Sewing with Border Prints, plus a Cotton + Steel Giveaway!

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Susan Beal from West Coast Crafty is a craft writer and teacher in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of Modern Log Cabin Quilting and Sewing for All Seasons: 24 Stylish Projects to Stitch Throughout the Year. Her latest book on sewing with Pendleton wool, Hand-Stitched Home, is out in September

Susan also has a popular Log Cabin Quilting series on Creativebug and teaches at CreativeLIVE. Susan joined us in spring to show how to Design Quilt Blocks with Threadbias, and she’s back with tips for using border prints in your sewing. Border prints are back in a big way, in pretty new fabrics from many of our favorite designers. Susan shows you border prints in apparel today, and she’ll be back with more tips for border prints in other items this September. (By the way, this is Susan’s third Laurel dress and ninth Barcelona skirt!)


Border print fabrics are wonderful, and they add such gorgeous, vintage-inspired detail to handmade skirts and dresses… But cutting and sewing with such specific designs to work around can be a little trickier than a non-directional print or solid. I wanted to share just a few tips and ideas for sewing with two of my favorites– both brand-new beautiful Cotton + Steel prints, from Melody Miller’s Mustang collection and Alexia Marcelle Abegg’s Hatbox line. Read on for my suggestions on cutting and sewing with border prints like these, and a Cotton + Steel giveaway!

I chose these two prints dreaming of summer dresses for myself and for my six-year-old daughter, Pearl. I used Melody’s understated mint green and gold dot with a border of colorful, showy flowers for my sleeveless Colette Patterns Laurel dress, and Alexia’s exuberant blue and white floral lawn with hot-pink border detail was perfect for a Made By Rae Geranium dress for Pearl. We managed to pull off a very quick photo shoot first thing in the morning, just after I finished her dress, and she was so excited to wear it right to camp!

For an ultra-simple shift-style dress like my Laurel, I started by finding a good center point in the border print– a hot-pink and red larger flower in the overall floral line I wanted as a focal point of my dress design. I marked the halfway point and pressed the fabric sharply there, selvage to selvage as shown here, so I could pin my dress front paper pattern there. Remember, to keep the border print at the hem of a dress or skirt, you’ll be cutting your fabric perpendicular to the way you might typically use it in a project; the crosswise grain will be vertical, and the lengthwise grain, parallel to the selvage, will be horizontal.

Pin your dress front and back pieces (or other pattern pieces) so that the eventual hem will match neatly lengthwise; mark your pattern pieces before cutting so they’re aligned correctly. Since there’s no woven selvage edge to use at a center back, you’ll want to finish the long, straight raw edges of the fabric. I used a narrow zig-zag, as shown.

Sew your dress as you normally would, being sure to align the border print sections very neatly. Here’s one more detail of that center back section in the finished dress. Where I’d normally use the selvage, you can see the narrow zig-zag edge instead.

I used a very simple single-fold hem so as much as possible of my border print showed. As you can see in this photo, the selvage makes a very striking design for the inside of your dress hem!

I thought the pretty Laurel, with its simple, clean lines, was a perfect choice for a high-contrast border print. For even more tips on making this dress special, the free Colette booklet of 9 different pattern extras includes details on making it with a lace or eyelet border, a beautiful choice.

I also sewed a simple matching headband with a 3″ strip of the fabric, cut selvage to selvage, stitched longways with a 1/4″ seam allowance. I turned it right side out, and tied it like a vintage scarf.

And I even made a skirt for myself! I managed to eke out my super simple version of Amy Butler’s wonderful Barcelona skirt with my leftover yardage! I left my center crease in the skirt for this photo so you can see where I pressed my fabric to mimic the off-the-bolt fold, and I zig-zagged my center back edges the same way that I did for my Laurel dress.

For Pearl’s Geranium, I also made a sleeveless version. A party dress with a full skirt like this is even easier to make with a border print; it lends itself perfectly to the straight-across hem, and looks so pretty as a contrast against the main section of fabric. I didn’t bother to find a center point of the border print, since the gathered waist and full skirt of the dress make the fabric pattern hang so differently than a simple shift.

I sewed a simple matching sash with another 3″ strip of fabric, the same way I made my headband. Pearl loved that part!

I left the sash ties unhemmed, to clearly show the border print at one end, and used pearl snaps instead of buttons, which really gave the dress a light-hearted, summery feeling.

Cotton + Steel and RJR Fabrics have generously offered a fabric giveaway to one Sew Mama Sew reader: 3 1/2 yards of Melody Miller’s beautiful mint green gold dot with the amazing floral border. To enter, tell us what you’d sew with this gorgeous fabric or share your favorite border print project you’ve made or seen. Your comment enters you to win!

Thanks so much to Sew Mama Sew for the chance to work on this fun project, and to Cotton + Steel/RJR for the generous fabric giveaway! I’m excited to write about using border prints in pretty home projects and accessories next month, with another chance for you to win some very special fabric.

