Easy Halloween Costume featuring Riley Blake Stripes

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Halloween around these parts is pretty low-key.  I’m not the mom that loves to spend hours creating masterpieces.  I adore seeing other amazing handmade costumes but for me, I’m all about keeping things simple.  My little man wanted to be Captain America this year and I almost danced to the register to spring the $20 on a store-bought costume- done and done!  When Sophie said she wanted to be Wenda from the Where’s Waldo books we love, I was all on board.  I knew I could whip up a tee and beanie in no time.  My kinda costume!

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I reached out to Riley Blake and they generously sent over these perfect red and white stripes.  After searching the net for the perfect fabric I was happy to see that Riley Blake’s stripes were the best match for what we needed.  It’s a bonus that they’re soft and comfy too!

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I used the Love Notions Girl’s Classic Tee (affiliate link) for a simple silhouette that fits Wenda’s style.  Throw in the free Patterns for Pirates Slouchy Beanie with a couple of mods and Wenda is complete.  I added length to the beanie and lined it so she could flip up the bottom and made a pom-pom for the finishing touch.

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I love that she can wear this costume to school and be comfortable and not too flashy.  Perfect for a middle schooler!  What are your favorite quick costumes?  I’ve got one more to share this year that the whole family is loving!

Riley Blake Woven Gingham

ginghamtextGingham is one of those classic prints I just can’t get enough of.  I love it in classic colors like navy, red, and black but it also signals spring to me in bright bold hues too.  I was excited to get to play with Riley Blake Designs line of woven ginghammainWith so many cute colors and sizes to choose from, I had a tough choice when it came to picking fabrics.  I imagined button-ups, sundresses, casual skirts, and fun summer totes.  I picked fabric with plans for my first Hey June Cheyenne Top but once it arrived my head went spinning again into all the possibilities!  Did I want to share it with my kids?  Did I want tops or bottoms pieces?  What about home decor pieces?  Pillows, table runners, a cute valance for my sewing room?  I tell you, gingham is just WAY too versatile!gingham7.1For my first project I settled on a simple woven tee.  I think this will be amazing to have in my wardrobe as we move into spring.  It looks incredible layered under a cardigan and pairs so great with jeans or dressed up with a skirt.gingham10.1I used the Hey June Key Largo Top in the basic view B.  It’s got classic tee shaping, fitted through the shoulders and relaxed through the waist and hips.  gingham9.1I busted out the white jeans for these pics for the first time in forever and can’t wait until it’s warm enough to wear this outfit in real life.  It just screams warm weather chic!gingham4.1For my next project I just had to make my second Justine Skirt from Ready to Sew.  I sewed one up in a Raspberry Creek rayon challis and couldn’t stop at just one.  The simple lines and understated style make this pattern a wardrobe staple.  The best part?  It’s FREE!gingham3.1Second best part?  Giant pockets!!! Hello! Those babies hold my cell phone, chapstick, and keys with room to spare.  So so good!gingham2.1I paired it with my standard v-neck tee and sandals for a casual take.  I wore it to church after these pics with a sleek fitted tee, cardigan, and statement jewelry for a more polished look.  I’m seriously giddy with all the outfit possibilities with this piece.  I love navy with so many coordinating colors- mint, coral, red, fuchsia, mustard, kelly green, you name it!  I’ll apologize in advance to all my real life friends for how much you’ll be seeing this skirt come summer.gingham8.1gingham1.1

gingham6.1These fabrics were so nice to work with.  Using a woven gingham means no fading, no printing off grain, and lining up the print was easy peasy!  It’s a great weight too, not too sheer or light but still has a bit of drape to it.  It come in 1/4″ and 1/2″ wide prints to fit all your needs.  I’ve already got a huge list going of all the gingham projects for spring and summer!  How much gingham is too much gingham, you know, asking for a friend ;)?

 

Love Notions Classic Tee

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I’m a jeans and tee girl 95% of the time- even in summer time it’s usually cut-off denim shorts and a simple tee.  The new Classic Tee from Love Notions will be my new best friend!  It’s the perfect relaxed fit basic t-shirt and the big bonus- you can get it for FREE!

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There are multiple sleeve and neckline options making this such a versatile pattern too! There are crew, scoop, and v-neck choices and short, elbow and long sleeves so you can use this pattern no matter what season you’re in.

