Coffee + Thread Tour: A Linen Madrid Dress

I can’t pass up a blog tour especially for someone as sweet and talented as Olga at Coffee + Thread patterns. I’ve loved testing for her over the years and her patterns are always so well done and amazing.

For the duration of the tour, make sure you stop by the C+T shop to grab a few of those patterns you’ve been eyeing. Use code ‘shopc+t’ to save 25% off everything excluding bundles.

I sewed up a pretty Madrid for the Madrid Tour last year and made one of my favorite makes of 2019. My crepe maxi Madrid was the dress dreams are made of and I feel like a princess every time I wear it. For this year, I knew I needed another Madrid dress but I wanted to do something totally different.

I used a gorgeous teal rayon linen from Raspberry Creek fabrics. I’m on a mission to sew up every color of this remarkable fabric. Teal is one of my favorite colors to wear and this vibrant shade is just exquisite. It’s a medium weight which makes it easy to sew but not too stiff giving this dress just the body I wanted.

I sewed up a size 4 and graded out to a 6 at the waist. I’m right in between a 4 and 6 and went down knowing this fabric would be a little boxier. I did the same sleeve alteration as my last Madrid since I’m still in love with bishop sleeves. I simply drew a straight line from the underarm and added two inches to the length to give a little fullness (and because I usually have to lengthen long sleeves a bit). For this version, I did midi length, the perfect all season length in my opinion. I think with the right accessories and shoes this dress will be worn year-round.

Don’t you love when a garment makes you feel amazing?! This one is comfortable but still has a bit of a wow factor. It’s casual enough to wear to church or can be dressed up for a fun date night.

My cute hubby met me for lunch and took pictures for me and was such a good sport. It was FREEZING this afternoon and he had me giggling through my shivering. He’s a keeper for sure!

Make sure you follow Coffee + Thread on Instagram to see all the incredible makes each day. I’ve been so inspired already! The sewing community is so amazing!

A Chambray Dress for all seasons with Riley Blake

If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know I usually let my girls have all of my fun Riley Blake sponsored fabrics, well, they usually get first dibs on ALL the fabric honestly. When choosing fabric for this post, I knew it needed to be all mine! Today I’m highlighting Riley Blake chambray, a fabric substrate I love and wanted all for myself!

I had a tough time picking which chambray to get. I love the subtle prints but finally settled on the Indigo for a classic look. This chambray is lightweight and would work well for tops (a button-up would be divine!), full skirts, dresses, or light pants.

When debating what to make with this fabric, I knew I wanted something I would wear often. Love Notions Allegros or a Melody Top came to mind, or another Justine Skirt (I lived in this version all summer). When thinking about what I wear all year long, I immediately settled on a Named Inari Dress. I wear my past version so much and I knew a chambray version would be super versatile. So now I bring you my dress for all seasons!

For summer, I’d keep the styling simple and wear the dress alone with sandals or sneakers. The shape of the Inari is my favorite and really shines on it’s own. When sewing my Inari’s I make a few simple alterations. I eliminate the side slits at the hem and love to add inseam pockets (I can’t live without them!). I also add 2 inches to the length so it hits right at my knees. This is a size 6 with cap sleeves minus the sleeve cuff. I love the fit through the neck and shoulders and the cocoon shaping really helps out my rectangle frame. It’s loose without being too oversized.

Going into fall, a light sweater, tights, and booties really help transition this dress. I wore this dress to church this week with just the booties and was so comfortable!

Sweater and tights from Downeast Basics and are no longer available but here is a similar sweater, the booties are a Target score.

Winter means thick tights, a chunky sweater, and a cozy fun scarf.

Similar scarf and sweater (original was from Target last year)

Boots are my favorite Amazon purchase this year!

For spring, it’s time for a simple lightweight sweater and fun bright jewelry and shoes to really celebrate the arrival of sunshine and warmer temps.

Both necklaces in this post are from Charming Charlie (a favorite for inexpensive trendy pieces)

Sweater is another from Downeast Basics and shoes are well worn Target finds (Are you sensing a theme here? I mainly online shop but can’t help throwing in a thing or two while picking up ‘essentials’ at Target. And Downeast happens to be right next to my favorite grocery store, lol!)

I can already tell this dress is going to be well loved. It fits so well into my 2020 wardrobe- comfy, easy to wear, and super versatile. This chambray has washed up beautifully and will continue to get better with each wash I’m sure. As I sew for myself, especially in these times, I try to be really intentional and add pieced to my wardrobe that really make me happy. This dress does just that!

On Safari by Riley Blake Designs

One can never have too much animal print, right? I’ve always considered a good animal print a classic that never goes out of style and these new Riley Blake On Safari prints are no exception.