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291 Responses to Sewing with Border Prints, plus a Cotton + Steel Giveaway!

  1. Ni says:

    This fabric would look fantastic for an Emery Dress!!

  2. amanda says:

    i would make a summer tank dress, perhaps even The Laurel pattern as well! The polka dots are simply adorable coupled with the floral pattern. Thanks!

  3. Jodie says:

    I haven’t used a border print before. I’d love to try a skirt.

  4. Sandra W. says:

    I think I’d make a fullish skirt and if any fabric remained, use fit with other fabrics for pillowcases.

  5. Dani says:

    April Rhodes Staple dress would be a good choice for this border print.

  6. Shayna says:

    I love border fabrics as quilt backing and the floral detail would be perfect while still letting some pretty quilting shine.

  7. Terry says:

    That pretty fabric would make great pillows :)

  8. Wende says:

    I would like to make a little dress for my grand-baby ( 5 years old) with a matching jacket using the border print for the sleeves, collar, and maybe pocket flaps. It would also be just wonderful to win this awesome fabric. thanks for the opportunity.

  9. Laurie says:

    I picture this lovely border print as a circle skirt — a very cute retro look!

  10. Jenna O says:

    I would make a skirt! I love skirts :P

  11. Annette Deardurff says:

    First of all, thx for the chance to win this awesome fabric! I would use it to make matching dresses for my 15 month old and three year old granddaughters, with little purses to match! Using the border material to make the purse handles with the purse itself out of the dot would be adorable! I’d also use some of the border to cover buttons for the dresses and maybe for a flower embellishment or two!!

  12. Kathy says:

    I love border prints, but never know exactly how to use them. These dresses are so cute!

  13. Barbara P. says:

    I’ve been wanting to try Made by Rae’s Josephine pattern and this would be great for the tunic length.

  14. Chelle Chapman says:

    I would SEW make a pair of wrap around pants or a skirt!!!

  15. Judi B in VA says:

    I’d love to make a couple of dresses for my girls and maybe squeeze out a top or simple skirt myself.

  16. Heather C says:

    I would use the fabric for either a quilt backing or a skirt. Or pillow covers. Such a generous giveaway!

  17. Terrie says:

    These are both such beautiful dresses! I love how they look with the border print at the hem :) I think I would try to make myself a dress or skirt, too! Thanks for the chance to win.

  18. Sivyu says:

    I’d love to make a washi dress (from made by rae) with this!

  19. Mandi says:

    I’d make a skirt for my sister & one for her daughter! They’d look so cute. I’ve never used border print fabric like this, so it’d be an adventure.

  20. Jane says:

    I’d make an Emery dress or a Washi dress and probably use any remainder to try and make a matching clutch bag. I love the sparkle of the gold dots!

  21. andrea mccoleman says:

    I would make a skirt! I love the little ties in the back of the little girls dress, what a very sweet detail!

  22. Jessica w says:

    I would sew a cute dress for my niece

  23. Cathryn says:

    Staple Dress by April Rhodes – so comfortable and flattering!

  24. Liz says:

    I’ve been wanting to make curtains for my garden shed. This is just the kind of fabric I’ve been looking for. Bright and cheery.

  25. I saw a beautiful border print dress (bicycles ridden by woodland creatures all around the hem!) worn by someone recently. I would make a skirt!

  26. GloriaW says:

    I love the color. I sew a dress for my daughter and a skirt for my

  27. Ali says:

    I’d make pillowcases or use it for a great quilt backing.

  28. Anne Rust says:

    Thank you for the generous giveaway. Love Love this print. I think it would make a fun bed skirt for a sweet little girl!

  29. Heidi G says:

    I’d make a skirt for myself or a dress for my cutie little daughter.

  30. Jenifer says:

    Yay! I love this post. Thanks for the chance to work with it!

  31. Ana says:

    I’d make a dress for my daughter, and maybe a skirt for myself. Lovely fabric!

  32. Piroska says:

    I would sew a couple of sundresses for my grand-daughter. I love the border print!

  33. Dita says:

    Wow, thank you for the tips! I’ve never sewn with border prints before, I think the fabric would make a fun kimono!

  34. […] es hier: ein Kinderkleid aus dem oben gezeigten V & Co.-Stoff in grün, ein Kinderkleid und ein Damenkleid aus Melody Millers Sparkle Flower, Damenkleider eins, zwei, drei und vier aus dem Whimsicol print […]

  35. I would make a flirty summer skirt for me. With the rest, I don’t know, perhaps a matching A-line shift for my daughter!

  36. Claire Corry says:

    With a house full of boys I would make a peony dress yummy fabric

  37. Melanie C says:

    I would make a skirt for me and a dress for my daughter…I must try that Geranium pattern.

  38. Lexie says:

    Love the colors of these fun prints. I would have to add my voice to the many and say I would make a skirt as well. Something full and maybe tea length.

