Holiday Plaid Inari Dress

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As the holidays approach I usually sew my girls a new dress or two for the occasion.  I love seeing them all festive and dressed up each Sunday.  I didn’t want to be left out this year and sewed myself a fun new dress just for me!

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I’m super lucky to have a Hobby Lobby just a few minutes from my house and every time I go I get sucked into the fabric section.  I love their seasonal apparel fabrics and this plaid flannel just had to come home with me.  I love the white background and bold red color and can’t seem to find anything like it in other shops.  I love that it’s perfect for the holidays but I will also continue to wear it all winter long.

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I made this Named Inari dress earlier this fall and it’s been in constant rotation.  I added inseam pockets and skipped the side slits for a look that’s comfy and so easy to throw on.  This version was made in ponte knit from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I’ve loved this version so much I’ve been anxious to make another one for months!

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I sewed up a size 6 and added 2 inches at the waist line.  I used a pocket piece from another pattern because pockets are a must at church (almost every musical number will bring me to tears so I’ve got to keep tissues handy!).  I used the same pattern pieces for both the knit and woven versions except for the neckline, opting for a facing with the flannel over a neckband.

I love this cocoon silhouette.  It’s nice and relaxed without being too oversized.  I think it will look great with a long cardigan or even a jean jacket.

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I can’t express how much I loved this project.  My schedule is full of deadlines and ‘must sews’ that I rarely take a moment to sew something just for fun.  This pattern is quick and easy to sew (no closures to mess with makes it simple to sew but also so comfortable to wear).   These kind of projects make me remember why I love sewing in the first place.  Just me, my favorite podcasts, and my sewing machines= pure heaven!

Are you taking a little time to sew for yourself this holiday season?  It feels extra indulgent but oh so good!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Love Notions Secret Sewist Exchange

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I have the opportunity to work with the loveliest ladies around as part of the Love Notions team.  This year, Tami and Tessa created the most fun exchange for all of the Love Notions Ambassadors and today is the big reveal!

*This post contains Love Notions affiliate links.  If you choose to purchase through those links I receive a small commission.  Thanks for keeping this blog going!

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Ready for all the details?!  Tami and Tessa arranged a ‘Secret Sewist’ gift exchange.  Each member was given the name of another ambassador and a fabric budget to shop for them.  We got to pick out fabric and recommend a pattern for them to sew up.  This part of the exchange was soooo stressful!  I stalked my partner to try to get a feel for her likes and recent makes.  My partner lives in a totally different part of the globe so it was fun to see what works for her and her environment.  I had to pick fabric from a site in a foreign language which added another layer of trickiness (I feel like I barely know fabric terms in English, lol!).   Our Secret Sewists are being revealed over on the Love Notions blog today and I can’t wait to see what she thinks and to find out mine too!

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My fabric from my Secret Sewist arrived so quickly!  Those Sly Fox girls are fast!  I received 3 yards of this pretty floral double brushed poly with a note to sew up a Willow Wrap dress.  I had just sewn up this maxi Willow Wrap that very day and was already wanting another one!  I was ecstatic with her pattern recommendation!

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This time I used Katie’s maxi tutorial on the Love Notions blog to add a gathered maxi skirt to the bodice.  I also fully lined the bodice to give it a little more weight.  This is the plain bodice with short sleeves in a size small.

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This fabric was so perfect for this pattern.  Little did my secret sewist know but we are headed to the islands after the holidays (if you know me in real life shhhh! It’s a surprise for the kiddos!).  It’s become somewhat of a tradition to gift our kid’s experiences or trips for Christmas instead of more toys and gadgets that will inevitably get lost or forgotten.  This year we’re headed somewhere tropical and this fabric was just meant for it!

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I can’t wait to wear this out sightseeing or to a night out.  I live in dresses on vacation and this maxi version will be so comfy!  I didn’t want to take it off after these pics even if I did look a little ridiculous at the grocery store in near-freezing temps, lol!

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I’m already pretending I’m on a beach somewhere drinking a mock-mojito!  I can’t wait for a little bit of sunshine and sand!

