Midsummer Meadow by Riley Blake

The new line Midsummer Meadow by Katherine Lenius for Riley Blake is so quintessentially summer! It was fun to pick easy to wear summer pieces for this adorable fabric.

It seems like summer has hit us full blast here in Utah with temps climbing high! My girls wanted some cute play shorts to get them through this heat and these prints were so perfect.

My oldest picked the Brea Top and Shorts from Little Lizard King. I seem to be gravitating to LLK often these days and each new pattern I try cements them as one of my go-to pattern companies for my girls. They continue to come out with darling women’s and boys patterns too and I’m going to have to give them a try soon.

We both really loved that front yoke shaping! I think for our future pairs I will need to add a little length and pockets. These can feel a little pajama-y and I think pockets will make them way more functional. She loves these as is though and they’ll be perfect for our lounging at home this summer.

The Brea top has optional flutter sleeves but we went with the sleeveless option because it felt a little more grown-up. The tie-front waistband is such a sweet touch!

I love these two prints together! The sea glass color of the Woven print is one of my all time favorite shades. It’s a classic print that she’ll be able to wear with lots of her tees and tops. This main floral print is such a pretty wildflower look. She can’t wait to pair it with jean cutoffs too!

This butterfly print hooked me into this collection. When it arrived I couldn’t help but start dreaming up ways that an over 40-year-old woman could get away with wearing it. I think it’d be a darling Love Notions Melody Dolman or Hey June Amherst. Or I could always settle for darling pj’s too!

This girl was having none of that though! This print was hers and she was NOT sharing. We went with the Lilly Petal Shorts from Violette Fields Threads and I think they’ll get worn so much this summer! Paired with a tee in Aqua knit, this outfit was perfect for tramp jumping, cookie making, and bike riding.

I like the unique style of the Lilly shorts. I omitted the lining, knowing they’d already be pretty substantial in quilter’s cotton. It was so fun to pull out all my trims and let her pick. This trim from the Target Dollar Spot years ago was such a cute accent. She loves the fringe!

We love this gorgeous new line and know you will too!

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Favorite Things Blog Tour

I’m thrilled to be here sharing a few of my favorite things- yummy fabric, my go-to patterns, and a couple of sewing notions I can’t live without.

As our days at home stretch on and on, I have found I reach for the same comfy pieces over and over. I have been living in my Love Notions Allegros and Classic Tees (affiliate links), sometimes paired together and sometimes with favorite ready-to-wear items. You can see some of my past Allegros here and here and here. I’ve also made my share of Classic Tees as you can see here and here. These are definitely two of my most used patterns EVER!

I’m loving the faux jumpsuit look, two easy to wear pieces that can be paired perfectly together for a cute one-piece look but I can use the bathroom with ease AND wear them separately too. Win, win, win!

I’d been dying to get my hands on some of the scrumptious new shades of modal at Raspberry Creek Fabrics and it is just as heavenly as I hoped. I wanted something classic and not too bright and was tempted by the charcoal grey or black but decided to go a little crazy and picked the olive green. I gravitate towards green often and this shade is perfect.

This is easily the most comfortable outfit I’ve ever worn! If you’ve never tried modal you are totally missing out. It’s got the drape of rayon spandex but is a little more plush and silky feeling. It really feels like heaven in fabric form. And head to toe modal? AMAZING!

When sewing up these pieces I reached for two of my favorite sewing notions. I usually avoid actual drawstrings as much as possible (if I had a dollar for every time they came out in the wash!). When I do add them, this handy drawstring threader is amazing! It makes rethreading those pesky loose drawstrings a breeze too. Simply thread one end of the drawstring in the plastic loop and thread it through the casing. The long plastic handle makes it soooo easy to thread it through the casing in mere seconds. I also can’t live without my Soft Stretch Lite Hem Tape. I use it for almost all of my knit hems but especially for lightweight fabrics. It adds a bit of stability and makes it easier to sew with a twin needle on my regular sewing machine. I usually stock up with a few packages every few months and kinda start to panic once I open my last package. It’s my secret weapon!

I love being a part of the Raspberry Creek team and feel so privileged to work with these incredible women. Make sure you head to the Facebook group for daily giveaways all week long.

