Back to School Tour 2019

sophie14I love a good blog tour filled with friends, awesome giveaways, and any excuse to get behind my sewing machines.  The Back to School Blog Tour hosted by Karly of Paisley Roots was the perfect reason to drop everything and sew up a few back to school pieces.

sophie5This little miss starts middle school this year, sob sob.  Her actual first day is TODAY and while you are reading this I just might be having a mini-meltdown.  Middle School!  How did that happen?!  She’s so ready and I know she’ll rock it but when did my little girl get to be such an amazing young woman?!

titleShe’s getting to be very picky and very particular about what she wears.  She definitely follows teenage trends.  She’s such a shy girl that she likes to fit right in and not be too flashy.  For her back to school wardrobe, she shopped at her favorite stores, Tilly’s and H&M, and then we threw in three handmade pieces that would really compliment and work well with her store-bought items.   What resulted is a cute mix and match mini capsule wardrobe that she loves!

 

I used three patterns from my favorite pattern designers that cater to tween and teen sizing.  Modkid Boutique has an ever expanding catalog of tween patterns that are so on-trend.  Hey June Handmades Hey Junior line is a collection of basic pieces that can be hacked into a million different looks.  It’s a great starting point for classic patterns you can use again and again.  I also turn to Love Notions Patterns because their patterns go from size 2t-16 which means I can use them for my girls and my nieces.  I love a great size range!

sophie7The first handmade piece is a hacked Brooklyn from Modkid in a super fun Retro Stripe from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  For this look, I took the dress piece and just shortened it to top length.  She loves mock necks and this pattern fits her well.  It’s slim fitting and has multiple sleeve options.  I used the long sleeve pattern piece and shortened it to hit mid bicep.

sophie8Her leggings are our go-to Love Notions Leggins’.  They are a nice slim cut and always fit her so well.  I used a mid-weight cotton lycra from CaliFabrics.  I absolutely love the weight of this fabric for leggings.  I’ve been on the quest for great leggings fabrics since this girl would live in them and I will be ordering more colors of this for sure!

sophie13Her last handmade item is a Morrison Tee from Hey June Handmade in a yummy modal stripe from CaliFabrics.  This fabric is my absolute favorite for tees and if it looks familiar it could be because I’ve made a handful of other tops out of it in multiple colorways for her and I.  It’s so soft and that drape is amazing!

The Morrison Tee is another pattern that I turn to over and over again.  That back curved hem and the oversized fit just make me happy!  I did an extra-wide cuff and folded it up and tacked it in multiple places.  I just love a cuffed sleeve.

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Her store-bought pieces:

Mustard Jeggings from H&M

Black Jacket from Tilly’s

Yellow Vans

White Slip-Ons

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Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure you head to the other stops on the tour for some adorable back to school looks.  Head to the end of this post for a super fun giveaway too!

Giveaway!
10% off all patterns from DIBY Club with code: B2Sblogtour (expires Aug 25, 2019)
2 patterns of choice from DIBY Club (bundles excluded)
 2 patterns of choice from Rad Patterns
2 patterns of choice from Paisley Roots
1 pattern of choice from Sisboom
1 pattern of choice from Little Lizard King
1 pattern of choice from Titchy Threads
1 pattern of choice from New Horizons Designs 


 

 

Back to School with Project Run and Play

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Summer is coming to an end and my kiddos are headed back to school next week.   Making and buying new school clothes and supplies is one way we make it a little less painful.  It’s hard to be sad when you’ve got a cute outfit on, lol!  To help with your back to school sewing, Project Run and Play is introducing four new patterns to the shop and you can grab these patterns on sale for 20% off through Sunday, August 18th.

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I sewed up the Odeline Blouse and Dress from Iris May Patterns.   I loved all the options that come with the pattern and it was so fun brainstorming different ideas.  A cute gathered sleeve dress in plaid flannel?  I simple solid version with ALL the ruffles?  A striped linen dress for the last bit of summer weather?  One look at all the listing pictures really had my mind reeling.  So.Many.Options!

