February 19, 2015

The Lucky Girl Dress (& Giveaway!)

The Lucky Girl Dress from Lucy Blaire in Riley Blake Designs Jersey Fabric | The Inspired Wren

When Lucy Blaire asked me to be part of the blog tour for her Lucky Girl Dress I took one look at the pattern and didn't hesitate. The dress is right in our wheelhouse: casual clean lines with a feminine kick.


Let me stop here and inform you that I was given a free copy of this pattern and free fabric for this project as part of the tour, but as always, anything I say here is my own opinion.

The Peanut is on the cusp between sizes. Usually when that happens I sew the smaller size and add length so that it fits immediately (and, I confess, looks great for the blog). As I sewed up a straight size 5 I was a smidge' worried it would run short. But it actually hangs wide on her and the sleeves are long for now -- works for me: room to grow! 

Sporty, casual, and feminine -- loving the Lucky Girl Dress | The Inspired Wren
It's killing me how old she looks all of a sudden; new clothes always seem to highlight it for some reason.

This is another great pattern, featuring well-drafted raglan sleeves, a full circle skirt, and a lined hood. Lucy instructs you how to color block the hood and sleeves with contrasting fabric, but there are so many more combinations you can do on your own. For example, I opted to line the hood with a bright pop of color instead of with the main fabric.


Fabulous bright pop of color lining the hood of this Lucky Girl Dress | The Inspired Wren
All the top-stitching is right in the pattern instructions and adds a polished touch. Love the lime green here!

Speaking of the fabric, it is a lovely knit (95% cotton, 5% spandex) from Riley Blake Designs. The bodice and skirt are Quatrefoil Navy, the hood lining is Quatrefoil Lime, and the sleeves and hood are Solid Navy. When I ordered the set, I was informed the two blues wouldn't be a perfect match and they threw in some solid white to be safe -- how generous! When it arrived I decided I was okay with the slight miss-match so I didn't use the white here. I will say it is dreamy fabric to work with and I love the hand as I cuddle The Peanut when she wears it. 

Would you believe I've never made a circle skirt before. I know, right?! I think I just never wanted  to fiddle with the math. But look how lovely it hangs and flows (and twirls). I see a few more of these in our future.

Sporty, casual, and feminine -- loving the Lucky Girl Dress | The Inspired Wren
I have no clue what that face is, but the skirt looks great!


As I said above, I'm just one part of The Lucky Girl Dress blog tour be sure to check out these other fabulous bloggers and their Lucky Girls, too:

February 2015

5th: Melissa (Sew Like MyMom)
6th: Remona (The StitchingScientist)
12th: Amanda (Jedi CraftGirl)
13th: Becca Duval (BeccaDuval Photography)
19th: Ren Murphy (TheInspired Wren)
20th: Maryam (Hi and Hello)
25th: Jen (Lea and Lars)
26th: Julia Frazier (Riley Blake)

Giveaway: The Lucky Girl Dress Pattern from Lucy Blaire and Knit Fabric from Riley Blake Designs

THE GIVEAWAY!

You can enter to win an awesome prize package of 3 yards of Riley Blake knit fabric (2 yards of Aztec Black, and 1 yard of Aqua Solid) and a free copy of the Lucky Girl Dress pattern! All you have to do is sign up for the Lucy Blaire Handmade newsletter! You can do that on the home page of her website in the column on the right hand side of the page -- and don’t worry if you’re already signed up, you’re automatically entered! Have you already purchased the Lucky Girl Dress? Well, if you win you can pick another pattern from the shop as your prize or get a refund, it’s up to you! You have until February 26th to enter and then on the 27th Lucy will announce the winner on her blog. It's a great package, go for it!


Fabulous bright pop of color lining the hood of this Lucky Girl Dress | The Inspired Wren
I have a whole lot of blurry shots from this one, because this is clearly a Dancing Skirt. You know you want it, go enter to win!




Ren Murphy writes for The Inspired Wren.

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6 comments:

  1. It's lovely! Great pattern, once my pattern-buying-fast is over, I'll take another look, such a dress would get lots of wear over here...

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    1. In the meantime, enter the giveaway! Maybe you'll get it without having to buy it. But if you don't, it's worth it.

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  2. That dress is absolutely stunning (and your model is completely adorable)! The dress reminds me so much of Naartjie! I love it!

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  3. Cute dress! Again your color selections are pretty and perfect. I could not notice the solid navy was not a perfect match. Love the green peeking!

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  4. Gorgeous dress :-D I love the colours you picked they are stunning! I wish my girl was small enough to fit this pattern!

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  5. Gorgeous dress :-D I love the colours you picked they are stunning! I wish my girl was small enough to fit this pattern!

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