Back to School with Project Run and Play and Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Can you believe it’s almost time for our kids to head back to school?! We head back mid-August and I can’t get over how fast this summer flew by. The good thing about heading back to class is that it gives me the perfect excuse to sew up cute new school clothes! I joined in the Project Run and Play Back to School Tour sponsored by our favorite shop Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

If you’ve been around these parts very long you know my kids are all about comfy (what kid isn’t?). These knits from RCF were just perfect for them! Paired with simple knit patterns, these makes were so much fun to sew up. These patterns fit my kids fantastic and sew up in no time.

My little guy got a classic jogger and tee outfit. I used the Lemon Tee paired with the Joseph Joggers, two patterns that we absolutely love and use over and over again!

For his tee, I used the diagonal body colorblock front piece and the solid back piece in a size 9. It was fun to play with prints and solids and this pattern is just perfect for it. I started with the Puzzle Cube print on jersey then used Deep Rust and Charcoal jerseys to coordinate. The neckband is bamboo cotton ribbing that matches the sweatshirting of his joggers perfectly.

He recently found a scrap of this incredible bamboo cotton sweatshirt fleece in my stash and carried it around as a blanket for his newest stuffed animal. He declared it the softest fabric ever so you can imagine how delighted he was to get pants made out of this magical stuff! This jogger pattern is a favorite because of it’s classic fit- not too slim but not too baggy either. This is a size 9 with added length.

When looking through the new back to school prints this girl fell hard for this paint splatter print. Just look at those colors!!

She’s still been loving casual dresses so the Story Dress was a great choice for her. Those sleeves are too cute and sewn up in cozy french terry, this dress is beyond cozy! We sewed up a size 10 with added length.

Payton asked to head back to this cool bridge for this shoot and it was so much fun! Charlie really hates the thought of photo shoots but gets into them once we get his music going. These two continue to get closer and closer and summer has been the best for them. They just have too much fun together (with plenty of arguing thrown in too!).

Make sure you follow along all week for some incredible inspiration from past PRP participants. Art Bella Creates nailed her makes yesterday and got me even more excited to see what’s to come the rest of this week.

Love Notions Tempo Dress in The Carnaby Collection by Liberty Fabrics

I love working with Riley Blake fabrics and the opportunity that I have to pick fabric from their upcoming collections. Sometimes there’s prints that I let my daughters pick out and sometimes there’s some that I just fall in love with myself. The Carnaby Collection from Liberty Fabrics is FULL of prints that I just adore!

The retro style of this collection is just dreamy! Look at all of those florals! This collection reminded me so much of my first childhood home. The colorful wallpaper that matched the bedspreads, the bright shag carpet, and the fun vibrant kitchen. Born in the late 70’s, these prints take me back to being young and carefree!

I used Daydream Sunny Afternoon-B because I just loved the colors. I tend to gravitate to blues and I love the pop of yellow in this print. It is just such a whimsical fabric.

I couldn’t help but feel like my own mom when I was thinking about what to sew up with this fabric. The trends of the 90’s are so hot right now (thanks to my teens for keeping me up on things) and it’s fun to see my own kids wearing similar things to what I wore in high school. Just how my own mom would laugh about how those 90’s trends were just like the clothes she wore when she was a teen too! I knew this print needed to be a killer sundress and had planned on making it for Sophie. But, I really wanted this fun print for ME- it’s just so happy!

The Tempo Dress just released from Love Notions and as I watched testers sew up their versions, I just knew it was perfect for this fabric. It’s a classic style that works easily with a tee underneath for that cute 90’s throwback.

I sewed up a size small with the elasticated back. I took in the bust area from the underarm to the waist but otherwise got a great fit from the start (my full bust measures into the XS).

My bottom tier is slightly shorter and more full than the pattern calls for to accommodate the yardage I had (I used three shorter pieces instead of the two pieces per the pattern). I love the midi length!

The pattern sews up quickly and works for so many different fabrics. As always, Love Notions patterns offer a wide range of sizes, XS-5X, and a full bust option too!

As the hot summer days continue, I’m excited to have a cute sundress added to my wardrobe!

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Favorite Things Blog Tour 2021

As part of my job at Raspberry Creek Fabrics, I get to work with the incredible promo teams. As we end our promo year we’re celebrating with a Favorite Things Blog Tour- our chance to thank our awesome team and your chance to be totally inspired. You’ve got to head over to the RCF blog for some exciting news too!

