Blue agate

One of the reasons I love Zenith & Quasar fabrics is that she creates fabric with some great images of the world (and galaxy!) around us.  This print is created using inspiration from a blue agate.

The current round open for pre-order is called the Nature round, and is full of rocks, woods and things that grow.

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make, but I wanted to keep the print as intact as much as possible.  I decided to draft a tunic top for my daughter to wear, and break up the print a little with a flounce.

Blue Agate print at Zenith & Quasar

She was not a fan of the flounce.

The pattern pieces look like this, though I did have to cut up the arm a bit.  I would have rather had the arms be the print, but I didn’t have enough fabric with only 1 yard to make the whole top.  I went down about 2″ from the arm to cut up the bodice.  I went straight across the back, but did a curve above the chest area for the front.  The flounce is a full circle for the front and full circle for the back, and it is hemmed.  I usually serge the circle first, which gives it a slight pucker.  This helps to hem circles.

I used a stretch woven on the flounce, since I wanted it have more body.

I figured a cotton lycra wouldn’t look as nice, though I did use cotton lycra for the arms and neckband.

The leggings are the 5 out of 4 Shenanigans leggings.  I do put elastic in the waistband, because otherwise she complains it is too loose on her.

When I finished this up, I wasn’t sure it was really “tweeny” and “middle-schooly”.  She was not a fan of the flounce, so I guess my instincts were right.  I love the print…it is so pretty, but I feel like the white maybe wasn’t the right choice to go with it for an older girl.   Moral of the story…it doesn’t always work out.   I will take out my trusty seam ripper, take out the flounce and just put a white band in between the two layers.  Simple fix that will take an hour (seam ripping serged seams is FUN!!).

She still wore it, though, since it was so comfy!

The pre-order for this fabric is open for a week only, so go check this and the rest of the nature prints!

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