These prints would work great for decor, quilts, and more but of course we had to make a killer dress with ours!

We picked the On Safari Leopard in grey for an uptown look that slayed us both.

For this dress, I turned to an old favorite, the Blake Dress from Mingo and Grace. I’ve made this dress countless times and always, always love the finished product. It’s such a classic silhouette and it sews up so nicely. For this version, she fit right into the size 8 for chest and waist and I added length to the skirt. The fit is spot on and has just enough room for her to grow a bit.

I added a fun exposed lace zipper for a little girly touch.

I don’t know what I love more- those big pleats or the hidden pockets. She was so surprised to find them! We had fun styling this dress and I couldn’t help but channel my favorite 50’s Hollywood movie stars. So chic and elegant while still being young and sweet too!

This cutie loves her new dress and we both love this whole line from Riley Blake!

New Dresses in Riley Blake My Heritage

It’s officially fall and that means it’s plaid season! I will take all of the plaids, all of the time!

This post is sponsored by Riley Blake fabrics. I got to work with one of their newest lines, My Heritage by My Minds Eye. The subtle colors and antique feel really drew me in. There are pretty Family Tree panels that have me wishing I quilted.

My girls and I were thrilled with the plaids in this collection. Classic and the colors are my favorite. I will put my kids in teal as much as possible!

I used Grid in Dark Teal and Plaid in Cream. I love how they work together!

I was excited to sew new dresses for my girls. We scoured our patterns and I had to purchase the new Little Lizard King Nara after discovering I was seriously lacking a cute drop waist dress pattern. Now, that cream plaid dress was meant for my oldest daughter but when she tried it on it was shockingly short and not at all drop waist! Oh boy! Turns out I totally forgot to lengthen it for her tall body, duh! Sewing fail for sure. I’d printed out the pattern weeks ago in preparation and then just went for it when it came time to finally sew it up. Luckily, little sis LOVED it and was thrilled with my ‘mistake’. And the cute teal dress looks darling on big sis- win win!

For this dress I used the Jilly Atlanta Marlow– a favorite I sewed up here. I love the simple design and classic look. This is a size 8 width lengthened (remember this was meant for lil sis). The Marlow has cute front ruffles that I adore but unfortunately my girls are not big fans. Keep things plain and simple for them and then things will get worn. I’ve learned the hard way!

Throw in some simple wood buttons and I’m sold!

Can we all just agree that this dress really was made for this girl? I’m not sure what I was thinking. It just suits her so much! This is the Nara from Little Lizard King. The Nara is another pattern that is full of options and details but in sticking with my philosophy of less is more we went basic. I used the long sleeve but did a simple casing at the wrist to eliminate the slight wrist ruffle. No bodice pleating or collar either… both details I’d love to do someday. This is a size 10 lengthened to a 14 in the bodice and skirt.

A pretty button front and a bias cut plaid really make me so happy!

We brought little brother along for this photo shoot and he played DJ and behind the scenes jokester. Oh boy, the outtakes with this shoot were too funny!

Thanks for stopping by! Head to your local quilt shop to pick up these pretty prints.

Love Notions Glissando Crops and Skirt

The Love Notions Glissando pattern is here! I don’t know if there was ever a more anticipated pattern.

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The Glissando pattern in so full of options. There are shorts, cropped pants, and a knee length skirt. It comes in the new Love Notions extended sizing 0-32 and a full belly pattern piece as well. There is an exposed button fly and front and back pockets too!

Let’s talk about mine. I’ve sewed many pants before but I usually gravitate towards elastic waists and quick easy sews. The Glissandos are a great jump into the world of ‘real’ pant sewing. Don’t be intimidated by the fly or fitting. There are so many tips and these can really be sewn up in an evening or afternoon.

For my pair, I used this gorgeous stretch rayon linen from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It has just enough stretch to make wearing them all day easy and comfortable. The eggplant color is vibrant but will work so well with so much of my wardrobe. I love this fabric because it doesn’t wrinkle as easily as most linens and is not too fussy to sew with.

The fit of the Glissandos is based off of your hips. The leg is a straight leg from your hips on down so you will notice the leg flare gets a little wider in the larger sizes. I sewed up a straight size 6 and took in the sides at the hip a bit to accommodate for my lack of curves. I think for future pairs I will size down in the hips and grade for my body. This is one pattern that would be almost essential to muslin but I tend to dive in head first and just go for it! Living on the edge! I used heavy duty snaps for my fly and love the look!

