Stitch Swap and Summer KCW: Day 1

Monday, July 21, 2014

The week is finally here! But first, please forgive me for my absence. Life really happened, and my family will always come first before blogging. My father was finally ready to get sober, and I didn't hesitate to do whatever it would take to get him here and healthy. Now that the craziness of the past three weeks is behind us, we can get to the good stuff. I had signed up to be a part of the "Stitch Swap"; an event where bloggers sign up through Elfster, and are paired with another random blogger to send a yard of mystery fabric to one another. Can I say that I have never been so excited to get fabric before?! My lovely mystery giver was Bethany of Two Novembers. She has some awesome taste! We emailed back and forth, and she was able to browse through my blog and get a feel for what I would "like". I was gifted this beautiful pinwheel print from Andover Fabrics, and I LOVE IT!



The Bohemian Babydoll dress from Elegance&Elephants came right to mind when I saw the fabric. This is such a beautiful pattern, but it was just sitting in my overflowing bin, waiting to be sewn up. Since this post coincides with Cora's 6mo post as well, I knew this fabric would go perfectly with her personality and monthly sticker too. 



I sewed up the size 6-12 mo top for Cora, and we have plenty of room to grow :) The dress would have been way too long; you know, since my little is the width of a 6mo but the height of a 3mo lol  I was very, very impressed with the Bohemian Babydoll dress tutorial. One of my favorite things about PDF patterns is the fact that I can always reference back whenever I need. They are always with you every step of the way. Heidi also uses actual photos in the tutorial rather than the trending illustrations. And for that, I give her 5 big golden stars! I adore photo tutorials, and I always find myself migrating to the designers that still do that.


Oh, and can we talk about the hidden treasure underneath the dress/top?! The "hem-facing". I have never done a "hem facing" before, and I am so intrigued by it. What a beautiful way to really polish off and finalize a look. The simplicity and elegance of the Bohemian Babydoll dress is really beautiful. I humor myself sometimes. When I browse through my patterns after I purchase, I tend to get a little bit of anxiety and over-complicate what the pattern really is. Once I dive in, I never look back, and am so relieved when I take in the finish product and go "Wow, what a beautiful pattern.". 


Isn't this print just awesome?!? I love the pinwheels; they also remind me of Cora. She is such a free spirited little girl, just like the pinwheels blowing in the wind. I also have never sewn with a "good quality" brand of fabric before, but let me tell you... I might have just gotten spoiled :) Below you will find the back of the garment. Another thing about the Bohemian Babydoll is the square neckline. Ah! It looks perfect on little chunky babies!


Thus far we have only seen the garment on display, so now I will give you Cora :) She turned 6mo old yesterday, and I am so privileged that God chose me to be her mother. She continues to bring our family unending joy, lots of love and a ton of smiles! I wont go into too much detail and "mommy-mush", so I will just let the photos explain themselves :)







Monday July 21st Stephanie -- Swoodson Says Jamie -- Salutations Louisville Ashley -- Sewing Sober Kathy -- Handmade Dress Haven Tuesday July 22nd Tasha -- Friends Stitched Together Janelle -- Emmaline Bags Kim -- Sew & Tell with Mama Eggo April-- Open Sky Creations Wednesday July 23rd Amy-- Friends Stitched Together Danica -- The Sewing Sparrow Bethany -- Two Novembers Jessica -- The Berry Bunch Thursday July 24th Chrissy -- Muse of the Morning Fenna -- Fabulous Home Sewn Melissa -- Rebel and Malice Irene -- Sugaridoo Friday July 25th Jess -- Gracious Threads Emily -- Tangible Pursuits Roxanne -- Pensebrox Megan -- Upcycling? Refashion That Idea.

10 comments :

  1. What a little cutie! I love the dress and that fabric is just darling!

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  2. I love the dress, I haven't tried that pattern yet but it is on my "to do" list. The baby is precious! Www.thesewingsparrow.blogspot.com

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  3. Aw! She is adorable! The fabric suits that little dress perfectly.

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  4. WOW Ashley,that fabric is beautiful!! And Cora Jean looks adorable!! Love you all! Kisses, mommy!!

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  5. Love the fabric coordination, and the finished dress and baby are both darling!!

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  6. I love it!! Super cute. So happy you enjoyed the fabric.

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  7. Thank you all so much!!!! I love the fabric :)

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  8. Your daughter is so cute!! Love the outfit you made from the fabric!

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  9. such a cutie pie, love the dress!

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  10. I love what you made, she is too precious with that headband!

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