Liberty Flower Show Spring for Riley Blake Fabrics

GroupI’ve been a lover of Liberty fabrics since I started sewing regularly almost ten years ago.  I dragged my husband to the Liberty flagship store many years ago on a trip to London and I wandered the store for far too long for someone as cheap as I am!  I left with a few small trinkets (fabric buttons, a handkerchief, and some gorgeous bias tape) and vowed to one day splurge on actual yardage when I felt confident in my sewing abilities.   When I saw that Liberty has partnered with Riley Blake to offer affordable quilting cottons, my thrifty little heart rejoiced!  You get the same iconic prints and Riley Blake’s quality cottons.

Group2I’m excited to introduce you to the Liberty Flower Show Spring line.  There’s an amazing variety of prints- from the vibrant and bright spring florals to the subtle tone on tone prints.  I requested a few different prints that I fell in love with.  I knew I needed something for myself and was torn between which children deserved this goodness.

Newport2Payton needed a dress in this happy floral print. I’ve been wanting to make a Simple Life Pattern Co. Newport Dress since it released and I knew this print would be great for it.  I love the simple lines of this pattern and those pockets are the coolest thing EVER!  The construction is unexpected but the look really adds so much to this dress.  I sewed up a straight size 10 (she’s right in between an 8 and a 10 size-wise but I want her to be able to wear this through the summer too) with added length that I ended up taking out by doing an extra wide hem.  I always think I want dresses to hit below the knee so she can wear them longer but in the end I decided that I like the look of slightly above the knee so much better.  With a wide hem, I can just let it down when she grows!  The joy of sewing your own clothes!Newport1Newport4I paired the Malvern Meadow print with the Wiltshire Shadow Collection Custard for the lining and pockets lining.  The colors in the Malvern Meadow print are so fun and cheery.  They bring a bit of sunshine to our gloomy winter days.  I made a warm weather dress for an upcoming vacation and know she’ll be happy to wear this come spring too!

GymShorts1This print, Yorkshire Meadow, had me so torn.  First, it was going to be a tie for one of my boys.  The subtle print and muted colors make it a floral that works great for anyone.  I finally settled on shorts for my oldest daughter because it was the most practical.  As we get ready for our trip I noticed she’s grown about a foot and her shorts are a little extra short now.  These will be perfect for throwing on with a swimsuit and wearing while we do a little sight seeing too.

GymShorts3GymShorts2I used the Free Purl Soho City Gym Shorts pattern.  I love this free pattern!  It’s quick and the racer styling never goes out of style.  She’s in the largest kid size for her waist and I added an extra inch to the inseam length.  I used store bought bias tape and 1.5″ elastic instead of the 1″ the pattern called for.  They offer this pattern in children’s sizes 2-11 and women’s waist sizes 33-46″.  It’s such a great lounging pattern and works well with lots of different fabric types.  It’s fantastic for beginners too!

MelodyFor my top, I used the Arley Gardens print (not available on the website but it should hit your favorite quilt shop soon!).  These colors are divine!  The rosey-pinks and dusty blues- c’mon!  It feels a little more grown-up and not so flashy.  It’s just so darn pretty!

Melody2smallMelody3Melody4I used the Melody Top from Love Notions (affiliate link).  It’s the perfect beginner friendly button-up.  No finicky plackets to mess with and great, detailed instructions.  I sized down to an XS this time as I was afraid it would look too boxy in this heavier weight cotton.  I love that the Melody looks amazing in so many different fabric types.  I made one slight change to the pattern and cut the back piece straight across instead of the shirt tail hem.  I plan on tying the front whenever I wear it and I found with my last Melody that my back hem just naturally bunched up in the back.  Cutting the shirt tail curve off will reduce the bulk back there.

Group1FlatLayAre you itching to get your hands on some of this line now?!  If you’re looking for the Liberty lawn feel, this isn’t going to work for you.  It has the same feel and weight as a high-quality quilting cotton.  It will be great for lots of home and apparel projects as well as nice on your bank account too!  If you’re like me that means you can just buy ALL the prints then!

 

Love Notions New Year Sale- A LN Roundup!

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Happy New Year!  We celebrated with a little fondue, Rock Band and confetti cannons and now it’s time to relax and settle into an exciting year to come.

My first post of the year (decade!) is very fitting.  I’m bringing you a round up of some of my favorite Love Notions makes from 2019 in honor of their rare 30% off site-wide sale.  2019 brought a little slow-down to my sewing but I still made sure to make plenty of time to continue to work with the companies that I love- Love Notions being at the top of that list!  I love the quality of LN patterns and the fact that there’s a little something for the whole family.

