It’s been awhile since this kiddo was on the blog and I’m excited to share this fun project with you! The Riley Blake Destinations line is a travel based collection and we had to jump in on the tour. This whole COVID thing has definitely put a damper on our travel plans but we’re doing our best to keep positive and keep exploring any way we can. This line has us itching to hit the road again!
When looking through the prints in this line, my little guy picked out a few that he loved. The Destinations Map print is subtle and so fun. He went with blue but there are 6 different colorways of this print so you have plenty to choose from!
For a contrast, he picked the United States Destinations in black. We loved looking at all the places and seeing just how many he’s visited. So many iconic destinations added to his must see list and it was fun to see that in his few short years he’s already seen so many too. There’s a World Destinations print too that’s full of all those bucket list places you’ve been dying to visit.
For his hoodie I used the Shwin Designs Submarine Pullover. I made it once before and it was such a hit. For this version, I let him dictate all of the details. I slimmed the sleeves slightly and then had him try on the shell to see how he wanted it finished. He picked to skip the elastic hem and buttons on the placket. I’m always game when their preferences mean less work for me! I love that this looks like a mini Vero top! This is the biggest size and I’m sad he won’t be able to have a closet full as he grows.
Make sure you head to Riley Blake to check out the amazing panels available with this line. I’ve never been so tempted to start quilting! From San Francisco to New York and London, so many of my favorite destinations to choose from.
Love Notions Patterns is celebrating a brand new workshop space with an unprecedented 50% off site-wide sale! Now’s your chance to grab all of those amazing LN patterns you’ve had your eye on. I’m sharing a couple of my latest LN makes and joining in the party! Head to my Instagram for a chance to win a pattern of your choice too.
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As August approaches each year I always have the same dilemma. Do I sew for the sweltering heat we’re in or do I start sewing for the cold weather just around the corner? Utah seems to go from summer to winter in the blink of an eye. For my latest makes I settled on a couple of pieces that will work well now and into the fall too.
It’s no secret that I LOVE the Allegro pattern and I currently have a pair for every day of the week (and then some). They are the perfect summer pant but I knew I wanted to make some to wear into cooler weather too. That relaxed fit and comfy knit waistband make them so easy to wear but they also look a little more classy than my cut-offs I tend to gravitate to.
The full length pant option hits me right at the ankle and for this pair I wanted them to be a little longer. I lengthened them an inch at the hem and then took a smaller 3/4″ hem to make them even longer. I wanted to be able to wear them with all kinds of shoes and this length works really well with anything from sandals to sneakers or even ankle boots.
For this pair I used a nice chambray from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It’s the same fabric I used for my Vero shorts and I knew I needed pants out of it too. It’s just a great mid-weight fabric that is light enough for summer but won’t too light once it cools off too.
I love that I can style these pants with so many of my favorite LN tops patterns for tons of different looks, no matter what the season is. For this summery look, I sewed up a new Harmony Blouse. I love that this look is casual but fun and a little more dressy than just a knit tee.
I am part of the Love Notions Ambassadors, an amazing group of sewists from all over the world. We sew up and promote Love Notions patterns for Feature Friday posts and new releases, help test new patterns, and get in on all the behind-the-scenes fun going on at LN. Tami and Tessa are always coming up with new ideas and fun promotions and I’m always grateful to join in the party. Coming up soon, there will be a Fabric Feature in which all of the ambassadors got to pick fabric from their favorite online retailers to help spread the word on all of the amazing fabric shops out there. It can be hard to know just where to shop for certain types of fabric and also what fabric feels like from reading an online description. This will be an invaluable resource coming to the Love Notions blog.
For my fabric gift, I headed to my favorite online shop for affordable, great quality wovens that are hard to find in other shops, Alyssa May Designs. I picked two gorgeous fabrics and am excited to share my first make with them. I sewed up a Harmony Blouse in this pretty floral lightweight stretch chiffon. This fabric is a 95/5 poly spandex blend and is silky and soft without being too slinky to work with. The bit of stretch makes it so nice to wear.
