I love a good marriage of stripe and floral and I’m not the only one these days – they’re everywhere! (Will this marriage LAST?!? My money’s on YES.) When I heard that the friends behind Pattern Anthology were putting out their own line of knits with Riley Blake I knew they’d be good – and when I got to choose what I wanted to sew with I asked for the Lace in Blue and floral in Multi. Bonus: I asked for samples of the other prints and the package included BIG samples that I shared on Instagram! That, right there, is how to make a sewing blogger happy. I put them all to work in a simple skirt with a yoga waistband for my 6 year-old. She’s my most cooperative model at the moment. I think she’s so happy to do it that she’s even forgotten that she used to require bribes for it! More M&M’s left for me, right?!
These are the first Riley Blake knits I’ve sewn with and I love the softness and stretch recovery. These are great for patterns that need the elasticity of spandex – for things like wrist and neck bands and yoga waistbands. They hold their shape nicely and curve to finish openings without gaping. I’m not sure that I’d normally put 3 prints into one simple skirt design, but because I also had enough of the bird print for a yoga waistband I haaaad to use it. And by adding a wide contrast band at the bottom of the skirt I avoided hemming. Two birds, one… skirt.
And — just in case you’re wondering what’s happening in the background when we pop outside for about 3 minutes around dinnertime, leaving baby sister playing happily until she realizes we WENT OUTSIDE WITHOUT HER, here’s how that goes.
Idle Wild is hitting stores this month! See the full range here.