Sarah Jane, Magic Fabric Blog Tour

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Hello, I hope everyone’s summer has been incredible and full of lot of adventures! Don’t you feel like summer is becoming shorter and shorter? Time flies by! My kids head back to school in a week!

Anyways, I got a little side tracked, I am excited to share a new fabric collection from Sarah Jane and Michael Miller.  Way back in March, while traveling back to GA to see family, Sarah’s new line popped up in my Facebook feed right before we boarded the plane. So obviously that meant for the rest of the plane ride all I could think about was all the amazing things I could sew with that fabric and then of course that started my pattern designing juices going!  I envisioned a summer sundress with little girls dancing in the beautiful sun. After the 5 hour plane ride I came up with Lauren, a summery sundress full of pleated details.  Isn’t it incredible how one person’s creativity influences another?!

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(Shown here with Magic and Gauze from Sommer)

Sarah has always been a huge inspiration to me since the time I first started sewing! Every time I see Children on Parade fabric, I  have flash backs of sitting at my sewing machine cranking out tons of skirts made with that print. I keep a secret stash of out of print Sarah’s fabric in my fabric closet that I will only pull out for very special projects!  Did you hear they will be bringing back some out of print fabrics??!! How exciting!!

In May I had the honor of sewing TWO dresses for her Spring Quilt Market Booth.

The first one is Paige, which is designed by Bernadette for Violette Field Threads.

Fabric:

Unicorn Forest

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The second is the pattern I mentioned earlier, Lauren.

Fabric:

Magic Parade- Double Boarder

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Stars and Stripes

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Here are few (HA) more photos of Lauren and Magic Collection…

(Seriously, isn’t she a doll??!!!)

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“Lauren” baby fabric:

 Magic Parade Double Boarder

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(Not sure how I got so lucky to get this perfect shot with everyone smiling but YAY!!!)

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Fabric:

Sommer Fabric Collection: Painted Gingham

Mermaid Magic

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What will you sew with Magic?

Thank you so much for hanging out with me and reading all about my adventures with Magic Fabric!

-Alexis

 

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Floral Radiograph Fabric Blog Tour-Skirt Fixation

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Hello and Happy Friday,

This month has flown by, right???!!  It has for me too! So it was nice to stop for a minute. grab my camera and my favorite little lady and head to my newly founded photo spot.   We had a lot of laughs and got a lot of pics with some beautiful fabric. Aubrey. from Skirt Fixation, has created a beautiful collection of fabric called, Floral Radiograph. What is Floral Radiograph you ask?? Well here you go:

Floral Radiography is the procedure of x-raying delicate flowers to create art.  Over 100 years old, this practice is almost as venerable as x-ray technology itself.  Because of the sensitivity of x-ray technology, composition difficulty, and the fragility of the processing method, most floral radiograph attempts do not turn out.  But the ones that make it to a finished product are so stunningly, hauntingly beautiful they make the endeavor worthwhile!  The tiny community of artists who make floral radiographs do not limit themselves to flowers either.  Whether it’s the ability to see beyond the naked eye, or the similarity to silhouettes and shadows, floral radiography translates beautifully to fabric because the owner of floral radiograph fabric can use it to create something that transcends the flesh of nature and touches the very bones.

Pretty cool, right??!!

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I choose the Black and White Boarder Print in cotton. Which is super soft and flowy!! It was a breezy day thanks to a storm coming, which made the fabric drape like a dream. Lucky me!!

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I had envisioned making a skirt for the tour because every time I think of Aubrey I think of skirts! HA!  So I used the Gemma Skirt pattern by Violette Field Threads. I made the skirt with a few modifications, like using a gathered skirt instead of a circle skirt and I also adding length. The end result was a full, flowy midi skirt!

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I have a thing for Black and White fabric, it’s timeless! BUT, she is also offering the print in several other colors…

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Gorgeous, right??!!!!

Guess what, you can win a $50 credit for My Fabric Designs. See Skirt Fixation Blog for more information. The giveaway runs from April 25 to May 8.

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Thank you Aubrey for having me on your blog tour!!!

Until next time…

Alexis

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My next pattern, Madison!

Eeeeeek!! Here I am again with my next pattern! My last pattern Emily was a fancy, romantic, Jane Austen style dress while Madison is a great everyday style dress.