The Harmony is an easy to sew top pattern that comes with multiple sleeves (cap, short, flutter, or sleeveless), back keyhole closure, and a full bust piece. It’s fitted through the chest and shoulder but nice and relaxed through the rest of the top. Sewn in a drapey, lightweight fabric, it just flows over any problem areas and is so nice to wear in the heat of summer. For this version, I used the Classic Tee crew neckline to bring up the neckline a couple of inches. I’m kinda weird and like to wear either a v-neck or crewneck and nothing in between. It’s been nice to figure out why certain handmades weren’t being worn and now I can easily make that adjustment when I’m sewing up new pieces.
Are you ready for a few more head-to-toe Love Notions looks that can take you from summer straight on to fall? These Allegros will certainly get a workout in my closet. This is the look that I’ll probably wear the most through the rest of the summer. Allegros and a Classic Tee are my go-to combo (see my all knit versions here and here ). I did an easy mod to this tee by adding a sleeve cuff and buttons- love that little extra touch!
The Melody Dolman is one of my all-time favorite patterns too. It’s such a great pattern for an adventurous beginner and the perfect pattern if you’d like to give button-ups a try. It comes together so smoothly and quick and is so on trend right now (a quick stroll around your favorite retailer and you’ll see this style everywhere!). I love it paired with Allegros for a cute, relaxed, and stylish look.
As the air gets a little crisper, I always reach for my Rockford Raglans. This lightweight sweater knit version looks fantastic with these pants. I think moving into fall these pants will be a nice alternative to jeans. They work great with sweatshirts and hoodies too!
I’m a little embarrassed to say this is probably how you’ll catch me 95% of the winter. Comfy pants, short sleeve top, and cozy Boyfriend Cardigan. Also the fact that it’s charcoal grey from top to bottom is pretty standard too. This Boyfriend cardi in comfy french terry is my go-to layering piece. It’s so soft and has been washed to the prime coziness.
Here are a few of my other Love Notions favorites to fill your closet! At 50% off, these patterns are a steal and all have so many options making them perfect for this transitional season. I love a 3/4 sleeve top and the Tabitha top is just too cute! Sabrina Slims paired with a Canyon Cardigan vest are darling together and both pieces are super easy to mix into your wardrobe.
If you want to see more of my Love Notions makes click here for all of my past LN posts. So much of my families wardrobes are LN makes and we get so much wear out of them! For some quick inspiration head here and here.
Make sure you don’t miss out on the HUGE sitewide Love Notions sale. You can head to all the other Ambassadors posts for loads more inspiration!
Visit all the stops on the tour!
Koe is on the Love Notions Blog with a way to help your kids embrace mask-wearing, using a little creativity and the Cartwheel Collection. read more
Josie gives a detailed review of her favorites! I love Josie’s style and her simple but elegant take on the patterns. read more
Anjori has such a sweet style and her mommy and me twinning with her daughter is my favorite! read more
Ilse always has a lovely, wearable version of Love Notions patterns and has timeless style that is approachable for anyone! read more
Katie is a hacking genius and active mom who sews for herself and her two boys. She has a pattern round up AND a fabric gift giveaway! read more
Chris has a full review of the Rhapsody Blouse, info on the new studio, and a full round up of the patterns you’ll love. watch now
Katie G. is showing off a lovely Allegro Skirt hack that you will want to make ASAP — plus she’s rounding up her absolute favorite patterns. read more
Crystal is showing off the Cartwheel Collection for her kiddo and discussing “Back to School — at home!” read more
Koe is also on her blog showing off her top 4 most used Love Notions patterns — if you don’t have these yet, you are missing out! read more
Karina from Lifting Pins and Needles is one of the most helpful and inspiring sewists. She is showing how to simplify a few faves: Vivace and Lyric! read more
Keira from Island Sewcialist is ready for twirling! See why she’s ready for anything in her Sybil Skirt. read more
Sequoia from SequoiaLynn Sews is showing off her favorite Love Notions makes PLUS giving away a free Love Notions pattern. You do not want to miss out! read more
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The newest Hey June Handmade pattern set is something straight out of my teenage dreams. The Vero Beach Set is a two piece set perfect for the pool, beach or lounging at home.
