Spring is coming with Ava Kate from Riley Blake Fabrics

I’m sure we’re like so many in the western hemisphere, getting our first glimpses of spring. Utah spring means snow one day and 65 degrees the next. It means constantly checking the forecast but also knowing that if you don’t like the weather today, don’t worry! Chances are tomorrow will be completely different! The warm days have me so excited for spring!

The sunshine and warm weather was perfect to photograph the newest line from Riley Blake and Carina Gardner, Ava Kate. Ava Kate is full of beautiful florals, stunning damasks, and fun stripes. The black, seafoam, blush, and cayenne palette is one I can get behind.

I used three fabrics from this collection. My younger daughter is in Vines Seafoam and my older daughter picked Cayenne stripes. I lined them both with Flowers Cayenne and did a matching hair tie as well.

Payton has a thing for baby doll style dresses. Week after week she reaches for this style to wear to church. Something loose and easy to wear almost always wins with her. I sewed up the Chloe Dress from Vintage Little Lady. This is a free pattern and is available in Tween, girls, and baby sizing. Talk a bout a winner!

I sewed up a tween size 10 and forgot to add length to the skirt (she’s in a 14 height!). Yep, this little miss is shooting up just like her sister. For so long, she was my easy, one straight size girl. The last year she has really lengthened and is growing up way too fast! I tried to convince her it was ‘vintage length’ and she said “Vintage like what they wore on the Brady Bunch?” That was my cue to add a little more to the skirt, lol! Luckily I had just enough fabric left to do another quick tier and now we’re calling it a design feature.

This dress pattern is a dolman style bodice and is a super quick sew. I’m pretty sure both girls will be getting many more of these. It’s just such a classic style!

I had a sweet neighbor give me some of her old sewing notions and I was so happy to come across these buttons in her stash. They were just the perfect pop!

I just love this color on her and will keep filling her closet with it. She had to double check when I told her it matched her eyes perfectly!

This cute girl is definitely a teenager and it’s getting a little trickier to sew for her. Luckily she’s easy to please!

She’s still barely in the sizing at Little Lizard King and I am going to be so sad when the day comes that we can’t use their kids patterns for her anymore. I sewed up the Mavora in top length. The Mavora has so many options and darling ruffles (you might not even recognize it from my version!) but I fell in love with a simple tester version in stripes and knew I had to use it for this fabric. I was hopeful to fit a dress out of this fabric but sadly didn’t have quite enough. I think it was a happy accident though because this top couldn’t be more perfect for her!

I love the wide shoulders and fit. It feels sporty but still very feminine.

I sewed up a size 12 with added length to both the bodice (1.5″) and peplum (1.5″).

I used another vintage button for her keyhole closure and it was meant to be too! Her hair tie is created like you would do bias tape but I just sewed up the edges. Left untied felt very teenage-y!

Shooting these pics really had me excited for more outdoor shoots in the future. I have so many new favorite shots of my girls from this shoot!

Like these two! Pretty much sums up their relationship and personalities!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’re enjoying that first taste of spring in your neck of the woods!

Riley Blake Stardust

In the middle of all of my swimsuit sewing, I took a break to sew up this sweet dress. I’m really in the mood for all of the warm weather sewing and this dress just hit the spot.

Working with Riley Blake is a treat and I love being able to sew up their new lines. Stardust by Beverly McCullough of Flamingo Toes is such a fun line and was a pleasure to sew up!

I picked Glam Glasses in mint as our main print and paired it with Scallops Peony. I love the retro beachy vibe of the whole collection.

To keep with that retro feel, I sewed up the Byron Bay dress by Little Lizard King. The simple silhouette screams 50’s housewife to me. I sewed up a size 10 according to her measurements and lengthened the skirt a bit for her height (she’s a 14 for height).

The elastic back means this dress will grow a little with her. I love the look of it too!

I kept things simple and used snaps instead of buttons. I can’t remember the last time I used snaps and I love how easy and quick they are!

To finish off the look I sewed up a Lilly Bow Scrunchie from Little Fish. Rachel shares a genius way to make a scrunchie using your favorite hair elastics and the end result is just too cute!

