Patriotic Starlight City Dress

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The new Patriotic CLUB line from Raspberry Creek Fabrics has me feeling so inspired.  Corinne really did an amazing job creating this line and I can’t get enough of it!

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I had big plans to use this rayon challis print for myself but had a change of heart when this little miss struggled to find a warm weather dress that still fit- darn growing kids!  I absolutely love the Starlight City Dress from Lil Luxe Collection (you can see our other version here) and knew it’d be stunning maxi-fied.

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That back is just so fun and it’s such a quick, easy sew too since there are no closures!

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I modified it just a bit using the width of the fabric for the skirt and adding length to make it touch the floor.  She is a 7/8 width with a 12 height but I didn’t alter the bodice piece so it hits a little higher on her chest.

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We both love those pockets!  Seriously, there’s nothing more comfy than a soft maxi dress with pockets.

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I did have to be a bit creative with the pattern placement with this print.  You don’t want to end up with medallions is the wrong place on the chest, if you catch my drift.  It’s not such a big deal on my little miss but when I make my own top I think I’ll try to do something similar to this bodice.  Aren’t those colors just so pretty?!!

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You can grab this fabric and the whole patriotic line on sale through the end of today, 5/7.  They’ll stick around in the shop through July 4th so you can get your fun summer clothes ready!

Megan Nielsen River Dress and Top

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I’m so excited to finally get to share these makes with you!  I was thrilled to be a tester for Megan Nielsen’s latest pattern, the River Top and Dress.  This dress was one of my most worn this winter and it’s been torture not to be able to share it with you all!

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This pattern includes so many options!  It’s a fun reversible raglan sleeve top or dress that can be made in both knits or wovens.  It can be worn with the v-neckline in the front or back making it so versatile!

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The relaxed fit made it so perfect for hiding all those holiday pounds and for keeping me comfortable all winter long.  I loved pairing it with tights and a cardigan for an easy casual church outfit.

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I made this version out of a thick plaid double knit from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I absolutely love this fabric and it was perfect for this pattern.  It has both structure and stretch and is so soft.  It’s no wonder I couldn’t get enough of this dress.

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I also did a top version in a houndstooth ponte (from my stash) that I just love!  The cropped length was so flattering and made me feel slightly edgier and way cooler than my normal jeans and tee 😉

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There is a cuff option for the sleeves that I absolutely adore!  Digging up these pictures again has me convinced I need to make another brighter version for spring.

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Head over to Megan Nielsen stat to pick up your copy of this fun pattern and you’ve got to check out the Ash Jeans that also released this week.  So much goodness in the shop!

Love Notions Sonata Dress

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Hi guys!  It’s been forever!  After all the craziness of Project Run and Play I’ve been enjoying a little break from all the commitments and blog tours this last month.  I did do a quick guest post for Cali Fabrics during Chambray Week and it was a great chance to get back to my machines.

When Tami at Love Notions previewed her latest pattern I knew it would be perfect for summer.  The Sonata Dress (affiliate link) is an easy to wear dress that will get you through those hot summer days in style.

*This post contains affiliate links.  In return for purchasing through them I get a small kick back that I inevitably use to get more fabric to sew up more fantastic patterns.  Win-win for us all!

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This pattern is full of features.  There are bust and waist darts with excellent instructions on getting a great bodice fit.  The neckline is finished with a facing that you can do on the outside or inside of the dress.  There are three sleeve options; short, flutter, and sleeveless.  The back of the bodice has an elastic casing that really cinches in the waistline.  An a-line skirt with built in pockets finishes the dress perfectly!

For my version, I wanted to do one that would work well as a swim cover-up.  I used a light gauze fabric from Hobby Lobby (last year) and added tassel ties to the neckline.  There are instructions to line sheer fabrics in the pattern but I chose to do mine unlined to keep in light and airy.

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I’m so excited to finally have a cute cover-up for all those pool days we love so much.

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I love that this dress gives my very rectangle body a bit of definition at the waist.  The back elastic and bodice darts give me just enough shaping to make me feel like a million bucks!

