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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And now for the fantastic prizes…

There are TWO ways to win in this giveaway!

While both giveaways are open to everyone, contestants outside of the U.S. will be responsible for any excess shipping and fees and subject to the sponsors’ shipping guidelines.

Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win the following. One winner will be chosen at random after Rafflecopter closes.

1 winner of Rafflecopter of will receive:
5 Patterns of choice from Simple Life Pattern Co.
$50 Gift Card from Cotton Coterie with FREE shipping
$50 Gift Card from Little Feather

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Already sewing for the holidays with Simple Life Pattern Company? Share what you made for a chance to win the Link-Up prize! One winner will be chosen at random after the link-up closes.

1 Winner of the Link up will receive: 5 Patterns of choice from Simple Life Pattern Co. $50 Gift Card to Harts Fabric $50 Gift Card to Sincerely Rylee $30 Gift Card to Punkin Head Threads

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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Love Notions Bluezette Blog Tour

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Today’s the last day of the Love Notions Bluezette Blog Tour- it’s been two years since this amazing pattern was released.  The Bluezette Dress (affiliate link) was the very first pattern I purchased from Love Notions and while my love of all things Love Notions has grown I still had never made a Bluezette until this week.  While I’m sharing with you my first Bluezette, let me assure you that it’s definitely not my last!

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I’ve had this fabric in my stash since early spring with the intention of sewing up a maxi dress.  It’s a stunning double brushed poly from So Sew English (this colorway is currently out of stock).  When this tour came along I knew it was perfect!

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So did my tour mate and pal, Sneha, of Sewing Curves!  I’ve always admired all of Sneha’s makes and her fabric choices are always the best.  She’s got such a glamorous style and knows how to accentuate all her best features.

As I was busily sewing away on my dress, Sneha posted her teaser to our group.  What are the chances of two of the 12 of us picking the SAME EXACT fabric, not to mention we both made the maxi skirt version of this dress?!  She was such a lovely sport and we are showing you our two twinning dresses and how to style them differently.  I feel honored to be matching from afar with the great Sneha!

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For my version, I did the blousey bodice with short sleeves and simple maxi length.  I used the neck facing piece as a neckband and skipped fully lining the bodice.  I used the pockets from the Olympia because I feel lost without them!

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I’ve styled mine simply because I think it’s perfect for any ol’ summer day.  I wore mine running errands with my oldest and it was quite possibly the comfiest I’ve ever been in Great Clips- haha!  Of course the cute stylist even complimented my dress after his haircut.  I love how stylish I feel in it but not overdressed when paired with sandals and a ponytail.  I know it’ll be perfect for church too- I love a versatile piece in my wardrobe!

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Have you checked out all the options with this dress?!!  There are two bodice styles- blousey and slim, three sleeve- tank, short, and elbow, and five skirt options- tulip, straight, hi-low, circle, and maxi.  So many possible combinations mean I can fill up my closet with these and no one will know I’m using the same pattern.  I already have a striped version on the cutting table.

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Make sure you grab the pattern while it’s on sale.  There’s also a girls version too!

You can check out all the other lovely dresses this week here:

Monday: Sew Shelly Sew, The Wholesome Mama
Tuesday: Me Made
Wednesday: Sew and Tell Project, Harper Lu
Thursday: Doodle Number 5, Handcrafted by Red, Tales From a Southern Mom
Friday: Sew Sophie Lynn, Sewing Curves

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A huge shout out to my son for taking these pics- I think his high school photography classes are going to come in handy 😉

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Sew Straight and Gather’s Avenue Collection

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The newest collection of patterns is now available from Sew Straight and Gather! The Avenue Collection features a dress/top, flare pants, and a duster cardigan.

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I was lucky enough to test the Duster and the Dress patterns and I couldn’t love them more!

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Terri’s patterns are always impeccably drafted and feature the best tutorials out there.  Her designs are always on trend but classic at the same time.  I’ve really cut back on testing patterns lately but couldn’t resist these.  I knew I’d have a great experience as Terri takes her time and listens to her testers.  She works so hard to put out the best patterns around.  I always feel so comfortable and confident in recommending a Sew Straight and Gather pattern.

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For my look, I used the calf length Duster with pockets and facing.  I love that there are multiple length options and you can choose to do a band, hem, or facing.  I used Soft Coral Ponte from Cali Fabrics and love how flowy it looks but how easy it was to sew up!

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I did the knee length dress version with split hem in the back.  This gorgeous fabric is part of Raspberry Creek Fabric’s newest CLUB fabrics line (it will be available for retail soon!).  I used the cotton/lycra version and it was just the right weight for this dress.

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My little girl just loves this dress!  She says she feels so grown up in it but I love that it’s not too mature looking on her too.

Make sure to grab the collection while it’s on sale- the whole collection is just $15 (CAD) or you can pick up the individual patterns for $5 for the next two days!  Any US peeps that’s a smokin’ deal! I can’t wait to see all the stylish girlies in these!

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Happy Easter from SewSophieLynn

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Easter is one of my favorite holidays.  A chance to be with family and the food doesn’t get any better- I stopped counting how much chocolate I’ve sneaked from my kids baskets 😉  It also signals the start of handmade warm weather clothes and I just love the chance to sew a new dress or two for my girls.  This year my oldest even wanted a tie to match his sisters!  So yes, we were ‘that’ family today- all matchy matchy and I was one happy mama.

You can see more pics of my girls here, my middle boys bowtie here, and for my oldest’s tie I turned to this free pattern from Purl Soho.  My youngest is in full Old Navy goodness 😉

I’m so grateful for this time of year and the chance it gives us to truly reflect on the life and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Check out this video to be inspired by the real reason behind the season.

Love you guys!