Izzy & Ivy and Doohikey Designs have had a long, beautiful partnership, so when Shari contacted me about participating in her Wistful Winds blog tour, I couldn’t reply YES fast enough! Her latest line from Riley Blake is Wistful Winds, and it is charming and, well, wistful! I saw it in person at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City last spring, and her booth was adorable! Needless to say, Wistful Winds was on my “must sew” list and now you get to reap the benefits!
Today is the last day of the tour (sad face!) but you must check out the other amazing stops! Today you can visit Tillalili, Polka Dot Chair, and our talented tour host and designer, Doohikey Designs.
I did a heck of a hack with this outfit, so let’s talk about the fabric first, and then I’ll break down what I did to the patterns.
One of the things I love about Riley Blake fabric is that even if they don’t have knits that release with a fabric line, their knit basics almost always coordinate with what I’m creating. I knew I wanted to use the Wistful Girl print as a main focus, and then use a few coordinating designs to fill the dress in. I’m loving Wistful Wing for the sash, and I’m a sucker for those diagonal stripes! The smoky blue is a great color for fall, in my opinion!
The hack on this Evie Dress is two-fold: I added long sleeves from our Charly tunic per the tutorial HERE, and I made the skirt one solid piece instead of using the original stripwork skirt. I just added up the length of the stripwork pieces and subtracted the seam allowances (2″).
I just happened to have this orange and pink crocheted trim from Little Red Cottage. Isn’t it amazing? I keep telling my husband that hoarding trims takes up way less room than fabric. And it came in handy here!
To add even more Wistful Winds goodness to this ensemble, I’ve taken our Pippa Jacket and made a cute vest to top the dress. You’ll see Wistful Petal in blue here, trimmed and lined with the Wistful Wing to coordinate with the sash on the dress. I omitted the sleeves from the original pattern and added a few inches to the skirt. I have been wanting to do this for a while, and I absolutely love how it turned out! I can definitely see more of these popping up in Miss L’s wardrobe! It will look super cute with a tunic and jeans, too, don’t you think?
I hope that you have enjoyed my stop on the Wistful Winds Blog Tour! Huge thanks to Shari and Riley Blake for the invitation to tour with so many amazing sewists! I always love seeing how we get to choose from the same fabrics, and then stitch them into such different creations! What was your favorite print from the line? What would you make with it? Let me hear from you in the comments below!