This post contains affiliate links.  Purchasing through them does not cost you any more but I do receive a small commission.  I like to mention that I joined the Love Notions family AFTER being a long time tester and falling in love with the patterns and thorough testing process.

The Samson Sweater is one of those patterns I use over and over.  I love it for my girls and also my little guy.  It’s a little boxier than our other raglan patterns and makes the perfect sweatshirt.  It’s easy to size up, add length or crop to get different looks.  Plus it sews up soooo fast!

I made my first Kayak Boardshorts last year and I’m hoping to squeeze in another pair for our mid-winter beach trip.  They were super easy to hack to get this look for my teenager but I think my littlest man would love a pair as-is.  The knit waistband would be just what he prefers.

The Sloane Sweater continues to be a favorite for both me and my kids.  Last year I made for my first one for Charlie and I adore how it turned out.  There are a ton of options and that back yoke piece is just perfect for playing with fabric combos.

Last year was all about the dresses for me.  Dresses are my favorite things to sew and Love Notions Lyric and Dolce dresses were a big hit for me and my girly.  I can’t wait to sew a new one for my this spring!

I also added a couple of new Willow Wrap dresses to my wardrobe and I adore this pattern!  These are both maxi hacks- the mustard version uses the Olympia skirt and the tropical print is just a lengthened gathered skirt version.  These dresses are the ultimate in comfort!

The Melody Dolman is the LN pattern release I anticipated the most and it did not disappoint.  I wore this top to death all summer and love how easy to wear it is.  It looks great with jeans and feels so pulled together.  If you are looking to try a button-up pattern for the first time, this is a great intro pattern.  It’s easy to follow and sews up so nice and quick.

The Octave Coat is one of my proudest makes of 2019.  I wear this beauty so much and feel giddy at the thought that I actually made it.  It was a fairly simple sew and another great pattern for anyone wanting to push themselves just a bit.  With so many different recommended fabric choices, you can make just the coat you’re dreaming of.

To round out this round-up, I’ll leave you with my absolute favorite Love Notions pattern, the Classic Tee (the girl’s version is equally awesome!).  I wore these tees to death all spring, summer, and fall and continue to wear them layered under cardis and sweatshirts in the cold weather.  I also love the long sleeve option.  This tee is the perfect slouchy tee and I love it in so many different fabrics.  If you were to just buy one pattern during the sale, do yourself a favor and pick up this beaut.

It was really hard to pick my top Love Notions patterns!  If you’re looking for more options you can head here for all of my past Love Notions makes.  Happy New Year and Happy Shopping!

 

 

Christmas Gifts with Riley Blake Sparkle

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It’s that time of year to do ALL the gift sewing.  I sat down with my oldest daughter and we had a little sewing afternoon and whipped up some cute, quick presents using FREE patterns from some of our favorite designers.  This fabric from Riley Blake Designs was perfect for accessories that will match everything!

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We used a Swiss Dot on Black Gold Sparkle from Riley Blake.  This fabric would make a darling dress, skirt, pillows, or quilt… there are loads of possibilities!  I love the classic dots and the sparkle of the gold.  There’s just something about a good black and gold combination!

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Our first project was one that has been all over the sewing community since it debuted last year- a hidden pocket infinity scarf.  We followed this tutorial from Patterns for Pirates.  It was easy to follow and so fun!  That hidden pocket is perfect for holding your cell phone, keys, mints, etc. and is such a genius idea.

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She plans on gifting this one to her favorite teacher with a gift card snuck inside the pocket.  I think we’ll have to make a few more for teachers, neighbors, and friends.

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We turned to Made for Mermaids for our other two projects.  Both M4M and P4P do a fun 12 Days of Christmas each year and offer free patterns and projects.  I don’t know how they continue to come up with them year after year but I always look forward to them.

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My girls still love a good simple bow so we just had to make the new Hadley Hand-Tied Bow.  We did the largest size and I think it works great for tweens and teens.  I’m glad they even included a little tutorial on how to tie it up just right.

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We also sewed up the Bow Scrunchie pattern.   My daughter has made dozens of scrunchies and I love the bow addition on this one.  She was easily able to sew up both of these hair accessories (I manned the iron while she sewed!).  I love seeing her sewing confidence grow with each project!

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We had to throw in a Flower Market version with the little scraps we had leftover from this jacket.  These hair things are perfect for all those precious scraps!  She’s planning to gift these to her little sis which is fantastic because that means they’ll stay in the family and I can steal them!