Head to all the stops on this week’s tour:

Monday: Sewjourns, Sewing and Things, and Sew Mary Mac

Tuesday: Life Sew Savory, Made By Kates, and SewSophieLynn

Wednesday: Sweet Mama Life, Replicate Then Deviate, and Stitching and Making

Thursday: Handcrafted By RED, My Sew Bliss, and Kainara Stitches

Friday: It’s Liesel, Tessa Does for Love Notions, and Margarita on the Ross

Ripley Swimsuit for Project Run and Play

The Ripley Swimsuit Pattern from Bubby and Me Creations for Project Run and Play is here and it couldn’t be cuter!

I have been anxiously awaiting this darling pattern since I saw the line drawings a few months ago. The Ripley is a crossover bodice one-piece suit that features optional ruffles on the neckline straps. It comes in sizes 1-10 and has some of the cleanest finishes of any suit I’ve made, making it extra comfortable.

I think the hardest part of sewing this suit was picking the fabric. We had too many cute prints in my stash but I kept going back to some of my favorite color blocked ready-to-wear suits. These bright solids from Raspberry Creek Fabrics were just so fun together and a great contrast to her other suits this summer. They have a sporty vibe together and I went with my gut and omitted the ruffle neckline. Honestly, that ruffle was what sold me on this suit and then I went and didn’t do it! I absolutely love the finished suit though and so does my girly. It reminds me of something I’d see in Boden or some other cute preppy clothing catalog.

I sewed up a size 9 width with a 10 length. The fit is great and I love the coverage through the bum area. I prefer when the straps are sewn down as the last step so you can try it on to get a really good fit lengthwise and that was the case with this pattern. I ended up taking about three inches off of each of the straps to really pull up the bodice per her preference. She likes things nice and secure!

Make sure to check out the listing and the other stops on this week’s Ripley Blog Tour to see the ruffle in action. It adds such a feminine touch. You can grab the Ripley pattern here.

Project Run and Play Summer Fun Digital Designs

It’s no secret I love me a good graphic tee! Getting creative and firing up my Cricut makes me so happy. I had the chance to sit down and design six graphics for the latest Project Run and Play collection and boy, was it a blast!

I was designing these graphics as winter was coming to an end and spring was in the air. Dreaming of sunshine and long summer days was the perfect respite for those dreary days. Throw in a pandemic and these sayings and graphics really got me through.

The whole digital design collection is fifteen super fun warm weather themed graphics that work great for the whole family. I can’t wait to grab some of the other designs to make some cute tees for the summer.

My designs are Sun Squad, Beach Bum, Take Me To The Ocean, Life is better at the beach, Good Vibes, and Sunshine and Daydreams. I was going for a real 80’s laid back summer vacation vibe while creating them. I couldn’t help but think back to my youth and the carefree, easy days of summer. Oh, to be a kid during summer break again! No worries or cares in the world…

Fabric for the tees was provided by Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I love their white cotton lycra- it’s not too thick, but it’s opaque and the perfect base for creating. My vinyl was all from my local vinyl shop, Vinyl Outlet, and I used Iron-On Turbo Flex vinyl because I LOVE the colors it came in. Super fun pastels that totally matched my retro vision.

The tee is the Lemon Tee from the Project Watercolor Beach collection. It’s such a great basic unisex tee that is full of fun color blocking options too. I did the banded sleeves for a ringer tee look that really added to the vintage feel of the graphics. I sized up one for my middle daughters for a relaxed fit but the others are true to their measurements. And yes, I made sizes 8, 9, and 10… crazy that they’re years apart but similar in chest sizes!

These shots are some of my favorites of my kiddos! They just epitomize the summer kid life to me and I know I’ll treasure these pics forever!

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share all this cuteness! Hop on over to the Project Run and Play shop and get creating!

Watercolor Beach Designer Capsule from Project Run and Play

Project Run and Play’s latest capsule designer collection is here and we are head over heels for it! Project Watercolor Beach includes ten children’s patterns that are perfect as we head into warm and sunny weather.

This post is sponsored by Project Run and Play and Raspberry Creek Fabrics. All opinions are my own.

