Love Notions Sloane Week

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This week Love Notions is celebrating it’s newest pattern and update- the women’s and girls (affl. links) Sloane.  All week long I’ll be sharing my Sloanes- it’s such a versatile pattern I can’t stop making them!  Today I’m starting with this repost from the CaliFabrics blog.  I love this sweater and just had to share it here too!

Make sure you check out all the bloggers joining in the Sloane Blog Tour.  There’s hacks and such a huge variety of looks you won’t want to miss.

 

I love scouring fashion magazines and Pinterest as we head into a new season. I’ve been loving the huge embroidery trend and knew I wanted to incorporate it into my daughters fall wardrobe (I’m hoping to add some to mine too- can’t let her have all the fun!). I hopped on Amazon and grabbed a bundle of embroidered flowers and then started brainstorming everything I was going to floral-fy! Jackets, sweatshirts, pants, tees… you name it. Then when I was browsing the CaliFabrics site inspiration hit! I wanted a subtle print and in my book leopard print is totally a neutral. This leopard sweater knit was perfect!

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Now that I had fabric picked out I struggled to find just the right pattern for the look I wanted. I knew I wanted a boxy cropped sweater and really struggled to find a pattern that suited what I had in mind. That was until Tami at Love Notions magically read my mind! The women’s Sloane Sweater is one of my favorites and just recently went under a revamp. While she was busy fixing it up she threw in a girls version too- hello! With a few little tweaks it was just what I had envisioned!

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I used the basic banded version, view B. I cropped off three inches at the hem then did my bottom band the same width as the hem. That’s it- super easy alterations to get this easy-going cropped look!

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This was one of my first times machine sewing embroidery on. The applique has a black base that made the thread blend in fairly well. If it was a fancy garment or special occasion dress I think I’d spend the time to hand sew the pieces on but for this everyday garment the machine was perfect. Do you have any tips or tutorials you love for attaching embroidery or appliques? I know there will be many more in my future. I think it really elevates the garment and there are so many possibilities.

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I love that this outfit could work for both a grown woman and your fashion-minded girls. It’s hard to find clothes in stores that are sophisticated without being too-grown up looking. Her school has a fairly strict dress code and it’s so nice being able to sew things that are suitable.

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I’ve decided having a tween is the best! She will happily wear all the latest trends and styles that I feel might be a little too ‘young’ and ‘hip’ for me. We have very similar styles so I always know that if I’d like it then she will be thrilled with it too. It’s a fun age and sure makes sewing for her rewarding. As a sewing blogger, I’d much rather be behind the camera taking the pics instead of front and center! She’s such a willing model that I honestly could just happily sew for her all day.

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She’s the reason I started sewing and the namesake of my blog afterall…

Are you sewing for fall yet? Make sure you check out the huge selection of sweater knits in the shop! So many cute fabrics, so little time!

Love Notions Sloane Sweater

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Fall is here and that means sweaters and sweatshirts are taking over our closets!  The newest Love Notions patterns are perfect!  The Women’s Sloane got a revamp and while she was at it she added a girls version too! (affl. links)

This post contains affiliate links.  I became a Love Notions Affiliate AFTER falling in love with her patterns, testing process, and attention to details.  Purchasing through the links provides me with a little kick back that of course gets spent on more fabric 😉

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There are two different views- view A is a relaxed fit, curved hem top and view B is a boxy fit with bands (similar to your favorite sweatshirt).  There are tons of options too!  You can add a contrast yoke, elbow patches, kangaroo pocket and a hood.  You’ll want to sew up a handful just to try them all!

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I sewed up this version pre-revision and blogged about it over on the CaliFabrics blog.  This super soft french terry version is one of my favorite makes!  The fit didn’t change much during testing but many of the options are new including extended sizing and a FBA piece (so nice to have the work done for you!).  This is a simple view B with lace added to the yoke seams.

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I had just enough left of the rose french terry for this fun top for my girl.  She picked some camo french terry (from LA) as a coordinate and I love this combo sooooo much.  Pink and camo is just a sweet little match!

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I love that these tops coordinate but aren’t exact copies.  I’m sure we won’t wear them at the same time but it was pretty fun to get pics with my mini me!

