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.

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!

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.

This post contains affiliate links.  I get a small commission for purchasing through them that I in return use to keep this little hobby of mine going 😉

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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.

 

 

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.

Charlie2The Up Beet Tee has such a unique construction.  The sleeve piece extends to the back yoke for such a cool look.  I love the stripe and solid pairing- it really highlights the shoulder detail.  Of course I had to throw on a little vinyl.  This little guy is looking so ‘fresh’ it was totally appropriate 😉  I used a font and image available in Cricut Design Space for a tee that was perfect for our produce themed shoot.

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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.

 

Suit Up For Summer Day 5

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Can you believe we made it to the last day of the Suit Up For Summer Blog Tour?!  Not gonna lie, I’m going to sleep well tonight!  I’ve so enjoyed sewing swimwear and the sensational seamstresses on the tour have continued to impress me day after day.  My jaw hits the floor with each new suit I’ve seen.  It’s been a week of incredible ingenuity and I’ve found so many prints and patterns to add to my sewing queue.

Make sure you read to the end of the post to take advantage of the great discounts and to follow the links to all the other stops on the tour.  Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and settle in for some awesome inspiration.

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Today I’m sharing a trio of suits and their matching cover-ups.  This fabric combo right here has been taunting me in my dreams ever since I laid eyes on them.  I saved them to sew up very last as my incentive to get everything else done!  All that blush pink makes my heart burst!

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For the swimsuit I used the Blush Floral swim knit paired with Mauve Polka Dot Mesh.

This fabric combo is so sweet and precious.  I used the Lainey Swimsuit from Made for Mermaids.  I knew I wanted a little ruffle for the mesh and the Lainey includes a ruffle option.  I used the double ruffle hack on the M4M blog to really highlight that pretty mesh.

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I adore this pattern and I think she’s gotten one every year since it released.  I think that’s a tradition I can get behind.  I love the bum coverage and that one shoulder look is just so adorbs!

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If you are new to sewing swimsuits I highly recommend the Made for Mermaids patterns for great step by step instructions (Boo! Designs is another pattern company that is fantastic for swimwear beginners).  The construction of the suits is pretty ingenious to give you hidden seams whether you do a full or partial lining.  For this suit I fully lined the bottoms and just lined the front of the top.  This fabric is surprisingly thick and opaque for having so much white background.  In general, Raspberry Creek Fabrics base is a little thicker than what you might be used to and I never worry about it being sheer.

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I used another Made for Mermaids pattern to create this perfect cover-up.  The Spencer Robe is a great unisex pattern that can be used for so many things.  In this gorgeous french terry it makes the ideal thing to throw on before or after a swim.  It’s not too thick but is still nice and cozy.

Made for Mermaids is celebrating a huge milestone in their Facebook Group with a discount code through tonight March 15th at midnight CST.  Now’s your chance to grab these patterns for a steal!

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This girl has been wanting a real one-piece swimsuit forever!  I always have to gear up for lots of size blending and a couple of muslins to get something that will fit her lean long torso.  The Mairin Swimsuit from Sew A Little Seam was such a good pattern to work with and we’re loving this classic suit.  Paired with some Swim and Surf Shorts from Gracious Threads it’s a look that we both are crazy about.

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I think you can never go wrong with gingham and I’m thrilled that Raspberry Creek is offering it in red this year.  This navy floral board short fabric was one of our most loved prints this collection.   Together they make the most adorable pairing!

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I love that she can wear this outfit from the pool to the picnic afterwards.  Board shorts are my go-to swim cover-up and I’ll happily brainwash convert this little miss to them too 😉

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This little man got one more suit too!  The Palm Euros from Sew Like My Mom are just about the cutest thing on little boys.  I used this stripe for a preppy look that we both can get behind.  I sized up one size for him to give him a bit more wiggle room.  These are jammers length shortened a couple of inches.

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Lowland Kids released this cute Racerback Hoodie this week and I knew it’d be a great top to throw on with his suits.  In a cozy heathered french terry, it will be just warm enough after swimming.

You can also grab a code to get the hoodie for just $4 in the Lowland Kids Facebook Group that is good through midnight tonight as well.

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These suits were some of my favorites ever!  I love the vibrant cute fabrics and I’m glad I turned to some tried and true patterns for them.  As I was sewing swimwear all week I took a few notes on things I couldn’t live without.

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You can find my swim fabric tips here but these are all my favorite tools to have handy.  When it comes to cutting slinky swim knit pattern weights, a rotary cutter, and a cutting mat are your best friends.  When trying to keep your seams lined up, you can never have enough clips.  Glue sticks are also super helpful for bindings, hems, or even stripe matching seams.  I use sharp pins when attaching elastic though so that I can guarantee the elastic won’t pull the clips off.  Swimwear elastic is key!  Most patterns will call for it and the stretch and width of the elastic are all vital.  When sewing on my regular machine, I like to use Eloflex stretch thread in my bobbin.  It gives your seams a little more stretch and stability than a regular thread will.

For hems, I swear by Heat n Bond Soft Stretch.  It will hold your hem in place and makes it super easy to fold the slippery fabric up into place.  When actually hemming a stretch twin needle has always worked well for me.  I will use a zig zag stitch for elastic but love a good double stitch hem on a rashguard or tankini top.

Phew!  Did you make it to the end?!  Thanks so much for joining us this week.  It’s been a privilege to work with so many fantastic designers and so many creative and gifted bloggers.

Make sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour today!

 

 

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