Abby’s Spin + Twirl Dress and more new patterns in the Project Run and Play Shop

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The Project Run and Play pattern shop is growing!  I’m excited to be here today to share just one of the TWENTY new patterns now available at PRP, Abby’s Spin + Twirl Dress and Top.  You can grab any of the new patterns for 20% off through the end of the month!

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This pattern is a classic skater dress with a semi-fitted bodice and full circle skirt.  There are two bodice lengths: empire and natural waist, neckband or cowl neckline, multiple sleeve lengths, and a top or dress skirt length.  It comes in sizes 12 months all the way up to 14 (yay!).  I sewed up a size 12  with a 14 length with medium sleeves and of course we added the optional pockets!

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We used a stunning floral jersey from Raspberry Creek Fabrics that is on sale through today.   It was the perfect weight for this pattern.  It’s soft and comfy but still dresses up so nicely.  I love the pretty spring hues!

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Obviously, she had to try out the spin factor!

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Make sure to head over to the PRP shop to check out all the new arrivals.  Then head on over to Instagram for a fun little giveaway.  I’m giving away one pattern to the shop simply by following PRP on IG and commenting on my post- easy peasy!

With so many new patterns, make sure you check out the PRP blog each day for the featured patterns and fellow PRP designer showcasing it.  The fun continues through the end of the month!

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This post was sponsored by Project Run and Play and Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  All opinions are my own.  I’m a loyal PRP fan and RCF lover!

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Spring 2020 CLUB line

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I absolutely LOVE this time of year.  February, you ask?!  No, I am so over winter BUT February means new CLUB prints from Raspberry Creek Fabrics!  Spring sewing is just what I need to beat these winter blues!

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Part of my job at Raspberry Creek Fabrics is that I get to work with our strike team.  As soon as we preview each new line, I sit down with my kiddos and they ooh and aah over all the new prints.  They always have a handful of favorites that they want immediately in their closets.  It usually goes something like this, “I want a hoodie out of that, a t-shirt in that, pj’s in those, and a dress in that print!”  Sometimes their wish lists are a mile long!

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I’m usually happy to oblige!  CLUB knits are my favorites to sew with.  They are stable and my serger LOVES them.  Most of these projects are quick and easy sews, usually taking under an hour per garment.  That’s my kind of project- especially when I have three eager kiddos awaiting each finished piece.  I’m excited to share what I’ve sewn up so far from the new spring collection.

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This look was one I debated making for myself.  My tween and I are usually on the same page fashion-wise and if it’s something I’m crushing on I can pretty much guarantee she wants it too.  Chest stripe sweatshirts keep cropping up everywhere and I knew I wanted to recreate one- this time she was the lucky recipient.  I used the Flora Stripe in french terry, paired with the light heather grey french terry and deep sage and dusty rose jersey.   I sewed up the Hatteras Hoodie from Hey June Handmade and did my own color blocking with the stripes.  An easy hack for such a cute result!  I threw in a pair of lounge shorts using the Lexi and Lou Loungers from Made for Mermaids.  She’s already worn the sweatshirt to school with jeans in this cold weather and I think come summer this will be a cute outfit to throw on after a day at the pool.

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This girl is all about the girly prints and fun details.  I’ve been wanting to sew up another Striped Swallow Designs Apres Ski top for her and this pretty floral was just perfect for it.   I’ve sewn up the Apres Ski plenty of times before in lighter-weight fabrics but I think this jersey just might be my favorite.  I love how full the sleeves look in it!

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This little guy was the proud recipient of a handful of new clothes this past week.  He’s growing so fast and I’m desperately trying to keep him clothed so this was perfect timing.  I’m a sucker for stripes and the spring line is full of so many good ones.  I used the Fauna stripes in french terry paired with the grey heather ft and teal jersey this time.  I sewed up a classic Sew A Little Seam Constance Sweater using the stripes.  For the pants I used True Bias Mini Hudson Pants and sewed a racing stripe to the side seam using the Fauna stripes.  I simply cut the stripe leaving the white stripe on either side and folded that under.  I sewed the first side down right on the side seam then sewed the other side down on the back of the pants.  Another easy hack that takes these pants up a notch!

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This kid loves his hoodies and was smitten with this Knight and Dragon fabric too.  This time I used jersey fabric for a lighter weight top that will work well through spring.  I turned to the Rowan tee from Titchy Threads (it’s a good one if you haven’t tried it!).  It’s got a slim fit that fits my little guy so well.  I love that arm stripe detail!

