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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Ready for the good stuff?

GIVEAWAY!

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Are there some Jalie patterns you’ve been itching to get? Now’s your chance to WIN YOUR JALIE WISHLIST! Head over to Jalie’s website, create an account, add your favorite patterns to your wishlist, and complete the rafflecopter form below (patterns must be added by February 12, 2019 11:59pm EST to be eligible). Incomplete entries will be eligible for fabric prizes only.

For extra entries, join our Jalie sewalong! Make a Jalie “basic” between January 28 and February 12 and share it on Instagram with hashtag #basicallyjalie and/or in the Basically Jalie Album in the Sewing with Jalie Facebook group.

We are so grateful to our generous sponsors who have teamed up to provide the following prizes (please stop by their shops and show them some love!):

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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

 

Art Gallery Fabrics Stripe Tour

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I’m thrilled to be joining Karly from Paisley Roots for the Art Gallery Fabrics Stripe Tour.  Karly and I very first bonded over our shared love of all things striped so this was a definite treat for both of us.  I’m happy to be joining a great group of sewists to share these amazing fabrics with you.  Make sure you check out their posts this week as well!

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Stripes are a favorite of mine and these looks were so much fun to create.  I had the hardest time picking which fabrics to use.  Just take a look at all the killer stripes here.  You want them all too, right?!  The colors are just divine and there are so many to choose from.  They are yarn-dyed meaning they’ll stay just as pretty after a million washes as they look today.  Such a dream fabric!
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In the end I just couldn’t get this classic black and white combo out of my head.  I used the Striped Bold Caviar and Striped Alike Caviar.  I love the creamy white with the bold black.  I think I already have five black and white stripe tees in my own closet but I’m so drawn to the combo.  There’s no such thing as too many black and white stripes in your wardrobe!
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For my top I used the Pixie Tee and Dress from Chalk and Notch.  I love the optional side ties and knew it was the perfect place for a fun pop of fabric.  I used scraps from these pretty Art Gallery dresses and I love the combination.
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A bold peacock print is such a fun touch!
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I couldn’t bear to waste any of the leftovers so my little guy just had to have a tee too!  I used my go-to Jolly Roger Raglan pattern.  This bold stripe paired with a solid AGF knit in Sahara Sun is just checking all my boxes.  Stripes- check, mustard- check, cute boy- check 😉
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This fun dress is the piece de resistance!  I used the Upton pattern from Blaverry (so sad it is no longer available!).  It’s one of my favorite patterns for combining fabrics and I’m always so happy with the results.
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That back detail just makes me flip!
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Add in that pretty contrast yoke and I’m head over heels!
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We are so in love with our new pieces.  I can’t get over the quality of this fabric.  It was so nice to work with and is so soft and smooth.  I almost felt guilty using this amazing stuff on my kids.  I can tell it will hold up to all that they throw at it though making these a great addition to their closets.  Now to get my hands on all the colors…
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Thanks for joining us on our stop!  We hope you treat yourself to some of this amazing fabric soon!

 

Coffee and Thread Kids Lana Dress Tour

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The Coffee + Thread Lana Pattern Tour is winding down and I hope that you’ve found it just as inspiring as I have.  So many pretty Lana’s for both women and girls have been sewn up!  I sharing a pair of holiday perfect Lana Kids Dresses with a little twist.

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My little miss sass definitely needed a red dress to match her bold personality.  For her version I altered the bodice slightly, curving it up in the center front and angling it down to the center back, creating a slight hi-lo effect.

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I used the classic gathered skirt option and short ruffle sleeve.  It’s such a sweet dress!

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For big sister’s dress I used the slash and spread method to add width to the front and back from the armpit seam to the hem, creating a fun swing dress.  We used the newly added long sleeves for a cozy and cute dress.

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I used a gorgeous Olive Green Velvet because I knew it would match her eyes and boy was I right!

(This color is currently sold out.  It photographs more emerald but is really a vibrant olive in real life.  The listing pics for these fabrics are spot on.  My camera just really didn’t want to capture it’s gloriousness!)