  39. bookboxer says:

    I’ve never sewed with a border print … wouldn’t this be the perfect opportunity?! Thanks for your generous offer

  40. Helen says:

    I would make cute matching sundresses for my 3 oldest granddaughters – 5, 2-1/2 & 2-1/2 (each in a different family). They would be adorable!

  41. Betty says:

    I have an Art Gallery maxi dress pattern that might work with a border print. Or maybe I’ll make a tote bag. I have some border print fabric awaiting it’s transformation into a cute tote. Let’s just hope it turns out as I envision!

  42. Susan says:

    I think I would use it in making a tablecloth.

  43. Caroline says:

    I’d love to make some skirts for my girls!

  44. kim schorer says:

    Wow, beautiful AND generous! I would sew an apron and then use the rest in a quilt!

  45. kim schorer says:

    Wow, beautiful! I would make an apron and then something crafty and then use the rest in a quilt!

  46. Katie says:

    Definitely a dress!

  47. Justine Malinski says:

    I’d make a sundress(es) for a lovely great-niece. Thanks!!

  48. Cindy says:

    I’d like to try a skirt.

  49. Octavia says:

    I would make a skirt for my daughter or a bag for myself. Thanks!

  50. Bonnie says:

    I think April Rhodes’ Staple Dress would look cute in this print :) I’m sure my daughters would also love skirts/dresses from this print. #sewallthethings ;)

  51. Barb in MI says:

    Beautiful fabric – I would use it for a tunic. Thanks so much!

  52. Olivia says:

    I would make a dress for me and one for my niece!

  53. Tsigeyusv says:

    I tend to wear fewer dresses than skirts. I’m tending towards a gathered skirt should I obtain this fabric. I’m also a quilter, so any left over fabric would find a spot in a future project.

  54. Tina says:

    Such a generous amount of fabric screams for a woman’s dress.
    It would look awesome.
    Maybe something Japanese….

  55. Garm says:

    I would sew a dress for my daughter and with the scraps something for her favorite doll.

  56. Ali M says:

    That’s so odd, I thought I had all the prints memorized but I don’t remember this one at all! I’d make a cute sleeveless top, and a not as cute pair of shorts (my pant skills are a bit iffy)! Thank you for the giveaway!

  57. I would make a dress for my granddaughter!

  58. Jessie says:

    I would make a skirt for my oldest and if any fabric was left then a dress or skirt for my youngest.

  59. Nicole Sender says:

    I would love to sew a summer maxi dress for myself!

  60. Nannette Berkley says:

    I would love to make a decrorative shower curtain with this border print. How cheerful would that be to step in and out of the shower seeing it. Would definitely have anyone singing in the shower!

  61. DeborahGun says:

    I would love to make a tote bag and a pillowcase.

  62. Pauline says:

    I would make sundresses for my two granddaughters who are 9 and 7 yrs old – the fabric us gorgeous

  63. Patty says:

    I would make a dress for my granddaughter. I love the border print, it is darling.

  64. Rebecca S. says:

    Would definitely make a dress for my little girl!

  65. Nancy says:

    I have 4 granddaughters who would just love dresses from this material.

  66. Zoe says:

    I’d make myself a pretty sundress with a gathered skirt!

  67. Becca says:

    I would make skirts! Cute fabric. :)

  68. Susie Gomez says:

    I’d make my girls matching skirts.

  69. marci says:

    I would love to try the Colette Laurel, I have the pattern and made a shirt but it didn’t turn out to nice. I wanted to try the pattern again and I think this is the perfect fabric for this type of adventure.

  70. JoAnn says:

    I would love to make a dress for my granddaughters

  71. celia says:

    I think, like showcased here, the border print is screaming dress or skirt to me, possible for my little girl, but a pillow case, or even a tote bag would also be good items to showcase it.

  72. Tiffany says:

    I’d make a skirt. I love that print!!

  73. becky says:

    I’d make a skirt, but not quite as gathered as the one here.

  74. Rebecca says:

    I would love to make matching dresses for my granddaughters.

  75. ayne says:

    The skirt is super cute, but I think I might go full-retro and do an apron :)

  76. Michelle says:

    Great dresses Susan!

    I could totally see this Melody Miller print as curtains (though a dress is mighty tempting).

  77. Laura CR says:

    Dresses for my daughter and her two best buddies at daycare!

  78. carolee c. says:

    I would definitely try a nice shift dress!

  79. SheriF says:

    I LOVE these C & S border prints!!! Cannot wait to see them in real life. I would probably make a dress for my daughter if I were to be the lucky one!

  80. Kathleen Dalecio says:

    I’m not comfortable constructing clothing, so this lovely fabric would probably make its way into a quilt or, maybe, pillowcases.
    My only use of a border print in the past has been in a window cornice.

  81. Nesta says:

    I would love to use this fabric to make special curtains for our kitchen. It’s the most important room in the house and deserves this stunning fabric!

  82. Sandy Allen says:

    I have just gotten back in to sewing clothes, so I would use it for a skirt or sundress for me!

  83. Nicole says:

    Sorry to be a copy cat but I would like make a dress as well. Thanks!

