Spring is coming! Raspberry Creek Fabrics is ready to welcome in the green grass and warmer weather with their Spring Fabric drop. I had the pleasure of participating in sewing along with the 2020 Fall Fabric release, and I had such a hard time choosing which fabric to sew because they were all so great. I was surprised to find I had an even harder time choosing this time around! The fabrics released to the website on Monday – if you haven’t had the chance yet, head over to the RCF website and take a look at the Spring line of Club Fabrics. They are lovely!
I did not have time on my side this time around, so I could only choose fabric for one outfit this time around! I carefully picked a pairing of my two favorites from this release – the Save the Bees panel paired with the floral honeycomb hexagons! These fabrics are available in both French Terry and Cotton Jersey, but in anticipation of warmer weather (which we did NOT have on this day – it was nearly freezing outside! Hence the cold face below) I chose the cotton jersey for this outfit.
I’ve had my eye on this romper pattern for a long time, but I waited to purchase it for a little while. The smallest size offered is 18months (though I’ve seen some posts about how people have scaled down the print for smaller sizes!) and it doesn’t include a snap placket, something that was VERY important to me when my girl was smaller and less mobile, and needed quick and easy diaper changes. She is super independent these days and is working hard at potty training, so I finally felt ready to jump in and try out this romper – i LOVE it!
While sewing my first version of this romper, the Spring Fabric drop was released to the RCF Promo Team. I have never sewn with a panel print before, and I thought the bodice of this romper would be a great way to use one. It worked out perfectly, because this “Save the Bees” panel was my favorite piece in the lineup! I had a hard time choosing which of the coordinating fabric prints to pair it with (all of the prints in the Save the Bees group are fabulous!) but I ultimately went with these cute floral honeycomb hexagons. My little one is enjoying pointing out the bees and the flowers in all the little honeycombs.
The panel was ever so slightly too large for the bodice piece of this romper, but I made some adjustments to make it work the best I could! The print of the panel itself measures about 5” high by 6” wide. While the width worked out just high, the curved cut of this size 3T bodice didn’t accommodate the full 5” height of the print! I constructed this garment primarily on the serger, so I chose to reduce my standard seam allowances to the minimal amount at the center of the neckline and waistline of the bodice to pull in as much of the print as possible. It isn’t perfect, but the message is still clear!!
Romper: handmade by me
Pattern: Lil Luxe Collection – Alley Cat Romper
Fabrics: Raspberry Creek Fabrics – Save the Bees Panel and Floral Honeycomb Hexagons (Cotton Jersey)
Make sure that you pop over to the Raspberry Creek site this week to catch these awesome new release fabrics for $1/yard off of the standard price! While you’re at it, be sure to check out the awesome holiday themed fabrics they offer throughout the year – St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and the Easter fabrics are so fantastic!
Brother XR9500PRW Sewing Machine
Brother 1034D Overlocker
Schmetz Jersey Ballpoint Needles
Dahle 36×48 Self-healing Cutting Mat
Heat & Bond Soft Stretch (Lite)
Thanks for reading my thoughts on this pattern! The fabrics used throughout this post were provided to me by Raspberry Creek Fabrics as a member of their Promo Team, in exchange for photos of my finished garments posted on social media. The pattern was purchased by me. All words and opinions expressed throughout this post are my own, as always. Links provided throughout this post may be affiliate links – if you choose to purchase any products through these links, I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you. This simply helps me justify the costs of my sewing habit and the time it takes to share it with you!! Happy Sewing!
- xx Elizabeth