Baptism Dress from Hey June Larkspur

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This little miss celebrated a big birthday this year.  She turned 8 years old and in our church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,  it’s the time when many children choose to get baptized.  It’s a special day and that special day called for just the right dress to commemorate the occasion.

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We scoured the internet together looking at countless dresses for inspiration.  I was expecting her to fall for a full, twirly skirt or something with tulle, lace, or lots of ruffles.  I was so pleasantly surprised when she declared this JCrew number was her perfect dress:

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This is totally something I’d want to wear.  I love the simplicity, the neckline beadwork, pockets, and the classic look.  What I didn’t love was the $200 price tag and the fact that it was sleeveless.  This is when I’m so grateful that I sew!

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I knew the Larkspur Dress from Hey June had just the silhouette we wanted.  It was the perfect pattern for this look and a quick sew to boot!

I used a Casa Collection Satin from Joann’s (really wishing we had more formal fabric options close by).  It worked great but is a bit too sheer for my liking.  In hindsight I should have just lined the whole dress instead of using the pattern facings but she wears a slip and it’s fine.  I rarely sew fancy dresses and fabrics and learn something each time!  I’ve got to get better because I really can’t wait until I can sew my girls formal dance dresses!

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I did the simple version of this pattern, short sleeves and left off the collar.  I did an invisible zipper instead of the exposed zipper in the instructions.   I love that this pattern can make a cute casual dress and then really shine in this formal fabric too!  I really gravitate toward simple shapes and lines and this shift dress just speaks my language.

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I searched high and low for the right ‘bling’ for the neckline.  I finally found these in the scrapbook section at Hobby Lobby.  This dress will only be worn occasionally and will be hand washed so I’m crossing my fingers they hold up.  I really love the variety of shapes and the dimension they bring to the look.  This girly loves her accessories and is giddy that this dress comes with a built-in necklace.

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For her bow I enlarged the free bow pattern from Duchess and Hare.  I used a matching button from her sister’s baptism dress and love the sentimentality of it.  I think the bow is so sweet and makes the outfit more youthful.

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This is a picture of her with her blessing dress from when she was a baby.   My mom made her blessing dress and I just love how well these coordinate.  So simple but stunning in my book!

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We had so much fun on this photo shoot.  It’s been awhile since we went on location and it couldn’t have been more perfect.  We hit golden hour on a quiet weeknight, no crowds and one happy, willing model.  She loves her dress and felt like a princess and it showed.  I’m so used to taking product pics that it was a joy to be able to really showcase my little miss.  I loved capturing all her expressions and personality!

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I showed her some pictures on Pinterest and she’d stop me and say, “Ok, mom- I need the scriptures for this shot.”  Or “I think I this spot is a perfect background.”  I had a few passersby stop me to comment on how cute she was.  One lady even told me that my little model was making my job too easy!  She really was so much fun to shoot and didn’t want to stop!

The above pic is enhanced with a little action called Book Glow from Pretty Actions.  I usually stay away from overly editing pics but since these pics are really just for personal use I had a little fun with them!

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I’m so grateful for this spunky, smart, sweet little girl.  She’s so fun and I can’t believe I get to be her mom!  This shoot and the whole weekend was such a great reminder of why I sew.  I was able to create the dress of her dreams; one that made her shine and added to the joy she felt on her special day.  It’s not about the clothes but how they make them feel when wearing them.  Here’s to many more dresses and fabulous days ahead…

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Love Notions Cadence Top and Dress

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I love when designers give little sneak peeks of what they’re dreaming up.  The second I saw Tami’s vision for this pattern I knew I NEEDED it in my life!  The Cadence Dress and Top (affl. link) is totally my thang- a loose a-line fit with a ton of sleeve options and optional drawstring waist.  It’s love, my friends!

