Back to School with Heartland Fabrics

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This post is sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics.

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This post contains massive amounts of my favorite things: beautiful fabric, cute kiddos, and great friends!  I’m elated to be joining in on Heartland Fabrics Blog Tour put together by the fabulous Karly from Paisley Roots.

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I love all things Art Gallery and this line is absolutely to die for!  The patterns and colors are just right up my alley.  Soft pinks and blues, vibrant mustard and greys… all the choicest colors in one line!

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They are perfect for year round wear but especially fun for back to school!

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For our back to school looks I used patterns from Shwin Designs.  I used the Stella Tunic for my daughters top.  I’m crushing hard on that high-low peplum!  It’s such a beautifully classic top with just the right amount of flair.  My little man is sporting a Maxwell Top.  I adore all the details on this shirt that make it so cool!

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His top is made using Trekant Rows Breeze.  I love the modern geometric print!  Big brother asked if I could make him the same exact shirt, he loves the fabric so much.  This is a quilting cotton and is so soft and lovely.  If you’ve never worked with Art Gallery cottons I suggest you get on that!  They are my favorite for my kids clothes.

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Wait! OK- maybe not my favorite.  I forgot how AMAZING this voile is!  It’s incredibly soft and luxurious and I want to sew with it forever! I’ll be making my own top out of this as soon as possible.  Do you think people will notice if our whole family is sporting this fabric daily?  This is the Blomma Garden Pastiche print just so you can get your own stat!

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Pair it with knit in Unn Cross Pine and it’s an outfit she couldn’t wait to wear to school!

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We had so much fun joining our friends Paisley Roots, Made by Melli, and Sew A Straight Line for a super fun photo shoot.  The kids had so much fun together after they warmed up a bit.

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My Charlie sure thought Sabra’s Jonas was the coolest kid on the planet.

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He helped him start an acorn collection (mom’s favorite) and they bonded over their love of football- especially the Denver Broncos.

These two together were the funniest!  So sweet, shy and awkward but so darn cute!

And these boys have all the heart eyes from me!

I loved watching the kids interact with each other and seeing how all the fabrics coordinated so well.  It will really take all my willpower not to hoard every single print!

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I’ll leave you with a little dab from the four-year-old 😉  Make sure to check out the other amazing bloggers sharing their gorgeous makes this week!

 

Summer Caye Bermudas

 

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Summer is in the air… The kids are getting antsy, end of the year programs/performances fill our days, and I’m hanging in there just waiting for those lazy summer days.

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 As the weather warms up, off come the jeans and in come the shorts- hallelujah!

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For the Summer Sewing- The Long and Short of it tour, I sewed up some bermuda length Summer Caye’s (affl. link) by Love Notions.  I love my pant versions and knew these would make the perfect summer short for me.

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For my version, I cut them at the knee line in the pattern and did a full elastic waistband with a faux drawstring.  If I’m wearing shorts, I’m most likely chasing kids at the park or roasting in the sun at a soccer game so comfort is key.  I also used the slimmer wide leg cut line for the back piece and just rolled my hem up instead of using the cuff piece (the cuff pattern piece is made for the palazzo width).

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I used Art Gallery denim and used the reverse for contrast on the pockets, hem, and waistband.  They are so soft and lightweight!

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Such a quick, easy pattern and I’m thinking I need a knit pair real soon too!

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Make sure you check out the other bloggers today.  Ti has a great giveaway you don’t want to miss!  Happy Summer Sewing!

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Sewing By Ti

Creative Counselor

Gray All Day

MSL Creations

The Socially Awkward Seamstress

Naples Dress Blog Tour

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Can it get any cuter?

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Why yes, just throw in a matching doll version…DYING!!!

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I’m so excited to be a stop on the Naples Dress Blog Tour.

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This pattern (affl. link) and gorgeous Art Gallery denim are a match made in seamstress heaven!

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I was so excited to get my hands on Art Gallery Fabrics new Denim line.

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The great people at Art Gallery generously sent a couple yards of Solid Smooth Denim in Afternoon Sail for me to sew up for this tour.  It’s got a slight shine and drapes beautifully.  Exactly what this pattern needed!

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This shade of blue matches her eyes perfectly! I now have a new favorite picture of my cutie!

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Denim and cream trim are such a classic combo.

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For this version of the dress, I did butterfly sleeves and an aline dress.

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I used left over fabric from this dress for the tie.  I love the bit of contrast it adds.

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Simple and sweet and perfect for her Easter dress.

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She loves how comfy it is!  Nice and flowy but so hippie chic at the same time.

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Of course she wanted a matching dress for her mini-me doll.

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The doll dress is such a quick, fun sew.  I think it was cut and finished in half an hour.

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My kind of project- quick and made her so, so happy!

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This pic cracks me up- They have the same toothy smile!!

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I had so much fun sewing up this dress.  You can check out big sisters version and more pattern details here.  I think this pattern will be a favorite around our house for a long time.

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I’ll leave you with her ‘smolder’.

Make sure you enter the giveaway for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Essentials II from Art Gallery Fabrics and your choice of 3 patterns from (affl. link) Jennuine Designs.  Use code NAPLESTOUR for 25% off all patterns (except bundles) in her shop too!  I have mad love for her Dressage Leggings (here and here).

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Check out all the other stops on the tour also. So inspiring!

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3/21: A Jennuine Life * My Sweet Sunshine * Chelise Patterson
3/22: Rock the Stitch * Taylor Made Creates * Élégantine!
3/23: Handcrafted by RED * Lily Shine * Pattern Revolution * Sew Sophie Lynn
3/24: Sew Shelly Sew * 2 Little Hooligans * Handmade Boy
3/25: Filles à Maman * While She Was Sleeping * That’s-Sew-Kari * Czarina’s Project

An Easter Blaverry Vivie

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It’s almost Easter which means new Spring dresses are popping up everywhere.

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The Vivie by Blaverry was perfect for this girl.

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Sewn in gorgeous floral it just screams spring time to me.

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Christie at Blaverry is so good at pushing me out of my comfort zone.  This was my first collar and button placket and… I came, I saw, and I conquered it!!!

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This dress pairs perfectly with the Decklyn Jacket by Blaverry making this outfit one I am truly proud of.

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So many sewing fears tackled in one glorious pairing.

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Blaverry patterns are very concise and well written.  There is no hand holding for those looking for it but that makes for a short, simple tutorial that isn’t overwhelming.

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This pattern features front and back darts that make it easy to get a custom fit on your little model.

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Inseam pockets are always a plus too!

It’s such a sweet, classic pattern that I’m looking forward to making again and again.

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Now let’s talk about that ah-mazing fabric!! It’s Art Gallery’s Forest Floor line that I picked up from Raspberry Creek Fabrics (this is currently sold out but linked to another great print from the same line).

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It’s buttery soft and sewed up just beautifully.  It’s the perfect weight for this pattern and I felt totally spoiled working with it.

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I feel like my job as a mom who sews is to make my children feel comfortable and beautiful in the clothes I make for them.  To see the joy this dress brought to my cute girly is totally the reason I sew.

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I love the sophistication of the dress but this picture reminds me that she’s still my sweet little girl.

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Make sure to check out Blaverry and the Blaverry Facebook Group for lots of great inspiration.  Keep an eye out for more amazing Vivie’s in the group.  You can see my other Blaverry projects here and here.  Check out Pear Berry Lane’s darling gingham version too!