Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Riley Blake - Handmade Holiday Blog Tour


Happy Holidays!!

Alexis here taking over the BG Blog! Hope everyone has been enjoying the Holiday season. It is crazy to think we only have 10 days left!

First of all I must thank Amy for letting me jump in again and sew and blog for her.  I also want to thank her for all the time/advice she has given to me this year!! (This is Amy here, and I feel I must mention that this was totally a double-edge sword. Alexis was a huge help to me this year as well and we saw each other through some major sleeve drafting fiascos, it was a huge bonding moment. :) I also feel that Alexis is someone that in a few years we will all say "I knew her when." This lady has amazing style, taste, and an eye for things that you just cannot deny. Get ready world...she's coming.)

Also a shout out to Riley Blake Designs for sponsoring our Handmade Holiday Blog Tour.





I am the type of person that does not use Green and Red for every Christmas dress I make. I like to play around and step outside the box. For this outfit I used Carina Gardner's new fabric collection, Apricot & Persimmon.
The Bodice fabric: Apricot Main Black
The Skirt Fabric: Apricot Stripe Black

Beautiful right??!!!  (Amy again...I drool.)


One of  my favorite  things to do in the sewing world, other then starring at beautiful fabrics,  is mashing patterns together.

I used the Lazy Susan Bodice and the Lottie Skirt Pattern to make this two piece outfit.
Here is how I made it:

Blouse: I added about 2"-3" to the length of the bodice (actually I first added 8" to be safe and after doing a fit check I cut off 3/4 of it). After the bodice is constructed per instructions, tuck in the raw hem using 1/2"-1" seam allowance.  Basically fold the raw edge of the liner and the main fabric inside the bodice and hem. For mine I used a double stitched hem.

Skirt: Constructed per instructions but my skirt is about 4 yards of fabric! YES, 4 YARDS!!!
Beautiful Fabric design with two amazing patterns, make for one happy seamstress!!

Here are a few more photos:










Fuuuuuuuuuuuunllllll Skirts makes me (and I know Amy) so happy! (Me again, I know Alexis knows my address...wonder if my size will be under the tree this year? Haha, just kidding...kind of.)

When you live in CA this is the only snow you get, soap snow...


Check out the amazing group of talented seamstresses:
Tour Schedule
December 8, 2015- Opening
December 9, 2015- Izzy & Ivy
December 10, 2015- GreenStyle
December 11, 2015- FooFoo Threads
December 14, 2015- Little Lizard King
December 15, 2015- brownie-goose
December 16, 2015- Made for Mermaids

ALSO, don't forget to check out Whimsical Fabric for more Riley Blake Fabrics AND take 10% off now through December 20th when you use the code HOLIDAY!


If you have not already entered the GIVEAWAY now is the time to do so!!! Click this link to enter to win a pattern of choice from each of the above designers. What an amazing holiday gift that would be!!

Thank you again to Alexis, what a beautiful stop on this fabulous Holiday Tour. While I am supposed to be finishing up shopping today...I am feeling the need to sew instead!

4 comments:

Nicole Padgett said...

Stunning!!! This is favorite fabric line out of all of them.

Snickerdoodle Stew said...

Ahhh! Simply gorgeous, Alexis! It's classy and timeless and is totally you! I love it!

Snickerdoodle Stew said...

Ahhh! Simply gorgeous, Alexis! It's classy and timeless and is totally you! I love it!

Catherine Muzzatti said...

so beautiful! Love everything about it Alexis!!