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Forest Floor Adventure

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

Skirt Fixation for Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour

Stepping into the forest, on and off the path, in the dappled lighting we discovered quite an adventure.

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A deer bounded across the path and paused to stare at us with it’s great doe eyes.

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Four squirrels nibbled corn a forbidden arms length away.

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Something mysterious swam just beneath the water,  surfaced with a splash and dove down again before we came to a decision as to it’s nature.

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Creatures rustled through the branches overhead as bird song lightened our steps.

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The Forest Floor line of fabrics inspired my sewing creations like no other fabric has done for a while!  There are 20 fabrics in Bonnie Christine’s new Forest Floor line of fabric, and I used 7 of them in my creations.  I probably would have used even more if I could have gotten my hands on them!

Inspired by her experience of living in the forest, Bonnie creates a whimsical world where dreams of a magical place come to life.  Forest Floor hopes to ignite the exploration of forest curiosities, and take you on an adventure filled with green and oak flora and delicate berry tinted fauna that inhabits the wondrous depths of the mountains.

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Today is our stop on the Forest Floor Fabrics blog tour.   The previous stop was at My Crowded Nest with a darling hexi quilt.  (Hello quilting goals!)  Tomorrow the ladies from Sweetwater Cotton Shoppe will share their creations made with Forest Floor Fabrics.

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We started with Flourish Aglow fabric in knit and made an Uptown Downtown maxi dress for Annie.  The combination of fabric and pattern caused Annie to positively float through our forest adventure.  This is the 4th Uptown Downtown dress I’ve made for Annie.

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It’s not only that they are simply darling on her, it’s that they must be amazingly comfortable because she wears them constantly.  This pattern has been updated, but since I had Annie’s size already cut out (she just needed extra length from the last time) I used the pattern I already had prepared.

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When Baby is finished nursing, I totally plan to make myself an Uptown Downtown dress from Art Gallery Fabrics.  It is the softest, most floaty knit ever!

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I also made Annie a backpack from Wild Posy Flora fabric and the FREE pattern from Sew Much Ado.   Later this week we’ll have a detailed post about the backpacks we made so this post doesn’t become epic in length.

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After Annie’s dress was completed, I sewed some button up shirts for my two youngest boys.  When I first saw (and fell in love with) the Forest Floor Fabrics, it struck me that there are several fabrics in this line suitable for boys wear.  Which always excites me.

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David’s shirt is made from Timber Nightfall fabric.  The pattern is the Sis Boom Ethan Shirt, my favorite button up shirt for boys.  He is wearing his Classic Chinos with this shirt.

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Baby’s shirt is also from the Ethan Shirt pattern, and it’s made from Luna Rising Shadow fabric.  This is probably my favorite piece of everything I made!  It could be the way the fabric makes his eyes pop!

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Baby also got a new backpack.  I used Sew Much Ado’s FREE bunny backpack pattern.  On a cuteness scale of 1 to 10, this little backpack is definitely off the charts!  The main part of the backpack uses Capped Dim fabric and the straps are from Maple Mill Fog fabric.  More details later this week.

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Since David has a tractor backpack and also a Star Wars backpack he didn’t receive a new one this time.  But he did get to use 2 of the animal pouches I made by hacking the Forest Friends Pocket pattern from Violette Field Threads.  Tutorial tomorrow.  This is where I used all the remaining scraps not used in the clothing.  The deer face is from Laced Moss fabric,  the only fabric not seen elsewhere so far.

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All photography credits go to my oldest daughter, Allegra.  Stunning as usual and captures the mood perfectly!

Many thanks to Bonnie Christine for creating another fabulous line of fabric.  To see the rest of the creations on the Forest Floor Fabrics Blog Tour, visit this page on Going Home To Roost daily.

Affiliate links are used in this post.  We might make a few pennies, but not if past performance is any indicator!  Oh well, we remain ever optimistic…

 

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Cultivate Blog Tour and Oliver+S Family Reunion Pattern

Skirt Fixation for Bonnie Christine's Cultivate blog tour

Skirt Fixation for Bonnie Christine's Cultivate blog tour

Hello and welcome to our stop on the Cultivate Blog Tour.  If this is your first time here, it’s nice to have you!  I’m Audrey, and I blog with my daughters all about skirts and our other sewing adventures.

Skirt Fixation for Bonnie Christine's Cultivate blog tourThe rest of you might remember the last time we participated in a blog tour starring Bonnie Christine fabric and ribbons.  This time it’s all about her new Cultivate line of fabric.

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Cultivate fabric was inspired by Bonnie’s love for gardening.

Skirt Fixation for Bonnie Christine's Cultivate blog tourAnnie absolutely loved one fabric from the Cultivate line called Thrive in Apricot, and I do too.  Coral and pink hues intermingle in perfect harmony!

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We actually have some trumpet lilies (I think they’re called that) blooming this time of year that perfectly underscore the cultivate part of this line of fabric.

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To showcase this lovely fabric, we again chose to use an Oliver+S pattern.  This little beauty is called the Family Reunion Top and Dress pattern.

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We made Annie the top version for fall.  The little pintucks and the button tab details are so charming.

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And then there’s the back.  More pintucks and huge buttons for an exciting accent!  (The pattern doesn’t call for buttons this large, but we were going for a statement look!