This post contains affiliate links- I joined the Love Notions Affiliate program AFTER falling in love with her patterns and going through her rigorous testing progress.  I’m confident in recommending Love Notions patterns and in return I get a little fabric money to keep this little hobby going 😉

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I’ve been taking a much needed blogging and testing break this summer- trying to spend as much time as possible with my kiddos before they head back to school.  That said, I couldn’t pass up joining in this test.  I bought this fabric way back when I saw the sneak peek and knew it really was destined to be this pattern.  It’s a flowy rayon challis and the big, bold print just needed to become a dress.  I got it from Pretty Posh Prints and she currently has a similar print in stock.

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Are you ready for the options with this pattern?!  There are three lengths- shirt, knee, and maxi.  Two neckline options- scoop and notched.  Five, yes five, sleeve choices- sleeveless, short, 3/4, flared, and bishop.  There is also an optional drawstring waist option if you’d like a little more definition.

I did the scoop neck, knee length, with bishop sleeves in a size small.  I know this dress will transition well into the fall.  I think it’ll look great with tights, boots and a Boyfriend Cardigan!  I love this silhouette- fitted through the shoulders and chest with the a-line flare starting near the natural waist.  Such a flattering fit on so many body types (the listing is FULL of gorgeous tester versions).  I’m a rectangle body type and always gravitate towards this style!

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Some of my favorite features of this pattern are the neckline facing (I’m still not confident in my bias neck skills ;), simple construction, and back center seam.  That back seam makes it easy to fit and adjust any sway back issues you might have.

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The bishop sleeves are easy and really dress up this look.  I love the 60’s vibe they give too!

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You can grab your copy on sale through Saturday!  It’s such a great staple pattern to have and will easily bring you from summer into cooler weather too.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

 

Hey June Sandbridge Skirt

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I’m here to introduce you to the newest member of my wardrobe- The Sandbridge Skirt from Hey June Handmade.  I really can’t believe this came off my sewing machine.  It’s way up there with my proudest accomplishments- you know graduating from high school, giving birth to five kids, and sewing a denim skirt; all high up there on best moments in life!

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When I saw Adrianna was working on a denim skirt I knew it was the perfect pattern to conquer my fears and learn from the best.  She made this a simple sew, no swearing involved 😉  The details are so authentic and I really do feel like the finished project looks straight off the rack.  This is not patting myself on the back but is a total shout out to Adrianna.  Every single tester version was brilliant (you can check them all our here for yourself!).

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I used a dark stretch denim I picked up from my local quilt shop- it was a steal and has been sitting in my stash just waiting for me to get the courage to cut into it.  The rest of the notions I picked up at Hobby Lobby- the jeans button, zipper, leather patch, and rivets (found in the leather section), even the topstitching thread.  I love that I didn’t have to order a fancy kit or wait for an online order- I’m sure your local JoAnn’s carries everything you need too.  No excuses!

sandbeidge4.1A skirt was a great way to ease into jean sewing.  You tackle all the essentials: zipper fly, bartacks, topstitching, etc. but without all the fit issues of pants.  If you’re like me and hesitant at all, this is the pattern for you.  Adrianna’s instructions are thorough without being too wordy and her sew-a-long coming next week will be such a great tool too.   It wasn’t a difficult sew but one that did require a bit more time.  I worked on it over a few days here and there and it was so relaxing.  Sometimes a good, intermediate sew just makes my sewing heart so happy!  I loved learning new things and stretching my skills too.  I skipped the double top stitching lines because I wasn’t confident enough in my ability to keep the lines even.  I like it as is and feel like I could tackle them on my next one though!

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The raw hem detailing makes it feel so on trend right now and makes me feel on point!  I really do feel like a million bucks when I wear it.  Something about creating such an awesome garment has me on top of the world.  I created a little secret tag on the inside to commemorate how much I love this thing!

