Made for Mermaids Mermaid Shore Collection- Lainey and Calypso

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I’ve got a problem people- I can’t stop sewing swimsuits.  It’s seriously so addicting.  They’re quick, take such little fabric and we spend so much time in them that I feel like it’s so worth it.  Plus my swim knit stash keeps multiplying and there is no way I could pass up testing the new Mermaid Shores collection from Made for Mermaids.

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I’m splitting our suits into two posts simply because I have soooo many cute pics to share with you!  First up is the Lainey, a cute one shoulder two-piece suit with optional ruffles at the neck or waist.

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For my version, I did the neck ruffle and added a tiny pom pom trim to the edge.  This border print was just perfect for this suit.  So perfect that the pattern piece for the top barely fit in between the borders and the ruffle piece was almost the exact measurement of the border.  Seriously meant to be!  My sister picked up this fabric at the SAS warehouse in Phoenix.

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One of my favorite things about all the suits in this collection is the bum coverage.  So, so good!  No wedgies here!

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The Lainey comes with a crop and tankini top options.  This little one is adorable in the simple crop version with the ruffle bottom.

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The whole Mermaid Shores collection is all about mixing and matching and these Lainey bottoms pair so well with the Calypso top.

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The Calypso is a two piece suit with optional ruffles on the top and high waisted bottoms.

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It’s so darn cute and easy to sew too! This is the smallest size (1/2) on this tiny miss.

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I love being able to blend sizes easily to get the perfect fit for my girls.  This one is a 6 chest with 7 hips and 8 length- an easy blend using the instructions in the pattern.  You can’t get that kind of fit in an off the rack swimsuit!

I can’t tell you how much we adore this whole collection!  I’m so excited to share our Camila’s with you tomorrow!

Love Notions Allegro Pants and Skirt

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Tami at Love Notions was in my head yet again with her latest pattern release.  My go-to for those lazy-I-don’t-want-to-shave-my-legs-days are lightweight, flowy pants.  I’ve got a handful I wear faithfully but I’m always on the hunt for more.  The Allegro Pants and Skirt (affl. link)  are those comfy, yet stylish pants we all crave.

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For my pair I used a rayon challis I picked up in LA.  I skipped the drawstring to keep this a little more versatile.  I like being able to dress them up a bit too.  I love the looser through the thigh, slimmer through the calf fit of these.  Totally comfortable but not sloppy looking.

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The front slash pockets are nice and deep and perfect for my phone.  I’ve turned into a pocket connoisseur and these totally get my approval!

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These are my tester pair and I really love when a tester garment is 100% wearable.  I’m between sizes and went with my waist size for this pair, sewing a straight medium.  I think for my next pair I will try a small to get a little more slimmer fit.  My current favorite pair of lightweight pants is from H&M and they are almost identical to this pattern, only a bit more fitted.  I’m almost giddy that I can now recreate them any time I want!

Are you ready for all the options with this pattern?  There are two shorts lengths and two skirt lengths too!  I’ve got a lovely rayon gauze on my sewing table ready to be made into a fun beach skirt!  I can’t wait!

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Make sure to grab your copy on sale today!

 

 

Sew Americana Blog Tour 2017

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I’m excited to be here again for the Sew Americana Blog Tour, year two!  I love everything Katy of Wild and Wanderful does so of course I had to join this tour.  My sister and I had so much fun last year  we jumped on board again in a heartbeat!

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These three have grown so much in the last year and I can’t get over how darn cute they were for this shoot.  Last year my sister and her kids were moving from Alaska to Arizona and stayed here in Utah for part of the summer.  This year they’re here for the summer too and we can’t get enough of these cute cousins!

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My girls sure love doting on these little ones!

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Let’s talk about the outfits!  This teeny one is adorable in Made For Mermaids Evie Suspender Shorts and a Pistachio Top from Sew Like My Mom.  In a classic chambray these shorties are such a staple.  Super cute but so practical too!

