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Pattern Review - SLPco Piper Flounce Dress

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I must confess, I am a pattern hoarder! Over the last 8 years I have bought so many patterns that most likely in my lifetime, I will never sew all of them! But its tough to resist those beautiful releases from your favourite pattern companies, and before you know it, another pattern is added to your online library! When the Simple Life Pattern Co Piper Dress released, with its beautiful triple flounced bodice, elastic waist and gorgeous skirt options, I naturally bought it with good intentions to make it. I wont tell you how long ago that was... but... I...

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A moment in time .....

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As summer fades away we are just left with a scattering of flowers in our gardens, but oh so many gorgeous florals to choose from in the newest Riley Blake fabric range, Moments. Moments is designed by Minki Kim, incorporating seasonal colour changes, beautiful quotes in the most stunning colour palette. I was immediately drawn to the main Fuschia and the contrasting soft aqua blossom prints. Teagan, a new dress pattern by Violette Fields Threads, gave me the opportunity to include a little flat piping into the bodice which I thought was a cute way to give it a little extra...

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Bellevue Dress meets Milk and Honey

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When one of your favourite fabric designers releases a range that includes bunnies, strawberries, squirrels, pastels with a  shimmery gold sparkle you can't help but fall in lurrrrve... which is exactly what happened when I saw the Milk and Honey collection designed by Elea Lutz for Riley Blake Designs! The collection includes a marvelous panel that features the cutest little animals and flowers that could be used for so many craft projects. As a dressmaker, I knew a panel would be perfect on the bodice of one of the dress patterns I designed for Little Lizard King in 2018 - The...

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Flower Market by Riley Blake

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Could there be anything prettier than a watercolour floral? I think not! This is the newest fabric from Riley Blake Designs, part of the Flower Market range designed by Jen Allyson.    I literally squealed with delight when I opened this parcel, the colours are so vibrant and beautiful, and the watercolour style just speaks to my heart! I knew this would be perfect in a summer dress style, so off to the sewing room I went, with the mind to create one of my favourite patterns with a little twist. The Augusta dress has several options, one of which is...

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Kensington Romper x Pemberley by Riley Blake

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This month I worked on designing the Little Lizard King Baby Kensington. The romper was an addition to the wonderful Kensington Dress pattern, expanding the size range right down to newborn and offering NB through 4 years with the extra cute factor of a romper option.  I couldn't resist using fabric for this project from Riley Blake, a new range called Pemberley. The pink tones are so pretty, and the graphics that Rachel, (Citrus and Mint) designed are just so feminine and sweet, just look at those gorgeous swans! I chose to use Lake in light pink, and accent the...

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