I had the opportunity to sew up six of the ten patterns for the LookBook and I’m loving the variety. If you haven’t had a chance to browse through the LookBook I highly recommend grabbing a beverage and kicking up your feet while you peruse the amazing inspiration. There are so many incredible makes from the designers, other past PRP participants, and testers. Audrey does such a fantastic job putting these together.

I sewed up the Coral Wrap Dress, Viridian Swimsuit, Cobalt Board Shorts, Chromium Cropped Hoodie, Golden Dress, and Lemon Tee. I can’t wait to get my hands on the other patterns in the collection too!

Let’s start with the swimsuits! Summer is here and we can’t wait to hit the water. I sewed up two version of the Viridian Swimsuit and this pattern rocked our world. I’m always reaching for my RCF CLUB swim prints but went simple this time with RCF solid swim fabric. For this suit I used deep licac, light blue, and blossom pink solids. Big sister got a classic dusty olive. I love the weight and quality of RCF swim fabrics and these solids are no exception. The matte finish is my favorite and really ups the look of quality and design. There are so many colors to choose from too!

As we browsed our favorite clothing sites this spring, there were so many that could be recreated using this adorable pattern. One piece maillot- check. Two piece color-blocked- check. Ruffles- check and check. Racerback OR scoopback- of course. So many options and looks can be created with this one incredible pattern.

It comes in sizes newborn- 12 years- can you just imagine the tiny baby rolls in this suit?!

My cute little tweens were so happy with their suits. One wanted sweet and feminine and one wanted sassy and sporty. I love that this one pattern gave us both!

For this suit I used pieced front top and bottoms and scoop back. I also used the optional bands and found that adding 3/4″ elastic to them helped keep them in place.

Sophie got a pieced front top with optional ruffles and racerback and solid bottoms. She’s particularly hard to fit and we were both so happy to have an age appropriate suit that looks fantastic on her growing body.

Charlie loves his new Cobalt Board Shorts. They have a grown-up look to them and finishes that we both love. This tonal teal grey and white stripe fabric gives these shorts a ready-to-wear look. It was fun to play with the stripe placement and he loves teal so we made sure to get as much teal as we could showing.

The Cobalts are a unisex pattern in sizes newborn-12 featuring multiple front closure options, pockets, and two length options. I did the flat front, elastic back Bermuda length. I’ve sewn my share of boy swimsuit patterns and this one is up there near the top as far as fit and construction.

The Chromium Cropped Hoodie was just perfect paired with board shorts. Now let’s talk about a pattern with options…this pattern has got them! It’s a unisex pattern and comes in sizes newborn to 16. You can do a hoodie (with ears if you want!), funnel neck, cowl or crew, and either cropped or full length as well as short or long sleeved.

I think there’s nothing better than slipping on a cozy hoodie after a day at the pool so we went with a long sleeve, full length (with rolled hem), and a hood. Cozy perfection in this light grey french terry.

The Coral Wrap Dress is another pattern that is full of choices. You can sew up a top, skirt, or knee, midi, or maxi dress. It fits sizes 1-14 and can be dressed up or down. We love it as a swim cover-up that also doubles as the perfect casual dress too!

This tie dye double brushed poly print was the starting point for our looks and I just can’t get enough of it. I want a whole wardrobe out of it! The subtle pastel colors are so so pretty and it was just meant for this dress pattern.

The Golden Dress is such a classic silhouette. It features dolman sleeves, elastic waist and a-line skirt. In sizes 12 months- 14 years, it’s a simple dress that can be worn as a swim cover-up or an easy-to-wear everyday dress.

The first time I saw this challis print I knew it needed to be a swim coverup of some kind. It’s so light and breezy and was perfect for this pattern. I lends a little maturity to this pattern and will be something she can wear for years as she grows.

Make sure you pick up these patterns and support the Project Run and Play shop! These designers have worked so hard to get these patterns out there and I’m thrilled to be able to be associated with them.

Little Lizard King Amsterdam in Gem Stones from Riley Blake Designs

Did you guys audibly gasp at this fabric?! I mean c’mon, it’s pretty darn amazing! When I first saw the new Gem Stones Bright line from Riley Blake Designs I knew this little girl would be in heaven! There are so many colors to choose from and that ombre is to die for! We chose the Flamingo colorway but it was such a tough choice. We love the subtle sparkle of the gold squares with the bright, vibrant colors. Sooooo pretty!

