Jumping into Projector Sewing

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If you’ve been around the sewing world for very long you know that projector sewing is here to stay. I’m always on the cautious side of ‘trends’ and usually wait way too long before I pick up anything new technology-wise. I’m a creature of habit and comfort and it’s got to be GOOD for me to change my ways. It seems to take me far too long to pick up on things and man, do I need things dumbed WAY down for me to understand them. So of course I’ve been dragging my feet forever when it comes to switching to using a projector for sewing pdf patterns. When Vankyo reached out to me to see if I would be interested in trying one of their projectors in exchange for a post about my experience, well, let’s just say it was the push this stubborn lady needed!

Vankyo has multiple projectors they promote for sewing and I got the Leisure 470. It checks all of the necessary boxes for ideal use with patterns- 720p, remote, screen mirroring, WiFi connection. They sent along a ceiling mount as well so I was set to get started.

My ceiling had a spot where a chandelier used to be that was just waiting for a projector to be mounted there. It also means that I will be able to easily wire my projector to the ceiling and ditch the power cord soon! We had this up and mounted in no time.

My sewing space is in our basement right at the bottom of our stairs. It’s not big and glamorous but it works really well for me (and now my girls too!). I was a little concerned that my throw height would be too short since it’s a lower basement ceiling but with 5 feet from the projector to the tabletop, it works great! I loved that this projector was sooooo user friendly- like plug it in and follow a couple of easy steps and my pattern was screen mirrored in seconds! Now actually getting to where I felt good about cutting a pattern took me a bit. There are so many helpful resources out there that really walk you through every aspect of setting up your projector, from calibrating to pattern adjustments. I’ve been in the Projectors for Sewing Facebook group for ages and it was the first place I turned when researching. I highly suggest starting with the files in this group to get you started. Many pattern designers have blogs that offer useful information, especially if you are using one of their projector files. I turned to Love Notions since I was sewing up the Allegro pattern and Katie Kimmell has an excellent post that takes you through the basics of using a projector file.

While the projector itself was a breeze to setup, I thought I’d share a couple of my stumbling blocks as I started this new way of life (there’s no turning back now right?!). With my sewing space in the basement, I typically use my phone for reading pattern instructions so I was hopeful I could use my phone to project from as well. It opened up and mirrored easily but I couldn’t get my pattern zoomed large enough to be calibrated correctly but small enough to fit a pattern piece on my tiny phone screen (that then projects onto your surface). It was also suggested to use Adobe Acrobat to project files (it’s what you typically use to print files as well). One snag is that the mobile app doesn’t support the layers function making it difficult to calibrate a file if you can’t turn on the grid and also difficult to cut the correct size if you can’t turn off the size layers. Now, these are all newbie issues and I’m sure there’s a work around that I’ll need to look more into.

Once I snagged my husband’s laptop we were in business! I was able to easily project my first pattern, the Ellie and Mac Oversized Tee. I went with a loose, knit pattern to keep it simple but I didn’t need to worry. It was super easy to check the 1″ square on the pattern page to ensure my pattern was the correct size. One reason many people are hesitant with projectors is that it makes pattern adjustments a little more difficult. For me, my most common adjustment is adding length and it was so easy! No extra paper to tape on, just my trusty quilting ruler.

Since I sew for my kids so much a projector just makes so much sense! This is my pile of printed patterns from the last year or so that I hadn’t filed away. Going through them about 75% were for my kids which means you guessed it, they had already outgrown them! I can’t wait to not have to print and cut out multiple sizes as my kids grow and grow or when I’m sewing up the same pattern for multiple kids. I’ve cut way down on pattern testing but in future tests a projector file would save a ton of time and paper. Paper- that’s a whole other issue. For patterns that I use again and again, I never felt bad about printing a pattern. But for those patterns that you might only use once or twice the waste is a little disheartening. Not anymore!

This is my first official ‘projector’ outfit: an Ellie and Mac Oversized Tee paired with a Love Notions Allegro skirt. I used a super soft jersey knit I got in LA for a comfy on the go summer look. I’m really wishing I’d sewn this earlier in the summer because it’s so breezy and cute!

It might not have been the simplest choice to use stripes for my first project but it wasn’t too bad. I was easily able to make the adjustments I wanted to these patterns. For the top, I added an inch to the sleeve length and two inches to the hemmed crop top length. For the skirt, I did a yoga waistband to keep it extra comfortable.

