Emerson // Alder Shirtdress

Have you seen the latest pattern from Grainline Studio? Released this summer, the Alder Shirtdress has been popping up everywhere in the blogosphere. It was hard to choose between the two versions the pattern offers, but we thought we’d keep it classic for our first go.

A classic shirtdress needed a classic fabric choice, so we went with the simple navy Sprigs print from Emerson.


(Even though they’re invisible in these photos, we love the shirt pockets on this dress – they’re the perfect size.)

The Alder Shirtdress is a perfect fit in our book – loose-fitting and comfortable but oh-so flattering! Plus, this is a great pattern to try if you haven’t yet made a button-up garment, since Jen led a sewalong over on her blog! Check it out here.

Do you have plans to make an Alder Shirtdress? We think the prints from Emerson are beautiful for this pattern, but we’re also dying to make one in our cotton shirting next. Maybe View B (with those sweet gathers!) in the grey Calico print? That just got moved up to “next” on our sewing list!

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FREE PATTERN! // Patchwork Pineapple Mini Quilt

We have a treat for you guys today. We joined forces with the lovely ladies at Sassafras Lane Designs to bring you this adorable Patchwork Pineapple Mini Quilt pattern!

They used an assortment of Confetti Dots and Mini Confetti – and we can envision another scrappy version with some Calico and Net colors as well! We especially love the funky binding that uses a combination of Confetti Dots and Sunburst Stripes.

This design was inspired by a pillow Amber Crawley made and posted on Instagram. You can see the beautiful pillow by clicking here!

Download the free pattern right here! This lil’ guy measures in at 8.5″ x 11.5″ – how can you not want to make a bunch?!

We can’t WAIT to see your own take on this pattern. Tag photos you upload of your projects with #dearstella and @dearstellafab so we can see!

Have a great weekend, and happy sewing!

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Peapods // Garden Tote Tutorial

Hi guys! We thought we’d kick off this week with a super fun tutorial, perfect for those of you who love to garden.

But first – have you seen our brand new Peapods collection? Last Wednesday we shared this photo over on Instagram. This cute group of prints will be popping up in shops very soon!

Read on for the tutorial on how to make this adorable gardening tote, which finishes at 15″ high x 12″ wide, and was designed by Schlosser Designs!

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Introducing Sunday Morning!


Fresh, painterly patterns and soft, sparkling details lend a mellow feeling to our newest collection, Sunday Morning. An unruly garden has never looked so refreshing.

We are thrilled to finally reveal this collection! Printed on our soft cotton shirting, Sunday Morning is perfect for gorgeous quilts and stunning garments.

We might have one of these on our cutting table already, destined to become a dress!


You may recognize our Calico prints sprinkled in – they really go beautifully with the large florals and overall watercolor feeling this collection exudes.


We couldn’t resist taking some close-up shots for you guys – check them out below!

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Ask for Sunday Morning at your local quilt shop, or request it from your favorite online retailer! This will be shipping to stores in November.

We can’t WAIT to see your ideas come to life.


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Our Fall Faves!

Ahh… fall. Our favorite time of year.

This week marks the beginning of autumn, and we couldn’t be happier. The leaves are starting to get crunchy and the temps are dropping – sweater weather is finally here!

To celebrate, we’ve come up with some of our fall faves. Check ‘em out below, and add your own in the comments!

♥ Who doesn’t love nature’s change in foliage to darker, earthy tones? Rich brown, burnt orange, mustard yellow… One of our favorite color palettes.

♥ There’s nothing better than enjoying a warm drink under a cozy quilt by the fire!

Check out this quilt made by Nicole from Modern Handcraft, using our fall-inspired Nutmeg collection!

♥ Getting ready for Thanksgiving and gathering family and friends around the table!

♥ Autumn is synonymous with “Back to School” – this time of year always feels like a brand new start. We love to get reorganized and help the little ones gather their school supplies in the fall.

Check out our *free* journal cover pattern below. They’re perfect for getting organized! These fit your classic composition notebooks.

♥ We’ve exhausted our bright summer wardrobe and now it’s time to stitch up some cold-weather clothes. We recently made this Darling Ranges dress using Ashe – with a comfy cardigan and tights this will be taking us right into fall!

♥ Trying out new soup and stew recipes. Yum!

♥ This is the best time of year for outdoor activities, from running and hiking to apple picking and exploring pumpkin patches.

Our Woodwinked collection makes us want to take a brisk walk in the woods!

Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments!

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