Hank and Clementine Fabric Blog Tour

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I’m excited to be sharing a fun new fabric collection with you today!  I’m joining in the Hank and Clementine fabric tour, designed by Susan Emory of Swirly Girl Designs for Michael Miller Fabrics, hosted by my pal Gemia Carroll of Phat Quaters Fabric.  This collection is so bright and totally darling!  It brings hope of warm spring days, mornings in the garden, and afternoons in the sun.  I was so happy I got to bring this cute dress along with us on our own little trip to the sunshine and sand!

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I was excited when I realized that I could skip the dreary winter pictures and get these fabrics where they belonged.  That crystal clear turquoise water was the perfect backdrop to really make them pop!  The color palette of this line is so bright and happy- photographing them in my happy place was only suiting.

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I used the Sullivan Dress Pattern from Sew Much Ado.  I’ve been wanting to sew it up ever since it released and this tour was just the push I needed.  Make sure you check out all of Abby’s beautiful versions.  I’m dying to recreate her gorgeous black and white stripe version for my oldest.

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That scallop bodice and those sleeves are just the most darling details!

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This fabric collection has two color ways.  I picked these two from the coral color scheme.  This little miss sat down with me and we seriously had the hardest time picking.  All the florals are so pretty, the scallops are darling, and don’t get me started on those gnomes!  She’s a sucker for florals and I’m always eyeing the plaids so this combination won us over.  I’m excited for you guys to see the rest of the projects on this tour though- soooo many cute prints coming your way!

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Day 1
SewSophieLynn -and- Crafting in the Rain -and- Phat Quarters

Day 2
Thread & Grain -and- Handmade Boy

Day 3
Phat Quarters -and- GYCT Designs

Day 4
Mamma Sew Savvy -and- Lulu & Celeste -and- Sprouting Jube Jube

Day 5
Pattern Revolution -and- Sewing With Sarah  -and- Phat Quarters

You guys are in for a treat this week! There are two giveaways you won’t want to miss too! Enter below for your chance at two big pattern prize packs perfect for you Hank and Clementine fabrics.

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A Christmas Naples with Hawthorne Threads

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The Naples Dress from Jennuine Design (affliliate link) is one of my favorite patterns and I’ve been wanting to sew another version for awhile now.  As a member of the new Certified Jennuine Design team I knew this should be my first project.  I know I can happily scream from the rooftops my love for this pattern!

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I fell in love with the newest Indy Bloom Christmas line from Hawthorne Threads and was so happy to partner with them to showcase this pretty print on this project.  This is printed on rayon and perfect for this pattern.  The drape and weight are lovely and those sleeves were just made for this fabric type.  This floral is just so beautiful and unique- a holiday print that she can wear all winter.

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This pattern is a quick sew and so original.  There are mulitple sleeve options and you can pick to do a gathered or a-line skirt. I picked the butterfly sleeves for this dress.  I think it’s my sleeve of choice right now and anytime it’s an option I go for it!  I love the drama it brings but without all the work of ruffles.

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I’ve made a couple in the past but this is my first gathered skirt version.  I love the extra fullness it gives the dress.  Perfect for a little twirling!  My version is a bit of a hi-low hem.  I’m calling it a happy accident as I gathered the straight bottom hem instead of the curved top of the skirt.  I love the little bit of edge it gives the dress.

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My favorite detail of this pattern is the big bow tie option.  I love the retro-cool look it gives the dress but it’s so sweet at the same time.  Every time I make this pattern I giggle at the images of 70’s supermodels it reminds me of.  It has such a vintage vibe but in a modern classic way.

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We had to do our favorite bow hairdo for this look.  Too perfect for the holidays and to imitate the front tie too!

Oh how we love this dress!!!  I’m so excited to be able to share my favorite Jennuine Designs makes with you and know you will love them too.

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A huge thank you to Hawthorne Threads for sponsoring this post.  Make sure to check our their incredible selection and all their house-printed lines.  They have fast shipping so you can get your holiday prints in time too!

Celebrate with the Made For Mermaids Isabel

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I’m excited to be joining in the fun of Sewing by Ti’s Celebrate Blog Tour.  Thanksgiving kicks off a month of celebrating around here.  So many fun activities coming up for us- the perfect excuse to do a little sewing!

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It’s no secret I love to sew dresses for my girls.  There are just so many amazing dress patterns out there and the possibilities seem endless.  I get a little giddy when I go through their closets and realize they’ve outgrown their dresses from the previous year.   Add in the upcoming holidays and I was one eager mama ready to whip up another pretty dress for my little girly.

