SLPco Holiday Blog Tour 2019

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The SLPco Holiday Blog Tour has turned into one of my favorite traditions each year!  This is our third year joining the fun (you can see our past looks here and here).   It always pushes me to get our holiday dresses done a little earlier and my girls get to wear them through the whole season and beyond.

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This post is sponsored by SLPco, Sly Fox Fabrics, and Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I’m so grateful for their generosity in helping make these looks a reality.

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These looks started with this amazing scuba knit from Sly Fox.  The floral is flocked onto the most vibrant red scuba knit.  I’ve always loved scuba for it’s thick, soft and squishy texture.  Throw on the velvety goodness of the floral print and I’m smitten!  This fabric was destined to be a holiday dress and so perfect for this spitfire.

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I turned to a tried and true pattern- the Adelyn.  I’ve lost count of how many of these I’ve made.  That big bow back just makes such a statement!

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The pretty puff sleeves and twirly circle skirt are details this girly loves!  I love how quickly it comes together.  The bodice is lined (I used a cotton lycra to reduce bulk) and there are no closures.  I skipped hemming on the skirt (I couldn’t get the scuba to give me a crisp press and I’m always game for anything that makes my life easier, lol).  I did an 8 with a 12 length on the skirt according to her measurements and think the fit is spot on.  I can always count on SLPco to fit just right!

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My older daughter wanted something a little more sophisticated.  We used a classic black velvet from Raspberry Creek Fabrics to create a timeless look.  I used Autumn’s Shift Dress with the shoulder ruffles for a simple dress with so much class.

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She’s off the charts for height now but this pattern was easy to add length to.  I did the bodice lined version to skip the neckband.  This is the 3/4 sleeve length as well.

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It was so fun to get together with Inara and her mom for this shoot.  Anna shot all of these group pics and I’m dying over how cute they are!  These girls love any chance they get to see darling Inara.

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Make sure to stop by all of the other stops on the tour!

11/11 Boo + LuIdle Sunshine

11/12 Kutti CouturePear Berry Lane

11/13 Candice Ayala.comIt’s Liesel

11/14 Kainara StitchesSewSophieLynn

11/15 Sunflower SeamsSew and Tell Project

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Winter Adelyn with Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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The newest line from Raspberry Creek Fabric has hit the shop and it’s simply perfect!  Corrine Wells Design really nailed this winter fabric line.  It’s classic, simple, and so versatile.  I was lucky enough to get to play with this gorgeous cardinal print.  I chose the cotton jersey and paired it with this Robert Kaufman Carolina Gingham.  I love the retro feel of this combo!

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I used Adelyn’s Scoop Back Dress from Simple Life Pattern Co.  It’s a favorite with my girls!

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I did a couple of easy modifications.  She wanted 3/4 sleeves so I simply cut the long sleeves a bit shorter.  I also changed up the skirt because this girl can’t get enough maxi dresses!  I used the width of the fabric but cut it in half to add pockets (almost a necessity now!).  I used a pocket piece from the M4M Joy since I had it handy but any side inseam pocket would work.   I measured from where the bodice hit her waist to the floor and added a hem allowance.  I love to do them floor length to begin with because kids grow soooo fast and then they can possibly get a couple years wear out of them.  I added clear elastic at the waist seam to help with the weight of the skirt.  I did the higher scoop and it still works lovely with the bow.

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Our favorite feature with this pattern is the darling bow back!  Seriously a showstopper!

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I’m excited to have a holiday dress done for her (don’t worry- I can never make just one!).  I love that this fabric is not too Christmas-y and will work great all winter long.  It reminds me so much of my sweet Grandma Lola and her love of birds.  I get especially sentimental during the holidays and it just makes me so happy to see my little miss in this.

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You can grab this fabric (and the rest of the line!) on sale through Thursday, October 19th for $1 off a yard.  It will stick around in the shop until Christmas.

Project Run and Play:Signature Style

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Sweet Simplicity- that’s what I’d call my style in a nutshell.  I sew for my kids, my girls especially, things that I would wear myself.  My wardrobe needs to be three things: comfortable (THE most important element), classic, and functional.  My kids need these same things for sure!

