Can you believe it’s almost time for our kids to head back to school?! We head back mid-August and I can’t get over how fast this summer flew by. The good thing about heading back to class is that it gives me the perfect excuse to sew up cute new school clothes! I joined in the Project Run and Play Back to School Tour sponsored by our favorite shop Raspberry Creek Fabrics.
If you’ve been around these parts very long you know my kids are all about comfy (what kid isn’t?). These knits from RCF were just perfect for them! Paired with simple knit patterns, these makes were so much fun to sew up. These patterns fit my kids fantastic and sew up in no time.
My little guy got a classic jogger and tee outfit. I used the Lemon Tee paired with the Joseph Joggers, two patterns that we absolutely love and use over and over again!
For his tee, I used the diagonal body colorblock front piece and the solid back piece in a size 9. It was fun to play with prints and solids and this pattern is just perfect for it. I started with the Puzzle Cube print on jersey then used Deep Rust and Charcoal jerseys to coordinate. The neckband is bamboo cotton ribbing that matches the sweatshirting of his joggers perfectly.
He recently found a scrap of this incredible bamboo cotton sweatshirt fleece in my stash and carried it around as a blanket for his newest stuffed animal. He declared it the softest fabric ever so you can imagine how delighted he was to get pants made out of this magical stuff! This jogger pattern is a favorite because of it’s classic fit- not too slim but not too baggy either. This is a size 9 with added length.
When looking through the new back to school prints this girl fell hard for this paint splatter print. Just look at those colors!!
She’s still been loving casual dresses so the Story Dress was a great choice for her. Those sleeves are too cute and sewn up in cozy french terry, this dress is beyond cozy! We sewed up a size 10 with added length.
Payton asked to head back to this cool bridge for this shoot and it was so much fun! Charlie really hates the thought of photo shoots but gets into them once we get his music going. These two continue to get closer and closer and summer has been the best for them. They just have too much fun together (with plenty of arguing thrown in too!).
Make sure you follow along all week for some incredible inspiration from past PRP participants. Art Bella Creates nailed her makes yesterday and got me even more excited to see what’s to come the rest of this week.
I love working with Riley Blake fabrics and the opportunity that I have to pick fabric from their upcoming collections. Sometimes there’s prints that I let my daughters pick out and sometimes there’s some that I just fall in love with myself. The Carnaby Collection from Liberty Fabrics is FULL of prints that I just adore!
The retro style of this collection is just dreamy! Look at all of those florals! This collection reminded me so much of my first childhood home. The colorful wallpaper that matched the bedspreads, the bright shag carpet, and the fun vibrant kitchen. Born in the late 70’s, these prints take me back to being young and carefree!
I used Daydream Sunny Afternoon-B because I just loved the colors. I tend to gravitate to blues and I love the pop of yellow in this print. It is just such a whimsical fabric.
I couldn’t help but feel like my own mom when I was thinking about what to sew up with this fabric. The trends of the 90’s are so hot right now (thanks to my teens for keeping me up on things) and it’s fun to see my own kids wearing similar things to what I wore in high school. Just how my own mom would laugh about how those 90’s trends were just like the clothes she wore when she was a teen too! I knew this print needed to be a killer sundress and had planned on making it for Sophie. But, I really wanted this fun print for ME- it’s just so happy!
The Tempo Dress just released from Love Notions and as I watched testers sew up their versions, I just knew it was perfect for this fabric. It’s a classic style that works easily with a tee underneath for that cute 90’s throwback.
I sewed up a size small with the elasticated back. I took in the bust area from the underarm to the waist but otherwise got a great fit from the start (my full bust measures into the XS).
My bottom tier is slightly shorter and more full than the pattern calls for to accommodate the yardage I had (I used three shorter pieces instead of the two pieces per the pattern). I love the midi length!
The pattern sews up quickly and works for so many different fabrics. As always, Love Notions patterns offer a wide range of sizes, XS-5X, and a full bust option too!
As the hot summer days continue, I’m excited to have a cute sundress added to my wardrobe!
As part of my job at Raspberry Creek Fabrics, I get to work with the incredible promo teams. As we end our promo year we’re celebrating with a Favorite Things Blog Tour- our chance to thank our awesome team and your chance to be totally inspired. You’ve got to head over to the RCF blog for some exciting news too!
For my look, I chose a few of my favorite things. I used a couple of my favorite pattern designers, Hey June Handmade and Love Notion Patterns as well as some of my favorite fabric bases, linen and triblend jersey.
Since this is a fabric tour, let’s talk fabric first. This black medium weight rayon linen is the perfect drapey but stable fabric. I love the feel that the rayon gives it and you can never go wrong with linen in summer. I’ve been so anxious to try the new tri-blend jerseys in the shop and just had to get a print from designed by the great Emily Ferguson. This Peace and Love print is just the cutest and I just adore the art on this print.
When it comes to favorite patterns, the Love Notions Classic Tee is WAY up there for me. This fabric was meant for a cool summer tee so it really was a no-brainer! I love the relaxed fit of this pattern and I can never have enough of them.
I think I’ve gotten fabric for the Hey June Greer Jumpsuit at least three times and ended up using it to test other patterns (because deadlines always win!). This tour was just what I needed to finally sew them up and I’m sooooo thrilled to have my own pair at last!
I made a simple alteration and doubled the width of the straps and just cut two of them. I added buttons and buttonholes to the bib front and that’s it. Welcome to another easy hack courtesy of yours truly!
As part of the tour, Raspberry Creek is giving away our favorite notions in their Facebook Group each day. I know I’ve shared about this amazing thread before but I still use it ALL THE TIME. Eloflex Thread by Coats and Clark is now widely available (I pick mine up at Hobby Lobby but Amazon also carries it). I use it primarily in my bobbin when I’m sewing with my double needle on my sewing machine. It gives hems that extra bit of stretch to make them hold up and give just a little more. I also use it with a single stitch in the bobbin of my machine when I top stitch my knit neckbands. And let’s not forget sewing swimsuits. This stuff is perfect for that too! I use it in my bobbin then as well to top stitch elastic down or for binding too.
Not part of the giveaway but I have to share my new favorite tags from Intensely Distracted. Simone was a member of the RCF promo team and I love, love this new adventure of hers.
Make sure you’re following along this week and check out the rest of the team. It has been such a privilege to work with this incredible group of sewists:
When Liz of Thread Faction reached out to see if I wanted to be part of the release of her newest Zero Waste collection, I was intrigued. The concept behind her Zero Waste patterns is genius and so cool! I don’t know about you but I’ve got so many odd size scraps and these patterns are made to eliminate those.
Liz takes an approach to pattern making to eliminate those odd scraps that inevitably end up in our garbage. By creating garments out of rectangles and patterns that don’t use excess fabric to create similar looks of a traditional pattern, she’s come up with a unique collection that is just as adorable as it is functional.
When I showed Miss Payton the patterns in the newest collection, she immediately wanted the jumpsuit. She loves the hip, cool vibe!
I headed into Raspberry Creek Fabrics to pick fabric and have to admit I was a little stumped. In the wrong fabric, she could end up looking more industrial and way less modern and trendy. I settled on this dreamy milk chocolate brown double gauze that is both soft and easy to work with. This fabric is a new favorite of mine and I’m trying my best to fill all of our closets with it! It’s so squishy and cozy and I can imagine wearing it head to toe in a jumpsuit would be the best thing EVER.
I sewed up a size 10 with a 14 length according to her measurements. I sewed it up per the pattern instructions but when she tried it on she wanted a little definition in the waist. The pattern features elastic in the back waistband and I chose to add it throughout the whole waistband to cinch in the waist. I also added a tiny faux button tab to the front chest pocket for a little added detail. I left off the back pockets but only because she didn’t want them (gotta keep them happy!).
I can’t get over this pattern! The construction really is genius and the finished garment is so cool! According to my darling model, it’s super comfy and super cute too. She’s got a list of places she can’t wait to wear it to: as a pool coverup, to dance competitions as a coverup, and any time we travel, not to mention just every.single.day!