I kind of feel like the last person to jump on the projector band wagon but let me tell you, I am so excited! Vankyo has such affordable options and amazing reviews. If you’re anything like me you like to scout out as many reviews as you can and guess what? They all said the same thing- great, easy to use projectors at incredible prices! Thank you Vankyo for bringing this sewing chic into 2022!

Art Gallery Periwinkle

Art Gallery Fabrics are always a favorite with my girls so we were thrilled to be able to sew up the knit prints from the new Periwinkle Fabric collection.

The Periwinkle collection is full of bright, happy prints that just feel like summer to me.

I sewed up the two new knit prints from the collection, Sun Filled Shades and Frenchie Noir. We all LOVE AGF knits for their softness and weight.

Sophie got a new True Bias Rio Ringer Dress. I sewed up the smallest women’s size, 0, and the fit is wonderful!

The Rio is such a great casual dress and I think it worked so well with this print. It has that fun, retro vibe and really shows off the fabric.

Payton is all about joggers these days so I knew she’d love this look. I used the Joseph Joggers from Project Run and Play. I love the slim fit and classic style of this pattern. We paired it with the Nicky Top from Made for Mermaids, our go-to for a cute, boxy look.

That Frenchie print is just adorable! The simple black and white graphic means she can wear it with any of her solid tees.

We just had to get our new pup Coco in on the action with this photo shoot.

Check out the full Lookbook here for inspiration from the whole Periwinkle collection.

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Suit Up For Summer 2022

Have you been following along with the Suit Up for Summer tour this week? It’s been so incredible! So many new techniques to try, genius tips, and can we talk about all of the gorgeous swimsuits?! Hello! This year’s bloggers really blew me away. What a privilege it’s been to get to know them a little bit and to witness their amazing talent.

In years past, this week has been a bit crazy for me. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to sew swimwear and usually have about a dozen to share with you (you can find all of our past swimsuits here.) This year I scaled back for multiple reasons but I still couldn’t wait to sew a few new suits. The new Raspberry Creek Fabrics swim collection is just way too hard to resist!

I always love RCF florals and this swim collection is just full of so many good ones. My girls and I don’t tend to gravitate to red but this print jumped out to all of us. My younger daughter requested it, I stole it and sewed it for myself, then my older daughter modeled it and has now claimed the suit for herself!

For this suit I used the Petite Stitchery Colby Bralette and Patterns for Pirates Busy Bee Bottoms. The top is not intended for use as a swimsuit but it worked out great. I did add cups between the lining and main fabrics for a little more coverage. I think next time I use this pattern for swim I will add elastic to the neckline and armscye as well. It’s extra comfortable without it and has plenty of negative ease to stay in place but I think it would lie better. Remember, I made this top for me, using my measurements but it fits my teen surprisingly well. I’m in love with this bottom pattern. My all-time favorite bottom pattern is the P4P Hello Sailors but this one just might be the new go-to. It’s very similar to the Hello Sailors (high-waist, great coverage) but has so many other options as well. The leg line is a little higher and feels more flattering but still is comfortable and modest. I sewed up a size small graded to a medium in the waist. My daughter measures into an XS but these fit great as well.

This is the Petite Stitchery Brooklyn– SO CUTE, right?!! This is another pattern so full of options. I sewed up this swimsuit in a small (again according to MY measurements). When I tried it on though the fabric design was very stretched and distorted so this little miss got another swimsuit! I think in a solid fabric, I’d stick with a small but I hated losing the details of these amazing prints. For the top I did the optional shelf bra and added cups. I also cut it at the longer cut line and added the band for a little more length. The bottoms have real pockets! While I loved this detail, they kept poking out so I sewed them down after these pics were taken. I love the idea of them but they just weren’t practical. I do keep seeing bottoms with pockets and might need to hack another pattern to have them (just big enough for a hotel key while on vacation!).

The colors in these prints are what sold me. The peachy foliage and teal geometric just remind me of our favorite vacation spot in Cancun. I paired these prints with solid peacock teal and tangerine for a little pop!

This girl had a very specific request for me. A ditsy floral swimsuit with flutter sleeves. Done and done!