I knew this fabric needed an equally stunning pattern to really showcase it so we searched our favorite makers for something new to us. I’ve always loved the Little Lizard King Amsterdam every time I’ve seen it sewed up and she was smitten the first time she saw the listing. I knew we needed a maxi dress to really showcase this fabric and I think this pattern was the perfect choice.

This project was such a fun sew. I loved working with the fabric and trying to figure out the best way to really make it shine. She requested a yellow bodice and I love how the dress feels anchored by the turquoise hem. I love sewing dresses and sewing them in quilting cotton is so nice. The stability and weight make it so easy to sew and press. The weight adds a little more body to the skirt. She felt like a princess in this dress and said she can’t wait for an occasion to wear it (with us rarely leaving the house these days she might just be wearing it to the park or a backyard bar-b-que!).

Nothing like a happy kid to make you love this hobby!

This fabric really is amazing! The ombre runs selvage to selvage and it was the perfect width for this maxi dress. My mind is racing with all of the cute possibilities with it! Thank you to Riley Blake for letting us play with this fun line!

Simple Life Pattern Co. Molly Maxi Dress in Art Gallery Fabrics

It’s Maxi Month at Simple Life Pattern Company and I’m thrilled to be sharing our latest maxi dress. I’ve always wanted an excuse to sew up the Molly Dress and this was the perfect opportunity. All month long you can enter to win a $20 SLPco shop credit by sewing up one of their maxi dress patterns and posting a photo of your make in their Facebook group or on Instagram. Use #SLPcoChallenge to enter your makes. You can grab all of the details here.

This post is sponsored by Simple Life Pattern Company and Art Gallery Fabrics. All opinions are my own.

My girly and I perused the many amazing fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics and kept coming back to this gorgeous rayon from Bonnie Christine’s latest line, Her and History. I knew the colors would be stunning on her and she loved the beautiful floral print. Working with AGF rayon is such a joy and it was heavenly to sew up.

The Molly pattern is a scoop back top, dress, or maxi and features optional front bodice pleating and collar. It comes in sizes 2t-12. I sewed up a size 10 to hopefully get a little more wear out of it because she was between size 8 and 10. It ended up a tad big but I adjusted the buttons in the back and can move them as she grows as well. The simplicity of the pattern makes it easy to sew up. I love the gorgeous back and classic front bodice. Such a perfect pattern to really highlight this amazing fabric.

I love this amazing combination of pattern and fabric. The lightweight rayon just floats as a maxi dress and it’s so nice in the warm summer weather.

Make sure to enter your own SLPco makes this month! I can’t wait to see all of the maxi pretties you all sew up!

Abbie’s Garden from Riley Blake Designs

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I’m excited to be back here on the blog today.  Sewing time is scarce these days and blogging time seems even scarcer.  The sun is shining and I’ve got a house full of kids these days so we are spending as much time outside as possible.  I do love spending a morning at my sewing machines though and this fun fabric from Riley Blake was a perfect excuse to sew!

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I always love Sue Daley’s designs and Abbie’s Garden is no exception.  The pinks and blues are just the perfect shades and I love the pop of black with them.  I always get sucked in by the florals but the darling main prints are so sweet too.

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My girls and I picked two simple prints from the collection.  My younger daughter went with Abbie’s Garden Floral in Black while my older daughter wanted something more subtle and non-floral and picked the Garden Lattice in Charcoal.  There are so many great coordinating prints with this collection!

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For this dress I turned to a free pattern from Simple Life Pattern Co., the Catalina Dress.  I always love finding great free patterns that I can recommend and this one is fantastic!  It’s a classic sundress that comes in sizes 2-12.  The elastic back means no closures so it’s a quick sew too!  It’s perfect for highlighting those special fabrics and a great base to really play around with.  I’m already envisioning a pretty stripe version or playing with the straps a little for fun.

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When she put this on and requested a ponytail, I got all kinds of 50’s school girl vibes.  I had to teach her about Sandra Dee and she loved her style!

