pretty Pantone floral

This weekend I cut into one of the fabrics I picked up at the new local quilt shop.

New fabrics from the Keepsake Quilt Shop

I like the combination of straight lines and the wee floral motif on this fabric. The pink and blue in the floral reminded me of the 2016 Pantone colors of the year, rose quartz and serenity.

Dahlia's new posy dress

When I looked closely at this fabric, I knew it would be perfect for a frock for Dahlia. It suits her very well, I think! For some reason, I has never occurred to me until now to press or steam the gathered skirt piece before sewing it to the bodice. I think that it made it easier to construct! I didn’t do a firm press, just a light one mostly relying on steam, but it helped the gathers to stay where I wanted them. How did I not think of this until now? Sometimes it seems like the most obvious things wait to reveal themselves.