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I want to wear this version every. single. day.  I literally almost cried when I had to take it off.  It’s so darn soft and lovely.  I used this modal jersey from Cali Fabrics.  It was my first time sewing modal and now I want a whole wardrobe of it.  It’s a bit thicker than rayon spandex and so much softer.  The drape is amazing and it’s just thick enough to glide over all the little lumps and bumps.  It sewed up so nice and easily too!  Excuse me while I go buy a million more yards…

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I’ve done a handful of v-necks in my day and they still always intimidate me.  They take a little longer than a basic crew or scoop neck but are so flattering and well worth the little extra time.  I love the depth of this one- not too low for my super modest tastes.

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This version is about as basic as it gets.  Everyone needs a good white tee in their wardrobe and this one is perfect.

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I used a white double brushed polyester for this version.  I love the drape and thickness of this fabric.  It’s also super soft and plush.  The only drawback of dbp is that it doesn’t breath as well as a natural fiber.  I still wear dbp on most days, only avoiding it on super warm days where I’ll be outside in the heat for extended periods.

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Make sure you hop on over to the Love Notions shop.  Take the short and sweet survey in the listing and you’ll get a coupon code upon completion.   Super easy and you’ll be whipping up your new favorite Classic Tees in no time!

A Tie for the oldest

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This guy has all but disappeared from the blog.  At not quite fifteen he is almost as tall as his dad and totally too cool for mama made.  When he asked for a tie to match his sisters I was all over it!

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I used Purl Soho’s FREE Father’s Day Tie pattern for my initiation into tie making.  It was a simple to follow tutorial and a fairly quick project.  I used some lovely Cotton and Steel Les Fleurs quilting cotton.  The option to use quilting cotton for ties makes the possibilities endless!  I’m so excited to make more- ikat, florals, stripes…eek!

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My woven clothing labels made a perfect keeper loop!

In the future, he’s requested skinnier ties.  I will definitely trim the tail end skinnier too.  I used my machine to attach the lining pieces but next time I’m hoping to hand sew them per the instructions.  Overall though, I’m strangely proud of this make.  I’ve for sure made more difficult projects but I loved the new techniques and fresh possibilities this opened for both me and my son.  He’s on the high school soccer team and they all wear Sunday best to school the days of home games.  His dressy wardrobe needs a little sprucing up with the extra wear!  Challenge accepted 😉

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This is his, “Mom, you promised no photo shoots if you made me something” look.  I just couldn’t help grabbing these early morning shots before he headed to school!  He’s not as easily bribed with a piece of chocolate like his siblings 😉

Little Kiwi’s Closet Straight Skirt Tour

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Little Kiwi’s Closet is a new to me pattern company but apparently I’m late to the party, they are celebrating 5000 members in their Facebook group– hooray!

As a thank you to members, they are offering a code for this darling FREE Straight Skirt! I love to try out new designers and their free patterns are the perfect start.  This pattern from LKC did not disappoint.

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I paired the skirt with the Flutterby Peasant Dress and Top.  I’ve been missing a basic peasant top pattern in my collection and this one is fantastic.  There are multiple sleeve, elastic, and ruffle options and it comes in sizes newborn to 12.  Peasant tops are such a great starting point for so many looks so I know I’ll turn to this pattern again and again.

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She’s been wanting an off the shoulder top and it was a super easy hack to get this look.  Ready for it… just use longer elastic in the casing- DONE!  It’s such a trendy look and I love that I didn’t have to get a special pattern for it.

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This skirt is really so darn cute!  I used more Raspberry Creek CLUB fabrics for this whole look.  These fabrics should be available again starting this week.  I love that you can play around with fabric combos with this pattern.  Those pockets just beg for a contrasting fabric!

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There are a variety of options with this skirt too.  You can do angled or curved pockets, yoga or elastic waistband, above or below knee and banded or hemmed bottom.  It comes in sizes 12 months- 14 years.  I did a straight size 7.  She measures a 7 waist and 10 height, this is the below knee option hitting her right at her knees.

I love that right after we took these pictures she was climbing poles and running around.  That’s a sign of a comfortable outfit!  Definitely kid approved!  And yes, she habitually wears shortie leggings under all her dresses and skirts so she can feel free to play to her hearts content in style!

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This sweet, girly outfit has won Little Kiwi’s Closet another fan!  Make sure you join the Facebook group to get your copy of the Straight Skirt today!

You can check out more fun looks here:

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And head to the Little Kiwis Closet Blog for more pattern details AND an awesome giveaway too!