We tried out a new location for this shoot and it was absolutely perfect! The evening light was magical and brought out my little supermodel. I love that these pics show ALL her personalities from sweet big kid to sassy almost teenager. We had so much fun and had to follow it up with milkshakes just to cement it as the best night out!
Make sure you check out all of the other stops on the tour and take advantage of the sitewide 30% off sale during the tour too! Head over to my IG for a giveaway for all of the patterns in this newest Zero Waste collection too!
With temps soaring in my neck of the woods, I’m all about summer comfort! I’ve been itching to sew a True Bias Rio Ringer dress and I’m thrilled to finally have one of my own.
I was gifted this amazing Art Gallery Fabrics knit to sew up for their Lookbook. It is part of the Boscage fabric line from Katarina Roccella. The line is full of vibrant colors, bold prints, and gorgeous florals that will have you dreaming of a tropical vacation.
I picked Wandering Leopards Sea in knit for so many reasons. I love this gorgeous teal-emerald shade! I’m also a sucker for animal prints and the fact that this has actual leopards really sold me. Add in my love of AGF knits and this fabric just had to be mine. I paired it with solid knit in Caviar for the bands.
Let’s talk about this dress! I sewed up a size 8 graded to a 10 from the waist down with 2 inches added to the length. I also had to adjust the length of my bands since I used cotton lycra instead of ribbing (I added 2 inches to the sleeve band).
This dress is the perfect throw on and go look. I love it with sneakers but it will also be awesome with flip flops for the pool. I’ve decided I need to embrace dresses this summer. They’re just so easy!
Make sure to check out the whole Lookbook for more inspiration and lots of cute looks from my amazing sewing friends!
Our newest makes for Riley Blake Designs might have you a little confused. Christmas prints in June? If you’re a planner, that’s perfect! Time to get your handmade holidays started. If you are anything like me though, you sew for the here and now. If only I was able to think that far ahead…
All About Christmas by J. Wecker Frisch is such a fun collection. I love the color scheme and think these prints would make adorable stockings. The snowflakes would have been top of my list for matching dresses for my girls when they were just a bit younger too!
When picking prints with apparel in mind, I tend to go subtle and was immediately drawn to the Stars in all of the multiple colorways. In thinking summer holidays, I went with Charcoal and Red. I think these prints will be festive throughout July but will work year round too!
I originally planned dresses with these prints but really wanted them to get more wear through the summer so I did top versions instead. As my teen quickly outgrows most kids patterns, I’m finding more and more women’s patterns that she now fits into. This is the Inari Top and Dress from Named Patterns (one of my go-to patterns for myself!) I sewed up a size 0 crop top version with no alterations.
I love the almost boat neckline and cuffed short sleeves. This pattern works well with a variety of fabrics. There is an option for a neckband when using knit fabrics but the woven version is finished with a neck facing. The crop length works so well on her!
Payton got a Vintage Little Lady Chloe Dress hacked into a peplum length top. This is a free pattern and such a great one to try if you’ve been eyeing Vintage Little Lady patterns but are hesitant. I love the simple dolman sleeve and baby doll waist. It’s a quick sew and has a handful of cute little details you can add.
Isn’t that back just too cute?!
So tell me, do you have Christmas sewing on the brain already? What’s your favorite handmade item to gift? I love this collection and think it’d be perfect for gifting this holiday season. And if you’re like me, don’t brush those Christmas prints off as just for December!
I sewed up 5 of the patterns from this collection and they’re perfect for summer!
As with all of the Project Run and Play collections, our photoshoots are always a hoot and I end with some treasured pictures of my kids on top of great new clothes too! All of our fabrics were sponsored by Raspberry Creek Fabrics and my kids are huge fans of all things RCF.
I was a little nervous to sew him a polo shirt because he is so picky! He loves CLUB fabrics though and the softness of this top won him right over. The Parfait pattern is a unisex pattern with tons of options. It comes in sizes 1-16.
The Limone shorts have an elastic waist that makes it easy to get dressed and perfect for those kiddos that detest anything with zippers (please tell me I’m not alone!). They’re nice and relaxed fitting and the big pockets are a little guys must have.
I’m afraid this might be Sophie’s last Project Run and Play shoot as she’s barely fitting in the size charts. You know I’m going to push it as long as I can!
The Fragola is absolutely adorable! I love the wide, sleeveless style. I added length to the top version and then added a ruffle with all of the fabric I had left! It was a game of fabric tetris to play with the stripes but being flexible on the length made it fun.
Payton loves bright and fun clothes so I knew this theme was meant for her. She got a pair of Limone capris and a Bacio Tee.
The Limone pattern is another super versatile addition to your collection. There are multiple short lengths, capris and pants as well as two skirt options. It comes in sizes newborn-14 making it a pattern you can use for years! And you know how much I love a good unisex pattern- anything I can use for all three of my younger kids. Sewn up in a comfy chambray, these are the perfect hanging out pants!
The Bacio Tee is a unisex relaxed fit tee. It’s a great basic to have! It comes in sizes nb-14 as well. I love the raw edge neckline option!
This double brushed poly fabric has a special place in our heart! This print was designed by Diana’s daughter Grace, one of Payton’s oldest friends. Seeing her wear one of her friends prints was so sweet, especially since I’ve been wearing fabrics designed by Diana forever!
The last pattern I sewed up was the Sorbetto Swimsuit. The Sorbetto is another pattern full of options!
I sewed up the two piece color blocked pieces with the optional sleeve. I love that fun detail!
Raspberry Creek swim solids are so good and it was hard to pick which color combo to use. I ended up with Lipstick Pink, Bright Yellow and Solid Orange for a fun color scheme reminiscent of a summer sunset or a delicious Popsicle!
The much anticipated Love Notions Ballad Blouse released this week! I fall more and more in love with this pattern with each new version I see!
This pattern is made for drapey wovens and is so perfect for spring! It comes in LN standard sizing XS-5X and also features a separate full bust front too. Just scroll through the listing for a TON of inspiration! You’ll see it looks beautiful on all body types and there’s such a variety of styles that you’ll surely find a few that speak to your taste.
I sewed up a size small with short cuffed sleeves and gathered shoulders. There is a shirred shoulder option as well as multiple sleeve styles.
I used a stretch crepe from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I love sewing with this fabric. It’s got amazing flow but not as slippery as some fabrics. The stretch also makes it so comfortable to wear! If you’re new to sewing wovens, I highly recommend this fabric.
I paired mine with some Sabrina Slims for a comfy but pulled together outfit.
Looking to sew your first button up? Are you an adventurous beginner? This pattern is made for you! There are videos to walk you through the tricky parts and it’s a surprisingly fast sew. Grab this pattern on sale through May 16th!
I’m sharing another great fabric collection today from Riley Blake Fabrics. Beautiful Day Fabrics from Echo Park Paper Co. are so pretty and totally on trend. My girls were in love with these prints!
The pretty boho florals won them over but look how darling those ginghams and bees are too! I keep imagining the CUTEST summer picnic quilt in this collection. Isn’t the color pallet so fresh and fun?!
My girls have requested more skirts and when I saw the new Siena Skirt from Made for Mermaids I knew it would be a great addition to their wardrobes. The Siena is a woven, elastic waist skirt with multiple length options. Tiered skirts are so in style this spring and those Made for Mermaids girls do a fantastic job keeping up with RTW trends. They keep these picky girls happy with all of their patterns!
Cute Payton got a mini skirt version. I had one of those amazing mom moments when she slipped this outfit on and it was just so HER! A little sweet but fun and trendy too.
Sophie wanted a midi version. Hers is slightly modified to work with the amount of fabric I had so the last tier is shorter than the pattern calls for. It’s still a great length and nice and comfortable on her. She wore hers to church this week which I always count as a huge win when they can’t wait to wear their new handmades.