This dress makes me want to head to the boardwalk and eat ice cones as the sunsets. It just makes me think of all the simple pleasures of life!

Rocky Mountain Wild by Corinne Wells for Riley Blake Designs

Over the years, I’ve made many sewing friends and it’s been fun to meet them in real life. It’s rare when a real life friend comes into your sewing world. I’ve known Corinne Wells for years and to see her beautiful work become fabric has been such a treat! Her newest venture with Riley Blake Designs is absolutely gorgeous and it was so fun to be able to sew up her designs. Her line Rocky Mountain Wild is now available at your favorite quilt shop.

Rocky Mountain Wild is full of pretty prints inspired by the beautiful mountains that surround us. From lovely wildflowers to quaking aspen trees, these prints bring to life spring in our area. I feel so lucky to live at the base of these mountains and the year round beauty they bring. Currently covered in snow, they stand majestic and tall. Come spring they are bursting with color and life and provide such a comfort and peace to me. I love that Corinne drew on these mountains as inspiration and the collection really speaks to their beauty.

As I sewed up these prints, I envisioned styling them with chunky tights, boots and warm beanies and doing our photos in the actual Rocky Mountains. Through a series of crazy events, these pictures are taken in the opposite of picturesque mountains, instead on our quick escape getaway to sunshine and sand. It has made me excited at how versatile these prints are and how great they are year-round.

For these dresses, I knew I wanted to draw on the prairie-chic looks that are everywhere these days. Something loose and non-fussy, I searched my pattern stash and actually tried a new pattern I’ve been wanting forever too. Sophie is in a hacked Hinterland Dress by Sew Liberated. Payton is in a Spencer Dress from Violette Fields Threads.

I sewed up the smallest size (she is just under the measurements) and used two back bodice pieces. She didn’t need the bust shaping and I knew the front neckline would be a little low for her liking. I skipped the button placket and because this has no closures I lowered the front neckline three inches to be able to fit over her head and give her a little room in the neckline in front.

Side note- the walls of our resort are all this pretty pale yellow color and we laughed that she just camouflaged right into them!

She loves the loose styling and this will be such a cute dress to throw on. I’m anxious to make this pattern again and maybe try the placket as well.

Payton described the dress that she wanted out of this fabric as “Ya’ know, kinda flows out from here (under the arms) and no ruffles!” I searched my pattern stash for a-line dresses and the Spencer was the winner. I’ve made two in the past (one for my niece and one for Sophie) and have always loved them.

That little yoke and the puff sleeve are so cute! I modified the sleeves to omit the cuff and placket and I just did a simple elastic casing. I wasn’t sure if she’d want them 3/4 length or chopped to short sleeves but she was a fan of them just like this.

The full back button placket is one of my favorite details.

I loved everything about these dresses! Getting to work with fabric designed by an incredibly talented friend is such a treat. I hope you guys can get your hands on these beautiful prints!

Mini Marcel Dress with Riley Blake Rose and Violet’s Garden

When I’m browsing Riley Blake’s upcoming collections, there’s always a few from each collection that I fall for. If there’s stripes, you better believe I’m smitten! These stripes from Rose and Violet’s Garden are pastel perfection!

I’ve been excited to sew up the Chalk and Notch Mini Marcel Dress since it’s release and these stripes were just made for those side panels! I mean c’mon- I just had to do it!

The Mini Marcel is an easy, breezy sundress that features fun, gathered, multi-tiered side panels. This not so little miss was barely under the largest size for chest, waist, and hips (and still a couple inches shy of the women’s) but 7 inches taller than the size 12. The tutorial gives clear instructions on how to lengthen and I added 4 inches total to get our desired length. I also lengthened the shoulder straps. I love that there’s enough room for her to wear this through spring and summer.

The midi-length is perfect for a growing girl! It’ll look cute as she continues to sprout up and get close to passing me right up.

The dress has no closures which I think is so ideal for a sundress. You want something unfussy and comfy, right?!

