FibreMood 13: Marion Dress Pattern

FibreMood 13: Marion Dress Pattern

FibreMood has released their newest edition, Edition 13 is chock full of great patterns. There was actually too many to choose from that it took me two days to decide! I finally choose to sew the Marion dress because I had the perfect tulle fabric that was in need of a pattern. I also loved the two tiered skirt with the top tier shorter then the bottom. I have made many two tiered skirts but I really love that this top tier is much shorter then the bottom tier. It’s a trend you can find in many RTW stores.

Sadly I have to tell you that the fabric I used was purchased from Blackbird Fabrics awhile ago and they do not carry it anymore. You can check out Mood Fabrics or Etsy for their embroidered tulle. The nice part about working with tulle is it does not fray. So no need the hem!

Overall, kept the pattern as is except for the skirt width and doing an elastic casing on the sleeves. For the top tier I added 3″ to the fold line (so 6″ total) and 4″ to the bottom tier (so 8″ total). I really wanted the skirt to be full especially since I was using such lightweight fabric.

I sewed the size Small which is my typical size. No size modifications.

The back is closed with an hook and eye. Super easy to get on and off and the ease of the bodice is comfortable. I wore a white slip underneath instead of lining the dress.

The Marion Pattern would be great for a confident beginner. The raglan bodice is very easy to construct as well as the skirts. The new skills for a new seamstress would be the waistband and sewing the neckline with bias tape.

If you have any question about Marion, let me know!

Until next time -Alexis

Style Maker Fabrics Spring Blog Tour 2020!

Style Maker Fabrics Spring Blog Tour 2020!

Hi!!

Wow. It’s been awhile since I have blogged so I am very thrilled to be blogging about Style Makers Fabric Spring Tour today!

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Spring is here!! Well here in SoCal Spring arrived a month ago. Flowers are blooming and the weather has been in the 70’s and 80’s (except for the day I took pics of course, it was pouring rain). So when Michelle asked if I would like to participate in the Spring tour I was more than willing to get started on my Spring Wardrobe.  Of course, the hard part was deciding which fabric to go with because there were several that I wanted. She also has many delicate Swiss Dots and Eyelet fabrics in the prettiest Spring colors, that are to die for! I decided to pick this beautiful blue (think Chambray), white and black floral shirting fabric to pair with McCall’s M8036 (Sasha).

Let me first start off chatting about the fabric. It is a light to medium weight fabric with a moderate drape which is typical for a shirting fabric. I washed it on delicate/cold cycle prior to cutting and I experienced the typical amount of shrinkage one would expect for a cotton fabric. The background has a Chambray look and goes right along with the Pantone color of the year, Classic Blue. I am thrilled to add more garments that are predominantly blue.  

Next up, let’s chat about the Sasha dress. This is my first McCall’s dress in about 5 years! I was so impressed with their new Spring patterns I was ready to jump back in and try again. Now, I have always had a hard time figuring out my sizing which is kind of the reason why I stopped sewing with their patterns. I did sew a muslin of the bodice prior to cutting out the delicious fabric. The muslin was pretty close to the right fit but still needed some small changes to the bodice. I have a 33 ½” bust but usually always size up to 34” because I feel I have a slightly broad back. I choose to make a size 12 however after making the muslin I modified sewing the bodice along the side seams. I started out sewing at the armhole raw edge with a 1” seam allowance and then graded out to a ½” SA at the bottom waistline raw edge (normal SA is 5/8″).  The back bodice was a perfect fit across the shoulder blades on me.

I did some additional hacks to the pattern to make it uniquely me! First off, I shortened the skirt pattern pieced by 1” and then hemmed the skirt with a 2” SA instead of 1 ¼”. I really did not want the dress to be too long on my legs.

The last modification I did was to switch out the original sleeve with the sleeve from the Brynn pattern, M8035. The sleeve has a smaller sleeve cap yet is still billowy. To duplicate the length of the original sleeve, I shortened the new sleeve pattern piece 5”.  I kept the sleeve band pattern piece from the original sleeve. So overall had a similar feel but the sleeve cap is not as full.

I want thank Michelle for asking me to join the Style Maker Fabric Blog Tour!!! I absolutely love the fabric and look forward to making more Spring items with the fabric I bought from the shop. Oh and guess what??? They are doing a special US shipping deal, only $5!!

Be sure to follow along with all the makers by checking out Style Maker Fabric Instagram Page each day!!

Until next time!

-Alexis

Sharon Holland-Bountiful Blog Tour

Sharon Holland-Bountiful Blog Tour

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Hello All!!

Hope you are having an amazing week!! What a beautiful last 2 weeks of Bountiful creations!

The incredibly sweet and talented Sharon Holland released Bountiful, with Art Gallery Fabric, in March. Bountiful is full of nature inspired Florals and Geometric shapes. She brings a mix of soft corals, greens, blues and pink, creating a serene palette. Funny thing is the serene color palette is just like her personality, easy to talk with, super sweet and beautiful inside and out!

