Over the years, I’ve made many sewing friends and it’s been fun to meet them in real life. It’s rare when a real life friend comes into your sewing world. I’ve known Corinne Wells for years and to see her beautiful work become fabric has been such a treat! Her newest venture with Riley Blake Designs is absolutely gorgeous and it was so fun to be able to sew up her designs. Her line Rocky Mountain Wild is now available at your favorite quilt shop.
Rocky Mountain Wild is full of pretty prints inspired by the beautiful mountains that surround us. From lovely wildflowers to quaking aspen trees, these prints bring to life spring in our area. I feel so lucky to live at the base of these mountains and the year round beauty they bring. Currently covered in snow, they stand majestic and tall. Come spring they are bursting with color and life and provide such a comfort and peace to me. I love that Corinne drew on these mountains as inspiration and the collection really speaks to their beauty.
As I sewed up these prints, I envisioned styling them with chunky tights, boots and warm beanies and doing our photos in the actual Rocky Mountains. Through a series of crazy events, these pictures are taken in the opposite of picturesque mountains, instead on our quick escape getaway to sunshine and sand. It has made me excited at how versatile these prints are and how great they are year-round.
For these dresses, I knew I wanted to draw on the prairie-chic looks that are everywhere these days. Something loose and non-fussy, I searched my pattern stash and actually tried a new pattern I’ve been wanting forever too. Sophie is in a hacked Hinterland Dress by Sew Liberated. Payton is in a Spencer Dress from Violette Fields Threads.
I sewed up the smallest size (she is just under the measurements) and used two back bodice pieces. She didn’t need the bust shaping and I knew the front neckline would be a little low for her liking. I skipped the button placket and because this has no closures I lowered the front neckline three inches to be able to fit over her head and give her a little room in the neckline in front.
Side note- the walls of our resort are all this pretty pale yellow color and we laughed that she just camouflaged right into them!
She loves the loose styling and this will be such a cute dress to throw on. I’m anxious to make this pattern again and maybe try the placket as well.
Payton described the dress that she wanted out of this fabric as “Ya’ know, kinda flows out from here (under the arms) and no ruffles!” I searched my pattern stash for a-line dresses and the Spencer was the winner. I’ve made two in the past (one for my niece and one for Sophie) and have always loved them.
That little yoke and the puff sleeve are so cute! I modified the sleeves to omit the cuff and placket and I just did a simple elastic casing. I wasn’t sure if she’d want them 3/4 length or chopped to short sleeves but she was a fan of them just like this.
The full back button placket is one of my favorite details.
I loved everything about these dresses! Getting to work with fabric designed by an incredibly talented friend is such a treat. I hope you guys can get your hands on these beautiful prints!
2020 was a doozy in so many ways. It was full of incredible moments and so much uncertainty. Looking back over my sewing projects for the year, they were a true reflection of life and how we rolled with the punches. My sewing time was at a premium and as a result I sewed less and sewed more quick, easy to wear pieces that fit into my new, low-key lifestyle. In honor of Love Notions big site-wide 30% off sale, today I’m sharing some of my favorite LN makes of 2020.
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I started the year with a quick fun Sloane in this darling print from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I used the Classic Tee neckline and have since made that my go-to neckline for the Sloane. I just like crew necks and I figure if I’m making my own clothes, I should be making them exactly how I like them. Sometimes, a too-wide neckline is enough to make me not wear something so I need to remember to make the slight adjustments so these pieces will get worn!
My second quick make of the year was this amazing Sybil pencil skirt in Raspberry Creek ponte (good news, it’s BACK!). I wish this had gotten more wear this year but sadly with online church and no big nights out, this piece is just waiting for a bit of normal life to return. I can’t wait to wear this more! The Sybil Skirt collection is so full of options and a must have in any pattern collection.
The Sabrina Slims rerelease in early February was great timing. I made two pair for the rerelease- one stretch denim and one soft ponte. Sabrina’s are great for this time, still comfy but they look a little nicer than the sweatpants you’ve been reaching for.
This Rhapsody Blouse was a staple for me this summer. I love the easy, breeziness of it and in this amazing Art Gallery rayon, this is one piece I can’t wait for warm weather to wear it again. I have a stack of fabrics pegged for more Rhapsodies this year and I’m really hoping they happen sooner rather than later. I really need to get the Rhapsody maxi dress out of my head and into reality STAT!
This post just had to include the Allegros. I think we’re looking at a three way tie for my most used LN pattern with this, the Classic Tee, and the Sloane Sweater. I now have a pair of Allegros for every day of the week in everything from tencel chambray to rayon challis to double brushed poly and even hacci sweater knit. This is the pattern of quarantine life. Easy to wear, oh-so-comfortable, and so, so versatile. I love using this pattern as the bottom piece in a faux romper look. I’ve lengthened the pants a bit to really work year round too. A good, elastic waist pant and skirt pattern is such a workhorse and I will continue to reach for this pattern in 2021 (and beyond!).
This Namaste set has been one of my most worn makes this year. I admittedly wear them all day and then sleep in them at night (or vice versa on especially lazy days!). I love that this feels ok to answer the door in at 2 pm and no one really suspects you’re still in your pj’s (not that that’s happened or anything ;)). The Namaste Nightwear Collection is latest sewalong pattern happening on Facebook and I highly encourage you to join in the fun. This is such a great versatile pattern that will get you through whatever these next few months have in store.
These were some of my final makes of the year and boy are they favorites already! The Compose Robe came at the perfect time. My girl loves hers and I love cozying up in mine too!
Looking back, 2020 was chock-full of Love Notions sewing for me. Although it was less than my normal crazy sewing years, it was still productive in the best way. These pieces really worked for us and I love, love the time I was able to carve away to create. Love Notions patterns give me a chance to get creative and make clothing pieces that all my kids and I reach for all year long. Make sure to check out the 30% off Love Notions sale and let’s kick off 2021 with some sewing and hope for a great year to come!
When I’m browsing Riley Blake’s upcoming collections, there’s always a few from each collection that I fall for. If there’s stripes, you better believe I’m smitten! These stripes from Rose and Violet’s Garden are pastel perfection!
I’ve been excited to sew up the Chalk and Notch Mini Marcel Dress since it’s release and these stripes were just made for those side panels! I mean c’mon- I just had to do it!
The Mini Marcel is an easy, breezy sundress that features fun, gathered, multi-tiered side panels. This not so little miss was barely under the largest size for chest, waist, and hips (and still a couple inches shy of the women’s) but 7 inches taller than the size 12. The tutorial gives clear instructions on how to lengthen and I added 4 inches total to get our desired length. I also lengthened the shoulder straps. I love that there’s enough room for her to wear this through spring and summer.
The midi-length is perfect for a growing girl! It’ll look cute as she continues to sprout up and get close to passing me right up.
The dress has no closures which I think is so ideal for a sundress. You want something unfussy and comfy, right?!
I’m pretty sure this dress needs to be worn on the beach with the crystal blue water and white sands at her feet. Unfortunately for us, the day we took these pictures we were in the middle of a snowstorm and not soaking up the sunshine! Someday it will see the ocean though…
I was so tempted to sew these stripes up for myself. The colors are some of my absolute favorites (just take a look around my sage covered house!). I debated between sewing myself up a cute pleated skirt in the sage or a fun Melody top in the yellow. Little sis was hoping for something in the yellow too (remember yellow is one of her top colors too?!). This girl is constantly handing down her dresses though and was the winner by sheer wardrobe space, lol. I’d say she’s one lucky girl!
I’d say that smile is just about worth it! Can’t wait for her to wear this come spring!
When Diana at Raspberry Creek Fabrics mentioned new hacci sweater knit prints were coming to the shop, I immediately began dreaming of the perfect leisure outfit in plush RCF hacci. This classic houndstooth print totally spoke my name and I knew it just had to happen.
RCF hacci knit is a medium weight fabric with over 50% stretch. It’s light and flowy but has an incredible softness and plushness too. The poly/rayon/spandex blend means this fabric washes up beautifully, has enough stretch and recovery for almost all of your needs, and feels like heaven!
For this outfit, I turned to two of my go-to Love Notions patterns: the Sloane Sweater and Allegro Bottoms (affiliate links). I slightly modified both patterns to fit my vision and I’m pretty ecstatic with the results.
In the past I’ve found my Sloane’s a little too wide in the neck. For this version, I used the crew neckline from the Classic Tee to bring the neckline in and up a tad. I also added length to the sleeves so I could omit the cuffs and do a rolled sleeve hem instead. While I love cozy sweaters, I always push my sleeves up to mid forearm (something about my wrists suffocating, lol). Omitting the cuffs makes this so much easier and more comfortable. Since I was going for cozy comfort, I made these modifications to make these pieces really suit me.