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We settled on a short sleeve blouse in this fantastic pineapple print crepe that I picked up in the LA Fabric District.  We’ve got a couple more months of nice weather and I wanted something she could wear the first few days of school.  She’s loving the pineapple trend and this colorway feels like something that will work well into fall.  Short sleeves are so great for layering once the weather gets cooler too.

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This pattern features both blouse and dress lengths.  There are short, 3/4, and long sleeve options and you can pick a plain or puff sleeve.  You can also choose to add a ruffle to the neckline, bodice, and chest.  Mixing and matching all the options gives you so many different looks.  I chose the neckline ruffle, plain short sleeve and blouse length.

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This was one of my first patterns that does not include a seam allowance.  I’ve got to admit- I was terrified I’d screw it up!  I watched a couple of YouTube videos to refresh my memory and just went for it.  I used the two pencils stuck together method and it worked out great- so quick and easy!  I’m glad I won’t have to be so intimidated in the future.

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I love how this turned out and I’m so glad I still have enough of this fabric left so we can be twinning.  It’s such a versatile piece and will work so well for those hot first school days.

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Want to win and sew a dream back to school wardrobe?  Every purchase in the Project Run and Play shop during the Back to School event will be entered to win 5 patterns of your choice from the shop.  Such a fun giveaway!

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This little miss attitude is ready to head back to school in style!  Head to the Project Run and Play shop to grab the newest patterns on sale!

Summer Sewing 2019

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This summer has just flown by.  I’ve barely been at my machines and if I’m being honest, it’s been fantastic!  Lots of traveling, family time and incredible experiences.  With summer winding down I’ll certainly miss the sunshine and lazy days but I’m anxious to get my own free time back.  I’ve got a list a mile long just waiting to be sewn up!

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Raspberry Creek Fabrics new Fall Line hit the shop today and it was the perfect excuse to spend the day sewing with my sister while she’s in town.  These three cute cousins are loving their coordinating looks!

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My sister sewed up a Greenpoint Cardigan for her dino loving daughter.   Her kids wear a uniform to school and this cardigan will be a great layering piece to and from school each day.  This dino print is so fun and is a great neutral piece.

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Her little man got a new Constance Sweater in the Geo Shark print.  A simple piece that is so cute and comfy!  She paired it with ribbing from Hobby Lobby and I can’t wait to copy this look for myself.

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For Charlie, I used the Sloane Sweater from Love Notions paired with a Shark panel and the Allover Geometric print.  I love how these prints pair so well with any solid.  I love this kid in teal so that’s what he got, lol.  It won’t be long before he’s picking every element of what I sew for him so I’ll take what I can get now 😉

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The Sloane is drafted for girls but looks fantastic on him.  That shoulder and back detail is my favorite!

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This girl lives in leggings all winter so we’ll gradually start building up her stash.  This horse print is so fun paired with a denim shirt and I think it will look so cute with so many of her cardigans and sweaters come cooler weather too!  I turned to my trusty FREE Love Notions Leggin’s again.  They’re such a great fit for both my girls.

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Did your summer sewing slow down as much as mine?  Are you counting down the days until school starts too?  I hope your days have been filled with great memories and I can’t wait to get back to this space soon!

 

 

 

Sew Americana Blog Tour 2019

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The Sew Americana Blog Tour hosted by Katy of Wild and Wanderful and Thread and Grain has become a tradition for us.  For the past four years, my sister and I have joined in the fun, sewing for our kids, and doing cute cousin photos in their new handmades.   We’ve done pretty dresses, fun play clothes, swimsuits, and this year we decided on pjs.  We even through in our little boys for even more cuteness (and chaos!).

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After a marathon day of sewing, our photoshoot at dusk with six kiddos was an adventure!  My sister and her kids have lived all over the country (they’re currently in Colorado) and we cherished the few days we had with them.  They sure love each other and are too cute when they get together.

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For these looks, we used a ton of stash fabrics, mostly from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  We also had fun using our favorite everyday patterns to create comfy loungewear that doubles as play clothes for those long summer days that tend to blend together!