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The back of these ties in a bow and really ups the cuteness factor.  I just love little bloomer shorts in the summer!

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I was thrilled when my oldest fell for overalls- she’s all about comfort AND style.  I love the Sydney Romper and Pinafore from Mouse House Creations.  It’s such a classic, sweet style and was perfect for the look we were going for.  I’ll never grow tired of picot trim bias, especially in a gingham!  It’s the fun pop these shorts needed but still keeps them versatile.

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We paired the overalls with a Boo! Designs Sleeved Leotard for a fun vintage look with a modern twist.   She absolutely loves this outfit!  I love that it’s perfect for summer- an outfit she can wear running around the neighborhood with friends or off to a bar-b-que.

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My other niece is all about comfort and these two pieces will be great to mix and match into her wardrobe.  The Skipper Top from Sew Much Ado is such a staple pattern for my sister and I.  It’s a quick sew and is a great base to show off fun fabrics.  In a red and white stripe, it’s great for the Fourth of July but will still be wearable year round too.

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She got a pair of Hailey Ruffle Shorts from Made for Mermaids and a Barb’s Headband from Simple Life Pattern Company.  This comfy knit outfit is totally playground approved.

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Perfect for hiding in the big ‘ol tires at one of our favorite parks!  Isn’t she just darling?!  I feel like as an aunt, I can say these things 😉  She is just pure innocence and joy!

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The last outfit we made for the tour was another one we wanted to be able to mix and match into her existing wardrobe.  These chambray Lilly Shorts from Violette Fields Threads will be great.  I love the pop of red from the bias tape!

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She lives in her Miss Mary Mack (affl. link) tees from Love Notions and I always know I can’t go wrong making her more!  This one in floral and polka dots is definitely my new favorite.  So cute and girly!

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As it often goes these days, I had more fun taking and editing these pics than I did sewing.  So I’m going to leave you with a bit of photo overload and a little wish for ya’ll to have the best holiday weekend!  I’m so grateful for this beautiful, amazing country we live in and for all those who have fought to make it what it is today.

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Make sure to head on over to all the other stops on the tour- so much patriotic goodness!

Our Amazing “Sew Americana” Tour Lineup:

Monday, June 26: Wild & Wanderful | Handmade Boy | The Wholesome Mama | Marvelous Auntie M | Sew and Tell Project
Tuesday, June 27: EYMM | Middle River Studio | SewSophieLynn | Phat Quarters | Call Ajaire
Wednesday, June 28: Simple Life Pattern Company | Sewing By Ti | Auschick Sews | Nu Me Nu You | Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen
Thursday, June 29: Adventures with Bubba and Bug | Musings of a Seamstress | Elli and Nels | Spindle and Seams | Stylin’ Stacy
Friday, June 30: Very Blissful | Stitching and Making | Wild & Wanderful | On Wednesdays We Sew | Fairytale B&T


We would like to give a special thanks to our generous sponsors!
Love Notions | EYMM Modern Designs | Rebecca Page | Patterns for Pirates | Simple Life Pattern Company | Thread & Grain | Designs by Call Ajaire | Simply By Ti | Made for Mermaids | Petite Stichery & Co. 

You can add your patriotic makes to the link-up too!

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Thanks for stopping by our stop on the tour!

Patterns for Pirates Take The Plunge Swimsuit

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Yes, I made yet another swimsuit but you guys, I just couldn’t resist!  Judy at Patterns for Pirates is known for making women feel beautiful and by darn it she’s done it again.  Just check out all the amazing testers and how gorgeous they all look!

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It has been YEARS since I have worn a one piece that fit properly.  I have a long torso, small bust and no waist.  Suits either drowned my bust, gave me major wedgies or were tugged too low in the chest.  I had yet to sew myself a one piece also because I thought it’d be a disaster to try and get the fit right.