For the Allegros, I made a few small changes. I added a band to the pocket to pull it in a touch. I also modified the waistband piece to be two separate rectangles instead of the curved waistband. To do this I measure the length of each waistband piece then used that as my length. For the width I just doubled the width of the waistband minus the upper seam allowance since I wanted to just fold my pieces in half lengthwise. For the cuffs, I cut a couple of inches off of the legs then used a cuff piece from another jogger pattern. While the Allegros have an elastic cuff option, for true comfort I knew eliminating the elastic and using a same fabric cuff would be ideal.
So the big question is, Do I dare wear this set outside of my house? It’s so perfect for lounging but am I cool enough to run errands in head to toe houndstooth? I love that these pieces will work so well with so many things in my wardrobe. I have a cute magenta sweatshirt that I will totally wear with the pants and this top will look so cute with jeans and layered over a plaid shirt. So whether they’re worn together or as separates, I have a feeling these pieces are going to be worth their weight in gold.
When I saw that Riley Blake had new Designer Knits hitting the scene, I knew we had to try them! We loved our knit makes from last fall and I’ve been looking forward to knew designs. These prints by Mimi G did not disappoint.
My girls picked the Leopard Print White and Spots White for their prints. I also picked up some black jersey to make some leggings to pair with them. Riley Blake knits are a mid weight jersey with plenty of stretch. They feel great for pajamas, tops, leggings, and dresses.
I sewed up the Made for Mermaids Pepper Top for both of them. The pattern is so full of options and it was so fun for them to really customize their tops. Short sleeves, long sleeves, multiple necklines and bodice fits make this a pattern that I’ll use over and over. Payton has already requested a few more.
For Sophie’s I sewed up a size 12 with added length. I used the short banded bottom and short sleeve with the boat neckline.
Payton wanted all the drama! She picked long sleeves with tall cuffs and a tall bottom band. Throw in the mockneck and this is the perfect winter top!
Sophie got new leggings out of the RB jersey. As you can see from this side by side, little sis is wearing store bought leggings and Sophie’s fit soooo much better! I used the free Love Notions Leggins’ with the yoga waistband but cut at the elastic waist cut line for a nice high waisted fit. The knit is very comparable in feel to the RTW leggings and these will be a staple in her closet for sure.
I love sewing basics for these girls and knit tees are things that will get worn over and over again. These Mimi G prints make these not-so-basic and we love these finished garments!
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The newest Love Notions pattern couldn’t be more perfect timing. The Compose Robe is a cozy layering piece that is so full of options. There is a ladies and children’s version so you can outfit your whole crew.
You can sew up your robe in virtually any fabric as this pattern is meant for both knits and wovens. There is an optional hood and of course big, deep pockets! The women’s version also includes a full bust piece. The women’s is done in Love Notions inclusive sizing of XS-5X and the children’s also has a huge size range of 2t-16. Love Notions patterns are trimless for easy printing and taping and there are print shop and projector files included as well.
This cute girl asked for a robe for Christmas but wanted it handmade and not store bought (smart girl!). Little did she know that Tami at Love Notions was granting her wish! Throw in some AMAZING leopard minky from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and she is one happy girl! This fabric is so fluffy and soft that she never wants to take it off. It’s just like wearing her favorite blanket!
I sewed up a size 8 for her with added length. We did the hood, of course, for extra coziness!
She kept yawning while we were taking pictures and blamed it on her robe just being too cozy it made her want to take a nap!
Sewing with minky can be a little tricky but my good friend Katie shared some of her tips on her blog or you can check out Rachel’s post on the Raspberry Creek Blog as well. Following their tips really did make it an easy and fun experience sewing this project.
For my robe, I knew I wanted something cozy but not too bulky and hot. This gorgeous sweatshirt fleece from Raspberry Creek is exactly what I envisioned.
It was much easier to sew than the minky version and was a quick afternoon project. It’s so soft on the inside but not too thick. It’s just so perfect for lounging around the house! As I type this I’m seriously wondering why it’s not on my body right this second. I’m not a big robe person but I think I’ve just never had the right one. 2020 has changed so much of my wardrobe and I think this robe will get way more wear than I ever imagined. It’s just the ultimate in comfort!
I sewed up a size small in calf length with the hood as well. I wanted ALL the coziness!
Do you think if I wear the hood up my kids will get the hint and leave this mama alone for a bit?! Hood up, a good book, and some hot cocoa and my day would be made!
Make sure to grab your patterns (kids and ladies) on sale through Monday December 7th. And there’s a bonus hair wrap pattern included in both the versions!
The newest Project Run and Play collection, Project Lounge Library is here and I can’t wait to share it with you! We got to join in the lookbook fun and you’ve just got to check it out. The PRP Lookbooks are some of my favorite inspiration ever! I love to see the creativity and gorgeous makes and I always feel so inspired. You can check out the newest one here.
All of our fabric for this post and lookbook was sponsored by Raspberry Creek Fabrics. From linen to french terry and double brushed polyester, this collection is all about the comfort and these fabrics were the perfect match!
For the lookbook spreads we all picked books we loved. When I had just two little boys, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was a favorite. Of course, we had our own Alexander so it was extra relatable. We laughed at all of the silly things that kept going wrong in his day and I loved the end sentiment that some days are just like that (even in Australia!). 2020 has felt just like his day. Just when we think we’ve heard and handled it all, something else comes along to throw us all for a loop. Not gonna lie, it’s been rough BUT I wouldn’t trade it for anything. We’ve learned so much along the way and while it hasn’t been the year we’d planned, it’s definitely had it’s bright spots. Instead of focusing on the negative, we put a positive spin on it!
Our toilet paper supply is ready for whatever may come. We’ve never been more prepared!
We’ve had endless time for new hobbies! Music, puzzles, crafts, games- you name it and we’ve done it. With all the time at home, we’re loving learning new things and spending more time together.
For girls who like to accessorize, masks are just one more thing to complete a look. We’ve tried all the DIY patterns and store bought masks and love having a variety to match just about anything.
And one of my favorite things is jammie day, all day, every day! We love living in our comfy clothes and this whole collection is just meant to be lounged in. From pj’s to joggers, our wardrobe has changed this year and I’m not mad about it one bit.
I also designed 5 cut files as part of the collection that you can pick up in the PRP shop. It was fun coming up with our favorite book quotes and reading themed graphics!
Are you ready for all the glorious details on my makes for this collection? This collection features 10 garment patterns and a darling beanie and there is a separate collection of dolls and clothing too! I was able to sew up 9 of the patterns this round and they were all soooo good! This is by far my favorite collection to date and each pattern will be a staple in our house.
Charlie is wearing the George Hoodie and Joseph Joggers, both are unisex patterns from Bobbins ‘N Buttons. The George goes from 12 mos- 12 years and the Joseph Joggers are 12 mos- 14 years. The George is a great relaxed fit hoodie that come together in a flash. The Joseph Joggers are a slim-fit (but not too slim!) with optional knee panels.
For his outfit, I used simple french terry solids in light grey and navy.
In true little boy fashion, this kiddo put those knee patches to the test ASAP. Within minutes of putting these pants on, he’d already slid across the wood floor multiple times (clean wood floors are just too tempting!).
I had to hide a little bit of my all time favorite RCF print for my boys in the hood lining. Anybody else hoarding this oldie but goodie?
He got a Bookish Beanie in one of his favorite fabrics, a camo waffle knit. He had originally said he didn’t care what fabric I used because he wasn’t really a beanie guy but then I slid this puppy on his head and he had a total change of heart!
This look is the Novella Pinafore paired with the Story Top and Dress by Elegance and Elephants. They both are in sizes 2-12 and have multiple options for each. I did the aline skirt for the Novella and the top version of the Story.
I love that these pieces look extra special but still are comfortable. They pair so well together but that top also looks darling with jeans too!
To finish her look, I sewed up the Biography Bomigan from Jennuine Designs. This is a unisex pattern that comes in sizes newborn to 14. It is a cross between a cardigan and bomber jacket and makes a great lightweight layering piece.
I used ponte for this version (black from RCF and teal from the stash). You can add either snaps or a zipper but once she tried it on she really wanted the open cardigan look so we kept it simple.
This girl got an Alice Top (and dress) and Prose and Poetry Cargo Joggers. The Alice Top and Dress is a woven garment with optional sleeves and shoulder ruffles that comes in sizes 12 mos- 13 years. The Prose and Poetry Cargo Joggers have skirt and short options and come in sizes 1-16.
