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I am so honored to join the Art Gallery Fabrics Blog Tour for Amy Sinibaldi's new limited edition line Paperie. It is a little surreal in fact. In October I attended my first International Quilt Market, and I actually got to meet Amy and talk with her about the collection. Walking into her booth was like walking into a story. Everywhere I looked there were little treasures, little details to discover. I immediately fell in love with the collection and couldn't wait to get it in my hands. Who knew I would not only get to sew some items for the Paperie LookBook, but I would also get to join some amazing designers on the Blog Tour.
Before I get to the items that I made for this blog, I have to share one of the designs I made for the Paperie LookBook.
Brenna calls this her "princess dress." Using the Cosette print for the bodice and more tulle than I may ever want to sew with again (hehe), I made the Violette Dress designed by Violette Field Threads. This dress is magical, and I love the sweet floral print paired with the tulle. I kid about not wanting to sew this much tulle again because the look on Brenna's face when she saw the finished dress was priceless, and it was definitely worth the effort. (You can see my other LookBook project featuring the fabric Quotedhere and in the slideshow at the bottom of the page).
Now back to my projects for the blog... In October when I first saw the collection, I knew I would be making Brenna a valentine dress in Happily Ever After. This was a must! Each year I also like to make my son Brady something to coordinate with Brenna. I thought he might veto the sweet, pink hearts since he is suddenly a tough 6-year-old and no longer will wear just anything I put him in. That is when I decided that I would incorporate Stamped because it reminded me of love letters but still a print I knew he would approve. Before long I was planning a whole mini Valentine photoshoot. Here is the result!!
I love to incorporate fabric any time I am doing a themed photoshoot or especially a themed party. My go-to project is fabric pennants. They are the perfect way to show off a beautiful print and very quick and easy to make. I attach them to stakes and I can move them anywhere I need to add a little special touch. If you have ever been to a party I host, you have seen my pennants lining the sidewalk up to the house, and you probably knew the party theme before you even entered the door.
The next project I did for our photoshoot were these cute, little heart props. This is what I used to complete this project:
1. First I applied the Heat-N-Bond Ultrahold onto scraps of my Paperie fabric per instructions.
2. Next after taking the backing off, I laid it on top of the unfinished wood hearts I picked up at Hobby Lobby, and I ironed the fabric down. Then I crossed my fingers because I didn't know if it would work--lol! I have never tried using it with anything but fabric; thankfully it worked like a charm.
3. Next I took my small, sharp scissors and trimmed off the excess around the heart.
4. The edges were a little rough, so I found a matching trim and just hot glued it all the way around.
Voila! A sweet little prop to jazz up your photoshoot and tie in your fabric. I also imagined if I was hosting a party how cute these would be incorporated into the decorations of a cake table or in our case a Valentine decorating station. (We attempted to enjoy the gorgeous day by making Valentines outside, but it was so windy they were blowing everywhere. The big smiles on their faces are because I was chasing paper hearts all around the yard!)
Now on to the outfits! For any of you wolfies out there, you may notice that Brady's shirt is from Well Dressed Wolf. I was so excited I luckily carted this shirt for our photoshoot, and even more thrilled that the colors worked perfectly with the Stamped fabric I used for his tie. I couldn't help but add just a little hint of the hearts from Brenna's dress, so I just cut one out and sewed it right to the front of the tie. The tie pattern is Emmett's by Create Kids Couture. How handsome is my little man!
The dress I made for Brenna in Happily Ever After is a pattern I have been eyeing for awhile. It is the Rose Dress by Violette Field Threads. It is such a sophisticated design and more importantly it has gorgeous details. If you have read Amy's book Sweetly Stitched Handmades then you know she is the queen of details! I love the details of the lace and the inset panel on the bodice. I added the pintucks to the panel to create even more texture and to mimic the pintucks on Brady's shirt. The result is this sweet, romantic dress--LOVE!!
So can you tell I'm obsessed with Paperie? Well, I'm not done yet! The next fabric I had to create something with was Manuscript. This print has a different feel, and I wanted to make something cool and fresh for Brenna. I knew Emilya's skinny pants, by Simple Life Pattern Companywould really show off this print, and Brenna agrees! She loves this outfit and all the compliments she got from people passing by during our photoshoot. I paired it with a top from Nordstrom, a pair of Joyfolie wedges, and a necklace from Mommy's closet.
I hope you enjoyed all the projects I made with this line. I sure enjoyed making them! You can peruse the slideshow below to see more views of each.
Who would love to WIN a Paperie Love Letter from Amy featuring this charm pack!? All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. If you would like an extra entry you can go to my Instagram (@BecauseofBrenna) and tag a friend on any of my Paperie pictures. I will select a winner on Friday, February 5th!
Don't forget to stop by all the other amazing bloggers along the tour!