Mabel Madison loves Mondays - PenSeb&Rox loves April showers.  It's a perfect match!



Hello, I'm back again for another Mabel Madison Monday. I'm Roxanne, the "Rox" in PenSeb&Rox. This time I'm here with a cute dress I whipped up using Verhees "Umbrella Party". I actually purchased this fabric at Mabel Madison, along with a few other yards of poplin prints, last spring.

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What I like about Stenzo and Verhees is the timeless quality of many of the prints. My fabric acquisition rates might be faster than my ability to actually finish sewing projects but at least a year later, I don't find myself stuck with 3 yards of a flavor of the month print. Sometimes being on trend is a good thing, not so much if you find yourself sitting on fabric for months at a time like I do.

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The euro poplins sold at Mabel Madison are PERFECT for kids clothing. The fabric is a nice mid-weight that will work for tops and bottoms. One-hundred percent cotton euro poplin is not as heavy as a bottom weight cotton-blend poplin so it lacks a bit in durability but I've found this a plus if you live in an area like I do that gets humid during the summer.


All the euro poplin I have on hand, and will buy in the future, will become pieces that transition well between seasons. The weight is perfect for layering! This dress I made Pen using the Glass Onion Top by Shwin Designs will be perfect for all seasons until she outgrows it.

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modified the back based on a post I saw in the official Shwin Design's Facebook group. I also added two patch pockets because pockets and extended the skirt to a dress length. This is something like the 6th Glass Onion I've made. Other modified examples I've made include the "penguin" dress using a Birch Organics print purchased from Mabel Madison and the basis for a Janice Rand classic Star Trek themed look for CraftingCon. The pattern is already several years old and lacks some of the features many of us have grown to expect from PDF patterns but it holds a special place in my heart for various reasons. If you want to know more about my thoughts about this (and other) modified versions of the Glass Onion Top, be sure to check out a companion post I've written over here.


This spring will definitely be filled with projects using euro fabrics I've purchased from Mabel Madison. It is quite possible I'll be back here guest posting in the future. In the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram (@pensebrox) or my blog to see up to date with my sewing adventures.

Isn't Pen just adorable?  And the puddle jumping is just too much!  I need to find some yellow rain boots...  :)  Happy Monday, everyone!