It’s so odd how sometimes, seemingly unrelated things turn out to be connected.
As you might remember, a few months ago, I received a gorgeous piece of fabric from Tara
, in the context of the series Mailbox Surprise. It was a Cloud 9 voile – a cotton with a very fine thread count, making it almost sheer. I was completely in love with the fabric, and it got me addicted to voile instantly. Thanks again, Tara!
Shortly after, I was looking for the Birch Charley Harper fabric for this duvet cover
. It was sold out in most places, but I did find some in the Etsy shop Finch Sewing Studio
. After ordering it, I received an enthusiastic message from shop owner Nicole. Turned out that Tara had bought the viole she sent me in Nicole’s brick and mortar shop! What are the odds?
Later, I also turned to Nicole’s shop to sooth my new addiction to voile, and to pink
. I had been eyeing the Cloud 9 Palos Verdes line for weeks, and I pre-ordered two yards from it as soon as I could. I knew Palos Verdes fabrics would be perfect for a dress for Ava. They use pink, but not the stereotypical children’s pink. The fabrics are cute, but not childish.
The pattern I drew is a modification of the dress I have made a few times already. This time, however, I put buttons in the back instead of at the shoulders. I also added a peter pan collar.
The photo shoot was quite the challenge! Ava kept pulling up her dress, putting her feet in her mouth, and squirming the peter pan collar out of position. (Yes, that’s a foot in the left picture – she doesn’t have 3 arms)
And then there were the frequent diaper gates…
I’m so happy with the result! The fabric looks exactly as I hoped it would on Ava.
First, a bit more on Nicole’s shop. Finch Sewing Studio is a boutique knitting and sewing ship with modern fabric, quality yarn, cool tools, designer patterns, and fun, on-trend classes for all ages and interests. They carry a curated selection of great quality fabrics including, Nani Iro, Cloud9, Birch, Alexander Henry, Art Gallery, and more. Here are some of my own favorites:
Now, as Nicole and I were connected through this magical coincidence, we knew we had to do something fun together. And so, Nicole is generously giving away 2 yards of Palos Verde fabrics of choice to one lucky StraightGrain reader! The winner can pick 2 yards (2 x 1 yd or 1 x 2 yds) from the following fabrics:
The only thing you need to do to win, is use the Rafflecopter widget below to:
– Like Finch Sewing Studio on Facebook
– Like StraightGrain on Facebook
Visit the FinchSewingStudio
shop, and mention your favorite fabric from the store in the comments section below.
As usual, this is an international contest. It will be open for 10 days.
Warning: Winning these fabrics can lead to an addiction to voile fabrics. Participation at own risk.