Love Notions and Raspberry Creek Fabrics- A Match Made in Kid Heaven!

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An amazing Love Notions sale at the same time as a new Raspberry Creek fabric line is cause for a little celebrating!  All patterns (except the newly revamped Rhapsody) are on sale for 40% off through tomorrow, Sunday May 10th.  40% off!!!  That’s impossible to pass up.  I decided to use a variety of kids patterns for some super fun outfits for my kiddos.

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First, I sewed up the Girl’s Tidal Top and Tank.  I sewed up a batch of these in testing but always forget about this fun pattern.  It’s so fun to mix prints and has lots of options- Tunic, top, and dress length as well as tank, sleeveless, and short sleeves.  Like most Love Notions kids patterns, it comes in sizes 2t-16, one of my favorite things since my girls are creeping near the top end of most children’s size charts.  There’s a ladies version that I love as well!

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I used this pretty Vintage Tropical Floral print (there are SOOOOO many gorgeous florals in this line it was nearly impossible to pick!) paired with Salmon Painted Check Gingham and solid salmon jersey for the bands.  I love pairing florals with other fun prints and this gingham is so cute!  It coordinated so good with both the cupcakes and sprinkle prints too.

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My little guy got a comfy new outfit too!  He’s been wearing things for multiple days during this strange stay at home time.  It’s been amazing on laundry.  He only wants to wear the most comfortable clothes though.  This outfit made the cut!

I used the Tie Dye Sports Balls in french terry for his shorts and heathered grey and teal solid jerseys for his tee.

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I sewed up the Sprint Muscle Shirt for the first time and we both absolutely love it!  I can’t wait to make some for my girls too.  The front color blocking detail is sporty and so fun.  You can do it with or without the hood and front color blocking.  I think my girls need a cute graphic muscle tee- think rocker-style!

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For the shorts I used the Thomas Track Pants basic short variation.  I love that this pattern works for both knit and woven.  It’s fantastic for jammies and it worked great for these easy to wear lounge shorts.  I used 1.5″ elastic in the waistband just per personal preference and cut the legs 2″ above his knee.  We rolled them quickly for these pics and I’ll make sure to tack the hems up on the side seams.  He tried these on and has refused to take them off.  Good sign but leaves little details like hems for later, lol!

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The girls fell in love with the whole Sweet Treats line by Brittney Laidlaw.   They both needed new summer pj’s and this line was just perfect for them.

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Payton got a new Luna Loungewear set.  This pattern has extended plus sizing which is so hard to find for kids.  It has a cami, nighty, capri, short and bralette all included.  I used the cami and capri’s for this set.  Big sis got a set in testing that she is still wearing all these years later.  They’ve been such a favorite! There’s also a ladies version if you want to treat yourself too!

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This little miss was smitten with the Cupcake print.   It’s such an adorable print!  The colors are absolutely amazing.  I struggled when picking coordinates because it goes with ALL the pinks! It’s adorable with lighter hues but this girl needed a little something bright and cheery so I went with fuchsia jersey for the main cami and light pink for the straps.

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Big sis got a new set of Namaste pj’s.  She rotates between her Luna capris (that are now bermuda shorts) and her Namaste set each night so I knew she needed another set to throw in there.  (There’s a ladies version of this pattern as well and I LOVE my set!).

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The Namaste pattern features a faux crossover top and matching detail on the pant.  There are short and long sleeves as well as shorts and full length pants.  There is also a night shirt view.  I added a couple of inches to the length of these shorts (I sewed up a size 10 width but she’s in a 16 for height!).

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This cute sprinkle fabric is like a party in a print!  It coordinates with everything!  I paired it with solid mint jersey but you could use so many of the other summer prints with it or any of the CLUB basics too.  It’s just so cheerful!

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It was so nice to get back to my machines and to sew up some old favorites as well as a new favorite too.  Love Notions patterns remind me how much I love sewing.  They come together easily and always fit me and my kids so well.  They’re easy to alter to our liking and are usually no-fuss and so comfortable to wear, especially in RCF CLUB knits.  Sewing with CLUB knits is my happy place.  They are just the right weight and so easy to sew (no curling or stretching out).  A couple of days with Love Notions and RCF was just what this mama needed.

Make sure to grab your Love Notions patterns on sale through tomorrow.  You can search my blog for Love Notions pattern to read all about my favorites.  These Raspberry Creek prints are also on sale through Wednesday the 13th.  What a perfect combination!

