Let me first start off by saying, if you are a sewing blogger, pattern tester, fabric designer or pattern designer and you are NOT a member of Sewing Portfolios.com, then you need to become one. Its such a cool concept for matching up collaborators for pattern testing and other projects... and the kicker is, membership is FREE on the site! There are business members and individual members. As an individual member you can create a portfolio of all the projects you've done and share the details. Business members can then view your portfolio and decide if you'd be a match for their project. I highly recommend taking a peek at the Sewing Portfolios site and checking it our for yourself! I have a long list of projects I want to add to my own profile, but haven't found the time to sit down and do that. Becuase, as many of you can probably relate, I'd rather use my free time for sewing!
So about this particular project. I was sent 3 Half yard cuts of coordinates from the "Catching Dreams" Collection fabrics in "midnite" from Michael Miller Fabrics for being a sewing portfolio ambassador. I had it in my head I wanted to try to make the Vera Dress from Debbie Brooke Designs, but wasn't entirely positive I could squeeze it out of just 3 half yard cuts. I played around with the pieces and realized I could absolutely make it fit it just by shrinking the skirt width by about 3/4". I also wanted to switch up the bodice ruffle a bit so I could show off the fussy cut horse I placed there, so I made two ruffles and put them on either side of the bodice center panel instead of centering a ruffle down the middle as the pattern calls for. I also shortened the length of the skirt a tiny bit as well for personal preference.
All in all, this project was a smashing success! I am so thankful I am part of the Sewing Portfolios Community and was able to do this project with the lovely Michael Miller Fabrics I was provided!