Monday, February 20, 2017

Date Night and a giveaway!

I'm very excited to be a part of the blog tour "Date Night February" hosted by Sewing by Ti!

As a mother of four kids, I love date night. It doesn't happen often enough and when it does, it usually ends with my husband and I roaming the aisles of Target... does that happen to anyone else? 

Isn't is so nice to wander through the store, holding hands with the one you love, without your sweet little children driving you crazy? I'm sure we aren't the only ones! Jason and I fall more in love under the fluorescent lights of Target every time it's just the two of us. It's magic. 

Don't tell my husband... but if there is one thing I love more than date nights, it just might be fabric. It's a tough call, but they are both up there! Which is why I'm doubly excited about this post today: one lucky person gets to win some fabric! Check out the rafflecopter at the end of the post to enter to win a $20 credit for Pretty Posh Prints. 

I love Pretty Posh Prints. The fabric is always gorgeous, and the prices can't be beat. Just a warning though: her fabric sells out fast. Although she has a website which you can check out here, joining her facebook group is the best way to go as she often posts sales directly in the group. 

I used some of her fabric to make myself this dress to wear to wander around Target... errr I mean on date nights:

I'm still loving florals and I'm so happy I was able to snag this watercolor floral fabric. It makes me feel like spring is right around the corner. 

Please ignore my boring flip flops. I'm a shoe minimalist and my one pair of "cute" summer sandals broke at the end of summer and I need to pick up a new pair. I just can't bring myself to spend money on shoes when I could be spending it on fabric instead.  So for these pictures, you get the one dollar Old Navy flip flops. But I will get nicer sandals by the time summer is here. 

The dress pattern I used is the Essential Tank by Patterns for Pirates (aff. link). I love a simple silhouette for a maxi dress which sold me on the pattern immediately. But there are also some other fun options I will try later. I need some basic tanks for the summer and this is just about the perfect shape for summer tanks. It's a slim fit but not too form fitting. You can check out the pattern and all the options here (aff. link).

The dress is pretty slim fitting as a maxi, the pattern is drafted to have either a front or back slit for more ease of motion. I decided I didn't want either slit and kept the skirt closed. If you also choose to forgo the slits, just keep in mind that you won't get a very large range of motion towards the bottom of the legs. I'm not planning on running in the dress, so it doesn't bother me. I like that it is sleek and not a voluminous maxi dress. 

The fabric is liverpool, which is essentially a textured polyester double knit. As I have heard people ask about this fabric frequently, I put together a few takeaways:

- It is a heavy weight and opaque fabric. Even the white parts of the fabric are not see through at all.

- It is very sturdy and flattering as it doesn't show many lumps or bulges or whatever. It will not work, however for patterns which require flowy or drapey fabric.

- It is very polyester-y (not a word, I know.) This doesn't bother me but if you don't like synthetic fabrics, you might not like this. It has a slight texture on the right side and is smooth, almost slick on the wrong side. As a polyester fabric, it doesn't breathe well, so I wouldn't put it on my daughter who has eczema. I think I will be fine wearing this in clothing that aren't too tight in the summer, but that is a personal preference.

-It has two way stretch. Not an extreme amount of stretch, but I was able to use it for the band of a maxi skirt without elastic (blogged here) and for the bindings of the dress in this blog post. The pattern I used has instructions for both bindings and t-shirt style bands. I did the binding as I think it's a bit more suitable for this type of fabric, but I did increase the length of the bindings just a touch (a couple inches) as it doesn't have quite the required stretch as the pattern is drafted for. It worked just fine, but it won't pull in the neckline and armscyes in as much, just FYI.

-Because of how sturdy it is, liverpool makes beautiful peplums, circle skirts... anything that needs some extra body, this fabric really shines. However, my style is more sleeker silhouettes and I plan to make some pencil skirts with it next. It's a very versatile fabric.

And speaking of Liverpool, Pretty Posh Prints is about to open a pre-sale for solid colored liverpool fabric. You can see more details in her facebook group.

I'm very happy with this dress and I think it will work well for date nights! On our last date, Jason and I went to an escape room (I mentioned that in my blog post here) and I'm happy to report that we escaped this time, woo hoo! 

Our recent dates also include the World War 1 Museum and to a museum exhibit about Pompeii. Both were a lot of fun and very interesting. One was a birthday gift and one was a Christmas gift. Jason always asks for date night (or rather date day) activities for his birthday and Christmas and I love that about him. 

We don't have anything planned soon, but I'll have this dress ready to go when we decide on our next date. 

One thing I love about this dress, is how easy it will be to style depending on the weather or occasion. Although I do love it on it's own, I'm ready in case the weather gets colder or if I need to dress it up just a little. 

Here it is paired with my Boyfriend Cardigan from Love Notions (aff. link) if I want to cozy it up:

And here it is with my jean jacket if I want to look more put together. By the way, this is my cropped jean jacket from highschool. I wore this 15 plus years ago and now that I'm noticing jean jackets everywhere, I will probably start wearing this again. I can't remember the last time I wore it!

And now, it's the moment you have all been waiting for! If you want to win some fabric, check out the rafflecopter link below. I will keep it open for a week, good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Finally, the fun doesn't end here, check out the other bloggers in the blog tour for more date night inspiration:

Wednesday, February 1st: Sewing By Ti
February 2nd: Crafty Like a Rox
February 3rd: Sewing By Ti

Sunday, February 5th: Embrace Everyday
February 6th: Tenille's Thread
February 7th: Robynne and the Bobbin
February 9th: Sewingly, Michelle
February 10th: Sewing By Ti

Sunday, February 12th: Embrace Every Day
February 13th: A Phoenix Risen
February 14th: Creative Counselor
February 15th: Creamer and Chaos
February 16th: Everything Your Mama Made and More
February 17th: Sewing By Ti
February 18th: Sew Like a Sloth

Sunday, February 19th: Very Blissful
February 20th: Tenille's Thread
February 21st: Mamoose Handmade
February 22nd: Rebel and Malice
February 23rd: Margarita on the Ross
February 24th: Sewing By Ti
February 25th: On Wednesday We Sew

Sunday, February 26th: The Fairy Dust Bin
February 27th: Sewing By Ti
February 28th: Sew Haute


  1. Oh my gosh, I am obsessed with this dress!! I love bold floral prints. We also end our dates with a stroll around Target. Glad we aren't the only ones. ;)

    1. Thanks Vanessa! I am loving florals too, I have a feeling I will wear this dress way too much this summer. Glad we aren't the only ones who walk around Target on dates too! 😄

  2. As a mom of 3, once able to say 3 under age 4, I can 100% commiserate with date night being a chance to go shopping without any tiny assistants. LOVE the dress, but liverpool is definitely not a summer weight fabric for me!

    1. Sometimes we just walk around target without even buying anything, haha! But it's still so nice!

      Thanks Ti! I know that liverpool anything wouldn't be ideal for everyone in the summer and I may be the minority. I'm hoping that it's ok for me in this cut, since it's not too tight, but if it's not, I'll wear it inside in the summer. I'm always cold inside in the summer, people turn on their A/Cs too high!

  3. I made my first Liverpool dress last week and now I love the material! I made it for my girls, but I would love to make myself something next! Thank you for the inspiration.

    1. Oh what did you make for your girls? My girls need more dresses. :)