Her top is made in a flannel from the stash (maybe Joann’s?) and her joggers are a rayon linen. I think the weight of this linen was ideal for this pattern. It gives it a little structure but also drapes really nicely.
I squeezed in the Alice Top very last minute and I’m so glad I did. My girls are kinda too ‘simple’ for ruffles and I had a hard time envisioning this pattern without them. When I spotted this plaid in my stash I just knew I had to give it a try. I did a tie at the neck that matches the drawstring in the joggers and love the little detail.
With each make I thought I’d found a new favorite but these Prose joggers really might take the cake. There are so many fun pockets (including a couple of secret pockets that your kids will die over!). The fit is amazing and they really don’t take too long to sew up. Which is a great thing considering the other two kiddos have already put in their orders for their own pair.
She also got a George Hoodie in yummy burgundy french terry (don’t ask me how this color is even softer than the others?!). I threw in a fluffy faux fur scrap for the hood lining and this is the garment that I’m wishing was in my size. It’s a little piece of heaven!
The last pattern I sewed up was the Nini Noni Nightwear. This is such a powerhouse pattern. It’s a unisex pattern in sizes newborn to 16 years (talk about an amazing size range!) and is loaded with different views. Nightgown- check. Shorts and short sleeves- check. Puff sleeves and long pants- check.
This girl got a nightgown in maxi length with long puff sleeves. In a super soft double brushed polyester, she loves to wear this as often as it’s clean.
This kiddo also got short sleeves and long pants. CLUB jersey is his favorite for pajamas and add in the fact that it’s tie dye and these are already well loved.
Phew! If you made it through that novel (see what I did there?), head on over to the Project Run and Play shop to check out the whole collection for even more inspiration. And follow along on the blog for the next two weeks as all of the look book collaborators share their makes!
Thanks so much for your support and let me know if you have any questions about this latest collection. I know your kiddos will love it as much as mine do!
I’ve got good news for you and great news for me: the newest Hey June Handmade pattern is here and this girly can officially fit in HJ women’s sizing!!! Bring on ALL the Sheridan’s, Halifax’s, Brunswick’s, oh man, and Greer’s (how cute will she be in them?!)!
The Wheaton Windbreak is a lightweight cropped jacket with long dolman sleeves. It comes in sizes 0-30 and has a ton of great features. Those welt pockets are amazing and the gathered fitted waist is so flattering. The deep three piece hood looks cute and is so incredibly practical too. It can be sewn up in practically any woven fabric and looks great in both structured twill or light linens or rayon blends.
When I signed up to test this pattern I had every intention of sewing one up for myself. That was before Sophie asked for a new lightweight jacket and before I took her latest measurements. It was meant to be! They no longer use lockers at her school and she hates lugging a big coat around with her all day so this jacket is just perfect!
I used a Tencel denim I had in my stash (I believe it was from Cali Fabrics). I happened to have just enough (3 yards) and it was the perfect neutral to go with everything.
The pockets are warm flannel and add a secret pop of color.
As always with Hey June patterns, this one went together so well and I love the new techniques and finishes I learned. If you are nervous about sewing a jacket, this would be a great starter pattern. With no sleeves to set in and an easy zipper install, this pattern will leave you feeling victorious. The welt pockets are one of the first steps you tackle and you’ll feel like a rock star when you look at the lovely finished pocket. From there, the rest of the jacket will be a breeze to you! You got this!
I love, love, love that I can continue to share my Hey June love with this girly. This jacket is the start of a beautiful relationship!
Make sure you grab your copy of the Wheaton during the big site-wide sale through November 30th!
The holiday season is upon us and I’m excited it’s time for one of my favorite blog tours of the year, the Simple Life Pattern Co. Holiday Blog Tour. This is our fourth year on the tour (crazy, huh?!) and you can see our past years here, here, and here. We love SLPCo for their darling dress patterns and I know you will too! Bonus, it’s their last sale of the year and you can save 25% off all patterns with the code HappyHolidays. Perfect timing to sew up your own holiday dresses!
I’m so grateful Sophie is just barely able to fit in a size 12 width so I could do one more year of sister dresses. These photos are the real treasure from this project!
We were able to get together with Anna and sweet Inara again this year and these girls just love any chance they get to see each other. I love how each of their dresses just suits them to a tee!
Art Gallery Fabrics was a generous sponsor of this tour and we were able to pick just the right fabrics for our looks. Anna used a super soft knit print and solid for Inara’s dress while we went with their amazing rayon prints. I adore Art Gallery rayons and always think it’s a treat to work with them. They are so soft and a dream to sew with. The prints are incredible and always give me such professional looking garments.
Sophie’s been growing like crazy and her maxi dresses are suddenly no longer maxi length. For her look we knew we wanted a comfortable but dramatic piece. She picked Magnolia Study Silkroad a vibrant red print that is the perfect floral for this anti-floral girly. It’s refined and subtle and just right for this picky girl.
It was only suiting that I sewed my Sophie the Sophie Dress. We love the pretty scoop back and multiple sleeve options. The ruffle neckline is extra cute too!
For her dress, I sewed up a size 12 bodice and added length to the skirt to make it extra long. I love the dramatic look of the puddle maxi right now and know it’s only a matter of time before it’s ankle length, lol! She’s just barely shorter than me so I’m thinking by next Christmas we’ll be eye to eye!
For Payton’s dress, she picked Plaid of My Dreams (is that the most suiting fabric name or what?!). I used the Aspen dress and love the finished look!
Don’t you love that bodice?! It was perfect for using the fabric on the bias and is such a cute feature.
And that back keyhole is both easy to get on and off and simple to sew. I used a faux leather ribbon to up the urban look of this dress.
I sewed up a size 8 bodice with a size 10 dress length. We both love the loose relaxed fit- it’s so comfy and totally adorable!
Make sure to check out the other stops on this tour. These ladies are some of the most talented sewists and always inspire me with their makes. I know if they sew something up, my girls would love it too!
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I’ll leave you with our Christmas card photo for this year. Just kidding! I think they look like angelic little models in this pic and it makes me giggle. If only you could see the hilarious behind the scenes of these silly girls!
Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays to sew for. I love that usually Valentine prints can be worn year-round and that they just promote love and happiness, something we could all use a little more of right now. Today I’m sharing looks made with Riley Blake’s new line, Sending Love by My Mind’s Eye.
This collection is so cute! I love the perfect combination of reds, pinks, and white. It’s so cheery and happy! Those lips are so darling and the florals are just beautiful.
I’m still on the hunt for the perfect juniors woven top pattern. Until then I will keep using the top of the Linville Romper from Hey June. I sewed up a size 12 and didn’t add any length (she’s off the junior’s size chart for height) giving it a cropped look.
Her skirt is an easy self-drafted, elastic back flat front design. I added a faux button placket down the front as well. She is loving midi-length skirts these days and this one will hopefully get worn a ton since it’s a nice classic red. We did tortoise shell buttons to really make it versatile.
Payton’s dress is one of my go-to patterns, the Pixie Dress from Violette Fields Threads. I love using this pattern when mixing prints. It’s an easy to sew pattern, with no closures and a loose, relaxed fit.
The cute tie in the back is one of my favorite details! And the option to add trim to the bodice is a great place to have a little fun. A mini pom pom trim just seemed right with this happy combination.
I love that these looks will be great for Valentine’s but also work the whole year long. Pretty sure I need my older daughters top to get me through the next few weeks. All we need is love, right?!!
I can’t pass up a blog tour especially for someone as sweet and talented as Olga at Coffee + Thread patterns. I’ve loved testing for her over the years and her patterns are always so well done and amazing.
For the duration of the tour, make sure you stop by the C+T shop to grab a few of those patterns you’ve been eyeing. Use code ‘shopc+t’ to save 25% off everything excluding bundles.
I sewed up a pretty Madrid for the Madrid Tour last year and made one of my favorite makes of 2019. My crepe maxi Madrid was the dress dreams are made of and I feel like a princess every time I wear it. For this year, I knew I needed another Madrid dress but I wanted to do something totally different.
I used a gorgeous teal rayon linen from Raspberry Creek fabrics. I’m on a mission to sew up every color of this remarkable fabric. Teal is one of my favorite colors to wear and this vibrant shade is just exquisite. It’s a medium weight which makes it easy to sew but not too stiff giving this dress just the body I wanted.