 

Love Notions Rhapsody Re-release

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This post contains affiliate links.  Purchasing through my links gives me a small kickback that I use to keep this blog running.

Love Notions is re-releasing the Rhapsody Blouse and you’re going to flip for all the options!  It’s on sale today only for just $5 as part of the Feature Friday or you can grab it for $9 through Thursday April 29th.  Such a steal for such a versatile, option packed pattern!

The Rhapsody has been completely redrafted using Tami’s new pattern block with her new full size range.  A projector file has also been added.

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The Rhapsody is a woven blouse and dress pattern that comes in sizes XS-5XL and includes a full bust piece as well.  The neckline features a front v-split and bias tape ties.  There is gathering at the shoulders and a back yoke and pleat.  The bottom is a beautiful curved hem.  There are nine (yes, nine!) sleeve options.  It looks amazing in drapey wovens and is the perfect warm weather top.

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I can’t believe this was my first Rhapsody.  I’ve been wanting to make it since it was first tested but just never made it a priority.  I even decided to sit this test out as my sewing time is so limited these days and when I am sewing it’s masks, masks, and more masks.  As the tester versions rolled in, I fell more and more in love with this pattern.  All of the testers looked amazing in their new makes and I loved all of the new options that have been added.  I finally decided to take an afternoon and do a little sewing just for me!  Best decision ever!

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I sewed up a size small with the 3/4 bishop sleeve.   I’ve had this yummy Art Gallery Fabrics rayon in my stash for far too long.  I’ve always pictured it as a simple summer top and I love that it finally happened.  I love Art Gallery rayon- so soft and the drape is incredible plus it’s not too shifty and sews up so easy.

 

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If I’m being honest, that bias trimmed neckline had me super nervous!  Tiny bias tape, yikes!  I conquered my fear and can’t believe it had me so worried.  The tutorial is full of tips and hand holding and it went on so smoothly.

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How is it going for you guys?  Are you finding more time to sew?  I just barely remodeled my sewing space earlier this year but it’s in the basement away from my kids and all the action.  Normally that’s a blessing but trying to do home school and entertain my kids all day meant I was NEVER making the trip downstairs.  When we started sewing masks, I moved the production to the family room and the whole family joined in.  It’s been so nice having my machines so central and accessible and makes it easy to sew for a few minutes here and there.  We’ve sewn masks for family, friends, and neighbors as well as helping my husband’s company sew masks too.  So many masks!  It can be wearing though and I definitely need to switch it up every now and then with some fun projects too.  This top was the perfect project!  It was a quick afternoon sew, something fun and summery, and used up a precious stash fabric that I know I’ll love seeing in my closet.  It was also the perfect excuse to do my hair and makeup for the first time in weeks.  Man, it felt good!

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Are you itching for a fun sew too?  Make sure you pick up the pattern today for just $5 or through Thursday for $9!

 

Simple Life Pattern Co. Piper Dress

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Simple Life Pattern Co. is a favorite for my girls, especially for dresses.  As part of the promo group I had the opportunity to pick this gorgeous Art Gallery fabric and sew up a pretty Piper dress.  Fabric and pattern were gifted to us but all opinions are my own.

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My oldest is quickly growing out of most children’s patterns so I was happy when she was still able to fit into Simple Life patterns.  She’s a good 5-6″ off the chart height-wise but that’s an easy adjustment to make.   The Piper pattern comes in sizes 2-12, features multiple lengths and a ruffled or plain bodice.  When shopping the Art Gallery site, I steered her towards the rayon knowing that they produce a little more grown-up look than a quilting cotton would.   This pretty print is just stunning and we went with the maxi length skirt to really up the drama.

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Between the ruffled bodice, wide tank style, and elastic waist, this dress is tween approved!  She loved how comfortable it is and that the wide straps hid her bra too.

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She’s really looking forward to warm summer days when she can wear this to church.  She was a trooper this day and took these pics when it was just 40 degrees!  I tried to be as quick as I could and she’s hiding jeans under the dress too, lol!  I’m not THAT mean!  We had to catch the little bit of sunshine between snowstorms.

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The Piper is part of Simple Life Pattern Co’s April challenge Garden Party.  The other featured patterns are Newport (you can see ours here), Maggie, Kyra, and Jamiesyn.  All of these patterns are 20% through the whole month.  To join the challenge, sew up your own versions for a chance to win one of three $20 gift cards to SLPCo.

Sewing one of these pretty dresses is just the right cure for a gloomy day at home!