  84. Jeri Niksich says:

    This would be so cute to make matching skirts for my daughter and my newest grand daughter who’s now 8 months old and the light of this Gammy’s heart!

  85. Kari says:

    Border prints are so great for quilts too. I would make a quilt featuring that print.

  86. Sandra says:

    I would make a throw cushion or two!

  87. Angela says:

    I would make that dress for my granddaughters. It would be perfect.

  88. Marti says:

    I would be super selfish and make myself a Piper Dress!

  89. Beth says:

    I would make a dress – it is beautiful!

  90. Julie says:

    I’d sew some skirts for me and my sister with that fabulous print.

  91. Rita says:

    I would make a dress like yours, with a Peter Pan collar!

  92. Alice B says:

    Now that I’ve seen what you made, I’m ready to try a skirt or dress.

  93. Mihla says:

    I love working with border prints, and I’d probably make skirts for my littlest granddaughters.

  94. kathy lincoln says:

    I would make a spring dress with the skirt part full, needing a ruffle slip under it. like 50′s / 60′s retro.look. or a drop waisted dress with the skirt part,box pleated . For my granddaughter who will be around 18 months in the spring.Haven’t done anything this fancy since her mother was a little girl. My hands are itching to do work like this again.

  95. Arianna M. says:

    I’m torn between wanting to make a skirt or dress, and thinking that this print would make amazing pillowcases.

  96. teri c says:

    I would like to make a couple of aprons from this. I’ve used border prints in quilts.

  97. Chris says:

    I would need to stare at it, touch it and then decide but I’m guessing some pillowcases.

  98. Rachel says:

    The Oliver + S Garden Party Dress would be beautiful in it!

  99. Deanna says:

    I would make a dress for my 1yo daughter.

  100. Catherine S says:

    love the look of border fabric and I would definately make a skirt for my granddaughters with a ruffle net flouncy lining at hems.

  101. allison pogany says:

    Would definitely try a dress for my daughter (and a matching one for her doll!)

  102. carriem says:

    I have a vision of a quilt constructed from large triangles in my mind!

  103. Helen B White says:

    I think I will make pillow cases

  104. Noel Minneci says:

    I don’t wear skirts but if I had some of that fabric, I sure would change my mind! I haven’t seen border print skirts since high school in the 60′s. What a great retro trend!

  105. Brooke says:

    I have three little girls, so it would be skirts for sure!

  106. Katie says:

    even though i’ve only made one dress in my life, i’d give it another go if i won!

  107. Kaesey says:

    I’m torn between a skirt and some pretty summer table linens!

  108. Gina says:

    I would definitely make the barcelona skirt-so cute!

  109. Hayley says:

    Maybe an alder skirt or a dress of some sort. Lovely!

  110. Barbara J says:

    Great job with both pieces. I am blessed with two granddaughters and know either one…or both….would love something out of these great prints.

  111. bluefigquilts says:

    I would make the Collette Patterns Laurel Dress. It’s so ME..

  112. Georgia says:

    I have several little nieces that I’d love to sew dresses for with this. So pretty!

  113. Kaylee says:

    I think I would make a project that incorporates a couple of prints to make a patchwork bag or tote.

  114. Samina says:

    I adore border prints, but I’ve never been all that confident using them. Thanks for the tutorial.

  115. Jess says:

    Ooh, lovely! I think I’d have to make that into a skirt for me – a bit fuller with pockets and a wide sash or waistband. :)

    Jess

  116. Karen Ann says:

    I would definately make a skirt! I love in them….thanks for the chance!!

  117. Shayne says:

    A skirt?? A Shirt?? Or probably just horde it??

  118. Melissa says:

    I love your dresses, they are both lovely. I think I would make a Collette Truffle without the ruffle.

  119. Marta says:

    The fabric is gorgeous! I would make a dress or a kimono style jacket with it!

  120. Leslie says:

    Love the material and I am thinking a wrap skirt would be so cool!

  121. Sara says:

    I’d love to make a dress or skirt. The two shown here are perfect. I think a table runner would be pretty cute too.

  122. Laura B says:

    I would make a quilt. I think the border prints could be used for an interesting quilt back or split and used for 2 fabrics on the front.

  123. sarah says:

    gorgeous fabric. i think i would either make an a line skirt like the one from tessuti fabrics or a sorbetto top. something that allows the fabric to shine definitely.

  124. Jess says:

    I love love love the use of selvage!! I’d love to make either a Washi dress for me…..or two skirts for my twin girls (if I’m being generous)!

  125. wendy says:

    I’d definitely use it to make my first every skirt or dress

  126. Isabel A. says:

    I’d probaby do a dress for my daughter.

  127. Maaike says:

    I would love to make a skirt from that fabric. Thanks for the change to win!

  128. Stacia says:

    I’d sew a fun, full skirt!

  129. Tracey says:

    I love the dress you made. I would make a dress for my daughter and a matching bag for me :) I think this border would look great on a bag.

