Balloon Fold Dress!

Hello everyone! I’m so excited to be participating in Madeit Fashion Week today! Fashion Week is a virtual fashion show for kids showcasing the Fold|2 collection of patterns from Madeit Patterns.

Madeit Fashion Week side bar graphic

Ivy is even more excited than me about this, I’m sure, because that girl likes to strike a pose like you wouldn’t believe. I don’t even know where she comes up with half the things she does.


Besides sewing one of Needle and Ted’s fall pattern releases from their Fold|2 collection, all of us fashion show participants were asked to incorporate origami into our photo somehow. I tell you, nothing has given me such anxiety. Paper crafts are not my forté. I was seriously sweating over this. And then, at the last minute, it came together. People, I MADE that bow in Ivy’s hair. Out of PAPER. I mean, I’m proud of myself. Not only did it not fall apart, but Ivy actually wanted to wear it! Without being bribed! I call it a huge success and pat myself firmly on the back. Except, I’m sad the paper is so bright and reflective. It looks so shiny in the pictures and you can barely see it’s paper.


Okay, moving on from paper, and onto sewing, where I feel much more at ease. I sewed the Balloon Fold Dress, and I just love it! Besides the fact that my regular sewing machine AND my serger both picked were completely non-cooperative, this dress was a super quick and easy sew and I’m really happy with how it turned out. Ivy has asked to wear it every day since I finished it, so that makes me even happier.



I used the lovely Art Gallery Fabric knits in their gorgeous solids and I love the simplicity of it. The knit is so soft with just the right amount of stretch, it’s no wonder Ivy doesn’t want to take it off. You can grab the fabrics I used plus a whole lot more in my shop, of course! I like the solids together soooo much, but how much fun would a couple fun prints be mixed together?


Also, I love a good racerback. Like so much. Seriously, my favorite. I feel like I can’t overemphasize how much I love racerbacks. They’re my jam, people. My sweet, sweet jam.


And the balloon on this dress. The bounce! It’s just too much cute. If your sewing machine doesn’t eat your hem like mine did, this dress is actually a super versatile three-in-one. You can wear it long, tucked under like Ivy is, or even tucked over, for a skirt and top kind of look. Ivy was fairly insistent on a floor length gown, but as soon as she tried this dress on, she decided immediately that she loved it just as it was, and there was no need to change it. I haven’t shown her the other options, because I’m too in love with this style!



There are so many other great patterns in the Fold|2 Collection- you really need to check them out. I love the options there are for boys wear. Pants intimidate the pants off of me, but the t-shirts look like so much fun. I’d love to make one for my boys using some of my husband’s old t-shirts.


This week you can save 20% on all the patterns, which is awesome. Even awesomer, Needle and Ted is giving away a pattern a day all week! To win, all you have to do is head over to Needle and Ted’s Facebook or Instagram page, and answer a simple question about the fashion show. Easy peasy.

20% OFF Madeit patterns

Nosh is also giving away three 50 Euro gift certificates during the course of this week! All you have to do to win if head over to Needle and Ted’s blog on the final day of the pattern tour (September 6th) and leave a comment about what was your favorite part of Fashion Week. You get another chance to win by following along on IG and watching for the prompt. Nothing easier. Why shouldn’t you win? Someone has to, and I really feel like it should be you.


One of us sewers gets to win a voucher for Nosh too. Needle and Ted is judging based on origami creativity, so I’m quite confident I’ll win. Or something. But, if you like my origami head gear, I’d love it if you’d leave a comment here or on my Instagram! Help me win and I’ll love you forever!

Make sure you check out all the other amazing bloggers who are participating in Fashion Week with me. I’m really so excited to be participating in this with some of my favorite sewers and bloggers.

Here’s the rundown of everyone who’s participating:

Monday 31 August

Kid Approved Girl Like the Sea Huisje Boompje Boefjes Our Chez Nous

Tuesday 1 September

Kimme Sew Crazy Pienkel East and Eden Chi Chi Romeo and Me

Wednesday 2 September

Neil and Nikki In a manner of Sewing Glitter + Wit Creative Needles and Threads As it Seams

thursday 3 September

Climbing the Willow Fliegfederfrei Fairies and Bubbles Co Sew Thrifty

Friday 4 September

Just Add Fabric So-Cal Sewing Mom Sansahash Miss Castelinhos Sewing Sober

Saturday 5 September

Made by Toya My Cosy Co Paisley Roots Diorella Fruits de Mère

Sunday 6 September

Round Up and Reviews: Needle and Ted Climbing the Willow Swoodson says

Do go check them out! There’s been some amazing stuff sewn up, and some pretty impressive origami skills showcased, as well. Guys, do you do origami? It’s so much harder than I realized!

Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom, and make sure you go enter to win a free pattern and voucher! My fingers are crossed for you!



4 thoughts on “Balloon Fold Dress!

  1. karalyn says:

    Well its all pretty awesome! Wish i had your creative talents! Great dress and the bow is the perfect accessory! What a cute little model 🙂

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