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As the winter sets in, we are loosing our precious daylight.  This night was a fast photo shoot, picking them up from school and heading straight to another location with slightly better lighting and background.  The temperatures were in the mid-30’s and again, they were troopers!  I had to laugh while editing pics that my youngest’s arms were covered in goose bumps, all with the biggest smile on her face!  I’m so grateful for these cute girlies of mine!  I always get a pic or two each shoot of my goofball with a grin the size of Texas- totally captures her in one picture.

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This photo captures my sweet Sophie so well too!  What a treasure this girl is!pair4

Thanks for joining me on my stop today.  Make sure to head over to Instagram to see all the other beautiful Lana’s.  Use #lanatopanddresstour to be blown away!

Simple Life Pattern Co. Holiday Blog Tour

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Have you been following the Simple Life Pattern Co. Holiday Blog Tour?  I’ve been blown away by my tour mates and loving all the stunning dresses all week.  We’re beyond excited to be sharing our looks today.  Stay tuned to the end of the post for a giveaway, tour links, and sale info!

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For our dresses this year, we let the fabric inspire us.  We were lucky enough to have our post sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics (can you say dream post? Gorgeous dress patterns in luscious fabric- count us in!).  Katarina Roccella’s newest line, Decadence, just screamed holiday glamour to me.  We picked the holiday perfect Houndstooth XIV Onyx and the dramatic Paon Plumes Rayon to coordinate.  These fabrics can be dressed up for a concert performance or worn on Sunday to church services.  Art Gallery Fabrics are amazing quality and I always feel like I’m spoiling my kids a little when I make something with them.

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Little sis is wearing Helena’s Button Back Dress with the buttons moved to the front.  I really wanted to let those gold buttons shine and there’s a little tip in the tutorial to make this dress reversible.  Easy peasy and I love the glam those buttons add to the front.

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I can’t wait for her to wear this all season long.  She loves it and I can’t get enough of her in it!  That sass really shines when she loves what she’s wearing 😉

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I did the 3/4 sleeve and modest back options.  This is a size 8 with added length for reference (her chest is 26″ and she is 55″ tall).

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My tween loves anything sophisticated and trendy and the Patricia’s Boho Dress was just meant for her.  The hi-lo hem and soft ruffles add such a sweet touch.  This dreamy rayon just floats in this dress.

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I love that this dress has no closure so it not only comes together quickly (even with all those ruffles!) but it’s just as glorious to wear.  No zippers or buttons bugging her back!

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I wish I was as elegant and charming as this sweet girl.  Major love for this whole look on her!

This is the dramatic hi-lo hem with bell sleeve version.  This is also a size 8 bodice with added length.  She also has a 26″ chest and is 60″ tall (funny that they have such similar measurements still but she’s just crazy tall for her age!).

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Sewing up these dresses has me itching for the holidays to come!  Nothing like a little sewing to get you in the spirit.  Make sure to check out all the other stops on the tour for some serious inspiration.  Are you sewing dresses for your sweethearts this season?  Can you stop at just one?  The other ladies this week have me wanting to sew another dress or two before the year is over!

 

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November 5 – Kutti CoutureSLPCO Team

November 6 – Wonderfully HandmadeAmmon Lane

November 7 – Kainara StitchesIdle SunshinePearberry Lane

November 8 – Sew TwirlySew Sophie LynnBonnie and Blithe

November 9 – It’s LieselCandice Ayala

Make sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to Hart’s Fabric and a $50 gift card to Simple Life Pattern Co.

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You can use the code ‘fallintoslpco’ for 30% off all patterns (excludes the newly released Betty) through November 19th.  It’s the perfect push to pick up all those beautiful patterns you’ve been eyeing.

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Thanks for joining us on our stop on the tour!  Happy holiday sewing to you!

Itch to Stitch Time to Sew Blog Tour

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I love a good blog tour and the ITS Time to Sew Itch to Stitch Blog Tour promises to be pretty spectacular.  It’s five days full of amazing inspiration from 26 bloggers and incredible sponsors and prizes.  I just HAD to get in on this party!

