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Monday, March 24, 2014

March's Fan of the Month

I love posting about our Fan of the Month!  For March we are featuring Shannon Johnston with the beautiful mash-up dress she posted in our patterns group just this morning! 

Shannon's photos caught my eye because of the gorgeous spring colors and the little details she put on it. We'll get to that in a minute but first I want to introduce Shannon a little bit more!  Shannon has been sewing for almost 30 years and started back into it before the birth of her twin boys eight years ago. Shannon started her business, Creative Bug Embroidery, two years ago in April and she specializes in children's boutique clothing and embroidery. Shannon tells us: "Fabric is what inspires me. It makes me giddy, as I'm sure all sewists can relate to. Fabric is my happy place. One of my favorite CKC patterns is Blair's Bustled Knot Dress/Top. I love ruffles!"  

Shannon has definitely come to the right place for ruffles!  Let's take a closer look at the dress she posted: 

For Shannon's Easter/Spring mashup she chose to use Sabrina's Ruffled Top/Dress combined with Amber's Halter Top/Dress.  She put her favorite parts of each pattern together and then added a few changes to make it even more unique. 

First of all, she made the shoulder strap ruffles larger.  So frilly and sweet! 

Then instead of doing the shirred style top panel of the skirt, she took it out and did a full gathered skirt, using the measurement from the halter pattern.  I love how the back looks here and it looks like it will be as comfy as it is pretty! 

Finally, Shannon used ric rack along the bottom edge of the dress in place of the trim band. 

All put together, it is just darling and perfect for spring!  And of course I have to mention the gorgeous fabric she used. The skirt is Kumari Garden's Teja Pink and the aqua fabric on the bodice is Kumari Garden's Tarika Blue. The pink dots on the ruffles is Robert Kaufman's Spot on Mini Dots in Pink. 

Thanks to Shannon Johnston for sharing this with us! We hope you'll go show her some love at her Creative Bug Embroidery shop on Facebook and Etsy.  

Isn't it wonderful that Spring is in the air? This is always my favorite time of the year to sew for my kiddos. 

Let's Create!  ~ Kristen 

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