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!

Love Notions Melody Dolman

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The Love Notions Melody Top is here.  I’m thinking this will be THE pattern of the summer (at least MY summer, anyway!).

This post contains affiliate links.  I am a Love Notions tester and ambassador.  A portion of your purchase through my links will come back to me.  I joined the team AFTER falling in love with these patterns and the amazing ladies behind Love Notions patterns.

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The Melody dolman is an easy fit button-up blouse.  It features sleeve cuffs, a cute wide collar, and a shirttail hem that can be worn down or tied in front.  The pattern comes in sizes XS- XXXL with a full bust option as well.

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I sewed up a size small with an inch added for my 5’7″ height.  I think I will leave off the extra length next time though.  I used an amazing lightweight viscose crepe from Blackbird fabrics (purchased early last year and just waiting in my stash for the perfect project).  The fabric has such a beautiful drape and was so nice to wear.  It’s not too hot and was so dreamy against my skin.  I will definitely be on the hunt for more of this fabric type.

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The construction of this top is seriously so quick.  If you’ve been wanting to try a button-up but are feeling intimidated by it (do you see me raising my hand- I’m looking at you Cheyenne), this pattern is for you!  The collar comes together easily and the dolman sleeve style means no setting in sleeves.

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I’m anxious to sew up a couple of more to get me through summer.  I’ve been dying over all the tester versions and think I need to try a more stable linen version next.  I’ve got my eye on this pretty Buttercup yellow linen or a soft striped rayon challis (both from Raspberry Creek Fabrics).  Fabric plays such a role in the look of this pattern and I love the idea of having a closetful but each one being completely different.

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One of my favorite parts of testing is the community it builds.  I’m so lucky to live by the amazing Rachel of Little Fish, Anna of Kainara Stitches, and Katie of Made by Kates.  We met up for a quick shoot in our Melodies and I couldn’t love these pics more.  Huge shout out to Nicole for taking these shots and Anna for working her magic on them.  I love how our tops all look so different and I want to copy them all!

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You can grab this pattern on sale through Sunday, June 23rd.

Riley Blake Edie Jane

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Have you guys missed seeing these cuties as much as I have?!  My sister and her family are now living in Colorado and all I wanted for my birthday this year was a trip to visit them in their new home.  I couldn’t help but squeeze in a little photoshoot with my nieces while I was there.

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This post is sponsored by Riley Blake fabrics.  I just had to get my hands on the new Edie Jane line for my own little Edie girl.  When you have a fabric line with your same name it’s a no brainer right?!  Edie in Edie- perfection!

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For these dresses, I used Edie Jane Main Teal and Edie Jane Navy Dot.  There were so many prints to choose from and I simply love all the colorways.  Teal, blush, navy, and gray are the main colors in the collection and they look so sweet together.  There are large and small scale florals, script, and triangle prints and more.

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It was so fun to pick prints that would suit their styles and personalities.   While little sister is into all things girly, big sister loves dinos, dragons, and adventures.  This subtle print is classic and just right for her.

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I sewed up the Spencer Dress from Violette Fields Threads.  I wanted a dress that could easily be layered and could take her into summer too.  The simple silhouette is so cute and the buttons up the back are such a darling detail.

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I love a simple dress to really let a fabric shine!

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This dress is the Polly Pinafore from Bebekins.  I’m sad my own girls have outgrown the pinafore look and I was dying to sew one up for this girly.  The shoulder ruffles are so cute!

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These girls were too cute on this windy Colorado day.  It was so fun to play dress up AND get to take their pictures too!  Being an aunt is the BEST!

Make sure you check your local or online fabric shops for this sweet line.  There are so many prints to choose from and the possible combinations are endless!

DIBY Club Helen Dress

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This post is sponsored by DIBY Club and Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I was contacted by DIBY Club to try their patterns and review them but all thoughts and opinions are my own.  To read my DIBY Club Rosa Dress pattern review head here.

When choosing which patterns I wanted to review and sew up I was drawn to DIBY’s dress patterns.  They all were cute, easily wearable patterns that looked amazing on all the testers.  I sewed up the Rosa Dress as a pretty church/date night look.  I wanted a more casual summer dress and especially wanted one that would work well as a swim cover-up.  The Helen Dress was just what I needed.

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The Helen Dress is a drawstring waist dress with multiple lengths, cap sleeves or racerback tank options, and scoop or crossover necklines.  It comes in sizes 00-36 and the patterns feature layers and trimless pages making it a cinch to print and put together.  As with the Rosa Dress, the tutorial is amazing and walks you through any alterations you may need to get the best fitting garment.  This pattern would be a great place to start if you’re new to sewing or just trying knits for the first time.

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I did the scoop neckline, cap sleeve, knee length options.  I sewed things per the pattern instructions until it was time to do the drawstring.  Since I am planning to wear this as a swim coverup I opted to use elastic in the drawstring casing and added a faux drawstring for looks.  I find elastic more comfortable than drawstring and hate losing them in the wash.  It was a personal choice and one that worked for this super casual dress.

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I used lightweight french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I am in love with the CLUB dots and rugby striped poly rayon spandex french terry and it works so well as lightweight sweaters, shorts, and especially after-swimwear when you’re just a bit chilled.  It was such a good match for this pattern.

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I am so excited about this dress.  I love that I can wear this from the pool to the store or snow cone shack and feel totally comfortable.  It’s going to be the first thing I pack on my beach vacations too- from beach lounging to lunch on the patio, I love a little more coverage and this just nails it.  I’m counting down the days until my kiddos are out of school and we can hit the pools and splash pads all day, every day.

Thank you DIBY Club for giving me the opportunity to sew up these patterns.  They just released the new Emmeline Dress and it’s another one I’m adding to my list.   It feels great to find another pattern company I can trust with great fitting patterns, comprehensive tutorials, and super cute styles.  You can check out their women’s patterns, or try a pattern for free!