Riley Blake Linen Pants

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We had our first real taste of spring this week and I couldn’t be happier.  Warm sunshine, green grass, and the world blooming around me just makes me so happy for what lies ahead.  It was the perfect time to make some new comfy and casual pants to see me into summer.

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I was excited to get to work with yummy Riley Blake Linen for this project.  I’d used it once before for one of my favorite dresses for my daughter and have been eager ever since to have some in my closet!  It’s a great weight for clothing, not too heavy but still nice and structured.  It sews up so easily without curling or shifting and I loved working with it.  I picked the navy color so I’d have a good basic pant to mix and match with so many of my tees and tops.  It’s just the right deep color and really works great with my stash of stripe and floral tees.

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I used the Allegro Pants from Love Notions (affiliate link).  I have a few pairs of pants from H&M that are similar to this look that I lived in last summer.  I love the relaxed fit that tapers through the leg.  They’re easy to wear and look a little nicer than my other summer staple of cut-off jeans 😉  The Allegro pattern also has multiple short length options as well as two skirt choices too.  It’s a great pattern to add some summer basics to your wardrobe.

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I sewed up the pattern in a size small grading out to a medium for my calves.  I love that calf measurements are included in the pattern because I tend to have to grade out for mine.  I also did a faux drawstring since I hate losing them in the wash!

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I think I’m going to need a few more easy, breezy linen pieces this summer.  I think this fabric would work well for a pretty dress, a structured woven tee, or some casual summer shorts.  Here’s to hoping spring is here to stay!

Love Notions Resolution Joggers

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A road trip vacation called for one thing- new comfy pants!  And when there is snow still in the forecast you go for the warmest, coziest pants you can find.  These Love Notions Resolution Joggers in fluffy Raspberry Creek sweatshirt fleece couldn’t be better!

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This french terry sweatshirt fleece is just about the warmest, fluffiest fabric ever.  My little guy found a scrap of it and is begging for his own pair.  He declared it the softest fabric he’s ever felt.  There is minimal stretch but it worked great for this pattern with a little modification.  I used a different cotton/spandex french terry for the cuffs and added 2″ elastic to the contoured waistband for more stability.  I also added the drawstring for a sporty look.

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I used the tutorial in the Resolution Sew Along to add velvet ribbon down the side.  I’ve been crushing on all the side stripes I’m seeing everywhere these days and this was such a simple addition that totally added that ‘wow’ element to these pants.

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The Resolution pattern comes with jogger, yoga pant, and legging options.  I was a bit nervous when attaching the jogger calf pattern piece to the upper pant option of the pattern.  It creates a defined angle at the knee that I was worried would mean strange-looking legs.  I subtly curved my piece a tiny bit and crossed my fingers.  At this point I really should just trust those Love Notions ladies!  The final result is a great fitting pairing of joggers.  That back yoke detail is super flattering and a great place to do a little fabric mixing too.

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These pants were so perfect for our snowy drive and have been in constant rotation since.  Utah spring still brings snow and chilly temps so I know I’ll get more use out of these this season.

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My jogger obsession continues and I’m happy to have finally sewn up this pattern.  I know I’ll use it again and again!

Lyric Dress and Peplum from Love Notions

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When Tami starts posting her inspiration for her next patterns, I perk up!  It’s usually something I’ve been seeing in stores or filling my Pinterest feed.  The Lyric Peplum and Dress is no exception.

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The Lyric is a button-front woven dress pattern with all kinds of options.  It features waist and bust darts and cup-size bodice pieces for a great fitting dress.  You can do a simple flared or gathered skirt and there are five sleeve options as well.   I did the flared skirt with elbow length bishop sleeves in a size 6 A-cup.  I’m so in love with this dress!

Love Notions patterns all come in a huge range of sizes.  This one comes in sizes 0-24 with A, B, C, and D cup bodice pieces.  They also have layers and no trim pages that make putting together the patterns a breeze.  The tutorial is full of tips and alteration guides to get the best fit possible.

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When picking fabric, boy did I struggle.  As a tester you walk this fine line between hopefully sewing up a garment that fits your body and your style and the possibility of it ending up in the donate pile almost immediately.  I was hopeful for a garment I would love but also cautious as well.  Dresses can be hard to fit and finding the right fabric would play a big part in that.  I’ve had this gorgeous paisley print rayon in my stash for a couple of years.  I picked it up in LA which means 1- it was cheap but 2- I couldn’t easily replace it.  I had bought it thinking it’d be the perfect maxi dress or jumpsuit.  I loved that it wasn’t a floral , lol, and that it has all my favorite colors in it; navy, blush, mint, and mustard.   I knew it had the right flow for those bishop sleeves I can’t get enough of so I took a deep breath, said a prayer, and cut into it.  Man, am I so happy I did!