The Little Lizard King Maui swimsuit seems to be a favorite of the RCF team this year and it’s no wonder! It’s really so, so cute! There are one piece and two piece options and the bow back is to die for. She picked the two piece and I slightly altered the flutter sleeve piece to give her the look she wanted. I extended the curved side of the pattern piece about an inch and then didn’t gather it as much as the pattern intended, starting and stopping the sleeve just under the arm. It gives it a little more of a grown up look than the typical flutter sleeve.

This Sage and White Ditsy Floral print was just what she dreamed. She really wanted a white floral and I love that Diana was able to make that happen! It’s so classic and sweet without being babyish. Just perfect for this almost teenager.

My swim wardrobe is pretty chock full but I really wanted another one-piece. I tend to shy away from them. Store bought suits rarely fit because of my long torso and I’ve yet to get a great fit when I’ve sewed one. I mentioned negative ease a bit before but let’s talk a little more about it. I think it plays such a huge part in how your finished garment looks and feels. Some patterns will have a lot of negative ease, meaning your fabric will be stretched to fit your body. This can be great to hold you in and keep things snug BUT it can also make your prints stretch out and make it uncomfortable to wear. I sewed a fantastic one-piece a couple of years ago but the negative ease really flattened me out (another con if you’re not working with a lot in the bust area like me!) and kept riding up in the length. You can solve this problem by sewing a bigger size (but I’d keep the elastic the same as your true measurements) or adding length.

So it was with a little trepidation that I sewed up this suit but boy am I thrilled! I sewed up the Clara from Swim Style Patterns. Swim Style is a new to me company based out of Australia. I stumbled upon them last year and immediately feel in love with all of their suits. They are so on trend and I initially thought of my girls with all of the adorable two piece options. But when searching for a one-piece with great coverage but a little extra ooomph, the Clara jumped out to me.

I love the leg line and the deep v-neckline really helps add to my (lack-of) curves. I sewed up a size small graded to a medium in the waist. I’m a rectangle with my current measurements being 34-30-38.

This pattern came together sooo easily! I loved the tutorial- not too lengthy but also had all of the information needed. The finish is nice and clean on the inside too making it sooo comfortable to wear. There are pockets to add cups and the option to add elastic to the under bust seam which really gives it that extra support. I chose to do a little gathering instead of the bust pleat since my bust is smaller. I was worried a pleat would be too big and the gathering turned out to be a great call. For my next version (which I seriously can’t wait to make), I’ll shorten the shoulder straps a bit to give even more lift and add power mesh to the stomach area between the lining and main fabric. Remember my rant about negative ease, the Clara seems to have the perfect amount for me! It’s not so tight that the print is distorted and doesn’t feel restrictive at all.

To say I have a thing for black and white prints is an understatement. I love me a good black and white stripe and gingham is right up there with that. This little bench is in our entry way and I was cracking up that I matched it!

I think the RCF CLUB basics don’t get enough love. They work great as coordinates but also stand on their own. This black and white gingham is so classy and timeless. Gingham is still everywhere in stores and will be around forever, just like this swimsuit! I can’t wait to wear it all summer long.

Thank you to all of our amazing sewists who joined in the tour this week! It’s been such a pleasure to sew along side them.

Hosted by SewSophieLynn and Paisley Roots

Sew Hard of Hearing, I Em Sew Happy, Zaji-Kali Makes, Sewing with CWay

Sew Mary Mac, Lorelei Caroline, Sew With Summer, All My Spare Time

Made By Kates, The Imperfect Sewist, Intensely Distracted, Lovely for Life

Sew Whit Designs, Sew What with Afton, It’s Liesel, Clothed in Vermillion

Kainara Stitches, Stacey Durant, Desert Blooms, That’s Sew Kari

Love Notions Terra Tunics for All Seasons

The Love Notions Terra Tunic is re released and better than ever! It’s been fully redrafted using Love Notions current block and went through a thorough retest. It features a separate full bust bodice piece and all of the things you’ve come to love about LN patterns!

I sewed up a Terra for every season and can’t believe how versatile this pattern is! There are six different necklines: scoop, v-neck, v-neck hood, funnel, boat, and asymetrical collar. There are also four different sleeve lengths: long, 3/4, elbow, and short. With all those options, it was hard to pick which version to sew. So I did what any good sewist would do- I sewed up 4! One for each season!

