Aug 23, 2016

Going back to School with Brush Strokes

When going back to school for the 7th year takes all the fun out of going back to school, you have to do something extra special for your tween! My soon to be 6th grader is very nervous to start Middle School this year so I knew I needed to make her something that would remind her that she is still a little girl in a growing body. Sadly, her growing body was not a good fit for the dress pattern we fell in love with! Good for one of her best friends however, because it fit her beautifully which brought smiles to both of these lovely ladies! So today, as my stop on the Back To School Blog Tour hosted by Sprouting Jube Jube and Lulu & Celeste I will show you my version tween style in middle school!
I wanted to make a dress that had twirl factor and yet still had a sophisticated look that my tween would go for. When I found the Zelt Dress by The Eli Monster I fell in love with the 60's vibe of the high collar and fun swing! My daughters favorite line in our SHOP right now is Brush Strokes by Holly DeGroot for Cloud 9 Fabrics.
Brush Strokes in Multi                    Geo Grid in Multi                           Canvas in Multi

Why? Because it screams bright colors & experimental style while nodding to the 80's and remaining just a bit romantical! We have outfits planned for each of the three prints we have in our shop - but the Zelt Dress screamed out for the sharpie marker composition book doodles of Geo Grid Multi.
It does not get much better than this! We added a fun little black belt to give the dress a bit more form.
This beautiful girl will be walking the halls of her new school with a bound in her step, confidence in her heart, and a twinkle in her eye!  I wish the same for all the littles, tweens, and seniors headed back to school this year! Enjoy the journey.

You do not want to miss any of the Back to School inspiration that you will find with this many awesome bloggers, sewers, & designers. Please take the time to visit us all!

You have bought all the school supplies that you can find, now let us send you some supplies to fill up your sewing space! Be sure to enter into both giveaways and tell your friends! To enter the Grand prize giveaway or to link up your Back to school creations, head over to 
Sprouting Jube Jube or Lulu & Celeste

Today's Giveaway is for 
1 PDF pattern from both Love Notions &  Sunday Girl Designs
**excludes bundles. 

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  1. Love the dress! And, i love that you were daring enough to use white :)

  2. That fabric works beautifully for this dress. Love it!

  3. This is gorgeous! And the model is beautiful as well. I love the modest style.

  4. So glad that there were smiles all around when it was all said and done. This dress is really a sweet style for tweens just glad you got to show it to us! Thanks for sewing along with us for back to school :)

  5. I know that awesome feeling of passing something made onto someone that fits it better. Also, a great reason to make something else. That dress style really suits your 6th grader. Her smile says it all!

  6. I love that dress!! She looks amazing 🌻

  7. Love the dress, so adorable! Twirl factor is very important! :)

  8. Love the dress, so adorable! Twirl factor is very important! :)

  9. Beautiful job! Sewing for tweens can be tricky! ;-)

  10. Beautiful dress! And the fabric is so nice and appropriate for her age. Great job!

  11. Love the phat quarter fabric I won last spring. This looks like a good pattern for that fabric! Yum!

    1. Congrats! We would love to see what you created with it! Tag us with #phatquartersfabric

  12. What a great dress! And the fabric is awesome! :)

  13. I love the dress, the fabric is perfect! Thanks for taking being on the tour with us :)

  14. The perfect tween-appropriate dress! Love it!!


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