Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Nathalie of Seams Normal & Flowertopia!

Hi there! My name is Nathalie and today I have the honor to write a guest post about the Flowertopia collection that will start shipping to stores on May 15th. Hopefully you will enjoy reading what I have created with it and if you want to see more of what keeps me busy feel free to visit my blog Seams Normal.

A couple of weeks ago I participated in a Fabric Fri-yaay, a fabric giveaway organized by MMF and SewingPortfolios. Not familiar with SewingPortfolios yet, but interested in making your own sewing portfolio and collaborate with sewing businesses? Check out their website and find out all the advantages of becoming a member of this great community. But back to the Fabric Fri-yaay where, as you can expect, I turned out to be the winner of the complete Flowertopia collection. I am living in Belgium, so I had to be a bit patient. But when the box arrived I felt like a little child in a candy store.

The Flowertopia collection comes with 13 designs that are full of bright, vibrant colors. They scream for summer, so I felt the urge to make some summer outfits with them. In particular the dark blue Ring of Flowers fabric got my attention. I used it for some selfish sewing and made a skirt for myself. I used the Lotta skirt pattern from Compagnie M., one of the many talented designers that Belgium has. Making a proper garment for an adult starting with ‘only’ 1 yard of fabric was a bit tricky. But with the solid waist band and a less gathered back piece, I just made it. And I’m so thrilled with the outcome. The fit is just great and the fabric feels comfortable and soft.

I couldn’t resist to make an outfit for my oldest daughter as well. Flowertopia is exactly what you need for children’s clothing. The bright colors are so joyful, just as they are. So I asked my daughter which fabric she liked the most and picked the bright green Paisley Blossoms. As I did for my skirt I again went for a Belgian pattern. It’s the Tinny dress from Straight Grain. I have used it often before and none of the dresses I made look similar, because the pattern is incredibly versatile. First time though I made a circle skirt and she just couldn’t stop twirling. It’s so rewarding when you see your child’s happiness.

I enjoyed writing this post for all of you and hope you had fun reading it. And who knows one day we will meet again.