Love Notions Dolce Dress

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The Dolce Dress from Love Notions is here and it’s going to jump to the top of your sewing queue!  It’s on sale for just $7 through Thursday, May 9th.

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The Dolce Dress is the girl’s version of the amazing Lyric Dress.  It has many of the same features as the Lyric including multiple sleeve options and the cute button-front bodice.

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The girl’s version has the option to omit the button-front skirt and the elastic waist casing in the back makes it easy to get on and off.  The Dolce also has a cute back yoke with a gathered back bodice, a detail that I think is adorable!  One of my favorite things about Love Notions patterns is the huge size range, 2T-16, making this one my girls can use for a few more years still.

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For our version, I did the button-front bodice, plain skirt and puff sleeves.  I sewed up a size 8 with a 10 length (her measurements put her in a 7 width but I wanted a little growing room).   I also used 5 buttons instead of the recommended 3 buttons on the bodice because I liked the look of them so much.

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The fabric for this dress came from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  They just got in a bunch of pretty wovens and I had such a hard time picking one.  I love this girly in pink and peach tones and knew she’d be excited for a kind of grown-up fabric choice.   It’s a lovely rayon challis with just enough weight to sew up easily but also lightweight enough to drape so nicely.  I really adore rayon challis in the summer!

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Make sure you check out all the listing photos for a TON of cute inspiration.  The other testers really did a great job showcasing just how versatile this pattern is.  My sweet Sophie has already requested her own version as well and I think a trio of Dolce/Lyrics is totally in order.

 

 

Love Notions Harmony

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The Love Notions Feature Friday this week is a good one!  Today only you can grab the Harmony Blouse for just $5.  (This post contains affiliate links.  Shopping through them costs you nothing but I get a small commission that keeps this hobby of mine going ;))

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The Harmony Blouse is a classic woven tee pattern that is perfect for all those flowy wovens you’ve been hoarding (oh wait, is that just me?).  The Harmony has multiple sleeve options and shaping in all the right places.  Bust darts and a back center seam bring things in where you want them.  It is fitted through the chest and shoulders and nice and loose through the waist and hips.

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For this version, I made a few changes to suit my personal taste.  I sewed up a size small and raised the bust darts an inch (there’s instructions on this simple alteration in the pattern).  The Harmony has a scoop neckline but I prefer a much higher neck.  I used the crew neckline from the Classic tee in the front to bring the neckline up about 2 inches.  I adjusted my bias tape length to compensate for this change.

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I also eliminated the back closure on this one.  I noticed on my two previous versions that I could easily slip them on without undoing the button and thought I’d experiment with leaving it off.  Even with raising the neckline, this still fits over my head super easy (and I even tried it with a big ‘ol bun in my hair!).

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I used a dreamy Art Gallery rayon that floats and was so nice to work with.  It feels so good on and I’m pretty sure this will be part of my new uniform for my Saturdays at the hot soccer fields.  It’s so light and airy and I think it will pair great with shorts or a cute pencil skirt too!

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Make sure to check out the Love Notions blog today for a great guest post on the Harmony and a new fun add-on (I’m dying to try it on my next version!).

Riley Blake Linen Pants

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We had our first real taste of spring this week and I couldn’t be happier.  Warm sunshine, green grass, and the world blooming around me just makes me so happy for what lies ahead.  It was the perfect time to make some new comfy and casual pants to see me into summer.

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I was excited to get to work with yummy Riley Blake Linen for this project.  I’d used it once before for one of my favorite dresses for my daughter and have been eager ever since to have some in my closet!  It’s a great weight for clothing, not too heavy but still nice and structured.  It sews up so easily without curling or shifting and I loved working with it.  I picked the navy color so I’d have a good basic pant to mix and match with so many of my tees and tops.  It’s just the right deep color and really works great with my stash of stripe and floral tees.

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I used the Allegro Pants from Love Notions (affiliate link).  I have a few pairs of pants from H&M that are similar to this look that I lived in last summer.  I love the relaxed fit that tapers through the leg.  They’re easy to wear and look a little nicer than my other summer staple of cut-off jeans 😉  The Allegro pattern also has multiple short length options as well as two skirt choices too.  It’s a great pattern to add some summer basics to your wardrobe.

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I sewed up the pattern in a size small grading out to a medium for my calves.  I love that calf measurements are included in the pattern because I tend to have to grade out for mine.  I also did a faux drawstring since I hate losing them in the wash!

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I think I’m going to need a few more easy, breezy linen pieces this summer.  I think this fabric would work well for a pretty dress, a structured woven tee, or some casual summer shorts.  Here’s to hoping spring is here to stay!