I know I’m not the only teenager in the 90’s that lived in their Baja hoodies and this new pattern is a fresh take on the old familiar comfortable top. Paired with a pair of elastic waist, relaxed-fit shorts, it’s a set I can’t wait to live in on our next beach vacation (who knows when that will be but I’ll keep crossing my fingers it will happen soon!).
Let’s talk pattern details. This set comes in sizes 0-24 and features all the details you love about Hey June patterns. A detailed tutorial will walk you through each step (I suggest reading through the whole tutorial first so you don’t assume you know better than Adrianna and please sew things in the order she suggests or you may end up with a date with your seam ripper, not that I know from experience or anything…). The top is a boxy fit, with long sleeves, a hood, and a perfect kangaroo pocket. The bottoms have a full elastic waist, bias bound tulip hem, back darts for shaping, front slash pockets and back pocket with optional drawstring waist.
I sewed up a size 6 in this set and I love the fit. I skipped the back pocket and drawstring on my shorts as I knew these will solely be cover-up shorts for me. Those back darts are magic for getting a great fit and make the back waistline less bulky. The tulip hem gives me all the retro vibes and I’m thrilled to have a pattern for myself like the ones my daughters love to much. Speaking of daughters, my oldest is in line for her own set and I’m hoping we can make the smallest size work for her tiny frame. I think these shorts in particular would be too cute on her. This length works well universally and I think she could easily wear them to school even with their strict dress code. For me personally they are just too short for everyday wear. I usually wear lightweight pants or knee length shorts in summer. I had to laugh at my bermuda short tan lines in these pics. It’s a bit obvious we haven’t been hanging out by the pool this summer and my legs are paying for it.
Back when I tested the Hey June Hatteras I hacked the pattern to create a baja hoodie for my oldest girl. I’ve been dreaming of my own version ever since. Adrianna is always fantastic at making my dreams come true and I literally gasped when I saw the tester call for this top. It has such a beachy feel and with each new tester version my list of fabrics to use grew. It looks great in a lightweight solid, a bold stripe, and wait until you see Abbey’s bold floral version. For my version I used a polka dot double gauze I got from Alyssa May Designs (it’s sold out but she has so many great wovens that would work lovely for this pattern).
My favorite is the little hidden Rifle Paper Co. bias that just makes me happy! I have to jump at any chance to squeeze a little Rifle Paper Co. in.
Well, I’m ready to hit the beach. Who’s with me?! Make sure to check out the Hey June Blog for all the tester looks and then pick up your own copy of the pattern.
It seems like summer has hit us full blast here in Utah with temps climbing high! My girls wanted some cute play shorts to get them through this heat and these prints were so perfect.
My oldest picked the Brea Top and Shorts from Little Lizard King. I seem to be gravitating to LLK often these days and each new pattern I try cements them as one of my go-to pattern companies for my girls. They continue to come out with darling women’s and boys patterns too and I’m going to have to give them a try soon.
We both really loved that front yoke shaping! I think for our future pairs I will need to add a little length and pockets. These can feel a little pajama-y and I think pockets will make them way more functional. She loves these as is though and they’ll be perfect for our lounging at home this summer.
The Brea top has optional flutter sleeves but we went with the sleeveless option because it felt a little more grown-up. The tie-front waistband is such a sweet touch!
I love these two prints together! The sea glass color of the Woven print is one of my all time favorite shades. It’s a classic print that she’ll be able to wear with lots of her tees and tops. This main floral print is such a pretty wildflower look. She can’t wait to pair it with jean cutoffs too!
This butterfly print hooked me into this collection. When it arrived I couldn’t help but start dreaming up ways that an over 40-year-old woman could get away with wearing it. I think it’d be a darling Love Notions Melody Dolman or Hey June Amherst. Or I could always settle for darling pj’s too!
