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Riley Blake Knit Love Blog Tour

Several weeks ago I received a sudden email from Julia asking if i might wish to participate within the tour. I emailed her back i feel within about….5 seconds to mention yes! i need to say it had been 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.

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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.

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.

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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 bliss 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 within the park – right within the middle of my Canadian winter, which is nearly gone! I wanted to make something unique, fresh and modern but still comfortable and playtime ready. Since my daughter didn’t take it off until bedtime, it had been a winner during this house.

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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.