Merav, of Baby Hobbes Design, is back and does a stunning version of the Mary Fancy Sash Dress. The fabric used for this project is Sophia and Terrie, both in Green from the Hotel Frederiksted collection due out in November. Girl’s World patterns are only available as paper patterns in the back of the book, so make sure you grab yourself a copy off Amazon. It’s filled with 21 amazing projects for girls of all ages. We are so thankful for Merav and her beautiful creations in Sis Boom fabric. Make sure to follow her on Instagram and Facebook for more inspiration.
Hello again! I am so excited to take over Sis Boom today, and to share one my favorite Back 2 School (B2S) looks. Before I go any further, let me wipe away my tears thinking about Hobbes starting 1st Grade soon. When did this happen? All summer long we’ve been excited for this advancement, and now, I am heavyhearted over this huge milestone.
I am, however, fired-up about all the new B2S looks I am sewing lately. Especially previewing Sis Boom’s new collection Hotel Frederisksted. The pop of colors on this 18-fabric collection is mind-blowing. From soft reds with the hint of pink, to sapphire blue, and of course this gorgeous emerald green. This collection is FIERCE! Especially paired with Sis Boom pattern collections.
One of my goals for B2S sewing with Hobbes is to sew separates. I want to give her the flexibility to mix her handmade collection with ready-to-wear jeans and tees from our local shops. Because each Sis Boom pattern is filled with details to achieve the perfect individual fit, I start with my finished look measurements and work backwards, modifying the garment for my ideal look. This time, reaching to my favorite printed pattern books: Girls World
I chose to work with the awesome Mary Fancy Sash Dress Pattern from Girls World, because I love the ease of the pullover dress. No zippers and no buttons means this mommy can finish her coffee in the morning while Hobbes dresses herself. I made 3 easy tweaks to the pattern. The most obvious one is that I left out the sash and turned it into tunic length. The second change was that I lined it. It doesn’t need lining at all, because the pattern calls for bias trim to finish all the edges. I have to come forward and express that bias bonding and I don’t always get along. Honestly, to save on topstitching time I just cut a lining piece of both the front and back and zipped it through my serger as you would with any other tank style lined dress.
The biggest transformation to the pattern was how I cut the front bodice piece (top and lining) on a curve. I love the look and volume that a curve bodice gives to our tops and dresses, that I decided this Fall, Baby Hobbes Design’s collection needs to be cut on a curve. To achieve this look, I took the front bodice pattern-locating the side with the word fold and starting from the bottom, I measured 1.5 inch up. I marked it. Then I located the opposite edge of the side of the bodice under the arm curve. From there I drew a line on a curve, meeting at the 1.5 mark that I made on the other side, and voila, you’ve curved your bodice.
* To see the tutorial on how I did this, stay tuned for my next Sis Boom guest blog post – I’ll share more of this technique.
Till then, Happy Sewing!
Merav from Baby Hobbes Design