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This pattern looks great in so many fabrics.  I want a classic linen version next!  Or chambray? Or stripes?!  So many cute possibilities.  Make sure you check out the listing for so many different versions and fantastic fabric choices.  It’s one of those patterns that you can have multiple of in your closet and no one would ever know they’re all the same thing because with a simple change of fabric and sleeve options you’ve got a whole new look!

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You can grab your pattern here on sale through Thursday April 4th.  Can’t wait to see all the Lyric’s filling my feed!

 

Suit Up For Summer Day Four

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Today I’m sharing a couple of women’s suits for ya’!  I’ve been loving all the brave beautiful women in their handmade suits this week and now it’s my turn.

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It’s amazing to have gorgeous handmade suits in your closet but posting those suits for all to see is a little intimidating and oh so vulnerable!  With great fabrics, stellar patterns, and a little bit of power mesh it was a little easier to bring out the inner swimsuit model in me, lol!

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I used a couple of my favorite swimsuit patterns and did a little pattern hacking as well to get two suits I can’t wait to wear this summer.

(Can we get a huge shout out to mother nature for giving us a day with temps in the high 50’s?!! Never mind it was a blizzard the next day because that taste of spring was just what I needed!)

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I have a whole Pinterest Board full of adorable swimwear inspiration for the whole family.  I’m loving all the wide vertical stripes I keep seeing and wanted to recreate this Gap swimsuit.  This vertical stripe swim print was just perfect for it.

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I used the Mairin Swimsuit from Sew A Little Seam.  I wanted a basic one piece suit with no bells and whistles.  The Mairin is so full of options that it felt a little strange to go with such a basic option.  I’ve decided my swim collection is full of ‘adult beach vacation’ suits and not enough ‘family pool time’ suits, if you know what I mean.  I was in need of a suit I could throw on and not worry about coverage.  This suit totally fits the bill.

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I used the mid cut lines for everything from the scoop neck to the back to the leg rise creating a modest suit that I feel so comfortable in.  I added bra cups and an elastic shelf bra to the lining.  I also added a layer of power mesh between the lining and outer swim fabric as well (I cut it from just under the elastic bra line to just above the leg opening).

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Paired with board shorts from our last Suit Up Tour, I’m ready for a day of swimming with the kiddos.  I used the Gracious Threads Swim and Surf Shorts and I wear them constantly!  I love a little extra coverage and I turn to this pattern again and again.

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This next swimsuit is a little less kid friendly but definetely hubby approved.  I have been dying to hack the Patterns For Pirates Wiggle Dress into a swim top since it’s release.  This citrus print was just begging for a little something special and the off the shoulder look was perfect! Paired with the Hello Sailor Swim Bottoms it’s a look that’s both classy and a little sophisticated.  I love feeling covered but a little flirty at the same time 😉

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Modifying the Wiggle for swimwear was a pretty easy task.  I used the size I fell into and cut it at the crop top line plus an inch for the hem.  In the future I think I’ll add more length so I can wear it a little higher on my shoulders and still cover my tummy.  I added a lining with soft bra cups to the front bodice.  Otherwise I constructed the top per the pattern instructions and it worked brilliantly.  I’m the worst pattern hacker and I’m so glad this turned out to be a no-brainer!

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I have a feeling these simple black bottoms will go into the rotation with so many of my other swim tops.  I love the fit and coverage!

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I’m so thrilled to have these suits to turn to once pool season arrives.  These fabrics were such a treat to work with and I’m loving the huge variety I have to pick from.  I’ve got my eye on so many more prints I think my own swim collection will be growing this summer.

