Amanda Brandl Designs has outdone herself again with this range of Australia inspired fabrics. I was so excited to be selected to participate in this Blog Tour - we're always excited to help promote other small Australian businesses, and this supports other small businesses through links to their blogs, as well as promoting Amanda's designer fabrics, and Kennard & Kennard, who produce her fabrics!
While Marc and I were in the UK mid last year, one of the things I noticed in all the shops were floral shirts for men. They were everywhere! And not just loud Hawaiian style shirts, but smart dressy shirts in subtle florals and butterflies! I suggested Marc might like to buy the butterfly one, as Miss 7 (at the time) would have loved it, but he declined! However, when I saw the stunning Australian florals in this collection, I knew I wanted to make a Riley shirt for Mr 4!
As I'm sure most mothers of 4 year olds are aware, dirt and mess is a constant part of our life - so I chose the dark background to keep Mr 4 looking smart as long as possible! From the images online, I thought it was brown, but it's actually a gorgeous deep brownish purple. Miss 8 is much more able to keep herself clean (temporarily), so I didn't mind choosing a cream background for her! Besides, the wombats are just too cute!
I made her a Lily dress, with the V contrast bodice. Selecting the orange as the contrasting fabric was a step out of my comfort zone - orange is my personal least favourite colour - but I felt that these fabrics worked really well together, and Miss 8 doesn't share my prejudices! These outfits were perfect for Australia Day - we went to the Mythical Market, and spent a very enjoyable afternoon wandering around!
All in all, some stunning fabrics! The wonderful face paint was created by MissBeautifulPhoenix - didn't she do an amazing job?! Please continue to travel along this blog tour, and visit tomorrow's entry at Crocheting Vixen.
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