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For Signature Style week I had a sister look planned again but being voted off last week changed things a bit.  It was such a blast being in the competition but with the pressure off I enjoyed a quiet weekend with my family.  You get to see the piece that was finished prior to Friday.  There are multiple things in varying stages of completion that will eventually hit the blog but I am loving my newfound freedom 😉

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For this dress I used the Adelyn from Simple Life Pattern Company.  That bow back is my absolutely favorite!  I made one for her here and I’ve been dying to make another. In brushed poly from Pretty Posh Prints it’s pretty much the best thing EVER!  I’m insanely jealous!

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For this dress I changed the sleeve up a bit by taking out the gathers.  I really wanted as simple a bodice as I could get.

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We went for a little drama with a full, floor length maxi skirt addition.

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Of course, every good dress has pockets!

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I had a blazer for her cut and ready but decided not to rush it.  I recently won the book Patternless Sewing Mod Style by Patty Young.  It came at the perfect time!  This sweet little twill and french terry wrap is so classic and simple.  It sewed up in no time and is the perfect compliment to her little outfit.

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Another element of my signature style is- accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!  I like simple wardrobe pieces but LOVE to jazz them up with just the right accent pieces.  This girl has taken a cue from her mom.  On our back to school shopping trip all she was interested in was the jewelry, purses, and hats- just what you need to head back to school!  She has earned the nickname ‘Purse and Boots’ for her high fashion style.

Stop back later this week for a little PR&P recap and behind the scenes look.  Make sure you head on over and vote for your favorite look this week too!  I love those ladies and can’t wait to see who the lucky winner is.  They all deserve it that’s for sure!

Simple Life Pattern Co. Back to School Blog Tour

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We’re just a week away from the first day of school and I’m sharing our First Day Looks for the Simple Life Pattern Company’s Back to School Blog Tour.

My girls picked out the Taylor Shift Dress and the Adelyn’s Scoop Back Dress for their looks.  They suit these two to a tee!

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This girl loves things classic and sophisticated.  The Taylor dress was just perfect.  We did a modified 3/4 sleeve to get us right into fall.  It was a super quick sew and made to showcase those amazing fabrics you love.

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The cut-out in the back adds interest but is small enough to be dress code approved!

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This dress is one of my favorite things on this girly!  That bow and the twirly circle skirt are absolutely perfect for her.  I love that bow so, so much!!!

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She really couldn’t stop twirling!

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I love a knit bodice for comfort and the woven skirt offers the perfect chance to use all those fabulous fabrics you’ve been eyeing.  I did an elbow sleeve here- so versatile and perfect for every season.  I used the modest scoop back option too.

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Hawthorne Threads very generously sponsored this post.  It was my first time ordering from them and it was a fantastic experience.  I let this girl get on the site and pick her favorites.  She had quite the list!  Have you seen the hundreds and hundreds of designs they offer in their in-house lines?  Ah-Mazing!!!  I was thrilled that she had picked Bloomerie in Ink because it was one of my favorites too.  It’s part of their new Nectar line and I’m just crazy for the colors.

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I quickly set to work picking coordinates for little sis and Meaghan at Hawthorne was so helpful getting me the perfect navy knit to match big sister (I went with Buffalo Plaid in Honey to feed my current plaid obsession and Art Gallery Solid Knit in Deep Dark Ocean).  Customer service means a lot to me and I was super impressed with how quickly my emails were answered and how fast my fabric showed up on my doorstep.  The cotton is printed in house and is super soft.  It’s a bit thicker than normal quilting cotton and I’m already dreaming of the home decorating possibilities with it too!

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These two are set to start 2nd and 3rd grade at a new school this year.  We’re all a little nervous but I think it will be a great year.  I’m so happy they have each other.  We went and wandered around the new school for these pictures.  It was fun to explore the new playground.

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I’m so thrilled to be part of this tour and joining some incredible bloggers to showcase some great Simple Life Patterns.

August 14th – Simple Life Pattern Company Kick-Off

August 15th – Adventures with Bubba and BugSew E-Notional

August 16th – SewSophieLynnHandcrafted by RED

August 17th – Phat QuartersPear Berry Lane

August 18th – SewJournersSweet Red Poppy

August 19th – Sew and Tell ProjectPaisley Roots

August 20th – Simple Life Pattern Company Tour Wrap-Up

And of course we’ve got unbelievable prizes up for grabs:

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