Love Notions Resolution Joggers

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A road trip vacation called for one thing- new comfy pants!  And when there is snow still in the forecast you go for the warmest, coziest pants you can find.  These Love Notions Resolution Joggers in fluffy Raspberry Creek sweatshirt fleece couldn’t be better!

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This french terry sweatshirt fleece is just about the warmest, fluffiest fabric ever.  My little guy found a scrap of it and is begging for his own pair.  He declared it the softest fabric he’s ever felt.  There is minimal stretch but it worked great for this pattern with a little modification.  I used a different cotton/spandex french terry for the cuffs and added 2″ elastic to the contoured waistband for more stability.  I also added the drawstring for a sporty look.

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I used the tutorial in the Resolution Sew Along to add velvet ribbon down the side.  I’ve been crushing on all the side stripes I’m seeing everywhere these days and this was such a simple addition that totally added that ‘wow’ element to these pants.

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The Resolution pattern comes with jogger, yoga pant, and legging options.  I was a bit nervous when attaching the jogger calf pattern piece to the upper pant option of the pattern.  It creates a defined angle at the knee that I was worried would mean strange-looking legs.  I subtly curved my piece a tiny bit and crossed my fingers.  At this point I really should just trust those Love Notions ladies!  The final result is a great fitting pairing of joggers.  That back yoke detail is super flattering and a great place to do a little fabric mixing too.

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These pants were so perfect for our snowy drive and have been in constant rotation since.  Utah spring still brings snow and chilly temps so I know I’ll get more use out of these this season.

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My jogger obsession continues and I’m happy to have finally sewn up this pattern.  I know I’ll use it again and again!

Lyric Dress and Peplum from Love Notions

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When Tami starts posting her inspiration for her next patterns, I perk up!  It’s usually something I’ve been seeing in stores or filling my Pinterest feed.  The Lyric Peplum and Dress is no exception.

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The Lyric is a button-front woven dress pattern with all kinds of options.  It features waist and bust darts and cup-size bodice pieces for a great fitting dress.  You can do a simple flared or gathered skirt and there are five sleeve options as well.   I did the flared skirt with elbow length bishop sleeves in a size 6 A-cup.  I’m so in love with this dress!

Love Notions patterns all come in a huge range of sizes.  This one comes in sizes 0-24 with A, B, C, and D cup bodice pieces.  They also have layers and no trim pages that make putting together the patterns a breeze.  The tutorial is full of tips and alteration guides to get the best fit possible.

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When picking fabric, boy did I struggle.  As a tester you walk this fine line between hopefully sewing up a garment that fits your body and your style and the possibility of it ending up in the donate pile almost immediately.  I was hopeful for a garment I would love but also cautious as well.  Dresses can be hard to fit and finding the right fabric would play a big part in that.  I’ve had this gorgeous paisley print rayon in my stash for a couple of years.  I picked it up in LA which means 1- it was cheap but 2- I couldn’t easily replace it.  I had bought it thinking it’d be the perfect maxi dress or jumpsuit.  I loved that it wasn’t a floral , lol, and that it has all my favorite colors in it; navy, blush, mint, and mustard.   I knew it had the right flow for those bishop sleeves I can’t get enough of so I took a deep breath, said a prayer, and cut into it.  Man, am I so happy I did!

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This pattern looks great in so many fabrics.  I want a classic linen version next!  Or chambray? Or stripes?!  So many cute possibilities.  Make sure you check out the listing for so many different versions and fantastic fabric choices.  It’s one of those patterns that you can have multiple of in your closet and no one would ever know they’re all the same thing because with a simple change of fabric and sleeve options you’ve got a whole new look!

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You can grab your pattern here on sale through Thursday April 4th.  Can’t wait to see all the Lyric’s filling my feed!

 

Project Run and Play:Project Farmer’s Market

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Project Run and Play is an institution in the children’s sewing community.  The talent that makes up the PRP alumni is staggering.  When I heard that a group of past designers was putting together a capsule wardrobe collection, Project Farmer’s Market, I jumped at the chance to be a part of it!  I was honored to be able to sew up a few pieces of the collection and to get together with a couple of past PRP contestants for an epic photo shoot was like a dream come true.

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For our shoot, I joined Lisa of Mabey She Made It and Sabra of Sew A Straight Line.  My kids had met theirs at past photo shoots or park playdates and it was so fun to see them instantly get comfortable with each other.  You could tell this wasn’t their first rodeo as they turned on the charm and smiles and nailed whatever us crazy moms told them to do.  Totally blogger kids and such cuties!

