First a giant Hello! to everyone who is visiting for the first time due to the Riley Blake Flannel Showcase Blog Tour! I’m so excited to be a part of it and share with you what I’ve managed to come up with over the last few weeks. I was a little late to the game, the tour had already started by the time I jumped on, but I love a little added stress in my life (a toddler isn’t enough, right?) so let’s jump right in and see what we’ve got!
I’d like to introduce you to my new (and first!) dress pattern, The Cora Dress! The Cora Dress was still in the works when I joined the blog tour so I knew I had to pound it out and get it ready for launch just in time for all of you. I wanted to make sure there was a little bonus in it though, so… Enter, the flutter sleeve! The first version of this dress actually had the sleeve, then while I was putting together the final piece for my instructions I forgot about the sleeve entirely (remember that toddler I mentioned? Yeah. I forget things.). I couldn’t tell if I liked it better without the sleeve, or I just didn’t want to start over. I asked around but people seemed pretty split down the middle on whether it should stay or go. In the end I found a great compromise and decided to keep the pattern as is and offer the sleeve to all of you on the tour! It’s a win-win!
Now, let’s be honest, the sleeve doesn’t add much in the way of function but something about it makes it feel more appropriate to fall. A little arm cover and the perfect Riley Blake flannel (in Sunshine Raindrops Orange) and we’re all set to play in the leaves! The flannel was a breeze to iron and sew and wears beautifully because it has a decent ease to it. Remember though, you do have to pay for that nice stretch… you pay in pins. PIN PIN PIN. It’s worth it though. Promise.
You’ll also notice a little friend Marian’s got with her, that’s Lyle Lion and he’s another one of my patterns available in the pattern shop. He was super quick to sew up with Riley Blake’s flannel and I added some of the same ruffle trim from the dress to his mane so everyone could be nice and matchy matchy.
So, without further adieu, lets add an adorable flutter sleeve to an already adorable little dress! Two times the adorable, let’s go!
The instructions shown below are exactly the same as what will print out when you download the PDF pattern for the bonus flutter sleeve. I’m including them here as a preview of my illustration and writing style in hopes of helping you decides whether or not the full Cora Dress pattern is right for you.
- The Cora Dress Pattern
- Bonus Flutter Sleeve Template and Instructions (click to download)
- There should be no additional fabric needed since the sleeves are so teeny tiny, just watch placement when cutting all of the pieces out
- All tools and materials from the original Cora Dress pattern still apply
First, add two mirroring sleeves from the sleeve template to the cut list from the original pattern.
Follow all of the instructions from the original pattern thru step 11. Before moving on to step 12 add the following 3 steps:
11a. Press and pin a double 1/4” hem onto the flat edge of both flutter sleeves towards the wrong side of the fabric. Top stitch down and unpin. Trim the edges to flush points as illustrated below.
11b. Loosen thread tension considerably and lengthen stitch length. Top stitch along the curved edge about 1/8” from edge. Pull threads to gather the sleeve and return machine settings back to “normal”.
11c. Pin the gathered sleeves to the bodice armholes, right sides facing, 2” in from either side. Make sure to evenly spread the gather across the sleeve. Stitch down less than 3/8” from the edge. Unpin.
From here, proceed on to step 12 of the original Cora Dress instructions.
And don’t forget to share your progress and finished pieces on Instagram (@LucyBlaire) with the tag #TheCoraDress!
I’m the last stop on the tour before the final giveaway back at Riley Blake’s blog on November 4th but definitely check out all the previous stops for some great projects and a good look at all the flannels Riley Blake has to offer.
- 9/5 Riley Blake Designs – Flannel Play Dress
- 9/9 Quiltscapes – Pajama Pants & Pillow
- 9/12 Fishsticks Designs – Reversible Button Bibs
- 9/19 The Stitching Scientist – Toddler Nightgown
- 9/23 Sassy Quilter – Patchwork Dog Bed
- 9/26 Simple Simon & Co. – Flannel Pajamas
- 9/30 Fabric Mutt – Seat Cushion
- 10/3 Just Let Me Quilt – Nightgown & Quilted Cape
- 10/7 Jedi Craft Girl – Baby Blanket & Burpers
- 10/10 Rose and Odin – Christmas Pillowcase
- 10/14 Sew We Quilt – Newborn Nightgown
- 10/17 Haberdashery Fun – HST Baby Blanket
- 10/21 Leigh Laurel Studios – Personalized Pet Bed
- 10/24 Riley Blake Designs – Chenille Baby Blanket & Pillow
- 10/28 Flannel Queen – City Gym Shorts
- 10/31 Lucy Blaire
- 11/4 Riley Blake Designs – Final Post + Giveaway
PSSSST! Before I go… I wanted to share a little sneak peek of my next dress pattern… I just can’t help myself! Again it’s made from Riley Blake flannel and this time it’s Country Patchwork Pink with a little trim on the bottom in their Cotton Solid Navy. They work PERFECT together and as always, are a breeze to sew. I can’t tell you how many compliments I get on this dress but the unfortunate part for me is that they’re almost always complimenting the fabric. Everyone wants to touch it and confess they thought it was pieced together and not actually a fabric pattern! It’s also super soft which doesn’t hurt. So be on the look out for my next (as yet unnamed) dress pattern!