This post is part of the Petite Stitchery & Co. Valentine’s Day Blog Tour hosted by Lo of Seams So Lo. The tour includes inspirational blog posts, pattern sales (the featured pattern will be on sale the day it’s shared!) and a giveaway. Details and links are below.
Valentine’s Day is all about over the top displays of love and affection. To show my daughter how much I adore her, I created her an exuberant Valentine’s Day dress in her favorite color (pink!) and in a print I knew would make her smile. The finished dress gives me all the heart eyes 😍
The inspiration for this dress started with the fabric. In the course of my [compulsive] online fabric shopping, I found this Scattered Hearts fabric by Dear Stella. It is from a few seasons back, but you can still find it on Etsy and a few other places online. There are two colorways: navy with red hearts and pink with rainbow hearts. While I prefer the navy & red, my daughter has a style all her own (see here for more of her fashion stylings). She was elated when the pink heart fabric came in the mail.
The Clover Tunic & Dress pattern by Petite Stitchery & Co. was a great canvas for the Scattered Hearts fabric. It’s a relaxed Boho-style that looks great in an all-over print. The pattern has many options including short, elbow-length or long bell-shaped sleeves and two skirt options (tiered or ruffled with hi-lo hem). I chose long bell sleeves with a tiered skirt. The dramatic bell sleeves are probably my favorite feature. I also love the subtle arc of the front bodice that gives the hem of the tiered skirt a little extra shape.
Although the Clover pattern is designed for woven fabrics, it has no closures (no zippers, buttons, etc.). Without any buttons or zippers to sew, the Clover comes together really fast and is great for beginners.
Buuut, without any buttons or zippers, your large-headed child may not be able to put it on very easily. The neckline is cut wide, so it can be slipped over your child’s head. But my child has a 90th percentile head (coupled with a skinny body), and it’s a bit snug going on and off.
Next time I make the Clover, I will try the bodice on her right after I sew the neck hole to make sure it fits. If it’s too snug, I can always cut the hole a bit bigger before I move on. Or, if I didn’t want to make the neck any larger, I might add a keyhole closure to the back or a button to the shoulder.
I would also like to sew the Clover with a more drapey fabric. Dear Stella fabric is high quality quilting cotton without much drape. I would love to see this dress in a flowy rayon challis. I think it would be gorgeous!
Valentine’s Day Blog Tour & Giveaway
As a part of the Petite Stitchery & Co. Valentine’s Blog Tour, the Clover pattern is on sale today only for $6.
Additionally, each pattern featured on the upcoming stops on the tour will be on sale the day it’s posted. Visit the sewing blogs on the tour each day to see their beautiful creations and discover more discounted patterns.
Finally, you can enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a $100 store credit to Petite Stitchery & Co.
Stops on the blog tour:
February 6th: Seams Sew Lo
February 7th: Octaves of Color
February 8th: Our Play Place
February 9th: My Sewing Roots
February 10th: The Petite Sewist
February 11th: Aurora Designs
February 12th: Manning the Machine
February 13th: Cross Stitches Custom Clothing
February 14th: On Wednesday We Sew
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