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I also love how easy it is to style.  It’s so hip and casual with a tee and sandals but I also can’t wait to wear it with boots and a cardigan when cooler weather hits.  The relaxed fit means that it’s so comfortable too!  I easily chase kids in it all day but still feel a little more put together than normal.  Such a mom wardrobe win!

You can pick up your copy here.  Make sure to check out the sew-a-long coming to Hey June too to help you along your way!

 

 

Cricut Sewing Blog Tour

This is a sponsored paid post courtesy of Cricut.  All thoughts and projects are my own!

I’ve got a new addiction folks!  Me and My Cricut Explore Air 2 are now joined at the hip.  I’m excited to share what we’ve made so far and a simple-but-oh-so-useful tutorial that just may change your life (ok, maybe not truly but it certainly will make laundry day a bit easier).

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I’m lucky enough to be joining the Cricut Sewing Blogger Tour.   Cricut generously set us up with EVERYTHING we’d need to create to our hearts content.  Our package included the Cricut Explore Air 2, the Essential Tool Kit, a mat multi-pack, and the most gorgeous assortment of heat transfer vinyl ever!

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You only get a quickie cell phone shot because I didn’t waste any time before digging in to all this good stuff.  My kids and I spent the evening perusing all the designs available on Cricut Design Space.  We had a stack of tees from good ‘ol Target just waiting to be spiffed up. The hardest part was narrowing down our choices- with over 60,000 images at our fingertips, you can imagine that the possibilities seemed endless.  It was so fun finding images to match their personalities and current obsessions (just look at all these cute flamingo images!).  My son was also able to easily create a graphic tee featuring his newfound favorite tv show, The Office.

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Let’s just say we sufficiently broke in our new machine and got comfortable with how easy it is!

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I had a little ah-ha moment a couple weeks ago.  How fantastic would it be to make vinyl size tags for all our handmades?!! My kids just might not put their tees on backwards anymore and Dad will be able to tell front from back too!  Our handmades are starting to be passed down to cousins and it would sure be nice for them to have a size inside.

After playing around just a bit, I knew this would be an easy, fun solution and save my sanity while sorting laundry and outgrown clothes too!  I’ve got an easy tutorial on how to make your own and all my tips I’ve learned in the process.

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Setting up your cut file is a breeze.  I found it easiest to type each number and letter in it’s own text box, placing at least one space between each character.  So all my S’s are in one text box, etc.  Try to pick a thicker font since we will be cutting these fairly small, you can always ‘BOLD’ a font to thicken it up.  I like them between 3/4″ and 1″ tall.  I spaced each line at least 1/4″ apart also.  Once you’ve got each line how you’d like it, select all and attach the lines together.  This will keep your spacing as is when you go to cut.  You can also easily duplicate your lines and groups this way too.

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For my file, I cut my kids current sizes, my current size, and my girls initials.  My girls wear the same size in many things and can be super picky about sharing all their things.  This helps me so much at laundry time when I’m sorting their clean clothes.  I put their initials on their ready-to-wear things too- think underwear, pj’s, you name it!

I cut each line with my portable trimmer then roughly cut out each character.  You’ll want to leave each piece fairly big- this will make it easier to stick it on your garment later.

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I found a plastic jewelry organizer that works perfectly for sorting and storing all my tags.  It’s clear and easy to see exactly what I’m looking for.

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I love how easy it is to apply these.  I always do one last good press when I finish a sewing project and that’s the perfect time to take the 20 seconds to apply the tag.  I love that they melt right into the fabric leaving it soft and smooth.  Hooray for no itchy woven tags!

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I have a few patterns that I use in multiple sizes depending on fabric and the fit I’m after.  I can never remember which size I used for each garment though and this will be a huge help later on when I go to remake a pattern.

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I think my favorite tag I did was this little hidden ‘Rock Star’ tag in my first ever denim project.  I feel like this was such a huge, fun accomplishment and wanted to celebrate that in my own little way.  I think it’ll be fun to do this in future projects- a little personalized tag for special makes.  Maybe that special first day of school outfit, Halloween costumes, Holiday dresses- it’s just a cute way to commemorate and remember why and when each piece was made.