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I’m so out of the habit of taking pictures of myself!  For these I set up the tripod and had my little guy man the shutter.  It was such a hilarious shoot and in most of the pictures I’m either out of focus, yelling at him to take the picture, or grimacing from the fact that he wandered off again to look for bugs.  There’s even a dozen of me talking to the nice lady walking her dog right through our little spot.  It was definitely not ideal but he was such a trooper.

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Grab the Sonata Dress on sale now through Sunday May 6th!

Project Run and Play Week Four: Signature Style

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It’s the final week of Project Run and Play and I can’t believe I’m here at the end.  It’s been such an amazing experience full of so many ups and downs.  To be here with Cassie of Pear Berry Lane and Gemia of Phat Quarters is truly the icing on the cake.  These two ladies have been with me on my sewing journey from my early pattern tester days and I’ll be thrilled no matter what the outcome of this contest is.  These women are so incredibly talented and both deserve all the prizes in the world for their hard work and determination these last few weeks!  It’s been an honor to compete with all five ladies and I know they make this sewing community a better place.

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The theme this week is Signature Style- my favorite week yet!  The pressure was off and I got to sew what I felt really expresses our styles.  I wanted to highlight my own design aesthetic but also play up the girl’s tastes and personalities too.  These two outfits really are such a great mix of the three of us and I love how they turned out.  I lean towards classic styles with clean lines and simple silhouettes but I love to give them a contemporary twist.  These pieces will integrate easily into their wardrobes, will get lots of wear, and really showcase who we are style-wise.

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This dress is the highlight of our look.  I’ve had this fabric for years and have just been waiting for the right project.  This competition has been just what I needed to cut into all my beloved stash fabrics!  This particular fabric came from Hancock Fabrics in their clearance section (that was always my favorite local place for unique, inexpensive apparel fabrics).  I absolutely love the colors as I’m all over anything blush, olive, grey, or black these days.  I’m usually drawn to stripes and florals but this bold geometric print is different and so incredible.  Sometimes the design comes first and sometimes the fabric just knows what it needs to become.  This fabric screamed to become a classic pleated dress so of course I had to oblige.

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I used a favorite pattern of ours as the starting point, the Blake Dress from Mingo and Grace.  I used this pattern for our Pokemon look in our first trip to PRP and it just seemed so right to used it for our final look as well.  This time around I added sleeves and a peter pan collar.  I always look for dresses with sleeves to make them more church appropriate and to give it more wearability in our ever-changing Utah weather.  I used the sleeve and armscye of another pattern and was surprised at how easy an alteration it was.  I will definitely be doing it more often in the future!  There was a ton of hand sewing involved with this dress from the fully lined bodice to the hand tacked hem.  All things that make this dress one that will be worn and cherished for as long as possible

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One of my favorite features of this pattern and one I needed to keep were the hidden pockets.  I love this design element and while it’s a little tricky to figure out it’s always a happy little surprise for my girls.

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The collar is made from the same pleather as last week’s pants.  I love the edge it gives the dress and knew she would too.  She adores her pants from last week and thinks this collar is pretty cool.  Little rockstar touches are always welcome with this girly.  I wanted to add a little ribbon belt and this leather trim was too perfect.

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I finished the dress with a lace exposed zipper.  I had this one in my stash and loved the feminine feel it brings to an otherwise modern look.  It suits my daughter so well.  She’s full of spunk and sass but still sweet and girly too.  It’s always so fun when you can sum up their eclectic personalities in one garment!

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My older daughter is a mini me through and through.  I always apologize to her for all the little things she’s inherited from me from my quiet personality to my funny teeth.  Good or bad, she’s just like her mom.  I know when I sew for her that if I would wear it she’ll love it too.  I wanted to recreate one of my favorite makes for myself because I knew she’d adore it too.  This top is my take on my own gingham Willamette Top from Hey June Handmade.  We paired it with a classic blush twill skirt for a simply chic look!

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For this top I started with Simplicity 1043, a pajama pattern.  I used the wide collar but then almost completely redrafted it.  I wanted it to be as close to the original inspiration as possible.  I made a dolman sleeve and cuff, added a back yolk and pleat, and added in all the seam details.

