Coffee and Thread Kids Lana Dress Tour

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The Coffee + Thread Lana Pattern Tour is winding down and I hope that you’ve found it just as inspiring as I have.  So many pretty Lana’s for both women and girls have been sewn up!  I sharing a pair of holiday perfect Lana Kids Dresses with a little twist.

pair3These dresses are comfortable and so festive, making them great options for school and family gatherings.  They can fancy them up for special occasions but I also think they’ll wear them all season long with leggings, sweaters, or boots as everyday wear.  I love pieces that can be dressed up or down!  We picked up these beautiful velvets from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.   Velvet is my favorite for comfy looks that really shine.

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My little miss sass definitely needed a red dress to match her bold personality.  For her version I altered the bodice slightly, curving it up in the center front and angling it down to the center back, creating a slight hi-lo effect.

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I used the classic gathered skirt option and short ruffle sleeve.  It’s such a sweet dress!

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For big sister’s dress I used the slash and spread method to add width to the front and back from the armpit seam to the hem, creating a fun swing dress.  We used the newly added long sleeves for a cozy and cute dress.

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I used a gorgeous Olive Green Velvet because I knew it would match her eyes and boy was I right!

(This color is currently sold out.  It photographs more emerald but is really a vibrant olive in real life.  The listing pics for these fabrics are spot on.  My camera just really didn’t want to capture it’s gloriousness!)

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As the winter sets in, we are loosing our precious daylight.  This night was a fast photo shoot, picking them up from school and heading straight to another location with slightly better lighting and background.  The temperatures were in the mid-30’s and again, they were troopers!  I had to laugh while editing pics that my youngest’s arms were covered in goose bumps, all with the biggest smile on her face!  I’m so grateful for these cute girlies of mine!  I always get a pic or two each shoot of my goofball with a grin the size of Texas- totally captures her in one picture.

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This photo captures my sweet Sophie so well too!  What a treasure this girl is!pair4

Thanks for joining me on my stop today.  Make sure to head over to Instagram to see all the other beautiful Lana’s.  Use #lanatopanddresstour to be blown away!

Love Notions Sewing Retreat and Projects

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It’s been almost a month since the Love Notions sewing retreat. I can’t believe I was one of the lucky ones in attendance and it’s definitely an experience I’ll cherish. Friendships were made and strengthened, sewing skills were learned, projects were finished, fabric was scored, and a great time was had by all. I can’t wait to share with you my experience and of course all the projects I was able to start or finish while there!

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I’ve worked with Tami at Love Notions for a couple of years now. She was one of my first ever pattern tests and it was such a great experience. I loved how hands on she was through the testing process, sometimes sewing up a dozen or more of each design right along with the testers. She puts so much effort into perfecting a pattern and her eye for detail and design is amazing. I also just really love her classic, simple style! Needless to say, I was super excited to finally meet the whole Love Notions crew in person! It felt like being with old friends! My favorite parts of the whole weekend were talking sewing, family, and life with these ladies. Kelly (Handmade Boy), Rachel Ring (Handcrafted By Red), and Caroline Gaddy (Sew Like A Sloth) have been such inspiration and it was incredible spending time with them in the flesh.

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The venue was perfect! A cabin in the woods with 38 women- all there to share their love of sewing, what could be better. There was a big main room where we had classes (a fitting class, a pattern hacking class, a vinyl workshop, a photography class, and a sew-a-long) and free sewing. The Sly Fox Fabrics crew were amazing and treated us to the best game of Yankee Swap I’ve ever played (purses and fabric prizes, hello!). We hung out in the hot tub, ate lots of yummy food, and of course sewed our hearts out. These women were all so different and brought so much to our group. I’m so grateful I got to know these ladies from all over the US (and you cute Canadian Lisa!). For this shy, introvert sewing can be so solitary but it was so nice to be able to share this passion of mine with so many inspiring, incredible women. Thanks for such a fantastic few days!

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While I was there, I did actually sew a few things 😉 My plan was to cut out projects and I was super productive cutting three Moto Maxx joggers for my little guy and a Classic Tee for myself. While there I sewed up this Serenity Sweater during the Sew-A-Long and also a Rockford Raglan. I’m also sharing my latest Boyfriend Cardigan that I tried to have done in time for the retreat (everyone sews the day before a big trip, right?!) but had to save til I returned.