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All the buttons came from JoAnn Fabrics.  Both Annie and I love a little button up the back blouse; it’s the 2nd Oliver+S top pattern we’ve made that buttons up the back.

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We chose to use brown linen (sourced from Pink Chalk Fabric ~ back in the day) to accentuate the Thrive Apricot fabric.  It’s the same linen we used on the skirt she’s wearing.

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Be sure to come back Friday when we tell you all about that skirt, because you can enter to win some patterns and fabric for yourself.

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The Family Reunion Top looks fantastic either tucked in or left untucked.  Both present a different silhouette.  I’ve also seen this pattern looking sweet on any age girl wearing it, from newborn to preteen.

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And the Cultivate fabric looks so pretty in everything we’ve seen it made into.  All the stops have showcased lovely Cultivate fabric.  Yesterday, Sharon Holland from Sharon Holland Designs made a lovely table runner (with a free pattern!)

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And I can’t wait to see what Sarah from My Crowded Nest makes with Cultivate fabric tomorrow.  You can see all the stops on the Cultivate fabric blog tour here. 

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If you’ve been inspired to buy some Cultivate fabric, you can do that at many fabric shops including Bonnie’s mom’s shop, A Stitch In Time.

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Oh, and one more little thing: we’d be honored if you visit this Art Gallery Fabrics Cultivate in Fall Challenge board on Pinterest and favorite our photo of this top we made by clicking the heart in the top right corner!  The pin with the most likes will win some fabric designed by Bonnie Christine, and we just love fabric!  Feel free to repin that photo too.  Thanks!

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Thanks for stopping by today, and we hope to see you again soon!

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Butterfly Skirt & Blouse {All The Skirts: Oliver+S and Fat Quarter Shop}

Butterfly Top and Skirt made by Skirt Fixation

Butterfly Top and Skirt made by Skirt FixationThe Butterfly Skirt and Blouse pattern, ah what a little jewel!  You might think that with 10 skirt patterns in the Oliver+S library, another one was going to be reduntant somehow!  But once again, Liesl came up with a unique pattern that is both classic and on trend.  The lines of the skirt will never go out of style, and the peplum top is so perfectly in style right now!  Let’s start with the skirt, of course!Butterfly Top and Skirt made by Skirt FixationThe Butterfly Skirt pattern is a simple little skirt with all the important details worked in.  There are two little, center-facing pleats on either side of the front. Butterfly Top and Skirt made by Skirt FixationThe back is gently gather with elastic, and the ingenious way the back is gathered allows for the use of buttonhole elastic, which we did once again.  We made Annie the size 5 with a size 10 length, so this pattern is consistent on sizing as the rest of the Oliver+S skirt patterns.  We just know what adjustments to make for our TALL girl!Butterfly Top and Skirt made by Skirt FixationAs far as fabric choices, we thought it was fitting to end the edition of All The Skirts where we started; with Bonnie Christine fabric and ribbon!  This is Winged Nesting Blooms Cool, and the large print is just the right scale for the Butterfly Skirt.  This skirt patterns sews up very fast; we could probably make the next one in under an hour!Butterfly Top and Skirt made by Skirt FixationThe Butterfly Blouse is a sweet little peplum top.  We chose the cap sleeves version, there is also a ruffle sleeve version.  The peplum has gathering across the front, and sits right at the waist. Butterfly Top and Skirt made by Skirt FixationWe chose to accentuate the peplum by adding the coordinating Nesting Blooms ribbon from Renaissance Ribbons across the front just above the peplum.  We topstitched it on before sewing the front and back together.  If we would have had more of it, we would have taken it all the way around which would look really sweet too. Butterfly Top and Skirt made by Skirt FixationThe neckline was a little bit of a nuisance; I sewed it on 3 times and still am not totally happy with the way it lays!  Also, button and loop closures are not Annie’s favorite thing on the back of a blouse due to it catching her hair, so next time (and there definitely will be a next time!) we’ll have to change it up a little!  The fabric we used for the Butterfly Blouse is also from Bonnie Christine’s Winged line.  I just love the color or it, so fresh and minty!  It is called Frilly Flutters in Mist.Butterfly Top and Skirt made by Skirt FixationThe arrival of our Rhode Island Red chicks the same day as I completed this outfit made for the perfect photo shoot.  One of the chicks arrived with an injured foot, and Annie was so concerned about the poor little thing!  Butterfly Top and Skirt made by Skirt FixationAnnie will be wearing the Butterfly Skirt and Blouse often this summer.  It’s perfectly suited to keep her looking fresh on hot summer days.  Butterfly Top and Skirt made by Skirt FixationAnnie’s hair, once again, is courtesy of Allegra’s magic!  They even found a sweet little butterfly hair clip.Butterfly Top and Skirt made by Skirt FixationThe Butterfly Skirt and Blouse pattern by Oliver+S wraps up All The Skirts: Oliver+S and Fat Quarter Shop.  We hope you enjoyed this edition as much as we did.  We are downright sad to see this version come to an end!  The Oliver+S skirts were so very delightful to sew; each one was unique and special.  (Did you miss one?  You can see them all here.)  Friday marks the start of the next edition of All The Skirts, so stay tuned!Butterfly Top and Skirt made by Skirt Fixation