Suit Up for Summer with Raspberry Creek Fabrics Day Five- Tween Sewing and Adding Coverage and Support to Swimwear

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Today is the final day of the Raspberry Creek Fabrics Suit Up for Summer Tour and I’m sharing some tween sewing as well as a little tutorial on how to add coverage and support to your swimsuits.

As the tour comes to an end, I’m filled with mixed emotions.  It’s been great to have a reason to get behind my sewing machines and also to share a little bit of hope and brightness with the community.  Deadlines are great motivators!  Not gonna lie though, I can’t wait to take a little break too!  It feels awesome to have a head start on the swim season but I’m ready to sew some cozy stay at home clothes now.  My emotions have been right on the surface lately and tucking away to my sewing space every now and then is still the perfect way to recharge and emerge ready to tackle the rest of the day.  Have you been sewing or is it a struggle to find the time and motivation?  This sewing community has been so supportive and it’s great to know that whether we’re sewing up a storm or just scrolling the web for inspiration, we’re all in this together!

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For today’s post I’m sharing two swimsuits I made for my oldest daughter as well as how to add cups and elastic for a little bit of support and coverage.  I’ve got an easy women’s rash guard with support coming at you too!

For these suits I used Coral Black and Grey Palm Leaf paired with Black Micro Stripes and Bright Pink and Navy Palm Leaves.  You know I like to let my kids pick their fabrics and this girl always manages to choose the same ones I would want myself!

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As soon as the Tadah Hapuna Swimmers and Leotards hit the scene I knew I needed to make one (or two!).  This pattern is full of options and they’re all adorable!  There’s a front color block bodice, a v-back or scoop back, one or two pieces, and so many cute sleeve styles.  I really want to make a version with the circle flounce sleeves but this one wasn’t having it.

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This pattern is full of measurements so I was able to get a great fit with our first suit.  I sewed up a size 10 width graded to a 12 through the waist and a 13 length.  This is the round scoop back with cap sleeves.

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For this version I used the same front bodice piece and color blocked the front to match the v-back color blocking.

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Just looking at that long and lean body you can tell that store bought suits just don’t fit this girly.  We recently tried to buy one she fell in love with online for our Hawaii trip and I had to alter it by bringing it in a full 1.5″ on each side!  Grateful I could make it work but even more grateful I can sew suits that fit her even better!

Sophie10This girl is just starting to develop breast buds and we wanted to add a little bit of coverage to her suits.  She doesn’t need support yet but really just wanted to add some chest coverage.  I’ve been adding bra cups to all my suits for years and I knew some light foam cups would be just what she needed.  Here’s how I did it:CupsFirst, I had her hold up the lining front piece.  We positioned the cups accordingly.  I used light foam cups, similar to what you find in sports or lounge bras.  In fact, I save all of the cups from old lounge bras to re-purpose for my swim suits.  I also like to stock up when I hit the LA fabric district (they’re a screaming deal at like 4 for $1).  Wawak is another option for cups and these ones are light and would work great for tweens.  They come in multiple sizes which is perfect for our little girls.  One more option would be to buy bra making foam sheets and cut your own cups to fit.  Etsy has loads of retailers that stock it.

cups2cups3Next, sew your cups on with a zig zag stitch.  I like to sew over the cup edge to really smooth the edge and make it not as noticeable from the outside of the suit.  Depending on the thickness of your main swim fabric, you can sew your cups on either the right or wrong side of your lining.  With thick quality fabric like Raspberry Creek, I usually put the cups on the wrong side of the lining between the lining and main fabric.  I find it more comfortable to not have the actual cup against my skin but it really works either way.  For my rash guard, I did the cups against my skin so you can see them more clearly in the tutorial.Sophie7I love the results of adding this little bit of coverage.  I also hand sewed cups to the lining of an already finished suit and she feels so much more comfortable with the extra support.  This would work well for ready to wear suits too since most children’s suits don’t adapt for this in the larger sizes.  This is new territory for me and I’m glad I could give my girl a little more confidence when she hits the pool this summer.Rashie5If you or your girl need just a little more support, you can add an elastic band for a shelf bra to your suit too.  I don’t need much support, just a little lift and this method is perfect for me.Rashie1For this rash guard I used the Patterns for Pirates Layer Me Up top.  You can use any tight fitting top pattern and the Layer Me Up is one of my favorites.  It has lots of sleeve options and gives me a nice slim fitting swim top.  I used the Black White Sage Light Blue and Blossom Pink stripe because these colors are so darn good together.  I paired it with my Hello Sailor bottoms from last year for a suit that I can’t wait to wear this summer.FlatlayFor my suit, I used the same technique as my daughter to sew on the cups but this time I sewed my lining to the front and back bodice pieces at the shoulders first so I could ensure a good fit when placing them.  I don’t like to fully line my rash guards because the extra layer is a little too hot for me.  In the past I have fully lined the front but this time I chose to just line the top half.  To add the elastic, determine how tight you want it to be.  I cut mine two inches shorter than the width of the lining where I was placing it.  You will then sew your elastic to your lining, stretching it as you sew.  I like to sew my elastic just outside of the side seam allowance.  This prevents pulling at the side seam.  I use a zig zag stitch but you can use any stretch stitch.  I had cut my lining piece longer than I needed so I had some wiggle room to work with.  Once I had my elastic sewn on, I trimmed off the extra lining on the bottom.Rashie4