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This last piece for Charlie is quite possibly my favorite thing in his wardrobe.  It was such a fun make and I love how it came out.  I used the Ellie and Mac Be Creative Hoodie.  It was my first Ellie and Mac make and I have to admit I’m always apprehensive trying out new designers.  I was so impressed with this pattern and all the little details it includes.  Those are faux drawstrings which I love considering they ALWAYS come out in the wash.  The color blocking options with this pattern are so fun too.  I used this amazing City Map print in french terry paired with black french terry and hunter jersey for a sweatshirt that is our high school colors.  He’s already excited to wear this to his big brother’s soccer games!

Fun fact about this kiddo:  He wore these fake glasses all last week and convinced all his friends they were his reading glasses.  He made sure to include that he was getting contacts this weekend so he wasn’t stuck wearing them forever!  Yes, we did have a little chat about it but man, did he crack me up!  I love that I got these pictures to remember this funny little man!

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Have you filled up your cart yet?  What prints are you getting?  Remember that release week pricing of $1 off per yard ends Monday February 17th so make sure you check out soon!  I think we all need a little spring sewing!

 

Liberty Flower Show Spring for Riley Blake Fabrics

GroupI’ve been a lover of Liberty fabrics since I started sewing regularly almost ten years ago.  I dragged my husband to the Liberty flagship store many years ago on a trip to London and I wandered the store for far too long for someone as cheap as I am!  I left with a few small trinkets (fabric buttons, a handkerchief, and some gorgeous bias tape) and vowed to one day splurge on actual yardage when I felt confident in my sewing abilities.   When I saw that Liberty has partnered with Riley Blake to offer affordable quilting cottons, my thrifty little heart rejoiced!  You get the same iconic prints and Riley Blake’s quality cottons.

Group2I’m excited to introduce you to the Liberty Flower Show Spring line.  There’s an amazing variety of prints- from the vibrant and bright spring florals to the subtle tone on tone prints.  I requested a few different prints that I fell in love with.  I knew I needed something for myself and was torn between which children deserved this goodness.

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GymShorts1This print, Yorkshire Meadow, had me so torn.  First, it was going to be a tie for one of my boys.  The subtle print and muted colors make it a floral that works great for anyone.  I finally settled on shorts for my oldest daughter because it was the most practical.  As we get ready for our trip I noticed she’s grown about a foot and her shorts are a little extra short now.  These will be perfect for throwing on with a swimsuit and wearing while we do a little sight seeing too.

GymShorts3GymShorts2I used the Free Purl Soho City Gym Shorts pattern.  I love this free pattern!  It’s quick and the racer styling never goes out of style.  She’s in the largest kid size for her waist and I added an extra inch to the inseam length.  I used store bought bias tape and 1.5″ elastic instead of the 1″ the pattern called for.  They offer this pattern in children’s sizes 2-11 and women’s waist sizes 33-46″.  It’s such a great lounging pattern and works well with lots of different fabric types.  It’s fantastic for beginners too!

MelodyFor my top, I used the Arley Gardens print (not available on the website but it should hit your favorite quilt shop soon!).  These colors are divine!  The rosey-pinks and dusty blues- c’mon!  It feels a little more grown-up and not so flashy.  It’s just so darn pretty!

Melody2smallMelody3Melody4I used the Melody Top from Love Notions (affiliate link).  It’s the perfect beginner friendly button-up.  No finicky plackets to mess with and great, detailed instructions.  I sized down to an XS this time as I was afraid it would look too boxy in this heavier weight cotton.  I love that the Melody looks amazing in so many different fabric types.  I made one slight change to the pattern and cut the back piece straight across instead of the shirt tail hem.  I plan on tying the front whenever I wear it and I found with my last Melody that my back hem just naturally bunched up in the back.  Cutting the shirt tail curve off will reduce the bulk back there.

Group1FlatLayAre you itching to get your hands on some of this line now?!  If you’re looking for the Liberty lawn feel, this isn’t going to work for you.  It has the same feel and weight as a high-quality quilting cotton.  It will be great for lots of home and apparel projects as well as nice on your bank account too!  If you’re like me that means you can just buy ALL the prints then!

 

Love Notions New Year Sale- A LN Roundup!

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Happy New Year!  We celebrated with a little fondue, Rock Band and confetti cannons and now it’s time to relax and settle into an exciting year to come.

