Happy 4th of July! I know it is a few days early but we are celebrating here as part of the Sew Americana Blog Tour. I am so excited to be a part of this tour again this year. I love celebrating the 4th with friends and family, grilling, and of course fireworks. With our big move this year, I knew I wanted to make something quick and easy. Originally I have an oversized red and white gingham print in mind that would make a great loose fitting dress knee length sleeveless dress with a curved hem and epaulets at the shoulders. Alas, I could not find the fabric I wanted and didn’t have the time or space to draft the dress I envisioned.
I went fabric shopping at Jo-Ann’s and discovered this red, white, navy, and gray striped fabric. Perfect for celebrating the Fourth. It is a delicate lightweight woven with a bit of a boho feel. I knew immediately that this was going to be my fabric for this years 4th of July project. My first idea was to use this fabric to make up a new version of my own self-drafted kimono cardigan.
For this version, I added 6″ in length. After trying it on I decided to shorten it back up 2″. In the end, I used 2.5 yards of the stripe fabric for this garment. To give it even more of a festival-ready vibe, I added 4 yards of white pompom trim along the sleeve edges and hem. I really think the pompoms finish off the look nicely.
Check out that stripe matching on the sideseams! It wasn’t too hard to match these stripes since they are so big. It did result in why I used more fabric that I normally would have for this kimono though. Overall, I really like this piece. I think I am going to enjoy wearing it to watch fireworks. What are you wearing to celebrate the Fourth?
Oh and here is one last picture from my photoshoot. My dog, Emily, decided to come up and sniff my pinwheel while I was shooting. There were several pics of her but she can’t sit still long enough to take a completely in focus picture with me. Maybe next time.
Check out some of the other amazing makes from this year!
Monday, June 26: Wild & Wanderful | Handmade Boy | The Wholesome Mama | Marvelous Auntie M | Sew and Tell Project
Tuesday, June 27: EYMM | Middle River Studio | SewSophieLynn | Phat Quarters | Call Ajaire
Wednesday, June 28: Simple Life Pattern Company | Sewing By Ti | Auschick Sews | Nu Me Nu You | Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen
Thursday, June 29: Adventures with Bubba and Bug | Musings of a Seamstress | Elli and Nels | Spindle and Seams | Stylin’ Stacy
Friday, June 30: Very Blissful | Stitching and Making | Wild & Wanderful | On Wednesdays We Sew | Fairytale B&T
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