I’m so excited to be part of another blog tour, this time with Bebe Lambs! Lynn is the owner and designer behind Bebe Lambs patterns and she does a great job coming up with super cute designs. (Did you know she taught herself to sew by watching YouTube videos and just started designing her own patterns!?!?!?) The challenge for us was to come up with something “light, breezy, and beachy” using the Hope Floats pattern. I grew up surrounded by lakes and beaches in Northern Michigan, so two things came to mind when I saw the theme, nautical or bright. I love anything nautical, but this time around I just didn’t see any fabric that totally caught my attention. So I decided to go bright, and when I say bright, I mean it!
I had made the ruffle shorts previously when I tested the Kinley Ruffle pants and decided they needed the coordinating top to go with them. I love both of these patterns for so many reasons! First, Lynn’s patterns are well written, full of great pictures, and have a few little sewing tricks tucked in to make your project come together quickly and professionally. The Hope Floats top comes in sizes Newborn to size 10.
I made a two minor changes from the pattern instructions. First, I cut the full ruffle skirts the width of my fabric, which added a few inches. (I did this because our girls like to twirl – or maybe just because I’m lazy, it was easier, and didn’t leave me with a few small unused scraps.) The other thing I did was sew my lines for the elastic casings a little wider that 1/4 inch – more like a generous 3/8 inch. This allowed me to pass the elastic through faster and easier. Otherwise, I followed the instructions exactly!
I made the size 4 for our oldest daughter and size 2 for our younger two, which are the same sizes they were in ready made clothes. The fit is perfect and I have no concern they will last us through the summer because of the elastic back and the shoulder ties will allow my to custom fit the girls each time they were these outfits.
The Hope Floats is a great pattern for beginners and experienced seamstresses alike! There are endless ways to customize this pattern and I think it would be DARLING with embroidery on the front of the bodice. (I don’t have an embroidery machine, so I’ll just keep dreaming!)
Our girls love wearing dresses and skirts, but they also love to play hard. The Hope Floats Top and the Kinley Ruffle Pants are the best of both worlds – they can run, play, and ride bikes, while still looking cute.
You can grab both of these great patterns in the Bebe Lambs esty shop or on Lynn’s website. Make sure you check out her other patterns while you’re there and be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour.