Sewing for ME!

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You guys!  I did it!  I sewed for myself with absolutely no deadline!  These two tops were pieces I’d been dying to make but they were constantly being put on the back burner for silly things like soccer games, dance recitals, laundry, dinner, and pattern tests and such, lol!  I’m so glad I finally sat down and sewed just for fun (and to remember when that’s the only reason I sewed).

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I bought the Elliot Sweater when it released and have wanting to sew it up since.  I even brought all of this along to the Love Notions Sewing Retreat and just didn’t get to it then.  I really wanted to wear this through the holidays so last weekend I just had to make the time to do it.  It’s amazing what a couple hours with my machines can do for my soul.  I came out with a cute top and renewed spirits- a win for the whole family 😉

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The raglan sleeve and big cowl neck make this a pretty quick and easy sew.

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That split hem is such a pretty detail that takes a few more minutes but the result is so good!

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I will say that I will probably sew the slit together a couple more inches in the future.  It looks great with high-waisted pants and leggings but I just don’t have enough of them in my wardrobe to make it super practical.  I wore a layering tank under this one and it worked great and kept me covered just fine.

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This fun bold stripe french terry was one of my few Black Friday purchases.  I’m always on the hunt for cool retro stripes and couldn’t pass up this cuteness.

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I wanted a nice, relaxed sweatshirt and grabbed my Pixie Tee pattern again.  I did view B for the first time with a banded hem.  All those band finishes make this sew up in no time at all.  I think I need a few more to get me through our cold winter months.

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Hooray for a little selfish sewing!  Are you sneaking in a few projects for yourself?  Up to your neck in gift sewing?  Whatever’s on your sewing table, enjoy yourself and soak up that creative energy!

Art Gallery Fabrics Stripe Tour

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I’m thrilled to be joining Karly from Paisley Roots for the Art Gallery Fabrics Stripe Tour.  Karly and I very first bonded over our shared love of all things striped so this was a definite treat for both of us.  I’m happy to be joining a great group of sewists to share these amazing fabrics with you.  Make sure you check out their posts this week as well!

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Stripes are a favorite of mine and these looks were so much fun to create.  I had the hardest time picking which fabrics to use.  Just take a look at all the killer stripes here.  You want them all too, right?!  The colors are just divine and there are so many to choose from.  They are yarn-dyed meaning they’ll stay just as pretty after a million washes as they look today.  Such a dream fabric!
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In the end I just couldn’t get this classic black and white combo out of my head.  I used the Striped Bold Caviar and Striped Alike Caviar.  I love the creamy white with the bold black.  I think I already have five black and white stripe tees in my own closet but I’m so drawn to the combo.  There’s no such thing as too many black and white stripes in your wardrobe!
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For my top I used the Pixie Tee and Dress from Chalk and Notch.  I love the optional side ties and knew it was the perfect place for a fun pop of fabric.  I used scraps from these pretty Art Gallery dresses and I love the combination.
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A bold peacock print is such a fun touch!
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I couldn’t bear to waste any of the leftovers so my little guy just had to have a tee too!  I used my go-to Jolly Roger Raglan pattern.  This bold stripe paired with a solid AGF knit in Sahara Sun is just checking all my boxes.  Stripes- check, mustard- check, cute boy- check 😉
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This fun dress is the piece de resistance!  I used the Upton pattern from Blaverry (so sad it is no longer available!).  It’s one of my favorite patterns for combining fabrics and I’m always so happy with the results.
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That back detail just makes me flip!
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Add in that pretty contrast yoke and I’m head over heels!
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We are so in love with our new pieces.  I can’t get over the quality of this fabric.  It was so nice to work with and is so soft and smooth.  I almost felt guilty using this amazing stuff on my kids.  I can tell it will hold up to all that they throw at it though making these a great addition to their closets.  Now to get my hands on all the colors…
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Thanks for joining us on our stop!  We hope you treat yourself to some of this amazing fabric soon!

 

Love Notions North Star Pullover

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I’ve got a new face on the blog for you today!  I’m excited to introduce you to my handsome other half sporting the first thing I’ve ever made him.  And it’s extra appropriate that it’s also Love Notions Patterns very first men’s pattern as well!

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The North Star Pullover is the men’s version of my latest Love Notion’s make the Constellation Hoodie.  The North Star is a great relaxed fit pullover.  It features a half zip front with a nice big front pocket.  You can choose a hood or collar option.

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My husband is not a hoodie guy so I went with the collar version.  I like that the collar is a bit dressier than the hood but still zips up nice and cozy.

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My husband is wearing an XXL with an inch added to the length (he’s 6’1″).  I added the length to both the front top portion and the back pattern piece.  He likes the relaxed, casual fit but I think I could go down a size in the future.

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The collar and hood construction is so clean and easy.  The collar lining is bound with bias tape leaving the neckline seam with such a smooth, clean finish.

