Love Notions Cadence Top and Dress

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I love when designers give little sneak peeks of what they’re dreaming up.  The second I saw Tami’s vision for this pattern I knew I NEEDED it in my life!  The Cadence Dress and Top (affl. link) is totally my thang- a loose a-line fit with a ton of sleeve options and optional drawstring waist.  It’s love, my friends!

This post contains affiliate links- I joined the Love Notions Affiliate program AFTER falling in love with her patterns and going through her rigorous testing progress.  I’m confident in recommending Love Notions patterns and in return I get a little fabric money to keep this little hobby going 😉

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I’ve been taking a much needed blogging and testing break this summer- trying to spend as much time as possible with my kiddos before they head back to school.  That said, I couldn’t pass up joining in this test.  I bought this fabric way back when I saw the sneak peek and knew it really was destined to be this pattern.  It’s a flowy rayon challis and the big, bold print just needed to become a dress.  I got it from Pretty Posh Prints and she currently has a similar print in stock.

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Are you ready for the options with this pattern?!  There are three lengths- shirt, knee, and maxi.  Two neckline options- scoop and notched.  Five, yes five, sleeve choices- sleeveless, short, 3/4, flared, and bishop.  There is also an optional drawstring waist option if you’d like a little more definition.

I did the scoop neck, knee length, with bishop sleeves in a size small.  I know this dress will transition well into the fall.  I think it’ll look great with tights, boots and a Boyfriend Cardigan!  I love this silhouette- fitted through the shoulders and chest with the a-line flare starting near the natural waist.  Such a flattering fit on so many body types (the listing is FULL of gorgeous tester versions).  I’m a rectangle body type and always gravitate towards this style!

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Some of my favorite features of this pattern are the neckline facing (I’m still not confident in my bias neck skills ;), simple construction, and back center seam.  That back seam makes it easy to fit and adjust any sway back issues you might have.

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The bishop sleeves are easy and really dress up this look.  I love the 60’s vibe they give too!

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You can grab your copy on sale through Saturday!  It’s such a great staple pattern to have and will easily bring you from summer into cooler weather too.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

 

Oceanside Pants with CaliFabrics

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This post originally appeared on Cali Fabrics blog.

The weather is turning hot, hot, hot and my wardrobe needed some serious help! I’ve been wanting to make the Oceanside Pants from Blank Slate Patterns for ages. They are a breezy, relaxed fit drawstring waist pant or short that look amazing in lightweight fabrics such as linen or chambray. I snatched up this perfect lightweight indigo tencel denim and it was exactly the look I wanted.

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Several of us Cali Bloggers have fallen in love with this gorgeous fabric. It’s a great weight for summer heat. I wore these to a concert on a sweltering night and was just as comfortable as those there in tiny shorts! I’m always on the hunt for fabrics that breathe well that I can use for pieces like this that offer a bit more sun coverage. This tencel denim is just perfect. It works amazing for pants but I think you could use it well for a loose button-up, a flowy sundress, a light skirt or lightweight jacket. I’m kinda wishing I had bought yards and yards like Gillian!

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One of my favorite features of these pants are the pockets. They are nice and big and easily hold my phone. I also love the fold over flap- a great place for a little fun fabric accent. For my pockets I simply used the backside of the fabric. I’m almost tempted to make a pair of shorts using the backside as the main- it’s light and doesn’t have the slight sheen that the main side has. I wanted these pants to be as versatile as possible so I used a cream twill tape as my drawstring and big tortoiseshell buttons on the pockets.

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I fell in love with double brushed poly this winter and was anxious to see how it worked for summer. I used this pretty double brushed poly floral for a loose fitting tee that I absolutely love! I turned to my go-to tee pattern, the Union St. Tee from Hey June Handmade. It’s a simple tee pattern that lends itself to so many different looks. For this one, I sized up one size for a bit more room. This will be a tee I live in all summer. I think if you want to continue your love affair with double brushed poly into the heat of summer the key will be sticking with loose silhouettes. Flowy skirts, loose tees and tanks, breezy maxi dresses all work great.

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This is great news for me because Cali Fabrics has a huge selection of gorgeous double brushed poly. I’m all for clothing that can be worn year round and this tee will look great come fall layered under a cardigan too!

What’s on your summer sewing list? I’m thinking you better join in the fun and get yourself some lovely tencel denim!

Sew What Do I Wear Vacation Style

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I sure love working with the fun ladies behind Patterns for Pirates and Made for Mermaids.  Their “Sew, What do I Wear?” Blog Tours are always so inspiring.  I wore my maxi dress from the Holiday Edition all winter long and my romper from the Valentines Edition still remains the most comfortable thing in my closet!

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For this go-round, it’s all about vacation style.  With a husband who’s incredibly busy work season starts as soon as the temperature rises, our big vacations usually take place during the fall and winter.  This summer we are escaping to the lake for almost a week though and I can’t wait!  Bring on the sunshine, beaches, and unlimited cousin time (translates to kids being entertained and all the parents enjoying a bit of relaxing!).

