Free Spirit has sort of cornered the market on roses where fabric is concerned. Some of my favorite Free Spirit artists have done their spin on this lovely bloom, and Tanya Whelan is no exception. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that roses are her specialty.
Her latest collection, Charlotte, features the gorgeous flower, surrounded by hues of pink and green, and sometimes on a stunning background of gray. You’ll even find a smattering of polka dots and gingham, which are two of my favorite things to pair with roses. You can read more about her inspiration for the line over at The Artist UnSEWn on the Free Spirit blog.
I originally had another project in mind when I chose my fabrics, and when it came time to sew, I really wanted to incorporate this lovely pleated trim I received as a sample from Vintage Door. So I revisited an idea I had to take the Izzy & Ivy Designs Brooklyn’s Boho Dress and give it some more back-to-school friendly straps.
I borrowed the cap sleeves and lining technique from the Izzy & Ivy Beverly Belle tunic, and added it to the dress. It was a great pairing! And I love how the gingham is just the right pop of pink, echoing the roses in the bodice and skirt, all against the surprising gray neutral. It doesn’t seem like your typical girly combination, but I love that it’s simultaneously delicate and brooding. The kind of fabric to cheer you up and keep you warm on a rainy day.
In true Free Spirit fashion, this feature comes complete with a GIVEAWAY! And a really great one, if I do say so myself! To enter, please comment below with your favorite colorway of Charlotte, and what you would make with this line. The prize: a sweet bundle from Free Spirit Fabrics, as well as a copy of each of the Izzy & Ivy patterns used to make this dress. Entries are open to US and international readers, but limited to one per person, and will be taken through August 15th, 2017 (11:59pm EST- US). Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. International winners will receive PDF versions of the patterns, while US/APO winners can choose PDF or paper.
Much thanks to my fabric friends at Free Spirit for sponsoring the fabric for this post and including me in another Artist UnSEWn feature.by