Riley Blake Woven Gingham

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

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

 

Coffee and Thread Roho Blouse

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

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

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

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

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

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

Basically Jalie Blog Tour

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I can rarely pass up a blog tour opportunity.  I love the chance it gives me to try new patterns, play with pretty fabrics, and the deadline is always a big motivator to get me in my sewing room.  I was especially thrilled to join in the Basically Jalie Blog Tour hosted by The Petite Sewist  and Auschick Sews.  Jalie is known for their impeccable drafting, huge size range, and classic designs.  Speaking your love language too?!

Make sure you read to the end of this post for all the blog tour goodies- giveaways, sew-a-longs, and soooo many incredible bloggers joining the party!

I’ve had my eye on the Mimosa Scoopneck tee (3890) since it’s release.  It’s full of options- multiple sleeve styles and lengths including plain short sleeves, tie short sleeves, flutter shoulder ruffles, and long sleeves.  My favorite part of each sewing project is sitting down with my kids and picking fabrics and pattern options.  I love to see what they gravitate to and it makes it so much more likely they’ll get lots of wear when they’re part of the design process.

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My spunky Payton went for florals and ruffles.  She’s still super girly and usually picks all the extras- ties, ruffles, ribbons, you name it.  For this top, I dug deep into my Raspberry Creek Fabrics stash for a print I’ve been saving FOREVER.  It’s one of my absolute favorites (I love anything on grey!) and I’d been keen to use it for myself.  One of my goals this year is to CUT THE FABRIC, you know those ones too pretty to actually use…  I’ve decided it’s soooo much better to see it on my kiddos or in my own closet than just sitting on my shelves.  Remember, there’s always more fabric!

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My oldest seriously kills me with her fashion taste.  She tends to be more classic and dresses like a cute college kid and not your average 5th grader.  It was no surprise she picked one of my new favorite fabrics, this dreamy modal jersey stripe from Cali Fabrics.  It’s so incredible soft and those stripes are just perfection!

My girls measured into the same size for their chests which made it super easy.  For Payton, I added an inch to the size L (8) bodice and sleeves and Sophie got 2 inches added to the bodice.  There’s a lenghten/shorten line which made it easy peasy!  Sewing these up was very straightforward and the instructions are so clear.  I love that you can download the pattern instructions before purchasing the pattern.  If it looks too complicated or time consuming you can skip it but I’ve always found it just the opposite!  Looking over the tutorial beforehand gives me the confidence to tackle a new project.

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My little guy lives in raglans and I’ve been hearing the greatest things about the Nico Raglan (3669).  I’m thinking a boys raglan comparison post needs to happen soon.  I have four raglan patterns that I rotate through but I think we may have found the winner.  Just look at that neckline alone!

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The slim fit just fits this kid so well!  I did a size J (6) with a little length added.  He’s generally in a size 7 height and measured into a size 5 chest, 6 waist, and 4 hip in this pattern.  Is he my kid or what?!  I’ve found that Jalie patterns tend to run on the slim side which works really well for my kids but might be something to consider.  My older boys like things a little looser and I usually size up a couple of sizes for them.

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His shirt is all cotton jersey from Raspberry Creek.  He would have only teal in his closet if it were up to him and I’m happy to oblige.  I used this triangle print (retiring this week!) for the sleeves and it’s been one of my favorite boy fabrics to date.  I struggle finding just the right prints for him.  He’s too big for most of the boy fabrics I find in the stores but RCF keeps him pretty well taken care of.

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Blogger Lineup

Be sure to visit these talented sewing bloggers during the tour:

Wednesday, Feb 6 – The Petite Sewist | auschick sews | Replicate then Deviate | Deepika Blogs

Thursday, Feb 7 – Sew What Yvette | Sew Cucio | Shalini’s Sewing Space | Curtiepie | A Jennuine Life

Friday, Feb 8 – SeamsLikeStyle | It’s Liesel | SewSophieLynn | Danvillegirl Sewing Diary | Skirt Fixation

Monday, Feb 11 – The Crafting Fiend | Sprouting JubeJube | its sew colorful | Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing

Tuesday, Feb 12 – All Things Katy! | BigFlyNotions | needle and the belle | Zoopolis

 

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Easter and St. Patrick’s Day Lines

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I always love the chance to sew up the newest CLUB lines from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  My kids LOVE the comfy soft CLUB fabrics and get excited to come up with ideas for all the new prints.

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There are so many cute prints to choose from in the latest Easter and St. Patrick’s Day collections.  We got to work with three different fabrics and had fun coming up with coordinates and creating unique looks that suit their personalities.

First up was a Samson Sweater from Love Notions for Charlie.  He loves a good graphic tee and thought this ‘Lucky’ vinyl was the coolest!  I used St. Patrick’s Argyle in French Terry paired with Light Heather Grey French Terry and Black Cotton Jersey also from RCF.  I’ve been loving all the slightly cropped boxy sweatshirts in the shops lately and the Samson was perfect for recreating that look.  I sized up one for a looser fit (this is an 8 and his chest is a 6 but he’s generally a 7 or 8 for height).

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Next up is a raglan with a twist.  We absolutely love raglans at our house and I instantly fell in love with the new Aurora Raglan from Sofiona Designs.  Sherri of Sofiona Designs is a fellow Project Run and Play alum and I’ve always been a big fan of her style, classic but with a modern edge.  The Aurora Raglan has a couple of fun features but I knew we just had to do the ribbon shoulder ties with this fabric.  It’s such a youthful touch but done in a soft, solid fabric the ties can also look sweet and sophisticated.