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If you’re like me and just need a little support this works fantastic.  I’m not much help when it comes to the more well endowed.  You’ll want power mesh and possibly underwires and that’s a whole new ball game.  I just know I’ve used this technique for years and I love the results.

Are you ready for the rest of the tour bloggers rounding out the tour?!  So much inspiration headed to you today from It’s Liesel, House of Curves, Stitching and Making, Replicate then Deviate, and Paisley Roots.

As a special treat Raspberry Creek Fabrics is offering 15% off your entire order this weekend with code SUNSHINE.

 

Suit Up for Summer with Raspberry Creek Fabrics Day Four- Girls Swim Capsules

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Day four is here and I’m so excited for today’s post.  Swim capsules are so fun to sew and even more fun to wear.  Being able to mix and match pieces gives you so many options and stretches your swim wardrobe so far.  Plus it’s amazing for kids and tweens who can’t seem to keep their two-piece suits in one place- just grab any piece and go!

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I created two different capsules, one for each of my girls.  They each picked their fabrics and I had fun picking patterns to pair with these prints.  Raspberry Creek Fabrics offers so many prints that coordinate making it so easy to come up with cute combos.  I like to do at least one stripe, a fun print (like the leopard prints or a pretty floral), and a solid or something subtle that will match everything.

For this set I used Blossom Pink and Sage Palm Trees, Blossom Pink Polka Dots, Abstract Animal Print, Black White Sage Blossom Pink Multi Stripe, Black and White Leopard, and Solid Blossom Pink.  Can you see how many of them had the same colors in the name of the listing?  This makes it so easy to know if your prints will match!

The fabrics from this set were all part of the same collection from Kim Henrie which means they were designed to coordinate!  I used the Vertical Multi Stripe, Pink Orange and Black Leopard, Tangerine Orange Micro Stripe, and Pink Micro Stripe.

I sewed this set up before our trip to Hawaii in January and it was so perfect for our beach days!  These pictures make me so wistful for warmer days, traveling, and times when our biggest worry was what flavor of shave ice to get.

For this set I used the Made for Mermaids Calypso pattern.  It’s one of my go-tos (you can see our other versions here and here) and it was easy to customize.  These are a size 10 with a 12 length.  For the bottoms I cut on the plain high-waisted height but still added the band to give it a little more height.  This girl is very conservative and likes to be covered.  Her tops are all Calypso tops as well.  The pink stripe is the view A double flounce.  For the leopard top I simple used only the long flounce pieces and omitted the top layer.  The orange stripes is a view B bandeaux top.  I highly recommend this pattern if you are new to sewing or just a little timid when sewing swim.  The pattern is full of tips and the techniques used are now my default way for doing things.  All of the pieces are lined (the tops I just did the front bandeaux piece and the bottoms are fully lined) and the way you put them together all of the side seams are nice and hidden making them even more comfortable.

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I can’t get over how much I love this set!  It’s so cheery and a little bit unexpected.  She loved wearing these pieces on our trip and I know they’ll be worn a ton when we finally get some warm days.

Now, this set I got a little more creative.  I used the Calypso, the Megan Nielsen Mini Cottesloe, Made for Mermaids Roxy, and the Modkid Perfect Tee.  She requested a rash guard, another Cottesloe, and some more high-waisted bottoms.  These patterns were great choices to create the capsule of her dreams.

Both of these bottoms are the Roxy bottoms from Made for Mermaids.  They are a size 10 with a band added to the top.  She was right in between an 8 and 10 for waist and hips so I sized up since we’re at the start of the season.  They are slightly big and the added band brings them in a bit.  This time for the band, I trimmed off the top of both the front and back pieces and then added the band by sewing my elastic in the round, folding the band pieces over it and serging it on.  For the tie on the pink pair, I added a couple of inches to the wide end that gets sewn into the side seams so that our bow would be a little longer.

