In Blue: Feminine, Fun, and Floral

You have probably heard me mention this before on the blog: Katarina Roccella’s Skopelos line was the line that drew me to the fabulous Art Gallery Fabrics. I think every AGF fan has a particular collection that spoke to them….. and then made them obsessed.

But this post is about beautiful In Blue fabrics. I’m linking up with several other talented bloggers to showcase this beautiful blue-themed collection in a blog tour hosted by Cassy from Pear Berry Lane. 

I was sent a few yards of prints from In Blue Fabrics awhile back to sew for Art Gallery Fabrics. The Lookbook for In Blue just released yesterday! Make sure you check out all the gorgeous creations in the book and then read below for the details on my outfits!

My first make for the lookbook was this gorgeous knit Spellbound dress. The Spellbound is a Pattern Emporium design and it is now my “go to” dress pattern. I have made SIX so far! I will dedicate a separate post to the Spellbound soon to explain why this is a pattern you must-have in your arsenal for self-care sewing. The designer, Kate, and her testing team dedicated so much time and talent to perfecting the fit so it is a truly flattering sew. The dress comes with options for two necklines, tank or cap sleeves, and several lengths ranging from mini to maxi.  I feel so comfortable and polished in my knee-length dress, particularly in this gorgeous shade of blue in the Bloesem Dark print. Special thanks to Katie from Simple Life Pattern Company for photographing this make.

My second sew was made with my favorite print in the collection! The Fietsen Intense print is printed on cotton spandex and is the AGF quality that we love. I sewed my first knit Ayda by Simple Life Pattern Company. Katie did a beautiful job taking one of the best-selling woven patterns (the Ayda) and redrafting it for knit. I didn’t get a chance to sew it when it released, so I decided to make it for the lookbook. The fully-lined tank version makes this such a quick sew! The pattern also includes sleeve options and a circle skirt add-on. This girl and I usually love a good circle skirt, but since the bikes are directional, we opted for a simple gathered skirt!

Finally, the fantastic Katie  captured this beautiful shot of my youngest in her Simple Life Patterns Jaimesyn. I left off the optional ruffles and used white piping to mix it up a bit. The Jaimesyn is one of my favorite “longer” sews. A double-ruffled Jaimesyn with pockets takes me about 3 hours from start to finish, but substituting the ruffles with piping and leaving off the pockets, made for a new look and a much quicker sew. One of my favorite things about the Jaimesyn is it includes updated placket instructions so the placket seam is fully enclosed!

Check out those sweet bikes on the Fietsen Dawn woven print.   I LOVE bicycle fabric so much that I used both colorways in my sewing. I used Chinoiserie Kobalt as my coordinate for the side panels on my Jaimesyn. This is one of my favorite makes for my little girl. Since I don’t tend to wear a lot of blue myself (something I’m fixing after this collection!) I forget how nice it looks on my children. She calls these cute Cat and Jack Sandals from Target her “summer boots” and I just love them with this collection.

When I agreed to do the blog tour, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to share my Lookbook creations yet, so of course, I sewed up something entirely new!

I was able to use some leftover yardage from my lookbook sewing to make my new favorite tee pattern, The Tilly Tee (which coincidentally, I have already blogged about in another Katarina Roccella print).  The Tilly Tee pattern is available in Sew Caroline’s new book “Weekend Style” available on Amazon.

It’s just a basic tee – that happens to make me feel like a million bucks. I love the loose-but-not-too-loose fit of the Tilly Tee.  It skims my figure and gives me shape, without making me self-conscious about any trouble areas. The shade of blue on this knit is also perfectly romantic and airy, yet rich enough for my pale skin.  One of my favorite things about the In Blue collection are the pops of pink throughout several of the prints.

Working with In Blue Fabrics gave me a chance to experiment with adding blue to my design palette and rethink the colors I consider most flattering for myself and my children. Thank you for stopping by to look at my creations. I hope you will visit the other makers on the tour to see their beautiful creations.

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  2. Cassy Gobin | 2nd Jun 17

    Eleri, Thanks so much for hopping on the tour! I feel like we have a famous person joining us today. 🙂 I love your tee and your girls outfits are outstanding. I was sure to share the Look Book in my blurb today too.

    • MadebyEleri | 2nd Jun 17

      Thank you for having me! It is always a pleasure to collaborate with you! I love your tours and am a longtime fan of Pearberry Lane <3

  3. Cheri Barker | 2nd Jun 17

    Your little girls dress….so adorable for my granddaughter.

  4. Mary | 2nd Jun 17

    Love that dress pattern/fabric on you Eleri!

  5. Felicia | 2nd Jun 17

    All such beautiful sews! Great job as always, glamour girl, Eleri!

  6. Tiahna | 2nd Jun 17

    I love them all! And yes – the bikes are totally the best!

  7. Diane Beavers | 2nd Jun 17

    Good Evening. Indeed I would have to stitch up a Spellbound dress for me in the Bicycle print. Totally in love w/InBlue and in love w/blue and whites now.
    I could wear my “summer boots” with my dress too:) THankyou for sharing.

  8. Diane | 3rd Jun 17

    All these hues of blue look so fresh. You chose some wonderful patterns to highlight them.

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