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My oldest wanted something other than a dress and the search was on for just the right pattern.  Little Lizard King released the Cannes pattern just last week and the moment I saw it I knew it’d be perfect!  This pattern comes in sizes 12 mos.-14 and features top and dress options.  With a v-neckline in the front and back, it’s another no closure pattern.  It’s finished with bias around the neckline and arms instead of another layer or facing which makes it nice and lightweight.

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While it works great in quilting cotton, I think it’d be lovely in a rayon challis or gauze too!  Bonus points moms, there’s a ladies version as well!

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It was so fun to head to one of our favorite walking trails for these pictures.  Summertime is in the air and I can’t wait for more days like this.  We had to stop for our first snow cones of the season after this shoot and for a moment all was right with the world!

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A huge thank you to Riley Blake for sponsoring the fabric for this post.  Make sure you check out Abbie’s Garden at your local quilt shop!

Love Notions and Raspberry Creek Fabrics- A Match Made in Kid Heaven!

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This post contains Love Notions affiliate links.  Purchasing through my links gives me a small kick back that I use to keep this blog up and running.  Thank you so much for helping keep my little corner of the web going!

An amazing Love Notions sale at the same time as a new Raspberry Creek fabric line is cause for a little celebrating!  All patterns (except the newly revamped Rhapsody) are on sale for 40% off through tomorrow, Sunday May 10th.  40% off!!!  That’s impossible to pass up.  I decided to use a variety of kids patterns for some super fun outfits for my kiddos.

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First, I sewed up the Girl’s Tidal Top and Tank.  I sewed up a batch of these in testing but always forget about this fun pattern.  It’s so fun to mix prints and has lots of options- Tunic, top, and dress length as well as tank, sleeveless, and short sleeves.  Like most Love Notions kids patterns, it comes in sizes 2t-16, one of my favorite things since my girls are creeping near the top end of most children’s size charts.  There’s a ladies version that I love as well!

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I used this pretty Vintage Tropical Floral print (there are SOOOOO many gorgeous florals in this line it was nearly impossible to pick!) paired with Salmon Painted Check Gingham and solid salmon jersey for the bands.  I love pairing florals with other fun prints and this gingham is so cute!  It coordinated so good with both the cupcakes and sprinkle prints too.

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My little guy got a comfy new outfit too!  He’s been wearing things for multiple days during this strange stay at home time.  It’s been amazing on laundry.  He only wants to wear the most comfortable clothes though.  This outfit made the cut!

I used the Tie Dye Sports Balls in french terry for his shorts and heathered grey and teal solid jerseys for his tee.

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I sewed up the Sprint Muscle Shirt for the first time and we both absolutely love it!  I can’t wait to make some for my girls too.  The front color blocking detail is sporty and so fun.  You can do it with or without the hood and front color blocking.  I think my girls need a cute graphic muscle tee- think rocker-style!

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For the shorts I used the Thomas Track Pants basic short variation.  I love that this pattern works for both knit and woven.  It’s fantastic for jammies and it worked great for these easy to wear lounge shorts.  I used 1.5″ elastic in the waistband just per personal preference and cut the legs 2″ above his knee.  We rolled them quickly for these pics and I’ll make sure to tack the hems up on the side seams.  He tried these on and has refused to take them off.  Good sign but leaves little details like hems for later, lol!

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The girls fell in love with the whole Sweet Treats line by Brittney Laidlaw.   They both needed new summer pj’s and this line was just perfect for them.

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Payton got a new Luna Loungewear set.  This pattern has extended plus sizing which is so hard to find for kids.  It has a cami, nighty, capri, short and bralette all included.  I used the cami and capri’s for this set.  Big sis got a set in testing that she is still wearing all these years later.  They’ve been such a favorite! There’s also a ladies version if you want to treat yourself too!

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This little miss was smitten with the Cupcake print.   It’s such an adorable print!  The colors are absolutely amazing.  I struggled when picking coordinates because it goes with ALL the pinks! It’s adorable with lighter hues but this girl needed a little something bright and cheery so I went with fuchsia jersey for the main cami and light pink for the straps.

