April 29, 2014

Spring 2014 Collection: Meet Tara!

Fabric: Lula Magnolia by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake Fabrics

Hello Everyone!

Well, it's that time of year again....I have been super busy working through the new designs, which entails a lot of drafting, then sewing, photography, and writing! I am excited to share the first of the new designs with you today, The Tara Tank Dress!

This is a wonderful dress design for any time of year. Perfect by itself during the spring, summer, and early fall, pair it with a cute jacket or cardigan, maybe some skinny jeans or leggings, and you can keep wearing it through the rest of the fall and into winter. I have provided a variety of skirt lengths so you can make anything from a tunic length to a maxi.

Fabric: Beauty Queen by Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit Fabrics

Fabric: Botanique by Joel Dewberry for Free Spirit Fabrics

This is a super quick design to sew as there is no closure to worry about! Simply pull it over your head and pull up the drawstring and that's it! I opted to do a bias binding on the neckline and armholes, so there aren't any facings to mess with, either. This is a perfect beginner dress or something super fast and fun for the experienced sewer.

Of course I have added in all sorts of variations for you, as you will see in the photographs. For the gray eyelet version, there is some hand embroidery around some of the openings of the fabric. I include the different stitches I chose to use for that part.

Fabric: Grey Eyelet and coordinating Cotton Couture Solid by Michael Miller Fabrics
Fabric: Weeds by Me & My Sister for Moda Fabrics

The bodice of the design has 6 pleats centered on the front. These are so easy to do! Simply fold, press, and stitch 1/4" away from the fold, and then press again...it's a snap! This dress can be made from regular cottons, eyelet, cotton lawn, or voile. If you are using a really sheer fabric or the eyelet, be sure to line the bodice and skirt. This is easy to do, as I have included a front bodice piece without the pleating to make a lining. Simply add the lining to the bodice before binding and that's it!

The skirt has the option of being slightly gathered (if you would like a bit more room through the hips) or plain (still plenty roomy!). You can also choose to center the drawstring or place it over to the left front.

Fabric: Color Me Happy by V & Co. for Moda Fabrics

Fabric: Roses by Martha Negley for Westminster Fabrics, paired with the NEW Jade Jacket!

Note that I am also including the different fabrics used for each variation. I was lucky enough to use some brand new fabric that isn't out quite yet, but keep your eyes peeled, as it will be out soon!

The new patterns are now available for sale on our website!
Go place your order today!

Fabric: Sweet as Honey by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics

Fabric: Confetti Border Print with coordinating Cotton Couture solid by Michael Miller Fabrics

Thanks so much, and as always....HAPPY SEWING!