Hi friends!!! Cassie here to share with you my two designs for the VFT Back to School Collection collaboration! I'm beyond excited to show you a few samples that I've made, some brilliant tester photos and a little peek into the inspiration behind my newest patterns, Hattie and Tess. 

Hattie and Tess make up the "Classic Collection" and are two super styles that will quickly fill your little girl's closet! I love that both are great transitional pieces that will take you from season to season in style. Let's start by looking at the inspiration behind these new designs. 


Hattie is a fitted shirt dress style. I recently introduced my girls to the incredible, original film, The Parent Trap. Throughout the film, the women are wearing classic shirt dresses with pointed collars, button down fronts and full, gathered skirts. My girls and I quickly fell in love with the great styling of the 1950-1960s. 

See my pinspiration here:

Now let's take a look at some of my favorite details in the Hattie pattern:

My girls love to have pockets to store treasures, so I've added inseam pockets. 

I adore the look of a deep, vintage hem so I included that in the full gathered skirt finish.

I sewed up my Back to School samples with this gorgeous buffalo plaid from our friends at Hawthorne Threads. The Hattie dress can be made with a full button-down front (shown left) or with just a button-down bodice (no skirt placket needed, shown right).


When dreaming up what to pair with the Hattie dress, the VFT team brainstormed the perfect staple piece. Meet Tess, a fitted, knit cardigan with clean lines, long sleeves, neckline binding and a button placket. 

Tess pairs perfectly with Hattie, but can be layered with other great VFT patterns. I added some gorgeous lace trim to this Tess and she wore it with her new Presley flare pants!

 Are you excited for these two new designs? Check out these beautiful images from our incredible tester team for some more inspiration!

Pretty epic, right??? I am always so blown away by their ability to take my visions for the patterns, bring those visions to life and then go above and beyond my wildest dreams!!!! I am so thankful for an amazing testing team- they make this whole adventure so fun and full of creativity!

Thank you so much for all your support- VFT truly has the most passionate, talented and enthusiastic customers. Your encouragement for this collection, excitement for Wednesday's release and unending inspiration keeps us going!!

Because we know you'll be rummaging through you stash, wishing you had some fresh pretties to sew with...we're giving away $50 gift cards for fabric each day!!! Enter to win TODAY'S GIVEAWAY below.



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August 21, 2017 by Cassie M