Strawberry Love

I can't resist showing off the projects I made with my strike off fabric from Smoogie Fabric and Design!  More often than not, the strike off fabrics I receive are a little more fun than fabrics I would usually buy for myself-- they're not the run-of-the-mill florals and plaids that I usually purchase.  But that's the fun thing about custom knit fabrics-- you can't typically find these kind of prints any where else!  

This week, I was sent this awesome fabric that was printed to look like a strawberry! I had signed up to make a baby gown with the fabric. Have you seen the mermaid baby gowns? Most baby gowns have elastic at the bottom (easy to slide up to do diaper changes, but still keep baby warm and cuddly), but the mermaid gowns knot at the bottom to make a tail. I wanted to use that concept to make a strawberry!  So I got a little creative and added a piece to the bottom of my baby gown pattern.  I used the gown from the Lullaby Line at Peek-a-Boo Patterns and then drafted an extra piece to use as my strawberry leaves. 

Here's what it looked like in the end-- adorable, right?! If only I had access to a baby small enough to model it! 

I was only expecting a fat half of this fabric, but I was surprised to get a full yard! Since I had extra, I decided to make something else out of it. I was planning a Brazi and Bunzi set, but then inspiration took hold! Remember the new Edgy Top from George and Ginger that I talked about? It was PERFECT for making a strawberry top! I used green cotton lycra for the flounce, and the strawberry fabric as my base to make my own strawberry top. I had to piece the back together, since I was basically working with a slightly over-sized fat half, but the flounce covers it well.  

I think the outcome is absolutely adorable! I'm ready for summer and my yearly trip to the strawberry patch-- or maybe a strawberry festival?!