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This top is the Calypso with the single long flounce.  It’s just so cute and quick to sew that I can’t help making a million of them.

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For the rash guard I used my slimmest tee pattern which is the Modkid Perfect Tee.  I sewed it exactly per the pattern instructions (adding a lining to the front piece) and in her current size (size 10).  I personally like mine a bit more fitted but she was really happy with a bit looser fit.

Let’s talk about the Cottesloe.  These pieces are the view D high waisted bottoms with the high scoop back top in a size 9 with 11 length.  I tested this pattern last year and it was one of her favorite suits.  I do have a couple of issues with this pattern.  First there are no trunk measurements which makes it really hard to determine the right size for length.  I laid one of our one-piece patterns that fits well on top of this one piece and it was at least 3-inches too short (if I used the longest size Cottesloe).  For that reason, I’ll be sticking to the two piece for my girls.  I also measure my own elastic for the waist and lower bodice.  I cut pieces three inches longer than the pattern called for based on her size.

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The Cottesloe has much more negative ease than other patterns that I’ve used.  These are the slightly too big Roxy bottoms under the Cottesloe’s.  There’s quite the difference but both fit just fine.  The Cottesloe’s are stretched much more and the Roxy’s are only stretched a bit across her bottom.

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These sets just have me wishing and dreaming of another beach vacation and lazy days in the sun!

Thanks for joining us this week!  Make sure you use code SWIMTOUR to get 15% off you swim fabrics order this week.

Suit Up for Summer with Raspberry Creek Fabrics Day Three- New Favorite Swim Patterns for men, boys, and girls

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We’re halfway through the Suit Up for Summer Blog Tour.  Do you have a favorite suit you’ve seen yet?  Are you making plans for your own swimsuit sewing?  I don’t know about you but my list of patterns to try continues to grow with each post!

Today I want to share a few of my favorite suit patterns.  I sewed suits up for my four youngest kids this tour (I have the fabric ready to go for my oldest but with limited sewing time he’ll get his a bit later).  In sewing so many suits, I had a few patterns jump out as favorites.

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First, I want to talk about the Men’s Swim Trunks by 5 out of 4.  I sewed these up last year for my oldest and he loved them so when looking for a pattern for this growing boy I turned to them again.  He’s now sized out of most boy patterns and is on the small end of men’s patterns.  I used a size small and made a couple of adjustments.

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He requested this checker fabric but really wanted a plain black waistband.  This pattern has you sew on a separate inner waistband piece that gets flipped all the way to the inside.  To meet his request I took length off the front and back rise and doubled the width of the waistband piece to make a separate waistband casing.  I then sewed it on like a band and left an opening for the elastic.  I skipped grommet holes and added a faux drawstring.  This pattern calls for 1.5″ elastic in the waist and I think it was perfect.  I think after sewing all the board shorts for this tour I need to stock up on that size elastic!

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I skipped all of the pockets and kept these nice and simple.  I did chop three inches off of the length to get this length on him.  The pattern doesn’t have height measurements but instead has finished inseam measurements to help you get the look you want.

If you are looking for a men’s swim trunk pattern, this is a great pattern to work with.  It’s a nice base if you want to play around with it too.

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These two patterns are new to me this year and I am absolutely smitten (as are these two!).  It’s no surprise to me that many of the other bloggers on the tour also sewed these patterns up- they’re just so cute! I’m talking about the Lowland Kids Swim Briefs and Sofiona Designs Narwhal Swimsuit.  I shared another pair of swim briefs yesterday and I’m pretty sure he’ll have at least one more pair come summertime.

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The swim briefs are unlike most boy patterns in that they are sewn with regular stretch swim fabric.  My little guy LOVES how comfy they are!

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This is a size 7/8 in the wider width (the upper sizes have both a regular and wide fit).  I skipped the real drawstring and sewed my signature faux drawstring (nothing worse than loose drawstrings falling out).  These are not lined- they were my tester for yesterdays pair and RCF swim fabric is nice and opaque so I knew they’d still be wearable.  I did line the next pair with sport mesh and he loves them either way.

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I was nervous he’d miss the brief-type of liner but he really prefers these over them.  He’s a boxer brief kinda kid so this feels natural and comfortable to him.