  130. Lisa B says:

    I’d sew a dress for my 3 yr old out of the mustang border print- so cute!

  131. Beezus says:

    I’d love to make some kitchen curtains!

  132. Sarah says:

    I would love to make a Geranium dress for my daughter Francesca!

  133. Sarah says:

    Would curtains be ok? I’d like some lovely new quilted curtains!

  134. Linda Fleming says:

    I’d love use this fabric to make some new curtains for the small window in my sewing room!

  135. I recently made my first garment – a skirt using Rashida Coleman-Hale’s Tsuru border print! So I’d definitely give that pattern another go using this print too!

  136. Jeanette says:

    I’m torn between a vintage shift dress and curtains! I love the border print!

  137. Angelika says:

    I would make a dress for me and my daughter, maybe a staple dress and a rollerskate dress :-)

  138. melissa says:

    Very nice!

  139. Stephanie says:

    I’d make a dress for next summer; it’s already getting cooler here :(

  140. Barb N says:

    What perfect fabric for a great summer sundress! It’s not too late! And any leftovers could go into a tablerunner. Yep, yep – that’s the ticket!

  141. Sandy says:

    I would use this fabric in a sundress. Thanks for the giveaway!

  142. christina says:

    I would finally take the plunge and make a cargo duffle! Love that print!

  143. Yzobela says:

    Barcelona skirt or shearwater kaftan! Thanks for the giveaway!

  144. sarah says:

    I see a pillowcase set for my daughter… we’re remodeling her room soon… maybe a flounce to princess her bed up a little… a valence for the window… curtains!! all kinds of possibilities!

  145. Kelly says:

    I would enjoy making a little dress for my sweet 9-month old daughter and a skirt for myself. Thank you!!

  146. Ashley says:

    Oh goodness, how beautiful! I’d love a skirt, but I also think it would be such a pretty backing fabric for a baby quilt!

  147. Lee says:

    I would love to make a shirt with the material! thank you!

  148. Sandy T says:

    I am COMPLETELY in love with this fabric! I have 4 granddaughters under 8 years old, and I would love to make them matching dresses! Thanks for the chance to win!

  149. Mary says:

    If I won, I’d make myself a Made by Rae Washi Dress, and a baby dress for a niece arriving layer this year. Beautiful fabric!

  150. CarolB says:

    I would most likely make a quilt and have fun figuring out how to best use that border. I make clothing only reluctantly — but still I find myself musing about that border design running down one side of the front of a loose summer dress, and across the hems of fluttery sleeves. Winning this fabric could propel me back into making clothing!

  151. Emily T says:

    That would be more than enough for a simple skirt for me and a little geranium for the little one :)

  152. Kelly P says:

    What beautiful dresses! I think I’d make myself a dress for the first time ever — maybe one of the Lisette dresses. . . sounds lovely.

  153. Mary says:

    Love these fabrics! I’d make something for myself or my little girl.

  154. Allison C says:

    Thinking pillowcases would be nice

  155. Jennifer says:

    I’d make my daughter a dress for sure!

  156. Pam S says:

    What a great post! I absolutely love the vintage look of border prints. I’d make my granddaughter a dress and make myself a top with this lovely fabric. Thanks for the chance to win.

  157. Maria says:

    I’d love to make a circle skirt out of it! Love the whole Cotton + Steel line.

  158. MarjoryW says:

    I have a simple dress pattern that would be perfect in this fabric. Or I might even make the older jacket-from-tablecloth pattern which uses a border print.

  159. Sarah says:

    I would make a summer dress. Thanks!

  160. Ginger says:

    I would make a skirt

  161. darlene macdonald says:

    I’d love to make a table cloth and napkins! Your dresses are adorable as is Pearl of course ~ so adorable!!! Thanks for the generous giveaway :)

  162. Leticia says:

    I can see myself making something similar to this dress – or perhaps a cute polkadot top and use the border print for some pillows.

  163. Sandy K says:

    I think some new pillow cases would be great for the border fabrics.

  164. Vicki H says:

    First thing to come to mind is to make my granddaughter a dress or skirt.

  165. Jenny L says:

    Beautiful dresses! Maybe this would force me to sew myself a dress. Thanks for the opportunity!

  166. DebbieKL says:

    Great job! I’d love to make some clothing for my girls!

  167. Reena Kaplowitz says:

    Thanks for the tutorial and a chance to win this fabulous fabric. I would make something nice and summery for sure!

  168. Sarah J. says:

    I would love to make something for myself– maybe a skirt? This fabric is so lovely– thanks for the chance to win!

  169. I’d love to make a tank or tunic out of it!

  170. Tammie says:

    I would like to use this for a grainline pattern

  171. Delaine says:

    Beautiful fabric and I love the border! I would make the dress you made with it. Thanks!

  172. Alli says:

    Golly, I’d make a border print dress, too! :)

  173. Delaine says:

    Beautiful fabric and I love the border! I would make the dresses you made. Thanks!

