Simple Life Pattern Co. Aria

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Raspberry Creek Fabrics has just released their newest Spring CLUB line and it’s absolutely amazing.   My kids instantly claimed their favorite prints and I fell madly in love with these Coral Umbrella Flowers and knew I had to sew it up stat.  Corinne Wells, the designer behind this line, just nails it every…single…time.

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I knew I wanted a pattern that would really let this fabric shine and the new Aria Dress from Simple Life Pattern Co. was just what I was after.  It’s a classic silhouette with a sweet bow back.  I had to run it by this cutie and she was as smitten as I was.

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We chose to do the full back coverage so she could wear it to school.  The bows made it so fun to throw in a coordinating fabric, navy polka dots.  Nothing like a little party in the back!

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I love sewing for this girl because she’s so hard to fit in ready-to-wear.  I did an 8 chest graded to a 10 waist with a 12 length.  Talk about a custom fit!  We chose a half sleeve hack to hopefully make this wearable now and then well into spring and summer.

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We did the full circle skirt option for maximum twirl factor.  I don’t think a good twirl ever gets old!

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She’s been wanting rain boots forever and these vibrant, fun yellow ones were just made for this fabric.  They will surely brighten even the gloomiest of rainy days!

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The Aria features a darling neckline that I managed to botch.  Yep, sometimes you just gotta make do and this was one of those times.  Just means I’ll need to make another one to redeem myself 😉  Good thing little sis is already in line for her version!

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After a couple of intense sews, this was my reward.  A quick, fun beautiful knit sew always cleanses the palate and gets me ready for the next big project!  Make sure you head over to Raspberry Creek Fabrics and check out the newest prints- they’re on sale through 2/14 for $1 off/yard.  Simple Life Pattern Company is celebrating three years of business with one of the biggest sales ever.  Head over to shop all the darling patterns for 40% off!  We’re big SLPCo fans around here and they pair fabulously with our favorite RCF fabrics!

 

Nina Blouse from Coffee + Thread

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I’ve been trying to cut back on pattern testing and it takes something pretty special to pull me into a test.  The Nina Blouse from Coffee + Thread was one of those patterns!

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A sweet peter pan collar, shoulder pleats and multiple sleeve options make this a classic pattern that can work year round.  It’s so feminine and sweet!

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The optional neck ties add such a charming touch.

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This pattern is beginner friendly and is great for those like me that are a bit timid when it comes to sewing button-up shirts.  I’m always nervous to tackle what I think are intimidating projects but this pattern really was a fun sew.  Not too difficult and the tutorial was excellent.  There’s nothing better than the feeling of accomplishing something that scares you!  These tops are some of my favorite makes because I pushed myself a bit out of my comfort zone.  Easy knit projects are great but these blouses took just a little longer and the reward is so satisfying!

The list of recommended fabrics for this top is long.  Light to mid weight woven fabric such as lawn, rayon, linen, and quilting cotton are all great choices.  I used a pretty rayon challis from Raspberry Creek Fabrics for the long sleeve version and a light swiss dot from LA for the cap sleeve blouse.  Different looks to bring us into spring.  I’m excited to use my favorite quilting cotton prints too!

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You’ll also be happy to know that the size range is amazing! 12 months to 12 years- hallelujah!   It’s absolutely adorable on the littlest ones and still chic and classic on the oldest girls.  It’s such a timeless pattern you’ll turn to again and again.

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My biggest critic absolutely loves her new tops!  She was so excited to wear it to school the next day.  It looked great with jeans and know it will be darling paired with a skirt and knee highs for church too.

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The pattern is on sale through Tuesday, February 13th for $6.50.  I know you’ll love it as much as we do!

Favorite Patterns Valentine Style

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I’ve been loving stocking my kids closets with warm, comfy sweatshirts.  They are the first things they reach for all winter long.

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This guy outgrew his beloved flannel front Samson Sweater and it was about time he got a new version.  The Samson Sweater (affiliate link- I get a small kickback if you purchase through Love Notions links in this post) has tons of options- crewneck, hoodie, button-front cardigan.  This simple relaxed raglan style is such a great fit.  I absolutely love this Mammoth Plaid Flannel/charcoal french terry combo (all fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics).  I didn’t make any modifications to use this woven as the front piece and the fit is fantastic!

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My oldest daughter got another Sloane Sweater (affl. link) because we can’t get enough cute sweatshirts!  I took the same plaid flannel and cut a simple heart.  I serged the edges then edgestitched it on.  It was looking a little too plain jane so my Cricut came to the rescue.  In five minutes flat we had the ‘love’ cut and ironed on!  I think it’s the perfect finishing touch!

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This cute fabric combo just jumped into my arms during my last trip into Raspberry Creek.  I sewed up a new Toaster Sweater for me in this pretty quilted knit (coming soon to the blog too!) and I couldn’t waste any of it!  I sewed up another favorite pattern- the Hey June Hatteras Hoodie view B.  It’s one of my go-to patterns when I want to do a little color-blocking.  I mixed in the Salmon Dots in french terry and Light grey french terry for bands and I’m loving this fun fabric mix!  I modified the pattern just a bit by doing an extended cowl neckline.  I simply used the band length and widened the width to 6″ to give it a cute slouchy turtleneck look.  It’s an extra cozy addition!

