Today it’s my turn to be featured for The Riley Blake Designs “Knit Love Blog Tour”!
Several weeks ago I received an unexpected email from Julia asking if I would like to participate in the tour. I emailed her back I think within about….5 seconds to say yes! I must say it was an exciting invitation to receive!
After much debate as to what I would create for the tour, I finally decided on this; The Geo Dress! I could have created a number of Uptown/Downtown or Etage Dress variations with this fabric but with spring on the brain I wanted to create something new. I also wanted to design something that showcased the selection of fabrics available as well as the beautiful way they can be incorporated with one another. The colors and designs just melt together and I had so much fun mixing and matching them. But trust me I will be creating some Uptown/Downtowns and Etage Dresses with this fabric FOR SURE! I’ve already sewn my soon to be released Cousu Top with this knit.
Find out what my plans are for this dress at the end of this post!
If you have been following me for any length of time you know knits are my favorite fabric to work with and honestly I didn’t know that Riley Blake carried knit fabric – I was even more surprised by there selection, so needless to say this was the first time I’d sewn with them! I was not disappointed, these fabrics are fabulous! I generally work with light – medium weight knits, nothing too thin or flimsy and they MUST have an excellent stretch recovery.
The 5% spandex/95% cotton blend gives it perfect recovery, the medium weight in combination with the unbelievable lay and softness of the fabric, creates the perfect knit – this will be a permanent go to fabric for future projects. It was truly a pleasure to work with.
This color blocked tank dress was designed with spring on my mind! The floral print, bold patterns and bright colors had me thinking of green grass and walks in the park – right in the middle of my Canadian winter, which is almost gone! I wanted to create something unique, fresh and modern but still comfortable and playtime ready. Since my daughter didn’t take it off until bedtime, it was a winner in this house. Our day usually consists of her ripping through her closet and doing about six quick changes before bedtime, so one outfit all day means she LOVED it!
The left side of the dress (yellow) was curved to blend into the side seam while the right side is curved from the neckline right to the bottom, creating a beautiful block in the middle of the dress. The back is one complete piece and is finished off with a thick bottom band and binding for the neck and arms.
So what’s the plan for this dress you ask???? Well to make it a pattern for you of course. My first FREE pattern for you! Exciting right!!! It’s not quite ready yet and I encourage you to either subscribe to the blog or “like” me on Facebook for it’s upcoming release – which will be within a few weeks along with several other pattern releases. It will be a fully drafted dress pattern sizes 2Y-12Y with illustrated instructions, that being said I have some finishing touches and a few edits to make before it’s ready!
Over the next couple weeks I will be releasing my Cousu Collection – so stick around for some exciting stuff!
But while you wait for new pattern releases I welcome you to SHOP for some of my current patterns – which are going to be 50% off (blog shop only) until the end of the Tour April 2nd/2015.
Make sure to check out the many other talented blogs that have joined the tour. I know they are having some wonderful sales also. And Riley Blake will be having a contest at the end – so don’t miss out!
March 2: Riley Blake Designs
March 3: Figgy’s
March 5: EYMM
March 6: Melly Sews
March 7: The Sewing Loft
March 9: Love Notions
March 10: Peekaboo Pattern Shop
March 11: Tea Rose Home
March 12: Sew Much Ado
March 13: Simple Simon & Co.
March 14: Tie Dye Diva
March 16: The Cottage Mama
March 17: My Childhood Treasures
March 18: Smashed Peas & Carrots
March 19: Greenstyle Creations
March 20: Fishsticks Designs
March 21: Ellie Inspired
March 23: Sew Straight & Gather
March 24: Lucy Blaire Handmade
March 26: Free Time Frolics
March 27: Elegance & Elephants
March 28: Foo Foo Threads
March 30: Heidi & Finn
March 31: Lily Giggle
April 2: Violet Field Threads
April 3: Riley Blake Designs + Giveaway