  174. Linda F says:

    I think that I would make an Everyday Skirt.

  175. beth lehman says:

    oh, these border prints remind me of some fabulous wrap-around skirts my mother used to wear!! i loved them and took a few off to college with me! i would love to make an a-line skirt!

  176. melissa e says:

    Ive had my eye on a burda pattern sith diamond shaped insets at the side waist. I think I could put the floral bits in those insets.

  177. Linda says:

    I would love to make a blouse from this fabric!

  178. Kathy Davis says:

    I would make a cute little dress for my granddaughter Nellie, much like the one you made your daughter. Both old fashioned names. Love it!

  179. Debbie says:

    I would make a dress for myself from Debbie Brooke Designs, The My Dress.

  180. Paula says:

    I’ve just started making matching dresses for my granddaughters. This would be great!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  181. Amber says:

    I have both the Laurel and Barcelona Patterns. I love how your versions turned out. I’d try those or maybe a shirred sundress like this one I found while searching.
    http://wkdesigner.wordpress.com/2008/08/04/shirred-border-print-sundress/

  182. Linda L. says:

    I would make a maxi-skirt for my daughter with about the same fullness as your daughter’s dress.

    I love Pearl’s dress! How is the sash attached – all the way across the front or just at the side seam? It really adds something to the dress.

  183. auschick says:

    I’d make a dress for me and a matching one for my daughter!

  184. Beth T. says:

    I would make some wonderful pillowcases with this fabric. I think border prints are perfect for that.

  185. rosa says:

    GorgeoudsA dress and a scarf for me!!

  186. Wendy says:

    I’d make a sleeves top! Love the headband!

  187. I think I’d make a tunic top for me. And maybe a dress for each of my girls if there was enough left over!

  188. Beth says:

    I’d love to use it to sew a geranium dress and some kitchen curtains.

  189. Rachel R says:

    I would love to make a dress for myself with these gorgeous fabrics!

  190. Afton says:

    I’d make a dress for my daughter.

  191. Catherine says:

    Definitely a skirt.

  192. Cynthia T. says:

    What cute dresses! I would use the fabric to make a skirt for my daughter. She is in college and loves to wear skirts.

  193. Wendy says:

    I’ve had my eye on the Laurel for awhile now–I might just have make a copy of this one!

  194. Anna Smith says:

    I would make either a skirt (possibly a Colette Ginger) or a dress :)

  195. Lynda H says:

    my daughter has 3 y/o triplets – 2 girls and a boy. I would make tunic tops for my daughter and her two daughters…..will have to come up with something quite different for Zach

  196. Bonnie Larson says:

    Gorgeous fabrics. I’d love to try this out. Thanks for sharing.

  197. Amanda says:

    I would love to win that fabric! I think I would make a dress for my niece…or maybe I’d be selfish and make a dress for myself!!

  198. Sharon S. says:

    I would want to make a kaleidoscope or bargello quilt table runner :) Thanks for showing your beautiful dresses! Such pretty fabric!

  199. Anna Gerard says:

    Wow! that is generous. and such a lovely print! I would want a fitted bodice straight skirt dress out of it. Not sure of a pattern yet.

  200. cynthia says:

    wow! so many ideas! a sundress, a tote bag, I have a bed room that;s calling for that fabric for curtains…

  201. Ybat says:

    I would love to make a dress just like yours. I love the 60′s vibe that it has especially with the matching headband.

  202. Sondra says:

    Absolutely adorable, love both dresses.

  203. diane beavers says:

    I’d make another Made by Rae WASHI Dress w/the mint green gold dot with the amazing floral border. It’s so so reminds me of ice cream, it’s just delicious looking on any figure.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win and enlightening us on the Cotton & Steel border prints.

  204. Peg G says:

    I have a daughter-in-law, her daughter and a great granddaughter. They are all tiny and 3 1/2 yards would make a really cute threesome! Would love to make them!

  205. fenna says:

    a dress! maybe the caroline from mouse house!

  206. Kristi says:

    Thank you so much for sharing the inspiration photos. I love the geranium dress and would love to make one for my daughter with the border print or use it to make a big tote bag for all my kids’ stuff.

  207. Isa says:

    Beautiful fabric!!! I’d have to sew a shift dress

  208. i recently bought two new patterns for my little ones: the citronille suzanne dress and the oliver + s ice cream dress. i think either of these would look great sewn up with that fabulous border print.

  209. Carole B says:

    I would make a long sundress. I love border prints.

  210. Kirsten says:

    I would like to make a skirt as I love how the border print is used and it shows it off beautifully.

  211. tina says:

    I would love to try it

  212. Carmen N says:

    I’d love to make a dress for my daughter

  213. Tiara says:

    I would try and tackle a skirt!

  214. Mary Boudreaux says:

    I love how you left the selvage! What a fantastic homage to the designer and a perfect way to finish off such a perfect dress! I am so anxious to get a border print…this is definitely a very lean market, but I remember dozens of them at the fabric store years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth. I learned to sew making aprons and play dresses, and I loved using borders, matching up the design just perfectly and admiring how “fancy” it looked when finished!