For my look, I chose a few of my favorite things. I used a couple of my favorite pattern designers, Hey June Handmade and Love Notion Patterns as well as some of my favorite fabric bases, linen and triblend jersey.

Since this is a fabric tour, let’s talk fabric first. This black medium weight rayon linen is the perfect drapey but stable fabric. I love the feel that the rayon gives it and you can never go wrong with linen in summer. I’ve been so anxious to try the new tri-blend jerseys in the shop and just had to get a print from designed by the great Emily Ferguson. This Peace and Love print is just the cutest and I just adore the art on this print.

When it comes to favorite patterns, the Love Notions Classic Tee is WAY up there for me. This fabric was meant for a cool summer tee so it really was a no-brainer! I love the relaxed fit of this pattern and I can never have enough of them.

I think I’ve gotten fabric for the Hey June Greer Jumpsuit at least three times and ended up using it to test other patterns (because deadlines always win!). This tour was just what I needed to finally sew them up and I’m sooooo thrilled to have my own pair at last!

I made a simple alteration and doubled the width of the straps and just cut two of them. I added buttons and buttonholes to the bib front and that’s it. Welcome to another easy hack courtesy of yours truly!

As part of the tour, Raspberry Creek is giving away our favorite notions in their Facebook Group each day. I know I’ve shared about this amazing thread before but I still use it ALL THE TIME. Eloflex Thread by Coats and Clark is now widely available (I pick mine up at Hobby Lobby but Amazon also carries it). I use it primarily in my bobbin when I’m sewing with my double needle on my sewing machine. It gives hems that extra bit of stretch to make them hold up and give just a little more. I also use it with a single stitch in the bobbin of my machine when I top stitch my knit neckbands. And let’s not forget sewing swimsuits. This stuff is perfect for that too! I use it in my bobbin then as well to top stitch elastic down or for binding too.

Not part of the giveaway but I have to share my new favorite tags from Intensely Distracted. Simone was a member of the RCF promo team and I love, love this new adventure of hers.

Make sure you’re following along this week and check out the rest of the team. It has been such a privilege to work with this incredible group of sewists:

Made By Kates, Kainara Stitches, I Sew Best After Midnight

Sew Mary Mac, Tessa Does for Love Notions, Sew Love You

All My Spare Time, Pins and Pinot, Crafty Professor

Sew Hard of Hearing, Replicate then Deviate, Sew Sophie Lynn

Genwin Design Co., Shwin Designs, That’s Sew Kari

Thread Faction Zero Waste Collection

When Liz of Thread Faction reached out to see if I wanted to be part of the release of her newest Zero Waste collection, I was intrigued. The concept behind her Zero Waste patterns is genius and so cool! I don’t know about you but I’ve got so many odd size scraps and these patterns are made to eliminate those.

Liz takes an approach to pattern making to eliminate those odd scraps that inevitably end up in our garbage. By creating garments out of rectangles and patterns that don’t use excess fabric to create similar looks of a traditional pattern, she’s come up with a unique collection that is just as adorable as it is functional.

When I showed Miss Payton the patterns in the newest collection, she immediately wanted the jumpsuit. She loves the hip, cool vibe!

I headed into Raspberry Creek Fabrics to pick fabric and have to admit I was a little stumped. In the wrong fabric, she could end up looking more industrial and way less modern and trendy. I settled on this dreamy milk chocolate brown double gauze that is both soft and easy to work with. This fabric is a new favorite of mine and I’m trying my best to fill all of our closets with it! It’s so squishy and cozy and I can imagine wearing it head to toe in a jumpsuit would be the best thing EVER.

I sewed up a size 10 with a 14 length according to her measurements. I sewed it up per the pattern instructions but when she tried it on she wanted a little definition in the waist. The pattern features elastic in the back waistband and I chose to add it throughout the whole waistband to cinch in the waist. I also added a tiny faux button tab to the front chest pocket for a little added detail. I left off the back pockets but only because she didn’t want them (gotta keep them happy!).

I can’t get over this pattern! The construction really is genius and the finished garment is so cool! According to my darling model, it’s super comfy and super cute too. She’s got a list of places she can’t wait to wear it to: as a pool coverup, to dance competitions as a coverup, and any time we travel, not to mention just every.single.day!

