Styling the Newly Updated Sabrina Slims from Love Notions Patterns featuring Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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The Love Notions Sabrina Slims are new and improved and on sale for just $9!  Tami is working tirelessly to add more inclusive sizing to her pattern collection which means the Sabrina’s are now available in sizes 0-32! Hooray!

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The Sabrina’s are a slim-fit elastic waist pant meant for sturdy knits or stretch wovens with at least 20% stretch.  There are loads of optional details that can take your pants from plain Jane to wowzers in no time!  You can do back welt or patch pockets or add front pockets (featuring a total unique construction that can act as a control panel) too.  Pockets are always a smart choice!  There are multiple inseam options and you can add a split hem or ankle zips.  Want to add a little more detail?  There’s front and back center seam versions that can be mixed and matched with the plain pant choices too.  There’s even a maternity option!  What I would’ve given for comfy and cute pants during my pregnancies!

Also added during this update was a projector file for all you lucky peeps with that cool time-saving technology.  For the rest of us, there are A0 files and trimless files too!

If you’ve already purchased the pattern, you can re-download the new file from your Love Notions account.  No need to purchase it again!

They are meant to hit at your natural waist.  I love the higher-rise fit and think it’s so flattering!  Included with the pattern is an amazing fitting workbook to help you get the best fit possible.  It’s an incredible resource and I know I’ll turn to it often.  I still feel so new to sewing pants (besides my trusty joggers) so I need all the help I can get!  I know for future woven pairs I’ll continue to tweak the fit until I get it just right.  This pair feels great but I think they can be even better with a little work.

The pattern includes measurements for your waist, hip, thigh, and calf when choosing sizing.  There are finished measurements for all of the above as well as the front and back rise.  This makes it easy to grade your patterns according to your own body.  My measurements meant I went with a 6 waist graded to a 4 through the hip and thigh and out to a 10 for the calf (I always have tight calves in RTW and this explains so much!). I also used a size 10 for my rise- a measurement that didn’t shock me either considering my long torso.  I took out a small v-shaped chunk from the center back as well (also not surprising considering most of my RTW pants have the lovely gaping at the back waistband).  I LOVE that I was able to easily customize these pants to fit my body.  It’s the beauty of sewing at it’s finest!

I sewed up two pair and used Raspberry Creek Fabrics for both of them.  The first pair is this fantastic black medium weight Cone Mills tencel stretch denim.   It’s soft and lighter weight than my store bought denim jeans.  The stretch and feel make them so much more comfortable than my RTW jeans too.  I love the color and think it works to be dressed up or dressed down.  I’ve been looking for pants that work for those events that jeans and a tee are not totally appropriate for and I think both of these will work well.

The second pair is made up in RCF CLUB ponteThis print just released as part of their spring line.  My last pair of Sabrina’s was also in CLUB ponte and it is just PERFECT for this pattern!  CLUB ponte is a little more stable than other pontes that I’ve tried.  This makes for a little more substantial pant that is still soft and easy to wear.  This pair feels like my most comfy pj’s but looks WAY nicer, lol!

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When trying on tops to pair with my new pants I was so surprised by the options I had in my closet.  These pants are incredibly versatile and I couldn’t narrow down my choices for the perfect outfits.  Hence, you get a full-blown styling your Sabrina Slims post!  Looking for something springy and bright, I’ve got you covered.  Maybe you’re more casual than fancy, I hope I’ve got some ideas for you too.

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This first look is featuring my favorite Love Notions Melody Top.   I wore this top so much last summer and it’s been great for layering through the winter too.  This outfit will be perfect for spring days.  Paired with a fun flat shoe (similar here) I like that this look feels put together but great for everyday mom life.

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This is my ‘business casual’ look.  It works for meetings, lunch dates or anything where you need to look like you’ve got your ‘stuff’ together.  I paired my Sabrina’s with a leopard print Terra Tunic (from ages ago!), a white button-up, and classic oxfords (similar).   This outfit really did make me feel like I could conquer the world and look cute while I was at it!

