Over thirty years ago I met a friend when I moved schools and the rest is history. All the years growing up together and even through the years separated by distance we can still reconnect like we were just decorating our lockers in high school! These special friendships are forever. We moved to the beach and are enjoying having visitors this summer. When Kathy decided to make the trip with her girls I knew I wanted to make coordinating dresses for all four of our girls!
The fabric line I was dreaming of is one I have been in love with since their "coming soon" post on their website! This is called Sun-Sational by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics. Check out the entire line here. It is absolutely perfect for those beach days or any summer vacation dresses. These seven prints inspired the dress designs and the photo shoot! Many thanks to Blend Fabrics for sharing their gorgeous fabrics with us.
In an attempt to give each girl a unique look I used four different Little Lizard King patterns. The first two I decided on were Trendsetter and Marilyn Halter. The Blue Ribbon dress and a new pattern with many options coming soon were my other choice. Two have knit bodices and woven skirt combinations and the other two are all woven. Each girl chose their own dress and fit their personality perfectly!! I used a combination of the above seven prints throughout the dresses.
Another fun way to show of these prints was to create panels with the skirt and have a repeating print pattern all around! The two dresses on the right side were created this way while the left dresses used one print around with accent ruffles! To create a paneled skirt if directions are not provided is pretty simple. Just take the total circumference and divide by how many panels you would like taking in to consideration the seam allowance with sewing up each panel. A great way to use up smaller cuts of fabrics.
This was a very special photo shoot as our girls were meeting for the first time as they live a thousand miles apart in two different countries! They instantly became friends. Just like their moms' lifelong friendship.
The colors in this line are so vibrant and colorfully detailed and the way each coordinates so well really allows for amazing creativity in designing! I love how all four dresses look so different while all in the same fabric line.
In the Marilyn Halter and Trendsetter patterns below I decided to add some detail work to highlight the designs of these prints. Accented with some fun trim and one of a kind dresses are created! Both of these dresses were perfect choices for two girls I only had measurements for as they are easy to adjust with a halter top and adjustable back looper straps. Needless to say the fit is great!
Our days were filled with swimming in the ocean and spending amazing time together. Our evenings were spent under this gorgeous sunset by the sea running, playing and having fun with new friends.
Who loves their dresses? We do! We do!