My dear friend Dana emailed me recently and asked if she could introduce me to her friend Amanda, a member of the LAMQG, who is releasing her first fabric collection with Windham this spring. I love Dana and think she has flawless taste, and when I emailed back and forth with Amanda, I could see why Dana loves her. I am so flattered that Amanda invited me to play with her very first collection, Spring Bloom, and since my
somewhat obsessive very thorough revision of the Flip Flop Dress pattern is still going on, I took this as a chance to sew up two SUPER cute versions of this dress.
I received four of the prints in this collection: a floral in two colorways, and a dot in two colorways. My on-going passions for dots (second only to my adoration of stripes and plaids) continues, and since the bodice of the Flip Flop Dress can be lined, I wanted a good contrast for the interior. The floral I loved for its visual impact–it’s not too busy up close, but it also reads really well from far away. When I first saw the swatches for this collection, I wondered if it might not read a little traditional in person, but the brightness of the prints and the saturation of the colors is really lovely and modern, and this floral in particular I am really impressed with on a garment.
I made one version of the dress for our youngest, and we did what I recommend everyone do when making a pattern for the first time: we went about our regular lives. Like quilts, I think hand-sewn garments are meant to be USED and become an everyday part of your life. In our case, that means roller skates and playgrounds in a brand-new dress. Boom.
My child flipped out a little when she saw this finished dress. She wanted to wear it RIGHT AWAY, MOMMY. She loves the color, she loves the print. I love that it isn’t a cloyingly sweet “little girl” print, but that it’s also appropriate for a little girl–not too sickly sweet but not too hipster, either. She loves that the dress has a fluffy skirt and that she could run and jump and roller skate in it. We agree on that point.
The dots are perfect for the lining. I love a good tone-on-tone print, always, and have seen some of the (seriously incredible) quilts made for this blog hop that have put it to really good use–check the links below for more projects from this fabric!
This dress did not initially have sleeves. The pattern kind of insisted on them during the renovation phase–I’m not about beating dead horses, and I know you’ve all heard me talk about (and seen photos of!) this pattern for aaaaaages, but if I’m going to do it, I want to make it the best I can make it. So when I realized 70% of the way through completing the pattern that I was going to have to give it sleeves as well as instructions for both a lined and an unlined bodice, I bowed to the will of the design. Sewing up a sample sleeve in this fabric was really instrumental in reminding me WHY I went to all that trouble–they turned out so, so great, and I am beyond tickled with how much I love the final dress.
Love what you see? See more of it!! Follow the links below to see some seriously impressive original quilt designs using Spring Bloom, and then hit the Rafflecopter at the bottom to win your very own fat quarter bundle!
SPRING BLOOM MAKERS BLOG HOP SCHEDULE
April 22 Nell Timmer – Nell’s Notions
April 23 Jessica Darling
April 26 Cindy Wiens – Live a Colorful Life
April 27 Krista Hennebury – Poppyprint
April 28 Felicity Ronaghan – Felicity Quilts
April 29 Casey York – The Studiolo
April 30 Better Off Thread
May 1 Right here!
May 2 Bella Caronia Blog That’s a Wrap
Giant thanks to Amanda for including me on her blog tour, to Dana for introducing us, and to Windham for sharing these fabrics with me! Enter below to win some for your very own.