Sometimes a fabric line comes along that is just so amazing and so my style that it has me daydreaming of what I can make with it nonstop. Fleet and Flourish is one of those lines. Maureen Cracknell has created the most gorgeous collection--seriously each and every print is a must have! I need more hours in the day so I can actually sew all these ideas I have in my head. Anybody else have that problem?!
The very first dress I made with Fleet and Flourish was actually inspired by one of Maureen's Quilt-As-You-Go tutorials from her blog--the amazing Herringbone Quilt! I picked this project because it utilizes a lot of different fabrics, and I wanted to use as many of the gorgeous prints as possible. The bodice was made using the Violette Field Threads pattern Annie. I love those braided straps, such an interesting detail. Maureen's blog post on making a herringbone quilt can be found here, and my adaptation of turning it into a dress is found here. (I did however change the width of the skirt strips to 5" wide since I wanted to make it maxi length). I love this dramatic dress showcasing all that Fleet and Flourish gorgeousness ;)
For my next dress, I chose Swifting Flora Fond in knit for the bodice. The sash was made with Miniments Unpolished and the skirt is All Paths Sunlit.
For construction of the dress I begin by cutting the Brenda pieces out in knit--the front bodice, back bodice, neckline, sleeves, and bubble pieces. Instead of using the full length of the Brenda top, I use the length of the Karley bodice piece. To make mashing the patterns easy and fast I laid the Karley bodice piece on top of the Brenda top piece and marked a cutting line on each size. That way I don't have to get out the Karley bodice piece each time.
Then I cut out the sash pieces and skirt pieces based on the Karley pattern measurements. Use the instructions from the Brenda pattern to complete the bodice (don't forget to add the sash before you sew the sides together!!). Complete the dress by adding the skirt with instructions from the Karley pattern.
For the last dress, I wanted to create my own design element. I drew inspiration from Maureen's Fleet & Flourish booth at quilt market. When I rounded the corner and saw what she created my jaw literally dropped. It was amazing! One of my favorite details in the booth were these amazing butterflies climbing up one side--that was my inspiration! (To see the butterflies and her amazing booth go here.)
I started with the Bella pattern by Simple Life Pattern Company. I used Afternoon Sail from The Denim Studio by AGF. (side note: how amazing is AGF denim). Then using Roadside Guides Aster I created these butterflies. (Since this post is getting very long (hehe), I will post a tutorial on these butterflies in a separate blog). Look at the straps in the same fabric--LOVE!
Did I mention that I am a little obsessed with Fleet and Flourish?! Check out the slideshow for even more outfits I made for Brenna using this fabric collection.
Don't forget to follow along the Fleet and Flourish Blog Tour. I have been drooling over all the amazing projects along the way. Plus if you want to get your hands on some fabric be sure to stop by Maureen's blog for information on some amazing giveaways. Here's the schedule and links: