Poolside Tote and Dress : Heather Jones’ Conservatory

poolside-before-assembly

If I had an unlimited amount of money, one of my homes would be on the island of Maui. Between the picturesque views, the warm beaches and the kind people, it is truly my home away from home. When Heather Jones showed me her new Conservatory fabric line, I was transported back to the Islands. (If only I could make it work that way in real life!)

What do you need when you are traveling around the Islands? A ginormous bag full of beach towels, sunscreen and snacks! Anna Graham’s Poolside Tote immediately came to mind. The bag has been on my “to make” list and now I had a perfect reason to make one. My friends have made smaller versions by reducing the size of their printed pattern but I kept mine at 100%. Here it is!

poolside-conversatory-tote

It’s huge! And I love how Heather’s blender prints perfectly complement the larger floral print without being too “matchy”. I also decided to handstitch the facing to the inside of the bag instead of adding a second row of topstitching. I felt like it gave it a more professional look both inside and out. I can’t wait to take this beauty to the beach!

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Heather’s fabric also “screamed” for a girl’s Hawaiian dress. I envisioned a dress equally suitable for a luau or a beach trip. Liesl Gibson’s Popover Sundress (it’s a free pattern!) was the perfect pattern for both occasions.

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I love the handiness of the ties on top and the length is perfect. With seventy degree weather almost year round, this dress works for all seasons with the addition of a short shrug and leggings. Miss No No has three different copies of this dress and loves every one of them.

smiling-miss-no-no back-of-dress

(If anyone knows the secret to capturing great shots with toddlers, please email me!)

There were some fantastic projects included in Heather’s lookbook! I can’t wait for the fabric to start hitting the stores next year! It’s a fun exploration into floral prints and gorgeous blenders.

And if you are interested in hearing from Heather Jones, you can check out our podcast here along with my podcast with Liesl Gibson.

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