I’m pretty sure this dress needs to be worn on the beach with the crystal blue water and white sands at her feet. Unfortunately for us, the day we took these pictures we were in the middle of a snowstorm and not soaking up the sunshine! Someday it will see the ocean though…

I was so tempted to sew these stripes up for myself. The colors are some of my absolute favorites (just take a look around my sage covered house!). I debated between sewing myself up a cute pleated skirt in the sage or a fun Melody top in the yellow. Little sis was hoping for something in the yellow too (remember yellow is one of her top colors too?!). This girl is constantly handing down her dresses though and was the winner by sheer wardrobe space, lol. I’d say she’s one lucky girl!

I’d say that smile is just about worth it! Can’t wait for her to wear this come spring!

You can check out the whole collection here!

Sending Love by My Mind’s Eye for Riley Blake Designs

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays to sew for. I love that usually Valentine prints can be worn year-round and that they just promote love and happiness, something we could all use a little more of right now. Today I’m sharing looks made with Riley Blake’s new line, Sending Love by My Mind’s Eye.

This collection is so cute! I love the perfect combination of reds, pinks, and white. It’s so cheery and happy! Those lips are so darling and the florals are just beautiful.

I was really drawn to doing a cute floral and polka dot combo so I used the Main Floral on white paired with Petunia Dots. A good pink and red combo is so fun and classic! My oldest is more simple and the minimal styling of the Sending Love Hearts White was perfect for her. I used Barn Red poplin for her skirt and it was an excellent match.

I’m still on the hunt for the perfect juniors woven top pattern. Until then I will keep using the top of the Linville Romper from Hey June. I sewed up a size 12 and didn’t add any length (she’s off the junior’s size chart for height) giving it a cropped look.

Her skirt is an easy self-drafted, elastic back flat front design. I added a faux button placket down the front as well. She is loving midi-length skirts these days and this one will hopefully get worn a ton since it’s a nice classic red. We did tortoise shell buttons to really make it versatile.

Payton’s dress is one of my go-to patterns, the Pixie Dress from Violette Fields Threads. I love using this pattern when mixing prints. It’s an easy to sew pattern, with no closures and a loose, relaxed fit.

The cute tie in the back is one of my favorite details! And the option to add trim to the bodice is a great place to have a little fun. A mini pom pom trim just seemed right with this happy combination.

I love that these looks will be great for Valentine’s but also work the whole year long. Pretty sure I need my older daughters top to get me through the next few weeks. All we need is love, right?!!

Coffee + Thread Tour: A Linen Madrid Dress

I can’t pass up a blog tour especially for someone as sweet and talented as Olga at Coffee + Thread patterns. I’ve loved testing for her over the years and her patterns are always so well done and amazing.

For the duration of the tour, make sure you stop by the C+T shop to grab a few of those patterns you’ve been eyeing. Use code ‘shopc+t’ to save 25% off everything excluding bundles.

I sewed up a pretty Madrid for the Madrid Tour last year and made one of my favorite makes of 2019. My crepe maxi Madrid was the dress dreams are made of and I feel like a princess every time I wear it. For this year, I knew I needed another Madrid dress but I wanted to do something totally different.

I used a gorgeous teal rayon linen from Raspberry Creek fabrics. I’m on a mission to sew up every color of this remarkable fabric. Teal is one of my favorite colors to wear and this vibrant shade is just exquisite. It’s a medium weight which makes it easy to sew but not too stiff giving this dress just the body I wanted.

I sewed up a size 4 and graded out to a 6 at the waist. I’m right in between a 4 and 6 and went down knowing this fabric would be a little boxier. I did the same sleeve alteration as my last Madrid since I’m still in love with bishop sleeves. I simply drew a straight line from the underarm and added two inches to the length to give a little fullness (and because I usually have to lengthen long sleeves a bit). For this version, I did midi length, the perfect all season length in my opinion. I think with the right accessories and shoes this dress will be worn year-round.

Don’t you love when a garment makes you feel amazing?! This one is comfortable but still has a bit of a wow factor. It’s casual enough to wear to church or can be dressed up for a fun date night.