My first post of the year (decade!) is very fitting.  I’m bringing you a round up of some of my favorite Love Notions makes from 2019 in honor of their rare 30% off site-wide sale.  2019 brought a little slow-down to my sewing but I still made sure to make plenty of time to continue to work with the companies that I love- Love Notions being at the top of that list!  I love the quality of LN patterns and the fact that there’s a little something for the whole family.

This post contains affiliate links.  Purchasing through them does not cost you any more but I do receive a small commission.  I like to mention that I joined the Love Notions family AFTER being a long time tester and falling in love with the patterns and thorough testing process.

The Samson Sweater is one of those patterns I use over and over.  I love it for my girls and also my little guy.  It’s a little boxier than our other raglan patterns and makes the perfect sweatshirt.  It’s easy to size up, add length or crop to get different looks.  Plus it sews up soooo fast!

I made my first Kayak Boardshorts last year and I’m hoping to squeeze in another pair for our mid-winter beach trip.  They were super easy to hack to get this look for my teenager but I think my littlest man would love a pair as-is.  The knit waistband would be just what he prefers.

The Sloane Sweater continues to be a favorite for both me and my kids.  Last year I made for my first one for Charlie and I adore how it turned out.  There are a ton of options and that back yoke piece is just perfect for playing with fabric combos.

Last year was all about the dresses for me.  Dresses are my favorite things to sew and Love Notions Lyric and Dolce dresses were a big hit for me and my girly.  I can’t wait to sew a new one for my this spring!

I also added a couple of new Willow Wrap dresses to my wardrobe and I adore this pattern!  These are both maxi hacks- the mustard version uses the Olympia skirt and the tropical print is just a lengthened gathered skirt version.  These dresses are the ultimate in comfort!

The Melody Dolman is the LN pattern release I anticipated the most and it did not disappoint.  I wore this top to death all summer and love how easy to wear it is.  It looks great with jeans and feels so pulled together.  If you are looking to try a button-up pattern for the first time, this is a great intro pattern.  It’s easy to follow and sews up so nice and quick.

The Octave Coat is one of my proudest makes of 2019.  I wear this beauty so much and feel giddy at the thought that I actually made it.  It was a fairly simple sew and another great pattern for anyone wanting to push themselves just a bit.  With so many different recommended fabric choices, you can make just the coat you’re dreaming of.

To round out this round-up, I’ll leave you with my absolute favorite Love Notions pattern, the Classic Tee (the girl’s version is equally awesome!).  I wore these tees to death all spring, summer, and fall and continue to wear them layered under cardis and sweatshirts in the cold weather.  I also love the long sleeve option.  This tee is the perfect slouchy tee and I love it in so many different fabrics.  If you were to just buy one pattern during the sale, do yourself a favor and pick up this beaut.

It was really hard to pick my top Love Notions patterns!  If you’re looking for more options you can head here for all of my past Love Notions makes.  Happy New Year and Happy Shopping!

 

 

Christmas Gifts with Riley Blake Sparkle

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It’s that time of year to do ALL the gift sewing.  I sat down with my oldest daughter and we had a little sewing afternoon and whipped up some cute, quick presents using FREE patterns from some of our favorite designers.  This fabric from Riley Blake Designs was perfect for accessories that will match everything!

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We used a Swiss Dot on Black Gold Sparkle from Riley Blake.  This fabric would make a darling dress, skirt, pillows, or quilt… there are loads of possibilities!  I love the classic dots and the sparkle of the gold.  There’s just something about a good black and gold combination!

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Our first project was one that has been all over the sewing community since it debuted last year- a hidden pocket infinity scarf.  We followed this tutorial from Patterns for Pirates.  It was easy to follow and so fun!  That hidden pocket is perfect for holding your cell phone, keys, mints, etc. and is such a genius idea.

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She plans on gifting this one to her favorite teacher with a gift card snuck inside the pocket.  I think we’ll have to make a few more for teachers, neighbors, and friends.

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We turned to Made for Mermaids for our other two projects.  Both M4M and P4P do a fun 12 Days of Christmas each year and offer free patterns and projects.  I don’t know how they continue to come up with them year after year but I always look forward to them.

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My girls still love a good simple bow so we just had to make the new Hadley Hand-Tied Bow.  We did the largest size and I think it works great for tweens and teens.  I’m glad they even included a little tutorial on how to tie it up just right.

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We also sewed up the Bow Scrunchie pattern.   My daughter has made dozens of scrunchies and I love the bow addition on this one.  She was easily able to sew up both of these hair accessories (I manned the iron while she sewed!).  I love seeing her sewing confidence grow with each project!