I’m dreaming of spring right now and with warmer weather, I really start to get active again. For this top, I used an athletic brushed poly I picked up on a recent trip to LA. Yes, I dragged my husband to the fabric district on our quick overnight trip to see Smartless live! Anyone else a huge fan of that podcast and particularly Jason Bateman (he’s definitely at the top of my celebrity crush list!). Ok, back to the sewing! This fabric had amazing drape and feels heavenly. I knew it’d be perfect for a fun workout top that inevitably will be worn long after my workout. Only downside of this fabric is that because it’s brushed on both sides it sticks to my sports bra so that accounts for the wrinkles in these pics.

For this version, I did the v-neck hood and added thumbhole cuffs to the long sleeves (I used this tutorial found on the Love Notions blog). All of my versions are a size small.

Don’t you just love that bum coverage with leggings?!

For summer, I love a yummy rib knit! This is an old print from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and I totally need another one out of their new spring prints. I love rib knits for lightweight tops and it worked great for the Terra.

The Terra is a straight fitting top which makes it right up my alley. I love the loose fit! I honestly never would have thought of using it for a basic tee but I’m so glad I gave it a try. To get this length, I cut my bodice pieces at the spot in the pattern where the vent starts. Not too short, not too long! For this top, I did a scoop neck and short sleeves.

Of course, I had to pair it with my summer staple bottoms, the Allegros.

Fall to me is all about french terry! I love that french terry is not too thick and warm making it a great fabric for transitional weather. This is a lightweight terry picked up in LA but RCF has one similar.

For this version, I used the asymetrical collar and elbow sleeves. I love how versatile elbow sleeves are and how easy they are to layer over.

I paired this top with my knit denim Sabrina Slims for an outfit that’s perfect for mom life. Pulled together but oh so comfy!

My winter version just might be my favorite! In fact, I wore it to church the day after these photos and got tons of compliments. I’m really loving the 60’s vibe this combination of options and fabrics gives this piece.

For this one, I used the 3/4 sleeves and funnel neck. I added 9 inches to the lenghten/shorten line to get this knee length.

I picked up this sweater knit from Knitpop a few months ago and sadly it is no longer available. I’m always drawn to plaids in winter and the colors in this are just too good!

You can grab the Terra Tunic today only as part of the $5 Feature Friday sale! You can use my exclusive ambassador code TAMIP10 to save an extra 10% off. It will be on sale for $9 Saturday and Sunday as well.

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Holiday Blog Tour: Holiday Wear

What will the holidays look like for your this year? We’re hosting a small family gathering for Thanksgiving and I think I’ve found the ultimate Thanksgiving outfit!

I’m joining in the Raspberry Creek Fabrics Holiday Blog Tour again and this time I’m sharing two fun holiday looks for ME! This amazingly comfy rib knit look is just too perfect for a day full of food, football, and family.

I used this super soft Burgundy Rib Knit for an outfit that is the ultimate in comfort! I sewed yet another Love Notion Arlington (pretty sure I have one for everyday of the week now!). For this version I sewed a size small, bishop sleeve, mock neck, banded top. For the bottoms, I dug deep into my pattern stash. These are the Jocole Wide Legs. This was one of the first PDF patterns I ever sewed and it was fun to pull it out again. I knew I wanted a wide leg bottom with pockets and this pattern fit the bill. I sewed up a medium with an xxxl rise. It’s made to be more low rise and I wanted a nice rise that hit around my natural waist. The waist is finished with a yoga waistband for the perfect pant to wear when you’re filling your belly with delicious holiday goodies!

I sewed one more Arlington to have handy for all of those holiday parties (and beyond!). This one is a CLUB holiday print in double brushed poly that will work so well all year long. I love finding cute coordinates in the holiday collections that can work well past the holiday.

For this version, I sewed a size small with bishop sleeves and a full turtleneck. Those bishop sleeves are just my absolute favorite!

Make sure you head over to the RCF blog for the final day of the blog tour and exciting sale news and a HUGE giveaway!

Love Notions Fall Style

The Love Notions Huge 40% off sale is going on through Friday! With so many patterns to choose from I thought I’d do a little fall inspiration post. I rounded up my favorite Love Notions patterns that will keep you cozy and get you through those last warm days before winter sets in. Read on to the end for a chance to enter to win a Babylock sewing machine!

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In the last couple of weeks I’ve added a few new Love Notions pieces to my wardrobe. This cute plaid Cadence top is one of them. Raspberry Creek Fabrics recently got in a ton of cozy Robert Kaufman flannels and I seriously want all of them! I loved the idea of a simple woven tee that would be perfect for layering and the Cadence top is one of my go-tos (you can see my other versions here and here). I cropped this version so it’s a little more boxy.