There are so many amazing sewing bloggers joining in this fun tour.  I have been blown away by their creativity and my list of projects has grown with each post I read.  You won’t want to miss a single one!  Make sure you enter to win your very own Cricut Explore Air 2.  It’s been so fun having one of my own and I can’t wait for you to get one too!

Enter to Win a Cricut Explore Air 2 HERE

Week One: July 19th

Week Two: July 26th

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Thanks for joining us and thank you Cricut for making our lives easier, more colorful, and definitely more fun!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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My New Fav Halifax Hoodie

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I feel like everyone has that one pattern that just speaks to them.  The Hey June Halifax Hoodie is that pattern for me.  I made a handful during testing and just after but seasons change and my other sewing commitments have kept me from pulling it out again.  When I got my hands on this gorgeous french terry from Cali Fabrics I struggled with what it should become.  Joggers were high on the list until I remembered this view A of the Halifax.  Duh- it really was meant to be a cozy, relaxed hoodie, just perfect for after the pool and those cool summer nights!

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Shockingly, I had never made view A for me!  One of my favorite little Hatteras Hoodies for my girls is a woven view A that I’ve had serious envy for.  Like in that version, I left off the bands to give it more of the beach poncho look.  It’s such a quick sew and I absolutely love this style.  I really, really want a couple more to transition to fall.

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I’m always lost without a good kangaroo pocket!

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This fabric is so amazing!  It’s a soft, stretch rayon blend french terry.  I had been on the hunt for leafy palm print and threw this in my cart as soon as I saw it.  It sold out super fast so I know I’m not the only one obsessed with this print!

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After a busy few months, okay more like a busy blogging year, I was so happy to sew up a project just for fun.  No deadlines, tour promoting, etc.- just picking a pattern I love and being able to really enjoy the process.  It sure made getting these pics more relaxed too.  I set up the tripod and had my little eight-year-old manning the buttons.  She cracks me up and was loving her job as photographer.  She thinks she’s a super model herself so she gave me lots of direction too 😉

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This is her mouth open, hip pop move!

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I love when the whole process is such a joy.  I think we sewing bloggers need reminders every now and then as to why we do this gig.  It’s all about doing what we love and having fun while we do it!  I’m so lucky to be able to share that with people that feel the same way!

Oceanside Pants with CaliFabrics

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This post originally appeared on Cali Fabrics blog.

The weather is turning hot, hot, hot and my wardrobe needed some serious help! I’ve been wanting to make the Oceanside Pants from Blank Slate Patterns for ages. They are a breezy, relaxed fit drawstring waist pant or short that look amazing in lightweight fabrics such as linen or chambray. I snatched up this perfect lightweight indigo tencel denim and it was exactly the look I wanted.

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Several of us Cali Bloggers have fallen in love with this gorgeous fabric. It’s a great weight for summer heat. I wore these to a concert on a sweltering night and was just as comfortable as those there in tiny shorts! I’m always on the hunt for fabrics that breathe well that I can use for pieces like this that offer a bit more sun coverage. This tencel denim is just perfect. It works amazing for pants but I think you could use it well for a loose button-up, a flowy sundress, a light skirt or lightweight jacket. I’m kinda wishing I had bought yards and yards like Gillian!

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One of my favorite features of these pants are the pockets. They are nice and big and easily hold my phone. I also love the fold over flap- a great place for a little fun fabric accent. For my pockets I simply used the backside of the fabric. I’m almost tempted to make a pair of shorts using the backside as the main- it’s light and doesn’t have the slight sheen that the main side has. I wanted these pants to be as versatile as possible so I used a cream twill tape as my drawstring and big tortoiseshell buttons on the pockets.

