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Flower Market by Jen Allyson for Riley Blake Designs

Happy December!! While the holiday season is full swing -- decorations are up and Christmas Eve dresses are complete -- I was happy to play with some Spring goodies! 

Flower Market by Jen Allyson for Riley Blake Designs is simultaneously sweet and bold.  The delicate florals paired with the striking geometric prints make for an exciting pairing.   Take a look below! Isn't it completely gorgeous?!

I chose Flower Market Gingham Black, Flower Market Wallpaper Teal, Flower Market Hoops Coral, and Flower Market Folk Cream (for lining).  It's not a typical pairing for me so I stepped outside of my comfort zone, but as I played around with the swatches in Photoshop, a little outfit idea emerged and I was excited to see it come alive.

To create this outfit, I used patterns from 3 different designers and then paired it with her tall black boots and knee high socks!  For the top, I chose Bristol by Little Lizard King.  I love the arched bodice seam that also creates an instant high-low -- perfect for shorts to peek out.  I omitted the ties at the sleeves and used the sleeve binding from the Roanoke Pattern.

I can see this top being paired with some simple jeans too!

The back is just short enough that her shorts can peek out.  The bold shorts with the dainty floral is such a striking contrast that I really like together!

I turned to one of my favorite shorts pattern -- Clover Shorts by Mouse House Creations (affiliate link).  The shorts are a bit dressier than most shorts as they are pleated in the front and also have cuffed bottoms and pockets!!.  Because the front piece is pleated, it's not a straight cut so my gingham appears to be a tad wonky.  I promise you though, it was unavoidable to keep the pattern piece on the  The back looks perfect though! HA!  I love adding the pockets and french-seamed them so it's nice and tidy inside.

She's currently in between sizes but since she likely won't be wearing these much until Spring, I sized up so they'd fit her in a few months!

The messenger bag style purse is the Pinky Promise Bag by Little Moo Designs and I think this is like the 7th one I've sewn.  It's my go-to purse for my girls!  I chose the Hoops in Coral to tie everything together.  The coral picks up the flowers in the top and the black accents compliment the shorts.

She will surely fill this bag with treasures to bring when we are out and about.  She rarely leaves the house without a purse.  She always wants to be just like me!

What fabrics would you pair together?

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