Bequest Maker’s Tour- Simplicity Dresses

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Hey, y’all! I can’t believe we only have thirty-two days ’til Christmas!! Life has been a bit chaotic around here with an unexpected week-long business trip for Jon, Lo getting sick, and prepping for local markets this month, but I am so thrilled to take a short break and join the Bequest Maker’s Tour for Briar Hill Designs! Have you been following along?

When I saw the gorgeous blue hued florals, I initially thought I’d make a queen size quilt and gift it to my mother for Christmas. Then I reminded myself that I’m not a quilter and that quilt top would sit in my pile of unfinished quilts, so I decided on making coordinating dresses for Lo and myself. (No worries, I have other ideas for my mom’s Christmas gift this year, and I’ll get started now on making her a quilt for next Christmas. Ha!)

After reviewing my plans for fall/winter wardrobe sewing, I knew I wanted to sew Simplicity 8689 and 8708 with this gorgeous fabric! Unfortunately, Lo was sick the day of our scheduled photo shoot (Sorry family, no Christmas cards this year.), so Jon snapped these photos on his lunch break the one day Lo was not sick this week, and these photos do not do this fabric justice.
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Both patterns were rather easy sews, but required careful attention to sewing the princess seams. Also, since the fabric is a quilting cotton, I used lightweight interfacing. I made size 5 for 8708 and size 10 in 8689. Both have a good amount of ease and included pockets!
Screenshot_20181123-031620_InstagramI made View D in both patterns, and I love the way they turned out! For Lo’s dress, I used the “Cup and Saucer” print for the trim on the bodice and sleeves. The center bodice panel is made with the “Music Box- Lace Fabric” print, and I love the subtle contrast paired with the “Trellis Lace Fabric” print.
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As far as my dress goes, I will need to adjust the shoulder about an inch on the next one. Other than that, I love the generous amount of ease and overall look. I was inspired by a dress I saw in a store display last winter, but I can’t recall which designer made it. I love the look and ease of this dress! I found the trim at my local Joann, and the buttons are from Arrow Mountain.
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I love the texture and boho vibe from this dress! I was curious to see Jon’s reaction since it’s outside of my typical preppy, casual look, but he loved it, too. I can’t wait to purchase more prints from this collection and make Lo’s “baby” a coordinating dress forΒ  Christmas.
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Don’t forget to head over to my Instagram for a giveaway! Post will go live this afternoon (November 232rd) at 4:00PM and will last 48 hours.

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