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Let’s talk about the Narwhal.  It’s so full of options and with each new version I see I now feel the need to sew them ALL.  She’s declared this her favorite suit I’ve ever made her!  That makes this momma over the moon!

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I sewed the one-piece version with the pieced front and criss-cross detailing.  This is a size 8 chest blended to a 10 in hips, waist, and trunk.  I loved all the measurements included, with loads of finished garment measurements.  This makes it so much easier to get a good fit on kiddos that don’t fall into one size.

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I skipped the criss-cross back detail and simply sewed my straps right onto the back binding.  Believe it or not, I’m not sure I’ve sewn a swimsuit with binding since my very first suit years and years ago.  I’ve been avoiding them like the plague!  Turns out- they’re not so scary!  I used my twin needle on my sewing machine and they really were pretty easy.  Not perfect but still good.

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For these suits I sewed up the lemons (paired with the solid yellow swim).  I think navy, yellow, and kelly green are one of my favorite combos.  So preppy and classic!  This is right up there as one of my favorite RCF swim prints ever.

Make sure to head to the other blogs sharing all their cute makes today.

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Suit Up for Summer with Raspberry Creek Fabrics Day Two- Boy Swimwear PDF Comparison

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It’s Day Two and I’m feeling so uplifted already.  Yesterday’s posts were so enlightening and relatable.  I loved the creativity and it’s so heartwarming knowing that we’re all in this crazy situation together.  Sending you all lots of love from my little corner of the internet.
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For today’s post I’m doing my own ‘comparison’ post of four different boy swimsuit patterns.  The comparison is in quotes because these are not all sewn straight per the pattern.  I shortened two of the patterns and did a different waistband elastic on one as well.  These were personal preference but shouldn’t affect the overall fit of each suit.  I sewed up the Sew A Little Seam Linden Shorts with the liner-added, 5 out of 4 Boys Kids Swim Trunks, Peek A Boo Patterns School’s Out Shorts, and the new Lowland Kids Swim Briefs.  For reference his waist and hip measurements are 23.5″ and 26.5″ and he’s 52 inches tall.
He picked all of these fabrics.  My kids are lucky to get to see the previews and they all end up with lists of their favorite prints.  This guy was adamant that he get Sharks, Surfboards, Pirates, and Checkers (to match big brother of course!).  I’m always happy to sew up as much swim as possible!

This is the Linden Shorts.  This is a size 8 cut at the skirt ruffle hemline and I used the full elastic waistband and added the swimsuit liner from the add-on pack.  I used 1-inch elastic in the waistband although it calls for 1.5″ (I highly recommend sticking with the 1.5″).  The fit on these is good.  The rise is a little shorter than the others so if your little one tend to need more room I would recommend adding a bit of height to the rise.  I like that these are a little slimmer through the leg too.

These are the 5 out of 4 Kids Swim Trunks.  This is a straight size 8 shorter length with inseam pockets.  His biggest complaint with these is that the hole for the pocket opening is so small he can’t fit his hand in.  I’m also not a big fan of the 2″ elastic waistband, I think it’s a bit too wide for his size and he complained about it too but that’s an easy thing to switch out next time.  Overall, the fit of these is good.  The rise is better on him than the Linden’s and with those little tweaks this will be a great pattern for his body.

These are the Peek-A-Boo School’s Out Shorts.  For these I sewed a size 7 and cut them at the 6 mos. knee length line (it’s about an inch longer than the short cut line).  I sewed up the Lowland Kids Swim Boardies last year for him and just love this style.  He said the Boardies were too short so I wanted to give the PAB pattern a try again (he had this pair from two years ago).  These might be my favorite!  I think this style in the Surfboard print is just perfection! They sew up super quick (no hemming, yay!) and I love the look of the bias trim.  He did complain that the elastic around the thighs of the liner was too tight but that’s something I can fix in the future as well.

The Lowland Kids Swim Briefs are different from the other patterns in that it uses regular stretch swim fabric.  I’ve always loved the Sew Like My Mom Palm Euros and this pattern is a great alternative as he gets older and has a strong opinion on what he wears (no tight suits for him!).  The pattern comes with a regular (slim) option and a wider option for sizes 6/7-9/10.  This is a 7/8 in the wider option.  I did a pocket band instead of binding and skipped the drawstring holes in the waistband.  I love this pattern but did really struggle with the waistband- like unpicking it a million times and setting it in time out so I could pour me a stiff drink (Coke on the rocks with a little Coconut creamer for good measure).  It was a lot of slippery layers and it was tricky to stretch the elastic to fit but not impossible and it does leave a nice clean finish at the waist.  He declared this suit his favorite and definitely the most comfortable.  The soft swim fabric I’m sure is so much softer against the skin than board short fabric and that’s a huge plus for this kid that lives in sweatpants everyday.

