Raedene from Little Lizard King started talking about a blog tour last month and knew it was something I wanted to be a part of! I’ve not been a part of a blog tour before and it sounded like so much fun! I mean, what’s not to love about sewing up a great pattern in gorgeous fabrics and then getting to share it with you all? Needless to say, I jumped at the chance and started planning!
I was given a copy of the Blue Ribbon Pattern, which is anything but your basic knit top and woven skirt. This pattern has options in SPADES! You have several options for sleeves (including none!) and then options for tunic and dress lengths, with a band and/or a ruffle! Whew! I’m getting tired just listing all of that! And that might make you think that this is pattern that will take you forever, which is far from the truth! I was able to put this together in one afternoon, even with several interruptions. “Can I have a snack?” “Can I have a drink?” “Can we watch Frozen?” “When is dinner?” “WHAT is dinner?” You get the idea, right?
The inspiration behind this dress is this amazing fabric from Vanessa Christenson of V and Co. for Moda Fabrics. All of the skirt fabrics are from her Color Me Happy line, with the exception of the sash, which is from her Simply Style collection. Both are great collections and so much fun! They always make me smile and I love that the fabrics coordinate across the lines. I was able to pick these up at Among Friends Quilt Shop in Louisville, KY. I found great coordinating knits for my bodice and my ruffled capris from Mel at The Purple Seamstress on Facebook and the gorgeous jacquard ribbon is by Amy Butler from Fleuriste on Etsy.
I did have to perform a little bit of a pattern hack for this project. My daughter has a very large head and I always have a hard time getting these mama-made knit items over it. So after trying several things to try to make this work for her, I finally used the size 4 cutting line for the front of the neck and the size 3 cutting line for the back of the neck. It was perfect! No more popping seams!
What else can I say about this uber versatile pattern? It’s something a beginner can tackle and there are tons of great tips on sewing with knits. I wonder how many days you could sew this with different combinations and not repeat? I already have one planned with some Little Mermaid fabric that my daughter has been drooling over. But for today…we’ll just stick with the seriously drool-worthy V and Co.
This definitely has some twirl!!!
I added a little length to the band between the skirt and the ruffle so I had plenty of room for my yummy ribbon. I think I need to check into Trim Hoarders Anonymous. I have a feeling I’d run into many friends there. You know who you are!!!
I seriously am a sucker for a sash and a pretty bow. It’s like a present!
I didn’t notice how much of ^^this^^ pose she did until I went to edit my pics and half of them were the exact same. I think we have a winner.
A Blue Ribbon, in fact!
My review has come to a close…but we’re not done yet! The fabulous ladies at LLK are doing a GIVEAWAY at each stop of the tour!
I know, I know, it’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? A $35 gift certificate to their shop is up for grabs, so make sure you enter! I’ll be announcing the winner here and on my Facebook page on May 8th, and LLK will announce it on their page, too! The Pattern Tour lasts from May 5th-11th, so don’t miss out on some fabulous creations!
ENTER THE RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW!!!