Violette Field Threads- Annabelle

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Annabelle Maxi Dress by Violette Field Threads  is on the Blog today!! Can’t wait to show you what I did with Annabelle. This dress pattern and 10 other patterns are being offered through the BundleUp Sale. If you don’t know what BundleUp is well, you’re missing out on a great deal. Bundle Up is an opportunity to purchase several new patterns at a discounted rate. The more you buy the more you save. To receive the best pricing you need to purchase at least 6 patterns and the more you buy after that the price drops even further.  Whats not to love, right?? Be sure to read all the way to the end to hear details on how you can win a COVERSTITCH and many more prizes!!

I made two dress. One per the instruction and then a shorter version with a single chevron row. When I first printed the pattern and started cutting I asked myself, “Am I making a Quilt or a Dress”?? Well, It’s a Quilt Dress! 🙂

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Quick Run Down:
*Size 2T-10
*Size chart- Sizing is comparable to Ready to Wear Sizes
*Elastic Back
*Sweet Heart Neckline
*Maxi Dress
*Cap Sleeve

As soon as I saw the pattern I knew what fabric I wanted to use- Wild and Free by Maurren Cracknell and Art Gallery Fabrics. I love the Bohemian style of the print and the soft touch and flow of Art Gallery fabric. Long maxi dress played off the bohemian design of the Wild and Free Collection.

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Here are some pointers to make this dress a quick sew:
*Non Direction prints
*Reading directions first will make the construction of the panels flow faster
*Precious sewing- 1/2″
*Pinning
***Laying out your pieces on the floor to see how it is all going together- This helped me a lot!

 

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Shorten Modified Version:

A fabric store , Needle in a Fabric Stash, recently opened in my hometown and on my first trip I saw this gorgeous fabric by Michael Miller, Emma’s Garden by Patty Sloniger. So when I decided I wanted to modify the dress I ran back to the shop and picked up a few yards. This fabric screams Spring, right??

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 Mini Tutorial for the shorten version of the Annabelle will be on Pattern Revolution !!

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Fabric-

Shoulder Straps: Cotton and Steel XOXO

Top and Skirt: Emma’s Garden By Michael Miller Fabrics

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I am so in love with this photo location. Found it completely by luck as my daughter had her soccer Tournament at this park. 🙂

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Check out the BundleUp HERE and grab the Annabelle Dress by VFT!

Thank you Violette Field Threads and Pattern Revolution for allowing me to sew up the Annabelle Dress

Ok, Ladies sign up HERE for Amazing Giveaway!!! Just look at all the great stuff you could win!

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-Alexis/ My Sweet Sunshine

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What I am Crushing on Right Now: Fabric

Two weeks ago was the International Quilt Show in Pittsburg, PA. I wish I was there but instead I stalked some of my Favorite Fabric Manufactures like Art Gallery and Michael Miller  on their Instagram pages . I also have a new crush: Cotton and Steel- can’t wait to get my hands on their Fabric!
Here are a few of my Favorites that will be on sale the later part of the year…

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By Laura Gunn
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Butterflies Butterflies, Butterflies, need I say more.  I love both Color Ways and the solid in ‘Lips’ (great name) . Don’t you just love the gorgeous colors? They are so bright and Cheery. Perfect for Skirts and Dresses. This line will debut in August 2014.

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By Violet Craft,  Brambleberry Ridge

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I adore the animal print and the metallic. I am loving that there are so many fabric designers putting metallic touches in their fabric.   The colors are great for Late Summer to Fall clothing. Yummy (my husband laughs when I call fabric, “yummy”) . My Daughter loves animal print fabric so this collection is her favorite!

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Arizona by April Rhodes

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I have ordered this entire line and can’t wait for it to come out the end of May/June, Yay, any day now 🙂 . This is the first time Art Gallery will have knit fabric. If it is anything like their woven fabric it is going to be amazing. Great Summer to Fall colors. Oh, and did I mention this line is one of Art Gallery’s Limited Editions? Get it while it’s HOT!!!   See more here: http://www.artgalleryfabrics.com/cgi-bin/fabricshop/gallery.cgi?Category=101

Art Gallery Limited Edition Lines:
Arizona by April Rhodes

Gleeful by Sew Caroline

Jungle Ave. by Sara Lawson

 

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Winged by Bonnie Christine

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There are several designers using Butterflies in their fabric but these along with Laura Gunn, Flutter’s , are some of my favorite!!

Just look at those amazing colors. LOVE!! Art Gallery will be carrying knits, wovens as well as Voiles. This line is set to debut in July 2014. The colors are so soft and beautiful.
See more here: http://www.artgalleryfabrics.com/cgi-bin/fabricshop/gallery.cgi?Category=106

Next…

Andover
Alison Glass Field Day

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I love the floral design with vibrant colors. The color combination is spot on and I can’t wait to get my hands on it to make skirts and Dresses. Alison Glass’ new collection will Debut June 2014. Check out what my friend over at Chasing Mermaids did with this Fabric (Amazingly beautiful!!!)

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Last but certainly not least,

Cotton and Steel

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Cotton and Steel debut at this years International Fabric Market. Cotton and Steel is a collaboration of 5 spectacular designers ,  Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Alexia Abegg, Kim Kight, and Sarah Watts . I was in tears when I watched their video about how they started Cotton and Steel. I could feel their excitement and passion shine through.  This line will carry Wovens, Linen and Lawn. The line also has Metallics!! Yay!  I have purchased several yards from Cotton and Steel and currently have them on Pre-Sale. You can find them HERE

Here is just a taste of what Cotton and Steel has to offer:

Basic Line:

XOXO Line

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Dottie Line

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Mustang by Melody Miller

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August by Sarah Watts

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Moonlit by Rashida Coleman-Hale

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Homebody by Kim Kight

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 Hatbox by Alexia Abegg

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