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!

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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It’s All About That Place- PRP Season 13

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Project Run and Play Season 13 has begun and I’m so excited to be rooting along from the sidelines this season.  It’s so fun to see so many familiar faces competing this season but I sure don’t miss the pressure from last season!  I’ll happily sew-along just for fun!

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The theme this week is “It’s All About That Place”- a destination inspired outfit.  Well, my favorite destination is easy- Mexico!  While I dream of exploring the world, right now a true vacation involves sandy beaches, sunshine, and no alarm clocks or schedules to keep up.  We took the kids last year and it was seriously the best week ever!

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I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few yards of Patty Young’s newest line for Riley Blake- Primavera.  It’s all so bright and cheery and perfect for spring.  It has just the right beachy vibe and was just what I needed for these looks.

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I used Primavera Plaid Teal and Primavera Tile Teal for these two looks, along with trim and scraps from my stash (I love shopping my ever growing scrap bins!).

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My oldest got a Modkid Dakota.  This simple top will fit right in with her spring wardrobe.  I loved how beautifully it came together and the options to get creative with fabric and trim on this bodice make it so fun.  I think it would be so pretty in a rayon challis or voile too! I did a size 7 with a 10 length according to the size chart and it fits just right!  This girl just keeps getting longer and longer!

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K- time for a little honesty, as I was sewing this dress I was so worried there was too much going on.  But the moment my girly tried it on it I swear it was magic.  This dress is HER- like 100% Payton.  Girly and fun and bright and whimsical and twirly and comfy and cute!  This will definitely be a favorite.

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I used the Luna Dress from Violette Fields Threads and slightly modified it.  I’ve had that gorgeous floral ribbon in my stash for years and loved it with the plaid.  I lengthened the bodice to fit the ribbon band and love the extra detail it gives.  I kept my ribbon tie extra long just for that extra pop of fuchsia.

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I also added a few seashell buttons to go with our theme just for fun.

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I’m really so excited because the hubby and I are headed to Mexico SOON!  We’ve had a crazy couple months and I can’t wait to sit on the beach and do absolutely NOTHIN’!  I’m sure going to miss these cute girlies though!  Seriously…

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Gotta love them!