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.


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.


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.


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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