too much fabric problem, lol, but either way, I need to use it! The back is finished with the band option, and I love the look!

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The final dress I sewed was the solid teal. This one has a full back, long sleeves, and the belt option. I wanted to use as many variations as I could. Bonus: my daughter loves the style, and was so happy for me to keep making them for her! This fabric is a Kona solid I picked from Fat Quarter shop with my store credit they gave for competing on Project Run & Play.

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I hope all this photo spam has convinced you to check out this new company, support them if you like the designs, and share with others! There are four patterns in the shop for their grand opening, and there will be more coming! Their Facebook group will be running giveaways, as well as their Instagram account.

All patterns are marked down 30% through November 25th, no code needed.

Raven

Alpine Trousers+Summit Peak

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When we pulled out the winter clothes to switch out the summer clothes recently, my son was pretty upset that his favorite orange hoodie was too small, and I had passed it on to his little brother. There may have been tears, and he tried to put it on to show me he could still wear it, but I made a bargain that I would sew him a new orange hoodie with a motorcycle on it (like his old one) if he would let his brother have it.

I knew I had to deliver on this one, since it was replacing a favorite. I’ve made the Summit Peak hoodie from New Horizons before, but last time, it was the zip up version. This one is the hooded sweatshirt version. I was going to make it all orange, to match his last one, but then after seeing some inspirational color blocked versions, I decided to do that instead.

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The vinyl design is from the Silhouette Design store. The orange sweatshirt fleece was from my local shop, Faithful Remnants. My FAVORITE place! You can’t beat the prices, and she always has fun new things. The other fabrics were all from my stash.

The pants are the Alpine Shorts and Trousers, also from New Horizons Designs. She does some amazing designs for boys, and the detail on the legs here is so unique! It would be fun to color block these, but I just used some black denim, from Wal-Mart, with some light grey denim faux piping to accentuate the seams.

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These are a comfortable fit pant. Not baggy, but not slim. It’s a good balance for my son, who likes “flowy pants” and me, who prefers slimmer ones. He’s very comfortable in them.

They have side and back pockets, and an optional faux fly, but they’re a pull up pant or short. A really straightforward sew!

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My son loves this whole outfit. I love the size range of the patterns, too, so I can keep making these for him for a LONG time.

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Summit Peak Hoodie

 

Black Friday Sales! Patterns and Fabric

It’s that time of year again. Sale time! I will be updating my annual list throughout the next couple of weeks as I find more sales. They will be organized by discount percentage, and alphabetically within each category. I will use my affiliate links when I have them, it provides me with a small percentage of the purchase, with no increase in cost to you. It helps me afford to buy patterns and fabric to keep creating things I love! I will note affiliate links with an asterisk. Also remember these companies may be located across the globe, in a different time zone, so consider start and end times 🙂

BF2018

PATTERNS:

FREE:

Mother Grimm: I will be making two of my paid patterns free in files for a limited period – The Locksley leggings as in the Robin Hood spirit of giving to the poor…and the Christmas Reindeer decorations to help you with festive sewing! They will be free in files from 9am -12pm GMT and 9pm – 12am GMT. This should help ensure that everyone gets a chance to get a copy, no matter where you are globally! I will also be adding a freebie pattern that will remain in files afterwards – so invite and tell your friends…..

50% off:

*Annelaine: 50% off site-wide, no code needed, Nov 20-Nov 27.

Create Kids Couture: 50% off all of our PDF sewing patterns this week! This is our best sale of the year and even the vault is open! No coupon code necessary! Sale ends November 26th!

DIBY Club: Buy one get one free patterns, discount automatically applied in cart. Through Nov 24th.

Duck Butt Designs: half off all purchases $10+ discount applied at checkout, through Sunday.

*Ellie and Mac: 20% off the current 50% off. Use Code is BFCM20 The sale will run from 11/23 12 am – 11/26 11:59 pm EST.

Eunoia: 50% off site-wide with code Thankful Friday-Monday.

