Joy Jacket from Chalk and Notch

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It’s not often that you sew up a challenging, time-consuming project then immediately start dreaming up your next one.  The Joy Jacket from Chalk and Notch has left me wanting more!  It’s such a versatile, lightweight jacket that will get so much love.   Read to the end so you can win your own copy too to make your jacket fantasies come true!

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With Spring on my mind, I knew I wanted a pretty pink jacket.   I ordered a fancy gold zipper and blush fabric only to not have my intended fabric ship on time.  In stepped Diana at Raspberry Creek Fabrics to rescue me!  A few days later this gorgeous blush peach lightweight twill was in my hands and my jacket dreams were a reality.

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All I can think is “Man, that’s a pur-ty jacket!”  I love how it turned out and think it will be a great date night layer.

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The story behind this pattern is a touching one.  Emily of Enjoyful Makes has a much beloved jacket of her late mother’s and searched high and low for a similar one.  In stepped Gabriela of Chalk and Notch.  She took the jacket and drafted a pattern even better than the original.  The pattern is named after Emily’s mom, Joy.  Such a sweet story and I knew I needed one of my own.

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There are multiple options with this pattern.  I chose the wide collar version but there is also a hood option.  I did the square patch pocket but there are cute angled pockets as well.  I did a drawstring at the neck but you can add one at the hem as well.

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The jacket is also fully lined and beautifully finished.  I used this gorgeous rayon challis also from Raspberry Creek.

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With my fabric mix up I was terribly behind in the testing.  We had arranged studio time on a Friday morning and I picked up my fabric that Wednesday morning.  Totally enough time to sew up a jacket, right?!!  I had my pattern prepped and waiting so by the time my fabric came out of the dryer I was ready to roll.  After putting kids to bed, I was able to sew uninterrupted until about midnight and had my jacket almost finished except for topstitching.  I would call myself a timid intermediate sewist and feel like if I could sew this jacket any adventurous beginner could tackle this.  You’ll learn new skills and with a sew-along planned Gabriela will walk you through all the difficult steps too.  I love the feeling you get from a well finished, challenging sew and this jacket is right up there.

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While I absolutely love this jacket, I think this fabric is a bit too light colored and sheer to be practical for daily wear.  There are other colors of this fabric in stock that would work fantastic though.  The Heathered Grey Twill is this same fabric content and would make the best everyday choice.  I’m hoping to make another that I can throw on for errands and soccer games.   Raspberry Creek has stocked fabrics just perfect for this pattern.  There are multiple colors of Tencel Twill that would be beautiful and lots of pretty lining choices too.

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I was so lucky to get together with my sewing buddies for pics.  I love how our jackets all suit us to a tee.  Tiahna of Ammon Lane, Rachel of Little Fish, and Nicole of Merritts Makes are sewing rockstars.  I always love their style and take on patterns.

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Ready to win your own copy?!  Just comment on this post (make sure to leave your email address)- that’s it!  I’ll pick a random winner on Monday February 26th.  I can’t wait to see everyone living in their Joy Jackets!

Toaster Sweater from Sew House 7

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I’ve got a new addiction this winter.  The Toaster Sweater patterns from Sew House 7 have become favorites to sew and wear.  They check all the right boxes for me- comfortable, loose fitting, quick sews, and stylish.

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I shared my first two over on the Cali Fabrics blog.  I made this green one out of a mid weight sweatshirt fleece and it’s the ultimate in warmth and comfort.  This particular sweatshirting has a bit of two way stretch that makes it easy to wear.  It’s the first thing I grab on a snowy day.

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The tall neckline of #1 is so cozy and I love the boxy fit of this version.  The topstitching details add such a professional finish.  I added length to this version to provide optimum coverage!

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After sewing a version #1, I just had to try sewing #2.  I used a luxurious stretch velvet and had the perfect holiday party top.

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It’s loose and chic and I get compliments every time I wear it.  I love that it looks dressy while still feeling like I’m wearing next to nothing.  I think I’d wear velvet all day every day if I could.

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So after those first two sweater all I could think about was sewing up another.  When I laid eyes on this amazing quilted knit from Raspberry Creek Fabrics I knew it had to be a boxy sweater and the Toaster #1 was just what I was after.

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I lined the body and sleeves in a lightweight double brushed poly and kept the length I added to the pattern previously.  This fabric is a bit less stiff than my first version and the neck line has a slouchy effect.  This top is incredibly warm and just about as pretty as a sweatshirt can get.

