So Happy Together- The Blue Ribbon Blog Tour

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?

Blue Ribbon Dress

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.

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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!

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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.

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This definitely has some twirl!!!

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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!!!

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I seriously am a sucker for a sash and a pretty bow.  It’s like a present!

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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!

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The Twist Shift Dress by Ainslee Fox for One Thimble E-zine

I have several PDF patterns from Australian designers, but sadly I’ve not taken the time to sew any of them, which is truly my loss!  I was given a chance to sew up some patterns by the talented Jen Kennedy from Ainslee Fox.  These 2 patterns are a part of the One Thimble E-zine, which is also the brainchild of Jen.  One Thimble is a PDF magazine that includes patterns, articles, and tips for seamstresses.  It’s really a fun publication for sewing enthusiasts and pattern hoarders collectors.

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The first pattern I sewed for my sweet girl is the Twist Shift Dress, which you can also buy as a stand alone pattern.  I was immediately drawn to the funky, geometrical color blocking on the front which gives a kick of fun to the clean, crisp silhouette of this a-line dress.

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I also knew right away that I wanted to use this pattern as an opportunity to use up some of my prized Parson Gray fabric.  (Parson Gray is designed by David Butler, to whom I’ve bestowed the nickname “Mr. Amy Butler”).  This fabric is earthy and has a hint of adventure.  It’s definitely not your everyday girly-girl fabric, but I think it’s perfect in this dress.  I’ve used this fabric on a few other occasions, and you can see it featured in my Elements Collection.

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     I love the simplicity of the back with the loop closure!  I also learned some new techniques in the tutorial, including the back opening, a unique way to close up the armholes, and of course, the fabulous welt pockets.

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     This dress will definitely be made again and it’s versatile enough to be worn for school or dressier occasions, like church or a holiday.  It can be layered with different types of shirts with any manner of sleeve to give you four-seasons of wear.  Stay tuned until next week when I show you my version of the Time Traveller Vest from One Thimble and Ainslee Fox!

     I also need to give a HUGE shout-out to Becca DuVal for help with editing!  She helped me save my shots and made them even more beautiful!!!