I’ve paired it with my all-time favorite Love Notions pattern- the Allegro Bottoms. It’s the all-star pattern in my collection and it always comes in clutch. You’ll see a few different pairs in this post and I love how versatile it is. This pair in lightweight Tencel denim has been a staple for me. I can wear them year round and dress them up or down.

Another must have pattern for fall and winter is the Boyfriend Cardigan. The pattern is full of options and is a fairly quick sew. It looks great in plush sweater knits, soft french terry, or rib knits. I love to throw mine on any chance I get. You can see my versions here and here.

As much as I love to stay in once the weather gets chilly, we still have a few special occasions to dress up for. The Sybil Skirt and Serenity Sweater is the perfect combination for those fancier events. When it comes to options, the Sybil Skirt has you covered. I love how quick and easy the pencil skirt is to sew up but my favorite to wear is the fun pleated version (here). The Serenity Sweater is one of those patterns that looks amazing on everyone I see it on. It’s feminine and pretty and so fun to wear.

When it comes to options, the Terra Tunic and Glissando Bottoms have got you covered! The Terra Tunic is full of neckline choices and sleeve lengths making it a versatile year-round pattern. You can see my other versions here. The Glissando Bottoms have crop pants, shorts, and skirt to choose from. That classic button-fly is the perfect detail and really makes this pattern stand out.

Another easy to wear combo is the Rockford Raglan and Allegro Bottoms. The Rockford is the only raglan pattern you’ll need. There are multiple views but I gravitate to the easy to wear (and sew!) straight banded shirt length. In french terry, cotton lycra, or soft sweater knit, the Rockford is a pattern I use over and over again. These Allegros in a comfy chambray are fantastic for cooler weather. I simply lengthened them a bit and they’re perfect for looking a little dressier but still feeling as comfy as can be!

Another pattern that offers a ton of versatility is the Forte. With tons of top and dress choices to choose from, you could totally sew up a closet full and no one would know you used the same pattern for all of them! I love this dress for throwing on during those warmer fall days.

The Oakley Vest is the perfect layering piece because you can still see those fun ruffle sleeves! This fur version has been so fantastic to have. It dresses up a simple tee and jeans and also looks great over dresses and skirts for those fancier days.

The newely released Arlington Sweater is excluded from the sale but I just had to include it in my must haves! I currently have an Arlington for every day of the week and I don’t see myself stopping sewing them up any time soon. Every fabric I see just needs to become an Arlington!

I love the Arlington paired with practically all of my bottoms but it’s especially cute with Sabrina Slims. The Sabrina Slims pattern is great for so many different fabrics. I love my ponte versions and these stretch denim ones are the best!

For an easy every day look, you can’t beat this combination. Allegro joggers and an Arlington tee are just made for each other! These Allegros are made is super soft hacci sweater knit and they’re the first things I grabbed to wear the second the weather was cool enough. And this simple black rib knit Arlington is working overtime right now. I love it paired with absolutely everything and it looks great layered too.

I couldn’t leave out these three patterns. The Sloane Sweater is much loved in this house (also here). The Classic Tee is my go-to tee pattern. And the Constellation Pattern is the pattern that I’m dying to sew up again!

I had so much fun going through my closet and picking out my essential Love Notions pieces. It was fun to see how they paired together and to try new combinations. I generally wear a mix of ready-to-wear and handmades and I love that my Love Notion pieces incorporate so easily into my wardrobe. If you’d like to see all of my past Love Notions makes head here.

Don’t forget to shop the sale through Friday and head to Love Notions blog for more inspiration. Ready for the good stuff?! Love Notions is giving away a Babylock Brilliant Sewing Machine or a Babylock Victory Serger! This post on the LN blog is full of all the great sale info and giveaway details.

Here are the official rules:

  1. Entrants can learn how to enter to win this prize by following the Love Notions Ambassador team. Each Love Notions team member will be submitting a nomination and will make their own post with directions to enter with them. You can find links to follow the Ambassador team on their social media outlets here (listing of the 2021 Love Notions ambassador team).
  2. Anyone is eligible to enter! Shipping within the continental U.S. will be paid for by Love Notions. Winner outside of the continental U.S. can choose to pay the shipping/receiving/customs difference or select our alternate prize. Please note that this machine uses U.S. voltage.
  3. Alternately, a winner can choose the $1,000 Love Notions store credit to be used on Love Notions digital patterns, workshops, or future retreats.
  4. All nominated entrants will receive the free pattern of their choice.
  5. Nominations will selected by 10/22/21. The final winner will be selected randomly on Tuesday, October 26th, 2021.

