Those of you who follow me on Instagram, already know that while visiting my family up in New York a couple of weeks ago – I brought my daughter into the city for a fun Mommy / daughter date. We went to Mood fabrics (the famed Project Runway fabric store), the top of the Empire State building, Times Square, and quite simply – had the most fabulous time together. It was one of my favorite dates with my eldest to date. I didn’t know how she would do in MOOD, but she looooved it! The salespeople were fawning over her, cutting swatches of fabric for her everywhere we went (without her asking), letting her play with Swatch the store’s mascot dog, and just talking it up. Chloe would show them how all of the fabrics made ‘music’, feel all of the textures and basically had everyone in that store wrapped around her little finger. HA. We had the best time.
Of course, only Chloe would find this heart in a pile of fabric rolls…love her.
While we were there, she picked out a fabric for herself. She carefully went through all of the cotton print rolls until she found one she loved. And I have to say, the girl has got great taste! We immediately brought it back to my parent’s house and made a brand new Charlie Dress with it…
The Charlie Dress
The Charlie Dress is the inaugural pattern by my good friend Farrah of Mingo & Grace. And it is being offered right now as part of the July Pattern Member bundle only (along with the Casual Lady dress and Fedora Hat pattern all for just $10) for the first 2 weeks, and will be on sale to the general public later on this month.
After seeing the Charlie Dress, I knew I wanted to sew it up immediately. The simple, modern lines were perfection, and the fabric Chloe chose couldn’t have been better. It was a match made in heaven.
I am so happy to say that Farrah did an INCREDIBLE job with this pattern. It is one of the most professional patterns I have seen in PDF Pattern land to date. With its graphic images, detailed instructions, and straight-forward details – it was completed with perfection. I would highly recommend the Charlie Dress for any beginner level seamstress on up, it was easy to sew and yielded fantastic results. I added bias tape around the neckline and arms, rather than the facing – which means the neckline and the shoulder seam come up / out 1/2″ further than they are meant to. But I like the boxier shape to match this fabric!
I wish I could say I was able to find this fabric on-line at Mood.com to let you know what it is, but alas I cannot. I can say that their selection of cotton prints is fabulous though, super soft and perfect for apparel. (No, this is not a sponsored post – I just love the fabric).
Chloe has already worn this dress to church, to a birthday party, and on a boat ride. She loves it! And I will definitely be making more. Heck, I wish I had this pattern in MY size. Well done Farrah, I truly love it!
Photography Tip: In order to capture ‘real’ smiles in these photos, I had Chloe make silly faces in between shots. I would take a photo of her silly face, and then snap the laughter that ensued afterwards! It turned a boring photoshoot into something fun!
And of course, since our date didn’t end with the fabric store…here are a few more fun photos I captured with my iPhone from the top of the Empire State building…
Thank you so much for stopping by, and until next time…