Love Notions Ravinia Skirt

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I feel like Tami at Love Notions has secret powers.  Every time I find a whole in my wardrobe Tami magically knows and poof! A new pattern appears.  This summer I’ve been wanting to add a few more casual skirts to my closet and the Ravinia Skirt (Affiliate Link) is just perfect!

This post contains affiliate links.  Purchasing through my links provides a small kickback to me that I use to keep up this sewing hobby of mine 😉

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Our summer days are usually spent either at the pool, sports lessons and games, or lazy days at home.  With temps close to triple digits, these skirts will be perfect for whatever our day holds.

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The Ravinia pattern comes in sizes XS-XXXL and can be made in three lengths- knee, calf, and maxi.  There are three waistband options- a simple yoga waistband, a slimming contoured band, and a maternity option.  As always, the pattern features no-trim pages which make putting it together a breeze.  There is also a copy shop file so you can send it off to be printed as well.

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My favorite feature is the pockets!  They are nice and roomy and that gathering is so unique and fun!

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I got both of my fabrics from Cali Fabrics brick and mortar shop Fabric Outlet when I was visiting San Francisco earlier this month.  Anyone else feel the need to fit in just a little fabric shopping on vacation?  I love shopping their online selection but touching and feeling all the pretty fabric in real life just can’t be beat.

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You can grab this dreamy modal jersey here and it’s such a steal!  It’s so soft and that drape is dreamy!  I paired it with my stripe modal Classic Tee and it’s almost like wearing nothing at all- it’s just so comfortable, breathable, and soft! (And way better on my family than if I did cruise around in my birthday suit all day, lol!)

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This skirt is a cozy double brushed polyester.  It’s super soft and I didn’t want to take it off!  This particular print is sold out but Cali has a large selection of dbp to pick from.  I really like this pattern in DBP too!

I love the fullness of this skirt.  These cuts were 2.5 yards each and I used almost every last scrap for these skirts.  The floral fabric was a wider piece so I was able to fit the size small maxi out of it easily.  The taupe modal wasn’t quite as wide and the midi length worked great for it.  I did the contour waistband in the taupe and that needs four waistband pieces instead of the one yoga waistband piece.  There is an option to add power mesh to the contour waistband so of course I was all over that!  I sandwiched my power mesh between the front waistband and front lining piece and like the extra ‘help’ it gives the stomach area.

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You can grab your own Ravinia pattern on sale now through Sunday July 22nd!

 

 

Swimsuit Sewing 2018

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I’ve been holding out on you guys!  I can’t believe I haven’t shared all the swim goodness that’s been happening at our house.  I’d like to thank Raspberry Creek Fabrics for giving me the push I needed to sew a million swimsuits this year- ok, maybe not a million but we’ve been busy for sure.

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This little man has gotten three swimsuits so far this year.  You know me, once I start it’s hard for me to stop sewing swim.  It’s so quick and rewarding and they get worn constantly.  This suit is a Jolly Roger Raglan turned rashguard.  I was dying to try the new Cricut Sportflex vinyl on swim knit and I’m happy to say it’s held up so well.  The rash guards in this post have been to the pool multiple times and washed in the machine as well and the vinyl looks brand new.  I’m happy to have a fun, easy, quality way to personalize our swimsuits.

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The shorts are the Peek-a-Boo Patterns School’s Out Shorts.  I used the girl cut line and love the length on him.  It’s very retro and just like the big boys are wearing.

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This suit is made with the Linden Shorts pattern and add-on pack from Sew A Little Seam.  This palm print from Raspberry Creek’s newest swim line was one of my favorites and I just knew this little guy needed a suit from it.

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Is this just not the picture of a happy kid, living the dream summer life?!

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His last suit, so far, is the Sew Like My Mom Palm Euro suit.  I love the fit of this pattern and that it’s a little looser around the front area, if you know what I mean.  I think it’s cute and not too snug and so easy to play in.

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This sweet tween just keeps shooting up and growing out of her suits.  I’m currently making her a 7/8 width and a 12 length which makes store bought suits something we just can’t do.  She’s loving this darling red suit we just made and she’s rocking these two as well.

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This is the Made for Mermaids Calypso suit (I can’t sing the praises of the M4M Mermaid Shores suits enough!).  I love this fabric combo and this particular suit really comes together so quick.  Those flutters don’t need to be hemmed or gathered- hallelujah!  The RCF swim is nice and thick and not nearly as slippery as some of the other swim I’ve encountered.  It makes sewing through all those layers pretty painless.  I just make sure to clip more than with normal knits and my serger is my bff when it comes to swim knit.