My cute hubby met me for lunch and took pictures for me and was such a good sport. It was FREEZING this afternoon and he had me giggling through my shivering. He’s a keeper for sure!

Make sure you follow Coffee + Thread on Instagram to see all the incredible makes each day. I’ve been so inspired already! The sewing community is so amazing!

A Chambray Dress for all seasons with Riley Blake

If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know I usually let my girls have all of my fun Riley Blake sponsored fabrics, well, they usually get first dibs on ALL the fabric honestly. When choosing fabric for this post, I knew it needed to be all mine! Today I’m highlighting Riley Blake chambray, a fabric substrate I love and wanted all for myself!

I had a tough time picking which chambray to get. I love the subtle prints but finally settled on the Indigo for a classic look. This chambray is lightweight and would work well for tops (a button-up would be divine!), full skirts, dresses, or light pants.

When debating what to make with this fabric, I knew I wanted something I would wear often. Love Notions Allegros or a Melody Top came to mind, or another Justine Skirt (I lived in this version all summer). When thinking about what I wear all year long, I immediately settled on a Named Inari Dress. I wear my past version so much and I knew a chambray version would be super versatile. So now I bring you my dress for all seasons!

For summer, I’d keep the styling simple and wear the dress alone with sandals or sneakers. The shape of the Inari is my favorite and really shines on it’s own. When sewing my Inari’s I make a few simple alterations. I eliminate the side slits at the hem and love to add inseam pockets (I can’t live without them!). I also add 2 inches to the length so it hits right at my knees. This is a size 6 with cap sleeves minus the sleeve cuff. I love the fit through the neck and shoulders and the cocoon shaping really helps out my rectangle frame. It’s loose without being too oversized.

Going into fall, a light sweater, tights, and booties really help transition this dress. I wore this dress to church this week with just the booties and was so comfortable!

Sweater and tights from Downeast Basics and are no longer available but here is a similar sweater, the booties are a Target score.

Winter means thick tights, a chunky sweater, and a cozy fun scarf.

Similar scarf and sweater (original was from Target last year)

Boots are my favorite Amazon purchase this year!

For spring, it’s time for a simple lightweight sweater and fun bright jewelry and shoes to really celebrate the arrival of sunshine and warmer temps.

Both necklaces in this post are from Charming Charlie (a favorite for inexpensive trendy pieces)

Sweater is another from Downeast Basics and shoes are well worn Target finds (Are you sensing a theme here? I mainly online shop but can’t help throwing in a thing or two while picking up ‘essentials’ at Target. And Downeast happens to be right next to my favorite grocery store, lol!)

I can already tell this dress is going to be well loved. It fits so well into my 2020 wardrobe- comfy, easy to wear, and super versatile. This chambray has washed up beautifully and will continue to get better with each wash I’m sure. As I sew for myself, especially in these times, I try to be really intentional and add pieced to my wardrobe that really make me happy. This dress does just that!

Little Lizard King Amsterdam in Gem Stones from Riley Blake Designs

Did you guys audibly gasp at this fabric?! I mean c’mon, it’s pretty darn amazing! When I first saw the new Gem Stones Bright line from Riley Blake Designs I knew this little girl would be in heaven! There are so many colors to choose from and that ombre is to die for! We chose the Flamingo colorway but it was such a tough choice. We love the subtle sparkle of the gold squares with the bright, vibrant colors. Sooooo pretty!

I knew this fabric needed an equally stunning pattern to really showcase it so we searched our favorite makers for something new to us. I’ve always loved the Little Lizard King Amsterdam every time I’ve seen it sewed up and she was smitten the first time she saw the listing. I knew we needed a maxi dress to really showcase this fabric and I think this pattern was the perfect choice.

This project was such a fun sew. I loved working with the fabric and trying to figure out the best way to really make it shine. She requested a yellow bodice and I love how the dress feels anchored by the turquoise hem. I love sewing dresses and sewing them in quilting cotton is so nice. The stability and weight make it so easy to sew and press. The weight adds a little more body to the skirt. She felt like a princess in this dress and said she can’t wait for an occasion to wear it (with us rarely leaving the house these days she might just be wearing it to the park or a backyard bar-b-que!).