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Before I go into detail I must stop and say thank you to Art Gallery Fabrics for graciously sending me fabric and sponsoring, Madison.  Thanks to Sew Caroline’s Chalk and Paint Fabric collection the tutorial is extra pretty! Yay!!

Madison offers several option to tailor into yours and your child’s favorite dress!

Here are some options:

*Cap Sleeve

*Collar insert

*Faux button placket

*Pleated bodice

*Slim Skirt

*Open Pockets

*Keyhole back with ribbon tie closure

*Size 2-10

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With all those option, do you know how many version of Madison you could make? Add trim, leave off the buttons or add extra fancy buttons. Ummmm, did I mention trim? There are so many great place you can add trim to.

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Madison is LIVE!! Go grab yourself a copy!! Oh and did I mention that for 48 hours it is on SALE! 18% off!! Use code: MADISON

To see more inspirations jump over to Violette Field Threads blog for more tester photos!

Enjoy!

-Alexis

Sew Caroline Chalk and Paint Blog Tour.

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Happy Monday!!

I am happy to start off your week with lots of bright colors from Sew Caroline’s Chalk and Paint Fabric Collection.

I hope you had a chance to see The Tattooed Quilter blog post yesterday??!! If not you must check it out and also stop by Hey June Handmade  blog tomorrow!

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Sew Caroline has 3 lines with Art Gallery Fabrics and is well know for her bright, cheerful color palette and Chalk and Paint is no exception. I have been waiting on pins and needles (get it?!!) for this line since Fall Quilt Market. I love the bright colors and large scale floral prints along side bold graphic prints.

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The above prints are:

Short Lines Mist and Evenly Smudged Joy

The print below are:

Short Lines Mist and Triangle Brush Tempera

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We had a chance to go to QuiltCon last weekend so I decided to bring Miss. T with me so she could see the what the world of sewing is all about. She wore this and Oh-Man was it a hit! People were asking  where they can get the Fabric and Skirt!

I used Violette Field Threads Allie Top Pattern with the Lavinia Reversible Skirt Pattern.

I also had the honor of making two dresses for Chalk and Paint Lookbook…

The dress above was is a new pattern coming soon by Violette Field Threads called Madison!

I made Madison with the following fabrics:

Dripping Paint Warming

Short Lines Mist

Sprayed Blooms Bright

Aerosol Stipple Blush

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Sew Caroline is also offering one person the opportunity to WIN a FULL Fat Quarter Bundle of Chalk and Paint Fabric.

The giveaway is being offered on @sewcaroline Instagram page and will run from 2/22 to 3/7.

To enter:

  • Post/repost your favorite image from the blog tour (any photo from any blog post) crediting the maker/photographer
  • Use the hashtag #chalkandpaintgiveaway and tag @sewcaroline
  • People can enter once per day

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For more inspiration check out Art Gallery Fabrics Lookbook and Sew Caroline’s Blog!

Thank you Caroline for another beautiful collection and having me join the Blog Tour!

-Alexis

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Sharon Holland Coastline Fabrics Blog Tour

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Hello and Welcome to the Sharon Holland Coastline Fabrics Blog Tour!!

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What is your sign? No I am not trying to pick you up, just wanted to share that I am a Pisces and naturally drawn to water. So it makes perfect sense then that I am naturally drawn to Ocean inspired fabric right?!?  Sharon Holland has been with Art Gallery Fabrics for a couple of years now and has 3 fabric collections with them, Gossamer, Sketchbook and now Coastline.  I had the opportunity to see this collection at October’s Quilt Market and was totally blown away by the serene blues and purples of the North Shore colorway and the vibrant coral and aqua of the South Shore colorway.

Sharon is also hosting a giveaway so be sure to read allllllll the way to the end for more details!

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What made the photo shoot for the blog tour more fun was collaborating with another creative mind, Sue Stone who is the owner of Needle In a Fabric Stash . She is also blogging today and sharing more photos of our collaboration on her blog. Click HERE.   Isn’t her Quilt and Bag STUNNING!!!??!!

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For this Blog Tour I used the Cosette Dress pattern by Violette Field Threads. I choose the Maxi Dress option with the pleated insert. I also left off the ruffles since this big girl no longer likes them, booooo! Why are you growing up so fast!!??!