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Can we talk about that booty coverage for a minute?!  That’s one of my favorite things about all the Mermaid Shores patterns.  I hate seeing my kids with wedgies the whole time their swimming and these bottoms just stay where they’re supposed to.  Those M4M girls know what this mama likes!

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Her other suit is a combo of my sons’ looks too.  I just had to try the Palm Euro pattern on her.  She loves boy short bottoms and I think this pattern was so perfect for her!  I love the little extra length they have over normal girl patterns.  This top is our trusty Camden Raglan from Hey June.  The only alteration I did to make it a rash guard was to do a self lining on the front, essentially it’s just two layers of the white swim knit.  It worked lovely and isn’t a bit see through.  I used my Cricut again for her graphic and love this cute little set.

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I’ve got a couple more suits lined up before summer’s end.  I really love being able to sew suits to not only fit their personalities and personal style but also fit their unique body types.   This is the main reason I sew for these kiddos and one of those things that brings my pure joy!

Love Notions Lace Tour

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I’m so excited for you all to see the glorious creations coming your way this week on the Love Notions Lace Summer Blog Tour.  So many pretty variations on your favorite Love Notions patterns!

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I’m a pretty casual gal and don’t usually go for a ton of lace in my wardrobe.  I knew I wanted something that would get worn more than just on the rare special occasion and  I kept dreaming of an easy lace woven tee.  I pulled out my Harmony Top pattern and found the perfect white eyelet in my stash.  And that is how my perfect summer top was born.

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My last Harmony top didn’t make it to the blog and I’ve been dying to make a few more for the summer.  It’s just the perfect light and breezy top.  I love a good woven top to dress up my usual jeans and the Harmony is relaxed and perfect for all those wovens I’ve been hoarding.

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I love the back shaping of this pattern.  It’s a swingy loose top and bringing in the center back really helps it fit just right.

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I did modify the neckline this time and used the crew neckline from the Classic Tee.  I love a higher neckline and with the back button it works great and still easily slips over my head.  I was channeling these two Pinterest tops.  They are just so classy!

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Using an eyelet meant I didn’t need to make any other alterations to the pattern.  I actually debated between an open weave lace and worried about the seams and front darts looking strange if I didn’t finish them in the exact color serger thread.  White eyelet meant no changing thread, lol!

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I’m so excited to have this top all summer long.  It’s such a great staple and a classic I will wear for a long time to come.

Are you ready for the other stops on this tour?  I seriously can’t wait to check them out all week long!
 

lace tourMonday: Sewing Curves SewSophieLynn Kainara Stitches
Tuesday: doodlenumber5 My Heart Will Sew On Third Shift Creations
Wednesday: Princesse et tresors Phat Quarters
Thursday: All Things Katy! Back40life,Sprouting JubeJube
Friday: Sew Like a Sloth Very Blissful Seamly Behaviour

 

Sew Americana Tour 2018

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The Sew Americana Tour by Katy from Wild and Wanderful is always a favorite of ours.  It’s just the perfect kickoff to all our summer fun and we love capturing these cute girl cousins together.  It’s also a great reminder, even in these troubling times, of just how lucky we are to live in this country.

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It’s been fun to see how much these girls have grown.  We loved our first year of dresses and last year we did easy to wear playtime looks.  A palate of red, white, and blue is just so classic and lends itself to so many different interpretations.  We’ll never grow tired of it!

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We were so lucky to get to pick from some amazing Sly Fox Fabrics for this post.  I’m always up for sewing swimsuits and these swim knits were the perfect place to start.  Those polka dots just screamed to be made into a cute retro swimsuit and my red loving daughter needed a sophisticated solid suit that feels more 70’S swimwear model and less Baywatch, if you know what I mean.  These fabrics were just what I had in mind.

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We combined these fabrics with a couple from Raspberry Creek Fabrics- the navy gingham and navy solid.  My sister sewed up these two darling suits and I love how they coordinate with my girls.

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Can I talk about this look for a minute?!!  When did my little girl get so old?!  She’s always had a bit more mature taste in everything from clothes to books to how she spends her free time (crafting or organizing things usually).  This suit is such a great reflection of that while still being modest and girly.

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The Camila Swimsuit from Made for Mermaids has solidified it’s spot at the top of my swimsuit pattern list.  It’s quick, easy to alter for her slim frame, and so cute on!  I love the coverage on the bottom and the different options with the flounce (either over the shoulder or under the shoulder like on the gingham suit).  I am dying to make me another version too!