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These two are wearing Hey June Racerback dresses hacked to be top length paired with Patterns for Pirates Walk the Plank pajamas shorts.

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The boys are sporting Titchy Threads Rowan tees and Oliver + S Sunny Day shorts.  My Charlie is indeed wearing his backward, lol!

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Little Edie is adorable in Sew Much Ado’s free nightgown pattern.

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And finally, my oldest is sporting Love Notions Leggins and girls Classic Tee. She loves that she can wear these as separates during the day too!

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Thanks for stopping by our stop on the tour!  It really is one of our favorites all year.  We love the chance it gives us to pause for a moment and really celebrate this great country we live in.  The other bloggers this week have been so inspiring and I hope you take a minute to check them out!


Monday, June 24:
Wild & Wanderful · The Petite Sewist · That’s-Sew-Kari · Stitched by Jennie · Marvelous Auntie M

Tuesday, June 25:
Petite Stitchery · auschick sews · Sew Simple Home · Sewing Novice · Striped Swallow Designs

Wednesday, June 26:
(Swimming in a) Sea of Estrogen · The Eli Monster · 5 out of 4 Patterns · bigflynotions · Stitching and Making

Thursday, June 27:
Middle River Studio · It’s Liesel · Crafty Curly Couture · Sewing with D · Kitty Makes It

Friday, June 28:
Boo + Lu · Sequoialynn Sews · Seams Sew Lo · Made By Jaime · SewSophieLynn

 

Thanks Katy for hosting this fun party every year!

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Riley Blake Stripes

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I’m not shy about my love of all things striped.  I will pick striped fabric any day!  Of course, I would jump at the chance to sew up some of Riley Blake Designs yummy stripes.

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The toughest question was just which stripes to choose.  With 1/8″, 1/4″, and 1/2″ widths to choose from in a wide array of colors, I was truly stumped.  I love a classic black and white pairing and I knew my oldest would dig them as well.  I got 1/2″ and 1/4″ so I could do a little playing around.  My younger daughter is all about color and boy did I struggle to pick one.  It was a tight race between mint, grey, aqua, and mustard before I finally settled on this baby pink 1/4″.

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I used the Gwen Dress from Violette Fields Threads.  I’ve been loving this style and went with this particular pattern because I loved the back elastic casings and nice big pockets.

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That tie back is so adorable!

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I mixed up the prints throughout the dress, playing with direction as I wanted.  It made it so fun and stripe matching was a breeze.

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She fit the size 8 waist and chest measurements but was off the children’s size chart for height.  I added length to the skirt and button placket.  Next time I will size up one and add a little length to the bodice as well.  Combining sizes for width and length can be tricky!  You’d think after all my practice I’d have it down to an art.  As is, this dress is still adorable and will get her through this summer for sure before it’s passed on to little sis.

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Speaking of little sis, she got a pair of paper bag waist shorts.  They’re everywhere these days too and I’d been dying to hack some for ages.  She got to be my guinea pig and the result is darling!

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I used a shorts pattern I had handy (the Linden Romper shorts from Hey June).  Since this was my first go at it I’ll tell you what I did, then tell you what I should have done.  Live and learn baby!

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First, I added a little width to them to make them more full using the slash and spread method.  I also added length to the rise (about 1.5″).  Now, this is what I’d do differently.  I would actually shorten the rise and add a separate waistband.  The way I did it the waist actually tapered a bit and didn’t want to fold down the full 2″.  With a separate waistband you wouldn’t have that problem.  No brainer for most of you I’m sure but I was flying by the seat of my pants as I sewed these up.  Up until the moment I cut into them I had planned to do a button-front midi skirt but realized shorts would be way more practical.  So I grabbed the nearest shorts pattern and went with it!  Anyone else experience that rush of creativity and joy just letting go?!

For the paperbag style, I couldn’t believe how simple it was.  I folded over the waistband an extra inch, creating a two-inch casing, leaving a small opening to insert your elastic.  Then I sewed another row of stitching 1″ down from the top of the waistband.  This creates the ruffle top.  Insert your elastic into the bottom casing and finish your seam.  I added a wide fabric sash and two small belt loops.  The sash totally completes the look!