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This is the outfit I stayed in after the shoot for our date night out (you better believe that after all these pics my husband earned that date night!).  This is probably how I’ll be styling these pants for the next couple of months.  I love a good oversized sweater and this outfit was soooo cozy!  I also love the Sabrina’s paired with ankle boots.  It just feels so on point (even better if you can do a little heel but heels and I aren’t really friends).  I love H&M for sweaters (this one is from a local shop and not available) and the boots are my new favorites (they were super comfortable right from the get-go and you can’t beat a slip-on!).

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This outfit is how I’ve always pictured styling the Sabrina’s- just like the beautiful Audrey Hepburn.  A sleek turtleneck sweater, ballet flats, and a scarf in her hair.  She was such a style icon and her look would still be in the fashion magazines of today.   This outfit made me feel similar to the leopard print sweater look.  Casual and comfortable but a little powerful and on-top of life too.  This sweater is classic (and a steal).  A similar scarf and shoes complete this simple outfit.

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These last two looks have me dreaming of spring.  I just love this bright pop of color paired with these pants.  It’s so fun and happy.  I think a casual woven top is a wardrobe staple and the Love Notions Harmony would pair great with the Sabrina’s.  This is an old ready-to-wear top (similar), paired with even older kicks (similar sneakers here).  It feels good to find new looks for old standbys.

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This is a slightly dressier look that is great for everyday.  A cute little cardigan is always a good idea!  This one is from Downeast and I love their basic cardigan in ALL the colors to coordinate with everything in my closet.

I hope these looks give you a few ideas to use with what is already in your closet.  I know I get stuck in my jeans and tee (or even better jogger and hoodie) wardrobe and the Sabrina’s really up my wardrobe game.  They’re just as easy-to-wear and look so much more pulled together.

Make sure to grab your Sabrina pattern here while it’s on sale through next Monday, February 10th.

 

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!

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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!

 

 

Holiday Plaid Inari Dress

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As the holidays approach I usually sew my girls a new dress or two for the occasion.  I love seeing them all festive and dressed up each Sunday.  I didn’t want to be left out this year and sewed myself a fun new dress just for me!

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I’m super lucky to have a Hobby Lobby just a few minutes from my house and every time I go I get sucked into the fabric section.  I love their seasonal apparel fabrics and this plaid flannel just had to come home with me.  I love the white background and bold red color and can’t seem to find anything like it in other shops.  I love that it’s perfect for the holidays but I will also continue to wear it all winter long.

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I made this Named Inari dress earlier this fall and it’s been in constant rotation.  I added inseam pockets and skipped the side slits for a look that’s comfy and so easy to throw on.  This version was made in ponte knit from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I’ve loved this version so much I’ve been anxious to make another one for months!

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I sewed up a size 6 and added 2 inches at the waist line.  I used a pocket piece from another pattern because pockets are a must at church (almost every musical number will bring me to tears so I’ve got to keep tissues handy!).  I used the same pattern pieces for both the knit and woven versions except for the neckline, opting for a facing with the flannel over a neckband.

I love this cocoon silhouette.  It’s nice and relaxed without being too oversized.  I think it will look great with a long cardigan or even a jean jacket.

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I can’t express how much I loved this project.  My schedule is full of deadlines and ‘must sews’ that I rarely take a moment to sew something just for fun.  This pattern is quick and easy to sew (no closures to mess with makes it simple to sew but also so comfortable to wear).   These kind of projects make me remember why I love sewing in the first place.  Just me, my favorite podcasts, and my sewing machines= pure heaven!

Are you taking a little time to sew for yourself this holiday season?  It feels extra indulgent but oh so good!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Love Notions Secret Sewist Exchange

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I have the opportunity to work with the loveliest ladies around as part of the Love Notions team.  This year, Tami and Tessa created the most fun exchange for all of the Love Notions Ambassadors and today is the big reveal!

*This post contains Love Notions affiliate links.  If you choose to purchase through those links I receive a small commission.  Thanks for keeping this blog going!

