Riley Blake Designs March 02 2015, 0 Comments

What a treat is it to be one of the stops on the Riley Blake Designs knit love blog tour! I was really excited that Julia asked Figgy's to join in the fun. Knits are and always will be my favorite type of fabric to use for clothing. Although they are my favorite I'm extremely picking about my knits. I will say that the quality of the RBD's knits are outstanding. 
I always wash and dry my fabrics first (shrinkage) and I was pleasantly surprise that I didn't loose 5" of my fabric like some knits I purchase. There was no fading and the weight is not too light but not heavy either. All wins in my book! I wish the knit was available when I was finishing my book because I could have used yards and yards of this gorgeous vibrant fabric.
So now that the book is done (coming this July!!) I am able to start sewing again and hopefully push out some new patterns soon too! So for this post I used current patterns from the site. Portland weather is very sporadic so adding a touch of extra warmth for the rainy days is a great way to not feel weighed down but still warm. 
I created two adorable pieces for my niece Ofelia with a small twist to each.  For the first garment we used the Seraphic Raglan Tee pattern and simply added a cowl neck instead of a band. There was no need to increase the size of the opening. Just measure the neck opening and cut a rectangle (with the stretch) the width of the opening and depending on your personal preference for how big the cowl is will determine the length.  Example:  22" x 6" will give you a 3" fold.  
You simple sew the short raw edge together the fold the fabric in half lengthwise. Attach as you would a regular band.
Fabric: Hot Pink Aztec 
The next garment we used the Celestial Tee Pattern and added length to create an adorable tunic to pair with jeans or leggings and when it starts to warm up a bit the garment can be worn as a dress. We also added length to the sleeves and another cowl neck. The fabric was extremely easy to use and so so soft too!  My niece is going to be so excited! I swear I don't think my sister has had to buy 1 outfit for her since birth! 
Hemmed by hand with a whip stitch. 
Thank you Riley Blake for allowing me to play with your new line of yummy knits!!
Have a fun time following the blog tour this month. I know I will!
RBD Jersey LOVE Blog Tour Schedule:
March 3: Figgy's
March 5: EYMM
March 6: Melly Sews
March 7: The Sewing Loft
March 9: Love Notions
March 11: Tea Rose Home
March 12: Sew Much Ado
March 14: Tie Dye Diva
March 16: The Cottage Mama
March 21: Ellie Inspired
March 30: Heidi & Finn
March 31: Lily Giggle
Happy Sewing - Shelly