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I found these darling tags at Hobby Lobby (in the yarn section) and like to add them to those special things I know will get extra love.  Just a tiny detail that I adore that looks upscale from afar but only I know the care that went into this piece.

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My latest Toaster just might be my favorite.  This beauty happened when I stumbled across this fabric in my stash and realized I had just enough to make the cutest Toaster ever.  This fabric is a remnant from Girl Charlee years ago, a sweatshirt fleece with absolutely no stretch.  I literally could hold the leftover scraps in one hand when I was done cutting this out- totally meant to be!

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I used the original cropped length and cropped the cuffs a bit also.  Because of the lack of stretch in this fabric this top is a cinch to get on but man, oh man do I have to Houdini myself out of it.  If I had thought through this sew a bit more I may have sized up to account for the lack of stretch but I sewed this on a whim from finding the fabric to sewn in under an hour.  No time for actually thinking about it- just a quick, rewarding sew!

I really love how different fabrics take to this pattern.  I’m thinking next fall I’d love a chunky sweater knit version of either pattern.  I think a light jersey knit would look cute as a version 2 for spring or a drapier french terry for that matter.

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Have you sewn up a Toaster?  Any favorite fabrics you loved for yours?  I might have sewn my last version this season (no guarantees 😉 but know it will be at the top of my list when cooler temps hit again this fall.

Simple Life Pattern Co. Aria

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Raspberry Creek Fabrics has just released their newest Spring CLUB line and it’s absolutely amazing.   My kids instantly claimed their favorite prints and I fell madly in love with these Coral Umbrella Flowers and knew I had to sew it up stat.  Corinne Wells, the designer behind this line, just nails it every…single…time.

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I knew I wanted a pattern that would really let this fabric shine and the new Aria Dress from Simple Life Pattern Co. was just what I was after.  It’s a classic silhouette with a sweet bow back.  I had to run it by this cutie and she was as smitten as I was.

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We chose to do the full back coverage so she could wear it to school.  The bows made it so fun to throw in a coordinating fabric, navy polka dots.  Nothing like a little party in the back!

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I love sewing for this girl because she’s so hard to fit in ready-to-wear.  I did an 8 chest graded to a 10 waist with a 12 length.  Talk about a custom fit!  We chose a half sleeve hack to hopefully make this wearable now and then well into spring and summer.

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We did the full circle skirt option for maximum twirl factor.  I don’t think a good twirl ever gets old!

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She’s been wanting rain boots forever and these vibrant, fun yellow ones were just made for this fabric.  They will surely brighten even the gloomiest of rainy days!

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The Aria features a darling neckline that I managed to botch.  Yep, sometimes you just gotta make do and this was one of those times.  Just means I’ll need to make another one to redeem myself 😉  Good thing little sis is already in line for her version!

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After a couple of intense sews, this was my reward.  A quick, fun beautiful knit sew always cleanses the palate and gets me ready for the next big project!  Make sure you head over to Raspberry Creek Fabrics and check out the newest prints- they’re on sale through 2/14 for $1 off/yard.  Simple Life Pattern Company is celebrating three years of business with one of the biggest sales ever.  Head over to shop all the darling patterns for 40% off!  We’re big SLPCo fans around here and they pair fabulously with our favorite RCF fabrics!

 

Nina Blouse from Coffee + Thread

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I’ve been trying to cut back on pattern testing and it takes something pretty special to pull me into a test.  The Nina Blouse from Coffee + Thread was one of those patterns!

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A sweet peter pan collar, shoulder pleats and multiple sleeve options make this a classic pattern that can work year round.  It’s so feminine and sweet!

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The optional neck ties add such a charming touch.

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This pattern is beginner friendly and is great for those like me that are a bit timid when it comes to sewing button-up shirts.  I’m always nervous to tackle what I think are intimidating projects but this pattern really was a fun sew.  Not too difficult and the tutorial was excellent.  There’s nothing better than the feeling of accomplishing something that scares you!  These tops are some of my favorite makes because I pushed myself a bit out of my comfort zone.  Easy knit projects are great but these blouses took just a little longer and the reward is so satisfying!

The list of recommended fabrics for this top is long.  Light to mid weight woven fabric such as lawn, rayon, linen, and quilting cotton are all great choices.  I used a pretty rayon challis from Raspberry Creek Fabrics for the long sleeve version and a light swiss dot from LA for the cap sleeve blouse.  Different looks to bring us into spring.  I’m excited to use my favorite quilting cotton prints too!