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We had to throw in a Flower Market version with the little scraps we had leftover from this jacket.  These hair things are perfect for all those precious scraps!  She’s planning to gift these to her little sis which is fantastic because that means they’ll stay in the family and I can steal them!

Are you sewing handmade gifts this year?  Do you wait until the last minute or are you already done with your crafting?  I usually think I’m done and then like to cram in some last-minute gift sewing in the final days before Christmas.  Doesn’t that make me a true sewist?!

Riley Blake Flower Market

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The Flower Market line from Riley Blake is full of all my favorite types of prints.  Bold florals, geometrics, dots, and ginghams in all of my most loved colors too!  I knew my Payton would love this line and boy, was I right!

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She fell hard for the main print on black and I got to pick a couple of coordinates to go with it.  I used the Folk Pink as the lining and my go-to knit 1/2″ black and white stripes for the hood and bands.  I can never get enough of the black and white stripes- so classic and the perfect coordinate for EVERYTHING!

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For this project, I was really looking to branch out.  I love using Riley Blake cotton for dresses, skirts, and pajamas but knew I could push them further.  When I sewed up the Senpai Jacket last month I really wanted to try it in wovens.  This bold, fun print was perfect for giving it a go.

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It is recommended to use knit for the hood, bands, and lining.  I used quilting cotton for the lining bodice and the striped knit for the lining sleeves without any issues.  I omitted the welt pockets and used inseam pockets from another pattern.  For some reason, this girly has a hard time finding her inseam pockets though.  It’s quite hilarious watching her find them every time.  Welt pockets might be good for this silly girl!

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I really love this pattern and so does she!  I like the boxy, slightly cropped fit. It has a neckband option as well if you’d prefer it without a hood.  She has asked for another one that she can add patches to.  I think it will be my go-to jacket for my younger kids.

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The snap front also makes it a fairly quick sew.  I did struggle with one step- sewing the sleeve cuffs to the main and lining arms.  The instructions don’t have the seam hidden in between the layers and I really wanted to figure out the clean finish.  After unpicking multiple times, I gave up and did it per the tutorial.  Do you know the magic way?  If done correctly this pattern could be reversible.  I love that idea!

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I absolutely adore this fabric line and think it will make the most beautiful things.  Little baby quilts, bedding, dresses, ugh!  It all would be adorable!

One Thimble Issue 22 Blog Tour

xanadu1 One Thimble magazine has just released issue 22!  How exciting is that!  I’m here to show-off the Xanadu Bodysuit by Duchess and Hare, one of five pdf patterns included in the issue. xanadu6 I knew this pattern would be perfect for my little dancer.  I was planning on a full leotard but she begged for a crop top version for hip hop class.  She fell in love with these sets at her dance competitions this spring but me being the ‘mean mom’ wouldn’t let her get one.  I knew I could make a set that would fit her long proportions for a fraction of the cost.  So it was about time I lived up to that promise! xanadu4 I sewed up a size 8 with added length according to her measurements.  I added about 2 inches to the short sleeve length as well.  It was a very straightforward sew and was super quick.  I did get a little confused at the band finishing and just sewed them on like bands instead of binding.  I think in the future I would actually make them wider and slightly smaller to help the crop top bottom not crawl up as much and stay in place. xanadu3 I paired the top with Thread Faction #131 Drop Crotch Pants that were part of Issue 21.  That big front pocket had her giggling when she discovered it!  I love that they’re loose but not ginormous.  I sewed up a size 9 width with a 12 length but still ended up having to take in the waist a bit after these pics were taken.  These were such a fun sew and I think she’ll request more of these.  They’re comfy and oh so cute! xanadu8 The fabrics for this outfit all came from CaliFabrics.  I think they have the biggest selection of Liverpool around and it was fun picking out a few to mix and match.  Since her inspiration outfits were made out of Liverpool I wanted to get as close as we could to recreating them.  These fabrics were perfect!  I love to sew Liverpool.  It’s sturdy but not too thick and doesn’t curl when sewing.  It’s soft and almost squishy like scuba making it super comfy. xanadu9 The finishing touch was this cool embroidered floral that I had in my stash from a previous project.  It tied the top together with the bold floral of the pants and really took it to another level.  I’m pretty sure it took longer to sew on this applique than it did to sew up the whole top.  Totally worth every minute! xanadu7xanadu5xanadu10

Thanks for stopping by my stop on the tour today!

 

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