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Frolic Fabric Blog Hop

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tamara Kate has done it again and designed another exquisite fabric collection for Michael Miller Fabrics. Frolic is a hand-painted, Mexican fiesta inspired garden full of whimsical creatures in bright, vibrant colours. You can even see some of the original paintings in this post on Tamara Kate's blog! There are more possibilities than ever with this collection because, for the first time, Tamara's designs are available in knit! How exciting is that?!

My daughter loved all the available prints as much as I did, which made it a lot of fun to choose which ones to pick for our projects. The Frolicking on Knit in raspberry was our final choice, and it is so perfect! This knit is top quality and the design is so lovely! I chose to use the Skola Dress pattern simply because the style seemed to suit this print so well. With a matching headband, Anja was ready to frolic down our main street! 









For the second outfit, I just had to include the highlight of the collection: the Frolic Border. I can't resist a beautiful border print, and that's exactly what this one is. It was a perfect fit for a new pattern I've got in the works, when paired with Summer Portrait. The floral hedgehogs just blew me away when I saw them and I had to make them the centrepiece of this dress. As with other Tamara Kate fabrics I've had the pleasure of sewing with, these are a perfect weight: light enough to have a beautiful drape without the necessity of a lining. I added a pair of capri leggings with my leftover Frolicking on Knit in raspberry to complete the outfit, and we were off to park to show it off!










Thank you, Tamara Kate, for the opportunity to create these pieces with your works of art! This collection is sure to be the must-have of the summer (and beyond!). For more Frolic inspiration, follow the updates on Tamara Kate's blogFrolic is shipping to stores on June 15.


Juliette Pattern Tour

Monday, May 8, 2017



Suz from sewpony and Jill from Kneesocks & Goldilocks have collaborated to create a beautiful new pattern called Juliette, and we just love it! When asked to participate in the tour, it was an easy yes, because I just love a versatile pattern with a classic design. The signature feature of this dress (which can also be a top), is the soft ruffle at the neckline, although it can be omitted for a simpler look. There are two closure options: button & loop or bias ties. In seam pockets can be added as well as a faux button placket and three different sleeve lengths or the option to keep it sleeveless.

What I love about this pattern is that it's super easy to make, and very achievable for a beginner, while still having enough options to keep it interesting for those who are more advanced. My daughter doesn't like wearing ruffles much these days, but she still liked this design. What I did do to appease her aversion to ruffles, is shortened the length of the ruffle (by 8cm) so that it's less pronounced. The result is more subtle and she loves it! I made a size 5 and opted for the biased ties closure. The fabric is a lightweight floral cotton lawn from my local fabric store. The pattern itself was well written with high quality photo instructions. The dress came together very quickly, and I look forward to making more of them soon!










Thank you Suz & Jill for giving me the honour of sewing your pattern and participating in this tour!

Use code: DRESSEDINSEWPONY to receive 10 % off any sewpony pattern (until June 2) and follow along with the Juliette Tour:

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And have you heard about the huge Dressed in sewpony Sewing Contest?
Head over to sewpony for all the details.


Fabric Printing By Bags of Love

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bags of Love is a company based in London, UK, that specializes in personalized gifts, wall art, and fabric printing. They have over 12 years experience digitally printing textile and their own print facility and manufacturing plant in one location. They also print every textile to order with no minimum requirement. I have always wanted to have my own custom fabric printed, so I was excited to get the process started. 

When I initially browsed their website, I was surprised at the huge selection of fabrics types that were available. There is everything from cashmere, jersey, chiffon, leather, fleece, silk, neoprene, and even speaker fabrics, just to name a few. With over 60 fabrics to choose from, my first challenge was which one to pick! But having recently released the Mira Dress pattern, I knew I wanted to create something to highlight that design. My final decision was to select Monroe Satin, the heaviest and least shiny of the three satin options.

Next on the agenda, was deciding on the print itself. With Easter just around the corner, and the fact that rabbits are my daughter's favourite animal, I knew I wanted to incorporate bunnies in the design somewhere. I've really been loving the latest trend of fabric printed with animals on them, so I decided to use a photograph of rabbits. I purchased the following photo from a stock photo website and tiled it with the easy-to-use image tools on the Bags of Love website. 

There is even a video to help make the tiling process even easier.


Once my order was placed, I could not believe how quickly my fabric arrived. Within less than a week, from London to the west coast of Canada, the fabric was in my hands.  I think it was even delayed a couple days because we had a huge snowstorm during that time which wreaked havoc on all of the local transportation in my area.

The first thing I noticed was the quality of the both the print and the fabric itself. At Bags of Love, they use professional trade deep fibre printing on their satin fabrics, and the result of this process produced a perfect print for me. The fabric is very soft and smooth, with a slight shine to it and is the perfect weight for the gathered skirt in my dress design.  It's hard to show in photos how beautiful this fabric truly is, so I hope you can take my word for it!







Here are some photos of this dress in action. The only alteration I made to the Mira Dress pattern was to add a great, big sash. Without a doubt, this has become my daughter's favourite dress. The beautiful drape of the skirt had her flittering and twirling around the garden. It was wonderful to see how delighted she was to wear this dress!












The whole experience was so positive from beginning to end, that I can highly recommend them for all your fabric printing needs. The website is full of positive reviews from clients who purchased other items, so I would also feel confident placing an order for their other personalized products as well. Head over to Bags of Love and make your dream of high quality custom fabric printing a reality! 

Mira Tour - KaatjeNaaisels, Kneesocks & Goldilocks, and La modista de Atenea

Friday, March 24, 2017
To finish off the week on the Mira Tour there are FIVE dresses to see! 

First, there is Jill from Kneesocks & Goldilocks, who creates spectacular vintage-style clothing for her sweet daughters. I don't know how she did it, but she made FOUR Mira dresses (you'll have to wait till Monday to see the fourth one!), in the midst of launching her Spring Capsule for Sweet Jane Studio. She's one inspirational lady! Do check out her projects and her delightful IG account.


Next, Diana from La modista de Atenea took the Mira Dress to the next level by adding POM POMS to the centre bodice. How amazing is that?! You can barely see them in this photo, but go to her blog to see the close-ups...so awesome! 


And the last Mira Dress to share with you, is not a dress at all, but a gorgeous green top made by Katrien from KaatjeNaaisels. It looks so lovely on her adorable daughter in that gorgeous landscape in the Netherlands. Go see more on her blog!

I can hardly wait to share my daughter's Easter dress, made with custom fabric from Bags of Love, on Monday. It was finally warm enough for an outdoor photoshoot, and we took advantage of the warm sun to show off this newest Mira Dress, which has quickly taken top spot on my daughter's favourite dress list. Here's a sneak peek...




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Mira Tour - Molemieke's Naaiblog and So-Cal Sewing Mom

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Today Daisy (Molemieke's Naaiblog) and Janice (So-Cal Sewing Mom) are sharing what they have made with the Mira Dress pattern.

Janice got super creative and hacked the Mira into the sweetest top with crocheted lace trim. Gorgeous!


When I saw Daisy's dress, I was SO excited! The way she constructed that bodice with the added piping is exquisite.


I know you'll want to see more so head on over and check out both their blogs (and all their other amazing projects while you're there!)!

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