The winter season is still holding on for dear life here in rural New York (it snowed earlier this week – uhg!) and my yard is currently a sea of melted snow, dead grass, and general glum. I’ve been desperate for an excuse to do some Spring sewing, and as it turns out, the Etno Fabrics Blog Tour is a pretty good one! Aside from a very welcomed Spring sewing project, I thought a little color might be just the thing to beat the winter blues for good.
…okay A LOT of color!
You’ve seen a version of this dress twice already (here and here), in fact it’s the same self-drafted pattern I made for the Wanderer Fabric Tour in February. I’ve made a few changes to the design since then, and can now officially call it a TNT! I finally have a go-to pattern!! YES!
I changed the original button front to a V-neck and added elastic around the entire waist instead of just elastic shirring at the back. My favorite new edition to this dress though is definitely the little buttons that hold each pocket closed. Eeeeeep! So cute! I’m extremely happy with the fit across the back, neck, and shoulders (areas I’ve struggled to fit in the past) and I have plans to make several more versions of this dress in order to meet my Me Made May goals.
Now, let’s talk about this beautiful fabric! The collection is called Etno and it’s the newest release from Art Gallery Fabrics founding designer: Pat Bravo. A few weeks ago I saw a photo in Pat’s instagram feed asking for 20 bloggers to participate in the Etno Fabrics Blog Tour. I emailed her immediately, hoping I might be chosen as one of the lucky twenty, and (spoiler alert) I was! Thank you, Pat! 🙂
The print I picked is called Contempo Pyramids – Aqua and I’m absolutely in love with the color! Aqua (aka Lucky Lu-Teal, haha!) is easily my favorite color, but I prefer the tones that sway more green than blue. That’s exactly what this color is and I think it really compliments my skin tone well. Not to mention it happens to look pretty fantastic paired with two of my other favorite colors, if I do say so myself.
When Pat sent along the yardage for my dress, she also surprised me with a small cut of Angle Inception – Polar. I had enough to add contrasting pockets/facings and I love the way they look together. Thumbs Up for mixed prints in all the right places! I’ve also been known to slap a button on anywhere and everywhere I possibly can, so of course I had to do that with this dress.
I’m going to sound like a broken record if you’ve read my Wanderer fabric tour post, but Art Gallery Fabrics are something special in the quilt industry. They feel more on par with a crisp cotton poplin for garments. Even sewing with this fabric feels different from other quilting cottons. I had to switch my needle to a finer gauge* in order prevent my machine from knocking and skipping stitches, and I also used a lower heat setting on my iron. Once you make a few small adjustments this fabric is really a dream to work with, and especially to wear!
*for the record my Pfaff Ambition 1.0 behaves best when I use a 90/14 needle on quilt weight cottons but I had to switch down to an 80/12. Makes sense I suppose. Finer fabric, finer needle.
I really adore this print, as well as many others in the Etno collection, and I’m so thankful Pat picked me to help promote it. Be sure to check out yesterday’s Etno Fabrics Blog Tour stop on Mint Needle, as well as tomorrow’s stop on Fa Sew La …or if you’d like to see the entire line up of blog stops you can check out Pat’s blog post, here!
I hope you’re not tired of me and fabric blog tours yet because I’ve already agreed to several more as the Spring/Summer months roll on 😉 #sorrynotsorry
I’ll leave you with this last photo of Baby Pocket Button because baby pocket buttons are my new favorite thing!
Oh, and in case you didn’t notice, I changed my hair color. Again. …yeah I do that a lot. It’s my not-new favorite thing 😉