Last week I made some adorable dresses for my girls using the Nora pattern by Violette Field Threads and Fiesta Fun fabric by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics!
I have been a huge fan of AGF for quite awhile and was so excited that they were able to sponsor this post. This Fiesta Fun fabric is one of my daughters’ favorites!
I love the way the Nora dress turned out! The pleated top skirt is such a classic and charming design. My daughters were so happy with the two layered skirt. They commented on how it was like an “apron” and want me to make more dresses like these. Wouldn’t this pattern be perfect for dress up clothes and costumes?
This pattern was a labor of love and I have to say, I’m really proud of my work! It felt so good to work really hard on something and have it come out exactly the way I wanted it to. The step by step directions provided by VFTs walked me through the process so easily. I had never made box pleats before and I found the directions easy to follow. I chose the simple sleeves for their classic design and the simple underskirt.
The sweet vintage style is one of my favorite things about this pattern. Everything about this pattern came together so well. I decided to pin both the skirts first and sew them to the bodice at the same time. That way I could be sure that everything fit together perfectly before I sewed.
I chose the sweetest prints from the Fiesta Fun fabric collection by Dana of Made Everyday. Dana has been a bit of a hero of mine for several years now. Her sewing tutorials and videos were a big influencer when I started to sew again a couple years ago. My prior sewing experience was all with commercial patterns when I took sewing lessons in middle school. But Dana’s enthusiasm for sewing projects is contagious! If someone can get me excited about making bias tape, they have to be pretty special, right?
Dana’s bold use of color really inspired me for these dresses. I had so much fun picking out prints from the Siesta colorway. I chose Florita Azul and Papel Picado Naranja for one dress and Citrus Sunset and Papel Picado Verde for the other. For their socks, I used the knit Desert Flor Spring. The sock pattern I used is from Peek-a-boo Patterns Cozy Critter Socks (affiliate link). Aren’t they adorable? I want to make coordinating socks for all my girls’ dresses!
And how about these sailor bows? I think they go especially well with this vintage style dress. I keep coming back to Natalie Malan’s pattern for these.
These bright and cheerful colors are just perfect for spring and summer. What would you make with the beautiful fabric? Let me know in the comments or find me on Instagram. I’d love to hear from you!