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Here is a run down of the super talented creators:

Heidi Staples – Fabric Mutt

Emily Dennis – Quilty Love

Minki Kim – Minki Kim

Heather Andrus – Quilt Story

Sharon McConnell – Color Girl Quilts

Silvia Sutters – A Stranger View

Elina Temmes – Elina Temmes

Kim Niedzwiecki – Gogo Kim

Katie Skoog – The Simple Life Company

Cindy Wiens – Live a Colorful life

Maureen Cracknell – Maureen Cracknell Handmade

Lynn Harris – The Little Red Hen

Anjeanette Klinder – Anjeanette K

Mathew Boudreaux – Mister Domestic

Alexis Wright – My Sweet Sunshine Studio

Sue Stone – Needle in a Fabric Stash

Sue from Needle in a Fabric Stash and I teamed up for the last day of the tour. She made not 1, not 2 but 3 Bountiful Bags!! Check out her blog for all the low down on the beautiful bags she stitched up. I feel pretty lucky to be able to team up with her. She is a talented seamstress and a sweet friend (that just happens to own a fabric shop in town)!!

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So let’s chat really quickly on how I decided what project I would make for the Blog Tour. It all started with Sharon and Maureen’s Sewcial Bee Sample, they inspired me to make my first Quilt Block. Then I got a big head (blahahahaha) and thought hmmm, let take that Quilt Block and make a dress with it.

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I choose their Flying Geese Block.  I will say though, next time I would place the flying geese straight down the middle of the bodice instead of down the sides like it is now.  I am a bit obsessed with the back and I do feel this is a very special dress. True labor of love!!!

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Fabric in the dress:

Scenic Blue Sky

Prairie Crimson

Gather Mellow

Haymow Early

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Fabric used on the bags:

Aborescent Seasons

Perennial Optimism

Scenic Blue Sky

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Pattern Used:

Violette Field Threads, Tween Evelyn (with out the sleeves or bodice ruffles).

Thank you so much for taking the time to read AND thank you Sharon for having me apart of the Tour!

XOXO

-Alexis

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Katarina Roccella- Blithe Blog Tour

Katarina Roccella- Blithe Blog Tour

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Anyways, today is mine and my sewing bestie Cassie’s day to share our creations for the Blithe Blog Tour!

Katarina has done it again (and again and again and again with Art Gallery Fabric)! She has such a passion and an eye for detail it is hard not to fall in love with each collection she releases. To me, Blithe encompass Natures’ beauty in Fall and Winter time. I can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve for your next collection!!

For the Blog Tour Cassie and I happen to be up in Big Bear at the same time so we decided what better place to do a photoshoot. Don’t worry kids, you can brave 30 degree weather for your Mothers crazy ideas. LOL
I prepped my daughter by showing her photos of Joyfolie models in the snow. I think it actually helped. Hehehehe #momfail

For the dress I used the Magnolia Dress from Little Lizard King. I used the knit in Bird Songs Sun.

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Fabric print:Bird Songs Sun in Knit

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Fabric print: Bows in Silence in Knit

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Fabric Print: Bows in Silence, Bird Songs Sun and Dear Deer Teal in Knit

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog! Please sure to follow along the Blithe Blog Tour on Katarina’s Instagram page.

If you have not check out yesterday post, check out Sue’s Blog! 

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Amy Sinibaldi, Playground Showcase

Well, happy first day of Fall!! Ironically, when I was planning out my project for the showcase I wanted to incorporate Fall into my garment and photos. Little did I know the first day of Fall was also my day to share on the Showcase Tour. Too perfect right!!?!

 

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Amy Sinibaldi’s newest collection with Art Gallery Fabrics , Playground, released a couple months ago . She is also the creative talent behind the Paperie Fabric collection. Amy did such an amzing job capturing childhood memories. Don’t you remember palying hopscotch with your best friend or praying for a gust of wind to lift your plastic kite. I mean seriously I tried so many times to fly that kite!

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For the Showcase I choose the He Loves Me Plum VOILE fabric for the main portion and Posy Chain Freshlilly for the collar. I have become infatuated with Voile fabric lately!

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I modified the Pepper pattern by lengthing the skirt and creating a Maxi and also leaving off the sleeves. The Pepper is my 6th pattern with Violette Field Threads and I am pretty excited to be adding Tween Pepper soon!

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This Plum floral was the perfect color to start the Fall Season! This was a vast difference from the Playground outfit I made for Art Gallery Fabrics Lookbook….