I sewed up a size 4 and graded out to a 6 at the waist. I’m right in between a 4 and 6 and went down knowing this fabric would be a little boxier. I did the same sleeve alteration as my last Madrid since I’m still in love with bishop sleeves. I simply drew a straight line from the underarm and added two inches to the length to give a little fullness (and because I usually have to lengthen long sleeves a bit). For this version, I did midi length, the perfect all season length in my opinion. I think with the right accessories and shoes this dress will be worn year-round.
Don’t you love when a garment makes you feel amazing?! This one is comfortable but still has a bit of a wow factor. It’s casual enough to wear to church or can be dressed up for a fun date night.
My cute hubby met me for lunch and took pictures for me and was such a good sport. It was FREEZING this afternoon and he had me giggling through my shivering. He’s a keeper for sure!
Make sure you follow Coffee + Thread on Instagram to see all the incredible makes each day. I’ve been so inspired already! The sewing community is so amazing!
If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know I usually let my girls have all of my fun Riley Blake sponsored fabrics, well, they usually get first dibs on ALL the fabric honestly. When choosing fabric for this post, I knew it needed to be all mine! Today I’m highlighting Riley Blake chambray, a fabric substrate I love and wanted all for myself!
I had a tough time picking which chambray to get. I love the subtle prints but finally settled on the Indigo for a classic look. This chambray is lightweight and would work well for tops (a button-up would be divine!), full skirts, dresses, or light pants.
When debating what to make with this fabric, I knew I wanted something I would wear often. Love Notions Allegros or a Melody Top came to mind, or another Justine Skirt (I lived in this version all summer). When thinking about what I wear all year long, I immediately settled on a Named Inari Dress. I wear my past version so much and I knew a chambray version would be super versatile. So now I bring you my dress for all seasons!
For summer, I’d keep the styling simple and wear the dress alone with sandals or sneakers. The shape of the Inari is my favorite and really shines on it’s own. When sewing my Inari’s I make a few simple alterations. I eliminate the side slits at the hem and love to add inseam pockets (I can’t live without them!). I also add 2 inches to the length so it hits right at my knees. This is a size 6 with cap sleeves minus the sleeve cuff. I love the fit through the neck and shoulders and the cocoon shaping really helps out my rectangle frame. It’s loose without being too oversized.
Going into fall, a light sweater, tights, and booties really help transition this dress. I wore this dress to church this week with just the booties and was so comfortable!
For spring, it’s time for a simple lightweight sweater and fun bright jewelry and shoes to really celebrate the arrival of sunshine and warmer temps.
Both necklaces in this post are from Charming Charlie (a favorite for inexpensive trendy pieces)
Sweater is another from Downeast Basics and shoes are well worn Target finds (Are you sensing a theme here? I mainly online shop but can’t help throwing in a thing or two while picking up ‘essentials’ at Target. And Downeast happens to be right next to my favorite grocery store, lol!)
I can already tell this dress is going to be well loved. It fits so well into my 2020 wardrobe- comfy, easy to wear, and super versatile. This chambray has washed up beautifully and will continue to get better with each wash I’m sure. As I sew for myself, especially in these times, I try to be really intentional and add pieced to my wardrobe that really make me happy. This dress does just that!
For this dress, I turned to an old favorite, the Blake Dress from Mingo and Grace. I’ve made this dress countless times and always, always love the finished product. It’s such a classic silhouette and it sews up so nicely. For this version, she fit right into the size 8 for chest and waist and I added length to the skirt. The fit is spot on and has just enough room for her to grow a bit.
I added a fun exposed lace zipper for a little girly touch.
I don’t know what I love more- those big pleats or the hidden pockets. She was so surprised to find them! We had fun styling this dress and I couldn’t help but channel my favorite 50’s Hollywood movie stars. So chic and elegant while still being young and sweet too!
This cutie loves her new dress and we both love this whole line from Riley Blake!
It’s officially fall and that means it’s plaid season! I will take all of the plaids, all of the time!
This post is sponsored by Riley Blake fabrics. I got to work with one of their newest lines, My Heritage by My Minds Eye. The subtle colors and antique feel really drew me in. There are pretty Family Tree panels that have me wishing I quilted.
My girls and I were thrilled with the plaids in this collection. Classic and the colors are my favorite. I will put my kids in teal as much as possible!
I was excited to sew new dresses for my girls. We scoured our patterns and I had to purchase the new Little Lizard King Nara after discovering I was seriously lacking a cute drop waist dress pattern. Now, that cream plaid dress was meant for my oldest daughter but when she tried it on it was shockingly short and not at all drop waist! Oh boy! Turns out I totally forgot to lengthen it for her tall body, duh! Sewing fail for sure. I’d printed out the pattern weeks ago in preparation and then just went for it when it came time to finally sew it up. Luckily, little sis LOVED it and was thrilled with my ‘mistake’. And the cute teal dress looks darling on big sis- win win!
For this dress I used the Jilly Atlanta Marlow– a favorite I sewed up here. I love the simple design and classic look. This is a size 8 width lengthened (remember this was meant for lil sis). The Marlow has cute front ruffles that I adore but unfortunately my girls are not big fans. Keep things plain and simple for them and then things will get worn. I’ve learned the hard way!
Throw in some simple wood buttons and I’m sold!
Can we all just agree that this dress really was made for this girl? I’m not sure what I was thinking. It just suits her so much! This is the Nara from Little Lizard King. The Nara is another pattern that is full of options and details but in sticking with my philosophy of less is more we went basic. I used the long sleeve but did a simple casing at the wrist to eliminate the slight wrist ruffle. No bodice pleating or collar either… both details I’d love to do someday. This is a size 10 lengthened to a 14 in the bodice and skirt.
A pretty button front and a bias cut plaid really make me so happy!
We brought little brother along for this photo shoot and he played DJ and behind the scenes jokester. Oh boy, the outtakes with this shoot were too funny!
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The Glissando pattern in so full of options. There are shorts, cropped pants, and a knee length skirt. It comes in the new Love Notions extended sizing 0-32 and a full belly pattern piece as well. There is an exposed button fly and front and back pockets too!
Let’s talk about mine. I’ve sewed many pants before but I usually gravitate towards elastic waists and quick easy sews. The Glissandos are a great jump into the world of ‘real’ pant sewing. Don’t be intimidated by the fly or fitting. There are so many tips and these can really be sewn up in an evening or afternoon.
For my pair, I used this gorgeous stretch rayon linen from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It has just enough stretch to make wearing them all day easy and comfortable. The eggplant color is vibrant but will work so well with so much of my wardrobe. I love this fabric because it doesn’t wrinkle as easily as most linens and is not too fussy to sew with.
The fit of the Glissandos is based off of your hips. The leg is a straight leg from your hips on down so you will notice the leg flare gets a little wider in the larger sizes. I sewed up a straight size 6 and took in the sides at the hip a bit to accommodate for my lack of curves. I think for future pairs I will size down in the hips and grade for my body. This is one pattern that would be almost essential to muslin but I tend to dive in head first and just go for it! Living on the edge! I used heavy duty snaps for my fly and love the look!
I paired my Glissandos with a Cadence Top in yummy RCF stretch crepe. I like that these pants can be dressed up or down and that they work for all seasons too. I love them with boots too!
You can grab the Glissando pattern on sale through Sunday, September 27th. Now I really need to sew me up a skirt version!
I’m over on the Project Run and Play blog today sharing some of our favorite fabrics to sew with for tweens. PRP is bringing you a whole week dedicated to sewing for these cute kiddos and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.
For that post I sewed up two new looks for my girls. We scoured the internet and all of their favorite online shops for loads of inspiration this fall. We noticed so many great trends and knew we could easily recreate them to fit their style and unique bodies.
Payton just started middle school this year and has suddenly become even more of a trendsetter and carefully picks her outfits out each morning. She has started wearing more dresses, skirts, and jumpers and has one jumper in particular that she wears at least once a week.
She loved the button front look of this Gap shortall and I knew we could do an easy hack of one of the many pinafore/jumper patterns in the PRP Shop.
I used the Mary Dungarees and did a simple faux placket hack to the front. I took a piece of fabric 3 inches by the length of the front and sewed it together along the long edge, right sides together. I then flipped it right side out and ironed it flat. I sewed it to the center front of the dress along both long edges. I then sewed it up according to the directions, adding interfacing to the top of the bodice front for a little more stability when attaching my jeans buttons. Adding matching jean buttons down the front completed the look. I used a bright and cheery mustard rayon linen from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and it totally suits her infectious personality.
For her tee I used the Emi Top. The Emi is one of those patterns I tested years ago and then totally forgot about. It has loads of options and is a great basic tee. I used the cuffed sleeve and cropped the bottom of the tee so she can wear it with her jeans too. We had to go with a cute sunflower print double brushed polyester to complete this totally 90’s inspired look.
