Inspired by Tea Collection

Thursday, July 11, 2013

It feels so good to be behind my sewing machine again!! Between the birthday party, vacation, and kiddos out of school, it’s a bit harder to squeeze in some sewing time. I’ve had this dress in mind to sew for quite a while now, so I’m glad to mark it off my list. It is heavily inspired by this dress from Tea Collection. The navy & white stripe knit from Banberry Place is just as soft and comfy as you find in Tea Collection clothes.

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The basic pattern I started with is a European Bizzkids pattern (Summer 2009 – 4103). I’ve made a version of this pattern for Avery each summer for the last 3 years. I guess it has become a tradition! You can find the previous two here and here.

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For the fun V shaped bodice, I used tips from Rachel’s Striped Dress tutorial. Just don’t look too close at my stripes! Things get a little tricky when you are working with stretchy fabrics.

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Avery couldn’t wait to wear this dress! In fact, it still had some of my disappearing ink marks showing when she put it on. At our More Than a Meal / VBS event, Avery offered to pray for their group. I was told that she thanked God for her friends there and for her Mommy being a good sewer to make her dress. I am more proud of her repeated offer to pray before her group than the sweet compliment, but I’m take both!!

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6 comments:

  1. Oh, love this stripey-dress! and how you aligned the stripes nicely, so well done!

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  2. How cute! This sweet dress and her heart of thanksgiving is beautiful! Great job on both.

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  3. I am now getting a chance to look at this, I was at the beach most of the day... I do follow your blog via email, but appreciate you stopping by my blog to let me know about this. And I have to say that I prefer your version! And how sweet of your daughter to say that she is thankful for a mom who is a good sewer!

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  4. so darling! I'm a big fan of Tea Collection, and so love it when I see a great knock-off, as yours is. Great job!!

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  5. Ooh...I love the stiped v bodice. And I think your stripe matching is great!

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  6. This dress turned out so cute! I checked out your two other versions of this dress, and while they were cute, too, this one is even better. I love the contrasting red at the neck (and shoes).

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