I paired my Glissandos with a Cadence Top in yummy RCF stretch crepe. I like that these pants can be dressed up or down and that they work for all seasons too. I love them with boots too!

You can grab the Glissando pattern on sale through Sunday, September 27th. Now I really need to sew me up a skirt version!

Sewing for Tweens with Project Run and Play and Raspberry Creek Fabrics

I’m over on the Project Run and Play blog today sharing some of our favorite fabrics to sew with for tweens. PRP is bringing you a whole week dedicated to sewing for these cute kiddos and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

For that post I sewed up two new looks for my girls. We scoured the internet and all of their favorite online shops for loads of inspiration this fall. We noticed so many great trends and knew we could easily recreate them to fit their style and unique bodies.

Payton just started middle school this year and has suddenly become even more of a trendsetter and carefully picks her outfits out each morning. She has started wearing more dresses, skirts, and jumpers and has one jumper in particular that she wears at least once a week.

She loved the button front look of this Gap shortall and I knew we could do an easy hack of one of the many pinafore/jumper patterns in the PRP Shop.

I used the Mary Dungarees and did a simple faux placket hack to the front. I took a piece of fabric 3 inches by the length of the front and sewed it together along the long edge, right sides together. I then flipped it right side out and ironed it flat. I sewed it to the center front of the dress along both long edges. I then sewed it up according to the directions, adding interfacing to the top of the bodice front for a little more stability when attaching my jeans buttons. Adding matching jean buttons down the front completed the look. I used a bright and cheery mustard rayon linen from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and it totally suits her infectious personality.

For her tee I used the Emi Top. The Emi is one of those patterns I tested years ago and then totally forgot about. It has loads of options and is a great basic tee. I used the cuffed sleeve and cropped the bottom of the tee so she can wear it with her jeans too. We had to go with a cute sunflower print double brushed polyester to complete this totally 90’s inspired look.

All of us are head over heels for tie dye right now. I’m not sure how much tie dye is too much but I don’t think we’ll be getting there anytime soon. All of their favorite shops are carrying hoodies, sweatshirts, tees, joggers, and more in so many fun tie dye combinations.

We loved the casual, comfy look of this Shein outfit and knew it would be perfect for those lazy fall and winter days.

Raspberry Creek Fabrics just released all of their new fall sweatshirt fleece prints and there are so many gorgeous tie dye prints to choose from. This incredible Sage Tie Dye was so perfect to recreate our inspiration.

For this look, I used the Theodor Raglan Sweatshirt and Tintin Trousers. For the top, I sewed up the largest size, size 12, and cropped 4 inches off the bottom hem. I used wide ribbing from Hobby Lobby for the cuffs and neckband. The Tintin Trousers are an amazing pattern! There are so many options with it and it kinda blows my mind that these are the same pattern as this look too. I got such a great fit with those first pants, I knew it would be a good choice for sweatshirting too. RCF sweatshirt fleece has just enough stretch to be super comfortable but it’s not as stretchy as french terry or another knit you might lean to for joggers. Using a pattern meant for knits and wovens gave me confidence that I would still get a fantastic result. I widened the waistband to accommodate 1.5″ elastic (just my personal preference for waistbands) and cropped the hems just enough to add cuffs out of the same ribbing to really tie the pieces together. To say I’m supremely jealous of this outfit would be an understatement.

Make sure you follow along on the Project Run and Play blog this week for so much teen and tween inspiration. I’m excited for what’s in store!

Simple Life Pattern Co. Patricia in Art Gallery Rayon

The Simple Life Pattern Company’s September to Remember Challenge is happening now! Sew up one of the selected patterns for your chance to win SLPCo credit, all the details at the end of this post. I sewed up the Patricia Dress and Top and it’s one you’ll want to add to your to-do list!

The Patricia is a beginner friendly pattern that comes in sizes 2t-12. It features multiple sleeve styles and a dramatic or subtle high low hem. You can make a top or dress length and it works for either knit or woven fabric. With no closures, it’s a quick sew and so easy to wear.

I sewed up a size 10 with a 12 length for this girl. I did the dramatic high low skirt and the bell sleeves. I think this dress is a great year-round pattern. It works well with sandals and will look so cute with tights and boots too!

Art Gallery Fabrics sponsored this post and it was too fun shopping for just the right fabric for this project. I love this pattern in a nice flowy fabric and AGF rayon is some of my favorite to work with. Going into fall, I’m always excited for all things plaid and this pretty grid print, Grid Negative in Rayon by Katarina Roccella, really caught my eye. This girl is moving away from crazy prints and prefers subtle patterns and solids and this plaid was perfect for her.