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You’ll also be happy to know that the size range is amazing! 12 months to 12 years- hallelujah!   It’s absolutely adorable on the littlest ones and still chic and classic on the oldest girls.  It’s such a timeless pattern you’ll turn to again and again.

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My biggest critic absolutely loves her new tops!  She was so excited to wear it to school the next day.  It looked great with jeans and know it will be darling paired with a skirt and knee highs for church too.

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The pattern is on sale through Tuesday, February 13th for $6.50.  I know you’ll love it as much as we do!

Love Notions Thomas Track Pants

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There’s exciting things happening in the Love Notions Pattern world.  Kelly has joined Tami as an assistant designer and has just released her first pattern!  I love working with Kelly and know she’s been after a great track pant pattern for ages.  So it was obvious they should be her inaugural pattern.

(This post contains affiliate links.  Purchasing through these links provides me a small commission that I use to keep up fabric hoarding obsession.)

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The Thomas Track Pants are so full of options!  You’ve got to check out Kelly’s ah-mazing cover pair.  Pockets, colorblocking, and hem zippers make them perfect for your little athletes.  They come in sizes 2t-14 and I’m thinking my teenage soccer players need some too!

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Charlie asked for some cozy pajama pants and picked out this plush fleece for his first pair.  After trying them on he declared them soooo soft and comfy and had to wear them to school that day.  So they may have started out as pj’s but have become his go-to pants whenever they are clean.  This is the basic no pocket, solid version.  They’re a super quick sew and the perfect fit!

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I made Charlie a couple Moto Maxx tops and he needed a pair of track pants to match too!  This version features the cool colorblocking.  I skipped the other bells and whistles which made these another quick sew.  I used the much sought after oatmeal french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics with some olive heathered french terry (also from RCF but currently out of stock) for the accent.   His top is also made with RCF cotton lycra jersey (so soft!).

Just in case you need the perfect top to go with your new track pants, I can’t recommend the Moto Maxx enough!  I love being able to mix and match prints and that shoulder detail is too cool.  Boys clothing can be boring but not with this pattern!

I’m so excited for Kelly to be joining the design team and to be dreaming up more boy patterns.  I love sewing for this kid and know Kelly will do some fantastic things!

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I’ll leave you with this gem.  He’s pretty convinced that ‘matching’ means wearing head to toe of the same color.  He just had to wear his new shades and I think he’s doing his best to intimidate you into grabbing this pattern!  I know you’ll love it as much as he does!

 

Project Sew It January: Tees

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I love having something to hold me accountable to get my sewing list done.  That’s why I love pattern tests, blog tours, and sewing challenges.  Project Sew It is right up my alley.  It’s a relaxed concept with a theme for each month but you can pick your patterns in that category.  January’s theme was tees.  I have a handful of t-shirt patterns I’d been wanting to try so I was all on board!

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I picked the Panama Tee Dress from Alina Sewing + Design Co.   I’ve had it on my radar FOREVER!  I’ve been wanting a slim fitting tee pattern and I think this one will be a winner!  This rayon spandex stripe version was my first one.  I did a size 6 graded to an 8 at the waist based on my measurements.  I also graded out the half sleeves to a size 8 too.  I threw on a premade leather pocket for a bit of flair.  I love how this one came out and immediately made another one.

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I scored this pretty lilac fabric in LA and have been saving it for the perfect tee pattern.  It’s super soft, a bit thicker than rayon spandex but has a similar drape.  It’s scrumptious!

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I’ve been looking for a good pattern to use all my favorite Raspberry Creek cotton lycra prints.  I think the shape of this tee works well with this fabric.  It’s just fitted enough that the structure of the knit suits this cut.  This pretty ditsy floral print is glorious!  I love a good tiny print and the subtlety of this one is perfect- not too babyish for grownups!

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I really wanted a cute tee to layer under all my cardigans while it’s still chilly.  I think this tee is absolutely perfect for layering!

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After wearing these tees all month I think I will make a few changes in the future.  I need to grade out the whole sleeve a bit more.  I know my biceps are usually a size or two bigger than my chest and I need to start making that adjustment a regular thing.  This pattern I will need to go up two or three sizes I think to get the best fit.

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I love this stripe in a rayon spandex because it hides a bit more than the solid purple tee.

