Coffee and Thread Madrid Tour

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I love a good blog/Instagram tour, especially when it’s for one of my favorite designers.  I jumped at the chance to join the Madrid Dress tour for the lovely Olga of Coffee and Thread patterns.  I’ve been wanting to sew up this pattern since it came out and this was just the nudge I needed.

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The Madrid Dress and Top is a faux wrap bodice with multiple sleeve styles and three length options.  It comes in sizes 2-20 and the tutorial is top notch.  Olga always does an amazing job with her patterns and I know I can count on them to fit great and come together smoothly and easily.

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For my dress, I used a beautiful crepe from La Finch Fabrics.  I snagged this fabric as an end of bolt deal (it’s out of stock but keep your eyes peeled for another end of bolt deal) and wasn’t quite sure what it was going to become.  As soon as I had it in my hands I knew it needed to shine as a dramatic maxi dress.  The print is so pretty and full of my favorite colors (that navy and yellow combo never gets old).  The weight and drape make it so nice to wear.

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For my version, I had a little fun with the pattern.  I switched up the tiered skirt to be one full-length skirt.  I used the full width of fabric for both the skirt front and back making it feel like a princess gown!  It’s so full and twirly but the lightness of the fabric keeps it from being too poofy.

I did a full bishop sleeve using the existing long sleeve pattern piece.  I straightened out the sleeve taper on both sides and added an inch for the elastic casing.  I love love bishop sleeves.  They add a little drama but the cinched elastic at the wrist keeps them practical and out of the way.

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I had so much inspiration for this dress.  It all started about a year ago when I spotted a gal out and about in a gorgeous bishop sleeve wrap front maxi dress.  It looked effortlessly chic and oh so comfortable.  I couldn’t get it out of my head.  This version, this pretty short version, and this cute hi-low beauty convinced me I needed my own boho-inspired dress.  I love being able to take all the little details of my inspiration and make them a reality that fits my needs and vision.  This dress exceeded all my wildest dreams.

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You can follow along the tour with Coffee and Thread on Instagram and use code ‘madridtour’ to get 25% off any pattern in the shop.  I can’t wait to see all the lovely versions of this pattern!

Riley Blake Bliss

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Riley Blake has done it again!  Bliss from My  Mind’s Eye is just about the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen!

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The soft blush, mint and blacks are such a stunning color palette.  Throw in that gorgeous rose gold shimmer and I’m dead!  So. Darn. Brilliant.

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I used three prints from the collection for a pair of dresses that they’ve sworn will be their new Easter dresses.  This pretty mint floral is paired with a simple mint honeycomb.  My oldest is in heaven in the rose gold sparkle stripes– sweet and sophisticated at the same time.

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I pulled out a couple of our favorite patterns for these prints.  First I used my go-to Pixie Dress from Violette Field Threads.  I LOVE this pattern!  It’s great for mixing prints or playing with stripes.  It’s easy to wear and isn’t too childish for this tween.  (You can see our other versions here and here.)

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With no closures, it’s a simple sew with wonderful results.  I added pockets to this version (note to self ‘pockets are ALWAYS a good idea’)!

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Little sis got a Polina Dress from Coffee and Thread.  Those ruffles just kill me!

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We’re thrilled with our new dresses and can’t wait for warmer weather to wear these dresses in!  My girls are my heroes.  They braved the chilly temps for pics in exchange for a yummy treat from the bakery.  Cheesecake makes it all worthwhile!  Happy momma, happy kids!

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.

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!

Lana Top and Dress from Coffee + Thread

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The Lana Top and Dress is the latest pattern from Coffee + Thread.  It’s such a cute, on trend style and so quick to sew up!

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This pattern is a knit dolman bodice with a ruffle sleeve with both top and dress options.  It comes in sizes 2-20 and a big bonus is that a top can be made in just a yard of fabric for most sizes!  You’ve got to be like me with a huge stash of one yard cuts that you’re not sure what to do with.  This pattern is perfect for them and you can sew up a few in just an afternoon, my kind of pattern for sure!

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I really like the fit of this top, not too fitted and loose in all the right places.  It’s perfect for those hot summer days!

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Like most tests I do, I sewed up an early tester version with all intentions of making a great final version also but yet again time got away from me.  Daily life with five kiddos sometimes puts a damper on my sewing time, lol!   The pattern was lengthened  after my version but otherwise the fit was pretty great from the get-go.  I used a yummy soft rayon spandex from an LA fabric shopping trip and it worked great for this pattern.  I love the ruffle sleeve in a lightweight fabric!

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I’m thrilled to have the perfect summer top and definitely need to sew up a couple more!  You can still grab the pattern on sale through May 10th!

 

Nina Blouse from Coffee + Thread

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I’ve been trying to cut back on pattern testing and it takes something pretty special to pull me into a test.  The Nina Blouse from Coffee + Thread was one of those patterns!

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A sweet peter pan collar, shoulder pleats and multiple sleeve options make this a classic pattern that can work year round.  It’s so feminine and sweet!

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The optional neck ties add such a charming touch.

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This pattern is beginner friendly and is great for those like me that are a bit timid when it comes to sewing button-up shirts.  I’m always nervous to tackle what I think are intimidating projects but this pattern really was a fun sew.  Not too difficult and the tutorial was excellent.  There’s nothing better than the feeling of accomplishing something that scares you!  These tops are some of my favorite makes because I pushed myself a bit out of my comfort zone.  Easy knit projects are great but these blouses took just a little longer and the reward is so satisfying!