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I feel so lucky to be a part of the Love Notions team.  Tami, Tessa, and Kelly are the most encouraging, thoughtful gals and I’m so grateful I get to work with them.  The Ambassador team is a group of the most talented, kind, and inspiring women on the internet.  It’s amazing to watch the behind the scenes as they cheer each other on and support each other and their creative makes.  The internet is a crazy place that can bring together makers from all over the world and the Ambassador team is a great example of that.  What a privilege it is to be a part of this community!  Make sure you head on over to check out the first batch of makes and to hear all about our Secret Sewist experience.

 

 

Personalized Gifts with Cricut

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A couple of weeks ago I shared these personalized family Christmas pajamas with you.  Today I’ve got a round up of more personalized holiday projects using your Cricut and Cricut supplies plus I’m getting a little sentimental with y’all!

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Every year growing up, we opened up a new pair of pajamas on Christmas Eve.  It was a tradition my mom never missed and one that my siblings and I always looked forward to.  As a child, we moved often and by the time I was married at 23 I had moved 17 times.  I think stable traditions like this take on a whole new meaning when your outside world is constantly changing.  We learned to cling to each other and to celebrate as a family no matter where we were in the country.  New pajamas were just a small comfort that came to mean so much to me.

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Now with my own children, I love to carry on that tradition.  This year instead of going all matching, I was able to use my Cricut Maker to create pj’s that matched their personalities and interests to a tee.  I love being able to create gifts that mean a little more to the recipient and personalization is key.  From grandma’s and grandpa’s to teachers and neighbor gifts, our Cricut gets a workout this time of year.

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Here’s a roundup of 25 projects that will get your holiday kicked off right!

Tote Bag with the Tattooed Quilter

A Swiss Alps Holiday with Oh Happy Day

Personalized Ornaments with Phat Quarters

Holiday Pajamas with Sookee Designs

Teacher Tote Bag with Sew Much Ado

DIY Teacher Mug with Sew Much Ado

Personalized Name Coasters with The Quiet Grove

Monogram Journals with See Kate Sew

Reusable Gift Bags with Jordan’s Easy Entertaining

Debossed Foil Gift Wrap with Proper

Bird Coasters with Crafting in the Rain

Personalized Color Your Own Gift Bags with Happy Go Lucky

Gift Basket for a Sewer with Heather Handmade

Fridge Magnets with The Country Chic Cottage

Personalized Stockings with Not So Cli-Shea

Personalized Stationery with Just My Little Mess

Baking Set with Hey Let’s Make Stuff

Personalized Ornaments with 5 Little Monsters

Christmas Countdown with Ameroonie Designs

Rainbow Glitter Tumblers with Happiness is Homemade

DIY Placemats for the Holidays with Fleece Fun

Christmas Eve Bag with Suburban Wife City Life

Hostess Gifts with Pineapple Paper Co.

Baking Gift Idea with the Idea Room

Personalized Christmas Sign with Polka Dot Chair

So many great ideas!  I can’t wait to get crafting!

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Riley Blake Flower Market

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The Flower Market line from Riley Blake is full of all my favorite types of prints.  Bold florals, geometrics, dots, and ginghams in all of my most loved colors too!  I knew my Payton would love this line and boy, was I right!

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She fell hard for the main print on black and I got to pick a couple of coordinates to go with it.  I used the Folk Pink as the lining and my go-to knit 1/2″ black and white stripes for the hood and bands.  I can never get enough of the black and white stripes- so classic and the perfect coordinate for EVERYTHING!

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For this project, I was really looking to branch out.  I love using Riley Blake cotton for dresses, skirts, and pajamas but knew I could push them further.  When I sewed up the Senpai Jacket last month I really wanted to try it in wovens.  This bold, fun print was perfect for giving it a go.

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It is recommended to use knit for the hood, bands, and lining.  I used quilting cotton for the lining bodice and the striped knit for the lining sleeves without any issues.  I omitted the welt pockets and used inseam pockets from another pattern.  For some reason, this girly has a hard time finding her inseam pockets though.  It’s quite hilarious watching her find them every time.  Welt pockets might be good for this silly girl!

