This post is made in collaboration with JOANN. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
You know how celebrities get early samples of all the designer clothes? Well, I got a little taste of what that feels like when my friends at JOANN sent me some samples of their new spring denim line. I got them before I could even get them at my local store. They basically made me feel WAY cooler than I actually am.
I also learned that the term “denim” is not limited to your traditional blue-jean fabric. The basic definition of denim is “a sturdy cotton twill fabric.” And while it typically has been dyed blue, it can actually come in a HUGE assortment of textures, colors, and weights.
I got to pick out which denim fabrics I wanted to use based on some photos they sent me, and when I saw the peach tie-dye one I was like, “hold up, is that what I think that is?”
Yes, my friends, yes it is.
The perfect pastel peach shade in a lovely tie-dye pattern. (similar fabric here)
Sign me up!
I also loved the texture of the white fabric, and knew that the two fabrics could be beautifully married into the feminine top created by McCall’s M7544.
Using McCall’s M7544
McCall’s M7544 was such an easy make for me! If I had made this at night while my kids were sleeping, I could probably finish the whole thing in 3-4 hours. However, I made the mistake of doing it while they were awake, and the one year old managed to break into all three of our bathrooms at different times (and into the toilets–ew)…so it ended up taking way longer than that.
The fabric samples JOANN sent me were a bit narrow, so I ended up having to use two pieces to make the front bodice piece. I used some white eyelet lace to cover the center seam. To adhere it, I used some hem tape and my iron. In the photo below, I had just ironed the lace over the center front seam.
The directions in M7544 were pretty straight forward. I used the front pattern piece for View A, but ended up gathering it instead of doing the pleats/pin tucks, since I had a seam down the center. You can see the center seam and the gathers below.
The only thing I couldn’t find in the directions was how to attach the back button. My baby may have run off with one of the instruction pages. I improvised by seam ripping a small section between the lining and the exterior fabric, and adding a loop made out of foldover elastic.
I also pulled out some super girly buttons I picked up at JOANN during a “buy three get two free” button sale. I knew I would need them for something, and was excited when the oppurtunity came.
Just look at that baby shine!
I’m pretty pumped to wear this all spring and summer!
My four-year-old was not familiar with the concept of tie-dye. He kept asking me what happened to my shirt. I finally realized that he thought the color was like that on accident. I had a good laugh, and told him that it’s actually like that on purpose. We might have to do some tie-dye activities together this summer.