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A little girl in pink polka dots just kills me!

My kids should be set in the sweatshirt department for awhile!

Valentine’s Sewing with Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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I’ve been sewing a ton for my kiddos lately and it’s about time they all made it to the ol’ blog.  Today I’ll share all the lovely, cozy goodies that I’ve done with some of the newest fabrics to hit Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

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I hope you’re planning on sewing a couple of projects for Valentine’s because Raspberry Creek has got your fabric needs covered!

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This pretty floral french terry was so fun to pair with other coordinates in the shop.  I used the Metro Pullover from Sew Straight and Gather.  I love the cowl option and all the opportunities it has for color blocking.  I paired it with the mint stripes, mint dots, and light grey french terry.

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Big sis fell in love with this fun springy gingham.  I used the Janie Dress from Mouse House Creations and love, love this darling dress!

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Little Bro was loving this ‘Tic Tac Toe’ fabric- I loved how convinced he was that it’s not just x’s and o’s!  With a little solid white and black jersey and a darling cut file from Thread and Grain, this basic Jolly Roger Raglan turned out too cute!

Such a fun line right?!!  And in true RCF fashion the new prints just keep coming…

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The newest Minimalist line is simple and clean in black and white.  These two cute cousins love their new tops.

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Cute Hank buddy is wearing a School Bus Tee in handrawn triangle jersey.  I’d say it’s a winner!

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Charlie got another Jolly Roger Raglan- this time I sized up and did a crossover hood and kangaroo pocket.  This pattern is just about all I need to keep this kid in tops- cozy sweatshirt, fun tee, it does it all! In plush french terry it’s too good!

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This little miss is sporting another Janie Dress in Paint Splatter jersey.

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And how cute is this print paired with the red polka dots on this sweetie?!!

That’s a lot of cute kids and fabric!  Sorry if you’re sweet tooth is aching!  Make sure to stop by tomorrow for a few more kid project!

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Hank and Clementine Fabric Blog Tour

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I’m excited to be sharing a fun new fabric collection with you today!  I’m joining in the Hank and Clementine fabric tour, designed by Susan Emory of Swirly Girl Designs for Michael Miller Fabrics, hosted by my pal Gemia Carroll of Phat Quaters Fabric.  This collection is so bright and totally darling!  It brings hope of warm spring days, mornings in the garden, and afternoons in the sun.  I was so happy I got to bring this cute dress along with us on our own little trip to the sunshine and sand!

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I was excited when I realized that I could skip the dreary winter pictures and get these fabrics where they belonged.  That crystal clear turquoise water was the perfect backdrop to really make them pop!  The color palette of this line is so bright and happy- photographing them in my happy place was only suiting.

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I used the Sullivan Dress Pattern from Sew Much Ado.  I’ve been wanting to sew it up ever since it released and this tour was just the push I needed.  Make sure you check out all of Abby’s beautiful versions.  I’m dying to recreate her gorgeous black and white stripe version for my oldest.

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That scallop bodice and those sleeves are just the most darling details!

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This fabric collection has two color ways.  I picked these two from the coral color scheme.  This little miss sat down with me and we seriously had the hardest time picking.  All the florals are so pretty, the scallops are darling, and don’t get me started on those gnomes!  She’s a sucker for florals and I’m always eyeing the plaids so this combination won us over.  I’m excited for you guys to see the rest of the projects on this tour though- soooo many cute prints coming your way!

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Day 1
SewSophieLynn -and- Crafting in the Rain -and- Phat Quarters

Day 2
Thread & Grain -and- Handmade Boy

Day 3
Phat Quarters -and- GYCT Designs

Day 4
Mamma Sew Savvy -and- Lulu & Celeste -and- Sprouting Jube Jube

Day 5
Pattern Revolution -and- Sewing With Sarah  -and- Phat Quarters

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2017 Hits and Misses: Kid Edition

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I get so much pure JOY from sewing for my children.  I love creating unique, fun clothing that suits their personalities and body types.  In 2017 I sewed more for my kids than ever.  I thought it’d be fun to share some of our favorite most worn pieces as well as those that just didn’t work for us.  Let’s start with the good stuff!

PS- I’ve left off affiliate links in the post because I want you to know I honestly love and use these patterns.  Links to the blog posts describing each piece may contain affiliate links though since I’m not going back and editing them 😉

1- A Tie for the oldest

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I rarely sew for my oldest but this tie was too perfect for him.  Floral ties are a huge trend here and he’s worn this tie constantly.  This Cotton + Steel print was the perfect scale too.  Anytime he actually wears something I made him, I do a little happy dance inside.

(I used this free pattern from Purl Soho for this tie.)

2- Love Notions Sloane Sweaters

These basic tops just get worn- simple as that.  I let them pick the fabric 95% of the time and this time it paid off.  That camo/blush sweater is one of my favorite combos ever!  The options with this pattern are amazing and I will continue to fill their closets with them!