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For his first make I definitely had to spoil him.  He’s waited a long time for this day so he deserved some good fabric!  I used Organic Cotton Lyocell from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It’s currently sold out but more should be arriving in the next few weeks.  This fabric is just about as good as it gets.  It’s so incredibly soft, has nice stretch, and is so darn warm and cozy!  I think he’ll be comfortable wearing this casually around the house or out to dinner as well.

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He was such a good sport ‘modeling’ for me!  We were cracking up as he struck all the silly poses he’s seen me do way too many times!  It was so nice to have our roles reversed during this shoot.  He’s a natural, don’t you think?!

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Grab this pattern on sale for just $8 until December 12th!  While you’re there pick up the ladies Constellation Hoodie and the kids Navigator Pullover for 20% at checkout.

 

Hello Sweetheart from Riley Blake Designs

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Hello Sweetheart from Riley Blake Designs is here and it’ll have your heart swooning!  We love the darling retro feel and it has us gearing up for Valentine’s.  It’s such a sweet collection full of bright colors and playful prints.

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The Gradient Heart is black was such a great choice for my oldest.  It’s got a modern edge to it that was so well suited for one of our favorite dress patterns.

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I love the clean lines of the Blake Dress from Mingo and Grace (you can see our other versions here, here, and here).  Those big box pleats and hidden inseam pockets are the stuff that makes me giddy!

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Can you even stand those ombre hearts?!!  The colors are just so fun!

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For this dress, I made a size 8 width with a 12 length in the skirt.  She actually measures into a 7 width but I was hoping by sizing up it’d fit a bit longer.  The problem is this girly keeps growing up and not out so I’m pretty sure it’ll be too short the next time I blink!  Little sister is already patiently waiting for her to outgrow it 😉

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Speaking of litttle sis- she got a Samantha Skirt from Made for Mermaids paired with an Ocotillo Leotard from Honeydew Kisses with handmade suspenders.

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This floral print is just too cute!  It reminds me so much of some of my favorite art when I was growing up.  Definitely brings me back to the early 90’s with fond memories!  Paired with Riley Blake black and white striped knit gives it a fun, contemporary twist.  This combo is just so adorable!

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Thanks for joining us today on our stop on the Hello Sweetheart Blog Tour.  Riley Blake provided us the fabric to sew up but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Brunswick Pullover from Hey June

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The newly released Brunswick Pullover is just about as cozy as it gets!  I’m head over heels for my version and I know you’ll love it too!

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I used AMAZING Lyocell Organic Cotton Sweatshirt Fleece from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and I never want to take it off!  It’s the ultimate in warmth and feels like I’m wearing a little piece of heaven.

True story- as I was sewing mine up I tried it on before sewing on the sleeve cuffs to check for length.  I was so smitten with it’s coziness that I couldn’t bear to take it off so I literally finished sewing on the cuffs while it was still on my body!  I then preceded to wear it for two days straight because the thought of taking it off was too traumatizing, lol!  It’s just that good people!

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I made a size 6, view B with a cowl adding a tiny scrap of leather for a tag on the kangaroo pocket.  Since this version is all banded it comes together in a flash!  I’m so anxious to sew up more!

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My favorite feature is the big, chunky cowl.  When I’m cold I love to snuggle into a scarf and I love that this acts like a built in one.  It’s warm without being constricting.

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It also features a slight dip in the back for a little extra toosh coverage (perfect for throwing on with your workout gear!).

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You can grab the pattern during Hey June’s Black Friday sale through Monday to save 20% with code HJ2018BF.  Don’t blame me when you suddenly have a cart full of patterns!  Hey June is definitely a favorite in our house (don’t forget to grab a Hey Juniors pattern or two while you’re at it!).

Coffee and Thread Kids Lana Dress Tour

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The Coffee + Thread Lana Pattern Tour is winding down and I hope that you’ve found it just as inspiring as I have.  So many pretty Lana’s for both women and girls have been sewn up!  I sharing a pair of holiday perfect Lana Kids Dresses with a little twist.

pair3These dresses are comfortable and so festive, making them great options for school and family gatherings.  They can fancy them up for special occasions but I also think they’ll wear them all season long with leggings, sweaters, or boots as everyday wear.  I love pieces that can be dressed up or down!  We picked up these beautiful velvets from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.   Velvet is my favorite for comfy looks that really shine.

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My little miss sass definitely needed a red dress to match her bold personality.  For her version I altered the bodice slightly, curving it up in the center front and angling it down to the center back, creating a slight hi-lo effect.

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I used the classic gathered skirt option and short ruffle sleeve.  It’s such a sweet dress!

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For big sister’s dress I used the slash and spread method to add width to the front and back from the armpit seam to the hem, creating a fun swing dress.  We used the newly added long sleeves for a cozy and cute dress.

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I used a gorgeous Olive Green Velvet because I knew it would match her eyes and boy was I right!

