I’m so excited to be part of the Art Gallery Fabrics Heartland Back to School Tour today! The Heartland line, designed by Pat Bravo, is gorgeous and the tour line up is just fantastic.
I was lucky enough to be able to meet up with three of the other talented women participating, for a big group photo-shoot(Paisley Roots, Made By Melli, Sew Sophie Lynn) Seven kids, ages 2-8 years old. It was chaos. Beautiful, well-dressed chaos.
For my part, I sewed up four items for two of my kids.
First, my four year old daughter. I sewed up the “Humingbird” Tunic from Ottobre 4/2016 (pattern #16). I wanted something to really show off the Hus Hoot Gra knit.
Art Gallery knits are ridiculously soft. They are a nice, medium weight that drapes and sews beautifully. And they wash just as beautifully. I had to wash the tunic before the photo-shoot. Something about me eating a red popsicle while sewing. Not my brightest idea ever. But anyway, it had a red mark right in the center front. Not only did the stain wash out with no issue, but the there has been no fading. The fabric has been washed and dried four times now with no fading.
Let’s just ignore that errant thread that showed up in this picture.
For her leggings, I used pattern #14 from Ottobre 1/2014, the Ruched Leggings. I adore the soft floral print of this knit. It’s the Liten Ditsy Whisper. It didn’t photograph as well as I would have liked, washing out in most of the pictures. But it’s all soft blues and greys and golds. It coordinates perfectly with the entire Heartland line as a pretty neutral.
And then there is my eight year old who thinks he is 16.
I paired the Unn Cross Pine in knit from the Heartland line with Clay Traces from Art Gallery’s denim collection for his look.
The pants are the “Straight Cut” jeans (pattern #36) from Ottobre 1/2016, made into joggers by adding elastic at the cuffs. I love the pocket detail on this pattern.
Both the front hip pockets, and the back. The back pockets are pieced together. I wish I had done a darker topstitching so the details were better highlighted.
The top is the “Mickey” Shirt (pattern #33) from 6/2010 Ottobre, one of my favorite issues of all time. I have sewn this pattern so many times for my boys, both with and without the placket. I love the saddle sleeves. I wanted a pattern that would be as cool as this amazing print.
I tried to keep the focus all on the print, with just some coverstitching flat lock at the shoulder seams to accent things.
Yeah, he’s pretty happy with the look, too.
So, at the big group photo shoot, we thought it would be nice to get some shots of the bigger kids together. We pulled Jonas and Tami’s daughter aside and forced them to become friends.
They were adorably awkward.
But look how well coordinated! You can see more of Tami’s look for her daughter (and her son) HERE
The entire Heartland line is so well curated and designed. Each print is strong enough to stand alone, but works fabulous with everything else in the collection.
It is a beautiful line with choices in knits, voile, cotton wovens, and even canvas.
You can see the entire Heartland collection by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics HERE
And click on the links below for more inspiration and ideas from the Heartland Back to School Tour