This past October, I had the exciting privilege to attend the International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas. 2 full days of browsing new fabrics and products, as well as getting to meet internet friends, both old and new. I got to meet some great fabric designers and see what gorgeous things could be made with their fabrics. Needless to say, I was like a kid in a ginormous candy store.
One of the designers that I met was Alison Glass from Andover Fabrics. She was so kind to take time out of her day to chat with me and my friend, Alexis. We were drooling over her new knit fabrics as well as the stunning colors of her cotton prints. Something that caught my eye was a beautiful reverse applique blanket that her team had been working on. It had the feel of a quilt, but the top had a reverse applique treatment with Alison’s interlock cotton, that just took it up a notch! As if you thought it could get better!
Anyway, my wheels immediately began spinning and I thought this might be a great technique for my Emory Dress (Macy Giggles would work if you prefer paper!) since you kind of treat the knit like a woven. You don’t want it to stretch. Alison generously sent me several prints and a cut of knit to see if my imagined design would work.
I have to admit…I was a little scared to start this. I mean, it’s Alison Glass! The fear of failure set in big time. Would it work? What if it was a hot mess when all was said and done? I normally don’t shy away from eclectic pattern combinations, so I wasn’t sure why this was so hard!
So I just did it.
And you can see the end result. I also added ties to the back of the Emory, instead of using loops and buttons. This may be my new favorite closure for this dress!
I used Alison’s Interlock Knit in Cement for the very top of the front bodice. I chose to not do the applique on the back because I felt like the seams would be terribly bulky. I also chose not to topstitch the front bodice because I did not want to have that gorgeousness pucker on me!
The glorious eggplant print peeking out from the knit is Grove, and if purple is not your jam, there are several other shades in her Sun Print 2015 collection. I rounded out the dress with Ex Libris, which is a showstopper in its own right.
I absolutely adore how this turned out and I’m pretty sure this little girl is just as excited to get to wear it.
So the moral of this tale, my fine sewing friends? Don’t let fear keep you from making your creative dreams come to life. You never know what the result will be until you try.
A very special thank you to Alison Glass for the fabric and for taking a chance on my crazy idea! My husband even said it’s one of his favorites so far…and that’s a lot (A LOT) of dresses!by