This cute girl turned the big 1-3 this week! I can’t believe she’s officially a teenager. In so many ways, she’s been a teenager for years. She has such a mature attitude and is so wise beyond her years. She’s so thoughtful and creative and kind and it’s been my pleasure to be a witness to the beautiful young woman she’s become. Taking pictures of my kiddos so often gives me a chance to really connect with them and see them for who they are. It’s amazing to watch them grow and find themselves. This girl really is amazing and a great example to me. I’m excited for the coming years with her as we become more and more equals and it gets so fun to share so many interests and similarities. What a girl!

This photo shoot was a quick one, during my little man’s soccer practice so we were on a tight schedule. We headed to my favorite little Main Street in a sketchy part of town. We go here often for shoots but usually try to go in the afternoon and avoid it at night. On this day, we got here just as the sun was setting. The streets were busier than normal and I had to move the beer bottles and other garbage from our shots. This girly was such a pro- smiling like there was no one around and posing like a super model. She’s my sweet, shy girl and I was so proud of how well she pulled it off. We had a good laugh when we realized she had one boot unzipped the whole time. For my perfectionist daughter, it could have meant tears but instead we just giggled and knew it meant these pics would be ‘real’, not perfect but still good enough.

To enter the SLPCo Challenge this month, you can sew up any of the following patterns: Shelley, Eden, Georgia, Ava, Lydia, Patricia, Mattie, Autumn, and Roxy (many are available in Baby sizes too!). These patterns are all on sale this month too! Take a photo of your make and post it in the Simple Life Facebook group or on your Instagram and tag #slpcochallenge for your chance to win a $20 shop credit to SLPCo.

Excited to see what September brings!

True Bias Mini Nova Jumpsuit

I was lucky enough to test the True Bias Mini Nova Jumpsuit. You better believe this little miss was all over it! She is over the moon with her newest mama-made.

The Mini Nova has all the same options as the women’s version. There are four different views. Add a waistband for a more fitted look or keep it casual without. There are shorts and pants views for both. And don’t forget about the pockets- a must for all views! It comes in size 2t-10.

I sewed up a size 8 width with a 10 length according to her measurements. The neckline and arms are finished with a facing and the pockets on this version are sewn right to the front pattern pieces- no bulk! Such a quick sew too!

This girl lives and breathes dance and was super excited to have something new to wear to her classes. It’s perfect for slipping on over her leo and she just had to demonstrate how easy it is to move it too! She can’t wait to wear this to her hip hop class!

I used a gorgeous tie dye cotton lycra jersey from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I struggled picking fabrics for this pattern. I love the simplistic look of an all black version but knowing she planned to wear this to dance gave me a little more license to be fun. A tie dye print was just too perfect!

You can grab the Mini Nova and Women’s Versions here and here on sale through Sunday, September 13th.

Theodor Sweatshirt New in the Project Run and Play Shop

The Project Run and Play shop just got a little sweeter! The Theodor Raglan Sweatshirt from Bobbins and Buttons is part of the latest batch to hit the shop. You’ll have to excuse me while I go sew up a million!

The Theodor is a unisex pattern that comes in sizes 12 months- 12 years. It’s got classic raglan styling and is a looser, easy fit.

You can’t go wrong with a good raglan, amiright? They are right up there with the easiest things to sew and they are always, always in style.

They are also perfect for using up all those precious scraps. This sweatshirt is a mix of some of my favorite fabrics. That’s glorious Raspberry Creek oatmeal french terry for the body (I know we’re all waiting anxiously for it to arrive this year). The sleeves are from another shop local to me, Design Co. Fabrics that I picked up during the early quarantine months. Looks like most of their french terry has sold out (they’re a clearance shop that sometimes gets amazing one time buys in) but I’m glad I snagged some while I could. This teal is nice and muted and oh so perfect. The rib knit is from the ever popular ISEE Fabrics, another shop that has grown incredibly fast these last few months. This particular color is currently sold out as well but join their Facebook group for all the latest stocking news. So basically, I’m the worst and all my fabrics are not available BUT I couldn’t resist this amazing combination and I knew my little man would flip over it. And this pattern really is good enough to cut into those fabrics you’ve been holding onto forever!

I sewed up a straight size 8 and I love how it fits. It’s slightly oversized and that makes it extra comfy! It also means that maybe, just maybe it will fit him through the whole winter. I also love the big wide cuffs and neckband. They really add so much to the look. I added extra top stitching to his top- I like the finished look and it takes just a few minutes longer. All in all, this pattern can be cut and sewn in a nap time for sure! It’ll probably take you longer to decide on your fabrics than to sew it up!