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I really love this pattern and so does she!  I like the boxy, slightly cropped fit. It has a neckband option as well if you’d prefer it without a hood.  She has asked for another one that she can add patches to.  I think it will be my go-to jacket for my younger kids.

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The snap front also makes it a fairly quick sew.  I did struggle with one step- sewing the sleeve cuffs to the main and lining arms.  The instructions don’t have the seam hidden in between the layers and I really wanted to figure out the clean finish.  After unpicking multiple times, I gave up and did it per the tutorial.  Do you know the magic way?  If done correctly this pattern could be reversible.  I love that idea!

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I absolutely adore this fabric line and think it will make the most beautiful things.  Little baby quilts, bedding, dresses, ugh!  It all would be adorable!

Love Notions Octave Coat

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The Octave Coat from Love Notions is here!  I can’t remember a more highly anticipated Love Notions pattern.  From the moment Tami first sneaked her inspiration, I knew this was going to be an incredible pattern.

*I received the pattern and fabric in this post for free in exchange for promotion.  This post contains Love Notions affiliate links.  If you purchase through these links I receive a small compensation that keeps this hobby of mine going 🙂

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This was my first ‘real’ coat I’ve ever made and it was the perfect pattern to start with.  I think my Joy Jacket and this Decklyn Jacket were by far more complicated projects.  As far as coat patterns go, this has got to be on the easier side of things.  I’d totally recommend this pattern to an adventurous beginner, especially if you start with the unlined version.  Tami always does such a great job with her tutorials and this one includes videos to help you through some of the more difficult steps.

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Ready for all the pattern details?!  It comes with a shawl collar (what I did) and hood option.  You can do it lined or unlined and there is an optional belt too.  The size range is huge- XS-5X with full bust pieces included!  As always, the pages are trimless and layered making putting together this pattern easy.  This pattern can be sewn up in a medium to heavy-weight woven like wool, boucle, or bonded suede or a sturdy heavy-weight knit like sherpa, sweatshirting, and fleece.

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When this test was announce I reached out to Riley Blake and they generously sponsored this project and sent me this beautiful Nutmeg wool to sew up.  It’s the perfect weight and so easy to work with.  I’d been dying for a pretty camel-colored coat and this was just what I was dreaming of.  I’m pretty thrilled with how close it comes to these Pinterest looks.

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I lined my coat in fun leopard print stretch crepe from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.   I love the sassy punch it gives.  A little preppy on the outside, party on the inside.

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I sewed up a straight size small.  I added an inch to the sleeves because my rtw coats are always short (any rtw long sleeves really) but I think I could have skipped that.  My wrists will just be extra warm!  I also added a little bit of topstitching for a finished look and also to make the seams lay flatter in this thick fabric.  I love the oversized, boyfriend look of this coat.  I may size down in the future, especially with knits, but this version will layer well over chunky sweaters and hoodies.

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I had three yards of 45″ wide wool and had to do a little mind-bending Tetris to fit all the pieces.  My hand is strategically hiding a seam on one side of the shawl collar here (it’s hidden when it’s buttoned).  I’m still debating whether I should hit my local fabric shop for more wool so I can make a matching belt.  Wait until you see the belted versions!  It’s such a cute addition!

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Who else is ready to sew all the coats?!  I really, really want a fluffly fleece version.  The testers were amazing and with each new version posted my love for this pattern grew.  You can pick up your copy of this pattern on sale now!

