May 23, 2016

Spring 2016 Collection: Meet Mia!

Hey Everyone! Now that the stock has arrived, it is time to introduce the new designs for spring! I have two new dresses, both of which are a snap to make and a dream to wear. First up is the Mia Shift Dress. Truly, there are only TWO pattern pieces for this dress, simple darts at the bust line and back waist, with bias bound armholes and neckline. Choose your favorite fabrics and start sewing!

This design is great in so many different fabrics. It works perfectly in quilting cottons as do all of my patterns but if you want to use other substrates, here are some suggestions: double gauze, voile or lawn, lightweight linen, knit, rayon, or silk. Some of my personal favorites are border prints and these work well with this design, so keep your eye out for those as well.

Here are the details about each of the samples:

Maxi length dress with two contrasting fabrics
 Handmade by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics
Knee length dress with contrasting fabric
Celestial by Amy Butler and True Colors by Anna Maria Horner; Free Spirit Fabrics
Knee length layered cotton lawn with ruffle trim on both layers at hemline
Print by Sarah Watson for Cloud 9 Fabrics
Mid-calf length with 2 contrasting fabrics, layered hem with ruffle
Strawberry Moon by Sandi Henderson for Michael Miller Fabrics
Knee length with contrasting fabric and hand embroidery embellishment at the neckline. The motif of the fabric was followed to create the embroidery. I used pearl cotton size 8 for the needlework.
Close-up of the embroidery work
Maxi length using a collection of batik prints. The fabric is pieced before the pattern pieces are cut. Instructions in the pattern detail how to do this if you want to recreate the look.
Latitude batiks by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics
Mid-calf length with contrasting fabric
Sketchbook and True Colors by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit Fabrics
Mid-calf length with ruffle at hemline, layered double gauze
Shannon Fabrics
Above Knee length with 2 contrasting fabrics and pieced ruffle hemline.
Border print from Michael Miller Fabrics

Tunic length in rayon fabric
Cotton + Steel Fabrics
Hop on over to our website and pick up your very own Mia Shift Dress pattern today!
And as always, Happy Sewing!