All of us are head over heels for tie dye right now. I’m not sure how much tie dye is too much but I don’t think we’ll be getting there anytime soon. All of their favorite shops are carrying hoodies, sweatshirts, tees, joggers, and more in so many fun tie dye combinations.
We loved the casual, comfy look of this Shein outfit and knew it would be perfect for those lazy fall and winter days.
Raspberry Creek Fabrics just released all of their new fall sweatshirt fleece prints and there are so many gorgeous tie dye prints to choose from. This incredible Sage Tie Dye was so perfect to recreate our inspiration.
For this look, I used the Theodor Raglan Sweatshirt and Tintin Trousers. For the top, I sewed up the largest size, size 12, and cropped 4 inches off the bottom hem. I used wide ribbing from Hobby Lobby for the cuffs and neckband. The Tintin Trousers are an amazing pattern! There are so many options with it and it kinda blows my mind that these are the same pattern as this look too. I got such a great fit with those first pants, I knew it would be a good choice for sweatshirting too. RCF sweatshirt fleece has just enough stretch to be super comfortable but it’s not as stretchy as french terry or another knit you might lean to for joggers. Using a pattern meant for knits and wovens gave me confidence that I would still get a fantastic result. I widened the waistband to accommodate 1.5″ elastic (just my personal preference for waistbands) and cropped the hems just enough to add cuffs out of the same ribbing to really tie the pieces together. To say I’m supremely jealous of this outfit would be an understatement.
Make sure you follow along on the Project Run and Play blog this week for so much teen and tween inspiration. I’m excited for what’s in store!
The Patricia is a beginner friendly pattern that comes in sizes 2t-12. It features multiple sleeve styles and a dramatic or subtle high low hem. You can make a top or dress length and it works for either knit or woven fabric. With no closures, it’s a quick sew and so easy to wear.
I sewed up a size 10 with a 12 length for this girl. I did the dramatic high low skirt and the bell sleeves. I think this dress is a great year-round pattern. It works well with sandals and will look so cute with tights and boots too!
Art Gallery Fabrics sponsored this post and it was too fun shopping for just the right fabric for this project. I love this pattern in a nice flowy fabric and AGF rayon is some of my favorite to work with. Going into fall, I’m always excited for all things plaid and this pretty grid print, Grid Negative in Rayon by Katarina Roccella, really caught my eye. This girl is moving away from crazy prints and prefers subtle patterns and solids and this plaid was perfect for her.
This cute girl turned the big 1-3 this week! I can’t believe she’s officially a teenager. In so many ways, she’s been a teenager for years. She has such a mature attitude and is so wise beyond her years. She’s so thoughtful and creative and kind and it’s been my pleasure to be a witness to the beautiful young woman she’s become. Taking pictures of my kiddos so often gives me a chance to really connect with them and see them for who they are. It’s amazing to watch them grow and find themselves. This girl really is amazing and a great example to me. I’m excited for the coming years with her as we become more and more equals and it gets so fun to share so many interests and similarities. What a girl!
This photo shoot was a quick one, during my little man’s soccer practice so we were on a tight schedule. We headed to my favorite little Main Street in a sketchy part of town. We go here often for shoots but usually try to go in the afternoon and avoid it at night. On this day, we got here just as the sun was setting. The streets were busier than normal and I had to move the beer bottles and other garbage from our shots. This girly was such a pro- smiling like there was no one around and posing like a super model. She’s my sweet, shy girl and I was so proud of how well she pulled it off. We had a good laugh when we realized she had one boot unzipped the whole time. For my perfectionist daughter, it could have meant tears but instead we just giggled and knew it meant these pics would be ‘real’, not perfect but still good enough.
To enter the SLPCo Challenge this month, you can sew up any of the following patterns: Shelley, Eden, Georgia, Ava, Lydia, Patricia, Mattie, Autumn, and Roxy (many are available in Baby sizes too!). These patterns are all on sale this month too! Take a photo of your make and post it in the Simple Life Facebook group or on your Instagram and tag #slpcochallenge for your chance to win a $20 shop credit to SLPCo.
I was lucky enough to test the True Bias Mini Nova Jumpsuit. You better believe this little miss was all over it! She is over the moon with her newest mama-made.
The Mini Nova has all the same options as the women’s version. There are four different views. Add a waistband for a more fitted look or keep it casual without. There are shorts and pants views for both. And don’t forget about the pockets- a must for all views! It comes in size 2t-10.
I sewed up a size 8 width with a 10 length according to her measurements. The neckline and arms are finished with a facing and the pockets on this version are sewn right to the front pattern pieces- no bulk! Such a quick sew too!
This girl lives and breathes dance and was super excited to have something new to wear to her classes. It’s perfect for slipping on over her leo and she just had to demonstrate how easy it is to move it too! She can’t wait to wear this to her hip hop class!
I used a gorgeous tie dye cotton lycra jersey from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I struggled picking fabrics for this pattern. I love the simplistic look of an all black version but knowing she planned to wear this to dance gave me a little more license to be fun. A tie dye print was just too perfect!
You can grab the Mini Nova and Women’s Versions here and here on sale through Sunday, September 13th.
The Project Run and Play shop just got a little sweeter! The Theodor Raglan Sweatshirt from Bobbins and Buttons is part of the latest batch to hit the shop. You’ll have to excuse me while I go sew up a million!
The Theodor is a unisex pattern that comes in sizes 12 months- 12 years. It’s got classic raglan styling and is a looser, easy fit.
You can’t go wrong with a good raglan, amiright? They are right up there with the easiest things to sew and they are always, always in style.
They are also perfect for using up all those precious scraps. This sweatshirt is a mix of some of my favorite fabrics. That’s glorious Raspberry Creek oatmeal french terry for the body (I know we’re all waiting anxiously for it to arrive this year). The sleeves are from another shop local to me, Design Co. Fabrics that I picked up during the early quarantine months. Looks like most of their french terry has sold out (they’re a clearance shop that sometimes gets amazing one time buys in) but I’m glad I snagged some while I could. This teal is nice and muted and oh so perfect. The rib knit is from the ever popular ISEE Fabrics, another shop that has grown incredibly fast these last few months. This particular color is currently sold out as well but join their Facebook group for all the latest stocking news. So basically, I’m the worst and all my fabrics are not available BUT I couldn’t resist this amazing combination and I knew my little man would flip over it. And this pattern really is good enough to cut into those fabrics you’ve been holding onto forever!
I sewed up a straight size 8 and I love how it fits. It’s slightly oversized and that makes it extra comfy! It also means that maybe, just maybe it will fit him through the whole winter. I also love the big wide cuffs and neckband. They really add so much to the look. I added extra top stitching to his top- I like the finished look and it takes just a few minutes longer. All in all, this pattern can be cut and sewn in a nap time for sure! It’ll probably take you longer to decide on your fabrics than to sew it up!
My little man loved his sweatshirt enough to model it in scorching heat. Well, it was that and the fact that he got Takis as his after shoot treat! A little bribery goes a long way with this boy.
It’s traditionally back to school time but there’s nothing traditional about 2020. Project Run and Play has added new patterns to the shop and I’m excited to be joining in the blog tour. Instead of a back to school event let’s celebrate back to learning! Are your kids headed to school in person? Do you get the ‘pleasure’ of teaching them from home? Whatever your school year looks likes, it still calls for some cute new clothes!
This girl headed back to middle school last week and is loving it. With smaller class sizes and loads of extra precautions, she’s happy to be back with her friends and meeting all her new teachers in the flesh. She’s ever my fashionista and I have loved seeing her style each morning as she heads out the door. This new look, featuring all patterns in the Project Run and Play shop, is right up her alley.
This post was sponsored with fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. Diana recently got in a huge order of the most gorgeous linens and I was so excited to get my hands on some. The biggest question was what color to pick since I loved them all! After much debate the olive green won for it’s versatility and neutrality. These pants will work with so much of her existing wardrobe. This pretty blush waffle knit was from last year and I can’t wait for more waffles to restock for fall. The tee is in a cute double brushed poly print that tied the blush and olive together perfectly!
Let’s talk about that cute cardigan shall we? It’s the Josephine Cardigan from Iris May. Iris is a Belgium designer with impeccable style. The Josephine is a unisex cardigan pattern available in sizes 2-14. There are multiple sleeve options and optional buttons or pockets. Depending on your fabric choice, you can get a slouchy look or a more structured piece. The waffle knit I used made for a perfect transitional piece. It’s lightweight with lots of drape and is great for wearing in chilly air conditioned classrooms. The waffle has little recovery so the cuffs do get stretched out. We’ll see if she’ll want to switch them out with a ribbing or cotton lycra but she loved the slouchiness during the shoot.