 

 

One Thimble Issue 22 Blog Tour

xanadu1 One Thimble magazine has just released issue 22!  How exciting is that!  I’m here to show-off the Xanadu Bodysuit by Duchess and Hare, one of five pdf patterns included in the issue. xanadu6 I knew this pattern would be perfect for my little dancer.  I was planning on a full leotard but she begged for a crop top version for hip hop class.  She fell in love with these sets at her dance competitions this spring but me being the ‘mean mom’ wouldn’t let her get one.  I knew I could make a set that would fit her long proportions for a fraction of the cost.  So it was about time I lived up to that promise! xanadu4 I sewed up a size 8 with added length according to her measurements.  I added about 2 inches to the short sleeve length as well.  It was a very straightforward sew and was super quick.  I did get a little confused at the band finishing and just sewed them on like bands instead of binding.  I think in the future I would actually make them wider and slightly smaller to help the crop top bottom not crawl up as much and stay in place. xanadu3 I paired the top with Thread Faction #131 Drop Crotch Pants that were part of Issue 21.  That big front pocket had her giggling when she discovered it!  I love that they’re loose but not ginormous.  I sewed up a size 9 width with a 12 length but still ended up having to take in the waist a bit after these pics were taken.  These were such a fun sew and I think she’ll request more of these.  They’re comfy and oh so cute! xanadu8 The fabrics for this outfit all came from CaliFabrics.  I think they have the biggest selection of Liverpool around and it was fun picking out a few to mix and match.  Since her inspiration outfits were made out of Liverpool I wanted to get as close as we could to recreating them.  These fabrics were perfect!  I love to sew Liverpool.  It’s sturdy but not too thick and doesn’t curl when sewing.  It’s soft and almost squishy like scuba making it super comfy. xanadu9 The finishing touch was this cool embroidered floral that I had in my stash from a previous project.  It tied the top together with the bold floral of the pants and really took it to another level.  I’m pretty sure it took longer to sew on this applique than it did to sew up the whole top.  Totally worth every minute! xanadu7xanadu5xanadu10

Thanks for stopping by my stop on the tour today!

 

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We have some amazing bloggers joining in to share their makes this week. Be sure to check each one out on the tour and show them some love.

November 13

Idle Sunshine

Rebel & Malice

Sew Cucio

November 14

Curtiepie

Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier

November 15

The Graham Crafter

Marvelous Auntie

The Accidental Sewist

November 16

Beri Bee Designs

{Spools+Oodles} of Fun

November 17

SewSophieLynn

That’s-Sew-Kari

Max-California

November 18

The Crafting Fiend

It’s Liesel

November 19

Lulu & Celeste

Idle Sunshine Tour Wrap Up!

 

 

SLPco Holiday Blog Tour 2019

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The SLPco Holiday Blog Tour has turned into one of my favorite traditions each year!  This is our third year joining the fun (you can see our past looks here and here).   It always pushes me to get our holiday dresses done a little earlier and my girls get to wear them through the whole season and beyond.

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This post is sponsored by SLPco, Sly Fox Fabrics, and Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I’m so grateful for their generosity in helping make these looks a reality.

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These looks started with this amazing scuba knit from Sly Fox.  The floral is flocked onto the most vibrant red scuba knit.  I’ve always loved scuba for it’s thick, soft and squishy texture.  Throw on the velvety goodness of the floral print and I’m smitten!  This fabric was destined to be a holiday dress and so perfect for this spitfire.

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I turned to a tried and true pattern- the Adelyn.  I’ve lost count of how many of these I’ve made.  That big bow back just makes such a statement!

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The pretty puff sleeves and twirly circle skirt are details this girly loves!  I love how quickly it comes together.  The bodice is lined (I used a cotton lycra to reduce bulk) and there are no closures.  I skipped hemming on the skirt (I couldn’t get the scuba to give me a crisp press and I’m always game for anything that makes my life easier, lol).  I did an 8 with a 12 length on the skirt according to her measurements and think the fit is spot on.  I can always count on SLPco to fit just right!

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My older daughter wanted something a little more sophisticated.  We used a classic black velvet from Raspberry Creek Fabrics to create a timeless look.  I used Autumn’s Shift Dress with the shoulder ruffles for a simple dress with so much class.

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She’s off the charts for height now but this pattern was easy to add length to.  I did the bodice lined version to skip the neckband.  This is the 3/4 sleeve length as well.

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It was so fun to get together with Inara and her mom for this shoot.  Anna shot all of these group pics and I’m dying over how cute they are!  These girls love any chance they get to see darling Inara.

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Make sure to stop by all of the other stops on the tour!

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