Guys, I got an email from THE Dana. The one that I started following when these girls were just babies. The one that lit the fire in me to get my sewing machine out after years of neglect. The same Dana that introduced me to pdf patterns and KID Shorts. Is it weird that I already felt like we were buddies? I don’t think I could have jumped on board this tour any faster. Throw in gorgeous fabric celebrating one of my favorite places in the world and I was all over this one!
I got my girls on board and let them pick what fabrics they wanted and boy was that a tough decisions. The colors are so vibrant and the patterns are unique and so happy.
My oldest settled on the Zocalo Lemon and Mexican Dress Morning prints. I picked the later in canvas to use as a bottom-weight. It was my first go with Art Gallery canvas and I will definitely be using it again. It was the perfect weight for these shorts and I’d love a cute bag out of it too!
My sassy girl made up her mind in no time. She saw the vibrant Desert Flor Summer and knew she just NEEDED a dress out of it. I love, love how bright and fun this pattern is.
When picking patterns to really highlight this fabric I wanted something different and a little bit out of the safe silhouettes I usually gravitate to. Shwin Designs newest collection came out just in time! The Oh Darling Top and Dress is ready to party. For my oldest’s outfit I went with the Pensacola Beach Petal Top from Seaside Notions paired with the Emilya’s Skinny Pants from Simple Life Pattern Co.
Tell me this fabric and pattern combo weren’t meant for each other. This print actually called to me in the middle of the night and told me it needed to be a shoulder flounce dress. And these yellow pom poms in my stash had been dreaming of the day when they would grace this little girls’ arms. I couldn’t let them down…
I love the that this dress has the fun flounce but also covers her shoulders. It makes it church appropriate which is THE place to wear a fun fiesta dress.
I altered the pattern just a bit. I added an extra inch to the width of the ruffle making it even more dramatic. I then added elastic at the waist to bring it in. Simple modifications that really make this dress extra delightful.
This growing girl needed new shorts and the Emilya’s were perfect. She likes bermuda length which is fortunate because that’s what her school dress code suggests too 😉 The pattern comes with a cargo pocket option and shorts cuff but we kept it simple with just the addition of piping in the side seam.
Now that top is so cool, right? The scoop back is darling and the layered, curved skirt pieces really make it stand out. You know big sister needed poms too, can’t let lil’ sis have all the fun.
That square neckline makes me happy! So do those sweet, innocent eyes.
The girls were feeling so playful in these outfits. They just crack me up!
I am so glad I got to join in on the Fiesta Fun. This southern California girl-at-heart is always ready for a fiesta. Now I’m craving a frozen limeade on a sunny beach- maybe it’s not the fiesta I’m wanting but a ‘siesta’ that this mama needs 😉
Thanks so much for letting me in on the party Dana!