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 a sweetheart neckline. I opted for that, but instead of following the pattern and doing the fixed length straps, I added some tie up straps for a more summery look.
To create the ties, I simply cut 4 pieces of fabric the same width as the strap in the pattern, but the two back ties I cut at 16'' long, and the two front ties at 14'' long. I then sandwiched them between the front and back bodices and continued to follow the pattern as directed! 

Such a simple change with cute results right?
Happy Sewing!