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Are you sewing for boys?  Is there any other patterns we should test out?  I’m pretty sure we found some keepers with this group and I’m sure he’ll be asking for more come summer time.

Today’s other bloggers are sure to inspire you.  Head over to the Raspberry Creek blog for the latest post and don’t forget to hit up IG for today’s giveaway!

 

 

Suit Up for Summer with Raspberry Creek Fabrics Day One- Coordinating Suits for the Family

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It’s time for one of my favorite blog tours- the Raspberry Creek Fabrics Suit Up for Summer tour!  My love of sewing swimsuits runs deep and I live for this week to sew and share my love with you all.

Stay tuned to the end of this post for all the details of this week long tour including all the amazing bloggers joining in, a tour-exclusive fabric discount and giveaway info!

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Karly of Paisley Roots and I have been prepping for this tour for months.  We’ve been excited to share the amazing suits that our tour bloggers have been working on.  With the events of the last few weeks, we hesitated to move forward with the tour but after a collective vote we all agreed that the world needs a little sunshine right now.

I don’t know about you but the act of sewing swimsuits for me is an act of faith.  I usually start in February or March to ensure that my family is set once the warm weather hits.  Sewing swimwear when it’s snowing and temperatures are freezing is showing a hope and faith that sunny summer days are coming soon.  It helps me beat that winter gloom just imagining my family together at the swimming pool or lounging on the beach.  This year that faith is even stronger as we’re living with such an uncertain future.  I know that there will be pool days and laughter ahead.  The sun will shine bright and I won’t take for granted when my extended family gathers for a swim at Grammy’s pool.  I’ll savor the play dates at the splash pad and splashing on the trampoline with the sprinklers.  I have hope and know that we will all be so grateful for each and every day of normalcy.

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This week, I’ll be bringing you a post everyday that will hopefully inspire you to get sewing and look towards your own sunny days ahead.  Today I’m sharing some fun family coordinating suits.  I’ll share more details on each suit later this week but for now want to get your mind going with all of the cute fabric combinations available at RCF.

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I love that each RCF fabric release has coordinating collections within it.  It helps take the guesswork out of matching prints.  It’s also fun to find your own group of prints and basics that work perfectly together since all of the RCF designers use our CLUB basics for the colors of their prints.  I’m loving all of the black and white prints this year and was happy that my kids each picked some as their favorites.  My teenage son picked the Black and White Checker Print for his suit and I was thrilled when the other three chose prints that went so well with it.  For his suit I used the board short base but for little brother’s I used the stretch swim base.  Big sister is wearing Coral Palm Leaves paired with Black and White Micro Stripes.  Little Sis fell hard for the Blossom Pink and Sage Palm Trees that match perfectly with the Blossom Pink Solid.  I love that these all look great together but aren’t too over-the-top as a whole.

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I came up with a few more combinations that would work for the whole family.  This set includes: Tonal Teal Grey Multi Stripe, Grey Gingham basic, Navy and Lilac Sea Creatures, Deep Lilac Swim Solid, and Charcoal Grey Board Short.

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These Bananas are just about the cutest thing ever! Paired with Black Gingham, Black and White Leopard Print, and fun vivid solids like Lipstick Pink and Bright Yellow, this group just makes me so happy!

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For a more low-key family look, I did another pink and black combo.  These Cactus look great on any gender and any age.  I love them with the Black and White Checker print but they also coordinate well with the Handrawn Dots or Coral Gingham (can you tell I’m a big fan of ALL the ginghams!).  Throw in a classic solid black board short and this combination is to die for!

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Ready for all the tour details?!

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Join us all week long on Instagram for fun giveaways from some of our tour sponsors.

 

  You can also shop and save 15% on swim fabrics with code SWIMTOUR.

Follow along this week with this talented group of bloggers.  You can head to the RCF blog for previews of each days tour participants.

 

Thanks for joining in our fun and we really hope this week brings you a little joy and hope for amazing days to come!

Page and Mini Page Hoodie from Chalk and Notch

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We have been on the hunt all winter for a good boxy hoodie pattern.  My girls are obsessed and have a handful of ready-to-wear pieces in constant rotation.  I’ve tried upsizing our favorite patterns but really struggled to get the fit they were after.  Gabriela to the rescue!  I’m so excited to be sharing all about the new Page and Mini Page Hoodies by Chalk and Notch.  I was lucky enough to test both patterns and can’t wait to share our new favorite hoodies with you.