We tried out a new location for this shoot and it was absolutely perfect! The evening light was magical and brought out my little supermodel. I love that these pics show ALL her personalities from sweet big kid to sassy almost teenager. We had so much fun and had to follow it up with milkshakes just to cement it as the best night out!

Make sure you check out all of the other stops on the tour and take advantage of the sitewide 30% off sale during the tour too! Head over to my IG for a giveaway for all of the patterns in this newest Zero Waste collection too!

04/06 – Thread Faction Studio Blog, Wattle & Slate on Instagram,

True Bias Rio Ringer Dress in Boscage Fabrics for Art Gallery

With temps soaring in my neck of the woods, I’m all about summer comfort! I’ve been itching to sew a True Bias Rio Ringer dress and I’m thrilled to finally have one of my own.

I was gifted this amazing Art Gallery Fabrics knit to sew up for their Lookbook. It is part of the Boscage fabric line from Katarina Roccella. The line is full of vibrant colors, bold prints, and gorgeous florals that will have you dreaming of a tropical vacation.

I picked Wandering Leopards Sea in knit for so many reasons. I love this gorgeous teal-emerald shade! I’m also a sucker for animal prints and the fact that this has actual leopards really sold me. Add in my love of AGF knits and this fabric just had to be mine. I paired it with solid knit in Caviar for the bands.

Let’s talk about this dress! I sewed up a size 8 graded to a 10 from the waist down with 2 inches added to the length. I also had to adjust the length of my bands since I used cotton lycra instead of ribbing (I added 2 inches to the sleeve band).

This dress is the perfect throw on and go look. I love it with sneakers but it will also be awesome with flip flops for the pool. I’ve decided I need to embrace dresses this summer. They’re just so easy!

Make sure to check out the whole Lookbook for more inspiration and lots of cute looks from my amazing sewing friends!

Christmas in June with All About Christmas from Riley Blake Designs

Our newest makes for Riley Blake Designs might have you a little confused. Christmas prints in June? If you’re a planner, that’s perfect! Time to get your handmade holidays started. If you are anything like me though, you sew for the here and now. If only I was able to think that far ahead…

All About Christmas by J. Wecker Frisch is such a fun collection. I love the color scheme and think these prints would make adorable stockings. The snowflakes would have been top of my list for matching dresses for my girls when they were just a bit younger too!

When picking prints with apparel in mind, I tend to go subtle and was immediately drawn to the Stars in all of the multiple colorways. In thinking summer holidays, I went with Charcoal and Red. I think these prints will be festive throughout July but will work year round too!

I originally planned dresses with these prints but really wanted them to get more wear through the summer so I did top versions instead. As my teen quickly outgrows most kids patterns, I’m finding more and more women’s patterns that she now fits into. This is the Inari Top and Dress from Named Patterns (one of my go-to patterns for myself!) I sewed up a size 0 crop top version with no alterations.

I love the almost boat neckline and cuffed short sleeves. This pattern works well with a variety of fabrics. There is an option for a neckband when using knit fabrics but the woven version is finished with a neck facing. The crop length works so well on her!

Payton got a Vintage Little Lady Chloe Dress hacked into a peplum length top. This is a free pattern and such a great one to try if you’ve been eyeing Vintage Little Lady patterns but are hesitant. I love the simple dolman sleeve and baby doll waist. It’s a quick sew and has a handful of cute little details you can add.

Isn’t that back just too cute?!

So tell me, do you have Christmas sewing on the brain already? What’s your favorite handmade item to gift? I love this collection and think it’d be perfect for gifting this holiday season. And if you’re like me, don’t brush those Christmas prints off as just for December!

Project Run and Play Smooth Sorbet

The newest Project Run and Play collection has arrived! Project Smooth Sorbet features 8 new patterns for all the kiddos in your life.

I sewed up 5 of the patterns from this collection and they’re perfect for summer!

As with all of the Project Run and Play collections, our photoshoots are always a hoot and I end with some treasured pictures of my kids on top of great new clothes too! All of our fabrics were sponsored by Raspberry Creek Fabrics and my kids are huge fans of all things RCF.

Charlie got a Parfait Polo paired with the Limone Lounge shorts. I used this adorable ombre stripe cotton lycra for his shirt and a light grey stretch linen for his shorts.

I was a little nervous to sew him a polo shirt because he is so picky! He loves CLUB fabrics though and the softness of this top won him right over. The Parfait pattern is a unisex pattern with tons of options. It comes in sizes 1-16.