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This little cutie is rocking her Camila as well.  With the flounce under her arms she’s ready to play!  There are multiple strap options too so she can swim to her heart’s content.

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I knew I had to do the new Catalina Swimsuit from Violette Fields Threads with this fabric.  It’s just such a sweet throwback look and too perfect for this tour.  I love, love the ruffles and that front tie!

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I’ve got to be honest and say I struggled with this suit.  I think to get a properly fitting suit you need lots of measurements in the pattern especially trunk measurements and that’s missing from this pattern.  I graded the pattern according to her measurements and matching the pattern then added an extra inch in the trunk just to be safe (I was thinking I could do a side gather similar to the Camila if it ended up too long).   It actually turned out too short and she’s constantly pulling it up in the front.  I also think it’s hard to sew the straps in place before it can be tried on and they turned out a little too long exacerbating the low neck problem.  I think part of sewing our own swimsuits is getting a better fit than you can buy and that just isn’t the case with this one.  It really did turn out darling though and I know she’ll still get plenty of wear out of it.

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Now this little miss has stolen our hearts and is rocking a Mairin Swimsuit from Sew A Little Seam.  This is the halter neck boyshort option with leg ruffles- a combo I need to try for myself!

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Isn’t it just sweet and classic?  The options with the Mairin are endless and a little daunting at first.  A quick look on Instagram and you’ll be wanting to sew ALL the variations and may be like me- paralyzed with fear of picking the wrong one!  This has convinced me that there is no wrong one.  Must. Sew. All. The. Mairins.

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Thanks so much for stopping by our little stop on the tour.  Make sure you check out all the other fantastic bloggers this year.  There is always so much inspiration and I love all the stories everyone shares.

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Monday, June 25:
Wild + Wanderful | Marvelous Auntie M | Handmade Boy
Phat Quarters | Call Ajaire

Tuesday, June 26:
Musings of a Seamstress | Sea of Estrogen | Sew and Tell Project
5 out of 4 Patterns | Little Heart Threads

Wednesday, June 27:
Middle River Studio | Elli & Nels | SewSophieLynn
Pear Berry Lane | The Eli Monster

Thursday, June 28:
Auschick Sews | EYMM | Mama & Leia
Seams Sew Lo | Stitched by Jennie

Friday, June 29:
Stylin’ Stacy | Rebel & Malice | On Wednesdays We Sew
FairyTale BT | That’s-Sew-Kari | Very Blissful

Love Notions Classic Tee

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I’m a jeans and tee girl 95% of the time- even in summer time it’s usually cut-off denim shorts and a simple tee.  The new Classic Tee from Love Notions will be my new best friend!  It’s the perfect relaxed fit basic t-shirt and the big bonus- you can get it for FREE!

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There are multiple sleeve and neckline options making this such a versatile pattern too! There are crew, scoop, and v-neck choices and short, elbow and long sleeves so you can use this pattern no matter what season you’re in.

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I want to wear this version every. single. day.  I literally almost cried when I had to take it off.  It’s so darn soft and lovely.  I used this modal jersey from Cali Fabrics.  It was my first time sewing modal and now I want a whole wardrobe of it.  It’s a bit thicker than rayon spandex and so much softer.  The drape is amazing and it’s just thick enough to glide over all the little lumps and bumps.  It sewed up so nice and easily too!  Excuse me while I go buy a million more yards…

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I’ve done a handful of v-necks in my day and they still always intimidate me.  They take a little longer than a basic crew or scoop neck but are so flattering and well worth the little extra time.  I love the depth of this one- not too low for my super modest tastes.

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This version is about as basic as it gets.  Everyone needs a good white tee in their wardrobe and this one is perfect.

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I used a white double brushed polyester for this version.  I love the drape and thickness of this fabric.  It’s also super soft and plush.  The only drawback of dbp is that it doesn’t breath as well as a natural fiber.  I still wear dbp on most days, only avoiding it on super warm days where I’ll be outside in the heat for extended periods.

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Make sure you hop on over to the Love Notions shop.  Take the short and sweet survey in the listing and you’ll get a coupon code upon completion.   Super easy and you’ll be whipping up your new favorite Classic Tees in no time!

Chalk and Notch Pixie Tee and Dress

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Gabriela at Chalk and Notch does such a great job at making me feel like a million bucks!  Her patterns are always on trend with classic lines and great details.  The new Pixie Tee is no exception.

