The second half of this past week was gloomy, rainy, and all around blah. So I was sort of getting panicky about where we would take pictures. We had a great backup plan of some leftovers from Inara's Teen Beach Movie themed birthday party (inflatable palm trees, some beach toys, and flower garland things), but I REALLY wanted sunshine.
Available in Sizes NB-10yrs
Tunic Length top with wide straps and straight front bodice.
Two skirt widths: basic and full
Printable bodice piece/measurements for skirts/straps
Beginner level, *will need to make a buttonhole though*
Approximate sewing time: 90 mins? (I really need to get a timer!)
Available in the BebeLambs Etsy Shop
Okay... my take on the Hope Floats...
The fabric has these darling little paper boats on it that I highlighted by using the same color for the bodice (both fabrics from Joann's). And to (hopefully) tie it all together, I did my bodice topstitching in blue.
The back of the pattern is done with elastic casings, and after reading through the pattern, I decided to modify a couple things. If you're new to my blog, my daughter has weird issues with seams (for some reason only on woven fabrics?), and so whenever possible I try to encase my seams.
I then inserted the elastic into every other channel, starting with the second one. I like to do all my elastics at once, so I only have to stitch in the ditch once.
When I do these seams, I find that my glue pen is my bestie. *Which is a nice change from my seam ripper.* And I use it to secure the lining over the seam and then I topstitch it in place. It's a little hard to see here, but it's all nicely hidden inside now, and Inara can wear it all day without getting upset over seams.
I really love the light summery look of the pattern, and even though we took a step outside our normal prints with this one, she loved it and decided she was the "beach princess" since she was dressed the prettiest at the beach.
The pattern is available here. And make sure you pop back over to Lynn's Blog to check out the list of the other bloggers AND to enter to win your own free copy of the Hope Floats! And then, join the BebeLambs Pattern Group to show off what you make and see what all everyone is making with their BebeLambs patterns!
Thanks for stopping by, and thank you to Lynn for the chance to participate in her tour!