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Big sis got a new set of Namaste pj’s.  She rotates between her Luna capris (that are now bermuda shorts) and her Namaste set each night so I knew she needed another set to throw in there.  (There’s a ladies version of this pattern as well and I LOVE my set!).

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The Namaste pattern features a faux crossover top and matching detail on the pant.  There are short and long sleeves as well as shorts and full length pants.  There is also a night shirt view.  I added a couple of inches to the length of these shorts (I sewed up a size 10 width but she’s in a 16 for height!).

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This cute sprinkle fabric is like a party in a print!  It coordinates with everything!  I paired it with solid mint jersey but you could use so many of the other summer prints with it or any of the CLUB basics too.  It’s just so cheerful!

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It was so nice to get back to my machines and to sew up some old favorites as well as a new favorite too.  Love Notions patterns remind me how much I love sewing.  They come together easily and always fit me and my kids so well.  They’re easy to alter to our liking and are usually no-fuss and so comfortable to wear, especially in RCF CLUB knits.  Sewing with CLUB knits is my happy place.  They are just the right weight and so easy to sew (no curling or stretching out).  A couple of days with Love Notions and RCF was just what this mama needed.

Make sure to grab your Love Notions patterns on sale through tomorrow.  You can search my blog for Love Notions pattern to read all about my favorites.  These Raspberry Creek prints are also on sale through Wednesday the 13th.  What a perfect combination!

 

Love Notions Rhapsody Re-release

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This post contains affiliate links.  Purchasing through my links gives me a small kickback that I use to keep this blog running.

Love Notions is re-releasing the Rhapsody Blouse and you’re going to flip for all the options!  It’s on sale today only for just $5 as part of the Feature Friday or you can grab it for $9 through Thursday April 29th.  Such a steal for such a versatile, option packed pattern!

The Rhapsody has been completely redrafted using Tami’s new pattern block with her new full size range.  A projector file has also been added.

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The Rhapsody is a woven blouse and dress pattern that comes in sizes XS-5XL and includes a full bust piece as well.  The neckline features a front v-split and bias tape ties.  There is gathering at the shoulders and a back yoke and pleat.  The bottom is a beautiful curved hem.  There are nine (yes, nine!) sleeve options.  It looks amazing in drapey wovens and is the perfect warm weather top.

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I can’t believe this was my first Rhapsody.  I’ve been wanting to make it since it was first tested but just never made it a priority.  I even decided to sit this test out as my sewing time is so limited these days and when I am sewing it’s masks, masks, and more masks.  As the tester versions rolled in, I fell more and more in love with this pattern.  All of the testers looked amazing in their new makes and I loved all of the new options that have been added.  I finally decided to take an afternoon and do a little sewing just for me!  Best decision ever!

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I sewed up a size small with the 3/4 bishop sleeve.   I’ve had this yummy Art Gallery Fabrics rayon in my stash for far too long.  I’ve always pictured it as a simple summer top and I love that it finally happened.  I love Art Gallery rayon- so soft and the drape is incredible plus it’s not too shifty and sews up so easy.

 

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If I’m being honest, that bias trimmed neckline had me super nervous!  Tiny bias tape, yikes!  I conquered my fear and can’t believe it had me so worried.  The tutorial is full of tips and hand holding and it went on so smoothly.

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How is it going for you guys?  Are you finding more time to sew?  I just barely remodeled my sewing space earlier this year but it’s in the basement away from my kids and all the action.  Normally that’s a blessing but trying to do home school and entertain my kids all day meant I was NEVER making the trip downstairs.  When we started sewing masks, I moved the production to the family room and the whole family joined in.  It’s been so nice having my machines so central and accessible and makes it easy to sew for a few minutes here and there.  We’ve sewn masks for family, friends, and neighbors as well as helping my husband’s company sew masks too.  So many masks!  It can be wearing though and I definitely need to switch it up every now and then with some fun projects too.  This top was the perfect project!  It was a quick afternoon sew, something fun and summery, and used up a precious stash fabric that I know I’ll love seeing in my closet.  It was also the perfect excuse to do my hair and makeup for the first time in weeks.  Man, it felt good!

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Are you itching for a fun sew too?  Make sure you pick up the pattern today for just $5 or through Thursday for $9!