You can enter on this post by simply leaving a comment and you can head to my Instagram for an additional chance to enter!

Hey June Handmade Fairmount Shacket

The newest Hey June Handmade pattern is one you’ve been waiting for. If you’ve hit the malls or browsed online at all, you know that shackets are EVERYWHERE! The Fairmount Shacket from Hey June is the perfect pattern to recreate all of those ready-to-wear tops we can’t get enough of.

The Fairmount comes in two size ranges 0-20 with a b-cup or 14-30 with a d-cup. It’s an oversized button down that is designed for layering. It’s perfect to throw on with a tee and jeans or a cozy hoodie and sweats.

For my version I headed to Raspberry Creek Fabrics and picked up some of their new in stock Robert Kaufman flannel. I went with this gorgeous cream and rust speckle shetland flannel. (Just FYI- I caught the last bit of light on a dreary rainy day so my color in these pics is less than stellar. The color on the listing is much more true to life.) It’s nice and thick and was so easy to work with. I love that this color with work over so many of my tees and tops. I can’t wait to sew one up in any one of these cute plaids!

I love the details of this top! The flap pockets, back yoke and pleat, and convertible collar really elevate this pattern.

With my sewing time being less and less these days, I’ve been picky with my projects. I love quick and easy sews for that instant gratification and to relax. But every now and then I love to really escape and concentrate on something a little more challenging. The Fairmount was the perfect middle ground. It was more involved than a simple tee but each step is easy to follow and it was an ideal quiet afternoon project. Using a solid color was a genius move for my first one since I didn’t have to pattern match a plaid or stripe. It made cutting much quicker but I tried to pay special attention to my top stitching since it’s so much more visible on this fabric. Using metal snaps instead of buttons made it feel more like a jacket and also meant I got to skip buttonholes! Follow me for more lazy sewing tips, lol!

My daughter has requested her own and I’m really hoping to squeeze one in for her this winter. It’s such a fantastic pattern and like always, I count on Adrianna to keep me looking on trend and not to embarrass my kids too much!

Love Notions Arlington Sweater

The newest Love Notions pattern arrived this week and I can’t help but want to live in it! The Arlington Sweater is so full of options that I can wear it happily all year long.

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I sewed up four versions because I couldn’t pick just one option! The pattern is available in sizes XS-5X and includes a separate full bust pattern piece. There are three different lengths to choose from- banded, hip, or dress length. You can do a mock neck, full turtleneck or cowl neckline. AND there are five different sleeve choices- elbow, short or long puff sleeves, bishop, or simple long sleeves. I love that you can use so many different fabrics for this pattern and how each one changes up the look so much! All of my versions are a size small.

This simple elbow sleeve, mock neck top was my very first version. I sewed it up in pretesting and made the subtle changes to make it fit like the final pattern. I used a thick poly/cotton/lycra knit I picked up from Design Co. fabrics at the beginning of the pandemic. The weight makes it nice and sturdy and will be great as a transitional weather piece.

I think the mock neck/elbow sleeve combo is the perfect everyday look! I want a few more to get me through fall. I think it’ll be great in a triblend or modal too for spring.

This style layers perfectly under my Boyfriend Cardigans too!

This puff sleeve version was my next make and has already been worn so much! You know it’s good when you wear it somewhere and everyone wants you to make them one. I did the turtleneck on this version and I love it! It’s a super soft rib knit from Raspberry Creek Fabrics so the neck is nice and comfy. I kinda want an Arlington out of ALL of the colors and with so many pattern options I think no one will notice that I’m wearing the same pattern every day of the week.

I love this one paired with my latest Sybil Skirt. The top can so easily be dressed up or down!

I had to sew up a dress too, right?! While I can’t wait to make a cozy sweater knit version, this fun scuba knit was just meant to be this dress. I picked up this pretty scuba at the first Love Notions retreat. I love that every time I’ll wear it that I’ll be reminded of that amazing week!

For the dress, I did the mock neck and bishop sleeves. I added two inches to the length of the dress as well.

