One of my favorite lines previewed at Quilt Market last spring was Hello, Ollie by Bonnie Christine. I was deeply honored that she asked me to make a couple dresses for display in her booth. This was the first time I have ever been asked to make something for such an event, and I was even more excited since this collection is not only gorgeous but also Art Gallery Fabrics' first organic line!
I love how the line is described on the website…
“Like the delicate trace left by a Swan’s dance on the water, this collection illustrates the image of spending an afternoon in the meadow by the lake.”
I admit the first print that stood out to me was the swans, but as I looked I fell in love with more and more of the prints. I was thrilled that Bonnie asked specifically for my herringbone skirt design because I knew that would mean I would get to play with lots of different fabrics from the collection. This is the result.
I love how all the fabrics work together in the herringbone design (for information on how to make your own herringbone skirt go here). The bodice of this dress is the Violette Field Threads Annie dress. I love the braided straps in Swanlings Bevy Nightfall and Blossom Drift Roseate up against the ombre effect of the Nested Gathering print.
For my second dress I knew I would use those swans! I used Swanlings Bevy Peach with AGF's solid Mystic Grey as the accent trim. This is the Mia dress by Simple Life pattern company.
I also wanted to create some brand new looks just for this post, so I teamed up with Ashley Herrmann of Petite Stitchery and Co. This new PDF company and their fabulous design team have created 11 looks for their fall collection that have just released. We made 5 of the new looks all sewn in the gorgeous fabrics from Hello, Ollie.
First up is the Maize Tunic and Dress. This dress is such a stand out. I love the hi-lo hem, and the ¾ length sleeves with the banded cuff. This pattern has more options too—tunic length, long sleeves, and other hem options. You can use this pattern to create a completely different look each time you sew it.
Miss Bella looks gorgeous in the Dabbling Swan Plum fabric!
The next outfit is the Sparrow Peplum Top and Tunic paired with the Aspen Skirt. I of course had to use those swans again and this time in knit! Brenna loves knit and this top is just perfect with that sweet peplum and that peter pan collar. The Aspen skirt is a fun way to use lots of fabrics from the collection. I love mixing and matching the different prints and colors.
And look at that twirl!! Brenna always approves of a skirt with a lot of spin action.
Miss Addie is just the cutest doll! Brenna pretends like she is her little sister on photoshoots—hehe!
There may not have been swans in the nearby pond, but there were definitely some big koi fish for the girls to see.
I hope you enjoyed my stop along the Hello, Ollie blogtour! Be sure to take a look at some of the other amazing designs that have been shared along the way. (See the schedule here.) Yesterday there was a beautiful project shared by Jessica Bustos of Lil Luxe Collection with a free pattern! I can't wait to see what Jenn Rossotti of Ginger Peach Studio has in store for us tomorrow!