This girl was having none of that though! This print was hers and she was NOT sharing. We went with the Lilly Petal Shorts from Violette Fields Threads and I think they’ll get worn so much this summer! Paired with a tee in Aqua knit, this outfit was perfect for tramp jumping, cookie making, and bike riding.
I like the unique style of the Lilly shorts. I omitted the lining, knowing they’d already be pretty substantial in quilter’s cotton. It was so fun to pull out all my trims and let her pick. This trim from the Target Dollar Spot years ago was such a cute accent. She loves the fringe!
We love this gorgeous new line and know you will too!
I’m thrilled to be here sharing a few of my favorite things- yummy fabric, my go-to patterns, and a couple of sewing notions I can’t live without.
As our days at home stretch on and on, I have found I reach for the same comfy pieces over and over. I have been living in my Love Notions Allegros and Classic Tees (affiliate links), sometimes paired together and sometimes with favorite ready-to-wear items. You can see some of my past Allegros here and here and here. I’ve also made my share of Classic Tees as you can see here and here. These are definitely two of my most used patterns EVER!
I’m loving the faux jumpsuit look, two easy to wear pieces that can be paired perfectly together for a cute one-piece look but I can use the bathroom with ease AND wear them separately too. Win, win, win!
I’d been dying to get my hands on some of the scrumptious new shades of modal at Raspberry Creek Fabrics and it is just as heavenly as I hoped. I wanted something classic and not too bright and was tempted by the charcoal grey or black but decided to go a little crazy and picked the olive green. I gravitate towards green often and this shade is perfect.
This is easily the most comfortable outfit I’ve ever worn! If you’ve never tried modal you are totally missing out. It’s got the drape of rayon spandex but is a little more plush and silky feeling. It really feels like heaven in fabric form. And head to toe modal? AMAZING!
When sewing up these pieces I reached for two of my favorite sewing notions. I usually avoid actual drawstrings as much as possible (if I had a dollar for every time they came out in the wash!). When I do add them, this handy drawstring threader is amazing! It makes rethreading those pesky loose drawstrings a breeze too. Simply thread one end of the drawstring in the plastic loop and thread it through the casing. The long plastic handle makes it soooo easy to thread it through the casing in mere seconds. I also can’t live without my Soft Stretch Lite Hem Tape. I use it for almost all of my knit hems but especially for lightweight fabrics. It adds a bit of stability and makes it easier to sew with a twin needle on my regular sewing machine. I usually stock up with a few packages every few months and kinda start to panic once I open my last package. It’s my secret weapon!
I love being a part of the Raspberry Creek team and feel so privileged to work with these incredible women. Make sure you head to the Facebook group for daily giveaways all week long.
I have been anxiously awaiting this darling pattern since I saw the line drawings a few months ago. The Ripley is a crossover bodice one-piece suit that features optional ruffles on the neckline straps. It comes in sizes 1-10 and has some of the cleanest finishes of any suit I’ve made, making it extra comfortable.
I think the hardest part of sewing this suit was picking the fabric. We had too many cute prints in my stash but I kept going back to some of my favorite color blocked ready-to-wear suits. These bright solids from Raspberry Creek Fabrics were just so fun together and a great contrast to her other suits this summer. They have a sporty vibe together and I went with my gut and omitted the ruffle neckline. Honestly, that ruffle was what sold me on this suit and then I went and didn’t do it! I absolutely love the finished suit though and so does my girly. It reminds me of something I’d see in Boden or some other cute preppy clothing catalog.
I sewed up a size 9 width with a 10 length. The fit is great and I love the coverage through the bum area. I prefer when the straps are sewn down as the last step so you can try it on to get a really good fit lengthwise and that was the case with this pattern. I ended up taking about three inches off of each of the straps to really pull up the bodice per her preference. She likes things nice and secure!
Make sure to check out the listing and the other stops on this week’s Ripley Blog Tour to see the ruffle in action. It adds such a feminine touch. You can grab the Ripley pattern here.