Sophie is my crafty queen and is always trying something new. She started embroidering a little and I thought these skirts were perfect for a little embellished tee to match. We grabbed tees from Target and spent an evening working on these tops. She did hers and I did the simple lazy daisies on Payton’s (yes she is WAY better at it than me!). I love catching any moment I can to spend quiet time with my kids and this was such a fun night. Don’t be surprised if we start adding a little embroidering to all the things!
I love discovering new patterns that will get added to our go-to collection. The Siena skirt was just meant for these cute prints!
May seems to be the craziest month in our house but I love it! It’s a month of recitals, big games, so many end of school activities, and the hope of lazy summer days ahead. It’s the perfect time for new summer clothes and the big Love Notions Mother’s Day sale as we look forward to warm, fun days coming our way. Today I’m sharing our latest Love Notions and Raspberry Creek makes in honor of the 40% off LN sale and RCF’s newest summer line release.
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Let’s talk fabric for a minute. Raspberry Creek Fabrics typically does two big CLUB fabric releases each year for Spring and Fall with Summer being a smaller release. This year, the summer release is just as big and there are soooo many amazing prints to choose from. I sat down with my kids and let them pick their favorites and let me tell you, their list was LONG! I usually let my kids have all of the CLUB goodies but I had to get my hands on some this round too. The new line is on sale through Monday, May 10th at $1 off per yard (which really adds up if your cart grows as much as mine!).
I sewed up this first batch in some of our favorite Love Notions patterns but will be bringing you a few more makes later this week too. These CLUB prints are available on their 95/5 cotton spandex jersey and french terry bases. These are all on jersey and are a great weight for so many things. We love tees, dresses, and pj’s in CLUB jersey. CLUB french terry makes cozy hoodies, dresses, shorts, and joggers.
Love Notions has some of my go-to boys patterns- the Moto Maxx being right at the top.
The Moto Maxx pattern has so many fun details! It features both a top and jogger pattern (you know how we feel about joggers in this house!). The top can be made with short, long, or layered sleeves making it a great year round pattern. I love the shoulder detail and the opportunity to do a little color blocking. It was perfect for this fun National Park print that had so many colors in it to pick from!
My teen has been growing like crazy and it always becomes obvious when she pulls out clothes from last season! She loves to throw on a t-shirt dress on Saturdays so I know that I need to sew up a few for summer. It was a great excuse to sew up a Prisma Dress! The Prisma Dress has multiple options and I always forget about the simple a-line (hello, that pleated drop waist skirt is too cute!). The simple shaping of the a-line was just right for this girly.
I love that so many of Love Notions kids patterns go up to a size 16 (this is one of them!). I sewed up a size 14 with a 14 length because she wanted it above the knee. It’s such a great throw on and be done dress. Paired with some sneaks and she’s good to go. She has come around to florals lately, especially if they have a little retro feel like this print.
We debated what this print wanted to be and really leaned towards a ringer tee. She has a darling muscle tank that she wears often and when I showed her the Sprint Muscle Tee she quickly made up her mind that was what she wanted. I love the color block and hood options but for this we went simple. We cropped it a few inches to wear with her high waisted shorts and jeans.
This cute stripe can read really sweet and girly but we wanted something a little more grown up. We had about 10 fabrics that we considered for the bands. RCF has solids that match almost all those stripes but we went for a little more contrast. Grey is always a good choice, right?
I couldn’t let my kids have all the fun! I fell head over heals for this print from Brittney Laidlaw and knew I needed something just for me. I wanted a tshirt dress and hacked my all time favorite LN pattern to get this look. The Classic Tee makes up a good percentage of my summer wardrobe so I knew it’d be perfect for this.
I measured from my shoulder to just above my knee and lengthened the side seams accordingly extending the curve out as well. I love the fit through the shoulders and then that it gets looser through the waist and hips. This makes for such a comfy and flattering dress too!
It is beyond comfy and I can’t wait to wear it all summer long!
Are you stumped which patterns to pick up during the sale? You can check out my past Love Notions makes here and hopefully I can help you narrow it down. I have so many Love Notions patterns that I reach for again and again. I love how easy they are to print at home, the clear concise tutorials, the great fit, and the wide variety of patterns for the whole family!
This girl has too many dresses as you all can probably guess but I can’t help but keep sewing them for her! These gorgeous prints from the Tea with Bea line from Riley Blake Designs were just meant for this dress.
This whole line is the best of all spring has to offer. The pretty soft hues, florals, and fun geometric prints are just so lovely!
I used the Sprigs Lake for the main and the Honeycomb Coral for the bodice. I love this combo! The colors in these prints are some of my favorites on her and are just so springy.
I sewed up the Tween Ashton Dress and Top from Violette Fields Threads. I usually show my girls all of the new releases from our favorite pattern companies and she immediately fell in love with one of the modeled versions of this dress. I’ve been patiently waiting for the right fabric to sew it up!
Now if you’re thinking, “WAIT! Those sleeves go against all of my rules for sewing for my tween/teen”, I was right there with you. They are so dramatic and usually not my girls style but I was excited to give it a try. Sometimes it’s good to push her style a bit and since she liked the examples she’d seen I felt good giving it a go.
She loved it during the shoot and I love that it’s different from her other dresses.
I sewed up a size 10 with a 14 skirt length. This girl keeps stretching right out and is trying to catch up to big sis!
You can grab Tea with Bea from your local quilt shop or online shop!
The Newport Dress pattern is part of the April Simple Life Pattern Co. Monthly Challenge. Each month a new collection of patterns is highlighted at SLPCo and you can enter to win store credit when you sew them up and share! Bonus, all of the patterns are on sale for the month of April!
As part of the SLPCo Promo team, I got to sew up this pattern in pretty Art Gallery Fabrics. I had made this pattern once before in a pretty floral that unfortunately didn’t get worn a ton. She loved the style but it was a little too young feeling for her so I knew fabric would make all the difference.
We went with a bright fun pink solid, Dragon Fruit, with a simple graphic print for the pockets, Seedmap from the Pollinate collection from Jessica Swift.
The bold bright color is so happy and I love it on her. It matches her sunny personality!
I sewed up a size 10 with added length. I love the simple design but those big fun pockets are the highlight of this pattern.
She said she was feeling very Audrey Hepburn in this (she’s forever our ideal of classic style!).
Make sure you head over to the SLPCo Fan FB group for details on the Monthly Challenge and for all the girly inspiration!
I’m thrilled to be here sharing the newest knit solids from Art Gallery Fabrics. This was one of my kids favorite shoots of the year- good friends and comfy clothes, yes please!
It was fun to work with Karly of Paisley Roots again and I’m always happy to be part of an Art Gallery project! You HAVE to head over to her blog to check out her incredible makes!
For this shoot we met up with Anna and her kids of Kainara Stitches and my kids really did have a blast! All of the group shots are courtesy of Anna (she’s an amazing seamstress AND an awe-inspiring photographer too!).
The newest colors added to the knit collection are soooo good! From dusty blue Spruce to the peachy blush Cinnamon, these colors are so on trend and beautiful! Art Gallery knits are the perfect weight for everything from tees to dresses and leggings. I’m always so sad when I don’t use them all for myself! They are incredibly soft and so easy to sew with.
I’ll start with Sophie’s simple tee. I used Cinnamon knit and the Made for Mermaids Pepper tee. This pattern is so full of options! I sewed up the scoop neckline, short puff sleeve with banded bottom. She is a jeans and tee kinda gal and this fits right into her wardrobe.
The cute little puff sleeve is the sweetest touch without being too much.
Charlie got really spoiled with a whole comfy outfit. I had to pry this outfit off of him after a long lazy weekend! I judge how much my kids like their handmades by how much they choose to wear them and this outfit has definitely gotten the gold stamp of approval!
For his outfit, I used Spruce as the main for his pants with accents of Camouflage, Sienna Brick, and White Linen. I sewed up the Retro Joggers from Lowland Kids and the True Bias Rio Ringer. The whole retro feel of this outfit is everything!
