Flippin' for spring

Spring has finally sprung in Brooklyn which of course gets us thinking about shedding our coats and frolicking in Prospect Park. It's the perfect timing for Frances Suzanne's Flip this Pattern and some great spring hacks. If you're looking for inspiration, we've rounded up some spring details to help your warm weather Franklin dress sewing.

Chambray and ribbon. We love this Hanna Andersson top that uses trendy chambray with a playful ribbon touch. Add some flutter sleeves and it's perfect for spring.

Mixing polka dots and stripes. Pastels and primary colors. Mini Boden is one of our favorite brands and we love their pattern mixing.

Fringe. Why not?! Get a little crazy with some fringe and suede for a really rocking version like Zara does so well.

A bubble dress. We love this Uniqlo version with a modern check. Cut a slightly shorter lining that's slimmer than the outer skirt and seam them together at the hem for a flouncy version.

We didn't so much as flip our own pattern as just gave it an updated summer flair this week.

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have noticed that we've been a big fan of Avril Loreti's new line of voile fabrics from Cloud9. We were super fortunate to get a first look at her Let's Have a Party line and make a few samples using some of our favorite sewing patterns. We couldn't resist making a Franklin dress (or two) which matches perfectly with the softness of the voile. This version is with the fabric We Got the Beat (even the names are fun).

This is one of my favorite models. She's a good family friend and always wears our clothes so well. This fabric was so fun to work with and I was so psyched to find the perfectly coordinating buttons in the garment district. It's pretty cool how a button can bring together an otherwise simple dress.

The added bonus of working with Cloud9 was getting to know Avril on a more personal basis. I love her design and illustrations and couldn't be happier for her. It feels like her star is rising and it couldn't be happening to a nicer person. I really lucked out.

This is one of my favorite pictures because I asked our model to jump. It looks like she's levitating and suprised that she got this high. We paired the dress with navy leggings to help transform it into a spring tunic. Perfect for our lovely weather. Finally!

Are you participating in Flip This Pattern? It's a wonderful opportunity to have some fun with our pattern and put your own personal stamp on it. Plus there are great prizes from Imagine Gnats and Urban Sew to entice you. Kids Clothes Week also starts next week so you can double up and multi-task. So much great community sewing going on to set up your spring/summer wardrobe. Good Luck!