Saturday, March 10, 2018

Spring into Color Blog Tour

Is spring here yet? It hasn't quite shown up to Wyoming yet, although the sun did show up for a few hours! Of course, later on the same day it disappeared and a few snowflakes showed up, but it was a nice preview!

I've been having fun revamping my wardrobe, and this tour theme gave me the perfect opportunity to show some new colors. A while back, I made a Weekender Tunic (5 out of 4 Patterns) out of a white(!) base French terry, which is very out of my ordinary, but I love it. It's a wonderful spring basic, warm enough for a cool windy day (and we have a lot of those) but light enough when the sun is shining!

I started these Real Deal Jeans (Winter Wear Designs) in January. This was actually my second "muslin", but I finished them completely, details and all, and I'm really happy with them. I was pleased to see that the color of my stretch denim just happens to be similar to the "lime punch" Pantone Spring color. Yay for being done with a pair of jeans! Now I've got the bug to make a few more.

I would never have picked this shade of green myself. I tend to stay with darker autumn tones, and I was happy to "spring" into something new with this one! The jeans go with several tops I already have. I'm really looking forward to adding more of the spring colors into my wardrobe. I have some cinnamon stretch twill from Simply by Ti that is pretty close to the "chili oil", and I've got my eye on another twill at Joann that has several Spring 2018 colors in the print. It's turning out to be fun to branch out and try something new, and I hope by the end of this year I have a complete wardrobe that I really love and enjoy wearing!

Hoping for more sunny days here! The bloggers on the Spring Into Color tour are bringing the brightness, so take a look!

Thursday, March 1st: Sewing By Ti- Intro

8th: EYMM

Sunday March 18th: Mermaids Den

Sunday March 25th: Flaxfield Sewing
27th: Ma Moose
31st: Mermaids Den

Monday, March 5, 2018

GYCT Spring Dress Tour: Floral Firecracker

Spring is in the air - in my sewing room, at least, if the outdoors hasn't gotten the message yet!
After months of snow and cold I'm more than ready to welcome spring - the colors, the breezes, the way I can do that is with a fun spring dress by GYCT Designs! Introducing the Firecracker; Spring Style.

I bought the lavender floral fabric off of a Facebook destash post about a year ago; I knew that it would make an adorable dress but I never knew which one! When I started looking for inspiration for the Spring Dress Tour, my eye fell on that fabric right away - then it was just time to find a coordinate. Luckily I had just a scrap of the coral tone-on-tone print, and it just matches the flowers in the main print! I found some lavender ribbon in a box; I love the picot edging! It's so pretty and girly and springy!

Thinking about spring in Wyoming in March is a bit of a joke - just a week or so before I took these photos, we got somewhere in the neighborhood of 6" of snow. (Give or take a couple.) Some had melted by this time, but not I went hunting for layering pieces. We don't really have great indoor locations for photo shoots around here, and I usually make do with the backyard! Luckily I had made a purple tee that matched and found some store bought coral leggings. It was just warm enough to coax my "model" outside with layers on!

I love this little dress. It's simple, but well done - the bodice fully lined, the skirt is nice and full, and the straps can be tied any number of ways (I just knotted mine up, the ribbon doesn't hold a bow all that well!) I used the contrast fabric for lining as well. The only change I made was to round off the edges of the bodice - they are squared in the pattern, but I prefer the rounded look, especially with the delicate florals!

Pattern Details:

sizes 3m - 12
lined bodice
gathered skirt
ribbon or fabric straps
tunic and dress length
printing guide
body measurements
finished length table
strap tying idea photos

Doesn't the Firecracker make you think of warm days and spring breezes in these prints? If you can ignore all that white cold stuff all over the ground, maybe! ;)
Get more spring-spiration this week with the GYCT Designs' Spring Dress Blog Tour: schedule below! I can't wait to see what my fellow bloggers have done with the rest of Chelsea's beautiful dress patterns!

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Also, make sure you enter the giveaway!! And if you make a purchase this week at GYCT Designs' Shop, you can get 15% off your order with the code SPRINGTOUR . Time to think spring!