The pattern does not include seam allowances which can be tricky for me. I didn’t over stress it since it was a loose knit garment but it did make me think a little harder, lol! I did the balloon sleeve option and a size 13.
The pants are the Tin Tin Pants also from Iris May. There are soooo many cute options with this pattern! Ruffles, shorts, pants, cuffs, pockets, you name it and it comes in sizes 18 mos- 13. We both loved the shorts versions but went with pants to get more wear out of them as we move into cooler weather. This pattern did include seam allowance which was a fantastic relief for me. I don’t know why I was so worried but I didn’t want my user error to affect the fit. As you can see, the fit is AMAZING!
Looking at those looooooong legs, you can see why we struggle to buy store bought pants. For these pants, I sewed up a size 12 width with a 13 length and an additional 1.5′ added to the length. I did the paperbag waist option with pockets and the waist tie. That waistband and tie are seriously the cutest!
These pants are just like a pair she’s been eyeing online. She came home from our shoot and tried them out with other pieces in her closet and quickly fell even more in love with them. My favorite was when she pulled out a cozy, slouchy cream sweater, half tucked and rolled up the cuffs a bit. Such a perfect look!
We paired these pieces with what has quickly become our go-to tee pattern, the Lemon Tee, also in the PRP shop. This version is a size 10 and we cropped it to fit with the high natural waist fit of the pants.
Make sure you follow along on with all the Project Run and Play fun for the next two weeks. And stay tuned next week when I show another look- this one for my little guy!
From Project Run and Play:
Usually we call this event our Back to School tour. However, because school looks so different this year, we’re calling this our back to learning event! And we’re ready to celebrate, how about you?
Let’s celebrate 10 new patterns in the shop! These pattern are perfect for whatever type of learning your child is doing right now. There is a great mix of knit an woven patterns, tops and bottoms, layers, and more! Here they are:
It’s been awhile since this kiddo was on the blog and I’m excited to share this fun project with you! The Riley Blake Destinations line is a travel based collection and we had to jump in on the tour. This whole COVID thing has definitely put a damper on our travel plans but we’re doing our best to keep positive and keep exploring any way we can. This line has us itching to hit the road again!
When looking through the prints in this line, my little guy picked out a few that he loved. The Destinations Map print is subtle and so fun. He went with blue but there are 6 different colorways of this print so you have plenty to choose from!
For a contrast, he picked the United States Destinations in black. We loved looking at all the places and seeing just how many he’s visited. So many iconic destinations added to his must see list and it was fun to see that in his few short years he’s already seen so many too. There’s a World Destinations print too that’s full of all those bucket list places you’ve been dying to visit.
For his hoodie I used the Shwin Designs Submarine Pullover. I made it once before and it was such a hit. For this version, I let him dictate all of the details. I slimmed the sleeves slightly and then had him try on the shell to see how he wanted it finished. He picked to skip the elastic hem and buttons on the placket. I’m always game when their preferences mean less work for me! I love that this looks like a mini Vero top! This is the biggest size and I’m sad he won’t be able to have a closet full as he grows.
Make sure you head to Riley Blake to check out the amazing panels available with this line. I’ve never been so tempted to start quilting! From San Francisco to New York and London, so many of my favorite destinations to choose from.
Love Notions Patterns is celebrating a brand new workshop space with an unprecedented 50% off site-wide sale! Now’s your chance to grab all of those amazing LN patterns you’ve had your eye on. I’m sharing a couple of my latest LN makes and joining in the party! Head to my Instagram for a chance to win a pattern of your choice too.
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As August approaches each year I always have the same dilemma. Do I sew for the sweltering heat we’re in or do I start sewing for the cold weather just around the corner? Utah seems to go from summer to winter in the blink of an eye. For my latest makes I settled on a couple of pieces that will work well now and into the fall too.
It’s no secret that I LOVE the Allegro pattern and I currently have a pair for every day of the week (and then some). They are the perfect summer pant but I knew I wanted to make some to wear into cooler weather too. That relaxed fit and comfy knit waistband make them so easy to wear but they also look a little more classy than my cut-offs I tend to gravitate to.
The full length pant option hits me right at the ankle and for this pair I wanted them to be a little longer. I lengthened them an inch at the hem and then took a smaller 3/4″ hem to make them even longer. I wanted to be able to wear them with all kinds of shoes and this length works really well with anything from sandals to sneakers or even ankle boots.
For this pair I used a nice chambray from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It’s the same fabric I used for my Vero shorts and I knew I needed pants out of it too. It’s just a great mid-weight fabric that is light enough for summer but won’t too light once it cools off too.
I love that I can style these pants with so many of my favorite LN tops patterns for tons of different looks, no matter what the season is. For this summery look, I sewed up a new Harmony Blouse. I love that this look is casual but fun and a little more dressy than just a knit tee.
I am part of the Love Notions Ambassadors, an amazing group of sewists from all over the world. We sew up and promote Love Notions patterns for Feature Friday posts and new releases, help test new patterns, and get in on all the behind-the-scenes fun going on at LN. Tami and Tessa are always coming up with new ideas and fun promotions and I’m always grateful to join in the party. Coming up soon, there will be a Fabric Feature in which all of the ambassadors got to pick fabric from their favorite online retailers to help spread the word on all of the amazing fabric shops out there. It can be hard to know just where to shop for certain types of fabric and also what fabric feels like from reading an online description. This will be an invaluable resource coming to the Love Notions blog.
For my fabric gift, I headed to my favorite online shop for affordable, great quality wovens that are hard to find in other shops, Alyssa May Designs. I picked two gorgeous fabrics and am excited to share my first make with them. I sewed up a Harmony Blouse in this pretty floral lightweight stretch chiffon. This fabric is a 95/5 poly spandex blend and is silky and soft without being too slinky to work with. The bit of stretch makes it so nice to wear.
The Harmony is an easy to sew top pattern that comes with multiple sleeves (cap, short, flutter, or sleeveless), back keyhole closure, and a full bust piece. It’s fitted through the chest and shoulder but nice and relaxed through the rest of the top. Sewn in a drapey, lightweight fabric, it just flows over any problem areas and is so nice to wear in the heat of summer. For this version, I used the Classic Tee crew neckline to bring up the neckline a couple of inches. I’m kinda weird and like to wear either a v-neck or crewneck and nothing in between. It’s been nice to figure out why certain handmades weren’t being worn and now I can easily make that adjustment when I’m sewing up new pieces.
Are you ready for a few more head-to-toe Love Notions looks that can take you from summer straight on to fall? These Allegros will certainly get a workout in my closet. This is the look that I’ll probably wear the most through the rest of the summer. Allegros and a Classic Tee are my go-to combo (see my all knit versions here and here ). I did an easy mod to this tee by adding a sleeve cuff and buttons- love that little extra touch!
The Melody Dolman is one of my all-time favorite patterns too. It’s such a great pattern for an adventurous beginner and the perfect pattern if you’d like to give button-ups a try. It comes together so smoothly and quick and is so on trend right now (a quick stroll around your favorite retailer and you’ll see this style everywhere!). I love it paired with Allegros for a cute, relaxed, and stylish look.
As the air gets a little crisper, I always reach for my Rockford Raglans. This lightweight sweater knit version looks fantastic with these pants. I think moving into fall these pants will be a nice alternative to jeans. They work great with sweatshirts and hoodies too!
I’m a little embarrassed to say this is probably how you’ll catch me 95% of the winter. Comfy pants, short sleeve top, and cozy Boyfriend Cardigan. Also the fact that it’s charcoal grey from top to bottom is pretty standard too. This Boyfriend cardi in comfy french terry is my go-to layering piece. It’s so soft and has been washed to the prime coziness.
Here are a few of my other Love Notions favorites to fill your closet! At 50% off, these patterns are a steal and all have so many options making them perfect for this transitional season. I love a 3/4 sleeve top and the Tabitha top is just too cute! Sabrina Slims paired with a Canyon Cardigan vest are darling together and both pieces are super easy to mix into your wardrobe.
If you want to see more of my Love Notions makes click here for all of my past LN posts. So much of my families wardrobes are LN makes and we get so much wear out of them! For some quick inspiration head here and here.
Make sure you don’t miss out on the HUGE sitewide Love Notions sale. You can head to all the other Ambassadors posts for loads more inspiration!
Visit all the stops on the tour!