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The Page is an oversized raglan sweatshirt with multiple sleeve and hem options.  The Page pattern comes in sizes 0-24 and has 2 cup options.  The Mini Page is available in sizes 12 mos.- 12 years.

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I sewed up a size 6 A/B cup bodice for my versions.  I did view A (the banded hem) with the full sleeves.  I’m still hooked on this style of sleeve and waiting for the moment when I get tired of it but I don’t see that happening any time soon.

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This rust french terry version was the first one I sewed up.  It came together so fast that I immediately started planning other versions.  For this version I added an inch to both the bodice and the sleeves since I am 5’7″.  I tend to need to add length to all my long sleeve tops.  This sweatshirt is soooo comfortable.  It’s just loose enough but doesn’t feel sloppy.  I want to wear this one every.single.day!

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I’ve had this gorgeous double knit since our trip to LA last summer and I’ve been waiting for the perfect hoodie pattern.  It was just meant for the Page!  This time I added 2 inches to the bodice to make it a touch longer.

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To really up the lush factor, I used this incredible Shannon minky I got at the first Love Notions retreat.  I’d been saving it to use for a hood lining and it was just perfect for this!  My kids have all requested matching hoods so I’m crossing my fingers I can get a few more linings out of it.  It’s so soft and plush!

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This sweatshirt is quite possibly the prettiest hoodie I’ve ever made and is right up there with my favorite things to come off my machines.

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This cutie has been patiently waiting for me to sew up this Hobby Lobby fabric she picked out early this fall.  She specifically wanted an oversized hoodie and I kept putting it off, hoping the perfect pattern would pop up.  She squealed when I showed her Gabriela’s mini version and we both knew it was the perfect match!

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This is a size 10, early tester version.  The hood and length changed a bit since this but we love the fit!  I can’t wait to sew up a few more come next fall.  Big sis and little bro are waiting in line for theirs too!

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Make sure you grab your patterns on sale through Tuesday, March 17th!  I’m sure you’ll be as hooked as we are!

Liberty Winterbourne from Riley Blake Designs

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The Winterbourne Collection from Liberty Fabrics for Riley Blake is my newest fabric obsession.  I was head over heels for Flower Show Spring and this newest collection is just as incredible.

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This time I sewed up two dresses- my favorite thing to sew with Riley Blake quilting cottons.  As usually it was torture narrowing down our fabric choices.  My oldest is steering away from florals and this collection had a few beautiful prints that she loved.  My younger daughter loves pinks and blues and I knew so many of the prints in this line would look pretty on her.

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This print was such a beautiful choice.  It’s called Bankart Fresco-A and it has such a vintage feel to it.  The dark jewel tones are so pretty!

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She’s been wanting another Zoey Dress from Violette Fields Threads.    This pattern is one of my favorites.  I sewed one up for one of my very first collaborations with Riley Blake and it’s still in constant rotation.  It’s such a pretty style and one of these days I’m going to convince her she needs a maxi version because it’s just stunning!

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Those pretty sleeves get me every time!  This pattern comes together quickly thanks to that snap-front placket and bias neckline finish.  The fit is nice and easy with an elastic waist that adds comfort and a cute blouson effect.

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Little sis got a beautiful ditsy floral in the most gorgeous colors.  This print is call Primula Posey-B.  The pretty pink, soft blue, and sage green is such a great color combo.

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For her dress I used the Jilly Atlanta Marlow Dress.  I’m on a bit of a Jilly Atlanta kick.  I’ve hesitated to buy her patterns recently since my girls are at the top end of the size range but they seriously are sooo cute that I can’t help myself.  They’ve got their eyes on a couple of more of her patterns so expect to see a lot more Jilly Atlanta love around these parts.

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The Marlow is full of sleeve and skirt options which makes it a pattern that I can switch up a lot.  This is the short sleeves with vintage length.  You can do bodice or sleeve ruffles and there’s a clever front pocket to add too.  I love the relaxed fit.  It’s totally something I’d have in my closet too!

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My love for all things Liberty continues with this collection.  The collaboration with Riley Blake makes me so happy!  The lower price point makes these precious prints affordable and hopefully gets more sewists a chance to work with them.  Take a peak at all the Liberty collections with Riley Blake– so many to die for prints!

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