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CraftingCon: Gracious Threads

Jess is the brilliant mind behind the Embellish for Boys series that I was part of earlier this year. She’s also a pattern designer. I love the look of the Raindrop Tee. Today’s post includes a sneak peek of a pattern that is currently in the testing stages and is just darling!
Scroll down to the end for the giveaway and link party. And if you haven’t yet, head over to Friends Stitched Together and check out Crystal’s look.

And now, today’s CraftingCon guest!
Hi all! My name is Jess and I blog over at Gracious Threads. I love coming up with fun tutorials for sewing, especially with knits, and I also have my own pattern line; you can see it all on my blog.

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Today I’m excited to share with you all a fun take on a princess dress. My daughters love Princess Aurora, probably because she is the only blonde in the bunch! While they like dressing up, frilly (and fragile!) dresses are no good for running and playing like kids should be doing. So I came up with an Aurora inspired top that is perfect for playing in the yard and going to school.


I used one of my own patterns, the Petra Dress and Tee (this pattern is not released quite yet, watch for a tester call in my facebook lab group!). I cut the tee 4″ shorter than pattern states. To create the peplum, I used the 6 gore shirt pattern pieces that are included. I drew a curved line like this:

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When when all 6 skirt panels were all sewn together, they created a fun shaped peplum just like Aurora’s!


The crown is what made my 5 year old fall in love with this top. I used a gold, glitter knit that had embossed stars that I found in the dance section of my local fabric star. I found a crown outline with a quick google search, and did a basic applique. You can find a detailed tutorial for this technique here.


The main part of the tee is done from a nice weight cotton lycra. It is hard to tell in the pictures, but it has a fun irredescent sheen to it. The peplum is a thinner cotton lycra.


The leggings are embellished with some of gold knit; you can read about how to make your own pair here!


I’m looking forward to coming back next month to be a contestant for Villain month!




This month’s giveaway is this adorable Snow White dress in size 4T. Even if you don’t have a girl in that size, it would make a great birthday or Christmas present for a special someone who does!

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We know it’s hard to define the line where a princess dress becomes a costume, so we are opening the linky party to any and all Prince or Princess looks, Disney or otherwise! You’ll notice I said Prince – I’m planning on Flynn Rider for my boys! The girls can’t have all the fun 🙂 Have you made your daughter a Cinderella ballgown? Add it. Does your girl wear her upcycled tee with Elsa’s face on the front? Add it. Did you make your son an Aladdin costume for Halloween? Add it! One lucky linker will win one pattern of their choice from some more of our favorite designers: Paisley RootsFabulous Home SewnPie Pie Designs! What are you waiting for? Get linking!

Rules for the link up: Enter anything fiber-related and Prince- or Princess-themed from the past year (this means last Halloween counts!). There is no limit to how many posts you can link up, but adding more won’t increase your chances of winning – in other words, you can enter fifteen looks, but will only be entered to win once. The contestants for this month are allowed to enter anything they’ve done that fits the theme, but are not eligible to win – however, our guest posters can enter their posts and are eligible to win. I can’t wait to see what you’ve all made!

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