children, sewing

Lemon Flavored Jasmine Dress

There are two ways to my youngest daughter’s heart: lemons and owls. Last Halloween she was a lemon, the previous Halloween she was an owl. Next Halloween, she has declared she wants to be a bee.

Why a bee?

Well, this adorable lemon and bee fabric of course!

When I spotted this citrus fabric collection by Paintbrush Studios in Fabric, Laces & Trims, I knew it would be a hit with my daughter! Paintbrush Studios is a new-to-me quilting fabric manufacturer. The cotton is fairly tightly woven, giving it a nice smooth finish, and the colors remain vibrant after washing. The collection had so many gorgeous prints in it, it was hard to make a decision, but in the end I opted for lemon and bees on white, and paired it with a lime green crochet lace trim, also from Fabric, Laces & Trims.

Fabric, Laces & Trims is based in New Jersey (USA) and only sell through their private Facebook Group. The owner, Uma, primarily uses a preorder system, where she shares upcoming quilt fabric collections, and then customers comment their yardage request on each fabric they want to buy. You’re then invoiced via Paypal. Preordered fabrics are typically cheaper than MSRP, and once preordered, you’re guaranteed to get popular fabrics before they sell out!

Since I hadn’t made the Peony Patterns Jasmine dress since it first released (over a year ago!), I thought it would be nice to sew that one up with short sleeves rather than long, perfect for our upcoming summer weather! (Here’s my long sleeved Jasmine, made in linen). I made my daughter a size 3, lengthened to a 5 in the bodice and 6 in the skirt. It is, admittedly, a tad longer than I’d like (she’s between a 5 and 6 for length), but no doubt the length will be right in a few more months ;-). The twirl on this one is fantastic – I think the bias trim at the hemline helps with that too, as it seems to make the skirt flare out a bit more (I’ll spare you the underwear photos lol – next time we’ll remember to put shorts underneath, haha). The trim, incidentally, is available in multiple colorways, and I feel like I need.them.all. I wish I’d ordered just a little bit more so that I could have done the first tier of the skirt as well!

Jasmine comes with two styles of skirt (tiered and regular – I made tiered), two lengths (mini and vintage – I used vintage), and both long and short sleeves with elastic hems. The back bodice is buttoned. Jasmine is available as a PDF downloadable digital pattern and the instructions are detailed with each step fully photographed. The Bluebell Bow is a freebie – I’ve made many in both woven and knits!

The fabric in this post was provided by Fabric, Laces & Trims in exchange for promotion. Opinions are 100% my own!

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