Summer of SOLEIL blog tour

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This summer is busy busy busy for my family.  That means my sewing time is very limited and I have to be pretty picky about what I sew.  It needs to be quick, versatile, and looks amazing.  Enter SOLEIL.

If you didn't already know this, Lauren Dahl is the genius behind selvage designsbaste and gather, and pattern workshop.  She is amazeballs and her designs are even better!  

Soleil is a must have pattern for this summer!  It is not only fast and easy, but the instructions are wonderful!  Lauren knows what she is doing because this pattern is more than just a step above the rest!

Let's talk about my favorite design element.  Hello gorgeous!  You see that back???  Is that not fabulous or what?!  I am loving the peek-a-boo cut out in the back.  Not a fan?  No worries!  Lauren includes pattern pieces for a closed back option as well!

Does your little lady love finding treasures but needs somewhere to put them?  Well, she's got you covered there too!  The pockets are adorable!!  I love the trim!  Adds just the right amount of pop!

I was fortunate enough to test this pattern for Lauren and immediately fell in love!  So much so that I knew I needed to join the blog tour!  But I couldn't just use my tester dress, I mean, a girl's gotta have more than one sundress, right?!

And I thought I loved my first version, haha!  Apparently I am on a floral kick right now, but this fabric screamed summer to me!  You may remember my AWESOME Magnolia Street Wrap Dress using this exact fabric!

I really liked it for myself, but I'm so excited that now my little lady has a coordinating dress!  The fabric drapes nicely and is super soft on her sensitive skin.  I knew it would be perfect.

This time around I left off the pockets since my little one is not into keeping treasures just yet.  She doesn't quite understand the whole "pockets are so cool" deal, so I kept it simple.  I love how the front looks like a well fitted super cute sundress, but that back.....

Swoon!!!  Every time I see it I am a little more in love!  How perfect for hot summer days!  I think every little lady needs a few, OK maybe 20 of these in her closet!

The best part?  She LOVES her SOLEIL Dresses!  I'm sure some of you can relate to little ones who are very independent and like to have a say in what they wear.  Putting this on is NEVER a battle!  She loves wearing these comfy cute dresses.

The great thing about Lauren's patterns are that they become immediate staples in your little ones wardrobes.  They are versatile enough to wear everyday, but still adorable for special occasions!  I am dieing to try a lace overlay on my next one!!

This pattern takes me only an hour or so if I am uninterrupted, and without the pockets it is definitely a quick sew!  I made this last one in about an hour while the little lady was napping!  Can't beat that!!

Special thanks to Lauren for letting me be a part of this fabulous Summer of SOLEIL blog tour!  Don't forget to check out her facebook page.  If you want to pick up a copy of the soleil pattern, click on any of the affiliate links in the blog.  You get to buy an amazing pattern and a cyber high five, and I get a little extra moola to put towards making more of these awesome dresses, plus it would be much appreciated!!!  

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  1. I LOVE how unique the back of this dress is. :)

  2. She is to cute and I love her dress

  3. Super cute!! I have been eyeing this pattern for a little while. Love the back.

  4. Love both the Soleil dresses you've made for her! The contrasting ribbing is great.

  5. The back, no doubt. I am dying, dying to make one of these for my daughter. Love it!

  6. I love both of those dresses! I hope to make one sometime soon.

  7. Love the florals! They all look great!

  8. To cute I really want something like this

  9. I keep seeing all these soleil dresses and I am totally in love! Your versions are so SO lovely!

  10. I LOVE that peekaboo back. Just made a dress that has some open back and my daughter loves it. And since she's frowned on my last 3 projects, this would be a sure win for her.

  11. Such a great pattern! I love both of your versions! That peekaboo back is winner!

  12. I absolutely love the cut-out in the back!!

  13. The back is super cute but I bet my girl would love the pockets more.

  14. I love the back! And I love pockets! I like them, and every kid I know loves them!

  15. both the back and the pockets are amazing!