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Of course lil sis needed one too!  Are you scrambling to fill in all the gaps in your kids cold weather wardrobe?  I was shocked to see this girly had outgrown most of her long sleeved tops.  A plain view B was a quick and easy solution!  This is a quilted knit from Hobby Lobby last year.  It’s a bit thicker than the recommended fabric but I love the boxier fit.  The perfect loose fitting sweatshirt without being sloppy!

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The grey and flannel version was an early tester version.  The final pattern is a bit more slim but we still love this one!  I can’t get enough of plaid flannel and french terry together- especially this mustard and grey combo.  You might recognize it from this rad Halifax of mine 🙂

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That yoke and those elbow patches are pretty fantastic!

This will be such a staple pattern for us.  There are so many possibilities, such a great basic pattern that can be hacked to fit your needs.

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I’ve got a little sneak peek of an easy hack that I’ll be sharing with you on the CaliFabrics blog real soon.  I’ll link it here when it’s up!

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Make sure to grab your copies on sale through Thursday, October 19th!  (bundle, girls, women’s– affl. links)

 

My New Fav Halifax Hoodie

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I feel like everyone has that one pattern that just speaks to them.  The Hey June Halifax Hoodie is that pattern for me.  I made a handful during testing and just after but seasons change and my other sewing commitments have kept me from pulling it out again.  When I got my hands on this gorgeous french terry from Cali Fabrics I struggled with what it should become.  Joggers were high on the list until I remembered this view A of the Halifax.  Duh- it really was meant to be a cozy, relaxed hoodie, just perfect for after the pool and those cool summer nights!

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Shockingly, I had never made view A for me!  One of my favorite little Hatteras Hoodies for my girls is a woven view A that I’ve had serious envy for.  Like in that version, I left off the bands to give it more of the beach poncho look.  It’s such a quick sew and I absolutely love this style.  I really, really want a couple more to transition to fall.

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I’m always lost without a good kangaroo pocket!

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This fabric is so amazing!  It’s a soft, stretch rayon blend french terry.  I had been on the hunt for leafy palm print and threw this in my cart as soon as I saw it.  It sold out super fast so I know I’m not the only one obsessed with this print!

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After a busy few months, okay more like a busy blogging year, I was so happy to sew up a project just for fun.  No deadlines, tour promoting, etc.- just picking a pattern I love and being able to really enjoy the process.  It sure made getting these pics more relaxed too.  I set up the tripod and had my little eight-year-old manning the buttons.  She cracks me up and was loving her job as photographer.  She thinks she’s a super model herself so she gave me lots of direction too 😉

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This is her mouth open, hip pop move!

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I love when the whole process is such a joy.  I think we sewing bloggers need reminders every now and then as to why we do this gig.  It’s all about doing what we love and having fun while we do it!  I’m so lucky to be able to share that with people that feel the same way!

Love Notions Olympia

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One of my favorite things about pattern testing are the wonderful seamstresses I’ve met- from the designers to the other testers.  My most recent pattern test was the Olympia Dress (affl. link) from Love Notions.  I was thrilled when I realized a few of my local sewing friends were also testing the dress!

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Tiahna from Ammon Lane, Anna from Kainara Stitches, and Rachel from Little Fish all live super close to me so a photo shoot was definitely in order!  It was so fun to see them and I loved the chance to see their dresses in real life.  Like all of Love Notions patterns, the Olympia dress is so flattering on all our different body types.  There are so many options- multiple sleeve and dress lengths plus a zipper front nursing modification!  It’s a great fit for any lifestyle!

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For more details on my dress head over to the Cali Fabrics Blog.  I used a gorgeous ponte from Cali Fabrics for my dress and I can’t get over how much I love it!

Pick up your copy of the Olympia today!

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Love Notions Terra Tunic

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If you could only take one top pattern with you to a deserted island then I have the pattern for you- the Terra Tunic (affl. link) from Love Notions!  It has so many options that it’s really all you’ll ever need!

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I did just two of the neckline options but there are 6, yes 6!, different choices.  I did the scoop neck and v-neck hood options but there are also v-neck, boat neck, funnel, and asymmetrical collar.  There are also four different sleeve lengths making this a true all seasons pattern.

