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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Sewing resolutions: Bold, Modern Beauty: The Antalya Dress in Avantgarde + GIVEAWAY



My 36-year-old self (there you have it, my age) has been making New Years Resolutions for as long as I can remember--and usually it's the common things we all care about: health, weight, relationship. Last year I added a new Resolutions to my list: Sewing!

Yes I already know how to SEW--as you've seen--I sew a ton, but there are often new elements to explore. Last year I tackled the oh-so-scary KNITS-which have become some of my favorite fabric to sew with, especially for the little man who still likes to crawl and scoot about the floor. This year, I want to explore and find my voice with Modern Patterns and Prints. As Hobbes grows up, her style is changing and I want to make sure that I don't limit her prints and pattern vocabulary based on my previous taste. So welcome to my first of many sews in the series I am calling: Bold, Modern Beauty. This time sewing The Antalya Dress by Coffee and Threads with Katarina Roccella's Avantgarde Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics.


First, I have to say that this is one of my most visually stimulating works to date. I haven't moved the dress into Hobbes' closet yet because I just like to stare at it in my sewing room. The kinship between the Antalya Pattern and fabric prints is spot on; almost like it was written for it. But the truth is, I have had my eye on the Avantgarde collection since its debut earlier this year. The architecture, the color scheme and its vibrancy just drew me in--there was something very familiar in these prints (a new perspective as I sit to write this in my living room and often staring at the wall: I am discovering that our big modern original painting that takes up 3/4th of the space on our wall can be viewed as a complement to these prints, or the other way around.) It wasn't till the Coffee & Threads, Antalya dress popped up in my Facebook feed that I jumped on the opportunity to sew with the collection.


The Antalya dress, with its sophisticated modern flare, is constructed with Dolman-Style sleeves and a single center bodice piece that elongates into a semi-gathered skirt. It's surprisingly a very simple pattern to construct, consisting of 4 pattern pieces/measurements, neck binding and "choose your own adventure" closure with either a zipper or buttons. I actually found myself intimidated by its simplicity and kept looking for more things to add. 90 minutes later, I perfectly finished my first modern sew. 


I chose to finish the dress with a fold over bias tape and an exposed zipper to close. If you want to know more about how to add these fun outerwear zippies, check out my post from last year on exposed zipper here. I think the next time I remake this dress, I may buy one of those 30 inch long zippers and open the dress completely in the back. How is that for a modern edge?

Hobbes and I are thrilled 'we' challenged ourselves!



Now, what about you? Are you ready to join me in sewing Bold, Modern Beauty? Below is your chance to WIN a copy of Coffee & Threads Antalya Dress + 2 yards of Art Gallery Fabrics from the Avantgarde collection. Enter the rafflecopter below and join my Facebook page Baby Hobbes Design on Tuesday, March 2nd when I announce the winner. 

If you want to get your hands on some of this and other amazing Art Gallery Fabrics, check out Punkin Head Threads on Facebook for fabric options here.

Good Luck and Happy Sewing!!!
xoxo
Merav @ Baby Hobbes Design 

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26 comments:

  1. Since I will have a new grandson in June, I resolve to sew some boy clothes/things for him! I have only sewn for girls so far! :)

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  2. I am still afraid of knits but have some waiting to face the fear. This dress is adorable and so is your daughter.

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  3. I would love to try this pattern for my 6 year old.....this is beautiful love your work!!

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  4. I really need to sew up more of the hundreds of PDF patterns I already own but haven't tried yet!

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  5. To push myself to mix fabrics colors.

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  6. I need to sew more boy items! I have a new nephew & all my daughters' teachers have had boys.

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  7. I am going to make my daughter Easter Dress

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  8. Instead of buying most of my grandkids clothes I will be sewing them myself.

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  9. What a great New Year's Resolution. Pushing our creative boundaries is good for our brains and our hearts. :)

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  10. Sewing more age appropriate clothing for my fashion conscious 5 yo great-granddaughter!

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  11. This is such a gorgeous dress! My goal is just to sew more this year and make a serious dent in The Stash. Eventually I want to make a pair of pants that actually fits me.

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  12. I have lots of resewlutions! I started a whole pinterest board to keep myself on track!

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  13. Make myself some awesome work outs clothes to motivate me towards achieving my goal of running a 5K every month for a year!

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  14. <3 <3 <3 all your items. This one is fabulous! I <3 the colors and the style!

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  15. I am going to use at least 2 fabrics from my stash every month! ;)

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  16. Beautiful dress! This year I have a few sewing resolutions. I want to become more involved in the professional world of sewing. I'm also wanting to give back this year through sewing.

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  17. My resolution...to get my butt in front of my machine more often!

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  18. To teach my kids to sew and make more sewing patterns :)

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  19. Mine are to get more organized, sew more for myself and my son (not just my daughter), and blog more.

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  20. I would love to find the time to sew. With little ones it gets a little hectic.

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  21. Get back to sewing after having a rough start to my pregnancy.

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