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The Willamette is such an on-trend top and I love all the unique features it has.  That back pleat is just lovely in gingham!  This fabric is a beautiful Robert Kaufman one inch gingham I picked up at my local quilt shop but is readily available online (in case you need some for yourself, hint hint!).

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The seaming makes it so fun to play with the directions of the gingham.  I cut the yoke, cuffs, collar, and bottom pieces all on the bias.  I love the effect!  I used all the same clean finishes of the Willamette pattern to create a garment that’s as pretty on the inside as it is on the outside.  French seams, a magic burrito rolled yoke and hidden seams in the cuff make this top look so high end.

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I used the Linden Shorts and Skirt pattern for the skirt changing up a few things for this look.  I slimmed it down a bit and did my own slash pockets.  I also drafted my own waistband and used an invisible side zipper for closure.  This skirt is a prime example of why I sew for this girl.  She measured an 8 waist and 12 length and I still needed to bring in the back middle seam a couple of inches and customize the width even more.  Ready to wear bottoms are always so short on her and skirts are near impossible to get in a decent length! So glad we can create a garment that fits her tall, tiny frame!

This fabric is a shiny sateen I got in LA but I chose to use the wrong side of the fabric for everything but the pocket bag.  She’s seriously lacking in skirts and this color will work so well with her existing wardrobe.  I was happy to create a great basic piece that will get worn and loved!

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This week’s looks are simple and timeless with fun details that bring them into the present day.  It was so rewarding making garments that not only highlight my own style but also bring out my daughter’s unique personalities as well.  Isn’t that why we sew moms?  After a long month of sewing, this week’s pieces truly reflect who we are and why I sew.

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For this week’s shoot we headed to my favorite location, a quaint old town street not too far from us.  I love the dirty alleys, gorgeous wood wall, and aged brick buildings.  So many options for amazing backdrops in one easy location.  We were racing the sunset and these girls have become experts these last few weeks at nailing poses and hamming it up as quickly as possible.  For once, the sun was shining and I didn’t need to edit out goosebumps, lol!  These two have earned a good break from blog pictures that’s for sure!

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Thanks so much for bringing us this far in the competition.  I’m so grateful for the sewing community and all my real life family and friends who have been cheering me on through this adventure!  Make sure you head over to Project Run and Play to see all the looks and to vote for your favorite.  I’m sure you’re in for some serious eye candy!

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Project Run and Play Week One: Modern Mayan

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It’s week one of Season 15 of Project Run and Play and I’m thrilled to be back!  I had so much fun last time and learned so much.  This go around I’m so happy to be joining some of my favorite seamstresses and know you’re going to be blown away by their creations.

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The theme for this week is the 7 Wonders of the World.  I hit the internet and was immediately drawn to one of our favorite sites we’ve ever visited- Chichen Itza, Mexico.  If you’ve followed me for very long you know we have a huge place in our hearts for Mexico and love our vacations there.  We love learning about the culture and people and I wanted to celebrate that in our look this week.

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Our first vacation post kids was with my husband’s family to Cancun, Mexico (that’s me with the bob kneeling in front- we were so young!).  We toured the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza and it was such an amazing experience.  Back then you could climb to the top of El Castillo, the iconic pyramid.  It was at the top that my fear of heights kicked in and I seriously contemplated what life would be like living in that big stone room since there was no way in the world I was going back down those steeeeeeeeep stairs!  Lucky for you I conquered my fears so I could be here today to share with you our first look!

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I love the bright colors of Mexico, from the turquoise ocean waters, to the lush green jungles and the clear blue skies.  The vibrant colors really bring our look to life.  I did three different pieces and topped it all off with a fun felt floral headband.

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My main piece is a woven front bodice dress, designed to mimic the stairs of El Castillo.  To create this look I used a reverse applique technique and fabric weaving.  A little geometry came in handy to get this just right.  I love that this dress is perfect for the theme but also totally wearable and not too costume-y.

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I brought the same staircase look to the back of the bodice too.  I love the subtle detail!

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I did a split sleeve with a built in bow because I simply can’t get enough of the statement sleeves!

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A hi-low hemmed skirt and pockets finish off the dress.  I used the Lil Luxe Collection Lil Luxe Dress as a base for the bodice then drafted a new neckline, sleeve, skirt and pockets.  The fabric for this dress came from our sponsor CaliFabrics.  This ocean blue chambray was just perfect for this dress.