Koe is on the Love Notions Blog with a way to help your kids embrace mask-wearing, using a little creativity and the Cartwheel Collection. read more
Josie gives a detailed review of her favorites! I love Josie’s style and her simple but elegant take on the patterns. read more
Anjori has such a sweet style and her mommy and me twinning with her daughter is my favorite! read more
Ilse always has a lovely, wearable version of Love Notions patterns and has timeless style that is approachable for anyone! read more
Katie is a hacking genius and active mom who sews for herself and her two boys. She has a pattern round up AND a fabric gift giveaway! read more
Chris has a full review of the Rhapsody Blouse, info on the new studio, and a full round up of the patterns you’ll love. watch now
Katie G. is showing off a lovely Allegro Skirt hack that you will want to make ASAP — plus she’s rounding up her absolute favorite patterns. read more
Crystal is showing off the Cartwheel Collection for her kiddo and discussing “Back to School — at home!” read more
Koe is also on her blog showing off her top 4 most used Love Notions patterns — if you don’t have these yet, you are missing out! read more
Karina from Lifting Pins and Needles is one of the most helpful and inspiring sewists. She is showing how to simplify a few faves: Vivace and Lyric! read more
Keira from Island Sewcialist is ready for twirling! See why she’s ready for anything in her Sybil Skirt. read more
Sequoia from SequoiaLynn Sews is showing off her favorite Love Notions makes PLUS giving away a free Love Notions pattern. You do not want to miss out! read more
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The newest Hey June Handmade pattern set is something straight out of my teenage dreams. The Vero Beach Set is a two piece set perfect for the pool, beach or lounging at home.
I know I’m not the only teenager in the 90’s that lived in their Baja hoodies and this new pattern is a fresh take on the old familiar comfortable top. Paired with a pair of elastic waist, relaxed-fit shorts, it’s a set I can’t wait to live in on our next beach vacation (who knows when that will be but I’ll keep crossing my fingers it will happen soon!).
Let’s talk pattern details. This set comes in sizes 0-24 and features all the details you love about Hey June patterns. A detailed tutorial will walk you through each step (I suggest reading through the whole tutorial first so you don’t assume you know better than Adrianna and please sew things in the order she suggests or you may end up with a date with your seam ripper, not that I know from experience or anything…). The top is a boxy fit, with long sleeves, a hood, and a perfect kangaroo pocket. The bottoms have a full elastic waist, bias bound tulip hem, back darts for shaping, front slash pockets and back pocket with optional drawstring waist.
I sewed up a size 6 in this set and I love the fit. I skipped the back pocket and drawstring on my shorts as I knew these will solely be cover-up shorts for me. Those back darts are magic for getting a great fit and make the back waistline less bulky. The tulip hem gives me all the retro vibes and I’m thrilled to have a pattern for myself like the ones my daughters love to much. Speaking of daughters, my oldest is in line for her own set and I’m hoping we can make the smallest size work for her tiny frame. I think these shorts in particular would be too cute on her. This length works well universally and I think she could easily wear them to school even with their strict dress code. For me personally they are just too short for everyday wear. I usually wear lightweight pants or knee length shorts in summer. I had to laugh at my bermuda short tan lines in these pics. It’s a bit obvious we haven’t been hanging out by the pool this summer and my legs are paying for it.
Back when I tested the Hey June Hatteras I hacked the pattern to create a baja hoodie for my oldest girl. I’ve been dreaming of my own version ever since. Adrianna is always fantastic at making my dreams come true and I literally gasped when I saw the tester call for this top. It has such a beachy feel and with each new tester version my list of fabrics to use grew. It looks great in a lightweight solid, a bold stripe, and wait until you see Abbey’s bold floral version. For my version I used a polka dot double gauze I got from Alyssa May Designs (it’s sold out but she has so many great wovens that would work lovely for this pattern).
My favorite is the little hidden Rifle Paper Co. bias that just makes me happy! I have to jump at any chance to squeeze a little Rifle Paper Co. in.
Well, I’m ready to hit the beach. Who’s with me?! Make sure to check out the Hey June Blog for all the tester looks and then pick up your own copy of the pattern.
It seems like summer has hit us full blast here in Utah with temps climbing high! My girls wanted some cute play shorts to get them through this heat and these prints were so perfect.
My oldest picked the Brea Top and Shorts from Little Lizard King. I seem to be gravitating to LLK often these days and each new pattern I try cements them as one of my go-to pattern companies for my girls. They continue to come out with darling women’s and boys patterns too and I’m going to have to give them a try soon.
We both really loved that front yoke shaping! I think for our future pairs I will need to add a little length and pockets. These can feel a little pajama-y and I think pockets will make them way more functional. She loves these as is though and they’ll be perfect for our lounging at home this summer.
The Brea top has optional flutter sleeves but we went with the sleeveless option because it felt a little more grown-up. The tie-front waistband is such a sweet touch!
I love these two prints together! The sea glass color of the Woven print is one of my all time favorite shades. It’s a classic print that she’ll be able to wear with lots of her tees and tops. This main floral print is such a pretty wildflower look. She can’t wait to pair it with jean cutoffs too!
This butterfly print hooked me into this collection. When it arrived I couldn’t help but start dreaming up ways that an over 40-year-old woman could get away with wearing it. I think it’d be a darling Love Notions Melody Dolman or Hey June Amherst. Or I could always settle for darling pj’s too!
This girl was having none of that though! This print was hers and she was NOT sharing. We went with the Lilly Petal Shorts from Violette Fields Threads and I think they’ll get worn so much this summer! Paired with a tee in Aqua knit, this outfit was perfect for tramp jumping, cookie making, and bike riding.
I like the unique style of the Lilly shorts. I omitted the lining, knowing they’d already be pretty substantial in quilter’s cotton. It was so fun to pull out all my trims and let her pick. This trim from the Target Dollar Spot years ago was such a cute accent. She loves the fringe!
We love this gorgeous new line and know you will too!
I’m thrilled to be here sharing a few of my favorite things- yummy fabric, my go-to patterns, and a couple of sewing notions I can’t live without.
As our days at home stretch on and on, I have found I reach for the same comfy pieces over and over. I have been living in my Love Notions Allegros and Classic Tees (affiliate links), sometimes paired together and sometimes with favorite ready-to-wear items. You can see some of my past Allegros here and here and here. I’ve also made my share of Classic Tees as you can see here and here. These are definitely two of my most used patterns EVER!
I’m loving the faux jumpsuit look, two easy to wear pieces that can be paired perfectly together for a cute one-piece look but I can use the bathroom with ease AND wear them separately too. Win, win, win!
I’d been dying to get my hands on some of the scrumptious new shades of modal at Raspberry Creek Fabrics and it is just as heavenly as I hoped. I wanted something classic and not too bright and was tempted by the charcoal grey or black but decided to go a little crazy and picked the olive green. I gravitate towards green often and this shade is perfect.
This is easily the most comfortable outfit I’ve ever worn! If you’ve never tried modal you are totally missing out. It’s got the drape of rayon spandex but is a little more plush and silky feeling. It really feels like heaven in fabric form. And head to toe modal? AMAZING!
When sewing up these pieces I reached for two of my favorite sewing notions. I usually avoid actual drawstrings as much as possible (if I had a dollar for every time they came out in the wash!). When I do add them, this handy drawstring threader is amazing! It makes rethreading those pesky loose drawstrings a breeze too. Simply thread one end of the drawstring in the plastic loop and thread it through the casing. The long plastic handle makes it soooo easy to thread it through the casing in mere seconds. I also can’t live without my Soft Stretch Lite Hem Tape. I use it for almost all of my knit hems but especially for lightweight fabrics. It adds a bit of stability and makes it easier to sew with a twin needle on my regular sewing machine. I usually stock up with a few packages every few months and kinda start to panic once I open my last package. It’s my secret weapon!
I love being a part of the Raspberry Creek team and feel so privileged to work with these incredible women. Make sure you head to the Facebook group for daily giveaways all week long.
I have been anxiously awaiting this darling pattern since I saw the line drawings a few months ago. The Ripley is a crossover bodice one-piece suit that features optional ruffles on the neckline straps. It comes in sizes 1-10 and has some of the cleanest finishes of any suit I’ve made, making it extra comfortable.
I think the hardest part of sewing this suit was picking the fabric. We had too many cute prints in my stash but I kept going back to some of my favorite color blocked ready-to-wear suits. These bright solids from Raspberry Creek Fabrics were just so fun together and a great contrast to her other suits this summer. They have a sporty vibe together and I went with my gut and omitted the ruffle neckline. Honestly, that ruffle was what sold me on this suit and then I went and didn’t do it! I absolutely love the finished suit though and so does my girly. It reminds me of something I’d see in Boden or some other cute preppy clothing catalog.