(This color is currently sold out.  It photographs more emerald but is really a vibrant olive in real life.  The listing pics for these fabrics are spot on.  My camera just really didn’t want to capture it’s gloriousness!)

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As the winter sets in, we are loosing our precious daylight.  This night was a fast photo shoot, picking them up from school and heading straight to another location with slightly better lighting and background.  The temperatures were in the mid-30’s and again, they were troopers!  I had to laugh while editing pics that my youngest’s arms were covered in goose bumps, all with the biggest smile on her face!  I’m so grateful for these cute girlies of mine!  I always get a pic or two each shoot of my goofball with a grin the size of Texas- totally captures her in one picture.

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This photo captures my sweet Sophie so well too!  What a treasure this girl is!pair4

Thanks for joining me on my stop today.  Make sure to head over to Instagram to see all the other beautiful Lana’s.  Use #lanatopanddresstour to be blown away!

Love Notions Sewing Retreat and Projects

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It’s been almost a month since the Love Notions sewing retreat. I can’t believe I was one of the lucky ones in attendance and it’s definitely an experience I’ll cherish. Friendships were made and strengthened, sewing skills were learned, projects were finished, fabric was scored, and a great time was had by all. I can’t wait to share with you my experience and of course all the projects I was able to start or finish while there!

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I’ve worked with Tami at Love Notions for a couple of years now. She was one of my first ever pattern tests and it was such a great experience. I loved how hands on she was through the testing process, sometimes sewing up a dozen or more of each design right along with the testers. She puts so much effort into perfecting a pattern and her eye for detail and design is amazing. I also just really love her classic, simple style! Needless to say, I was super excited to finally meet the whole Love Notions crew in person! It felt like being with old friends! My favorite parts of the whole weekend were talking sewing, family, and life with these ladies. Kelly (Handmade Boy), Rachel Ring (Handcrafted By Red), and Caroline Gaddy (Sew Like A Sloth) have been such inspiration and it was incredible spending time with them in the flesh.

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The venue was perfect! A cabin in the woods with 38 women- all there to share their love of sewing, what could be better. There was a big main room where we had classes (a fitting class, a pattern hacking class, a vinyl workshop, a photography class, and a sew-a-long) and free sewing. The Sly Fox Fabrics crew were amazing and treated us to the best game of Yankee Swap I’ve ever played (purses and fabric prizes, hello!). We hung out in the hot tub, ate lots of yummy food, and of course sewed our hearts out. These women were all so different and brought so much to our group. I’m so grateful I got to know these ladies from all over the US (and you cute Canadian Lisa!). For this shy, introvert sewing can be so solitary but it was so nice to be able to share this passion of mine with so many inspiring, incredible women. Thanks for such a fantastic few days!

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While I was there, I did actually sew a few things 😉 My plan was to cut out projects and I was super productive cutting three Moto Maxx joggers for my little guy and a Classic Tee for myself. While there I sewed up this Serenity Sweater during the Sew-A-Long and also a Rockford Raglan. I’m also sharing my latest Boyfriend Cardigan that I tried to have done in time for the retreat (everyone sews the day before a big trip, right?!) but had to save til I returned.

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The Serenity Sweater (affiliate links included in this post) was a bit out of my comfort zone and I’m so glad I sewed it up. I love the clever construction! It’s such a cute, on-trend piece that I love to dress up or down. I stopped at Raspberry Creek Fabrics a few days before my trip and loaded up on pretties to sew up. This Teal Brushed Hacci Sweater Knit was perfect for this pattern. I love the vibrant color so much!

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The other thing I sewed while at the retreat was this Rockford Raglan. The retreat was located just outside of Rockford so it was only fitting that I sew one up!

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This gorgeous Floral Sweater Knit made for such a pretty sweater. I tend to always use contrasting fabrics for raglans but love the simplicity of this one done in a single fabric. I love the relaxed fit of the Rockford and the quick finish that it is.

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The fit of the Classic Tee is nice and fitted through the chest and shoulders but relaxes through the belly and hips. It’s absolutely perfect in my book!

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And now for the ultimate piece in my new Love Notions wardrobe, a cozy Boyfriend Cardigan. I hate to play favorites but the Boyfriend Cardigan pattern is the chosen one for me. It’s the quintessential layering piece and works so well in so many different fabrics.

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I scored this plush, thick sweater knit in LA almost two years ago and have been meaning to sew it up ever since. It was just made to be a cozy cardigan and I’m so glad it’s now in it’s rightful place in my wardrobe.

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I may or may not have worn it three days in a row… taken a day off, then wore it two more days, lol! The big shawl collar, deep pockets, and long length just make it the best thing ever to throw on for those cold fall days. And in gray, c’mon, it’s a no brainer. This puppy will get worn to death this season.

K- thanks for indulging me as I gush about all things Love Notions. I’m such a fan and I’m so grateful to Tami and the team for letting me join their fun. PS- you can still grab the Ladies Constellation Hoodie on sale through Saturday for $8!