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I used the P4P Timeless Tunic for a simple easy-to-wear dress.  (If you’ve noticed, my last three makes have all been elastic waist dresses so I just might need an intervention!)  I did it in a pretty floral chambray and added a wide crochet lace trim to the hem (both the fabric and trim came from LA).

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I like that I can take it up a notch for a night in town with just a few accessories.  Honestly though, I think I’ll be wearing this over a swimsuit to easily take me from the beach to the milkshake shop in style.

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I really like the style of the bodice and can see using it as a base for a woven tee in the future.  I also think it’s the perfect base to add a cute collar.  My mind is always racing with possible hacks each time I sew up a new pattern.  There are tons of cute possibilities with this one!

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Head over to the Made for Mermaids blog for a look at the other cute ladies joining me today and here is a little peek at all the amazing bloggers joining in this week.

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Sundressing 2017 with Melly Sews

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Summer is in full swing in these parts and I’m excited to be joining in Melly Sews (30) Days of Sundresses.  I love being part of the Blank Slate Patterns Team and doing this tour is a little bonus!

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For my stop I sewed up the super versatile Catalina Dress.  It comes with a tank option but this cap sleeve version was perfect for me!  Finding sundresses that cover the shoulders is tough so the Catalina is filling a huge gap in my pattern stash.

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I’ve had this gorgeous border fabric from Cali Fabrics for awhile and knew it was meant to be a maxi dress.  It’s a drapey rayon gabardine that sewed up easily and is the perfect weight for this dress.  The colors are so rich and vibrant and make me feel way more sophisticated than I am!  Don’t you love when a piece of clothing totally ups your game!

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The only real change I made to the pattern was to skip the drawstring as I felt it was too casual for this look.  I really like it belted and think it dresses it up just a bit.

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Have you been following the Sundressing series?  Pop over to Melly Sews for all the links to gorgeous dresses, free patterns and tutorials, and tips to get your summer sewing off to a great start.

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Suit Up For Summer Day One

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I’m absolutely giddy to be starting an amazing blog tour today!  Karly at Paisley Roots and I are excited to be hosting the Suit Up for Summer Blog Tour, featuring twenty other bloggers and two HUGE giveaways.  We hope to get you ready for summer and warm weather with swimwear for the whole family.  We’ll bring you tons of inspiration and tips and lots of fun along the way.

Make sure you make it to the end of this post for all the sponsor and prize details along with the awesome line-up for the week.

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Today I’m starting it off by talking about sewing for the little girls in your life.  My very first swimsuits I sewed were for my young girls.  They were far from perfect but I was so proud of them.  For the first time this girly had a swimsuit that fit her tall, lanky frame.  She could never fit into ready-to-wear one pieces because they weren’t long enough and two-piece tankinis left inches of belly showing when they were supposed to be full length.  I was always bringing in the sides or crossing my fingers her little suit would stay put!   I know we’re not alone in this dilemma and I’m hoping to give you other mamas hope.  The beauty of sewing for your children is that you can mash sizes making your tall/skinny or short/solid kids feel confident and darling in their swimwear.

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We both fell in love with this suit from Gap this year.   I knew there was no way it would fit so we went to work searching for a pattern to recreate our own version.  I used the Aloha Burn Blocker Suit from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop (make sure you check out their HUGE swimsuit selection!) with a little modification.  I used the bottom portion of the Leotard Etoile from Lil Luxe Collection but you could use any brief or swimsuit pattern for the leg curves.  I was able to make a size 7 width with a 10 length to fit her almost perfectly!  Make sure you also do the arms the longer length too!

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The options for girls swimwear pdf’s is phenomenal!  They really do have so much more available to them than women, boys, and men combined it seems!  We have some amazing sponsors on this tour that offer girls swimsuit patterns.  Be on the look out this week as some of our bloggers feature looks from these shops:

Jalie is a great option with 17 (!) patterns in their swimsuit category.  Their patterns come with adult and children’s sizes in one pattern which makes them great if you plan on using multiple sizes.  They don’t feature layers and instructions are minimal but I’d call them great for the adventurous sewist.  The finished product is always superb!

Gracious Threads has a tankini and a boardshort pattern.  The Eclipse Tankini is designed for beginners and would make a great first swimsuit.  That little peplum is darling!  I made the boardshorts and love how cute they are and will be showing them to you later this week!

Lil Luxe Collection‘s Peach Beach swimsuit seems to be THE suit of the season.  I also love the leotards in the shop and can’t wait to show off our swim version of the Leotard Etoile.

My Childhood Treasures/Treasurie has a huge variety of swim/dance wear.  Their blog is full of great tips on sewing swimwear and is an amazing resource for beginners.  They also have a free pattern for swim bottoms- a great way to try out swimwear sewing!

5 out of 4 offers a girls version of their popular Agility Tank and Riptide shorties.  Perfect for mommy and me looks!

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Titchy Thread’s Azur Swimsuit is one of the hippest suits there is!  I love the cut of the legs and the fun options to color block.

Call Ajaire has the Classic Maillot suit pattern that is just that- a classic!  She also offers the Classic Maillot Swimskirt pattern for free to dip your toes in swim sewing.