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To see more inspiration check out the Lookbook

To see more inspiration check out these amazing creators…

Calendar:

SEPT 14: Katie Skoog ~ thesimplelifecompany.com/blog

15: Michelle Curtis ~ chellesquilts.com

16: Peta Peace ~ shequiltsalot.com

17: Minki Kim ~ minkikim.com

19: Jemima Flendt ~ tiedwitharibbon.com

20: Tara J Curtis ~ tjaye.com

21: Alexis Wright ~ mysweetsunshinestudio.com

22: Melissa LeRay ~ ohhowsweet.com

23: Ali Brorsen ~ becauseofbrennaclothing.com

24: Angie Wilson ~ gnomeangel.com

26: Rachel McCormack ~ woodenspoonquilts.blogspot.com

27: Stacy Olson ~ stacyolsondesign.com

28: Shannon Fraser ~ shannonfraserdesigns.ca

29: Cristi Cooper ~ whimsyquilts.blogspot.com

30: Guiseppe Ribaudo ~ instagram.com/Giucy_Giuce

OCT 1: Kristyne Czepuryk ~ prettybyhand.com

3: Amy Sinibaldi ~ nanaCompany.typepad.com

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See you all later…

-Alexis

 

Boardwalk Delight Fabric Blog Tour

Boardwalk Delight Fabric Blog Tour

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We started off and ended our summer with Dana’s, from MADE, first fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics. We had a photoshoot to kick off the summer for the Boardwalk Delight lookbook and now bring the summer to a close by blogging and sharing even more photos from that great day!! Boardwalk Delight fabric should be the official fabric of summer! Funny story, when I was sewing with this collection for the first time I was starring at the I Scream, You Scream so much I had to take a break and take the kids to get some ice cream! Nothing wrong with that right?

I had the opportunity to spend time with Dana, she is exactly how I envisioned her. She is creative, inspiring, kind heart and energetic!  I have been a HUGE fan of Dana’s blog for years now. It was actually the first blog I ever followed.

For this photo shoot I had the opportunity to collaborate with Cassie from Little Lizard King. Our families have become closer over the last few months so we will cherish these photos for a lifetime.

 

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(Dress pattern: Violette Field Threads Madison Top Pattern: NewHorizonsDesigns  Offbeat Oxford)

Fabric on Her:

Eat it all and Ice Cream Shop

Fabric on Him:

I scream, You scream and Eat it all

The kids had a blast playing on the Boardwalk and riding all the rides!!! I don’t blame them they got to eat ice cream and jump on all the rides!

Fabric from left to right:

Sprinkles and Busy Beach

I scream, you scream and Eat it All

Twinkle Lights and Eat it All

(Top Pattern: Cali Faye Valley Blouse and MADE Kid Shorts)

Fabric on Her:

Flavor of the Day and Soda Straws

Fabric on Him:

I scream, You scream and Eat it Al

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Just look at all those yummy colors and prints! If you are looking for more inspiration check out MADE blog and Art Gallery Fabrics Lookbook.

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(Look closely into his sunglass! What do you see?)

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Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the last few days of hot weather!!!

xoxo,

Alexis

Sarah Jane, Magic Fabric Blog Tour

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

Lucky Stars

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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

You are Magic

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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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Sew Caroline Chalk and Paint Blog Tour.

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

Short Lines Burst

 

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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AvantGarde Blog Tour

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

 

Full of Joy- Violette Field Threads

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It’s FRIDAY! Last day of the school and work week (unless you are like me and work 24/7). I know many of you are looking forward to Spring and hopefully thawing out from all the snow that has come down this Winter season. Last week I had the privilege of testing Violette Field Threads new pattern, JOY.  The name is perfect for this dress, it radiates joy and Spring!

It is due to release – Monday 2/23/15

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Quick Look at Joy:

The Joy pattern will come in size 12mnth-10yr

Panel Skirt

Side Ties

Back is 2 Rows of Elastic

Curved Bodice that is perfect for embroidery or applique or vintage fabric design

Button Closure in back

Features Finished Size Chart

*****ALSO- You can now skip the printer!!! VFT Joy Pattern features a Measurement Chart for cutting all rectangle pieces. Only piece you will need to print is the Front Bodice

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The Fabric is a combination of Riley Blake (Aqua/White Stripe) and Square Dance in Sweet Voile by Anna Maria Horner. I have been waiting to use this out of print fabric for just the right project. The Voile Fabric swings in the breeze.

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My daughter will be wearing it to Church for Easter and My Grandmother’s 90 Birthday Party (or maybe she will be wearing the Annabelle Dress? Hmmmm)

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One of my favorite features of this dress are the panels. You can mix and match fabric to create a unique one of a kind MASTERPIECE! It is so much fun to play around with fabric and this is the perfect dress to do so!!

Outtakes…

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Thank you Violette Field Threads for allowing me to test the Joy pattern, It was a Joy (ok-had to say it-LOL) to work with you.

Thank you for reading My Sweet Sunshine Blog today!!!

-Alexis