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I’d say it was a great call!  She loves them almost as much as I do and now I know just how to make my own pair!

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A huge thank you to Riley Blake for providing the fabric for this post.

Flying Fox Dungarees from Puzzle Patterns

flyingfox6The Project Run and Play shop just got a whole slew of new patterns! There’s a little something for everyone from rough and tumble jeans to pretty dresses.  I’m joining in the fun today and sharing the Flying Fox Overalls from Puzzle Patterns.

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The Flying Fox Overalls are a unisex pattern that starts at 12-18 months and goes all the way to size 10.  It’s a classic staple that features both short length or full pant length.  There is a back elastic casing that gives these a cute, slim comfortable silhouette.

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My daughter is an overall collector, lol, and was thrilled when I showed her the pattern.  She fit right in the size 9 width-wise but was 6 inches taller than the size chart goes.  Luckily she really wanted capri length so the adjustments I made were very minimal.  I added a little length to the straps and the hem and we were golden.  I added a little faux drawstring for detail.

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I used a pretty Robert Kaufman Essex striped linen from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It’s lightweight but has enough structure to hold the shape of the overalls.  I love playing with stripes and it was fun mixing directions on the pattern pieces.

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I love that this black and ivory stripe will work so well with a lot of her tees and tanks.  We debated between blush, mustard, or red tops for this shoot with the soft sweet blush winning.  I think these look fantastic with tanks or long sleeves too, making them a year-round piece.  How cute will they be with boots in the fall?!

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The Project Run and Play shop is celebrating the new arrivals with a site-wide sale.  You can save 20% on any purchase with the code newpatterns20.  You can also save 25% off your purchase of 3 or more patterns with the code newpatterns25.

Finally, want to win a pattern of your choice from the PRP shop?  Head over to my Instagram and click on the picture of these overalls for your chance to win!

This post was sponsored by Project Run and Play and Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Coffee and Thread Madrid Tour

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I love a good blog/Instagram tour, especially when it’s for one of my favorite designers.  I jumped at the chance to join the Madrid Dress tour for the lovely Olga of Coffee and Thread patterns.  I’ve been wanting to sew up this pattern since it came out and this was just the nudge I needed.

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The Madrid Dress and Top is a faux wrap bodice with multiple sleeve styles and three length options.  It comes in sizes 2-20 and the tutorial is top notch.  Olga always does an amazing job with her patterns and I know I can count on them to fit great and come together smoothly and easily.

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For my dress, I used a beautiful crepe from La Finch Fabrics.  I snagged this fabric as an end of bolt deal (it’s out of stock but keep your eyes peeled for another end of bolt deal) and wasn’t quite sure what it was going to become.  As soon as I had it in my hands I knew it needed to shine as a dramatic maxi dress.  The print is so pretty and full of my favorite colors (that navy and yellow combo never gets old).  The weight and drape make it so nice to wear.

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For my version, I had a little fun with the pattern.  I switched up the tiered skirt to be one full-length skirt.  I used the full width of fabric for both the skirt front and back making it feel like a princess gown!  It’s so full and twirly but the lightness of the fabric keeps it from being too poofy.

I did a full bishop sleeve using the existing long sleeve pattern piece.  I straightened out the sleeve taper on both sides and added an inch for the elastic casing.  I love love bishop sleeves.  They add a little drama but the cinched elastic at the wrist keeps them practical and out of the way.

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I had so much inspiration for this dress.  It all started about a year ago when I spotted a gal out and about in a gorgeous bishop sleeve wrap front maxi dress.  It looked effortlessly chic and oh so comfortable.  I couldn’t get it out of my head.  This version, this pretty short version, and this cute hi-low beauty convinced me I needed my own boho-inspired dress.  I love being able to take all the little details of my inspiration and make them a reality that fits my needs and vision.  This dress exceeded all my wildest dreams.

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You can follow along the tour with Coffee and Thread on Instagram and use code ‘madridtour’ to get 25% off any pattern in the shop.  I can’t wait to see all the lovely versions of this pattern!