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The best part- This pattern is free for a limited time for Chalk and Notch newsletter subscribers, just make sure you sign up before Sunday, June 24th.  Hurry over here and click the little Newsletter sign up in the left top corner.  Easy Peasy!  Do it now so you don’t forget, you will not want to miss out on this one!

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This pattern is super versatile and so cute.  There are hem band and hem tie options and multiple sleeve lengths.  There are also top and dress lengths.  You can make a comfy knit tee dress, chic date night top, and cozy sweatshirt all from the same pattern.  I chose to do the hem tie, short sleeve, top version and love, love, love it!

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I used a beautiful double brushed polyester from Raspberry Creek Fabrics (this print is currently not available but there are a ton of other cute options!).  I love the weight and drape of it for this pattern.  There are pattern pieces and instructions for making your own woven ties but there is also an option for ribbon ties.  I used a pretty velvet ribbon for mine and love the texture it adds.

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My plan as I sewed this top was to wear it styled exactly like this.  Who doesn’t love a good jeans and tee combo?  I love that this feels a little elevated than my basic momiform and would love to make a couple more.

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I tried this tee on right before heading out the door for church and just really didn’t want to take it off!  I threw on a skirt and loved that I was able to easily dress it up too.

I can’t wait for you to see all the tester versions.  There was a huge variety and each one was so cute!  Cozy french terry versions, pretty dresses, and fun fabric combos.

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So did you get all signed up?!! Make sure you head to Chalk and Notch so you can grab this as soon as it’s released.  Such a fun new pattern!

Watch my Instagram feed for a chance to win a Chalk and Notch pattern of your choice too!

Movie Night Pj’s and a Lesson Learned

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Is there anything better than new pajamas?!! I don’t think so!  I love my kids in fresh pj’s but chances are you’ll catch them sleeping in old tees and thread bare bottoms (if they even manage to change out of their clothes they wore that day).  New pajamas are almost irresistible and I can guarantee they’ll reach for them any chance they’re clean.

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This kiddo was especially in need of summer sleepwear as he’s had a major growth spurt and none of his fit from last year.  The free Movie Night Pajamas from Sew A Little Seam (grab the code in the Facebook Group) were exactly what I was looking for.  I decided to sew up a batch all at once and knew I could count on Kelly’s pattern to come together great.  Here’s where I learned my lesson…

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I have been sewing PDF patterns for about 5 years now and it’s about time I made this mistake.  As the school year was coming close to an end I wanted to pack in as many projects as I could into my last few afternoons alone.  I printed off about 8 patterns and assembled a handful to be ready for some serious sewing time.  I cut and sewed two sets of pajamas and couldn’t figure out why they were so big!  He tried on the yoga waistband mid-sew and it was huge.  I naively thought it was just his little waist and took in the band a couple of inches.  I completed both sets and just thought the pattern must run a little on the loose side.

It wasn’t until a day later as I was assembling another pattern from a different designer that it dawned on me how unusual the pattern had printed, leaving almost nothing to trim off the edges.  I FINALLY got my ruler out to see that everything I’d printed had been printed to fit the page, not actual size like they should be.  Duh!!!  I rarely check to make sure the correct settings are selected because I’m the primary user of our printer.  You better believe I’ll do it every time now.  My 1 inch square was just 1/16th off, not a big deal, right?!!  Well, now I know exactly how much that 1/16th can affect the body of a pattern piece.

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I just had to go back and do another set so I could get a true sense for how it was supposed to fit and to see just how much it had affected the final product.  I’m super happy I caught it before I had assembled the rest of the stack of patterns I’d printed and so glad I made the mistake on pajamas, a garment that is still totally wearable even if it’s a little big.  You will see in this post the difference in fit between the planes and bears, the ‘bad’ versions, and the mustard stripes, the correct fit.

You can see that the fit of the planes isn’t terrible just looser and wider than expected.  The stripe pj’s fit him like his favorite ready-to-wear ones, close but not too snug.

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Don’t you just love them though!  These fabrics from Raspberry Creek and Riley Blake are just so soft, they make the perfect pajamas!  My kids reach for their RCF pj’s over and over and I feel like they never get worn out.  I also love that they can pick cute novelty prints for them that I might not be drawn to for everyday clothes.  This little guy has been wanting that bear fabric ever since it released so he’s one happy camper!

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Please tell me I’m not alone in getting all the way through constructing a garment before figuring out my error.  What has been your biggest “Doh” moment while sewing?  I know we all make mistakes (What would we do without out our handy seam rippers?) and I’d love to hear your stories.  I love that through our mistakes we can learn and turn those ‘What was I thinking?’ instances into ‘I’ll never do that again!’ lessons.