Fabric used in the dress:

*Beachcomber Nocturnal

*Sand Bar Drift Wood

*Netting String

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Look who joined us!!! Yes, he was SO excited to join his Sister. He is usually in the background looking for sticks and pretending to be a stormtrooper.  Isn’t it awesome when you can choose fabric from a collection that can be used for Boys and Girls! Thank you Sharon!

I choose the ModKid Keagan Boy Shirt pattern which was a perfect fit for my Son!

Fabric used:

*Netting in Twine

*Trade Winds Port

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I think this might be the coolest pier I have ever seen and was quiet excited to shoot here in Sunny San Diego!

It was such a great day spending time with the kids and meeting new friends. I was a little stressed out making sure I got great photos but I know the kids had LOTS of fun!!

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Stunning Floral Halo was purchased on Etsy , through Little Lady Accessories.  

I added a crocheted trim I purchased from Joann.

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I feel so lucky Sue decided to open a fabric store only minutes from my house (My Husband may feel differently) that carries designer fabric. If you don’t live where I do you can still check her out online!!

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I can’t thank Sharon enough for having me join her on the Coastline Blog Tour! Click HERE for more inspiration and for the full line up of Bloggers!

Raedene from Chasing Mermaids hit it out of the park with her dress and beautiful coastline photos on Friday. Be sure to check out Jennifer tomorrow to see what beautiful creation she has in store for us!

Ok, so I mentioned earlier that Sharon is hosting a giveaway on her IG page @SHARONHOLLANDDESIGNS .  She is giving away a bundle of the Coastline Fabric but it is really important that your IG page is not set to private to join in on the giveaway.

Rules to enter:

  • Be an Instagram user (sorry, private IG accounts do not show up in hashtag pool)
  • Repost your favorite image(s) from the Coastline Blog Tour on your Instagram account and include the hashtag #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway in your post to qualify – enter as many times as you like – entries from outside the USA are also welcome to enter

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Goodbye for now…

-Alexis

 

AvantGarde Blog Tour

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Are you ready for a fabric with rich, saturated colors and bold geometric print?  Trust me, you want to say yes! Katarina Roccella has been one of my favorite fabric designers for years now.  I even used her last collection,  Wonderland fabrics, to help promote my first pattern, Genevieve.  Now meet Katarina’s newest collection AvantGarde.  This collection is full of stunningly bold colors that is simply pure visual bliss!

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Hello beautiful colors, am I right or am I right?!?!!!

My Favorite part of this collections is the perfect balance of geometric shapes, deeply  saturated purples and delicate butterfly prints.  They compliment each other so well in any combination giving you the freedom to play and create so many different looks.  Love it!

Looking for more inspiration, check out Art Gallery Fabrics Lookbook HERE

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For this Blog Tour I used Violette Field Threads , Loarlie pattern. The modern “V” shaped insert pairs well with the modern print of AvantGarde.

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The prints I used in this dress are:

Neo-Flies in Dense

Fluxus in Teal

Steps Above in Moonbow

Bauhaus in Dissection

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I am joined by so many talented seamstresses in this blog tour. Please take a moment to visit each one.

January 15th: Megan Jimenez from Quilt Story
January 16th: Svetlana Sotak of Sotak handmade
January 17th: Sharon Mcconnell of Colorgirlquilts
January 18th: Rachael Gander of Imagine gnats
January 19th: Ali Brorsen of Because of Brenna
January 20th: Laura Scaramella of Simple Life Company
January 21st: Alexis of My sweet sunshine
January 22nd: Marija Vujčić
January 23rd: Hema Malini of Malini’s quilts
January 24th: Kristy Sachs – Rockbabyscissors
January 25th: Paul Hallinger aka Evildemondevildog
January 26th: Erica Jackman
January 27th: Kathleen Quilts
January 28th: The Tattooed Quilter
January 29th: Nicole – Lillyella
January 30th: Sari – Sariditty handmade

January 31st: Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s quilts

Scroll through several pictures of my AvantGarde Dress:

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Blooper… (The boy LOVES to get in pics-lol)

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Thank you Katarina for having me join your blog tour!

-Alexis

 

DARE by Pat Bravo

Hello,

Are you ready for bold prints and colors, well DARE fabric by Pat Bravo collection delivers! Bold print and geometric shapes are the base of this fun and electric collection!