Goober Pea Designs: 50% off! Use the code BF2018USD (USD listings) or BF2018CAD (CAD listings) through Monday.

Handmaiden’s Cottage: Buy one get one pdf patterns with code Black Friday through 11/25.

*Honeydew Kisses: 30-50% off patterns, with the biggest discounts starting on Thanksgiving/Black Friday. Sale through Cyber Monday. There will also be a sale on non-custom, in stock fabrics

Jalie: will launch a new pdf pattern-50% off from black friday to cybermonday #galaxie2

Lil Luxe Collection: 40% off all patterns with code THANKFUL2018 or join the Lil Luxe Group on Facebook to get a code for 50% off all patterns, 11/23-11/26.

*Mamma Can Do It: 50% off site-wide with code BLK50 Thursday-Monday.

*New Horizons: 50% off with code BLACKFRIDAY through 11/23.

Rad Patterns: 50% off site-wide with code “BF2018” now through cyber Monday (11/26)!

Sew Toot Patterns: Buy one get one free of equal or lesser value, through 11/26.

Shwin Designs: 20% off 2 or more with BF20off, 30% off 3 or more with BF30off, 40% off 4 or more with BF40off, 50% off 5 or more with BF50off, 60% off 6 or more with BF60off. PLUS daily sales, with one category marked down 20% each day, Friday-girls, Saturday-boys, Sunday-teens, Monday-womens.

*Stitch Upon a Time: 50% off select patterns through the day, starting at 12am, and changing every 6 hours

Thread Theory: 50% off pdf patterns through Monday, no code needed.

40% off:

*5oo4: 40% off site-wide, no code needed.

*A Sparkly Baby: Save 40% off the entire store until Nov 27th!

*Bella Sunshine Designs: 40% off all patterns now through Cyber Monday, no code needed!

Duchess and Hare: 40% off Nov 23-Nov 26.

Greenstyle: 40% off with code BFCM18 11/23-11/26.

*Halla Patterns: 40% off pdf patterns with code BLACKFRIDAY through Nov 26th.

*Jennuine Design: 40% off with code BLACKFRIDAY18 Black Friday-Cyber Monday.

*Laela Jeyne: 40% off all pattern for newsletter subscribers through Nov 27th. Sign up here.

Little Lizard King: 40% off on all patterns, including new releases, now through Nov 26th. Use code GIVETHANKS at checkout.

*Modkid: 40% off your entire purchase with code BLACKFRIDAY2018 through Cyber Monday at midnight EST.

Oliver+S: 40% off paper and digital patterns with code HOLIDAY2018 through Nov 23rd.

*Petite Stitchery: 40% off site-wide Nov 22-Nov 26.

Project Run & Play: 40% off through Cyber Monday. There are 5 new patterns in the shop. And we’re giving away an EasyPress2 and mat!

*Seamingly Smitten: 40% off with code SAVE40 through Cyber Monday.

See Kate Sew: 40% off all patterns with code BF2018

*Sew by Pattern Pieces: 40% off with code BLACKFRIDAY2018 11/23-11/26 bundles not included.

Sew Much Ado: 40% off patterns with code SMATHANKS through 11/26.

Sewpony: 40% off patterns with code BLACKFRIDAY2018 through Monday.

Threads by Caroline: 30-40% off patterns, no code needed.

*Tie Dye Diva: 40% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY

Tilly and the Buttons: up to 40% off through Nov 26th, no code needed.

Upcraft Club: 40% off with code THANKS18 through Black Friday.

Violette Field Threads: 40% off site-wide, no code necessary, 11/22-11/28.

30% off:

Ann Normandy Designs: 29% off everything in the store. November 21st, 12:00am est – 11:59 pm est. Use coupon code FOREVER29.

Bebekins: 35% off with code SUPERSALE through 11/27

*Brindille and Twig: 30% off site-wide with code BLACKFRIDAY2018 through 11/26.

Ensemble Patterns: 30% off with code THANKSABUNCH through Nov 26th.