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The Serenity Sweater (affiliate links included in this post) was a bit out of my comfort zone and I’m so glad I sewed it up. I love the clever construction! It’s such a cute, on-trend piece that I love to dress up or down. I stopped at Raspberry Creek Fabrics a few days before my trip and loaded up on pretties to sew up. This Teal Brushed Hacci Sweater Knit was perfect for this pattern. I love the vibrant color so much!

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The other thing I sewed while at the retreat was this Rockford Raglan. The retreat was located just outside of Rockford so it was only fitting that I sew one up!

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This gorgeous Floral Sweater Knit made for such a pretty sweater. I tend to always use contrasting fabrics for raglans but love the simplicity of this one done in a single fabric. I love the relaxed fit of the Rockford and the quick finish that it is.

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The fit of the Classic Tee is nice and fitted through the chest and shoulders but relaxes through the belly and hips. It’s absolutely perfect in my book!

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And now for the ultimate piece in my new Love Notions wardrobe, a cozy Boyfriend Cardigan. I hate to play favorites but the Boyfriend Cardigan pattern is the chosen one for me. It’s the quintessential layering piece and works so well in so many different fabrics.

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I scored this plush, thick sweater knit in LA almost two years ago and have been meaning to sew it up ever since. It was just made to be a cozy cardigan and I’m so glad it’s now in it’s rightful place in my wardrobe.

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I may or may not have worn it three days in a row… taken a day off, then wore it two more days, lol! The big shawl collar, deep pockets, and long length just make it the best thing ever to throw on for those cold fall days. And in gray, c’mon, it’s a no brainer. This puppy will get worn to death this season.

K- thanks for indulging me as I gush about all things Love Notions. I’m such a fan and I’m so grateful to Tami and the team for letting me join their fun. PS- you can still grab the Ladies Constellation Hoodie on sale through Saturday for $8!

Love Notions Constellation Hoodie

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The Love Notions Constellation Hoodie is here!  The Constellation Hoodie is the women’s version of the popular Kids Navigator Pullover.  I’m anxious to sew up a Navigator for my kiddos and just had to squeeze one in for me first!

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The Constellation Hoodie and Pullover is a loose fitting layering piece that can be made with multiple options.  It features a half-zip front bodice with either a hood or collar.  Thumbhole cuffs, banded or curved hem, and a full bust pattern piece are all included in the pattern.  I love that Love Notions patterns include a big size range, coming in sizes XS-XXXL.

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I love the relaxed fit of this pattern.  It’s nice and long and works great over skinny jeans or leggings.  It’s just made for comfort and those cozy winter days!

I sewed up a straight size small with the hood and thumbhole cuffs.

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For my hoodie I used CLUB Charcoal Black and White dots from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and lined the hood with cozy Robert Kaufman Plaid Flannel.  This combo of dots and plaid floated around the internet like crazy last year and I totally needed to recreate my own version.  The red zipper was a fun pop of color that I debated about for far too long and ended up being one of my favorite touches.  This pattern looks amazing in all different types of fabric from lighter weight french terry and sweater knits to thick, stable fleece and sweatshirting.

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This pattern is rated confident beginner and I think it’s a great project to push your sewing skills.  Sewing the zipper was a breeze with the videos included in the tutorial.  It sewed up easily and I love the new techniques I learned.

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Grab your pattern on sale through Saturday, November 17th.

 

Simple Life Pattern Co. Holiday Blog Tour

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Have you been following the Simple Life Pattern Co. Holiday Blog Tour?  I’ve been blown away by my tour mates and loving all the stunning dresses all week.  We’re beyond excited to be sharing our looks today.  Stay tuned to the end of the post for a giveaway, tour links, and sale info!

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For our dresses this year, we let the fabric inspire us.  We were lucky enough to have our post sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics (can you say dream post? Gorgeous dress patterns in luscious fabric- count us in!).  Katarina Roccella’s newest line, Decadence, just screamed holiday glamour to me.  We picked the holiday perfect Houndstooth XIV Onyx and the dramatic Paon Plumes Rayon to coordinate.  These fabrics can be dressed up for a concert performance or worn on Sunday to church services.  Art Gallery Fabrics are amazing quality and I always feel like I’m spoiling my kids a little when I make something with them.

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Little sis is wearing Helena’s Button Back Dress with the buttons moved to the front.  I really wanted to let those gold buttons shine and there’s a little tip in the tutorial to make this dress reversible.  Easy peasy and I love the glam those buttons add to the front.