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Ready for all the details?!  Tami and Tessa arranged a ‘Secret Sewist’ gift exchange.  Each member was given the name of another ambassador and a fabric budget to shop for them.  We got to pick out fabric and recommend a pattern for them to sew up.  This part of the exchange was soooo stressful!  I stalked my partner to try to get a feel for her likes and recent makes.  My partner lives in a totally different part of the globe so it was fun to see what works for her and her environment.  I had to pick fabric from a site in a foreign language which added another layer of trickiness (I feel like I barely know fabric terms in English, lol!).   Our Secret Sewists are being revealed over on the Love Notions blog today and I can’t wait to see what she thinks and to find out mine too!

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My fabric from my Secret Sewist arrived so quickly!  Those Sly Fox girls are fast!  I received 3 yards of this pretty floral double brushed poly with a note to sew up a Willow Wrap dress.  I had just sewn up this maxi Willow Wrap that very day and was already wanting another one!  I was ecstatic with her pattern recommendation!

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This time I used Katie’s maxi tutorial on the Love Notions blog to add a gathered maxi skirt to the bodice.  I also fully lined the bodice to give it a little more weight.  This is the plain bodice with short sleeves in a size small.

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This fabric was so perfect for this pattern.  Little did my secret sewist know but we are headed to the islands after the holidays (if you know me in real life shhhh! It’s a surprise for the kiddos!).  It’s become somewhat of a tradition to gift our kid’s experiences or trips for Christmas instead of more toys and gadgets that will inevitably get lost or forgotten.  This year we’re headed somewhere tropical and this fabric was just meant for it!

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I can’t wait to wear this out sightseeing or to a night out.  I live in dresses on vacation and this maxi version will be so comfy!  I didn’t want to take it off after these pics even if I did look a little ridiculous at the grocery store in near-freezing temps, lol!

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I’m already pretending I’m on a beach somewhere drinking a mock-mojito!  I can’t wait for a little bit of sunshine and sand!

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I feel so lucky to be a part of the Love Notions team.  Tami, Tessa, and Kelly are the most encouraging, thoughtful gals and I’m so grateful I get to work with them.  The Ambassador team is a group of the most talented, kind, and inspiring women on the internet.  It’s amazing to watch the behind the scenes as they cheer each other on and support each other and their creative makes.  The internet is a crazy place that can bring together makers from all over the world and the Ambassador team is a great example of that.  What a privilege it is to be a part of this community!  Make sure you head on over to check out the first batch of makes and to hear all about our Secret Sewist experience.

 

 

Love Notions Octave Coat

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The Octave Coat from Love Notions is here!  I can’t remember a more highly anticipated Love Notions pattern.  From the moment Tami first sneaked her inspiration, I knew this was going to be an incredible pattern.

*I received the pattern and fabric in this post for free in exchange for promotion.  This post contains Love Notions affiliate links.  If you purchase through these links I receive a small compensation that keeps this hobby of mine going 🙂

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This was my first ‘real’ coat I’ve ever made and it was the perfect pattern to start with.  I think my Joy Jacket and this Decklyn Jacket were by far more complicated projects.  As far as coat patterns go, this has got to be on the easier side of things.  I’d totally recommend this pattern to an adventurous beginner, especially if you start with the unlined version.  Tami always does such a great job with her tutorials and this one includes videos to help you through some of the more difficult steps.

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Ready for all the pattern details?!  It comes with a shawl collar (what I did) and hood option.  You can do it lined or unlined and there is an optional belt too.  The size range is huge- XS-5X with full bust pieces included!  As always, the pages are trimless and layered making putting together this pattern easy.  This pattern can be sewn up in a medium to heavy-weight woven like wool, boucle, or bonded suede or a sturdy heavy-weight knit like sherpa, sweatshirting, and fleece.

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When this test was announce I reached out to Riley Blake and they generously sponsored this project and sent me this beautiful Nutmeg wool to sew up.  It’s the perfect weight and so easy to work with.  I’d been dying for a pretty camel-colored coat and this was just what I was dreaming of.  I’m pretty thrilled with how close it comes to these Pinterest looks.

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I lined my coat in fun leopard print stretch crepe from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.   I love the sassy punch it gives.  A little preppy on the outside, party on the inside.

