I have so many plans for outfitting my children in adorable Fanfare flannel ensembles from head to toe you guys, you have no idea. The list of things I want to make out of this flannel is a bit insane. I mean, if you get right down to it, the whole reason I ever began designing for fabric in the first place was because I wanted to sew for my kids with my own designs. So this is really a dream come true for me…I know that sounds cheesy but it’s true. By the way, that reminds me to tell you that the Fat Quarter Shop blog posted a cool designer profile on me yesterday that’s all about Fanfare, so if you’d like to read that interview, head on over there.
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So while the obvious choice for flannels may be loungewear of one kind or another, I wanted to try to make a few things for my kids that would be worn outside the house. Starting with this version of the Charlie Dress for Clementine:
Those of you familiar with the pattern will note that I hacked it a bit; besides adding ruffles to the sleeves and placket, I omitted the opening at the front and instead added a 1/2″ seam + a zipper to the back (instead of cutting the back pieces on the fold). I’ve made a few versions of the Charlie Dress like this now, and I like that they make the dress a bit less casual. This all-white version was Clementine’s Christmas Dress a couple years ago, and my. goodness. can we all take a moment to see how ADORBSIBLE and SMALL she is in this post?? I also want to point out that the solid white flannel that I used for the placket and ruffles is indeed part of the Fanfare collection, and while it might seem less exciting than the other prints, I find it to be a very useful and cute contrast to the prints.
Clementine insisted that “Foxy” (yes that is actually what she calls this stuffed animal) join her for these photos, and I thought it was appropriate as well. This little guy has become a favorite at our house lately. He even gets kisses and snuggles from both children every night before bed. I have been informed that I am Foxy’s grandma. AHEM. I never knew I would be a grandmother at age 36. Well…at least I’m a HOT grandma.
This post is part of a fun week-long blog tour for Fanfare! If you haven’t seen the other posts in the tour yet, here they are:
- Lounge Pants in Fanfare Flannel at Whipstitch
- Quick Release Scarf at Whipstitch
- Lounging in Fanfare at Probably Actually