I am so excited to be part of the Flit and Bloom Fabrics Blog Tour hosted by Patty Young and Riley Blake Fabrics. Flit and Bloom is the 20th fabric collection from Patty Young (MODKID) and is everything I have come to expect and look forward to in Patty's collections. It is fun, colorful and beautiful! (Check out Patty's post to see more inspiration pieces and enter her giveaway!)
We are a very much girly-girls in my house and live by the motto "if color is the question, then pink is the answer!" So I surprised myself a little by choosing the teal color way to work with (I used the Bloom Main Teal, Bloom Henna Blossom Teal, and the Bloom Geo Blossom Teal). Since the teal color way has pops of pink in it, I used the Bloom Blossom Pink as an accent and paired it all with some Hot Pink Solid Knit from Riley Blake that I had in my stash. So maybe not really so far outside of my all pink, all the time norm but, baby steps...
I really wanted to showcase the fabrics and do something fun with them, so I decided to piece together the skirt using a diamond pattern. Not letting the fact that I don't quilt and have never done this kind of piecing before deter me, I ordered a diamond template and started cutting and sewing. I won't lie, there were some mistakes made. Even after carefully laying everything out, I managed to sew a few strips together incorrectly and had to start over. I also feel like I was breaking several quilting rules along the way, for example I am certain there's a "thou shall not piece together on a serger" rule that I disregarded, but it came together beautifully and I could not be happier with it!
In total, I used 60 diamond to make the skirt (because why use 2 pieces of fabric to make a skirt when you can use 60?) and finished the bottom with a bias binding facing. I used a basic knit bodice block, cut as a slight empire waist line with three-quarter sleeves, and gathered the skirt onto it. To give it a little extra love and southern charm, I used my silhouette machine to make a monogram for the bodice.
I really love how it all came together and, even more importantly, my little model was happy. I asked her if she liked it and she said "no, I don't like it, I LOVE it!" Even though the skirt was a little time consuming, I know she will get a lot of wear out of it because the fabrics are great quality and will stay vibrant and look great through many washes.
There are several bloggers participating in the tour this week, and you can check out all of their posts to see more Flit and Bloom inspiration! Plus, don't forget to visit Patty's kick off post to enter for a chance to win a bundle of her beautiful fabrics!
Monday, Oct. 9th - Coffee + Thread
Tuesday, Oct. 10th - Lily Shine Creates
Wednesday, Oct. 11th - The Eli Monster
Thursday, Oct. 12th - Tye Dye Diva Patterns
Friday, Oct. 13th - Pattern Revolution
Saturday, Oct. 14th - Idle Sunshine