I sewed up a size 9 width with a 10 length. The fit is great and I love the coverage through the bum area. I prefer when the straps are sewn down as the last step so you can try it on to get a really good fit lengthwise and that was the case with this pattern. I ended up taking about three inches off of each of the straps to really pull up the bodice per her preference. She likes things nice and secure!
Make sure to check out the listing and the other stops on this week’s Ripley Blog Tour to see the ruffle in action. It adds such a feminine touch. You can grab the Ripley pattern here.
It’s no secret I love me a good graphic tee! Getting creative and firing up my Cricut makes me so happy. I had the chance to sit down and design six graphics for the latest Project Run and Play collection and boy, was it a blast!
I was designing these graphics as winter was coming to an end and spring was in the air. Dreaming of sunshine and long summer days was the perfect respite for those dreary days. Throw in a pandemic and these sayings and graphics really got me through.
The whole digital design collection is fifteen super fun warm weather themed graphics that work great for the whole family. I can’t wait to grab some of the other designs to make some cute tees for the summer.
Fabric for the tees was provided by Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I love their white cotton lycra- it’s not too thick, but it’s opaque and the perfect base for creating. My vinyl was all from my local vinyl shop, Vinyl Outlet, and I used Iron-On Turbo Flex vinyl because I LOVE the colors it came in. Super fun pastels that totally matched my retro vision.
The tee is the Lemon Tee from the Project Watercolor Beach collection. It’s such a great basic unisex tee that is full of fun color blocking options too. I did the banded sleeves for a ringer tee look that really added to the vintage feel of the graphics. I sized up one for my middle daughters for a relaxed fit but the others are true to their measurements. And yes, I made sizes 8, 9, and 10… crazy that they’re years apart but similar in chest sizes!
These shots are some of my favorites of my kiddos! They just epitomize the summer kid life to me and I know I’ll treasure these pics forever!
Thanks for stopping by and letting me share all this cuteness! Hop on over to the Project Run and Play shop and get creating!
I had the opportunity to sew up six of the ten patterns for the LookBook and I’m loving the variety. If you haven’t had a chance to browse through the LookBook I highly recommend grabbing a beverage and kicking up your feet while you peruse the amazing inspiration. There are so many incredible makes from the designers, other past PRP participants, and testers. Audrey does such a fantastic job putting these together.
Let’s start with the swimsuits! Summer is here and we can’t wait to hit the water. I sewed up two version of the Viridian Swimsuit and this pattern rocked our world. I’m always reaching for my RCF CLUB swim prints but went simple this time with RCF solid swim fabric. For this suit I used deep licac, light blue, and blossom pink solids. Big sister got a classic dusty olive. I love the weight and quality of RCF swim fabrics and these solids are no exception. The matte finish is my favorite and really ups the look of quality and design. There are so many colors to choose from too!
As we browsed our favorite clothing sites this spring, there were so many that could be recreated using this adorable pattern. One piece maillot- check. Two piece color-blocked- check. Ruffles- check and check. Racerback OR scoopback- of course. So many options and looks can be created with this one incredible pattern.
It comes in sizes newborn- 12 years- can you just imagine the tiny baby rolls in this suit?!
My cute little tweens were so happy with their suits. One wanted sweet and feminine and one wanted sassy and sporty. I love that this one pattern gave us both!
For this suit I used pieced front top and bottoms and scoop back. I also used the optional bands and found that adding 3/4″ elastic to them helped keep them in place.
Sophie got a pieced front top with optional ruffles and racerback and solid bottoms. She’s particularly hard to fit and we were both so happy to have an age appropriate suit that looks fantastic on her growing body.
Charlie loves his new Cobalt Board Shorts. They have a grown-up look to them and finishes that we both love. This tonal teal grey and white stripe fabric gives these shorts a ready-to-wear look. It was fun to play with the stripe placement and he loves teal so we made sure to get as much teal as we could showing.
The Cobalts are a unisex pattern in sizes newborn-12 featuring multiple front closure options, pockets, and two length options. I did the flat front, elastic back Bermuda length. I’ve sewn my share of boy swimsuit patterns and this one is up there near the top as far as fit and construction.
The Chromium Cropped Hoodie was just perfect paired with board shorts. Now let’s talk about a pattern with options…this pattern has got them! It’s a unisex pattern and comes in sizes newborn to 16. You can do a hoodie (with ears if you want!), funnel neck, cowl or crew, and either cropped or full length as well as short or long sleeved.
I think there’s nothing better than slipping on a cozy hoodie after a day at the pool so we went with a long sleeve, full length (with rolled hem), and a hood. Cozy perfection in this light grey french terry.
The Coral Wrap Dress is another pattern that is full of choices. You can sew up a top, skirt, or knee, midi, or maxi dress. It fits sizes 1-14 and can be dressed up or down. We love it as a swim cover-up that also doubles as the perfect casual dress too!
This tie dye double brushed poly print was the starting point for our looks and I just can’t get enough of it. I want a whole wardrobe out of it! The subtle pastel colors are so so pretty and it was just meant for this dress pattern.
The Golden Dress is such a classic silhouette. It features dolman sleeves, elastic waist and a-line skirt. In sizes 12 months- 14 years, it’s a simple dress that can be worn as a swim cover-up or an easy-to-wear everyday dress.
The first time I saw this challis print I knew it needed to be a swim coverup of some kind. It’s so light and breezy and was perfect for this pattern. I lends a little maturity to this pattern and will be something she can wear for years as she grows.
Make sure you pick up these patterns and support the Project Run and Play shop! These designers have worked so hard to get these patterns out there and I’m thrilled to be able to be associated with them.
Did you guys audibly gasp at this fabric?! I mean c’mon, it’s pretty darn amazing! When I first saw the new Gem Stones Bright line from Riley Blake Designs I knew this little girl would be in heaven! There are so many colors to choose from and that ombre is to die for! We chose the Flamingo colorway but it was such a tough choice. We love the subtle sparkle of the gold squares with the bright, vibrant colors. Sooooo pretty!
I knew this fabric needed an equally stunning pattern to really showcase it so we searched our favorite makers for something new to us. I’ve always loved the Little Lizard King Amsterdam every time I’ve seen it sewed up and she was smitten the first time she saw the listing. I knew we needed a maxi dress to really showcase this fabric and I think this pattern was the perfect choice.
This project was such a fun sew. I loved working with the fabric and trying to figure out the best way to really make it shine. She requested a yellow bodice and I love how the dress feels anchored by the turquoise hem. I love sewing dresses and sewing them in quilting cotton is so nice. The stability and weight make it so easy to sew and press. The weight adds a little more body to the skirt. She felt like a princess in this dress and said she can’t wait for an occasion to wear it (with us rarely leaving the house these days she might just be wearing it to the park or a backyard bar-b-que!).
Nothing like a happy kid to make you love this hobby!
This fabric really is amazing! The ombre runs selvage to selvage and it was the perfect width for this maxi dress. My mind is racing with all of the cute possibilities with it! Thank you to Riley Blake for letting us play with this fun line!
It’s Maxi Month at Simple Life Pattern Company and I’m thrilled to be sharing our latest maxi dress. I’ve always wanted an excuse to sew up the Molly Dress and this was the perfect opportunity. All month long you can enter to win a $20 SLPco shop credit by sewing up one of their maxi dress patterns and posting a photo of your make in their Facebook group or on Instagram. Use #SLPcoChallenge to enter your makes. You can grab all of the details here.
This post is sponsored by Simple Life Pattern Company and Art Gallery Fabrics. All opinions are my own.
My girly and I perused the many amazing fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics and kept coming back to this gorgeous rayon from Bonnie Christine’s latest line, Her and History. I knew the colors would be stunning on her and she loved the beautiful floral print. Working with AGF rayon is such a joy and it was heavenly to sew up.
The Molly pattern is a scoop back top, dress, or maxi and features optional front bodice pleating and collar. It comes in sizes 2t-12. I sewed up a size 10 to hopefully get a little more wear out of it because she was between size 8 and 10. It ended up a tad big but I adjusted the buttons in the back and can move them as she grows as well. The simplicity of the pattern makes it easy to sew up. I love the gorgeous back and classic front bodice. Such a perfect pattern to really highlight this amazing fabric.
I love this amazing combination of pattern and fabric. The lightweight rayon just floats as a maxi dress and it’s so nice in the warm summer weather.
Make sure to enter your own SLPco makes this month! I can’t wait to see all of the maxi pretties you all sew up!