A HUGE shout out to Raspberry Creek Fabrics for sponsoring this photo shoot.  All of my fabrics are from the shop.

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For my looks I sewed up 5 pieces from the collection (and one freebie!).  I sewed the Banana Boat Tee, Soleil Skirt, Turnip Up Trousers, Up Beet Tee, and Jonagold Jumper.  The collection is full of both girl and unisex patterns and a huge size range making them something you can use for years to come.  I really love patterns that I can use for multiple views and more than one kid.  These patterns checked all my boxes.

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Charlie got a pair of Turnip Up short and an Up Beet Tee from Celina of Petit a Petite.  This is such a great summer outfit.

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The Turnip Up Trousers are so full of amazing details.  I love the bound seams and he loves the knit waistband.  With multiple pockets these are perfect for those little treasure hunters out there.

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I love this easy tee and shorts combo.  It’s comfy but definetely not boring.  With unconventional details these patterns are great additions to my pattern collection.

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My Sophie is at the top of most kids sizing and I was thrilled to see she could squeeze into this look by Jess from Lil Luxe Collection.  The Banana Boat Tee and Soleil Skirt were just perfect for this fashion forward tween.

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The Banana Boat Tee is so darn cute!  I want it in my size!  Sleeve cuffs, button tabs, side drawstring rouching, and a wide boat neckline take this tee over the top.  So many darling details!

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In a drapey rayon spandex, it pairs perfectly with the Soleil Skirt but also looks so cute with jeans.

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The Soleil Skirt has a faux front button placket, back elastic waist, pockets, three lengths and optional suspender straps.  It’s one I can see turning to again and again.

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The Jonagold Jumper was the one I was most excited to sew up.  My girls have been begging for overalls and it’s just so hard to get them that fit them both in the length and width.  Shortalls can be soooo short on their long legs and long overalls tend to be capris 😉  This pattern is so full of options they can have a closetful now!

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I sewed up the squared bib, shorts version but there are also pant and skirt options.  You can add patch pockets to the bib and front hips too.

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This simple chambray version will get worn to death this summer!  I sewed up the free Seed headscarf and it adds the perfect touch to this outfit.

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I’m so thrilled to be able to share this amazing collection with you.  What a pleasure it was to be back in PRP mode for this shoot!  For some serious eye candy, sit back and relax with the brilliant Lookbook– so much goodness in one place.

You can get the whole Project Farmer’s Market Collection here, the unisex mini collection here, and the girls mini collection here.  All individual patterns are available in the PRP shop.

 

Riley Blake Sharks Novelty

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Sometimes a quick sew can be so, so rewarding.  Like sewing up a set up shark pj’s for my shark-obsessed kiddo.  His reaction when he came home from school to hot off the machine pajamas was priceless!  Bonus, it’s pajama day at school today so this kid is set!

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He was all in for taking photos too!  He excitedly ratteled off fact after fact about sharks.  Did you know that the Bull Shark can kill a person in the least amount of bites?  Or that the Whale Shark is the biggest shark?  As he read this book to me he kept telling me little bits of info followed by “But I already knew that”.  I love that he is so passionate about learning all that he can!

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On our trip to Monterey last summer, he was in awe of all the sharks at the aquarium and used his precious souvenier money for this giant hammerhead shark.  His big brothers continue to tease him to this day about his splurge but let me tell you, that shark is one of his most prized possessions.  It was well worth it and has been so well-loved.  (Here he’s telling me all about how the hammerhead can see in all directions to look for food and how there are plates in it’s head for ramming into predators.)

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For these pajamas I used Riley Blake’s Sharks Novelty Blue and Fins Novelty Light Blue paired with Grey 1/2″ knit stripes.  I love the stripes with the shark prints for a boy look that’s not too babyish.

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For these quick and easy pajamas, I used the FREE Walk the Plank pajama pants from Patterns for Pirates paired with the Oliver + S School Bus T-shirt (sized up one for a looser fit).  I sewed up a size 5 waist with a 7 length for the pants and a straight size 5 for the knee-length shorts.  The pajama pants are available for the whole family and are a great wardrobe staple.  They are loose fitting but not too huge and I always find the fit pretty spot on.  They make a great project for anyone just learning to sew too!

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Make sure to check out your local quilt and fabric shops for this cute fabric.  If you have a little shark lover you will make their day! No scary sharks here, just one happy little man!

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Fabric was sponsored by Riley Blake Designs but all opinions and shark facts are my own 😉