Back to School with Project Run and Play

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Summer is coming to an end and my kiddos are headed back to school next week.   Making and buying new school clothes and supplies is one way we make it a little less painful.  It’s hard to be sad when you’ve got a cute outfit on, lol!  To help with your back to school sewing, Project Run and Play is introducing four new patterns to the shop and you can grab these patterns on sale for 20% off through Sunday, August 18th.

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I sewed up the Odeline Blouse and Dress from Iris May Patterns.   I loved all the options that come with the pattern and it was so fun brainstorming different ideas.  A cute gathered sleeve dress in plaid flannel?  I simple solid version with ALL the ruffles?  A striped linen dress for the last bit of summer weather?  One look at all the listing pictures really had my mind reeling.  So.Many.Options!

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We settled on a short sleeve blouse in this fantastic pineapple print crepe that I picked up in the LA Fabric District.  We’ve got a couple more months of nice weather and I wanted something she could wear the first few days of school.  She’s loving the pineapple trend and this colorway feels like something that will work well into fall.  Short sleeves are so great for layering once the weather gets cooler too.

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This pattern features both blouse and dress lengths.  There are short, 3/4, and long sleeve options and you can pick a plain or puff sleeve.  You can also choose to add a ruffle to the neckline, bodice, and chest.  Mixing and matching all the options gives you so many different looks.  I chose the neckline ruffle, plain short sleeve and blouse length.

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This was one of my first patterns that does not include a seam allowance.  I’ve got to admit- I was terrified I’d screw it up!  I watched a couple of YouTube videos to refresh my memory and just went for it.  I used the two pencils stuck together method and it worked out great- so quick and easy!  I’m glad I won’t have to be so intimidated in the future.

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I love how this turned out and I’m so glad I still have enough of this fabric left so we can be twinning.  It’s such a versatile piece and will work so well for those hot first school days.

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Want to win and sew a dream back to school wardrobe?  Every purchase in the Project Run and Play shop during the Back to School event will be entered to win 5 patterns of your choice from the shop.  Such a fun giveaway!

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This little miss attitude is ready to head back to school in style!  Head to the Project Run and Play shop to grab the newest patterns on sale!

Love Notions Melody Dolman

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The Love Notions Melody Top is here.  I’m thinking this will be THE pattern of the summer (at least MY summer, anyway!).

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The Melody dolman is an easy fit button-up blouse.  It features sleeve cuffs, a cute wide collar, and a shirttail hem that can be worn down or tied in front.  The pattern comes in sizes XS- XXXL with a full bust option as well.

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I sewed up a size small with an inch added for my 5’7″ height.  I think I will leave off the extra length next time though.  I used an amazing lightweight viscose crepe from Blackbird fabrics (purchased early last year and just waiting in my stash for the perfect project).  The fabric has such a beautiful drape and was so nice to wear.  It’s not too hot and was so dreamy against my skin.  I will definitely be on the hunt for more of this fabric type.

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The construction of this top is seriously so quick.  If you’ve been wanting to try a button-up but are feeling intimidated by it (do you see me raising my hand- I’m looking at you Cheyenne), this pattern is for you!  The collar comes together easily and the dolman sleeve style means no setting in sleeves.

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I’m anxious to sew up a couple of more to get me through summer.  I’ve been dying over all the tester versions and think I need to try a more stable linen version next.  I’ve got my eye on this pretty Buttercup yellow linen or a soft striped rayon challis (both from Raspberry Creek Fabrics).  Fabric plays such a role in the look of this pattern and I love the idea of having a closetful but each one being completely different.

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One of my favorite parts of testing is the community it builds.  I’m so lucky to live by the amazing Rachel of Little Fish, Anna of Kainara Stitches, and Katie of Made by Kates.  We met up for a quick shoot in our Melodies and I couldn’t love these pics more.  Huge shout out to Nicole for taking these shots and Anna for working her magic on them.  I love how our tops all look so different and I want to copy them all!

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You can grab this pattern on sale through Sunday, June 23rd.

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.

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

 

Chalk and Notch Pixie Tee and Dress

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Gabriela at Chalk and Notch does such a great job at making me feel like a million bucks!  Her patterns are always on trend with classic lines and great details.  The new Pixie Tee is no exception.

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The best part- This pattern is free for a limited time for Chalk and Notch newsletter subscribers, just make sure you sign up before Sunday, June 24th.  Hurry over here and click the little Newsletter sign up in the left top corner.  Easy Peasy!  Do it now so you don’t forget, you will not want to miss out on this one!

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This pattern is super versatile and so cute.  There are hem band and hem tie options and multiple sleeve lengths.  There are also top and dress lengths.  You can make a comfy knit tee dress, chic date night top, and cozy sweatshirt all from the same pattern.  I chose to do the hem tie, short sleeve, top version and love, love, love it!

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I used a beautiful double brushed polyester from Raspberry Creek Fabrics (this print is currently not available but there are a ton of other cute options!).  I love the weight and drape of it for this pattern.  There are pattern pieces and instructions for making your own woven ties but there is also an option for ribbon ties.  I used a pretty velvet ribbon for mine and love the texture it adds.

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My plan as I sewed this top was to wear it styled exactly like this.  Who doesn’t love a good jeans and tee combo?  I love that this feels a little elevated than my basic momiform and would love to make a couple more.

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I tried this tee on right before heading out the door for church and just really didn’t want to take it off!  I threw on a skirt and loved that I was able to easily dress it up too.

I can’t wait for you to see all the tester versions.  There was a huge variety and each one was so cute!  Cozy french terry versions, pretty dresses, and fun fabric combos.

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So did you get all signed up?!! Make sure you head to Chalk and Notch so you can grab this as soon as it’s released.  Such a fun new pattern!

Watch my Instagram feed for a chance to win a Chalk and Notch pattern of your choice too!

Hey June Phoenix Blouse

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Well, be prepared to buy another pattern.  The Hey June Handmade Phoenix Blouse is here and it’s perfect for summer (and all year really!).  It has all the same great quality you’ve come to expect in a Hey June pattern- amazing instructions, excellent drafting, and incredible style.

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The pattern features a loose fit, front yoke with slit, and a back yoke.  There are sleeveless and bell sleeve views.  The best part for me was the fact that the Amalfi Dress sleeves fit perfectly with this pattern- hooray for even more options!  I used the flutter sleeve from the Amalfi for my version.

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I love the breeziness of this whole blouse but those sleeves take it to a whole new level!

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I’ve had this fabric forever!  I found it years ago in LA at Michael Levine’s Loft where you pay by the pound and since it was such a lightweight fabric I got yards and yards of it!  I love the subtle print and drape.  I think it’s a rayon crepe and it’s just a bit sheer.  While I think the finished top is amazing in this fabric, I did have to walk away a couple of times during sewing as it put me through the ringer!  I think my next Phoenix will be in a sturdier fabric but those flutter sleeves just needed something that would flow and I knew this would be perfect.

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The back yoke construction is genius!! As with all Hey June patterns the insides look just as pretty as the outsides and that yoke is a little mind blowing.  It’s a simple to do technique that hides most of the yoke and shoulder seams.

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Make sure you grab your copy of the Phoenix Blouse!  It’s a wardrobe MUST for sure!