Hi Friends! Today is my stop on the Cultivate Blog Tour. When Bonnie Christine asked for bloggers to make something with fabric from her newest line, Cultivate, I thought “Oooooo me! me, please!!! me!!” (At least that’s what was happening on my side of the screen. I tried to play it a little cooler online…) I have already made several things with fabric from this line (here, here and here) because every piece in the collection is beautiful. And also because it’s from Art Gallery Fabrics, which means it’s Pima cotton. So it’s incredibly soft and easy to care for (minimal to no ironing = essential for this busy mom!)
When Bonnie asked me to join the blog tour, I immediately had this dress in mind. The dress pattern comes from Tanya Whelan’s book, “Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time.” Because of the gathered shoulder, draped bodice, and gathered waist, I wanted to use something lightweight, and Art Gallery makes the softest, prettiest voile. Perfect! I lined it with the same print in the quilter’s weight cotton.
The Salvage Co. is a shop on Main Street in my little town (isn’t it charming?) and it has the coolest stuff! It was so fun to take pictures there! (All of these pictures were taken by the talented and very patient Maxie. Thank you!!)
(I couldn’t seem to get service.)
One reason I love to sew is that I can’t typically wear dresses off the rack. I have a pear shape that is even more pronounced after 4 pregnancies. If something fits at my bust, it is typically too small around my waist and hips. But when I’m in charge of constructing my garments, I can get a fit that works for me in a style I couldn’t usually buy.
And of course, I had to make a clutch to go with the dress.
I love the mint color in the print on the dress, so I chose two of Art Gallery’s Pure Elements to complement it: Icy Mint for the main fabric and Mink for the accent. I used a pop of Cultivate fabric for the lining. I’m planning on wearing this dress to a wedding and this size clutch is perfect when all you need is your wallet, sunglasses and lipstick. I will be giving a clutch away, and will have the pattern available at that time. Come back for details on how to enter the drawing!
I had so much fun making this dress! Take a look at the adorable outfit Audrey posted yesterday on Skirt Fixation. And be sure to visit Bonnie at Fish Sticks Designs tomorrow to see what she made. If you’re feeling inspired to make something with Cultivate fabrics, you can purchase them here (oh, hello, free shipping…) Honestly? You should probably visit everyone on the Cultivate Blog Tour, they are all making such beautiful things!
Thanks for stopping by!