This top was a last minute addition and it turned out to be my favorite piece! I just couldn’t let any scrap go to waste.
I’m sure we’re like so many in the western hemisphere, getting our first glimpses of spring. Utah spring means snow one day and 65 degrees the next. It means constantly checking the forecast but also knowing that if you don’t like the weather today, don’t worry! Chances are tomorrow will be completely different! The warm days have me so excited for spring!
The sunshine and warm weather was perfect to photograph the newest line from Riley Blake and Carina Gardner, Ava Kate. Ava Kate is full of beautiful florals, stunning damasks, and fun stripes. The black, seafoam, blush, and cayenne palette is one I can get behind.
Payton has a thing for baby doll style dresses. Week after week she reaches for this style to wear to church. Something loose and easy to wear almost always wins with her. I sewed up the Chloe Dress from Vintage Little Lady. This is a free pattern and is available in Tween, girls, and baby sizing. Talk a bout a winner!
I sewed up a tween size 10 and forgot to add length to the skirt (she’s in a 14 height!). Yep, this little miss is shooting up just like her sister. For so long, she was my easy, one straight size girl. The last year she has really lengthened and is growing up way too fast! I tried to convince her it was ‘vintage length’ and she said “Vintage like what they wore on the Brady Bunch?” That was my cue to add a little more to the skirt, lol! Luckily I had just enough fabric left to do another quick tier and now we’re calling it a design feature.
This dress pattern is a dolman style bodice and is a super quick sew. I’m pretty sure both girls will be getting many more of these. It’s just such a classic style!
I had a sweet neighbor give me some of her old sewing notions and I was so happy to come across these buttons in her stash. They were just the perfect pop!
I just love this color on her and will keep filling her closet with it. She had to double check when I told her it matched her eyes perfectly!
This cute girl is definitely a teenager and it’s getting a little trickier to sew for her. Luckily she’s easy to please!
She’s still barely in the sizing at Little Lizard King and I am going to be so sad when the day comes that we can’t use their kids patterns for her anymore. I sewed up the Mavora in top length. The Mavora has so many options and darling ruffles (you might not even recognize it from my version!) but I fell in love with a simple tester version in stripes and knew I had to use it for this fabric. I was hopeful to fit a dress out of this fabric but sadly didn’t have quite enough. I think it was a happy accident though because this top couldn’t be more perfect for her!
I love the wide shoulders and fit. It feels sporty but still very feminine.
I sewed up a size 12 with added length to both the bodice (1.5″) and peplum (1.5″).
I used another vintage button for her keyhole closure and it was meant to be too! Her hair tie is created like you would do bias tape but I just sewed up the edges. Left untied felt very teenage-y!
Shooting these pics really had me excited for more outdoor shoots in the future. I have so many new favorite shots of my girls from this shoot!
Like these two! Pretty much sums up their relationship and personalities!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’re enjoying that first taste of spring in your neck of the woods!
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The women’s Love Notions Boyfriend Cardigan is the newest pattern to get updated! It’s re-released today and on sale today only for just $5!!! You can get it for $9 through the remainder of the weekend. You can also grab the girls version for just $5 today!
The Boyfriend Cardigan was my first ever Love Notions test years ago. My little miss is still as sassy!
We’ve loved our past Boyfriend Cardigans and wear them all year round. The classic style makes them easy to throw on with just about anything.
The newly redone pattern is now full of even more options. It’s been redrafting using the current Love Notions block and is now available in XS-5X. In addition to the previous mid-thigh length there is now a duster option. AND there are now choices to do a hood, shawl collar, or plain front. It’s crazy that they can make an amazing pattern even better!
I wanted to sew a lightweight spring version and picked up this gorgeous mint rib knit from Raspberry Creek. I’ve used double knit, waffle, french terry, and now rib knit for this pattern and love it in all of them. It drapes beautifully in this soft rib knit. I sewed up a size small with the shawl collar.
I wanted this to be as versatile for warmer weather as possible so I made a simple waist tie to be able to wear it as a swim coverup as well. I love it with jeans and a tee but it’ll also be great to throw over a swimsuit (especially on those vacations when you want to get from your hotel room to the pool!).
This is it! The last of the the Suit Up for Summer tour. It’s always bittersweet. I love what we’ve seen all week and the other bloggers on this tour have just been incredible. With each new suit I saw, I had a new favorite. It feels like an honor to be surrounded by such talent!
Today’s post will be covering two things- coordinating swimwear for the whole family and using your favorite everyday patterns for swimsuits. I love that Raspberry Creek fabrics swim line is so full of options. You’re sure to find something to suit your own personality as well as everyone around you. If you’re looking to sew coordinating sets, RCF has you covered!
Each collection has little mini collections that perfectly coordinate making it so easy to pair prints. Throw in all of the swim basic dots, stripes, and ginghams and you can have dozens of cute combinations. This is so fun when you want to do family suits but don’t want to be too matchy.
I put together some more options featuring prints from different collections and throwing in swim solids and CLUB basics too! When shopping on the website, note the colors that are listed in the title of the print. If a color is listed, it will match other prints and solids with the same color.
This year we didn’t try to be too matchy and each kid picked out prints they loved. I was thrilled when went together so well.
Of course you can always just go big and pick one print and sew for the whole crew! I think the tie dyes, the paint splatter, the orange abstract, and the earthtone palms might be my top choices if I went crazy and sewed for all of my family.
One of the questions I hear so much in my sewing groups is what rashguard pattern people use? Or what is your favorite little boy boardshort pattern? And don’t forget, what’s your favorite swim bottom? I think we naturally think that if we’re sewing a swimsuit we need a swim pattern. Guess what? You don’t!
This is particularly true when looking for a rash guard pattern. Chances are you have a good slim fit tee pattern in your stash. I like the Rowan Tee from Titchy Threads for my boys, the Camden Raglan from Hey June or Xfactor Top from Patterns for Pirates for my girls.
The Layer Me Up from Patterns for Pirates is my go-to for myself and the Xfactor is my new favorite. I’m smitten with my new Love Notions Willow Wrap top too! I’m also tempted to try the Summer Basic tank from Love Notions (this one comes with a shelf bra option!), the Hepburn from Patterns for Pirates, and the Be Trendy top from Ellie and Mac. The tricky part for women is finding the support you need but once you figure out that alteration (or if you like to wear a supportive swim top underneath) the skies the limit!
For boys swim trunks, you can use your favorite shorts pattern! The Sew A Little Seam Linden is a swim short and everyday short in one and was the a-ha moment when I figured out that I had way more options than I thought. You can take the lining/underwear piece from a trunks pattern and add it to another pattern if your son prefers them.
For women’s and girls bottoms, look to your underwear patterns! I prefer those with a little more coverage and that makes it easier to fully line them as well. The Norah’s from Petite Stitchery have me so intrigued and I’d love to sew up a pair of swim bottoms with it for this summer.
As far as swim coverups go, this is where we can really think outside the box. Cardigans, robes, dresses, skirts, flowy pants, tunics… you name it will all work when you want to get from the car to the beach in style. I sewed up the Love Notions Boyfriend Cardigan in rib knit and added a removable tie to make this easy coverup that can also be worn over jeans and a tee! I’m all about versatile pieces! The Love Notions Allegros in a lightweight or sheer fabric would make gorgeous beach pants. One more Love Notions pattern I love to throw on over my suits is the easy breezy Laundry Day Tee. When we finally hit the beach earlier this year, I couldn’t wait to wear my Vero Beach Set from Hey June. I made this one during testing and it just was born to be worn at the beach. What are your favorite things to wear over your suits? Do you have a dedicated coverup or do you throw on anything that’s clean?
Can you believe this is it? The end of another great year of the tour. Make sure you head to the RCF Instagram for an extra special giveaway today.
We’re almost to the end of our week ‘o fun! I’m pretty sure I’ll go into swimsuit withdrawals when the tour ends. Good thing for you, you can still pick up Raspberry Creek Fabrics swim fabrics at 15% off with code SWIMTOUR.