  215. This print would make the perfect curtains for my laundry room. So Cute! Thanks!!

  216. Emma says:

    I’d probably make a dress very similar to that one. Breezy is better in southern summers. I just love gold and aqua together!

  217. Pamela N says:

    I would use that gorgeous fabric for a dress for my equally gorgeous grand daughter! Thanks so much for this opportunity!

  218. Laura says:

    I would definitely make a skirt or a dress – I’m really inspired after seeing both of these projects!

  219. Diane says:

    Great tips! I can definitely see making a dress for one of my daughter’s with that beautiful fabric!

  220. mary says:

    Wow these are gorgeous dresses, I can see myself making myself a Washi dress with a border print

  221. Christine M says:

    How gorgeous are those dresses! I’d love to try making one or perhaps a skirt for myself. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  222. Michele T says:

    Love the dresses!!! If I win tyjis beautiful fabric, I am thinking that some cushion covers would be lovely!! Thanks for sharing!!

  223. Annie says:

    With such a cute print, I would definitely make a summer dress for my daughter. With 3 and half yards, I can make another one for my niece too!

  224. Kasey Bealer says:

    I would love to make a simple elastic skirt for myself and a matching one for my two year old daughter, Ruby! I am so excited about the Cotton + Stella collection!

  225. Kelly says:

    Wow, I think I might have to take the plunge into sewing for myself and make one of April Rhodes’ patterns if I won… Or maybe a Schoolhouse Tunic… Something for me to wear, which would be a first!

  226. jmj says:

    kitchen curtains would be cute of a shoulder bag

  227. Melise says:

    I wish I could make the Delphine skirt from Tilly’s love at first stitch with this amazing fabric! Thanks for the opportunity and for sharing your awesomeness!

  228. Anne Marie says:

    I would definitely make a skirt or two!

  229. Barbara says:

    After having read about Susan’s beautiful Laurel dress, I think I would try the same or a similar pattern. My daughter recently sewed herself a simple dress with an embroidered border. I’m hooked!

  230. Gill says:

    After seeing these pics I’d love to make a Geranium dress for Isabella !

  231. Lynne Tilley says:

    I think I might make a pretty apron!

  232. Kay says:

    I would love to make a dress out of the fabric. Not sure what pattern I would use, but would most definitely would be a dress

  233. Madelyn says:

    Oh my goodness, those fabrics are ADORABLE! I would definitely use it to make a full fluffy circle skirt! I love me some border fabrics <3

  234. Alison says:

    I’m so new to sewing that I haven’t much to draw on to answer your question, but they do seem to make great skirts or dresses!

  235. meredith says:

    Love it! Ive never seen prints like these. The dresses look like the perfect use!

  236. angie says:

    My four year old wants the dress that the little girl is wearing, but I would love an A line skirt.

  237. Jessie Hansen says:

    My roommate one gave me a couple yards of a border print satin that I finally made into curtains for my daughter’s room a couple years ago. Maybe this would turn into more curtains for my new house!

  238. Anne says:

    What a generous giveaway! I’d probably make a skirt or use it in a quilt.

  239. Two great uses of border prints! I think I’d make either a Sewaholic Cambie Dress or a Washi Dress by Made By Rae.

  240. Jess Z says:

    I have a few patterns for my daughter that would look gorgeous in border prints! The only border print I’ve ever used was Red Riding Hood by Riley Blake, and I made my daughter an adorable dress using McCalls 6529. Thanks for hosting!

  241. Stephanie says:

    I am loving those boarders! I could see a cutie skirt for my daughter out of this fabric! Thanks

  242. barbara woods says:

    i would make me a new skirt, thanks for the chance

  243. Ellyn says:

    ohhhh I would make a washi dress with that awesome border print! thanks for the chance to win

  244. Colette L says:

    I’ve been dying to get some of the new Cotton & Steel prints–thanks for this giveaway! I’d use the mint dot fabric for a peplum top with a Lisette pattern (perfect with white jeans!) or a sundress for my *brand new* goddaughter.

  245. Karen B says:

    I probably wouldn’t make a skirt out of this fabric, but I would love to use it for some pillows!

  246. Tara says:

    I would make a skirt for myself! I’ve only made a couple garments but I love the look of these adorable prints as dresses!

  247. Nancy says:

    Believe it or not, i have an ongoing fan quilt that works so cute with border prints. Each blade is cut from the border and they are so cute! Border prints have been hard to come by over the years. I am glad to see them coming back into fashion!

  248. Annie says:

    So cute!! I think I might actually sew a skirt for myself!

  249. Heidi of Frog Creek says:

    A dress for my daughter… Beautiful!

  250. Anita says:

    Such beautiful fabric and great use by Susan. I’d make a sundress.

  251. Margie says:

    Wow… what a great giveaway. I’d love to make either a dress or a tunic, plus something matching for my daughter!