My little man loved his sweatshirt enough to model it in scorching heat. Well, it was that and the fact that he got Takis as his after shoot treat! A little bribery goes a long way with this boy.

Make sure you head to the Project Run and Play shop and check out all the new patterns on sale for a limited time!

New Patterns in the Project Run and Play Shop

It’s traditionally back to school time but there’s nothing traditional about 2020. Project Run and Play has added new patterns to the shop and I’m excited to be joining in the blog tour. Instead of a back to school event let’s celebrate back to learning! Are your kids headed to school in person? Do you get the ‘pleasure’ of teaching them from home? Whatever your school year looks likes, it still calls for some cute new clothes!

This girl headed back to middle school last week and is loving it. With smaller class sizes and loads of extra precautions, she’s happy to be back with her friends and meeting all her new teachers in the flesh. She’s ever my fashionista and I have loved seeing her style each morning as she heads out the door. This new look, featuring all patterns in the Project Run and Play shop, is right up her alley.

This post was sponsored with fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. Diana recently got in a huge order of the most gorgeous linens and I was so excited to get my hands on some. The biggest question was what color to pick since I loved them all! After much debate the olive green won for it’s versatility and neutrality. These pants will work with so much of her existing wardrobe. This pretty blush waffle knit was from last year and I can’t wait for more waffles to restock for fall. The tee is in a cute double brushed poly print that tied the blush and olive together perfectly!

Let’s talk about that cute cardigan shall we? It’s the Josephine Cardigan from Iris May. Iris is a Belgium designer with impeccable style. The Josephine is a unisex cardigan pattern available in sizes 2-14. There are multiple sleeve options and optional buttons or pockets. Depending on your fabric choice, you can get a slouchy look or a more structured piece. The waffle knit I used made for a perfect transitional piece. It’s lightweight with lots of drape and is great for wearing in chilly air conditioned classrooms. The waffle has little recovery so the cuffs do get stretched out. We’ll see if she’ll want to switch them out with a ribbing or cotton lycra but she loved the slouchiness during the shoot.

The pattern does not include seam allowances which can be tricky for me. I didn’t over stress it since it was a loose knit garment but it did make me think a little harder, lol! I did the balloon sleeve option and a size 13.

The pants are the Tin Tin Pants also from Iris May. There are soooo many cute options with this pattern! Ruffles, shorts, pants, cuffs, pockets, you name it and it comes in sizes 18 mos- 13. We both loved the shorts versions but went with pants to get more wear out of them as we move into cooler weather. This pattern did include seam allowance which was a fantastic relief for me. I don’t know why I was so worried but I didn’t want my user error to affect the fit. As you can see, the fit is AMAZING!

Looking at those looooooong legs, you can see why we struggle to buy store bought pants. For these pants, I sewed up a size 12 width with a 13 length and an additional 1.5′ added to the length. I did the paperbag waist option with pockets and the waist tie. That waistband and tie are seriously the cutest!

These pants are just like a pair she’s been eyeing online. She came home from our shoot and tried them out with other pieces in her closet and quickly fell even more in love with them. My favorite was when she pulled out a cozy, slouchy cream sweater, half tucked and rolled up the cuffs a bit. Such a perfect look!

We paired these pieces with what has quickly become our go-to tee pattern, the Lemon Tee, also in the PRP shop. This version is a size 10 and we cropped it to fit with the high natural waist fit of the pants.

Make sure you follow along on with all the Project Run and Play fun for the next two weeks. And stay tuned next week when I show another look- this one for my little guy!

From Project Run and Play:

Usually we call this event our Back to School tour.  However, because school looks so different this year, we’re calling this our back to learning event!  And we’re ready to celebrate, how about you? 

Let’s celebrate 10 new patterns in the shop!  These pattern are perfect for whatever type of learning your child is doing right now.  There is a great mix of knit an woven patterns, tops and bottoms, layers, and more!  Here they are:

Friday Dress

Morocco Pants and Shorts

Hygge Vest

Woodland Wanderer Coat

Robin Dress

Tintin Shorts and Trousers

Joseph(ine) Cardigan

Frances Leggings

Theodor Sweatshirt

Mary Dungarees

Let’s celebrate with new clothes!!!  Over the next 2 weeks we’ll be featuring each of these patterns with some of your favorite Project Run & Play designers.  Get ready to be inspired!

Let’s celebrate a SALE!!!  These stunning new patterns are 20% off during our Back to Learning event.  (No code necessary.  Sale lasts from now until Saturday, September 12 at midnight Eastern Time.)

Thanks for stopping by our stop on the tour! And thank you Project Run and Play and Raspberry Creek Fabrics for giving me one happy young lady!