Every year my girls and I go swimsuit shopping and every year we leave empty handed. We struggle so much trying to find suits that both fit their personalities and just plain FIT! My oldest daughter is now in junior sizing and somehow that means that their are even less options that work for her. It makes me so happy that I can sew both of my girls suits that really work for them.
This year I tried a few new to us patterns. The first is the Hibiscus pattern from Honeydew Kisses.
I think my girls have been a part of the design process for so long that when I asked for swimsuit ideas this year, I should not have been surprised to get this drawing from Payton. She really wanted the cutouts on the side and a fun strappy back. She was thrilled when I pulled up the Hibiscus pattern and it matched up with her vision!
I sewed up view B in a 9/10 with added length. We skipped all the ruffles to get as close to her inspiration as possible.
When I was her age, I had a very similar suit that I thought was THE COOLEST! My mom loved it because it was a one-piece and I loved it because the little cutouts seemed so grown up to me. This tie dye print just ups the rad factor!
For her second suit I used the Little Lizard King Sanibel. She loves all the little tie front tops in the shops and the Sanibel is absolutely adorable! I love all of the Little Lizard King swim line and plan to work our way through them all.
We used another fun tie dye and paired it with the light blue and yellow swim solids. The colors are just so cheerful and scream summer to me!
I sewed up a size 10 classic neck tankini length top with tie and the gathered side panel bottoms. This pattern had multiple options for the top and you can add lots of little extras like flutters and ruffles too. It’s no surprise that we skipped most of those. I love that this suit feels sporty but also a little feminine with the side gathers on the bottoms and tie on the top.
Big sis picked out fabrics and had ideas too but I steered her towards the Xfactor top after sewing my own. She was super easy to persuade and picked out the long sleeves for her version.
I added the same bra cups and shelf bra lining to hers that I did to mine and it gives just the right support for her.
She picked out this Dash Dot Abstract print and then we struggled with what to pair it with. It looked great with the black and white micro stripe as well as the bright yellow solid we had too. We settled on this vibrant lipstick pink and I love the pop of color it brings. We used the Calypso bottoms (they’re her most worn from previous years) and I did the same modification from the past, cutting them at the non-banded line but still adding the band. This gives them a little more height and she likes that her top and bottoms just meet.
Sophie has had this inspiration pic saved and wanted to recreate it. The Viridian from Jennuine Design was perfect with it’s separate panel pieces.
She loved this bold leopard print and then pairing it with black really made it suitable for her. She loves fashion but doesn’t like to draw too much attention to herself so this is the perfect way to wear a bold print like this.
For her top, I lined it in a lightweight techno scuba fabric instead of adding cups. This added a bit of smoothness and was a great solution. I sewed up a straight size 12 with the racer-back and she has a teeny bit of growing room so hopefully this will last all summer.
While getting ideas this year we came across this unique top from Albion Fit. She loved it and I immediately started looking for ways to recreate it. It’s a simple peasant style and searched my pattern stash to no luck. I asked in our swim tour group and they were so helpful and I landed on the Gypsy Top from Striped Swallow Designs.
I sewed up a size 12 crop length with short sleeves. We made it so she can wear her Viridian top underneath so this is just like a little coverup top. I made casings instead of following the pattern instructions since she wanted it to look more like the inspiration.
I like the higher neckline but could see her wanting a wider, lower neck in the future. This was a fun, creative make that isn’t your typical swim top and that’s what we love about sewing our own swimwear! It allows you to dream big and try new things.
My girls are loving their new suits and we’re dying for warm weather to break them in! Sewing for tweens and teens can be tricky but I love the collaborative process with my girls. It’s so fun to bring an idea to live and to create suits that fit them so perfectly!
Make sure to check out the other amazing blogger this week! Today’s sewists are bringing it big time!
To keep with that retro feel, I sewed up the Byron Bay dress by Little Lizard King. The simple silhouette screams 50’s housewife to me. I sewed up a size 10 according to her measurements and lengthened the skirt a bit for her height (she’s a 14 for height).
The elastic back means this dress will grow a little with her. I love the look of it too!
I kept things simple and used snaps instead of buttons. I can’t remember the last time I used snaps and I love how easy and quick they are!
To finish off the look I sewed up a Lilly Bow Scrunchie from Little Fish. Rachel shares a genius way to make a scrunchie using your favorite hair elastics and the end result is just too cute!
This dress makes me want to head to the boardwalk and eat ice cones as the sunsets. It just makes me think of all the simple pleasures of life!
We’re halfway through this year’s tour and I hope you’re learning lots! I’ve learned we need more swimsuits, lol! I’ve been so inspired by the other bloggers and my sewing list keeps growing with each new make I see. Luckily we can still get 15% off all swim at Raspberry Creek with code SWIMTOUR through Friday.
Every year I try to sew a couple of suits for me but then I get so wrapped up in sewing for all my kids that my own sewing often gets rushed or doesn’t happen at all. This year I was determined to change that! I sewed all of my suits first, even snagging some of the prints my daughter requested for myself, such a bad mom, lol! I know they have PLENTY of suits and she got over it real fast when she saw her own new suits. Plus, the swim season is young and I’m sure she’ll get even more suits by the time the summer is over.
Part of my struggle in sewing for myself is that I have a hard time settling on patterns for me. This year I tried a new to me swim pattern, used my tried and true bottoms pattern, and used a couple of regular top patterns for swim tops that I adore! After seeing what the other bloggers on the tour have sewn up, I think there are a few more adult swim patterns I’d like to try too.
This is the first suit I sewed up this season because I was dying to try this pattern and this print is my absolute favorite from the new RCF swim collection. The colors in this print are so gorgeous and muted and it comes in both swim knit and boardshort fabric. I think it’d make darling little boy swimmers too! This is one of the prints both of my girls were fighting over too but mama won for now.
I sewed up the Midline Swimsuit from Gingham Hive. Ashley is a local friend and has amazing style (check out her Instagram for the proof!). I knew anything coming from her would be well done and this suit pattern is no exception. She has a sewalong on her blog that really helps walk you through anything that might be tricky.
There are multiple support options and you can use this pattern to create a super supportive sports bra as well. I did the shelf bra option and added bra cups. I skipped the extra lining since RCF swim is pretty substantial and the part that really needs it (the bust) has the shelf bra. The bottoms have a genius construction method that leaves you with pretty insides and no exposed seams. I used swim fabric to line my bottoms. I usually use power mesh in the front of my bottoms and didn’t on these. They still feel pretty supportive but I may add it to the front middle piece in the future (I just really love that extra bit of structure it gives). The multiple pattern pieces on the bottom make them fun for color blocking or playing with pattern too.
I am super happy with the coverage of this suit and love that I can mix and match it with the other pieces I sewed up. I’m pretty positive that there will be more Midline Suits in my wardrobe.
Can we talk about this top?!!! This is my absolute favorite piece I made for myself. I love the sportiness of it and the coverage is awesome. I used the Xfactor Top and Dress from Patterns for Pirates. It’s technically not a swim pattern but with a couple of simple alterations it works so well. The pattern has multiple sleeve options and a dress version too. I’m sure I’ll eventually get to all of the options but for now I just want to sew up a million JUST LIKE THIS! I want a couple in my workout wardrobe for summer too.
To make this more practical for swimming, I added a front lining and shelf bra. I cut the lining on the fold (I folded over the front pattern piece on the notch marking) and cut it just under the bust. I added cups to the lining and a taught 1 inch elastic strip near the hem of the lining. The elastic adds support and also keeps the lining in place next to my skin. The rest of the top is a little loose making it comfortable and flattering. That twist in the front is my favorite detail! I sewed up a size small, according to my measurements. If you preferred a tighter fit, you could try sizing down a size.
This pretty sage and white diamond print is such a gorgeous color and pairs so well with so many of the new spring prints as well. It also comes in boardshort fabric and I’m dying to make Charlie a suit out of it.