The Limone shorts have an elastic waist that makes it easy to get dressed and perfect for those kiddos that detest anything with zippers (please tell me I’m not alone!). They’re nice and relaxed fitting and the big pockets are a little guys must have.

I’m afraid this might be Sophie’s last Project Run and Play shoot as she’s barely fitting in the size charts. You know I’m going to push it as long as I can!

She got a Fragola Dress in pretty rayon linen. The Fragola comes in sizes 12 month to 14 and has top and dress options.

The Fragola is absolutely adorable! I love the wide, sleeveless style. I added length to the top version and then added a ruffle with all of the fabric I had left! It was a game of fabric tetris to play with the stripes but being flexible on the length made it fun.

Payton loves bright and fun clothes so I knew this theme was meant for her. She got a pair of Limone capris and a Bacio Tee.

The Limone pattern is another super versatile addition to your collection. There are multiple short lengths, capris and pants as well as two skirt options. It comes in sizes newborn-14 making it a pattern you can use for years! And you know how much I love a good unisex pattern- anything I can use for all three of my younger kids. Sewn up in a comfy chambray, these are the perfect hanging out pants!

The Bacio Tee is a unisex relaxed fit tee. It’s a great basic to have! It comes in sizes nb-14 as well. I love the raw edge neckline option!

This double brushed poly fabric has a special place in our heart! This print was designed by Diana’s daughter Grace, one of Payton’s oldest friends. Seeing her wear one of her friends prints was so sweet, especially since I’ve been wearing fabrics designed by Diana forever!

The last pattern I sewed up was the Sorbetto Swimsuit. The Sorbetto is another pattern full of options!

I sewed up the two piece color blocked pieces with the optional sleeve. I love that fun detail!

Raspberry Creek swim solids are so good and it was hard to pick which color combo to use. I ended up with Lipstick Pink, Bright Yellow and Solid Orange for a fun color scheme reminiscent of a summer sunset or a delicious Popsicle!

For loads and loads of inspiration, head over to Project Run and Play and flip through the Project Smooth Sorbet Lookbook. It’s the perfect way to spend a hot afternoon. Grab your favorite frozen treat, kick your feet up, and prepare to be blown away by all of the amazing sewists and their adorable children!

Love Notions Ballad Blouse

The much anticipated Love Notions Ballad Blouse released this week! I fall more and more in love with this pattern with each new version I see!

This pattern is made for drapey wovens and is so perfect for spring! It comes in LN standard sizing XS-5X and also features a separate full bust front too. Just scroll through the listing for a TON of inspiration! You’ll see it looks beautiful on all body types and there’s such a variety of styles that you’ll surely find a few that speak to your taste.

I sewed up a size small with short cuffed sleeves and gathered shoulders. There is a shirred shoulder option as well as multiple sleeve styles.

I used a stretch crepe from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I love sewing with this fabric. It’s got amazing flow but not as slippery as some fabrics. The stretch also makes it so comfortable to wear! If you’re new to sewing wovens, I highly recommend this fabric.

I paired mine with some Sabrina Slims for a comfy but pulled together outfit.

Looking to sew your first button up? Are you an adventurous beginner? This pattern is made for you! There are videos to walk you through the tricky parts and it’s a surprisingly fast sew. Grab this pattern on sale through May 16th!

Siena Skirts from Made for Mermaids in Riley Blake Beautiful Day fabrics

I’m sharing another great fabric collection today from Riley Blake Fabrics. Beautiful Day Fabrics from Echo Park Paper Co. are so pretty and totally on trend. My girls were in love with these prints!

The pretty boho florals won them over but look how darling those ginghams and bees are too! I keep imagining the CUTEST summer picnic quilt in this collection. Isn’t the color pallet so fresh and fun?!

My girls have requested more skirts and when I saw the new Siena Skirt from Made for Mermaids I knew it would be a great addition to their wardrobes. The Siena is a woven, elastic waist skirt with multiple length options. Tiered skirts are so in style this spring and those Made for Mermaids girls do a fantastic job keeping up with RTW trends. They keep these picky girls happy with all of their patterns!

Cute Payton got a mini skirt version. I had one of those amazing mom moments when she slipped this outfit on and it was just so HER! A little sweet but fun and trendy too.

Sophie wanted a midi version. Hers is slightly modified to work with the amount of fabric I had so the last tier is shorter than the pattern calls for. It’s still a great length and nice and comfortable on her. She wore hers to church this week which I always count as a huge win when they can’t wait to wear their new handmades.

