Today we get to show you all the fun we’ve had with Fiesta Fun fabrics. Put on some sunglasses and prepare yourselves for the party!
Recently we got the exciting privilege of using some Fiesta Fun fabric designed by Dana Willard of Made Everyday for Art Gallery Fabrics. Today is our stop on the Fiesta Fun fabric blog tour and we get to show you how much fun we had with this fabric, and how we tried to keep true to Dana’s sense of fashion and fun!
We started off by making a statement dress for Annie in Art Gallery Fiesta Fun Mexican Dress Midnight Fabric. We used her very favorite maxi dress pattern to make her an Uptown Downtown Dress.
But we just HAD to add a sash of embroidery, hand sewn by Allegra, because it’s awesome and also Dana’s been embroidering on this fabric too! She chose some of the flowers from in the design of the fabric and copied them onto the linen sash. (Since the sash is from woven material, it only spans across the front of the dress to allow the dress to still stretch over her head. Also, it is a lined so that the back of the embroidery is protected from wear and tear.
This (as with all Art Gallery Fabric knits) was an absolute dream to work with and Annie is deeply in love with this dress.
The next fabric I got to work with is Art Galllery Fiesta Fun Florita Azul Fabric and I had in mind to make Dana’s Everyday Tie pattern with it for 2 of the boys. But that was before I realized the tie is cut out on the bias, and the flowers would end up at a 45 degree angle all down the tie. Still wanting a tie of some sort, I decided to make a bowtie. I used the free pattern from Sew Like My Mom and shortened it enough to fit a boy.
The original plan was for the youngest of the boys, Lowell, to wear the bowtie with the white shirt. But when the time came to put on the ties, he cried that he wanted a “hang down tie!” So David sweetly agreed to swap shirts and ties for the photoshoot. He also smiled and laughed and posed like a trooper the whole time! Incidentally, since then Lowell has been begging to wear the bowtie every single day! It figures.
When I realized the Art Galllery Fiesta Fun Florita Azul Fabric wouldn’t work for the Everyday Tie pattern I turned to the expert for advice. (That would be Dana herself!) She said that one of the Papel Picado prints would look awesome for the tie, and so I ordered some more fabric!
I sewed both a boy size and a tween size, and they are both so cute! Thomas is just the right size for the tween Everyday Tie in Art Gallery Fiesta Fun Papel Picado Mesquite Fabric and the boy one fits either David or Lowell, depending on how it’s tied. And the boys love to be matching too. I never would have guessed that a quilting cotton would work for a tie, but as silky soft as Art Gallery Fabrics cotton’s are, they make lovely ties!
Since baby clothes don’t require very much fabric, and I just HAD to, I sewed up a Virginia Beach dress in some leftovers of the Art Gallery Fiesta Fun Mexican Dress Midnight Fabric. I used some of the Art Gallery Fiesta Fun Florita Azul Fabric leftover from the bowtie to create an accent yoke in the front, and added a strip of white piping for good measure.
Then I had just enough Florita Azul fabric left to use Dana’s free Perfect Diaper Cover pattern to make a matching diaper cover with orange bias tape trim along the edges. And David was super happy that he got to match the baby for the photoshoot!
The final ingredient for a Dana-esque event was to find a brightly colored wall for the kids to stand in front of in their Fiesta Fun Fabric clothing, designed by Dana, using patterns created by Dana!
So after driving around town I found one very, very brightly colored yellow/orange wall which we decided was the one! (In fact, it was the ONLY brightly colored wall in town, so we lucked out!) If you’ve spent much time over at Made Everyday, you know how much Dana loves color and brightly colored walls to pose in front of!
Check out all the other stops on the Fiesta Fun blog tour:
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