The bottoms I’ve paired with it are Hello Sailor bottoms, also from Patterns for Pirates. I turn to this pattern year after year for so many reasons. I absolutely love the fit of these bottoms. I sew up a size small and there is quite a bit of negative ease, sucking things in where I need them! I like to use power mesh in between the lining and main fabric on the front from the top of the leg seam to the waist. For these, I used power mesh on the green and brown pair but skipped it on this pair simply because I forgot. I also like to do the waistband slightly wider and add one inch elastic to it but alas I forgot on these ones too (I think I was just too excited to be sewing for myself again!). It doesn’t necessarily need it but when editing these pics I noticed the waistband is rolled in many of the photos. Adding elastic eliminates the rolling and also adds just a little more support too.
I sewed up one more top and I’m in love! I purchased this top for a vacation earlier this year and loved it so much I wanted to recreate it. I turned to my trusty Willow Wrap Dress pattern from Love Notions. It had the perfect cross front and sleeve options like the inspiration. I wanted to add a little more length than the original and while it did complicate things a bit, it was easy to get the length I wanted starting with the Willow Wrap bodice. For this top, I used the dark peach triangle stripe. I love that this print coordinates with so many prints too and it looks darling with the multi stripe from my Midline Suit too.
I’ll tell you what I did and also what I’d do differently next time. Something about swim makes me less nervous to try new things. Maybe it’s the fact that it takes much less fabric or maybe it’s just a chance to be a little more adventurous. For this top, I cut my pattern pieces out per the instructions, cutting the bodice pieces at the shorten/lengthen line. I also cut two front lining pieces out of white swim fabric. I’m really leaning towards lining all of our suits in swim fabric instead of actual swim lining. It’s softer against the skin and doesn’t get snagged or stretched out with wear. Ok, now we’re going to get a little crazy. I layered my bodice pieces at the shoulder like this- front lining, back bodice right side up, front bodice right side down, and sewed the shoulder seams. This gives you a hidden shoulder seam. Next I sewed 3/8″ swim elastic to the inside of the whole neckline. I used my serger and just pulled it tight as I sewed, not stretching it too much but just enough to help it lay snug against the body. Now flip it to the inside to cover the elastic and secure with a zig zag or coverstitch. Now this is where I’d do things a little differently. I basted my sides and then determined where my cups should go. Then pulled out the basting stitches, sewed my cups in and proceeded to sew the rest of the top. I think it’d be genius if you left a small opening in the lining to add removable cups after constructing the top. This is what my RTW version has and then you can adjust the cups to be exactly where you want them.
After sewing on my cups, I basted the front bodice pieces together, leaving off the main front bodice piece that is on the outside. I sewed a plush 1.5 inch elastic across the underbust for support through the three layers of bodice pieces. Again, I would change that up and sew it just to the side of the bodice that will be on the inside next to your skin. If you didn’t want the longer top length, you could omit this all together. My rtw version just has elastic in the bottom band and it hits right under the bust so it’s very supportive. After you finish the front bodice construction you will sew the sleeves and side seams according to the pattern. To finish it off I sewed a band to the bottom of the bodice.
Did I thoroughly confuse you?! There’s a reason I don’t write tutorials, lol! When I do stray from the pattern, I usually wing it and hope it all works out. If you do feel like giving this a try, don’t hesitate to reach out to me and hopefully I can help you out. More than likely, you all have a better, easier way to do it and you can pass those tips along to me!
I did my pictures after grabbing my kids photos and I couldn’t get my remote to work right so my youngest two got to man the camera. I set up the tripod to make it as easy as possible for them and all they had to do was hit the button. I’d ask if I was in the frame and they said yes every.single.time! And guess what, most of the pics I am in the frame even if just barely, lol! I laughed and laughed as I scrolled through the hundreds of pictures they took and this gem right here is me taking tips from my sassy tween.
I’m so excited to have a new set up suits for summer! I’m so looking forward to pool days (even if they’re kiddie pool in the backyard days like last year!). I want the warmth and lazy days right about now.
I hope you’re following along this week as we showcase all of the amazing swim fabrics Raspberry Creek Fabrics has to offer. A huge thank you to all of our sponsors for donating patterns to our team of bloggers as well as patterns and shop credits to our daily giveaways. This sewing community is really the best!
Please stop by all of the other stops on the tour this week. Today’s bloggers have more cute adults suits as well as some darling little girls suits!
It’s day two of the Suit Up tour and I hope you’ve already been thoroughly inspired. Today I’m sharing my tips for adding graphics to your swimwear and a happy little discovery!
The techniques I share work great for embellishing rash guards but they’ll also work well for the front of a swimsuit or wherever you’d love a little something extra. For my kids tops, I turned to two of our go-to patterns: the Hey June Camden Raglan and the Titchy Threads Rowan Tee. I use these patterns often in their everyday wardrobe and they work great for swim tops too. Both of these patterns are slimmer fitting making them perfect for the pool.
I love any chance I get to pull out my Cricut and adding a little personality and pizzazz to their pieces. For these tops I used stretch vinyl and Cricut Infusible Ink. In the past I’ve used Cricut SportFlex HTV and I’ve been thrilled with the results. I use my Cricut EasyPress and their swim tops have held up year after year (until they’ve outgrown them but they still look brand new when we pass them on!). I swear by Teflon sheets when using iron-on vinyl. They add a layer of protection to your garment and also seem to help the vinyl melt into the fabric better. When pressing SportFlex on to swim fabric I set my EasyPress to 305 degrees and do 30 seconds on the right side then flip it and do 15 seconds on the back.
This year I headed to my local vinyl shop, Vinyl Outlet, and picked up these three stretch vinyl sheets. You want to look for stretch vinyl since knits, especially swim, will be stretched when worn. I’ve heard great things about this stretch vinyl so I’m hopeful it will hold up as well as the SportFlex. There were so many colors to choose from that I’d love to be able to match all of the RCF swim fabrics! I designed this digital design and it’s available in the Project Run and Play shop.
For this one, I was dying to try Cricut Infusible Ink. Cricut recommends only using their blanks but that is so limiting. With a little research I found that many had had great results using synthetic fabrics, perfect for this poly spandex swim knit! I did a couple of test swatches and then went for it. I recommend doing all of your embellishing PRIOR to sewing up your pieces. 1- it’s easier to lay our your fabric and 2- it’s not quite as heartbreaking if you mess up!
For this design, I used a graphic available in Design Space and Bright Teal Infusible Ink. I followed the instructions for cutting and fusing the ink (using the Heat Guide here) and it worked beautifully! I love seeing that ink just melt right into the fabrics. I talked to Diana of Raspberry Creek Fabrics and she said the infusible ink process and setting temperature is similar to what they use in their shop when printing swim fabrics so the result should be easy and long lasting.
These both have their pros and cons. The infusible ink will only work on white, possibly light colors, while the vinyl will work on any solid or print. The infusible ink melts into the fabric making it a great choice if you want to add sizing labels to garments without the itchy tag or vinyl. Vinyl is fun to layer and you can create more complicated designs with it. I’m just excited to have options when it comes to creating unique looks for my family!
My little guy got two new suits this year. And I promise he wasn’t as miserable during this shoot as his pictures look! This studio looks out over a busy street and this boy is so car obsessed he hated missing watching them, even for the few minutes it took to take these photos.
His first suit is a Lowland Kids Swim Brief. This pattern is unique because it uses swim knit making is especially soft and great for kids with sensory issues (there’s instructions to fully enclose seams too!). I used this teal tie dye print that I think is perfect for the whole family.
His second suit is Jennuine Designs Cobalt Boardshorts. I like the clean flat front and elastic back. He likes the pockets! I used this Teal Wave Print, another classic print that I think all of my boys would wear.
I hope you’ll follow along all week as these incredible bloggers show off their new swimwear! I promise you’ll be in love!