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I sewed up a straight size small.  I added an inch to the sleeves because my rtw coats are always short (any rtw long sleeves really) but I think I could have skipped that.  My wrists will just be extra warm!  I also added a little bit of topstitching for a finished look and also to make the seams lay flatter in this thick fabric.  I love the oversized, boyfriend look of this coat.  I may size down in the future, especially with knits, but this version will layer well over chunky sweaters and hoodies.

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I had three yards of 45″ wide wool and had to do a little mind-bending Tetris to fit all the pieces.  My hand is strategically hiding a seam on one side of the shawl collar here (it’s hidden when it’s buttoned).  I’m still debating whether I should hit my local fabric shop for more wool so I can make a matching belt.  Wait until you see the belted versions!  It’s such a cute addition!

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Who else is ready to sew all the coats?!  I really, really want a fluffly fleece version.  The testers were amazing and with each new version posted my love for this pattern grew.  You can pick up your copy of this pattern on sale now!

 

 

Riley Blake Designer Knits for the family

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I love working with Riley Blake Fabrics and get excited with each new release.  As a garment sewist, I get especially excited by their new knits.  This latest collection has me giddy!  There was something for the whole family and I had to decide which kids I liked best that got in on this goodness, lol.

Riley Blake knits are similar in quality to other custom knits.  It’s a little lighter in weight than our Raspberry Creek Club knits which give it a bit more drape.  It has a similar softness and stretch and is a 95/5 cotton spandex blend as well.  We LOVE our knit garments and these will fit right into our wardrobes.

Charlie2This boy is soooo picky when it comes to how his clothes feel.  I think I’ve spoiled him by sewing him only the softest knits and this Riley Blake fabric is no exception.  He wanted this top to be a pajama shirt because he only wants the comfiest things to sleep in.  When I told him he can wear it all day AND sleep in it, he thought he’d hit the jackpot!  Charlie4I sewed up my new go-to tee for him, the Titchy Threads Rowan Tee.  The pattern is full of options and fun details.  This was my first time skipping all the extras and making a plain ol’ long sleeve tee.  The fit is so good on him, slim but not tight.  It’s just so perfect for really highlighting this fabric.Payton2This little miss absolutely loves to browse the Riley Blake site with me and pick her favorites.  She was immediately drawn to these blue flowers (she’s narrowed down her favorite colors to wear and we’re lucky that blue is one of them!).  I’m still loving a good floral and stripe combo so we paired it with some navy stripesPayton3She requested another Little Luxe Collection Palmetto Pullover.  We both can’t get over those adorable cuffs (dad even mentioned how cute they were)!  We did the mock neck version this time and I love how sweet it turned out.  I love that it’s not just a basic tee but that all those little details really elevate it to a whole new level.Mom3I honestly debated on getting any fabric for me.  You guys know I’d much rather be behind the camera but I couldn’t get this print out of my head.  I’ve really been wanting an easy to throw on maxi dress and I knew this print was too perfect for my vision.  Those colors are just meant for me, right?!  How much mustard, navy, grey, and pink can a girl have?  Never enough!Mom1For this look, I turned to two of my favorite Love Notions Patterns, the Willow Wrap dress and Olympia Dress (affiliate links).   I really love the wrap style bodice of the Willow but the maxi skirt with built-in pockets of the Olympia is the skirt of my dreams.  The combo of the two of them- my ideal comfortable and cute dress!  I sewed up a size small in both patterns and the waist seam matched up perfectly.  Easiest ‘hack’ ever!  I sewed it up using the Willow tutorial for a quick and simple sew that I know I’ll be making up more of.Mom5Mom4This print matches the dreamy autumn trees in my front yard, bright mustard yellow and so happy and crisp.  This dress is so great for fall but will definitely work year-round.  It’s one of those dresses I’ll throw on Sunday morning for church then lounge in all afternoon because it’s even more comfortable than the sweats and tees I usually wear for a lazy day at home.Trio2mom6Charlie1Payton1Mom2Charlie3Trio3A huge thank you to Riley Blake for the chance to work with these fun fabrics.