I am so excited to be a part of Pat Bravo's Dare blog tour! It is no secret that I love Art Gallery Fabrics, and when a new line is coming out I stalk all my favorite fabric shops waiting for it to arrive! This year I was lucky enough to go to the International Quilt Market and see all the new fabric lines Art Gallery has coming up. I felt like a kid in a candy store, and the best part was that I was able to take home the entire set of their newest collection Dare. As soon as I walked in the door, I tossed my suitcase aside and started picking out fabrics for my first project.
I decided on the Clara pattern by Violette Field Threads. Clara is actually a pattern for a top and a pair of shorts, but since Brenna loves dresses so much, I just lengthened the pattern a few inches and added a 6" ruffle for extra flair. (VFT has a blog post about how to lengthen the Clara pattern here:
I chose one of my favorite pieces in the collection, Brave Bloomed in Firm, for the main print on the dress. For the ruffle I selected Wafting Plaid in Traced for no other reason than I am currently obsessed with plaid. The bodice fabric is actually from the new Art Gallery Fabrics denim line that is coming out in January. How did I get my hands on some, you ask? I actually cut up a bag made out of the luxurious denim that I received at Quilt Market for being one of the first shoppers at the AGF booth at sample spree! I had to hold my breath cutting it up, but I knew it would be worth it. I added a few touches of lace and a button embellishment and Voila!
Since I was still loving that big floral print, I decided my next project would be a dress with the other colorway Brave Bloomed in Lit as my feature fabric, and I used Wafting Plaid in Marked for the coordinate. I selected the pattern Matilda by Violette Field Threads for this look. I decided to add a ruffle to this dress too, so I subtracted 5" from the skirt length and added a 6" ruffle.
With so many fun, bold prints in the Dare collection, I knew I had to make my favorite scrapbuster skirt pattern--Brewster. Until this skirt pattern, I rarely made skirts; however, this little gem caught my eye on the Create Kids Couture website one day, and to this day I have made no less than 50 of these skirts. Brenna loves the comfy, knit waistband and the pockets. I love that I can sew one in less than an hour!
Laying out fabrics for this skirt is my favorite part. I selected another one of my favorite prints from the collection, Pop Art in Springblossom, for the main print, and I chose Brave Bloomed in Firm, Open Doors in Passion, and A Path in Passion for the coordinates.
I saved the best project for last. All the gorgeous quilts I was surrounded by at Quilt Market, especially those in the Art Gallery Fabrics booth, inspired this last look. When I got home I started thinking of a way to turn what I had seen into a dress. I knew I was going to create a patchwork dress of some sort, and when I saw Maureen Cracknell's Quilt-As-You-Go tutorial for this breathtaking herringbone quilt I knew I had to turn this into a dress. This is the link to her original blog: Maureen Cracknell Handmade/a-herringbone-quilt-tutorial. (Image is from Maureen's blogpost that is linked)
I chose the Bella pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company for this special project. All the fabrics used on the skirt are from the Dare collection, and I oh so love how they paired together. The bodice is made from the AGF denim that I had left over from my first project. How did I make it? Keep following the Dare Blog Tour for another blog post by me that will give detailed instructions on how I used Maureens's blog to create this herringbone look step by step!
I was so honored to have each of these looks featured in the Art Gallery Fabrics DARE LookBook. If you haven't taken a look at all the projects using these gorgeous fabrics you can see them here.
Also don't forget to follow along the DARE blog tour so you can see even more!