*Heidi and Finn: 35% off all patterns with code BLACKFRIDAY35 11/22-11/26.

*Itch-to-Stitch: 25% off all patterns or 30% off when spending $30 or more through Monday.

*Jilly Atlanta: 35% off all patterns Wednesday-Friday with code GIVINGTHANKS

LBG Studio: 30% off with code THANKFUL30 through 11/26

Made By Jack’s Mum: 30% off all pdf sewing patterns with code HOHOHO until Thursday.

Made for Mermaids: 35% off now through Nov 19th! Use code MERRY35 at checkout.

Max and Meena: 30% off all patterns through Monday with code gobble18

Megan Nielsen: 30% off almost everything in the store, excludes newest releases, and already discounted items. Use code BLACKFRIDAY2018 at checkout.

Menta: 30% off site-wide until friday midnight, then saturday and Sunday all booties and add on will be 20% off.

Owl Creek Patterns: 30% off your purchase with code THANKFUL30 through Nov 30th.

Papercut Patterns: 30% off pdf patterns, and 20% off paper patterns.

*Peek-a-Boo: 30% off patterns with code SLEIGH30 and 15% off fabric with code SLEIGH15 11/21-11/26.

Petit a Petit: 30% off with code THANKSABUNCH

*Sew a Little Seam: 30% off with code THANKS18 now through Nov 25th. Excludes Constance patterns.

Sew Liberated: 30% off with code HANDMADEHOLIDAY2018

*Sew Like My Mom: 30% off your entire purchase with code GIVETHANKS bundles included! Through 11/26.

*Simple Life Patterns: 30% off with code FallintoSLPCo through Nov 19. Excludes new release, Betty.

*Sis Boom: 30% off through 11/27 no code needed.

Sofilantjes: 30% off with code buyme through Nov 26th.

Sofiona Designs: 30% off all patterns through Nov 25th. No code needed!

Striped Swallow Designs: 30% off with code Thankful18 Thursday-Monday.

Suco by Susana: 30% off storewide with code “THANKFUL2018”, from Nov 21st to 26th. (excludes bundles).

Toby K Patterns: 33% off patterns Nov 19th-Nov 26th.

Treasurie: 30% off any pattern with code THANKS2018 through Nov 27th.

Trish Newbery Designs: 35% discount on all patterns 24 hours only, no code needed.

*Wardrobe By Me: 35% off, code coming soon.

*Winter Wear Designs: 35% off single patterns and pattern bundles site wide* (*excludes WW Wardrobe Builders) use code: THANKYOU2018 11/19-11/26 (ends midnight EST) and BOGO Free – buy any* pattern get one of equal or lesser value free (*excludes WW Wardrobe Builders) code: BOGO2018
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Black Friday $3 BONANZA – ALL Winter Wear Wardrobe Builders are $3 Friday 11/23-11/26 (ends midnight EST)

*The Wolf and the Tree: 30% off with code BLACKFRIDAY through 11/28.

20% off:

*Amelie and Atticus: 20% off storewide with code ETSYCYBER2018 through Monday.

Below the Kowhai: 25% off pdf sewing patterns with code thanks25 this weekend.

Chalk and Notch: 20% off all patterns and bundles until Monday, November 26th, coupon code: holiday2018. 25% of all November sales are going to fire victims, including sale orders.

Closet Case Patterns: 20% off almost everything in the shop, 30% off online workshops with code THANKSGIVER18 through 11/26.

Deer and Doe: 20% off all patterns through Saturday at noon (GMT+1 / 6AM EST)

Elegance and Elephants: 20% off all patterns, no code needed.

Elemeno Patterns: 25% off everything 8pm EST 11/22-8pm EST 11/25.

Grainline Patterns: 20% off with code GIVETHANKS2018 through Monday.

*Hey June Handmade: 20% off  pdf and paper patterns with code HJ2018BF through 11/26.

Made by Me: 25% off all patterns, no code needed.

Misusu: 25% off site-wide, no code needed, through 11/26, additional %10 discount code in the Misusu Facebook group!