Boo! Designs also offers both swim and leotard patterns.  If you ask in the pdf groups for the best swimsuit patterns Boo! Designs will be an obvious fan favorite.  Their instructions offer a multitude of tips and their designs are classics that can be changed up to your hearts content!

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You can see some of my past girls swim makes here, here, and here featuring the Cosi Swimsuit and my favorite raglan hacks.

As I’ve scoured the internet I’ve come across so many pattern companies that feature girls swimwear.  Here’s a few that I’ve found:

Mountain Ash Designs, Coles Creations, Create Kids Couture, Winter Wear Designs, The Wolf and The Tree, Violette Fields Threads, A Sparkly Baby, Puperita, and Julia Faye Davidson.

Did I miss any favorites?  Do you have a go-to pattern you turn to again and again?

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Are you ready for the good stuff?  Check out this rad group of ladies we have joining us this week:

Hosted by Sew Sophie Lynn & Paisley Roots

Monday: Pear Berry Lane / Inspinration / It’s Liesel / Sewing For Four

Tuesday: Harper Lu / Call Ajaire / Stylin Stacy / Skirt Fixation

Wednesday: Sewing By Ti / Sewing With Sarah / Sew & TellMe Made

Thursday: Made By Melli / Life Sew Savory / That’s What She Crafted / Auschick

Friday: Rebel & Malice / EYMM / Stitching & Making / Lilliepawillie

You can enter our HUGE giveaways two ways.  First link up any swimsuits you’ve sewn this year.  You have until next Tuesday, May 30th to get your looks in.  A winner will be randomly picked so even you swimsuit sewing newbies should join in!  I can’t wait to see what you guys create!

GIVEAWAYS ARE CLOSED AND WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED.

Our prize pack for the link up is sure to get you ready to start sewing your own swimsuits.  You will receive a $25 gift certificate to Raspberry Creek Fabrics, $25 gift certificate to The Fabric Fairy, $25 gift certificate to Peek-a-Boo Fabric Shop, and $20 gift certificate to Simply by Ti.  You will also receive a pdf pattern of your choice from Closet Case Patterns, Jalie, Gracious Threads, Lil Luxe Collection, My Childhood Treasures, 5 ouf ot 4 Patterns, Titchy Threads, Call Ajaire, Rad Patterns, and Boo! Designs!

Second, no sewing involved just enter the Rafflecopter for your shot at the other amazing prize pack!

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We’d like to thank all of our generous sponsors for providing patterns used by many of the bloggers during the tour and also the great prizes!

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Happy Easter from SewSophieLynn

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Easter is one of my favorite holidays.  A chance to be with family and the food doesn’t get any better- I stopped counting how much chocolate I’ve sneaked from my kids baskets 😉  It also signals the start of handmade warm weather clothes and I just love the chance to sew a new dress or two for my girls.  This year my oldest even wanted a tie to match his sisters!  So yes, we were ‘that’ family today- all matchy matchy and I was one happy mama.

You can see more pics of my girls here, my middle boys bowtie here, and for my oldest’s tie I turned to this free pattern from Purl Soho.  My youngest is in full Old Navy goodness 😉

I’m so grateful for this time of year and the chance it gives us to truly reflect on the life and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Check out this video to be inspired by the real reason behind the season.

Love you guys!

Greenery- Pantone Color of the Year

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*This post originated on the  Cali Fabrics Blog.  I’m excited to share it here as part of Project Run and Play’s Greenery Theme for week 2 of Season 13.

I always love to see what Pantone comes up with each year as the hot and trending colors. This year’s color of the year is Greenery- a vibrant shade of green, somewhere between lime and olive. I’m a huge fan of all things green and was excited to incorporate this color in our wardrobes. My daughter was the lucky winner of the first piece in this gorgeous color.

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I used this beautiful Avocado Shantung Satin for this project. It’s a great weight and I love the slub texture. I don’t sew with silk-like fabrics very often and this was much easier to work with than my past experiences. I was super grateful to have my serger to finish the edges as they frayed slightly the moment I cut into it but because of the thicker weight my regular machine handled it with ease too!

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This dress is a showstopper! I’ve been wanting to sew up a Starlight City Dress from Lil Luxe Collection for what seems like forever! You know those patterns that you fall in love with each time you see one and vow to make one as soon as possible. Well, this is that pattern for me. There’s even a women’s size that looks incredible on everyone too!

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I love the high classic neckline in the front and the ‘party’ in the back. For my version, I used the width of the fabric for each skirt piece to add fullness- this girl loves a big, twirly skirt. Throw in pockets and she’s one happy girl!

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When sewing for your kids do you take your time or find shortcuts when you can? My kids grow so fast and my sewing time is pretty precious so I take the easy way most of the time. This pattern is a quick sew as is so it was perfect for me. In this fabric I’d usually hand sew the hems and do a clean finish bodice but I knew those details would go unnoticed by this sweet girl.

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I’d say she loves it! What are your thoughts on this vibrant color? Are you adding it into your wardrobe? In small doses or one amazing piece?