3- Raglans

 

Raglans are such a staple around here- like I feel like a make a new one at least once a week.  My go-to patterns are the Jolly Roger Raglan from Patterns for Pirates (with the add-on pack for extra cuteness!) and the Camden Raglan from Hey June for my girls.  They are so quick to sew and perfect for all the Raspberry Creek knits I love so much.  Add in the fact that they’re perfect for adding a little vinyl to the front and these are the best tops for really showcasing their personalities and style.  Looking at this fun collage gives me the itch to sew up a couple of more- the fact that these are almost instant gratification means I just might too!

4- Dresses

My favorite thing to sew my girls are dresses.  There are just so many different patterns out there and I feel like I want to try them all!   Whether I’m looking for a quick sew or want to take my time and really enjoy the sewing process, there’s a dress for that.  These were our favorites from this year:

Clockwise from Top left: Polina Dress, Avenue Dress, Adelyn, Wendy, Isabel, Larkspur, and Joy.

Do you see a bit of a theme?  Looks to me like we like things simple and sweet.  Tiny details like jewels, ruffles, and bows take them to the next level while still keeping things clean and classic.

5- Swimsuits

Oh swimsuits, how I love thee!  Just looking at these pictures makes me miss the sunshine and lazy days at the pool.  In the slew of suits that I sewed this year, these were the ones that they reached for again and again.  The Mermaid Shores collection just blew my mind- so many darling options!  And that men’s suit for my oldest- labor of love that truly paid off.

Misses

I hate sharing these because it does feel like broadcasting my failures for all to see.  For the most part these are not pattern issues, just things that didn’t really fit into our lifestyle or sizing/fabric choices were off.  It’s great for me to look back on these to really see what gets worn, what designers fit my kids best, and what to sew in the future.

1- Camo Overalls

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Guys, I love these and her styling here.  This is the one and only time she wore them… Not girly enough for this princess.  She’s all about comfort so I was hopeful but these were definitely not her style.  These are already in the donation pile.

2- Knit Dresses/Skirts for the oldest

These have nothing to do with fabric choice or patterns and everything to do with what she likes to wear.  She swears she will wear dresses to school but never truly does.  These knit pieces just sit in her closet sadly.  I’m convinced the dress on the right will get worn again come spring (hello, it’s a raglan!) because she does really love it but she has too much of her mom in her.  I make knit dresses all the time thinking how cute I’ll be wearing them everyday but guess what?  They’re sitting at the back of my closet too!

3- Fiesta too much Fun

This dress was born with the photoshoot in mind.  I’ve decided that those garments are usually the ones that don’t get worn.  When my photographer side takes over the practical sewist side, dresses like this happen.  It’s a super fun dress and I think it pairs well with the fabric but it’s just not all that wearable.  It’s too over the top for church and she’s not invited to too many fiestas at age eight…  Pieces like this are what I want to avoid in the future.  I really started to analyze my projects, especially for blog tours.  I get caught up in the pretty fabrics and pictures and need to focus more on wear-ability.

Do you like to look back on your past sewing projects?  It’s so nice to learn what actually works and where you can improve.  It’s great to find the designers that you gravitate too and what fabrics work for your lifestyle.

Stay tuned for my own highs and lows next week!

 

A Christmas Naples with Hawthorne Threads

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The Naples Dress from Jennuine Design (affliliate link) is one of my favorite patterns and I’ve been wanting to sew another version for awhile now.  As a member of the new Certified Jennuine Design team I knew this should be my first project.  I know I can happily scream from the rooftops my love for this pattern!

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I fell in love with the newest Indy Bloom Christmas line from Hawthorne Threads and was so happy to partner with them to showcase this pretty print on this project.  This is printed on rayon and perfect for this pattern.  The drape and weight are lovely and those sleeves were just made for this fabric type.  This floral is just so beautiful and unique- a holiday print that she can wear all winter.

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This pattern is a quick sew and so original.  There are mulitple sleeve options and you can pick to do a gathered or a-line skirt. I picked the butterfly sleeves for this dress.  I think it’s my sleeve of choice right now and anytime it’s an option I go for it!  I love the drama it brings but without all the work of ruffles.

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I’ve made a couple in the past but this is my first gathered skirt version.  I love the extra fullness it gives the dress.  Perfect for a little twirling!  My version is a bit of a hi-low hem.  I’m calling it a happy accident as I gathered the straight bottom hem instead of the curved top of the skirt.  I love the little bit of edge it gives the dress.

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My favorite detail of this pattern is the big bow tie option.  I love the retro-cool look it gives the dress but it’s so sweet at the same time.  Every time I make this pattern I giggle at the images of 70’s supermodels it reminds me of.  It has such a vintage vibe but in a modern classic way.

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We had to do our favorite bow hairdo for this look.  Too perfect for the holidays and to imitate the front tie too!

Oh how we love this dress!!!  I’m so excited to be able to share my favorite Jennuine Designs makes with you and know you will love them too.

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A huge thank you to Hawthorne Threads for sponsoring this post.  Make sure to check our their incredible selection and all their house-printed lines.  They have fast shipping so you can get your holiday prints in time too!