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I can’t wait for her to wear this all season long.  She loves it and I can’t get enough of her in it!  That sass really shines when she loves what she’s wearing 😉

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I did the 3/4 sleeve and modest back options.  This is a size 8 with added length for reference (her chest is 26″ and she is 55″ tall).

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My tween loves anything sophisticated and trendy and the Patricia’s Boho Dress was just meant for her.  The hi-lo hem and soft ruffles add such a sweet touch.  This dreamy rayon just floats in this dress.

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I love that this dress has no closure so it not only comes together quickly (even with all those ruffles!) but it’s just as glorious to wear.  No zippers or buttons bugging her back!

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I wish I was as elegant and charming as this sweet girl.  Major love for this whole look on her!

This is the dramatic hi-lo hem with bell sleeve version.  This is also a size 8 bodice with added length.  She also has a 26″ chest and is 60″ tall (funny that they have such similar measurements still but she’s just crazy tall for her age!).

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Sewing up these dresses has me itching for the holidays to come!  Nothing like a little sewing to get you in the spirit.  Make sure to check out all the other stops on the tour for some serious inspiration.  Are you sewing dresses for your sweethearts this season?  Can you stop at just one?  The other ladies this week have me wanting to sew another dress or two before the year is over!

 

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November 5 – Kutti CoutureSLPCO Team

November 6 – Wonderfully HandmadeAmmon Lane

November 7 – Kainara StitchesIdle SunshinePearberry Lane

November 8 – Sew TwirlySew Sophie LynnBonnie and Blithe

November 9 – It’s LieselCandice Ayala

Make sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to Hart’s Fabric and a $50 gift card to Simple Life Pattern Co.

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You can use the code ‘fallintoslpco’ for 30% off all patterns (excludes the newly released Betty) through November 19th.  It’s the perfect push to pick up all those beautiful patterns you’ve been eyeing.

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Thanks for joining us on our stop on the tour!  Happy holiday sewing to you!

MadeIt Strip Tee Challenge

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We are so excited to be part of the MadeIt Patterns Stripe Tee Challenge this week.  The premise is so fun.  We got to sew up the Strip Tee Adult  and teen pattern and put our own little twist on them.  We will be competing against 7 other mother/daughter teams to see who made it best.  The girls had to sew their tops on their own but the mom’s were able to guide and help them along the way.  Super cool, right?!

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It was such a great excuse to get my girly behind the machines and to spend a fun afternoon together.  My daughter is still a beginner sewist but loves the chance to create.  She took a sewing class two summers ago that taught her the basics.  I wanted her to learn the correct principles and I knew having someone else teach her would give her a foundation that would serve her well into the future.  She made bags, pillows, and pajama pants that summer.  Since then she’s made a hoodie, leggings, and a few other things.  We struggle to find the time to sew together so this challenge was a great push to get us together in the sewing room.

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We started with a trip to our favorite shop, Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  She fell in love with this pretty burgundy windowpane sweater knit and I knew it’d be a great choice for her.  I love the vibrant color and immediately thought of the faux leather in my stash as an accent for the strip in back.  She loved the idea!  This fabric is also fairly stable and easy to sew which I wanted for her (I steered her clear of all the lovely rayon spandex for this first one!).

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For my version, I kept going back to this ‘boring’ medium grey french terry.  I wanted to add sleeves to mine and the weight and drape of this blend is so good!  I wear grey too much I know but I think you can never have enough of it.  It’s a great basic that provides the perfect backdrop to add accessories or in this case a little bling!

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I love that these tops are all business in the front.  Just your classic tee and sweatshirt, right?

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But there’s a little party in the back!  The leather adds such an edge and those sequins are brilliant.

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The sequins are a remnant from one of my favorite Project Run and Play looks for my daughter and it was super sentimental using them for this piece.  We shot that weeks look in this same location too, bringing us full circle.

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I added long sleeves to my top to be able to wear it as we head into our cold season.  I measured the sleeve opening, my wrist, and my arm length.  I used those measurement to make an angled rectangle.  It’s very basic and probably not the ‘correct’ way but I’m very happy with how it turned out.

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It’s such a cozy top and I love the little extra pop that back strip brings.

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For my daughters look, she sewed up the smallest teen size although her chest is still a couple of inches shy of the charts (teeny girl!).  At eleven she has a 26″ chest and is 60″ tall putting her in an XXS chest and S height so we went with an XXS and then added 2 inches to the length.

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She did all of the work and sewing on this herself and I’m super proud of how it turned out.  I gave her a little plaid matching lesson on the side seams but apparently forgot to check the back, oops!  Design element?! She’s such a pro at topstitching though.  Like so good I should hire her out to do all mine, lol!  I showed her how to use soft and stretch hem tape for the hems and that sure helped make that step a breeze.