The list of recommended fabrics for this top is long.  Light to mid weight woven fabric such as lawn, rayon, linen, and quilting cotton are all great choices.  I used a pretty rayon challis from Raspberry Creek Fabrics for the long sleeve version and a light swiss dot from LA for the cap sleeve blouse.  Different looks to bring us into spring.  I’m excited to use my favorite quilting cotton prints too!

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You’ll also be happy to know that the size range is amazing! 12 months to 12 years- hallelujah!   It’s absolutely adorable on the littlest ones and still chic and classic on the oldest girls.  It’s such a timeless pattern you’ll turn to again and again.

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My biggest critic absolutely loves her new tops!  She was so excited to wear it to school the next day.  It looked great with jeans and know it will be darling paired with a skirt and knee highs for church too.

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The pattern is on sale through Tuesday, February 13th for $6.50.  I know you’ll love it as much as we do!

Coffee and Thread Tour

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I’ve been following along on the amazing Coffee and Thread Patterns Tour and it has blown me away!  The huge amount of inspiration has been overwhelming- dozens of amazing bloggers and Instagrammers sharing their takes on all things Coffee + Thread.

Head on over and do a little shopping and save 20% with the code ‘coffeeandthreadtour’.  Stay tuned to the end of my post for a huge giveaway too!

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For my stop on the tour, I had the hardest time picking what I wanted to sew.  I’ve had the Eleena Dress pattern for-ev-ah and that was my original plan.  That classic silhouette is one of my favorites.  As I was preparing though the new Polina Dress hit the shop and it just begged to be made.  Those ruffles and a twirly circle skirt are everything!  And in true SewSophieLynn fashion, I just had to make two dresses, no way could I leave a sister out of this gloriousness.  The Ania Tunic is another classic pattern that lent itself to a little hacking for little sis.

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I’ve been spending a lot of time at Raspberry Creek Fabric (Diana is a gracious sponsor of the tour) and I just had to have these two fabrics for my looks.  Diana has a ton of fun gingham in the shop and I’d actually been stalking the return of this floral from Cotton and Steel.  Together they make an unexpected pairing for Easter.

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This floral from Cotton and Steel was perfect for the bohemian vibe I was going for.  It’s soft and sweet and looks so cute on this girly.

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For her look, I modified the Ania Tunic a few ways.  First and most obvious is that I made it dress length by adding about 10 inches to the tunic length for a size 7- she’s almost a 9 for height so that’s a couple inches more than average.  I switched out the button in the back for a tie since my girls are forever getting their hair caught in back buttons.  With the help of Olga I took a little height off the sleeve cap to make the sleeve less puffy at top- I was thinking puffy sleeves AND a sleeve ruffle would be too much.  Finally, I added a ruffle at the sleeve hem for the ultimate boho look.

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She’s my accessories gal and as soon as she’d picked out her baubles I knew this dress was made for her!  She’s all about the glam but is still just 7 so comfort usually trumps all.  This dress suits her to a T!

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This Polina is LOVE!  This one is a lot less girly so the gingham is a perfect pick.  Those ruffles down the bodice add just the right amount of playfulness.  For this one I did it just as the pattern says, only switching out the buttons for KAM snaps in the back (to avoid the hair tangles).  She’s a size 7 also with a 10 height which was an easy alteration with the circle skirt.

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Her ruffles are lined with little sister’s floral so the are matching but not totally twinning.  I don’t think I could get away with making them full-on identical outfits but they sure do love to coordinate.

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The best part about this dress- THE TWIRL!

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I’m so excited to have their Easter dresses done- they have some cute knit ones too that I’ll be sharing later this week that they’ll wear for all the easter egg huntin’ fun.    For this shoot we headed to our favorite little shopping place, Gardner Village.  It was also the location of our Easter shoot last year too- you can’t beat the gorgeous flowers and fun buildings as backdrops!

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In typical Utah spring fashion, we took these pictures and as we walked to the car the heavens opened!  The rain turned to snow and we woke up to a winter wonderland the next day!  So as the snow melts outside I’ll cling to these pics and the hope of more beautiful spring days ahead.

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Make sure to check out all the other stops on the tour- but be careful, there are so many cute things that you’ll just have to copy for your own little one!

April 4
Handmade Frenzy || Replicate Then Deviate || Fairies, Bubbles & Co || Coral + Co

April 5
Made By Sara || Naeh-Connection || The Bag of Unexpected || Circle Meets Line

April 6
Skirt Fixation || Sewing Like Mad || Hello Holli || Buzzmills ||

April 7
Little Cumquat || Thread Bear Garments || Pearl Berry Lane || Plus 2 is 5 || Sew Chibi 

April 10
Stahlarbeit || Knee Socks and Goldilocks || Bonnie and Lottie || Sew Sophielynn 

April 11
Mouse House Creations || While She was Sleeping || Mix it Make it || By Dagbjort 

April 12
Gaafmachine || Beletoile || LBG Studio || My Cozy Co  || As It Seams

April 13
Moineau & Petit Pois || Just Add Fabric || Sweeter Than Cupcakes || Frances Suzanne || Sew Liberated 

April 14
Stitched Together || S is for Sewing || Boevenbende || Lafolie Sewing Booth || Sew Pony ||With Love By Eva 

You better take a minute and enter the giveaway too for your chance to win a TON of fabric from Imagine Gnats, Raspberry Creek Fabrics, The Fabric Fairy, AND Hawthorne Threads, not to mention a couple of women’s patterns from the lovely Nah-Connection.  How cool is that?!!

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