Violette Fields Alba

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I gave you a preview of this dress in my Small Town Summertime Sewing post but it totally deserves it’s own glorious post!

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The Alba Dress by Violette Fields Threads  has been on this girl’s wish list since little sister got hers last summer.

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The fun, wide collar is such a stunning feature and sets this dress a part.

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I used this gorgeous Michael Miller Eyelet  on sale at Peek-A-Boo Fabric shop lined in matching cotton from my local quilt shop. (I hit up FIVE fabric stores to find just the right match!)

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I used a Liberty covered button I’ve been saving forever.  It has been waiting patiently for this dress!

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Since I fully lined the whole garment, I used clean finishes and french seams when needed.  I’m super proud of the improvements I’ve made between little sisters dress last year.  Revisiting this pattern made me realize how much I’ve learned and how my skills have grown tremendously in a year.  It’s a great fitting dress that she’ll wear over and over again.

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I’d say she likes it 😉

Small Town Summertime Sewing

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Summer time and small towns are the best!  I love all the celebrations and chances we get to slow down and really enjoy the places we call home.  I’m happy to be sharing our Small Town Summertime Sewing with a few of my favorite bloggers. (links at the end of the post)

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Here in Utah we celebrate Pioneer Day on the 24th of July.  It’s a chance for us to reflect on our ancestors and the strength and determination they showed as they crossed the plains and arrived here in Salt Lake City on July 24, 1847.  We owe so much to them and I’m incredibly grateful to live in this beautiful valley they settled in all those years ago.  Here’s a little more information on why we celebrate.

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One of my favorite things about blogging is the amazing people I’ve gotten to know.  For this post I met up with two of my favorite local sewing blogger friends.   Melli, Karly, and I headed to Provo Pioneer Village with our crews.  The Pioneer Village is a quaint little village with authentic pioneer homes and buildings.  It is free to the public and volunteers in pioneer costume roam the grounds to answer questions. It’s such a fun experience!

They gave the kids a scavenger hunt list to search the village for.  Boy, did that keep them busy!

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The cute pioneer grandpa was eager to help!

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We had to search high and low for the Mormon crickets!

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This may have been my favorite sight in the little homes.  It makes me super thankful for my current set-up!

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We got to play with the handcart and they loved it!

If only those pioneers knew how much fun we’d be having with their precious ‘moving vans’.

They all loved pretending to be pioneers, if just for a couple hours.

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And I feel in love with this gorgeous freight wagon!

The well was a hit too (don’t worry- it wasn’t functioning!).

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Traditionally, Pioneer Day is another day to celebrate this country we live in too.  We usually wear our red, white, and blue.

My girls are wearing a Violette Fields Alba and the new Linville Romper from Hey June.

This girl loved this location shoot and kept finding more spots to get her pic taken.  Always the professional 😉

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Her and little Maci were quite the pair!  Always camera ready!

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We had such a fun night!  I left with a full heart- grateful for my ancestors and for this wonderful sewing community and dear friends!

To check out more Small Town Summertime Sewing head to:

Small Town Summertime Sewing Link-Up!

https://pearberrylane.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/small-town-big-fun/

Small Town Summer Sewing

http://www.paisleyroots.com/2016/07/small-town-summertime-sewing.html?m=1