If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been all about the Nikko Dress recently. I originally fell in love with this dress when it was released, but wasn’t yet quite comfortable enough with knits that I felt ready to jump into this project. As I’ve mentioned so many times before, becoming familiar with knits was one of my 2018 sewing goals, and I’ve definitely put a lot of work in towards that goal! Now that I’ve reached a comfortable place with knits, and the weather is starting to think about cooling down a bit, I was so excited to FINALLY make myself a Nikko Dress!
Today is my birthday!! And to celebrate my 28th year, I’ll be wearing this beautiful new Summer Day Top… As well as giving a copy of the pattern away to one of my awesome followers! This pattern is the newest from the Made Everyday pattern collection, designed by the lovely Dana Willard (who you may be familiar with from her beautiful fabric design lines with Art Gallery fabrics!). The top is super versatile, with three different sleeve options, two different lengths, and two different shapes (boxy top vs. peplum)… And all can combine to make a million cute versions. Even better, thanks to the multitude of options, you can make this pattern in almost any fabric and come up with a totally different look. This really is the perfect pattern for summer.
Today, I’m excited to bring you my 3rd make as part of the IndieSew Blogger Team! This quarter, I chose to sew up the Anna Allen Lotte Blouse in a beautiful striped rayon crepe fabric. I received my fabric and pattern, with the intent of sewing this top up towards the middle or end of this month, but as soon as it arrived I couldn’t stop thinking of what a great 4th of July top it would make, so I sewed it up much quicker than planned! As anticipated, this was the perfect top for a summer holiday – the fabric was perfectly light and breezy, the pink and navy stripes were the perfect muted combo of good old American red, white, and blue, and the top was loose and comfortable enough to accommodate the baby bump, while still allowing me to feel stylish and put together!
I’ve been eyeing the Kielo Wrap Dress forever, and this year’s #SewTogetherForSummer was exactly what I needed to finally get my butt into gear and purchase the pattern! As soon as the wrap dress theme was announced, I knew that I’d be using the Kielo, and was lucky enough to be able to use a discount code specifically made up for Sew Together for Summer! I’ve held onto the pattern since then, and I knew I’d just barely be able to squeeze my make in by the very last day – and here we are, just as planned, with a beautiful Kielo I finished and photographed last night! 🙂