Tights, boots, and a jean jacket make this my ideal fall church outfit.

My last version (for now!) came to me in the middle of the night. Does that ever happen to you? I was sleepless and was going through all of the fabric possibilities with this pattern and I just couldn’t shake the idea of a beautiful velvet version. I’ve had this velvet for years but only had a single yard which limited what I could make with it. I’m so happy that it’s grown up to be an Arlington!

I sewed up another mock neck elbow sleeve version and I absolutely LOVE it! It’s casual enough for everyday but also will look great for date nights or the upcoming holidays.

You can grab the Arlington on sale through Monday October 4th.

Mother Daughter Cielo Tops with Community from Riley Blake Fabrics

As sad as I am to watch my Sophie grow out of kids pattern sizing, it’s also so exciting to know that she is starting to fit into women’s patterns! I’ve had the Cielo Top and Dress pattern from Closet Core Patterns in my stash for far too long and these cute fabrics were the perfect chance to finally sew it up.

The Community fabric line from Citrus and Mint for Riley Blake fabrics is so darn cute! The little houses are adorable and the florals are so fun! The coordinates with this line are just as fantastic as the main prints.

I used the Plaid Blush and Hearts Cream.

For Sophie’s top, I sewed up view A in the smallest size, 0. I left off the bust darts and used the facing pieces to finish the neckline.

We both love the boxy shape and cropped length of this top.

I sewed up version B in a size 6. I left off the sleeve cuff and simply turned the sleeve hem under and inserted elastic to bring in the puff sleeve. Those full sleeves are everything! There is a darling shoulder yoke (that of course I didn’t get any photos of!) that adds just the perfect little detail.

The colors in this print are all some of my favorites! I was planning on sewing a dress for one of my girls with it but the colors just hooked me and I had to have it for myself. I think it really needs to be a sweet little toddler dress though (paired with knee highs and Mary Janes and I’d die!).

This pattern has so much potential! I love discovering new patterns that we love. There are dress options and a quick IG search pulled up so many incredible hacks. I love that it works with so many different fabric types too. It’s hard to find patterns that work well with quilting cotton and I love how these turned how! It’s very similar to our beloved Inari Dress but includes even more options.

Oh how I love this little mini me of mine! She celebrated her 14th birthday last week and I feel so incredibly lucky to be her mom.

Make sure to head to your local quilt shop for these cute prints and add this amazing pattern to your shopping list!

Love Notions Tempo Dress in The Carnaby Collection by Liberty Fabrics

I love working with Riley Blake fabrics and the opportunity that I have to pick fabric from their upcoming collections. Sometimes there’s prints that I let my daughters pick out and sometimes there’s some that I just fall in love with myself. The Carnaby Collection from Liberty Fabrics is FULL of prints that I just adore!

The retro style of this collection is just dreamy! Look at all of those florals! This collection reminded me so much of my first childhood home. The colorful wallpaper that matched the bedspreads, the bright shag carpet, and the fun vibrant kitchen. Born in the late 70’s, these prints take me back to being young and carefree!

I used Daydream Sunny Afternoon-B because I just loved the colors. I tend to gravitate to blues and I love the pop of yellow in this print. It is just such a whimsical fabric.

I couldn’t help but feel like my own mom when I was thinking about what to sew up with this fabric. The trends of the 90’s are so hot right now (thanks to my teens for keeping me up on things) and it’s fun to see my own kids wearing similar things to what I wore in high school. Just how my own mom would laugh about how those 90’s trends were just like the clothes she wore when she was a teen too! I knew this print needed to be a killer sundress and had planned on making it for Sophie. But, I really wanted this fun print for ME- it’s just so happy!

The Tempo Dress just released from Love Notions and as I watched testers sew up their versions, I just knew it was perfect for this fabric. It’s a classic style that works easily with a tee underneath for that cute 90’s throwback.

I sewed up a size small with the elasticated back. I took in the bust area from the underarm to the waist but otherwise got a great fit from the start (my full bust measures into the XS).

My bottom tier is slightly shorter and more full than the pattern calls for to accommodate the yardage I had (I used three shorter pieces instead of the two pieces per the pattern). I love the midi length!

The pattern sews up quickly and works for so many different fabrics. As always, Love Notions patterns offer a wide range of sizes, XS-5X, and a full bust option too!

As the hot summer days continue, I’m excited to have a cute sundress added to my wardrobe!