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This side view really highlights how this fabric hugs all the wrong places.  I usually avoid lightweight fabrics and slim fit patterns for this reason.  I think with a more supportive bra and a little less ice cream (lol!) I will be a bit more confident in this version 😉

Overall I’m really happy with this pattern and so glad I finally got around to sewing it up.  I think it will be great for summer and know these three tops will fit in well in my wardrobe.  If you’re interested in joining in the Project Sew It challenge you can join the Facebook group here.  I’m excited for February’s challenge- Sweaters!

Cricut Be Mine Blog Hop

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Yep, I’m here again with more Valentine’s goodness!  I can’t stop guys!

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I love Valentine’s day for so many reasons.  I’ll take any excuse I can get to tell my favorite people how much I love them.  I love being able to put up my few Valentine’s decorations after the excess of Christmas.  Glittery hearts, pretty garlands, and bright pillows sure do brighten up the mood on a dreary winter day.  And let’s talk about the food… chocolates, candies, and a delicious meal are all Valentine staples.  What’s not to love?!!

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I’ve made my girls a few ‘valentine’ theme tops this year.  We love using our Cricut to make custom tees each holiday but I usually limit it to one or two per kid since they only get to wear them for such a short time.  Valentine’s things on the other hand can easily be worn all year if you keep them pretty basic.

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My oldest is awesome at coming home from school with a new request at least once a week.  She’ll see someone wearing one of the latest trends and ask me to just ‘whip it up’ for her.  Not too long ago she asked for a tee with stripes on the sleeves and I was happy to hook her up with one.

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I was planning on using the Camden Raglan from Hey June since it comes with sleeve stripes as an option.  I had a lightbulb moment though when I realized I could do those stripes in vinyl in just a fraction of the time.  Seriously sooooo much easier!  I grabbed my other trusty Hey Juniors pattern- the City Park Tee and had a finished garment in no time!  The only alterations I made for this was to lengthen it 1.5″ for her height and I widened the sleeve a bit to give it a more ‘boyfriend’ feel.  The stripes are simply .5″x 12″ strips of vinyl that I applied before sewing up the sleeves.  The 12″ was just barely enough to fit on the size 10 sleeve, you’d want to use a longer piece of vinyl for any tee bigger than that (if you buy the 24″ rolls of vinyl you’re golden but I thought it was worth mentioning if you usually grab smaller sheets).

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The ‘Love’ cut file is just from Cricut Design Space.  I get sucked into all the fun choices and suddenly need to make a million different tees!  So…many…cute…options!  All the fabric in this post is from the lovely Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I just love all the cotton lycra solid choices and this pretty dusty pink just looks too fabulous on this little miss.

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Little sis is still totally girly and loves anything sparkly and pink.  This outfit is just too her!

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For her I used the Jolly Roger Raglan with the cowl add-on and the free Love Notions Leggins.   These two patterns certainly get a workout around here.  I know if I’m looking for something comfy with a little kick- the JRR is my man.  C’mon, that cowl just takes it over the top!  And when it comes to quick the Leggins with the yoga waistband can’t be beat (even when stripe matching ;)!

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I just love how I was able to take this outfit from boring to brilliant with a little glitter vinyl.  I knew I wanted to do a little play on fabric printing with vinyl.  I cut a ton of mini hearts out of the pink glitter vinyl and scattered them at random on the sleeve and cowl pieces.  The Cricut Easy Press made adhering them a cinch.  I could lay them on the pieces and easily move the Press around without messing them up. It takes just a few seconds and they melt right into the fabric.  I designed the cute little saying in Design Space.  I love how easy it is to do your own text in the program.  So many fonts to chose from and it’s simple to manipulate the letters to get it just right.  Throw in a couple of heart knee patches and this outfit is adorable!

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Kinda makes you want your own, huh?!  I always feel that way when I sew for my kiddos.  Too darn cute!

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Cricut makes holidays so much more fun! This week promises so much darling Cricut inspiration from some of my favorite sewing and crafting bloggers.  Make sure to check them all out! A big shout out to Shelly from Coral and Co. for putting this all together!

Cricut ❤ Be Mine ❤ Valentine’s Day Blog Hop

Monday 1/29 Sweet Red Poppy * Amber Simmons * Sew Sophielynn

Wednesday 1/31 The Intrepid Thread

Thursday 2/1 Heather Handmade * Paisley Roots * Coral + Co

Friday 2/2 That’s Sew Kari * Maytime Moms * Swoodson Says