Nothing like a happy kid to make you love this hobby!

This fabric really is amazing! The ombre runs selvage to selvage and it was the perfect width for this maxi dress. My mind is racing with all of the cute possibilities with it! Thank you to Riley Blake for letting us play with this fun line!

Simple Life Pattern Co. Molly Maxi Dress in Art Gallery Fabrics

It’s Maxi Month at Simple Life Pattern Company and I’m thrilled to be sharing our latest maxi dress. I’ve always wanted an excuse to sew up the Molly Dress and this was the perfect opportunity. All month long you can enter to win a $20 SLPco shop credit by sewing up one of their maxi dress patterns and posting a photo of your make in their Facebook group or on Instagram. Use #SLPcoChallenge to enter your makes. You can grab all of the details here.

This post is sponsored by Simple Life Pattern Company and Art Gallery Fabrics. All opinions are my own.

My girly and I perused the many amazing fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics and kept coming back to this gorgeous rayon from Bonnie Christine’s latest line, Her and History. I knew the colors would be stunning on her and she loved the beautiful floral print. Working with AGF rayon is such a joy and it was heavenly to sew up.

The Molly pattern is a scoop back top, dress, or maxi and features optional front bodice pleating and collar. It comes in sizes 2t-12. I sewed up a size 10 to hopefully get a little more wear out of it because she was between size 8 and 10. It ended up a tad big but I adjusted the buttons in the back and can move them as she grows as well. The simplicity of the pattern makes it easy to sew up. I love the gorgeous back and classic front bodice. Such a perfect pattern to really highlight this amazing fabric.

I love this amazing combination of pattern and fabric. The lightweight rayon just floats as a maxi dress and it’s so nice in the warm summer weather.

Make sure to enter your own SLPco makes this month! I can’t wait to see all of the maxi pretties you all sew up!

Abbie’s Garden from Riley Blake Designs

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I’m excited to be back here on the blog today.  Sewing time is scarce these days and blogging time seems even scarcer.  The sun is shining and I’ve got a house full of kids these days so we are spending as much time outside as possible.  I do love spending a morning at my sewing machines though and this fun fabric from Riley Blake was a perfect excuse to sew!

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I always love Sue Daley’s designs and Abbie’s Garden is no exception.  The pinks and blues are just the perfect shades and I love the pop of black with them.  I always get sucked in by the florals but the darling main prints are so sweet too.

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My girls and I picked two simple prints from the collection.  My younger daughter went with Abbie’s Garden Floral in Black while my older daughter wanted something more subtle and non-floral and picked the Garden Lattice in Charcoal.  There are so many great coordinating prints with this collection!

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For this dress I turned to a free pattern from Simple Life Pattern Co., the Catalina Dress.  I always love finding great free patterns that I can recommend and this one is fantastic!  It’s a classic sundress that comes in sizes 2-12.  The elastic back means no closures so it’s a quick sew too!  It’s perfect for highlighting those special fabrics and a great base to really play around with.  I’m already envisioning a pretty stripe version or playing with the straps a little for fun.

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When she put this on and requested a ponytail, I got all kinds of 50’s school girl vibes.  I had to teach her about Sandra Dee and she loved her style!

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My oldest wanted something other than a dress and the search was on for just the right pattern.  Little Lizard King released the Cannes pattern just last week and the moment I saw it I knew it’d be perfect!  This pattern comes in sizes 12 mos.-14 and features top and dress options.  With a v-neckline in the front and back, it’s another no closure pattern.  It’s finished with bias around the neckline and arms instead of another layer or facing which makes it nice and lightweight.

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While it works great in quilting cotton, I think it’d be lovely in a rayon challis or gauze too!  Bonus points moms, there’s a ladies version as well!

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It was so fun to head to one of our favorite walking trails for these pictures.  Summertime is in the air and I can’t wait for more days like this.  We had to stop for our first snow cones of the season after this shoot and for a moment all was right with the world!

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A huge thank you to Riley Blake for sponsoring the fabric for this post.  Make sure you check out Abbie’s Garden at your local quilt shop!