It’s no secret I love me a good graphic tee! Getting creative and firing up my Cricut makes me so happy. I had the chance to sit down and design six graphics for the latest Project Run and Play collection and boy, was it a blast!
I was designing these graphics as winter was coming to an end and spring was in the air. Dreaming of sunshine and long summer days was the perfect respite for those dreary days. Throw in a pandemic and these sayings and graphics really got me through.
The whole digital design collection is fifteen super fun warm weather themed graphics that work great for the whole family. I can’t wait to grab some of the other designs to make some cute tees for the summer.
Fabric for the tees was provided by Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I love their white cotton lycra- it’s not too thick, but it’s opaque and the perfect base for creating. My vinyl was all from my local vinyl shop, Vinyl Outlet, and I used Iron-On Turbo Flex vinyl because I LOVE the colors it came in. Super fun pastels that totally matched my retro vision.
The tee is the Lemon Tee from the Project Watercolor Beach collection. It’s such a great basic unisex tee that is full of fun color blocking options too. I did the banded sleeves for a ringer tee look that really added to the vintage feel of the graphics. I sized up one for my middle daughters for a relaxed fit but the others are true to their measurements. And yes, I made sizes 8, 9, and 10… crazy that they’re years apart but similar in chest sizes!
These shots are some of my favorites of my kiddos! They just epitomize the summer kid life to me and I know I’ll treasure these pics forever!
Thanks for stopping by and letting me share all this cuteness! Hop on over to the Project Run and Play shop and get creating!
I had the opportunity to sew up six of the ten patterns for the LookBook and I’m loving the variety. If you haven’t had a chance to browse through the LookBook I highly recommend grabbing a beverage and kicking up your feet while you peruse the amazing inspiration. There are so many incredible makes from the designers, other past PRP participants, and testers. Audrey does such a fantastic job putting these together.
Let’s start with the swimsuits! Summer is here and we can’t wait to hit the water. I sewed up two version of the Viridian Swimsuit and this pattern rocked our world. I’m always reaching for my RCF CLUB swim prints but went simple this time with RCF solid swim fabric. For this suit I used deep licac, light blue, and blossom pink solids. Big sister got a classic dusty olive. I love the weight and quality of RCF swim fabrics and these solids are no exception. The matte finish is my favorite and really ups the look of quality and design. There are so many colors to choose from too!
As we browsed our favorite clothing sites this spring, there were so many that could be recreated using this adorable pattern. One piece maillot- check. Two piece color-blocked- check. Ruffles- check and check. Racerback OR scoopback- of course. So many options and looks can be created with this one incredible pattern.
It comes in sizes newborn- 12 years- can you just imagine the tiny baby rolls in this suit?!
My cute little tweens were so happy with their suits. One wanted sweet and feminine and one wanted sassy and sporty. I love that this one pattern gave us both!
For this suit I used pieced front top and bottoms and scoop back. I also used the optional bands and found that adding 3/4″ elastic to them helped keep them in place.
Sophie got a pieced front top with optional ruffles and racerback and solid bottoms. She’s particularly hard to fit and we were both so happy to have an age appropriate suit that looks fantastic on her growing body.
Charlie loves his new Cobalt Board Shorts. They have a grown-up look to them and finishes that we both love. This tonal teal grey and white stripe fabric gives these shorts a ready-to-wear look. It was fun to play with the stripe placement and he loves teal so we made sure to get as much teal as we could showing.
The Cobalts are a unisex pattern in sizes newborn-12 featuring multiple front closure options, pockets, and two length options. I did the flat front, elastic back Bermuda length. I’ve sewn my share of boy swimsuit patterns and this one is up there near the top as far as fit and construction.
The Chromium Cropped Hoodie was just perfect paired with board shorts. Now let’s talk about a pattern with options…this pattern has got them! It’s a unisex pattern and comes in sizes newborn to 16. You can do a hoodie (with ears if you want!), funnel neck, cowl or crew, and either cropped or full length as well as short or long sleeved.
I think there’s nothing better than slipping on a cozy hoodie after a day at the pool so we went with a long sleeve, full length (with rolled hem), and a hood. Cozy perfection in this light grey french terry.