*Puperita: 20% off with code BFCM2018 through Monday.

Sprout Patterns: 20% off site-wide with code SEWLONG through November.

Straight Grain Patterns: 25% off with code BF25 through Monday.

True Bias: 25% off with code THANKS2018 11/22-11/26 paper and pdf patterns.

Twig+Tale: 20% off with code ALLBLACK Friday-Tuesday.

Other discounts:

*Brownie Goose: All patterns marked down to $5 through Monday no code needed.

Blank Slate Patterns: Buy one get one 50% off with code 2018BLACKFRIDAY 11/21-11/26.

Cali Faye Collection: $4 off a purchase of 2 designs with code THANKFUL, or $6 off a purchase of 3 designs with code GIVING through 11/26.

*Eli Monster: All patterns marked down to $7 no code needed. Pre-Thanksgiving sale.

*EYMM: everything $3 or less no code needed, 11/22-11/23.

*Hazelbee Patterns: The pattern is $5 now through Cyber Monday on Etsy. No coupon needed.

*Love Notions: $5 Tessa Sheath Dress, Friday only.

Phat Quarters: All pdf patterns $5 with an additional 10% discount code in their Facebook group.

*Pickle Toes Patterns: Starting at 12am est Wednesday ending at 11:59pm Friday
70% off ALMOST our entire site.

we will bring back all of the patterns we have retired this year at special $1-$2 pricing starting Wednesday at 12am est and ending Monday at 11:59pm est

Small Business/Subscriber Saturday
12am est Saturtaday – 11:59pm est Saturday
Subscribe to our newsletter from our website and get an extra day to save 70% off ALMOST everything on our site.

Manic Monday where every pattern that we put out for Manic Monday will be on sale for Manic Monday prices from 12am est Monday – 11:59pm est.

Rain City Patterns: $0.50 patterns all day Black Friday from 12am-11:59pm PST.

Seamwork: $20 off a premium subscription. $70 for 24 patterns, plus other benefits.

Sew Straight Patterns: All patterns $5 through 11/26.

Sinclair: $10 off $30, $15 off $40, or $20 off $50 Nov 19th-Nov 26th

Toriska: All patterns $5 through 11/26, no code needed.

 

FABRIC:

*Fabric.com

Knitpop: 40% site-wide with very few exclusions. Through Nov 25th.

*Pretty Posh Prints: $4.99 site-wide and $20 medium boxes of sweater knits. Starts Thursday 2pm PST.

Punkin Head Threads

Raspberry Creek Fabrics: Friday use code BP15 for 15% off double brushed poly. Saturday use code WOVEN15 for 15% off all wovens. Saturday use code COZY15 for 15% off cozy French terry, sweater knit, and sweatshirting. Monday use codes: CYBER15 for 15% off any order, or code CYBER20 for 20% off any order $75 or over, or code CYBER25 for 25% off any order $120 or over.

Simply By Ti: 30% off everything, plus some doorbusters. Friday, Nov 23rd.

*Sincerely Rylee: Daily deals every day, now through Cyber Monday.

Sly Fox Fabrics: Now through Nov 18th, 15-50% off select fabrics, $6.99 flat shipping. Link goes directly to sale fabrics.

Red velvet Adelyn

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Holidays are here! I’m joining on the Simple Life Pattern Company Holiday blog tour, and the creations have all been STUNNING! I am getting ahead of myself, but I hope you’ll remember to go check them all out, the links are at the end of the post.

Harts Fabric sponsored my post again this year, and I was able to select this gorgeous floral velvet fabric from them. One thing Harts does really well, is special occasion fabric. I had no shortage of options, it was harder to narrow it down, and gain direct inspiration, but after choosing a few options, I asked my daughter, and she chose this one. It was the first one I had saved, so it was the right choice. Their customer service is amazing. I ordered the yardage I needed, and then the next morning, my phone rang, I picked it up, and it said, “Hart’s Fabric,” so I answered, (you know I would have let it go to voicemail if the name hadn’t popped up) and they let me know they were 3/4 of a yard short of my order. We worked out the details, and they changed the amount I had been charged, and she said it was shipping out that day. Sure enough, I got it in the mail VERY shortly! Excellent customer service! I also forgot to take a picture, but the fabric comes packaged and wrapped up beautifully. It’s a nice touch.