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My little one absolutely loved my velvet holiday dress and begged for her own version.  I used the Isabel Dress pattern from Made for Mermaids with a twist.  I wanted to add a little feminine detail to the dress with sweet ruffles on the hem and sleeves.   My sister picked up this stunning velvet for me at the SAS store in Phoenix but this eggplant stretch velvet from Stylish Fabric would be a great substitute.  This color is amazing in real life- deep with that subtle shimmer velvet has.  Eeeek!  I’m seriously obsessed with it!

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I did a size 8 maxi length with long sleeves.  She loves maxi dresses and this velvet was just begging for the drama of a full length dress.

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Speaking of drama…  this girly can turn it on when I whip out my camera.  I let her style this dress up how she wanted and she piled on the 90’s edgy vibe.  The boots, choker, and rocker hairdo just kill me!  Totally flashing back to my teenage years and getting a glimpse of hers while I’m at it!

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She glammed it up a bit for church with gold accessories and curls.  I love the totally different looks!

If you’re wondering how practical a wrap dress is on a little one I have one tip for you- shorties.  The dress is nice and secure at the waist but a pair of shorties underneath saves her from any wardrobe malfunctions.  She’s still a normal active little girl and heaven knows she’s not the least bit worried about it but I am!  Shorties are just a good idea to save any unnecessary flashing 😉

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She loves how comfortable this dress is and I know it will quickly become a favorite of hers.  She’s all about the extravagance and luxury this dress evokes.  Drama queen in training right here!

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You’ll love all the great inspiration this month from so many of my blogging buddies.

December 1st Sewing By Ti (intro), Octaves of Color

Sunday December 3rd, Me Made

4th: Sew Sophie Lynn

5th: Hazelnut Handmade

6th: Tales from a Southern Mom

Monday December 11th, Tenille’s Thread

12th: MNW Sews

13th: Mahlica Designs

14th: Very Blissful

15th: Stitched by Jennie

Monday December 18th, Kate Will Knit

19th: Sewing by Ti

20th: Vicky Myers Creations

21st: Margarita on the Ross

22nd: Auschick Sews

23rd: Shalini’s Blog

Tuesday December 26th: Seams Sew Low

27th: EYMM

28th: Sew Like a Sloth

29th: Sewing By Ti

30th: Kathys Kwilts and More

31st: Embrace Everyday

 

Special Occasion Blog Tour with Simple Life Pattern Company and Harts Fabric

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Oh man you guys! Have you been following the Simple Life Pattern Company’s Holiday Blog Tour?!!  If you have a little girl in your life you definitely need to see all the GORGEOUS dresses this week!  I’m blown away by the talent, not to mention all the darling little girls.  I’ll have all the links and giveaway info at the end of this post so you can check them all out and then win all you need to sew up a dress or two of your own!

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For my looks I went back and forth on what I wanted.  Right off I knew my youngest needed a Willow Dress.  Those sleeves and that v-shaped bodice are so darling!  She’s been begging for a soft velvet dress and I knew that pattern would be perfect.  Once Harts Fabric jumped on as a sponsor my plans changed a bit.  There were so many beautiful fabrics I struggled picking a knit for this look.  If you know me I usually gravitate towards simple looks in comfortable fabrics since I know that’s what gets worn.  The sensible side of me went with this pretty Art Gallery knit and this plush Robert Kaufman flannel, knowing we could easily style these up pretty for a special occasion but they’d also be perfect for weekly church services through the holiday season.  I was so thrilled with the quality of this fabric and the cute packaging from Harts.  The option to throw in matching thread is such a time and money saver too.  I know I’m not the only one that runs into the fabric store for thread and somehow comes out with $50 in other ‘must-haves’ 😉

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For my oldest, I was smitten with the Wendy Dress.   It’s such a classic look and I love the cute peter pan collar and sleeve cuff details.   Because of my fabric choice, I left off those elements on this version.  For this dress I chose to keep it simple but threw in my own little twist on the sleeves.  After seeing a RTW dress with big tie sleeves, I couldn’t get the fun detail out of my head.  I knew this simple silhouette would be a great canvas for it.

