I was sent this fabric to review free of charge from Modern Yardage. All opinions are my own. I ask you: who doesn’t love a baby girl and her dollie?! It’s just the sweetest thing ever to see a baby gently caring for their own little baby. In our house this little doll is a “baba,” although I did hear my sweet little lady say “baby” correctly today once and boy oh boy did she beam with pride afterward! Although Minnie Mouse holds the nearest and dearest spot in her heart, her “baba” comes in at a close second as her favorite toy. So, naturally, when I was give the opportunity to try out and review this darling fabric from Modern Yardage I knew just what I wanted to make: matching outfits for my girl and her doll! Cutest.
I considered making them pillowcase dresses, but I settled on rompers instead. I love a good romper. In fact, I am obsessed with babies of both genders in rompers. My children each have a ridiculous amount of rompers when they are babies. They are so cute and yet super comfy and easy to get on and off. Plus they don’t constantly ride up and require diaper covers like little dresses do. I considered “inventing” a pattern, but then I spotted this darling Ruffle Romper Pattern at Make It and Love It and decided that there was no need to reinvent the wheel. Instead I choose to defer to a blogger sewing expert, yet again, and will be sending you to Ashley’s site for the sewing tutorial. (Ashley is also a Colorado girl—I really want to meet her! Ashley—-are you reading this?? Let’s be besties! Pretty please! We can have a late-night sewing and treat eating marathon!)
Anyway….enough of my creepy stalker-ish ways. I will share with you here the measurements that I used for the doll romper. I made them look the same as the measurement instructions on the original tutorial, so hopefully that will be helpful.
Now let’s admire the rompers in action, shall we? After a few moments of insane cuteness I will talk to you a little bit about the fabulous and truly unique fabric company that sent me this fabric. Prepare to be impressed!!
Cuties! If you are wondering about the headbands, I simply cut fold-over elastic two inches smaller than their heads (9 inches of elastic for the doll, 15 inches for my girl), hot glued the elastic ends together and glued on a simple shabby flower that I made using the technique that I shared in my Shabby Chic Flowers tutorial.
Now let’s talk about Modern Yardage. Modern Yardage was first introduced to me as one of the sponsors of SNAP!, the super fab blogging conference that I attended in April. They are a fabric company that is trying something different and new. In order to give smaller fabric designers a chance to get their ideas out there they print fabric only after you order it, and it can all be on the same piece of base fabric. Let me explain. I chose to use fabrics from their Garden Party line by Heather Dutton.
I chose 3/4 yard of the seed pod fabric and 1/4 yard of the confetti fabric. I received one long piece of fabric with 3/4 of it covered by a print of the seed pod fabric and 1/4 of it covered by a print of the confetti fabric. SO COOL, right?! PLUS there are often three different size options of the same pattern, so that you can personalize it to exactly what you want. I wanted the largest of the seed pod patterns, but there were three size options, as you can see below.
Awesome. You will need to browse to really understand, and you can read more on their ABOUT page to understand the process as well. Basically, this technology and business model allows a small American business to give the opportunity for small American artists and designers to have their work in the market. I love that! And guess who else loves that?? The one and only Martha Stewart, that’s who!
Yep, that’s right! Modern Yardage caught the eye of the queen of craft, and they are nominated for the Martha Stewart American Made awards! Winning this contest would be UNBELIEVABLE for their company in terms of exposure and growth, so I personally want to help them promote their product and idea! Do you? GO VOTE HERE! You can vote five times a day, so pretty please go and do so as many times as you care to. I will be voting daily, seeing as how it only takes a few minutes of my time and could dramatically help this fun and fabulous small business really take off and thrive!
Before I show you even MORE pics of my gal and her baba, I want to show you a few more of Modern Yardage’s current designs. They range from fun and offbeat to geometric to elegant. And most of them come in multiple colors and sizes! Go browse and have fun!
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