Our weather has gone from spring to blazing hot summer this week! It was the perfect time to sew up the new LOL Swing Expansion pack for the LOL Swing Top from Jennuine Designs. The fact that this pattern can be sewn up in both knits AND wovens meant the sky was the limit!
The first version I made was an easy knit version using this darling Lemonade Stand print from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It was the perfect pairing to create the essential summertime top!
We used the new pinafore option available in the expansion pack for a darling open back look. She loves the breeziness and didn’t want to take it off after our shoot on this 90+ degree day.
I think this will get worn mostly on pool days or lazy days around the house. It’s not up to school dress codes and knowing this little lady we’ll have to be careful because she’s always cartwheeling and flipping any chance she gets! This top is definitely not ‘tumbling’ proof 😉 I do think the pinafore options looks especially adorable on babies and toddlers! All that cute baby chub is too darling in this top!
I did skip the neck gathering on this version (not necessarily a design choice but trying to get it done quicker) and it still turned out so nicely in front. I seriously love the volume and swing this top has!
The second version I did was using the dress expansion. Again, the swing of this pattern is everything!
I used a large scale buffalo plaid I got from CaliFabrics last year and played with the direction of the print a bit. I love the bold black and white print with the pop of color from the bias binding. The pattern calls for narrow bias binding but I really wanted it to pop so I used 1/2″ bias for this version.
I’m always nervous sewing up tank patterns that the underarm coverage may be lacking. I love how this pattern fits though! The racerback style and thick straps keep everything where it should be.
The knit version can easily slip over the head but the woven version calls for a simple shoulder button. This makes it easy on and off and keeps the construction clean.
The dress version includes pockets and I had a hard time deciding whether or not to add them here. We LOVE pockets but this fabric is slightly sheer so I chose not to do them this go round.
You can get your copy of the LOL Top here, the Expansion Pack here for just $2 if you already own the LOL Top pattern, or get the bundle here on sale through Sunday June 10th.
The Naples Dress from Jennuine Design (affliliate link) is one of my favorite patterns and I’ve been wanting to sew another version for awhile now. As a member of the new Certified Jennuine Design team I knew this should be my first project. I know I can happily scream from the rooftops my love for this pattern!
I fell in love with the newest Indy Bloom Christmas line from Hawthorne Threads and was so happy to partner with them to showcase this pretty print on this project. This is printed on rayon and perfect for this pattern. The drape and weight are lovely and those sleeves were just made for this fabric type. This floral is just so beautiful and unique- a holiday print that she can wear all winter.
This pattern is a quick sew and so original. There are mulitple sleeve options and you can pick to do a gathered or a-line skirt. I picked the butterfly sleeves for this dress. I think it’s my sleeve of choice right now and anytime it’s an option I go for it! I love the drama it brings but without all the work of ruffles.
I’ve made a couple in the past but this is my first gathered skirt version. I love the extra fullness it gives the dress. Perfect for a little twirling! My version is a bit of a hi-low hem. I’m calling it a happy accident as I gathered the straight bottom hem instead of the curved top of the skirt. I love the little bit of edge it gives the dress.
My favorite detail of this pattern is the big bow tie option. I love the retro-cool look it gives the dress but it’s so sweet at the same time. Every time I make this pattern I giggle at the images of 70’s supermodels it reminds me of. It has such a vintage vibe but in a modern classic way.
We had to do our favorite bow hairdo for this look. Too perfect for the holidays and to imitate the front tie too!
Oh how we love this dress!!! I’m so excited to be able to share my favorite Jennuine Designs makes with you and know you will love them too.
A huge thank you to Hawthorne Threads for sponsoring this post. Make sure to check our their incredible selection and all their house-printed lines. They have fast shipping so you can get your holiday prints in time too!