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I did a small placket, similar in construction to the skirt placket.  I then cut a 3″ by the width of fabric rectangle.  I folded it in half, sewed the short ends and sewed the long edge, leaving a gap in the middle the length of the sleeve hem.  This way I could iron the seam allowance down and sandwich the sleeve hem in the band, fully enclosing the hem for a clean finish.  I then topstitched around the band.  Hacks are not my favorite (why do I feel so brainless sometimes?!) but if I could do this I think anyone can!  I love the sass it adds to the elegant lines of this dress.  I think it’d look adorable on a rayon summer dress too!

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The Willow dress won me over big time.  It was a quick sew and it’s so easy to wear.  The lined bodice makes it so comfortable and in this amazing Art Gallery knit it doesn’t get much better.   I love that there are top and dress length options so I can use this pattern over and over for different looks.

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We are so happy to be included in this amazing tour.  We had a blast shooting these looks and know they’ll get worn long after the holiday season is over too.

Now for the good stuff…

Make sure to head to all the other incredible blogs this week.  Serious talent right here.

 

November 13 – Kainara StitchesAmmon Lane

November 14 – Sew and Tell ProjectLace and Pine

November 15 – Sunflower SeamsSewSophieLynn

November 16 – Wonderfully HandmadeIdle SunshineI am Mami de Sofiona

November 17 – Pear Berry LaneIt’s Liesel

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Dreamy Velvet Wrap Dress

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This is the dress dreams are made of.  It’s one of those things you feel fabulous in but is also so incredibly comfortable you contemplate wearing it everyday- it’s totally appropriate for the soccer field and a Target run, right?!!

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My journey for this dress began back in August when I picked up this luscious olive green velvet from Stylish Fabrics.   I knew immediately it needed to be a dress for me and couldn’t get a wrap dress out of my head.  I searched and searched for the perfect pattern- I really wanted a higher neckline but couldn’t find one that looked right.  The details on the Striped Swallow Designs Summer Dawn were exactly what I wanted though.  Those sleeves are just about the most awesome things ever and that shoulder gather is perfection!  I grabbed it and then sat on this project while I tried to figure out all the alterations I’d need to do to make it work for me…

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The changing leaves really motivated me to get this thing done- I NEEDED a gorgeous fall backdrop to really do justice to this dress!

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With a few modifications this dress is all I had hoped it would be.  I’ve never even worn a wrap dress before and now I want to fill my closet with them!  This style is just my cup of tea- comfortable and classic but with a bit of wow thrown in.  I’ll let you in on all my tricks to get the perfect dress for me!

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The modifications I made were only to the bodice and straps.  In making the alterations I did need to change the construction a bit also.  My main goal was to raise the neckline.  Every version I’d seen was way too low for my tastes and needs.  I’ll be primarily wearing this to church and on the rare special occasion so modesty was key.

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I took my front bodice piece and first extended the bottom to fit my front skirt piece.  I then drew a line straight up to match the line marked in the picture.  From there I extended the diagonal out for more coverage.  It didn’t need too much extra.

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When I attached the neckline binding piece I folded it in half then serged the whole thing on, creating a neckband instead of the hidden binding in the pattern.  This added even more coverage.  I sandwiched my waist ties in the binding/bodice seam and tacked them down.  The pattern calls for one tie to be placed in the side seam and then sewn across the waist.  I knew the velvet would add too much unwanted bulk and chose to simply trim my tie and sew it into the binding instead.  I also left the sleeves unhemmed, wanting to preserve the flowiness and not add the bulk of a hem.  These might be easy alterations for some but it really took some thinking for me.  I’m a rule follower and have the hardest time figuring these things out sometimes!  It all worked out beautifully and now that I’ve done it once I can easily whip up a few more!

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My cute husband was a gem and met me after work to get these pics.  I sure love his creative composition and I know it’s not really part of the marriage package to be the on call photographer.  He did a fantastic job even though velvet is just about the hardest thing ever to photograph!  Now we just need a killer date night where I can wear this out on the town!

 

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Fall Sewing with Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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My sewing time this summer was pretty much non-existent.  I love having my kids home all summer and tried really hard to focus on just being with them as much as possible.  The crazy busy-ness of school and sports and dance and singing has already started and I’m longing to get those lazy days back!  The end of our summer break coincided with the release of Raspberry Creek Fabrics newest CLUB fabrics line.  I snuck in a couple of sewing days to sew strike offs and counted it as our ‘back to school shopping’- new school clothes for kids + sewing time for mom= win, win, win!