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I fell in love with double brushed poly this winter and was anxious to see how it worked for summer. I used this pretty double brushed poly floral for a loose fitting tee that I absolutely love! I turned to my go-to tee pattern, the Union St. Tee from Hey June Handmade. It’s a simple tee pattern that lends itself to so many different looks. For this one, I sized up one size for a bit more room. This will be a tee I live in all summer. I think if you want to continue your love affair with double brushed poly into the heat of summer the key will be sticking with loose silhouettes. Flowy skirts, loose tees and tanks, breezy maxi dresses all work great.

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This is great news for me because Cali Fabrics has a huge selection of gorgeous double brushed poly. I’m all for clothing that can be worn year round and this tee will look great come fall layered under a cardigan too!

What’s on your summer sewing list? I’m thinking you better join in the fun and get yourself some lovely tencel denim!

Made For Mermaids Camila Swimsuits

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I’ve been DYING to share this pattern with you all!  Yesterday I introduced you to two of the swimsuits that are part of the Made for Mermaids Mermaid Shores Collection.  Today I’m sharing my favorite two- The Camila and Mama Camila!

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As soon as the weather started to warm up I began pinning swimsuits like crazy.   As I prepared for our Suit up for Summer Tour, I kept going back to this off-the-shoulder ruffle look.  I wanted one bad (I even stalked a girl while on vacation to get a better look at her swimsuit!).  I was beyond excited when Megan posted the tester call for this one!  I was on it in no time!

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This pattern was so quick and easy I made three girls versions and one for me too!  After sewing this one for me, this suit was a breeze!  Guys, this brings my total for hand made swimsuits just this year to 15- eeeek!  I promise I’ll stop soon (after one more Mama Camila for me!).

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This suit is just so cool though!  There are two views- an off-the-shoulder version and an under arm flounce version.  The fun thing about the off-the-shoulder view is that it can also be worn under the arm too!  The halter straps keep things nice and secure but I found that mine stayed up no problem without them.

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I whipped up this suit in under an hour and totally forgot the straps.  She had no issues at all keeping it on her shoulders though- it even held up to a wild game of chicken with her big brothers!  I totally recommend the straps on the littles but it was so cool to see how secure the elastic in the neckline keeps it.

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I love the side ruching- so flattering on mamas and toddler bellies alike!

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And look at that bum coverage (oh my, I just asked you to look at my bum, totally blushing!)!  It’s just so good though!

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I was lucky to get to work with this amazing swim knit from Raspberry Creek Fabric.  It’s been a huge hit and sold like hotcakes.  It’s amazing quality and so easy to work with.

Sewing suits for my girls has been so rewarding.  They both need major size blending and this suit made it so easy.  My oldest is in a 6/7 width with a 10 height and my youngest is in a 6 width with an 8 height.  It just makes me so happy being able to fit suits to their bodies.

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This cutie is in a straight size 4.  I just can’t get over how adorable this suit is on little girls!

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I did a blue graded to indigo at the waist then back down to blue and added two inches for my height.  With all the included measurement information it’s easy to pick and blend sizes to get a perfect fit.  I also added soft foam cups and the elastic shelf bra for support.  It’s such a great fitting suit!

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We’ve had a blast in our suits.  I really love that this testing window gave us time to really break them in and see just how awesome they are.  My girls reach for theirs again and again, they love how comfortable and stylish they are!

I’ve got too many pictures but I can’t choose favorites so I’ll leave you with a bunch from all our swim fun.  We were so lucky to get to meet up with my bloggy buddies, Mellisa of Made By Melli and Anna from Kainara Stitches, for some splash pad time too!

Make sure to pick up your copy of the Mama Camila, Camila, Calypso, Lainey, and Pearl Cover-up while they’re on sale!  You can also grab all the girls patterns bundled here and the full collection including the Mama Camila here.  The sale is good through July 3rd then the bundles will disappear for good so don’t miss out!

You can see our Lainey and Calypso here.

Now get sewing!

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