Today is my stop on the Love Letters blog tour with Riley Blake Designs. Love Letters is designed by the talented Lindsay Wilkes of The Cottage Mama.
This stunning collection makes my vintage loving heart happy. The color scheme reminds me of the classic red and blue striped envelopes (get it, love LETTERS? Nudge, nudge.) Okay, maybe I’m the only one that thought that was really clever, but I love the whole theme here.
As much as I love the classic red and blue, did you really think I’d choose anything other than pink? I didn’t think so.
For my main skirt print I wanting to use the sweet vintage inspired Love Letters Main print in pink. I knew I wanted something simple for the bodice because I had plans to hand embroider it, so I went with the Pink Love Letters Ditsy. And lastly for the sweet headband I chose the Cream Love Letters Tic-Tac-Toe (so cute!)
I added two little velvet bows in a light pink shade to the shoulders. I felt like the dress needed something more and the bows give the sweetest little faux shoulder tie look.
I used my tried and true favorite dress pattern from, you guessed it, Simple Life Pattern Company. The Molly dress. Molly always gives me the perfect base for everything I want to create. And without the collar, it is the perfect canvas for adding embroidery.
The headband is probably my favorite out of this entire outfit.
I used the Love Letters Tic-Tac-Toe print and the small scale of the print was so perfect for a headband. Want to know how how to make one yourself? It’s so easy, you don’t even need a pattern!
How to make the headband:
Measure your child’s head, we’ll call that measurement X, and then add 27″. (x+27=final length) – for example, if your child’s head measures 15″ then your final length will be 42″.
Cut a strip of fabric 8.75″ x FINAL LENGTH
Fold the fabric in half, right sides together so that the LONG raw edges are aligned.
Sew along all 3 sides (not the folded side) leaving a 2.5″ opening. (I like to leave mine right in the middle of the long edges)
Turn your headband right sides out and press well. I like to use a chopstick or tube turner to poke out the corners.
Now wrap it on your child’s head and tie it in a bow! SUPER cute and SO easy!
Love Letters can be found in your favorite local or online fabric shops!
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Until next time,