Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Unabashed Dress Envy

I was introduced to the fabric of Melissa Mora's Blooms and Bobbins fabric collection at Quilt Market in Houston last Fall. 

Melissa's sample dress made to showcase the line took my breath away and gave me goosebumps! I fell in love with the dress and knew I wanted to make something fabulous with the fabric. It was one of the fabric lines that made collaborating with Riley Blake Designs appealing.  

Little Miss has been on a pants, leggings and shorts only kick for most of the year. She would decline all offers for me to make skirts and dresses for her preferring separates for their flexibility. I did not factor her in at all when I selected fabric for this blog tour. I planned to make a mixed print tiered maxi dress for myself with Blooms and Bobbins Main in Blue and Cream.

When the fabrics arrived  my little darling was completely inspired. She immediately laid out a plan for a tiered maxi dress for herself! I was stunned by her change in fashion choice and her decisiveness with wanting to use Simplicity 1121 (reviewed here) to make it. To add icing to the cake, she cut the pattern out for me to cut the fabric. With all that excitement, enthusiasm AND follow through, I knew I had to roll with her plan and rethink mine.

Once again, I have a bout of dress envy! I love this dress for her, I love this dress for me. The maxi length, and tiered volume with shoulder straps is balanced perfectly. 

The scale of the print and the blue with her skin is magical. She loves this dress and wants more in other fabrics.

When she commandeered my fabric and my plan, I had to make a switch up for what I wanted to make for myself. After participating in Me Made May, I knew that a lack of dresses was not an issue for me. I am in need of separates and chose to make a top to pair with jeans.

I chose Mccalls 7902 (reviewed here) for its flutter sleeves and button front with loops closures.

The sweet florals of the fabric with this pattern are meant for each other.

I am pleased that I could be persuaded to change me plan.

I was able to fill a void in both of our wardrobes and make pieces we both love.

Happy Sewing,


  1. This is the sweetest post. I really love Little Miss's dress. I love the length, the ruffles, and the tie in the back, and she looks so happy wearing it. Your top is flattering. I really like the sleeves, the way the top is shaped, and the buttons are adorable!!! Great job.

    1. Thanks so much! We love both pieces. She wants to wear this every day!

  2. You have one BEAUTIFUL daughter and she looks absolutely FABULOUS in her dress!
    Love your floral top also!
    Thank-you for the inspiration you bring to us all!

  3. I love both of these pieces! So glad that you daughter loves her's too!

    1. Thanks Carolyn! It is so rewarding to sew for the littles in our lives isn't it?