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Before I talk more about the fabric and the details of the dress, I want to share with you how wonderful Pat Bravo is.  I had the pleasure of meeting her for the first time at the Houston Quilt Market this year.  It was such an honor to meet her and our conversation was so encouraging that I found inspiration to continue to push my creativity.   I kid you not I had tears in my eyes!  She was nice enough to ask if I was interested in sewing with her new fabric line, UMMM OF COURSE!!

Working with Art Gallery’s fabrics is always a pleasure so to be able to work with her design on top of that was a dream come true.

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I chose to use Wafting Plaid Traced and A Path Of Passion prints with the Genevieve dress pattern (my first pattern design with Violette Field Threads). Oh, that plaid is on point this season!! Eeek, perfection!!  The white and navy colorway are both great options. I also adore the tiny white flowers in A Path Of Passion print. Especially on the bright pink!

When I was designing Genevieve , Art Gallery Fabrics became my go to fabric because of the lightweight , flowy fabric for the flounce. 🙂 🙂

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That light, right??!! Amazing!! My favorite spot to take pictures, Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens.

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Miss T. will be wearing the dress for all of our bright a festive Christmas parties.  I am also secretly hoping it still fits for Easter so she can wear it again.  🙂

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Again, I used the Genevieve pattern,  you can purchase and see more photos on the Violette Field Threads page. I am over the moon excited to see how the Genevieve dress looks with all the different fabrics. If you are not already apart of the VFT Facebook group, please come join us to find more inspiration to push your creativity!

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It was such a pleasure once again to work with Art Gallery Fabric and Pat Bravo, Thank you.

-Alexis

(Merry Christmas and Happy New Years everyone!)

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Violette Field Thread and my first pattern, Genevieve

Hello,

I hope you saw my Friday’s blog post on Violette Field Thread’s Blog! If you did not catch friday’s post, I shared my inspiration behind my VERY first pattern, Genevieve.

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So let’s jump into what makes up Genevieve…

Genevieve comes in sizes 2-9/10 and features a flowy flounce bodice. I adore the flounce and love the back of the bodice because of the way the buttons are running down the back. I’ve seen a lot of questions about the top construction in some of the earlier comments.  The sleeved version appears almost like a separate cropped jacket over the bodice, but it’s actually 3 connected layers.  This is where my Jackie O influence comes in.

Front/Side:

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Back:

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The bodice has two sleeve versions:

Sleeveless version:

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Sleeved Version:

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I have also included three skirt options with or without pockets!! I adore pockets in skirts, don’t you?!?!

Regular length that finishes just above the knee.

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Vintage length that finishes 1.5”-2” above the knee

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BUBBLE skirt!!! Ohhhhh, you will LOVE the bubble skirt. It is so much fun! That bubble skirt is great for older girls just as it is great for the little ones.

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I need to pause for a moment and thank Art Gallery Fabric and Katarina Roccella  for sharing Wonderland Fabrics with me! I am so grateful to have their beautiful fabrics for all my dresses and instructions. It is always an honor to work with you and to sew with your great fabric!

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I am so grateful for each one of my testers and each one of them hit it out of the park. The testers used everything from tulle, sequins, velvet, dupioni silk and of course quilter’s cotton fabrics in their creations.  Just by changing the fabric up you can have the perfect dress for a party, church, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve and can even go out on a fun Easter egg hunt.

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I am so grateful to Ericka and Jessica for not only believing in me and asking me to join their team but supporting me more than I could ever imagine! They are both beautiful inside and out!!

Have you seen their absolutely stunning daughter???

FYI- They used snap instead of buttons due to fabric choice.

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I hope you love and enjoy making a Genevieve Dress for your daughter, granddaughter, niece, best friend’s daughter or whomever you sew for!!  🙂

See more on VFT Blog HERE and Purchase HERE

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More pictures…

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-Alexis

The Paneled Sunsuit “It’s not Just a Sunsuit” Blog Tour

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Hello,

I am excited to be able to join a fun blog tour today! This time I get to mash up and play around with The Paneled Sunsuit by  Call Ajaire . Oh Ladies, seriously you could make a new outfit everyday for a month and never look the same with this pattern. Thats how many option are included! What’s also great is it comes in a LARGE size range, newborn to 12yrs.

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I mentioned this on my last Blog post that I have been letting my daughter pick out the fabric and pattern for each Blog Tour I do. So with this one I let her pick out the Fabric and together we decided on how to play with the Paneled Sunsuit. She wanted a maxi skirt after seeing several from Jak& Pepper and also from a few maxi skirts that I have from Abercrombie & Fitch. I choose to pair the skirt with a cropped , blousy version of the Sunsuit Top.