Are you sewing handmade gifts this year?  Do you wait until the last minute or are you already done with your crafting?  I usually think I’m done and then like to cram in some last-minute gift sewing in the final days before Christmas.  Doesn’t that make me a true sewist?!

Holiday Plaid Inari Dress

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As the holidays approach I usually sew my girls a new dress or two for the occasion.  I love seeing them all festive and dressed up each Sunday.  I didn’t want to be left out this year and sewed myself a fun new dress just for me!

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I’m super lucky to have a Hobby Lobby just a few minutes from my house and every time I go I get sucked into the fabric section.  I love their seasonal apparel fabrics and this plaid flannel just had to come home with me.  I love the white background and bold red color and can’t seem to find anything like it in other shops.  I love that it’s perfect for the holidays but I will also continue to wear it all winter long.

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I made this Named Inari dress earlier this fall and it’s been in constant rotation.  I added inseam pockets and skipped the side slits for a look that’s comfy and so easy to throw on.  This version was made in ponte knit from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I’ve loved this version so much I’ve been anxious to make another one for months!

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I sewed up a size 6 and added 2 inches at the waist line.  I used a pocket piece from another pattern because pockets are a must at church (almost every musical number will bring me to tears so I’ve got to keep tissues handy!).  I used the same pattern pieces for both the knit and woven versions except for the neckline, opting for a facing with the flannel over a neckband.

I love this cocoon silhouette.  It’s nice and relaxed without being too oversized.  I think it will look great with a long cardigan or even a jean jacket.

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I can’t express how much I loved this project.  My schedule is full of deadlines and ‘must sews’ that I rarely take a moment to sew something just for fun.  This pattern is quick and easy to sew (no closures to mess with makes it simple to sew but also so comfortable to wear).   These kind of projects make me remember why I love sewing in the first place.  Just me, my favorite podcasts, and my sewing machines= pure heaven!

Are you taking a little time to sew for yourself this holiday season?  It feels extra indulgent but oh so good!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Love Notions Secret Sewist Exchange

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I have the opportunity to work with the loveliest ladies around as part of the Love Notions team.  This year, Tami and Tessa created the most fun exchange for all of the Love Notions Ambassadors and today is the big reveal!

*This post contains Love Notions affiliate links.  If you choose to purchase through those links I receive a small commission.  Thanks for keeping this blog going!

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Ready for all the details?!  Tami and Tessa arranged a ‘Secret Sewist’ gift exchange.  Each member was given the name of another ambassador and a fabric budget to shop for them.  We got to pick out fabric and recommend a pattern for them to sew up.  This part of the exchange was soooo stressful!  I stalked my partner to try to get a feel for her likes and recent makes.  My partner lives in a totally different part of the globe so it was fun to see what works for her and her environment.  I had to pick fabric from a site in a foreign language which added another layer of trickiness (I feel like I barely know fabric terms in English, lol!).   Our Secret Sewists are being revealed over on the Love Notions blog today and I can’t wait to see what she thinks and to find out mine too!

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My fabric from my Secret Sewist arrived so quickly!  Those Sly Fox girls are fast!  I received 3 yards of this pretty floral double brushed poly with a note to sew up a Willow Wrap dress.  I had just sewn up this maxi Willow Wrap that very day and was already wanting another one!  I was ecstatic with her pattern recommendation!

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This time I used Katie’s maxi tutorial on the Love Notions blog to add a gathered maxi skirt to the bodice.  I also fully lined the bodice to give it a little more weight.  This is the plain bodice with short sleeves in a size small.

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This fabric was so perfect for this pattern.  Little did my secret sewist know but we are headed to the islands after the holidays (if you know me in real life shhhh! It’s a surprise for the kiddos!).  It’s become somewhat of a tradition to gift our kid’s experiences or trips for Christmas instead of more toys and gadgets that will inevitably get lost or forgotten.  This year we’re headed somewhere tropical and this fabric was just meant for it!

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I can’t wait to wear this out sightseeing or to a night out.  I live in dresses on vacation and this maxi version will be so comfy!  I didn’t want to take it off after these pics even if I did look a little ridiculous at the grocery store in near-freezing temps, lol!

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I’m already pretending I’m on a beach somewhere drinking a mock-mojito!  I can’t wait for a little bit of sunshine and sand!

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I feel so lucky to be a part of the Love Notions team.  Tami, Tessa, and Kelly are the most encouraging, thoughtful gals and I’m so grateful I get to work with them.  The Ambassador team is a group of the most talented, kind, and inspiring women on the internet.  It’s amazing to watch the behind the scenes as they cheer each other on and support each other and their creative makes.  The internet is a crazy place that can bring together makers from all over the world and the Ambassador team is a great example of that.  What a privilege it is to be a part of this community!  Make sure you head on over to check out the first batch of makes and to hear all about our Secret Sewist experience.