The Coral Wrap Dress is another pattern that is full of choices. You can sew up a top, skirt, or knee, midi, or maxi dress. It fits sizes 1-14 and can be dressed up or down. We love it as a swim cover-up that also doubles as the perfect casual dress too!
This tie dye double brushed poly print was the starting point for our looks and I just can’t get enough of it. I want a whole wardrobe out of it! The subtle pastel colors are so so pretty and it was just meant for this dress pattern.
The Golden Dress is such a classic silhouette. It features dolman sleeves, elastic waist and a-line skirt. In sizes 12 months- 14 years, it’s a simple dress that can be worn as a swim cover-up or an easy-to-wear everyday dress.
The first time I saw this challis print I knew it needed to be a swim coverup of some kind. It’s so light and breezy and was perfect for this pattern. I lends a little maturity to this pattern and will be something she can wear for years as she grows.
Make sure you pick up these patterns and support the Project Run and Play shop! These designers have worked so hard to get these patterns out there and I’m thrilled to be able to be associated with them.
Did you guys audibly gasp at this fabric?! I mean c’mon, it’s pretty darn amazing! When I first saw the new Gem Stones Bright line from Riley Blake Designs I knew this little girl would be in heaven! There are so many colors to choose from and that ombre is to die for! We chose the Flamingo colorway but it was such a tough choice. We love the subtle sparkle of the gold squares with the bright, vibrant colors. Sooooo pretty!
I knew this fabric needed an equally stunning pattern to really showcase it so we searched our favorite makers for something new to us. I’ve always loved the Little Lizard King Amsterdam every time I’ve seen it sewed up and she was smitten the first time she saw the listing. I knew we needed a maxi dress to really showcase this fabric and I think this pattern was the perfect choice.
This project was such a fun sew. I loved working with the fabric and trying to figure out the best way to really make it shine. She requested a yellow bodice and I love how the dress feels anchored by the turquoise hem. I love sewing dresses and sewing them in quilting cotton is so nice. The stability and weight make it so easy to sew and press. The weight adds a little more body to the skirt. She felt like a princess in this dress and said she can’t wait for an occasion to wear it (with us rarely leaving the house these days she might just be wearing it to the park or a backyard bar-b-que!).
Nothing like a happy kid to make you love this hobby!
This fabric really is amazing! The ombre runs selvage to selvage and it was the perfect width for this maxi dress. My mind is racing with all of the cute possibilities with it! Thank you to Riley Blake for letting us play with this fun line!
It’s Maxi Month at Simple Life Pattern Company and I’m thrilled to be sharing our latest maxi dress. I’ve always wanted an excuse to sew up the Molly Dress and this was the perfect opportunity. All month long you can enter to win a $20 SLPco shop credit by sewing up one of their maxi dress patterns and posting a photo of your make in their Facebook group or on Instagram. Use #SLPcoChallenge to enter your makes. You can grab all of the details here.
This post is sponsored by Simple Life Pattern Company and Art Gallery Fabrics. All opinions are my own.
My girly and I perused the many amazing fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics and kept coming back to this gorgeous rayon from Bonnie Christine’s latest line, Her and History. I knew the colors would be stunning on her and she loved the beautiful floral print. Working with AGF rayon is such a joy and it was heavenly to sew up.
The Molly pattern is a scoop back top, dress, or maxi and features optional front bodice pleating and collar. It comes in sizes 2t-12. I sewed up a size 10 to hopefully get a little more wear out of it because she was between size 8 and 10. It ended up a tad big but I adjusted the buttons in the back and can move them as she grows as well. The simplicity of the pattern makes it easy to sew up. I love the gorgeous back and classic front bodice. Such a perfect pattern to really highlight this amazing fabric.
I love this amazing combination of pattern and fabric. The lightweight rayon just floats as a maxi dress and it’s so nice in the warm summer weather.
Make sure to enter your own SLPco makes this month! I can’t wait to see all of the maxi pretties you all sew up!