Thursday, November 5, 2020

Fresh Squeezed ~ An RBD "Grove" Project Design

Grove fabric by Jill Finley for Riley Blake Designs
Toddler Ensemble made by Deonn Stott featuring Grove Fabric
by Jill Finley @Jillily Studios for Riley Blake Designs.

Do these fabrics make your mouth water? I've just finished this tasty little ensemble for my granddaughter, and now I'm craving a fresh lime soda!
Jillily's new fabrics have my creative juices flowing (pun intended *Ü*..).

Lemon, Lime, Orange, and Grapefruit slices in the prints inspired me to try to find a pattern for a dress or top with a round collar that I could turn into a sweet slice of something citrus-y! Simplicity 1450 was a good pattern. Does the yoke look like a lime slice?

It was a good challenge to figure out a way to give the appearance of a rind without adding extra layers to the yoke. I ended up adding a flange to the outer seam (kind of like piping, but without the pipe?), then the yoke lining could cover up the raw gathered edges. It's been a while since I gathered fabric to a yoke, or clipped, graded and faced seams! Got to practice my good 4-H sewing skills!

I cut 3" triangles at a 30-degree angle to make the lime segments, and rounded off the corners. Those were fused with Heat'n'Bond lite and machine-appliqued to the yoke with a blanket stitch. I installed a lapped zipper in the back and faced the armholes and neckline with self-bias to finish.

A little sun hat completes the ensemble!

Awww, so cute! It has been ages since I sewed little outfits and hats for little people!

Stott Triplets, Circa 1995 - Outfits made by Mommy (me)

The next project will be a Pink Lemonade Dress. (Man, I love playing around with EQ8! I'm honing my motif-drawing skills.) The pattern for this one will feature a separate round collar. The pattern is still on its way, but I'll update when I get this dress sewn.
While I'm at it, maybe I'll make a coordinating little toddler-size round lemon-slice purse too! So, "sew" fun!!
UPDATE: See how this dress turned out HERE. So cute!

My little 21-month old granddaughter living in Hawaii is sure to get some good use from her new outfits!

Grove fabrics will be available this month, and also feature some fun panels. Inquire at your local quilt shop or get them from an online retailer. If you are making garments, be sure to pre-wash and dry before cutting out. Make something fun for yourself!

Ahhh, refreshing! 

Happy Sewing! 

Check back with these project designers for more inspiration in the weeks to come:


  1. Adorable. I love the circular collar to accentuate the design. Super cute selvages too!

  2. These are adorable. I haven't sewn clothing in years but this could get me started again.

  3. this cloth design is very uncomon design.i like it for my younger sister.

    clipping path


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