Ever since I had the opportunity to travel through Italy and Spain, I’ve loved olive leaves. In person, Olive Trees are so beautiful – the colors are unusual and catch my eye every time, and the leaves are so small and dainty. When I saw this olive leaf print from Art Gallery Fabrics, I knew I wanted it in my wardrobe. The color palette is so pretty – though I’ve still not been quite able to figure out my own personal color palette, I do always find that I feel great about the way greens look on me, and I find myself drawn to them. This print has a great balance of bright and muted tones, and I feel like it is lovely for summer.
I’ve seen so many pregnant ladies looking very cute in midi-length tank dresses, so I reached out in a Maternity Sewing Group on Facebook to ask what patterns some of the sewists there had loved for similar silhouettes. I came back with a few great ideas, one of them being the Made for Mermaids Ruby Dress! This one caught my eye originally because of the cute, thinner straps… But also because many of those who suggested it confirmed that they or their loved one comfortably wore this dress through much of pregnancy without any maternity modifications! I’ve mentioned this before, with my last pregnancy, but the idea of sewing something that I will only be able to wear for a couple of months makes me so sad – I want the option to wear it forever! So this one seemed like a winner.
I sewed this dress toward the end of summer 2019… It has been shared through Minerva for some time, but I’m not sure how it never made its way to the blog! I write my blog posts in real time so that I can be sure to capture all of my relevant thoughts on the fabric and pattern that I’m working with, so fair warning that some of the information here is outdated… For instance, since writing this, AK Patterns is no more! With that being said, I’ve left all the text below intact, as written back in August or September of 2019! I’m excited to finally be sharing this here today!
Big News this week!!! Issue 14 of Fibre Mood Magazine launched on Wednesday, and as you’ve probably come to expect (I definitely have!) it is packed full of fantastic patterns. I truly don’t know how they pump out such great, unique patterns in such rapid succession! For three or four issues now, I have had the distinct pleasure of choosing a pattern from the upcoming issues in exchange for promoting the pattern on launch day! I love having the opportunity to choose the pattern that feels most “me” from each issue, but I struggled more than usual this time! I’m well into my second trimester now, and my bump is POPPING, so I have to consider my new beach ball belly when considering how the patterns will work for me. I typically like cropped length tops and dresses with cinched-in waist details, but clearly those may not be my best options right now!