And make sure to pick up your swim fabrics this week at 15% off with code SWIMTOUR.
I’m so excited to be co-hosting the Suit Up for Summer blog tour again with Karly of Paisley Roots. We hosted our first Suit Up Tour way back in 2017 and the last two years have co-hosted the tour featuring Raspberry Creek Fabrics. Sewing swimsuits is one of my favorite things and this tour always gets me so excited for pool days and sunshine! To get you started on your own suits this year you can use code SWIMTOUR to get 15% off swim fabrics all week long.
This year I sewed up almost twenty different pieces and can’t wait to show them all to you this week! Raspberry Creek’s swim fabrics this year are sooooo good and were so much fun to work with. I loved that my kids and I got to really pick fabrics that suited us and we’re just itching to hit the pool now!
You can find our first year of the swim tour here. I give tips for adding a shelf bra to your favorite raglan or tee pattern for a supportive rash guard. I rounded up girls and women’s swim patterns, sewed the most complicated swimsuit to date (I’ve yet to tackle that pattern again), and even did coordinating family suits. Looking back at these pics brings me back! My kiddos have grown so much since then! Would you believe that Sophie is still trying to squeeze into that darling black and white stripe rashie suit?!
2018 wasn’t a tour year but that didn’t mean there wasn’t swimsuit sewing. This was the year of the Made for Mermaids Mermaid Shores collection and we were instantly smitten! The Calypso, Camila, and Lainey are still go-to’s at our house and I sewed up more Calypso’s this year too! If you are a beginner at sewing swimwear, I highly recommend Made for Mermaids for their spot on fit and excellent construction and instructions. I also love that some of these suits have held up so well and are still in rotation!
2019 brought more gorgeous Raspberry Creek swimwear as we hosted the Suit Up tour through the then new RCF blog. I love looking at the huge variety of prints from that year from bright bold florals and stripes to that soft pink floral. Those black Hello Sailor bottoms are my most worn swim piece ever! Classics like that are the best!
Last year’s tour was epic. It was at the beginning of the pandemic and sewing swimsuits seemed both silly and also just the distraction we all needed. The hope of sunny days ahead kept us going and these fun prints were such a joy to work with.
As you can see, sewing swimwear is something I never get tired of. You can search this blog for all of my past adventures in swimsuit sewing or simply click here. I also have a post over at Cali Fabrics full of all my favorite tips to make sewing swimwear a dream!
Make sure you check back in all week for this year’s new suits! I’m happy to share this tour with an amazing group of bloggers too!
Project Run and Play is hosting a month long event in honor of the Pantone colors of the year, a Pantone Party! A party all about colors, fabrics, and sewing for my kids- I’m 100% in! Read to the end to find out how you can get in on the fun too!
The Pantone colors this year are Ultimate Gray and Illuminate, a bright vibrant yellow. I love that these colors have opposing feels- the gray is calming and basic and the yellow is cheery and bright, but together they highlight the best of both. It was fun to create looks that spoke to these colors and what they represent.
I was lucky enough to get to work with some amazing Art Gallery fabrics paired with patterns from the Project Run and Play shop. We’ve had glimpses of spring weather and these looks will be perfect for the season ahead.
Sophie is growing out of most of her dresses (she’s grown 3 inches in a year!) and I knew I wanted to do a cute dress for her. I love Art Gallery stripes and picked Striped Bold in Graphite for her look. Art Gallery knits are such a great medium weight and have great recovery and softness. I think they work well for tops, dresses, and leggings.
I used the Story pattern for her dress with a few alterations. I skipped the bottom sleeve piece and created a cuff piece instead so that she has a cute short sleeve. I also used inseam pockets from another pattern. A dress is ALWAYS better with pockets and I think the inseam pockets add a little more grown up look compared to the kangaroo pocket included in the pattern.
I think this dress will be great all summer long and will even work well as a swim coverup. After taking these pics I was reminded that I have my own version of this too! We can totally be twinners (and I can unapologetically embarrass the heck out of her!)
Charlie got a simple, classic summer boy look. A tee and comfy shorts and he’s a happy camper!
For his top I used Striped Alike Grey paired with solid Daffodil knit. I sewed up the color block option of the Lemon Tee (are you sick of seeing my kids in this pattern yet? I hope not because I’m not giving it up any time soon!). This pattern is so loaded with options and I love when the pattern does all the work for me.
My boys (including the hubs!) are super into trading cards these days and the ultimate score is getting a numbered limited sports card. I knew adding a little 1 of 1 to this Limited Edition graphic would be the perfect touch for this kid. Super personal and oh so true about all of his mama-made makes too!
For his shorts I used the Prose Cargo Joggers. They are the perfect woven jogger pattern and it’s loaded with options too! I sewed up the shorts version, leaving off the side cargo pocket. I love the little hidden side pocket and so does he! I used an Art Gallery Denim in Clouded Horizon. This is actually the ‘wrong’ side of the fabric. The front features a cool crosshatch pattern but I loved the more subtle look the back side gave. It’s a great mid weight denim that was perfect for these bottoms. And if you know this little guy, they got the softness approval which is huge for a denim bottom!
Can I indulge you in a little parenting story?! This little man was BEGGING for a haircut after letting his hair grow out all winter. We loved his curls when done just right but most of the time it was a crazy mess. He loved the length but complained that the sides were constantly getting pulled by his masks (something we never had to deal with in the past!). His solution was to just cut the sides and leave the back so he could have the best of both worlds. Yep, business in the front and party in the back. I took him to the salon and really hoped he would hate it once she did the sides and agree to a full trim but that grin when he saw himself in the mirror with just the sides trimmed up- oh man, I was putty in his hands. And now I have a kid with a mullet and I’m honestly ok with it. Is that what happens with the baby? You just give up? I like to think that I know what battles to pick and also how important it is for them to be themselves. At nine, he’s totally entitled to his own opinions and I want him to feel comfortable being just who he wants to be. Luckily right now it’s just about a haircut!
Ok, back to what you came for- the sewing! For Payton’s look I knew I wanted to use a fabric that would tie all of the looks together. This pretty floral, Fields of Goldenrod, was too perfect! Art Gallery quilting cottons are lightweight but have a drape and feel unlike most cottons. I love using them for dresses and other garments.
For her dress, I sewed up the Robin Dress. This pattern is full of cute details and like I often do, I left them all off! I think for tweens, the simpler the better!
I did the open back, short cuffed sleeve dress with ties. It’s such a classic silhouette!
For this shoot we headed to the local middle school common area. We were surrounded by a group of high school skateboarders as we shot and I love how my kids acted like it was totally normal to be taking pictures there. You can tell some were more comfortable than others. That cute yellow lunch table and stark grey concrete walls were just too perfect for this party!
As part of the party, Raspberry Creek Fabrics is giving away two $50 gift certificates! You can join the sew along for your chance at these amazing prizes. Make sure to check into the PRP blog every day to get more incredible Pantone inspiration (did you see last weeks AH-MAZING looks?!!!). Thanks for joining the fun!
The newest Hey June Handmade pattern has arrived! I was lucky enough to test the new Sitka Sweatshirt and you know it’s a good pattern when I make multiples during testing.
The Sitka is a ‘shrunken’ fit sweatshirt pattern that is that perfect in between fit of crazy relaxed and fitted. It’s designed to hit at your high hip making it perfect for both your high-waisted and mid-rise bottoms. There are three bodice options- plain front, two-piece, and three piece chevron color block. There are two size ranges 0-20 B-cup and 14-30 D-cup.
I sewed up this view A as my ‘muslin’. I used incredible bamboo sweatshirt fleece and matching ribbing from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, with total trust in Adrianna and knowing this pattern was very forgiving. This fabric is so heavenly and this pattern is perfect for it! I’m dying to use all my scraps for a view C (it’s so perfect for all those yummy leftovers you can’t bear to part with!).