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For my stop, I knew I wanted to sew up the Anza Jumpsuit and Dress.  If you’ve been eyeing this pattern too you can grab it today only on sale!  Make sure to check out the other posts today to see what else you can get for a steal today only.

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I’ve had my eye on this pattern since it was released.  All of the tester versions had me drooling and then seeing Nicole’s version in person just had me wanting it even more.  I’ve never worn a jumpsuit before and was hesitant if the style would suit me.  I’m pretty conservative and am definitely not as hip and cool as my cute sewing pal so here it is a year and a half later and I finally pulled the trigger.  Let me just tell you, it’s LOVE!

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My cute husband met me to take pictures and hadn’t seen this before I stepped out of the car.  His reaction was priceless!  He said, “Whoa!  That’s really cute.  You said ‘jumper’ and I was picturing something the girls would wear but this is really pretty!”  That’s a winner in my book!

Can we talk about this fabric for a minute?! My go-to fabric shop Raspberry Creek Fabrics is a generous sponsor of this tour and I had my eye on a couple different fabrics for this look.  I finally settled on this dreamy Navy Blue Tencel Twill.  I knew I wanted a solid and scoured the shop for something suitable.  There were a ton of pretty rayon challis’s and chambray’s to choose from but I settled on this amazing fabric for multiple reasons.  This tencel is so soft and the weight was perfect for this.  It’s also a little heavier weight than a rayon challis which will make it a great transition piece.  The navy color is so versatile and can be worn everyday with sandals or dressed up with pretty jewelry for a night out.

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I’m excited to be able to wear this jumpsuit year-round.  It’s perfect for fall with a sweater and booties!

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I sewed a size 4 and made a few adjustments to the pattern.  I eliminated the drawstring casing and did a simple waist casing for the elastic.  I used 1/2″ elastic and a faux drawstring that I just safety pinned in place.  I love that I can remove it and wear it belted too!  I left off the chest pockets as well, mostly for simplicity and to speed up the sewing process.  I added an inch to the bodice for my height but next time will add in extra height to the rise as well.   I added an extra button to the placket to add a little more detail to the bodice. Lastly, I turned up the sleeve cuff and tacked it in place.

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Are you ready for the good stuff?!  Make sure to check out all the other stops this week.  You’re going to be ‘itching’ to sew it all up for yourself too!

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Love Notions Lace Tour

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I’m so excited for you all to see the glorious creations coming your way this week on the Love Notions Lace Summer Blog Tour.  So many pretty variations on your favorite Love Notions patterns!

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I’m a pretty casual gal and don’t usually go for a ton of lace in my wardrobe.  I knew I wanted something that would get worn more than just on the rare special occasion and  I kept dreaming of an easy lace woven tee.  I pulled out my Harmony Top pattern and found the perfect white eyelet in my stash.  And that is how my perfect summer top was born.

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My last Harmony top didn’t make it to the blog and I’ve been dying to make a few more for the summer.  It’s just the perfect light and breezy top.  I love a good woven top to dress up my usual jeans and the Harmony is relaxed and perfect for all those wovens I’ve been hoarding.

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I love the back shaping of this pattern.  It’s a swingy loose top and bringing in the center back really helps it fit just right.

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I did modify the neckline this time and used the crew neckline from the Classic Tee.  I love a higher neckline and with the back button it works great and still easily slips over my head.  I was channeling these two Pinterest tops.  They are just so classy!

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Using an eyelet meant I didn’t need to make any other alterations to the pattern.  I actually debated between an open weave lace and worried about the seams and front darts looking strange if I didn’t finish them in the exact color serger thread.  White eyelet meant no changing thread, lol!

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I’m so excited to have this top all summer long.  It’s such a great staple and a classic I will wear for a long time to come.

Are you ready for the other stops on this tour?  I seriously can’t wait to check them out all week long!
 

lace tourMonday: Sewing Curves SewSophieLynn Kainara Stitches
Tuesday: doodlenumber5 My Heart Will Sew On Third Shift Creations
Wednesday: Princesse et tresors Phat Quarters
Thursday: All Things Katy! Back40life,Sprouting JubeJube
Friday: Sew Like a Sloth Very Blissful Seamly Behaviour

 

Sew Americana Tour 2018

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The Sew Americana Tour by Katy from Wild and Wanderful is always a favorite of ours.  It’s just the perfect kickoff to all our summer fun and we love capturing these cute girl cousins together.  It’s also a great reminder, even in these troubling times, of just how lucky we are to live in this country.