  252. Maggie says:

    I have been intimidated by border prints, but I would probably go with a skirt or tunic. Such lovely prints!

  253. Krissta says:

    I would have to make myself a cute skirt, too!

  254. Erin says:

    I would love to use the border fabric as a border on a quilt.

  255. Daniela says:

    Ohh I would love to make a pleated skirt! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  256. Margo says:

    I might make this exact same dress since I have that pattern at home! It looks fantastic and so summery. Or I might try and see if I could squeeze out an Emery dress out of the yardage because I think that would look great as well. Excellent tips, thanks!

  257. Anya says:

    I would make a bag with the border print. I love the dimension that it adds to any pattern.

  258. Thyssly says:

    With 3 1/2 yards I’d have enough for making twin dresses for my daughter and me. Thanks for the giveaway!

  259. Heather says:

    I’d love to see (or make!) a shirtdress with a gorgeous border at the bottom!

  260. sangeetha says:

    Getting a couple of ideas: pillow covers to highlight the border, skirts, and bags. the fabric is gorgeous and that little girls dress is very cute

  261. Elizabeth says:

    I would love to make a simple a-line skirt with that print or even a new bag! Thanks for the giveaway!

  262. Anita says:

    I just love Melody Miller’s fabric line! If I win I would make a summer dress of that gorgeous fabric.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  263. Catriona says:

    I’ve been thinking about making a handkerchief skirt using a border print for a while. I’d cut my pieces to give me a border on all four sides. It would look beautiful in this fabric!

  264. Megan says:

    I would definitely sew a dress with the border print. My favorite border print project is a dress sewn by Sew Dolly Clacket where she used a great border on the top and bottom of her dress.

  265. Andie L says:

    Love border prints. I would sew up some cute skirts with that fabric. :)

  266. krystina says:

    Some selfish sewing for sure! A nice dress would be in order :)

  267. jodi says:

    I’ve been wanting to make myself a skirt, and this may be just the ticket~!

  268. Carol Johnson says:

    I would love to make a Laurel dress like yours with short sleeves…it is beautiful and you did such a great job sewing it.

  269. jeanine says:

    love border prints!!! I have only made 3 things with them but so fun.

  270. Liza A. says:

    I would love to (finally) do some selfish sewing and do a summer shift dress. I also positively adore any little girls dress with a border. The Geranium Dress was perfect!

  271. ParisGrrl says:

    I could totally see that fabric as a jacket, with the border running vertically along the fronts, or as a dress with the borders mirrored at the waistline seam.

  272. S. I. says:

    Oh this fabric is summer perfection! I would sew a summer dress and wear it for weekend brunches on the front porch.

  273. Rebecca says:

    I’d love to use that fabric for curtains for my daughters’ room!

  274. kathyh says:

    What fab dresses. I’d probably do the same. Very summery.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  275. Nupur says:

    I’d make a cheerful tablecloth with this fabric!

  276. Fun skirts and dresses for my girls, or maybe a cute blouse.

  277. becky m says:

    I would make a tunic for myself with that. And if I had enough extra a matching one for my daughter! love this idea!

  278. Jocelyn says:

    The border fabrics are so cute. They remind me a lot of dresses from the 60′s and 70′s. I think the borders would look very cute on a tote bag, or even sewn on casual curtains. And the skirt is always a winner in my book. Thanks!

  279. Paula says:

    Om! this is such a luxurious give away! I’d surely make some toddler skirts for my little niece. Thank you!

  280. lesley says:

    i am new to sewing so i am a bit limited on what i have learned so far – i would probably make some pretty pillows for my new crafting room as well as a zipper pouch or two!

  281. Jinger says:

    How lovely and what talent! At this stage of my learning, I would probably make pillow cases.

  282. My granddaughter told me I need a dress, so if I won I would make the Laurel dress. Susan’s is beautiful.

  283. Ramona says:

    Oh my! I love that fabric. I would definitely be making a dress, maybe the Joel Dewberry Retro dress. I’ll have to go check out which pattern would be best.

  284. I would love to make a dress, just like this!

  285. Terry D says:

    I think the Laurel Dress is perfect! I would make it with the winning fabric. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  286. Carolyn says:

    I would make a maxi dress

  287. Megan says:

    Oh I absolutely love that vintage dress you made for yourself and the little one! Absolutely adorable! I would honestly love to make one of just the same nature as I love the thick straps, etc. and it is forgiving in the tummy area! Beautifully done! I’d love to also make this with two pockets up front for a cute twist!

  288. Lori Anne says:

    I would make a smocked bishop with angel sleeves, using the colors in the border to smock the dress for my niece.

  289. Christine bushman says:

    With a house full,of boys (6), no girls, i would make myself a dress. And maybe spruce up my bedroom pillows with the extra.

  290. Kayla says:

    I’d make a Tie Band Dress or Angel Sleeve Dress from Whimsy Couture Sewing Patterns!

  291. Stacy says:

    I would love to make a skirt – I think the border print would work fabulous with it!

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