 

 

Personalized Gifts with Cricut

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.


A couple of weeks ago I shared these personalized family Christmas pajamas with you.  Today I’ve got a round up of more personalized holiday projects using your Cricut and Cricut supplies plus I’m getting a little sentimental with y’all!

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Every year growing up, we opened up a new pair of pajamas on Christmas Eve.  It was a tradition my mom never missed and one that my siblings and I always looked forward to.  As a child, we moved often and by the time I was married at 23 I had moved 17 times.  I think stable traditions like this take on a whole new meaning when your outside world is constantly changing.  We learned to cling to each other and to celebrate as a family no matter where we were in the country.  New pajamas were just a small comfort that came to mean so much to me.

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Now with my own children, I love to carry on that tradition.  This year instead of going all matching, I was able to use my Cricut Maker to create pj’s that matched their personalities and interests to a tee.  I love being able to create gifts that mean a little more to the recipient and personalization is key.  From grandma’s and grandpa’s to teachers and neighbor gifts, our Cricut gets a workout this time of year.

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Here’s a roundup of 25 projects that will get your holiday kicked off right!

Tote Bag with the Tattooed Quilter

A Swiss Alps Holiday with Oh Happy Day

Personalized Ornaments with Phat Quarters

Holiday Pajamas with Sookee Designs

Teacher Tote Bag with Sew Much Ado

DIY Teacher Mug with Sew Much Ado

Personalized Name Coasters with The Quiet Grove

Monogram Journals with See Kate Sew

Reusable Gift Bags with Jordan’s Easy Entertaining

Debossed Foil Gift Wrap with Proper

Bird Coasters with Crafting in the Rain

Personalized Color Your Own Gift Bags with Happy Go Lucky

Gift Basket for a Sewer with Heather Handmade

Fridge Magnets with The Country Chic Cottage

Personalized Stockings with Not So Cli-Shea

Personalized Stationery with Just My Little Mess

Baking Set with Hey Let’s Make Stuff

Personalized Ornaments with 5 Little Monsters

Christmas Countdown with Ameroonie Designs

Rainbow Glitter Tumblers with Happiness is Homemade

DIY Placemats for the Holidays with Fleece Fun

Christmas Eve Bag with Suburban Wife City Life

Hostess Gifts with Pineapple Paper Co.

Baking Gift Idea with the Idea Room

Personalized Christmas Sign with Polka Dot Chair

So many great ideas!  I can’t wait to get crafting!

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Riley Blake Flower Market

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The Flower Market line from Riley Blake is full of all my favorite types of prints.  Bold florals, geometrics, dots, and ginghams in all of my most loved colors too!  I knew my Payton would love this line and boy, was I right!

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She fell hard for the main print on black and I got to pick a couple of coordinates to go with it.  I used the Folk Pink as the lining and my go-to knit 1/2″ black and white stripes for the hood and bands.  I can never get enough of the black and white stripes- so classic and the perfect coordinate for EVERYTHING!

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For this project, I was really looking to branch out.  I love using Riley Blake cotton for dresses, skirts, and pajamas but knew I could push them further.  When I sewed up the Senpai Jacket last month I really wanted to try it in wovens.  This bold, fun print was perfect for giving it a go.

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It is recommended to use knit for the hood, bands, and lining.  I used quilting cotton for the lining bodice and the striped knit for the lining sleeves without any issues.  I omitted the welt pockets and used inseam pockets from another pattern.  For some reason, this girly has a hard time finding her inseam pockets though.  It’s quite hilarious watching her find them every time.  Welt pockets might be good for this silly girl!

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I really love this pattern and so does she!  I like the boxy, slightly cropped fit. It has a neckband option as well if you’d prefer it without a hood.  She has asked for another one that she can add patches to.  I think it will be my go-to jacket for my younger kids.

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The snap front also makes it a fairly quick sew.  I did struggle with one step- sewing the sleeve cuffs to the main and lining arms.  The instructions don’t have the seam hidden in between the layers and I really wanted to figure out the clean finish.  After unpicking multiple times, I gave up and did it per the tutorial.  Do you know the magic way?  If done correctly this pattern could be reversible.  I love that idea!

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I absolutely adore this fabric line and think it will make the most beautiful things.  Little baby quilts, bedding, dresses, ugh!  It all would be adorable!