Maleny in Gingham Foundry from Riley Blake Designs


Blogger: Kirsten Mann


For many of us, when we picture our sewing table in December, it's filled with Christmassy fabrics and trims and, in my case, several half finished projects with an imminent deadline! 

When I was asked to create an outfit for a December blog, I immediately assumed Christmas! Well, when I laid eyes upon the Riley Blake Designs Gingham Foundry by My Mind's Eye, I knew straight away that that wasn't going to be the case.

This stunning collection showcases what can only be described as the most beautiful florals. The colorway I chose screamed Winter and thus my mind was made.

Two years ago, when I first started out sewing in the summer, I challenged myself to make Flo's Christmas dress myself. Maleny was released right on cue, and I instantly knew it was the pattern that was going to make my "Handmade Christmas Dress" debut! The ruffle, as well as the seriously full skirt, ensures that it has some mega twirl potential. My first go was pretty questionable, but I was bursting with pride. Maleny has several options including sleeveless, simple sleeves and ruffle sleeves so it really is a beautifully versatile pattern for every season. 

I used the Gingham Foundry Main in Mist as my main fabric - that beautiful floral is exceptional. I used the Gingham Foundry dots in Denim for the ruffle. I think it was the perfect combination.

Flo absolutely loves a hair bow and, for some bizarre reason, the Birmingham bow had never been on my radar before. It finished this vintage inspired outfit perfectly! 

We took our photos in a wonderful National Trust location nearby where we live in the UK and some of my favourite shots were taken in the stunning Rose Gardens which features stone stairs and a floral archway. This dress has received so many compliments since the fabric is breathtakingly beautiful and captures your eye at first glance. 

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