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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Jersey Love Blog Tour - Beachcomber

Welcome to day two of my summer "wrap up" week and more importantly day ONE of Fishsticks Designs' Jersey Love Blog Tour!

When the lovely Bonnie asked if I'd participate I didn't hesitate to say yes.  Her designs always seem to mix wearability and comfort with little pops of something unique thrown in to make the garment extra special.  The four designs she's just released for use specifically with stretch jersey fabrics don't disappoint.  I jumped at the chance to sew the Beachcomber Dress from her new Jersey Love line.

I mean, look how cute it is!
Since the tour is sponsored by Riley Blake Designs, they generously sent us our choice of fabric from their new line of stretch cotton/spandex jersey basics.  Here is where I gush.  When the fabric arrived I couldn't get over how buttery soft it is.  There are lots of different colors and patterns and the fabric has a great stretch memory so I will definitely find myself buying more of their jersey in the future. 

I made a mistake when I emailed the list of fabric I was interested in, so when it arrived I was missing the orange stripe that I wanted to mix in with the two other fabrics.  This was 100% my mistake and yet right away they sent me the third fabric once I told Bonnie about the mix up. So generous.

You can see why I was dying to get that orange striped fabric.  My original thought was to use the grey fabric as a background since it sort of looked scuba-suit-ish and I wanted something a bit subdued to go along with the bright colors.  I love the aqua stripe with the grey, but the orange really makes everything pop which is what I was hoping for.

The Beachcomber dress is the perfect summer dress.  It could just as easily go from wearing to the park to a beach cover up.

Because jersey won't fray, the design is meant to feature those curling edges that jersey is known for and so most of the seams are visible.  I have only washed and dried the dress once, so it is not fully curled yet, but even with the extra wear after these pictures were taken they are coming along nicely.

I made the dress in size 3T with the hope that Bean can wear it next summer and I think it'll be just perfect.

We had so many compliments while walking around in the dress so I'm sure it'll get a lot of use even with what we have left of this summer.

Be sure to join Fishsticks Designs for every stop on the Jersey Love Blog Tour!

Tuesday, 8/13: Call Ajaire & Rock the Stitch
Wednesday, 8/14: imagine gnats & Busy, Beautiful and On a Budget
Thursday, 8/15: Shaffer Sisters & Blue Susan Makes
Friday, 8/16: Rooibos Mom & Mama Says Sew
Tuesday, 8/20: Designs by Sessa & Hopeful Threads
Wednesday, 8/21: Making More with Less & Sew Can She
Thursday, 8/22: Crafty Hour & Winter Wonderings ... Wanderings & Whatnot
Friday, 8/23: Little Kids Grow & Max California

I can't wait to see what everyone else makes for the tour!

And even though we didn't make it to the beach for a photo shoot, Bean was convinced this beach volleyball court was the beach.  So I guess that's good enough for a two year old, hehe.

As usual, linking up to:

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  1. I love your Beachcomber!! I'm excited to see all the interpretations of these garments in the same line of fabrics. :)


  2. This turned out so cute! And she looks so comfy in it!

  3. I love the colors you chose! They are perfect :) SO cute!

  4. What a treat to get to try out that new Riley Blake fabric! The dress is so cute.

  5. This is super cute!! I agree the orange pulls everything together and makes it pop. Great color choices! :)

    Heidi @

  6. Love that! Hey... the volleyball court does have sand!!! I love your stripes! They are so fun!!!


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