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Here is what I did for the skirt:

  • Individual Maxi Skirt with elastic waistband
  • Made a size 10 but a 12 length so she could wear it over her waist to cover her tummy
  • Cutting- I cut the skirt wider then the pattern piece for both front and back (see picture below).
  • Flared the skirt out at the same point as the pattern piece
  • Finished look was a tulip shape

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Here is what I did for the Top

  • Individual Top
  • Made a size 10 overall
  • When cutting, I cut the top wider – 3″ wider, at the hem,  then the original pattern piece
  • I am also cut the hem at a straight line (see pic below)
  • I only used the front and back pattern pieces, no liner
  • Used bias tape around armhole- Facing method
  • Cut 2 Top Front and Back and sandwiched the strap between the two.
  • Straps tie at shoulder
  • Added trim-fringe Fun!!!

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(Don’t you love my Halloween Tape- that is what happens when your kids steal all your tape)

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  Call Ajaire is offering 15% off Paneled Sunsuit during the Blog Tour.  You can use the code SUNSUIT15 both at UpCraft Club and Etsy through the 7th of September. To sweeten the deal even more you can join Designs by Call Ajaire Facebook group to received a discount code for 20% off!!!

There also a chance you can win the pattern… Check out the Rafflecoptor

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Fabric:

Arizona Collection by Art Gallery and April Rhodes

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Thank you Ajaire for having me along the Blog Tour!! It was a pleasure to sew up one of your patterns!!!

Here is the full line-up for the tour.

Monday August 24th:  Max California | Filles à Maman | Hey June | House of Estrela

Art Gallery Fabric Sketchbook Blog Tour

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Hello and Happy Friday,

I hope you have enjoyed the Sketchbook Blog Tour so far!! Sketchbook Fabric is a beautiful Fabric line by Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics.  Yesterday Jessica from Izzy & Ivy made the most beautiful dress using not one, not two, but three pieces from the Sketchbook Fabric Collection. To see more check out her Blog HERE .

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Tomorrow, Sharon will recap the Blog Tour and announce the winner of the 10 yards of Sketchbook fabric giveaway!!! Wait, What!!!??? Yes, I said 10 yards of Sketchbook Fabric!!! All you need to do is repost your favorite picture from the tour to be entered in a chance to win 10 yards of Sketchbook fabric!!! Include the hashtag #sketchbooktourgiveaway when you REPOST the pic 🔁 Ends Saturday 9 a.m. EDT. So make sure you enter TODAY to find out who won TOMORROW!

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As my daughter grows so does her want for making her own decisions on what she wears (good luck kid, because Mommy has a lot of control in that area).  So in trying to better myself (I am trying!), I let her pick out the fabric and the pattern. She could not have done better, I love how the Rose Dress pattern, by Violette Field Thread, Peplum plays off the movement of the Tiny Dance Fabric.

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Have you ever worked with fabric that evoked an emotion in you? No, I am not crazy and I was not drinking when I was sewing 🙂 .  Seriously, I feel as though I am standing in a field with Dandelions flying all around me. Very peaceful and child like!

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Like I said above I used Tiny Dancer in Midnight for the main portion of the dress and for the middle insert of the bodice I used Doodle Meander. Doodle Meander is a beautiful light green with hints of peach and Navy blue.

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Halo is made by Little Sparrow Bows on Etsy

Sketchbook collection features gorgeous deep blue, pretty pink pistachio green, cozy brown and mustard yellow. All inspired by nature and of course made with the AMAZING Art Gallery “Feel” !

I attended Quilt Market this past Spring and had the opportunity to meet Sharon in person. Sharon was so sweet and I was really lucky to have her share with me The Sketchbook Fabric Collection. I knew this collection would be great as soon as I saw it!  So Thank you Sharon Holland and Art Gallery Fabrics for allowing me to be apart of the Sketchbook Blog Tour!!

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To see more inspiration Click HERE for Art Gallery Fabrics Sketchbook Fabric Lookbook!

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Don’t forget to Jump on Sharon’s Instagram page for your chance to win 10 yards of Sketchbook Fabric!!

Thank you for reading!!

-Alexis

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