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It’s been fun to see how much these girls have grown.  We loved our first year of dresses and last year we did easy to wear playtime looks.  A palate of red, white, and blue is just so classic and lends itself to so many different interpretations.  We’ll never grow tired of it!

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We were so lucky to get to pick from some amazing Sly Fox Fabrics for this post.  I’m always up for sewing swimsuits and these swim knits were the perfect place to start.  Those polka dots just screamed to be made into a cute retro swimsuit and my red loving daughter needed a sophisticated solid suit that feels more 70’S swimwear model and less Baywatch, if you know what I mean.  These fabrics were just what I had in mind.

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We combined these fabrics with a couple from Raspberry Creek Fabrics- the navy gingham and navy solid.  My sister sewed up these two darling suits and I love how they coordinate with my girls.

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Can I talk about this look for a minute?!!  When did my little girl get so old?!  She’s always had a bit more mature taste in everything from clothes to books to how she spends her free time (crafting or organizing things usually).  This suit is such a great reflection of that while still being modest and girly.

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The Camila Swimsuit from Made for Mermaids has solidified it’s spot at the top of my swimsuit pattern list.  It’s quick, easy to alter for her slim frame, and so cute on!  I love the coverage on the bottom and the different options with the flounce (either over the shoulder or under the shoulder like on the gingham suit).  I am dying to make me another version too!

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This little cutie is rocking her Camila as well.  With the flounce under her arms she’s ready to play!  There are multiple strap options too so she can swim to her heart’s content.

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I knew I had to do the new Catalina Swimsuit from Violette Fields Threads with this fabric.  It’s just such a sweet throwback look and too perfect for this tour.  I love, love the ruffles and that front tie!

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I’ve got to be honest and say I struggled with this suit.  I think to get a properly fitting suit you need lots of measurements in the pattern especially trunk measurements and that’s missing from this pattern.  I graded the pattern according to her measurements and matching the pattern then added an extra inch in the trunk just to be safe (I was thinking I could do a side gather similar to the Camila if it ended up too long).   It actually turned out too short and she’s constantly pulling it up in the front.  I also think it’s hard to sew the straps in place before it can be tried on and they turned out a little too long exacerbating the low neck problem.  I think part of sewing our own swimsuits is getting a better fit than you can buy and that just isn’t the case with this one.  It really did turn out darling though and I know she’ll still get plenty of wear out of it.

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Now this little miss has stolen our hearts and is rocking a Mairin Swimsuit from Sew A Little Seam.  This is the halter neck boyshort option with leg ruffles- a combo I need to try for myself!

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Isn’t it just sweet and classic?  The options with the Mairin are endless and a little daunting at first.  A quick look on Instagram and you’ll be wanting to sew ALL the variations and may be like me- paralyzed with fear of picking the wrong one!  This has convinced me that there is no wrong one.  Must. Sew. All. The. Mairins.

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Thanks so much for stopping by our little stop on the tour.  Make sure you check out all the other fantastic bloggers this year.  There is always so much inspiration and I love all the stories everyone shares.

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Monday, June 25:
Wild + Wanderful | Marvelous Auntie M | Handmade Boy
Phat Quarters | Call Ajaire

Tuesday, June 26:
Musings of a Seamstress | Sea of Estrogen | Sew and Tell Project
5 out of 4 Patterns | Little Heart Threads

Wednesday, June 27:
Middle River Studio | Elli & Nels | SewSophieLynn
Pear Berry Lane | The Eli Monster

Thursday, June 28:
Auschick Sews | EYMM | Mama & Leia
Seams Sew Lo | Stitched by Jennie

Friday, June 29:
Stylin’ Stacy | Rebel & Malice | On Wednesdays We Sew
FairyTale BT | That’s-Sew-Kari | Very Blissful