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This top is just five pieces (four pattern pieces) which makes it a great beginner project.  It took my daughter about two hours from print to hemming (mine was done in under an hour if you’re more experienced).  I love that it’s such a blank canvas that she can now use to customize tees to her liking.  I think she’ll be able to sew them on her own from now on and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.  We may need to add a sleeve piece to her pattern so she can wear them all winter long too.  She’s requested a long sleeve black tee or turtleneck to layer with this one so she can get more wear out of it as our days get chillier.  Don’t you just love that happy face?!

Make sure you head over to Instagram to see all the competitors this week.  You can vote for our look by simply liking our post (easy peasy).  Follow the hashtag #stripteeteamchallenge to see all the other looks this week.  I have a feeling we’ll be in great company!  So many amazing seamstresses and their daughter are participating!

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Make sure to head over to Madeit Patterns to pick up your Strip Tee patterns for 20% off this week!  I’m sure you’ll love them as much as we do!

 

 

Rose Garden Fabrics Tour for Riley Blake Designs

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I’m sharing another gorgeous fabric collection today from Riley Blake Designs, Rose Garden by Gerri Robinson.   The subtle pinks, greys, taupes, and creams of this line are just beautiful!

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I immediately envisioned a sweet spring brother/sister look the minute I saw this fabric.  The Rose Garden Main in cream really shines on big sis and the Rose Garden Paisley pink is the perfect compliment.

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My little guy really loves to wear a tie each week to church and usually reaches for one of his floral ties.  This paisley and floral print is an upgrade to his collection.  I used the free Totally Terrific Tie tutorial from Hem Me In.  It was a fun, quick sew and I know I’ll turn to it often.

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I used the Georgia Dress pattern from Violette Fields Threads for this classic dress.  The simple silhouette and ruffle neck and sleeves just let this fabric shine.   It’s such a beautiful pattern that I’m anxious to sew up again too!

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These prints are just so, so pretty!  I’m thinking I can be WAY ahead of the game and call these their Easter looks, right?!  They’re too precious not to.

Abbie from Riley Blake Designs

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I feel so incredibly lucky to have gotten my hands on the newest line from Sue Daley for Riley Blake Designs, Abbie.   The soft colors, dusty blue, coral, pinks and greys, are so pretty together and made it so hard to choose which fabrics to work with.

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I immediately knew I needed the Text print for my book loving daughter.  I went with the Cream background for a sophisticated, classic look.  My younger daughter looks darling in blues and pinks and I really had a hard time deciding what to pick for her.  The main print in this collection features a darling girl and her pup and was really tempting- it’s so darn cute!  I just couldn’t get this pretty large floral out of my head though and knew it’d pair so perfectly with the smaller scale Garden print.  They’re such a great combo!

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I knew I wanted to do a simple style dress to really highlight this fabric.  I turned to one of my favorite patterns, the Hey June Larkspur.  It’s a simple shift dress that always looks so chic and classic.  I added sleeve ruffles to the elbow sleeve for a little sass.  Paired with tights and booties this is a look I’d love to wear myself!

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Of course, I did an exposed metal zipper to give it a little edge.  Statement sleeves and exposed zippers just might be my ‘thing’ right now.

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This picture suddenly had me flash forwarding five years and seeing her sweet sixteen and headed off to her first dance.  Can we please slow things down?!!  She did bring me back to reality by sitting in church the next day trying to read the script on this print and giggling like the little girl that she is.  I’ll take all those moments I can get!

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Little sis got a Violette Fields Threads Pixie Dress, one of my favorite dress patterns to use for quilting cottons.   The bodice is also a great place to use those cute trims you’ve been hoarding (this lace is from Hobby Lobby, my go-to for trims).

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The evening of this photo shoot was one of the first real fall days we’d had and temperatures were hovering around 40 degrees.  These kiddos were such troopers!  I love this shot because she nailed the pose but I see the clenched teeth “Mom, can we please be done already?!” frozen look on her face.  True pro right there!

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Make sure you check out ALL the cute prints and colorways with this darling line.  I think this line would make the cutest nursery or little girl bedding and decor, spring dresses, and gorgeous quilts.

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Thanks for stopping by my little stop on the Abbie Blog tour.  Thanks to Riley Blake Designs and Sue Daley for the chance to share this darling fabric will you all!