My upper bust measurement puts me in a size 4 with a size 10 waist and back down to a 4 in my hips. With the relaxed fit of the pattern, I sewed a straight size 4. It fits good but I forget how my small bust measurements don’t quite take into account my broad shoulders or biceps. This fabric has plenty of stretch and this top is still uber comfortable but I did choose to size up for my next one.
For my second one I got brave and used a print for the top. This marble swirl from RCF’s new spring line is one of my favorite prints ever! I tend to gravitate more to solids in my everyday dressing and was nervous I wouldn’t wear a full printed sweatshirt as much. This color blocking option is just perfect though! A little party on top but not too busy. I paired it with blush pink french terry and white french terry for the bands.
Bumping up one size gave me just the right wiggle room and I love, love the fit of this one!
Adrianna has done it again! Make sure to head over to her blog for all of the incredible tester makes and to grab your copy!
I’m always a sucker for Sue Daley’s lines at Riley Blake and her newest Faith, Hope, and Love line is another winner. I’m always drawn to her style and color palettes and this line will draw you in too!
The pretty pinks, muted golds, deep charcoal, and pale blues are so good together. Throw in simple prints, darling florals, and a vintage feel and this collection is giving me all the heart eyes!
I got Stems in Charcoal and Geo in Antique Gold and was seriously tempted to use them both for myself. I love that these prints aren’t too bold and are fantastic blenders but also work so well on their own. They’re subtle and classic- my favorite combination!
With snow in the forecast, we decided to have a little fun for this shoot. We headed to our favorite little wooded park and had so much fun. It was just cold enough to snow (it wasn’t cold enough to stick to the roads) but not windy or too cold to play in. Payton, in her little short sleeved top, didn’t complain a bit and just loved the novelty of shooting with those big gorgeous snowflakes falling around us. It was a magical moment with my girls and I’m glad to have these pics that captured it all!
This girl has a closet full of dresses and asked for a top this time. I used the Odeline Blouse from Iris May (available in the Project Run and Play Shop). I used this pattern once before and we both loved the top so it was about time we revisited it. The pattern is full of options (like the cute ruffles!) but we stuck with just the simple neck ruffle again.
The pattern does not include seam allowances (are we just spoiled in the US?) and that always intimidates me. I used the two pencil method to trace the seam allowance and it was a quick and simple step that I really need to not stop me in the future. I’m always worried that I’ll do it wrong and end up with an ill fitting garment but the directions are very clear as to where to add the seam allowances and it really just took a few extra minutes.
That pretty button placket in the back is so cute!
This cute teen is inching her way into women’s sizing and I’m always excited when I find more of my patterns that fit her. The Justine Skirt from Ready to Sew comes in sizes 32-52 and was perfect for her. I love that all of the proceeds from this pattern are donated, making it a great one to have in your stash.
The skirt features a fitted waistband (no elastic), button front, and nice big pockets. You can see my other version here for more of those pretty details.
I love the cute midi-length which makes it so versatile. It’s super cute with boots for winter but will also pair so well with a tee and sandals come summer.
I’m grateful for Riley Blake and these cute fabrics. It’s so fun to sew them up and get to see them on my girls! They love their new pieces!
It’s with mixed emotions I bring you this post. I’ve joined in Project Run and Play Mini Season 2 as a last minute replacement for our dear friend Gemia Carroll, who tragically lost her oldest daughter this last week. My prayers are with Gemia and her family in this tender time and I’m so grateful for this community and the way they have rallied on her behave. While I love a good PRP challenge, sewing and photographing our looks in a weekend provided an added obstacle. Lucky for me, my family was up for the challenge as well. You can head over here to vote and to check out my competition.
The theme for this week is Comfort Encapsulated and if you are a follower of mine you know just how perfect that was for me and these kiddos. This season is focused on the Project Lounge Library patterns and that was another reason for me to jump on board. The Lounge Library patterns are some of our favorite PRP patterns and just work so well for our lifestyle. They are easy to wear and sew up so quick. I was able to sew Friday and Saturday and my kids were happily wearing these on Sunday.
I picked our theme, Easy Like Sunday Mornin’, because Sundays have become the perfect family day this past year. We usually do a quick Zoom or in person church service in the morning and then get to spend the rest of the day lounging and enjoying each other’s company. We binge watch tv shows, play all the board games, bake cookies and cakes, do puzzles, and recently joined the Nintendo Switch world and like to get our Just Dance on. Sunday’s are all about comfort and these outfits are meant for these lazy days.
When it comes to comfort, it’s all about the fabric, right? I’m lucky enough to live just down the street from Raspberry Creek Fabrics so my first stop in planning was to raid the fabric racks. These fabrics are all sponsored by RCF and I don’t know what my kids would be wearing without Diana and her magic fabric shop. Raspberry Creek Fabrics is known for it’s huge selection of cozy knits and it was the perfect place to get started. I grabbed silky double brushed polyester, cozy waffle knits, plush sweatshirt fleece, and soft ribbed knit. I love that I was able to find coordinating prints and solids that work so well together.
Charlie is all about comfort and hates anything stiff or itchy. I usually have to bribe him to wear jeans so I knew he’d be so excited about these denim look joggers. I used a double brushed polyester for pants that are so soft. He says these are his most comfortable pants ever! I used the Joseph Joggers and adjusted the waistband for a wider elastic. A little added top-stitching and these are the perfect little boy pants.
His top is a Theodor Raglan with the George hood added. Sewn up in camo and rust waffle knit with soft ribbing cuffs, it’s such a cozy top! The Theodor is a favorite of mine now. It’s a great loose fit and such a fun sew. I like to add top-stitching where I can and I think it really elevates it. Throw on a couple of tags and I think this top passes the ‘cool’ test for sure.
To finish his look, he got a Bookish Beanie out of the charcoal ribbing lined with the heather grey ribbing. He’s growing his hair out and I love that he can throw on a beanie for those not-so-great hair days.
Payton is my busy bee and loves to really relax in her rare spare time. I knew a cute lounge set would be perfect for her. She’s totally obsessed with rib knit and she’s living her dream in this head to toe look.
We picked this pretty floral rib knit to coordinate with her siblings. I sewed up a Story Top for her tee. She’s loving mock necks right now so I used two back bodice pieces and added a tall mock neck band. I also cropped about four inches off of the top length to give her this cute cropped length.
The pants are the Nini Noni Pajama pants just slightly modified with a wide yoga waistband. Skipping the elastic waist really ups the comfort factor!
Sophie is on top of all the latest trends and wanted a cute sweatsuit. It was fun to brainstorm and come up with the design for this adorable set. I used the Joseph Joggers and George Hoodie for her look. She’s getting so close to outgrowing most children’s patterns and I’m pretty sure I’ll cry big crocodile tears when that day comes. She’s just at the top of these two patterns size charts and I was glad I could squeak this outfit out for her.
She got all of the yummy sweatshirt fleece for her outfit. I used a combo of light grey, mustard, and mauve. RCF sweatshirt fleece is super plush on the backside and oh so cozy!
The color blocking on this sweatshirt was my biggest challenge and so much fun to come up with. We searched Pinterest for ideas and boy are there some incredible looks out there. I don’t color block often and now I’m wondering why. It adds so much to a simple silhouette. For her hoodie, I chopped off three inches and added a drawstring hem casing.
I added a wide twill tape side stripe to her joggers. I also used cuff ribbing for the ankles and wrist bands to tie the two pieces together.
For this shoot I went back to our PRP roots and headed to our local parking garage. I’m pretty sure the first time I shot here was for week 3 of Season 15, our Shine Bright looks. I loved our shoot that day and have since used this location a TON! It’s perfect in winter or rainy weather because you still get lots of light but are protected from the elements. I love the neutral backdrop that really lets the colors and outfits take center stage.
You can head over to Project Run and Play to vote for your favorite looks. This week I am competing against Carin of Art Bella Creates. I absolutely adore Carin’s style and she always blows me away with her creations so I know I’m in for tough competition this week. Thanks for all your support and make sure you join in the sewalong with this mini season!
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!