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Today’s post will just be a photo explosion of my love for all the new CLUB prints.  All fabric is from Raspberry Creek (including coordinates) and should be around until the new year.  I love that I was able to find something that each member of the family fell in love with.  This guy right here is super picky and let me tell you that this tee is worn at least once a week- cool enough for high school, wahoo!

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Patterns used: Hey June Camden Raglan and Chalk and Notch Waterfall Raglan (minus the ruffle)

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Patterns used: Hey June Morrison Tee, Sew Straight and Gather Andromeda Top

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Patterns: Hey June Camden extended to dress length, Hey June Halifax Hoodie

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Patterns: Hey June Camden (are you sensing a theme here?), Hey June Lane Raglan, and Love Notions Maggie Peplum (affl. link)

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Patterns:  Patterns For Pirates Jolly Roger Raglan, Made For Mermaids Mama Ava (modified neckline)

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Patterns:  Made For Mermaids Rowan Raglan, Liesl + Co Men’s Metro T-shirt

If you can’t tell we all absolutely love our new duds.  I’m always so impressed with the quality and feel of RCF fabrics.  These things get worn and worn and quickly become favorites because of how soft they feel and how cute they look!

Baptism Dress from Hey June Larkspur

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This little miss celebrated a big birthday this year.  She turned 8 years old and in our church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,  it’s the time when many children choose to get baptized.  It’s a special day and that special day called for just the right dress to commemorate the occasion.

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We scoured the internet together looking at countless dresses for inspiration.  I was expecting her to fall for a full, twirly skirt or something with tulle, lace, or lots of ruffles.  I was so pleasantly surprised when she declared this JCrew number was her perfect dress:

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This is totally something I’d want to wear.  I love the simplicity, the neckline beadwork, pockets, and the classic look.  What I didn’t love was the $200 price tag and the fact that it was sleeveless.  This is when I’m so grateful that I sew!

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I knew the Larkspur Dress from Hey June had just the silhouette we wanted.  It was the perfect pattern for this look and a quick sew to boot!

I used a Casa Collection Satin from Joann’s (really wishing we had more formal fabric options close by).  It worked great but is a bit too sheer for my liking.  In hindsight I should have just lined the whole dress instead of using the pattern facings but she wears a slip and it’s fine.  I rarely sew fancy dresses and fabrics and learn something each time!  I’ve got to get better because I really can’t wait until I can sew my girls formal dance dresses!

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I did the simple version of this pattern, short sleeves and left off the collar.  I did an invisible zipper instead of the exposed zipper in the instructions.   I love that this pattern can make a cute casual dress and then really shine in this formal fabric too!  I really gravitate toward simple shapes and lines and this shift dress just speaks my language.

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I searched high and low for the right ‘bling’ for the neckline.  I finally found these in the scrapbook section at Hobby Lobby.  This dress will only be worn occasionally and will be hand washed so I’m crossing my fingers they hold up.  I really love the variety of shapes and the dimension they bring to the look.  This girly loves her accessories and is giddy that this dress comes with a built-in necklace.

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For her bow I enlarged the free bow pattern from Duchess and Hare.  I used a matching button from her sister’s baptism dress and love the sentimentality of it.  I think the bow is so sweet and makes the outfit more youthful.

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This is a picture of her with her blessing dress from when she was a baby.   My mom made her blessing dress and I just love how well these coordinate.  So simple but stunning in my book!

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We had so much fun on this photo shoot.  It’s been awhile since we went on location and it couldn’t have been more perfect.  We hit golden hour on a quiet weeknight, no crowds and one happy, willing model.  She loves her dress and felt like a princess and it showed.  I’m so used to taking product pics that it was a joy to be able to really showcase my little miss.  I loved capturing all her expressions and personality!

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I showed her some pictures on Pinterest and she’d stop me and say, “Ok, mom- I need the scriptures for this shot.”  Or “I think I this spot is a perfect background.”  I had a few passersby stop me to comment on how cute she was.  One lady even told me that my little model was making my job too easy!  She really was so much fun to shoot and didn’t want to stop!

The above pic is enhanced with a little action called Book Glow from Pretty Actions.  I usually stay away from overly editing pics but since these pics are really just for personal use I had a little fun with them!

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I’m so grateful for this spunky, smart, sweet little girl.  She’s so fun and I can’t believe I get to be her mom!  This shoot and the whole weekend was such a great reminder of why I sew.  I was able to create the dress of her dreams; one that made her shine and added to the joy she felt on her special day.  It’s not about the clothes but how they make them feel when wearing them.  Here’s to many more dresses and fabulous days ahead…

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