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Enter the magical Take The Plunge Swimsuit.   The pattern includes all the instructions and measurements to help you get the best fitting suit ever!  For me that meant making a small bodice graded to a large at the waist then a medium in the bottoms plus adding an inch to both the bodice and the bottoms.  Sounds crazy and confusing but it really was a cinch.  I made the adjustments totally based off my measurements and said a little prayer it would fit right.

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Ta-da!  Best fitting suit ever!  This was also the first time I’d used push-up cups and let me tell you they are AWESOME!  I’m usually not too concerned about the appearance of the ‘girls’ but this suit really highlights them and a little ‘oomph’ was needed.   Whether they need a little taming or a bit of lift, this pattern works wonders!

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There are multiple options for straps and ruching.  I did the plain bottoms and full back.  I love feeling nice and secure for chasing the kiddos at the pool!

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On the fence about sewing swimwear still?  Check out our blog series here, here, here, here, and here for tons of inspiration and tips for sewing swimsuits for the whole family!

And make sure to grab you own copy of the Take The Plunge!

Sew Caroline Weekend Style

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If you’ve been following me here for very long, you know my style is casual and comfortable but I still like to feel pulled together.  Sew Caroline’s newest book, Weekend Style, is exactly my cup of tea.  Weekend style, everyday style- it’s all the same to me!

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It was a happy mail day when my copy arrived!  I had the hardest time deciding which project to do first.  I knew I had to do the Tilly Tee- who’s closet couldn’t use a new basic Tee?!

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Caroline graciously sent me this cute knit I’d been crushing on (Corollas Ashen).  How perfect is it when you can sew up a designers pattern in her own fabric?!  It was meant to be!

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I couldn’t shake the desire to make an Afternoon Skirt to match so it just had to happen.  Luckily I popped over to Raspberry Creek Fabrics and grabbed this pretty chambray- it’s the perfect weight for this skirt!

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I’ve decided it’s called the Afternoon Skirt because you can easily sew it up in one quiet afternoon.  See how Caroline is speaking to me… stylish, quick and easy projects are heaven!

One of my favorite details of this skirt is the pockets.  They have a cute curved bottom and are nice and deep.  I have a little tip for you for when you go to iron the pocket edges under because it can be pretty tricky.  I like to make a cardstock template from my pocket pattern piece and cut it down to the correct size minus seam allowance.  I simply trace my pocket pattern piece onto cardstock and cut it out.  Then mark the 3/8″ seam allowance line all around and cut it off.  Now you can place your template on top of your pocket and fold your edges up around it to easily iron them in place.  Your template will really come in handy it you plan to use this pattern over again like I do!

One more tip- I will add a hook and eye closure above my top button and just below it also.  My waistband tended to gape a bit and it’s probably due to my lack of a waist and the fact that I did my top and bottom buttonholes horizontal just to be cool (don’t do it!).  A couple hidden closures will fix it up in no time!

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Here it is Thursday and I’m ready for the weekend!  I’m anxious to try out more of the projects in the book! I’ve got a pair of flip flops just waiting to be transformed into yoga band sandals.  And I could always use a new tote bag!  There are 15 easy projects- tees, skirts, a dress, accessories, so much good stuff!

This was one of my first experiences with a book that included all the patterns on a CD-ROM.  I can’t believe how easy it was to use!  I’m so used to tracing patterns from my Japanese pattern books and I think I loaded the patterns on my computer, printed them, put them together and cut them out in half the time it’d take me just to trace a pattern from the Japanese books.  Another point for Caroline!

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On a side note- tell me I’m not the only one to ever pull over AFTER a photo shoot to take even more pics just because the lighting was gorgeous!  These last three pics my cute 9-year-old was nice enough to take for me on our way home after my cool dad took the others.  Family members of bloggers have it rough, yo!

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But who can pass up an empty field and golden hour… hahaha!

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Thanks so much Caroline for letting me join in the fun.  Make sure to follow the fun all month long!  You can grab your own copy here– you know you NEED it!

 

 

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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