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Little sis is rocking my take on tourist chic.  I wanted to bring in the vibrant greens of the jungles that surround Chichen Itza and also wanted to use a print that would be reminiscent of the gorgeous flowers that you find there too.  This floral was a LA find and the twill for the shorts was a Joann’s score.  I really want this outfit for myself!

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I used the Nina Blouse from Coffee + Thread as my base for the top.  I cut the front on the fold and added facings instead of the collar and bias binding.  I added a flounce to the sleeve and chose to keep the hem raw to preserve the movement of the fabric.  This fabric is pure heaven- it has the drape of a rayon with quite a bit of stretch and doesn’t fray when cut.  I’d buy a million more yards if I could!

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I added a big bold exposed zipper to the back.  I’m always drawn to exposed zippers and try to keep a bunch of pretty ones on hand just so I can bring a bit of drama to a garment.  The bias bound hem adds a little stability to the hem and I love the contrast it gives too.

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I used the Linden Shorts from Sew A Little Seam for the shorts.  I drafted a new waistband and added a ruffle to the top.  I also used a side invisible zipper as closure.

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I drafted new, longer and wider pockets and brought the angle closer to the side seam.  I lined the pockets with sarape stripe fabric that I wanted to incorporate into our look somehow.

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I did a longer gaucho style length so hopefully she’ll get to wear these to school and through the summer.  My kids and their crazy long legs make buying shorts near impossible so I know I’ll be making many more of these this year!

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The felt floral headband was just the right finishing touch.  I used wool felt from Etsy and had a blast trying out different flowers.  The bold colors and big flowers are such a fun addition to this look.  Their shoes were Target finds and couldn’t be more perfect!

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These girls made this shoot so much fun!  It wasn’t easy to find a ‘Mayan-looking’ backdrop in the middle of a Utah winter.  We headed to our State Capital Building and these girls did their best pretending it was a balmy 80 degrees instead of the frigid 30 degrees it was the evening of our pictures.

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Thanks for stopping by and make sure you head back to Project Run and Play to check out the other looks and to vote for your favorite!  Voting ends Thursday at 8pm EST so run on over!

 

Simple Life Pattern Co. Aria

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Raspberry Creek Fabrics has just released their newest Spring CLUB line and it’s absolutely amazing.   My kids instantly claimed their favorite prints and I fell madly in love with these Coral Umbrella Flowers and knew I had to sew it up stat.  Corinne Wells, the designer behind this line, just nails it every…single…time.

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I knew I wanted a pattern that would really let this fabric shine and the new Aria Dress from Simple Life Pattern Co. was just what I was after.  It’s a classic silhouette with a sweet bow back.  I had to run it by this cutie and she was as smitten as I was.

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We chose to do the full back coverage so she could wear it to school.  The bows made it so fun to throw in a coordinating fabric, navy polka dots.  Nothing like a little party in the back!

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I love sewing for this girl because she’s so hard to fit in ready-to-wear.  I did an 8 chest graded to a 10 waist with a 12 length.  Talk about a custom fit!  We chose a half sleeve hack to hopefully make this wearable now and then well into spring and summer.

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We did the full circle skirt option for maximum twirl factor.  I don’t think a good twirl ever gets old!

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She’s been wanting rain boots forever and these vibrant, fun yellow ones were just made for this fabric.  They will surely brighten even the gloomiest of rainy days!

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The Aria features a darling neckline that I managed to botch.  Yep, sometimes you just gotta make do and this was one of those times.  Just means I’ll need to make another one to redeem myself 😉  Good thing little sis is already in line for her version!

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After a couple of intense sews, this was my reward.  A quick, fun beautiful knit sew always cleanses the palate and gets me ready for the next big project!  Make sure you head over to Raspberry Creek Fabrics and check out the newest prints- they’re on sale through 2/14 for $1 off/yard.  Simple Life Pattern Company is celebrating three years of business with one of the biggest sales ever.  Head over to shop all the darling patterns for 40% off!  We’re big SLPCo fans around here and they pair fabulously with our favorite RCF fabrics!

 

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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