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Riley Blake Woven Gingham

ginghamtextGingham is one of those classic prints I just can’t get enough of.  I love it in classic colors like navy, red, and black but it also signals spring to me in bright bold hues too.  I was excited to get to play with Riley Blake Designs line of woven ginghammainWith so many cute colors and sizes to choose from, I had a tough choice when it came to picking fabrics.  I imagined button-ups, sundresses, casual skirts, and fun summer totes.  I picked fabric with plans for my first Hey June Cheyenne Top but once it arrived my head went spinning again into all the possibilities!  Did I want to share it with my kids?  Did I want tops or bottoms pieces?  What about home decor pieces?  Pillows, table runners, a cute valance for my sewing room?  I tell you, gingham is just WAY too versatile!gingham7.1For my first project I settled on a simple woven tee.  I think this will be amazing to have in my wardrobe as we move into spring.  It looks incredible layered under a cardigan and pairs so great with jeans or dressed up with a skirt.gingham10.1I used the Hey June Key Largo Top in the basic view B.  It’s got classic tee shaping, fitted through the shoulders and relaxed through the waist and hips.  gingham9.1I busted out the white jeans for these pics for the first time in forever and can’t wait until it’s warm enough to wear this outfit in real life.  It just screams warm weather chic!gingham4.1For my next project I just had to make my second Justine Skirt from Ready to Sew.  I sewed one up in a Raspberry Creek rayon challis and couldn’t stop at just one.  The simple lines and understated style make this pattern a wardrobe staple.  The best part?  It’s FREE!gingham3.1Second best part?  Giant pockets!!! Hello! Those babies hold my cell phone, chapstick, and keys with room to spare.  So so good!gingham2.1I paired it with my standard v-neck tee and sandals for a casual take.  I wore it to church after these pics with a sleek fitted tee, cardigan, and statement jewelry for a more polished look.  I’m seriously giddy with all the outfit possibilities with this piece.  I love navy with so many coordinating colors- mint, coral, red, fuchsia, mustard, kelly green, you name it!  I’ll apologize in advance to all my real life friends for how much you’ll be seeing this skirt come summer.gingham8.1gingham1.1

gingham6.1These fabrics were so nice to work with.  Using a woven gingham means no fading, no printing off grain, and lining up the print was easy peasy!  It’s a great weight too, not too sheer or light but still has a bit of drape to it.  It come in 1/4″ and 1/2″ wide prints to fit all your needs.  I’ve already got a huge list going of all the gingham projects for spring and summer!  How much gingham is too much gingham, you know, asking for a friend ;)?

 

Coffee and Thread Roho Blouse

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The Roho Blouse from Coffee and Thread is here!  It’s one of those highly anticipated releases that I know is going to be a huge hit in the sewing community!

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The Roho Blouse is a raglan sleeve blouse with billowy sleeves that looks great in drapey woven fabrics.  It comes in sizes 2-20 and looks great on all body types.  There are multiple sleeve options and two hem styles as well.  With no closures to fuss with it sews up quickly and is a great beginner to intermediate pattern.  The neckline is finished with a facing for a nice clean look.

I sewed up a size 4 with long sleeves and elastic casings in the cuffs and front hem.  I love the slightly gathered front hem look- so unique and flattering.

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I sewed mine up in a rayon crepe I picked up at Hobby Lobby.  It was a cold and snowy day and this fabric was the perfect pick me up.  I was able to sew mine up in a quiet morning alone and then headed to lunch with my husband where he kindly obliged me with photos.  I love when I can cut, sew, and photograph a project all within a few hours.  Those are definitely my kind of projects!

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I’m feeling like I need a little tropical vacation stat!  Bring on the palm trees and sunshine please!

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You can grab your copy on sale through Monday, February 18th so hurry on over!  Make sure to check out all the tester versions here for some beautiful inspiration.

Striped Swallow Designs Starry Night

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As part of the Striped Swallow Designs Promo Team I have the opportunity to sew up a SSD pattern a handful of times a year.  It’s such a great push for me to sew up all those pretty designs I’ve been crushing on.  This round I finally sewed up a Starry Night Sweater for myself.  I’ve made one for my girly and we both absolutely adored it so it’s about time I got one of my own.  I now need one using the little sleeve hack I did on hers too!

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For my version I used a super soft grey hacci sweater knit from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I worried that it’d be too boring but I also know that I pull out ‘boring’ looks more often than the flashy prints I fall in love with.  This simple grey sweater will go with everything and looks great with jeans or even a cute skirt for church.  Versatile pieces are treasures to me!

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The Starry Night is a drop shoulder with a gathered bishop sleeve.  This look is EVERYWHERE right now and I’m so on board that train.  I love a full sleeve with a gathered wrist (that cinched in wrist makes it so practical).  These sleeves are gathered just at the center top making them just the right fullness.

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The pattern includes both hemmed and banded bottom options as well as a top and dress length.  I did the banded bottom and love that the band doesn’t cinch in keeping the relaxed silhouette.  It works so well for my habitual front half-tuck!

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Taking blog photos when it’s 40 degrees is totally a first world problem but I’ve got to give huge props to my cute eleven-year-old photographer for braving the chilly air with me.  I love scrolling through all the pics for the ones where my nose is the least red and my chin doesn’t look like it’s quivering!  This pic is the clenched teeth, trying to look as natural as possible despite freezing our boots off look 😉

Make sure you check out Striped Swallow Designs!  I love their boho-vibe and the patterns are so easy to follow.  If you’re looking for unique, on-trend pieces for you or your little girls, SSD is the place to be!