Sophie is my crafty queen and is always trying something new. She started embroidering a little and I thought these skirts were perfect for a little embellished tee to match. We grabbed tees from Target and spent an evening working on these tops. She did hers and I did the simple lazy daisies on Payton’s (yes she is WAY better at it than me!). I love catching any moment I can to spend quiet time with my kids and this was such a fun night. Don’t be surprised if we start adding a little embroidering to all the things!

I love discovering new patterns that will get added to our go-to collection. The Siena skirt was just meant for these cute prints!

Summer Sewing with Love Notions and Raspberry Creek Fabrics

May seems to be the craziest month in our house but I love it! It’s a month of recitals, big games, so many end of school activities, and the hope of lazy summer days ahead. It’s the perfect time for new summer clothes and the big Love Notions Mother’s Day sale as we look forward to warm, fun days coming our way. Today I’m sharing our latest Love Notions and Raspberry Creek makes in honor of the 40% off LN sale and RCF’s newest summer line release.

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Let’s talk fabric for a minute. Raspberry Creek Fabrics typically does two big CLUB fabric releases each year for Spring and Fall with Summer being a smaller release. This year, the summer release is just as big and there are soooo many amazing prints to choose from. I sat down with my kids and let them pick their favorites and let me tell you, their list was LONG! I usually let my kids have all of the CLUB goodies but I had to get my hands on some this round too. The new line is on sale through Monday, May 10th at $1 off per yard (which really adds up if your cart grows as much as mine!).

I sewed up this first batch in some of our favorite Love Notions patterns but will be bringing you a few more makes later this week too. These CLUB prints are available on their 95/5 cotton spandex jersey and french terry bases. These are all on jersey and are a great weight for so many things. We love tees, dresses, and pj’s in CLUB jersey. CLUB french terry makes cozy hoodies, dresses, shorts, and joggers.

Love Notions has some of my go-to boys patterns- the Moto Maxx being right at the top.

The Moto Maxx pattern has so many fun details! It features both a top and jogger pattern (you know how we feel about joggers in this house!). The top can be made with short, long, or layered sleeves making it a great year round pattern. I love the shoulder detail and the opportunity to do a little color blocking. It was perfect for this fun National Park print that had so many colors in it to pick from!

My teen has been growing like crazy and it always becomes obvious when she pulls out clothes from last season! She loves to throw on a t-shirt dress on Saturdays so I know that I need to sew up a few for summer. It was a great excuse to sew up a Prisma Dress! The Prisma Dress has multiple options and I always forget about the simple a-line (hello, that pleated drop waist skirt is too cute!). The simple shaping of the a-line was just right for this girly.

I love that so many of Love Notions kids patterns go up to a size 16 (this is one of them!). I sewed up a size 14 with a 14 length because she wanted it above the knee. It’s such a great throw on and be done dress. Paired with some sneaks and she’s good to go. She has come around to florals lately, especially if they have a little retro feel like this print.

We debated what this print wanted to be and really leaned towards a ringer tee. She has a darling muscle tank that she wears often and when I showed her the Sprint Muscle Tee she quickly made up her mind that was what she wanted. I love the color block and hood options but for this we went simple. We cropped it a few inches to wear with her high waisted shorts and jeans.

This cute stripe can read really sweet and girly but we wanted something a little more grown up. We had about 10 fabrics that we considered for the bands. RCF has solids that match almost all those stripes but we went for a little more contrast. Grey is always a good choice, right?

I couldn’t let my kids have all the fun! I fell head over heals for this print from Brittney Laidlaw and knew I needed something just for me. I wanted a tshirt dress and hacked my all time favorite LN pattern to get this look. The Classic Tee makes up a good percentage of my summer wardrobe so I knew it’d be perfect for this.

I measured from my shoulder to just above my knee and lengthened the side seams accordingly extending the curve out as well. I love the fit through the shoulders and then that it gets looser through the waist and hips. This makes for such a comfy and flattering dress too!

It is beyond comfy and I can’t wait to wear it all summer long!

Are you stumped which patterns to pick up during the sale? You can check out my past Love Notions makes here and hopefully I can help you narrow it down. I have so many Love Notions patterns that I reach for again and again. I love how easy they are to print at home, the clear concise tutorials, the great fit, and the wide variety of patterns for the whole family!