I love that fabric choice plays such a role in this pattern.  You can use almost any fabric weight for different looks.  I used fabric from So Sew English for these two tops.  The hoodie is a brushed sweater knit and the tee is a double brushed poly.  Two completely different looks from the same pattern!

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I love the elbow patch option too!  Such a fun detail on the long sleeve versions.

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This will become my go-to tee pattern.  I love how fitted it is up top and then gently skims the waist.  It’s exactly what I look for in a top! (I’m just realizing I should have edited out my goose bumps!  This is what outdoor pics in 20 degrees will do to ya’!)

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And those side vents are another detail that just takes this pattern to the next level.

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I’ve had this sweater knit from Cali Fabrics in my stash for far too long.  I knew I wanted to make a cropped sweater with it but couldn’t find the right pattern.  The Terra was perfect for it!

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I eeked this out of one yard and just made it work.  I did 3/4 sleeves and the scoop neckline.  I omitted the side vents and folded my pattern piece at the hip line (I love all the reference lines given in the pattern!  It makes these little adjustments so easy!).  I did a simple one inch hem and had my sweater done in no time!

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I’ve been under the weather this past week and missing my sewing machine.  This top was just what I needed to get me back into things.  I may head back to bed after this post goes up though- a girl can only do so much!  Life is hard when mom is sick- ain’t nobody got time for that!

Have you grabbed your copy yet?  I can’t wait to see what version you sew up first!

 

Slouchy Cardi from Heidi and Finn

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My girls closets are overflowing but they always seem to be in need of something.  This time of year it’s sweaters and layers!

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This Christmas break my goal is to fill that whole in their wardrobe.  The Slouchy Cardigan from Heidi and Finn is just perfect to do that.

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It’s such a quick sew and comes together so well.  The shape is so on trend and adorable on too!

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This picky girl loves this cozy sweater!  I used this fun double sweater knit from Cali Fabrics.  It is a fantastic weight- not too heavy to sew but still warm and thick.  I grabbed the brown colorway for myself!

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I grabbed this girl right in the door from school and she was thrilled to throw on her new sweater.  She’s been going like crazy and I’m excited to relax with her this Christmas break.  She’s been hanging in my sewing room with me and designing a few of her own tops that we are excited to sew up together.  I love this age and this girl really is a gem!

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Are you sewing over the holidays?  Fried from all the Christmas sewing and taking a break?  I’m looking forward to a little sewing and a lot of relaxing!

Denim Joggers featuring CaliFabrics

This post was written for the Cali & Co. blog.  Head on over for TONS of sewing inspiration from some super talented ladies!

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As a busy mom of five I get my fashion inspiration not from the pages of Vogue magazine but usually from the chic mom running errands or pushing the cart around the grocery store. I live in comfy clothes but still like to look pulled together. I’ve been dying for a pair of denim joggers for what seems like forever!

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Hallelujah! The stars aligned and these beauties were born! I love that they look cute but still feel like I’m wearing my pajamas. I used this lovely grey cotton/tencel denim that is a dream to wear. It’s lightweight but still feels like it will hold up to whatever I throw at them- whether it’s a Saturday at the soccer fields or a fun date night with the hubby.

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I used the Pattern Emporium Ladies Harem Pants with some slight modifications. I like my joggers loose and these are just what I was after. I took about an inch off the back at the hips through the waist and used a slightly bigger seam allowance to bring them in all over just a touch more. I did an extra wide bottom hem and inserted 1.5″ elastic for a nice big cuff. I then ran a couple rows of stitching on top for detail.

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I added grommets to my waistband and did a faux drawstring. All these details make them more like joggers and less like fancy harem pants. I think they are a nice marriage of both styles.

I love how versatile they are to wear! I’ll throw on my favorite tee to get me through the last days of summer. Then I can pair them with my favorite flannel button-up when the weather gets cooler as we head into fall. I can even dress them up for a fancy date night on the town. (Who am I kidding? Date nights are few and far between but at least I’ll be ready for it!)

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I had to give you a little booty shot- these look fab, am I right?!

Hop on over to see more fun projects at the Cali Fabrics Blog.  I’m so excited to be a part of the Cali & Co. team!