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For this top we used the Rainbow cotton jersey paired with royal blue cotton jersey.  I picked up the rainbow ribbon from Hobby Lobby.  It’s such a bright, happy combination that just suits my little miss sunshine!

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I couldn’t let any scraps of that rainbow go to waste so big sis got a tween friendly hoodie.

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I used my favorite Light Heather Grey french terry and went to town with the vinyl and ribbon trim.  We both LOVE ribbon trim on sleeves or pants and this rainbow ribbon is such a cheerful addition to an otherwise plain top.  I used our trusty Constance Sweater from Sew A Little Seam.  It’s so full of options.  For this version I did the regular sleeve with hood and cropped it a couple of inches.  I left off the bottom band and let the hem roll a bit then tacked the side seams to keep that rolled hem in place.

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It needed a little something on the front so I cut strips of vinyl and applied a lucky clover on top.  An easy addition that makes this such a cheerful top that is so on trend too!

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I did one more quick sew for this guy.  Another raglan, surprise surprise.  He picked out all the elements- coordinating fabric (he loves this teal!), neckband, and sleeve length.  I’m surprised he’s on a 3/4 sleeve kick but I think it’s perfect for transitioning into spring.  We used the Ringer Raglan from Thread Faction because I love the slim fit.  In the Easter Stripes this top makes a great addition to his everyday wardrobe.

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The best part of working with Raspberry Creek is the wonderful community behind it.  We had a blast getting together with a few of the other strike off sewists for an epic photo shoot!  Just look at all those cute kids!  It was the best kind of chaos and I left feeling so inspired and in awe of all that talent in one room.

You can grab all your favorite Easter and St. Patty’s Day prints on sale through tomorrow, Tuesday February 5th.  They’ll stick around in the shop through each holiday before they disappear for good!

 

Striped Swallow Designs Starry Night

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sew Fancy Pants Lounge Wear Style

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When my cute sewing buddy Nicole of Merritts Makes shared her fun idea for Sew Fancy Pants month, I knew I wanted to join in the fun.  She’s joined by Katie Kortman, Loni of Havin Sew Much Fun, and Jennifer of A Maker Heart for a month-long party full of inspiration, fitting tips, and tons of great discounts.

My handmade pants consist of mainly joggers- ALL the joggers really.  I’ve tried a half-dozen patterns and sewn them up in everything from classic french terry to flannel.  I do have plans to tackle my first ‘real’ pair of pants this month but I thought it was only fitting that I join in this month with some ‘fancy’ cozy joggers first.

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I turned to my favorite tried and true jogger pattern, the Brassie Joggers from Greenstyle Creations.  I sew up a small, mid-rise, ankle length and am always super happy with the fit.  I do modify the waistband and do a single casing with 2″ elastic to really suck in the gut 😉  I also add a strip of fabric as a binding to the pocket opening instead of flipping and hemming the edge.  Simple modifications that make this pattern one of my favorites ever!

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I used a gorgeous bright floral double brushed polyester from Knitpop.  I fell in love with this botanical print and was originally planning a dress for one of my girls.  I’m super glad I claimed this for myself though.  It’s full of all my favorite colors and already have a ton of tees that look great with it.  It’s got mustard, olive, burgundy, and magenta meaning the pairing options are limitless.

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I have one other pair of DPB Brassies that I wear to death.  They’re perfect for traveling since they aren’t too hot and they’re lightweight and oh so soft.  After wearing mine constantly the last month I knew I needed another pair for an upcoming trip.

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Are you joining in Sew Fancy Pants?  I hope you do!  I’m so inspired by the creative makes out there.  Check out #sewfancypants on Instagram to see everyone’s take on this fun challenge.  If you’re a little more conservative like me you can still join in the fun!  I love the diversity of this great sewing community and so grateful for everyone’s unique style.  So inspiring and just fuels my creative juices! I can’t wait to sew up more!

Issie Top by SewPony

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I’m so excited about this make!  This is one of those moments when the fabric just knew what it was meant to become.  I’d been dying to sew up this vintage-feel combo since this fabric released and was looking for the perfect pattern for it.

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I’ve had the Issie Top by SewPony for ages!  I’ve even had it printed out for months and months.  It’s one of those patterns that’s so full of options that you get paralyzed deciding just which one to do first.   I’ve always loved the cute side ruffles and once I had this fabric in my hands I knew the time had finally come to sew an Issie.  I love the sweet, classic look of this pattern and paired with this retro-inspired color combo it’s a perfect match.

I did a size 8 with a little length added.  Those ruffles added a few extra steps but because it’s a knit it was still a pretty quick project.  The ruffles are sewn on top of the bodice which I was unsure of at first.  In the end I love it that way- no big bulky seams on the inside to bug my little girly.  Those big wide bands are a cute touch and also mean no hemming- hooray!

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This fabric is too cute, right?!  It’s from Raspberry Creek Fabrics of course!  I used the cotton jersey version and paired it with mint jerseyBri paired these two fabrics and I was instantly in love!

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This fabric is only available until Valentine’s day so make sure you grab it soon!  I love sewing for Valentine’s because we still wear our cute hearts year-round.  Too cute to let sit in a closet!