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Since the fabric is so “extra,” I knew the pattern didn’t need to be loud. I used Adelyn, which I also used last year on the SLPCo Holiday blog tour, but this one is completely different! The silhouette is simple, and classic, and just what I wanted.

I made a few changes to the pattern. The biggest is the double circle skirt. I have never made one of these, surprisingly, since I love a good twirl, but I thought a red velvet holiday dress was the right place for it. Instead of one circle skirt, cut two. Then cut each of those on one of the folds, all the way from top to bottom. Sew those two pieces together at both seams, and then you’ll have your skirt. Sew two gathering stitches around the top edge, and gather it to fit you bodice. BAM. The twirliest.

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To kick it up another notch, and since the velvet was a little heavy, and hung straighter than I wanted, I added horsehair braid to the hem. I’ve never used it before, but picked up a box for 90 or 95% off when the JoAnn in our local mall was closing to re-locate. I figured it was a fun notion to have on hand. I didn’t look up directions, I just winged it, and turns out I didn’t apply it quite correctly, but the result is just fine! It gives the hem a little more stiffness, and improves the silhouette to match my vision more closely.

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The other change I made was the sleeves. In the Adelyn pattern, the top of the sleeve is gathered to create a little puff at the shoulder. My eight year old is NOT a fan, and she made it clear last time I sewed a pattern with a puff sleeve. She also doesn’t like ruffles anywhere, and even gives me the side-eye when she sees me sewing gathering stitches to attach a gathered skirt. So, I copied the armscye and top of a sleeve from another knit bodice, and used that instead.

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I know she’ll wear this dress out, and probably long past the holidays. I am in love with it, and really loved being in the company of all the talented women that are sharing in this tour. Here’s the schedule:

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November 5 – Kutti CoutureSLPCO Team

November 6 – Wonderfully HandmadeAmmon Lane

November 7 – Kainara StitchesIdle SunshinePearberry Lane

November 8 – Sew TwirlySew Sophie LynnBonnie and Blithe

November 9 – It’s LieselCandice Ayala

GIVEAWAY: You made it to the best part!!! Enter at the link below for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to Harts and $50 shop credit to SLPco. Giveaway will run November 5th-November 19th at midnight CST.

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SALE: Actually, maybe this is the best part!! Simple Life Pattern Company is having a site-wide sale, these don’t come along very often, so stock up on all the beautiful patterns you have been eyeing! Sale ends November 19th at midnight, CST. (excludes the new pattern-Betty)

Take 30% off with code: FallintoSLPco

Green Street

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I think Lil Luxe Collection makes some of the best designs. She competed on the latest season of Project Run & Play, and WON! This is one of the designs she created on her season.

The Green Street top and dress is a simple skinny strap dress that pulls over the head easily with no closures. The whole pattern is finished beautifully with french seams everywhere.

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The pleats make my non-ruffle loving girl a little happier, because she even side-eyes the gathers on skirts sometimes. Just making sure i’m not trying to put her in any ruffles. Haha!

There is a top length also, but dresses are usually easier for me because I don’t have to pick another piece to style it with. I let her choose the fabric for this one. I pulled out 8 or 10 pieces that I had enough of, and thought would work well for this pattern, and she loved this one. Good thing I do to. It was actually my #1 choice before I decided to let her choose. It came from a good friend who let me shop her grandma’s stash before opening up the estate sale to the public. ❤

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There is a discount code you can use on this, and the other new pattern in the shop, the Siena skirt. I will be posting about that one soon. The discount code “NEWPATTERNS_Siena_GreenStreet” is good through next Tuesday, the 30th.

Green Street