Raspberry Creek Fabrics Spring 2020 CLUB line

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I absolutely LOVE this time of year.  February, you ask?!  No, I am so over winter BUT February means new CLUB prints from Raspberry Creek Fabrics!  Spring sewing is just what I need to beat these winter blues!

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Part of my job at Raspberry Creek Fabrics is that I get to work with our strike team.  As soon as we preview each new line, I sit down with my kiddos and they ooh and aah over all the new prints.  They always have a handful of favorites that they want immediately in their closets.  It usually goes something like this, “I want a hoodie out of that, a t-shirt in that, pj’s in those, and a dress in that print!”  Sometimes their wish lists are a mile long!

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I’m usually happy to oblige!  CLUB knits are my favorites to sew with.  They are stable and my serger LOVES them.  Most of these projects are quick and easy sews, usually taking under an hour per garment.  That’s my kind of project- especially when I have three eager kiddos awaiting each finished piece.  I’m excited to share what I’ve sewn up so far from the new spring collection.

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This look was one I debated making for myself.  My tween and I are usually on the same page fashion-wise and if it’s something I’m crushing on I can pretty much guarantee she wants it too.  Chest stripe sweatshirts keep cropping up everywhere and I knew I wanted to recreate one- this time she was the lucky recipient.  I used the Flora Stripe in french terry, paired with the light heather grey french terry and deep sage and dusty rose jersey.   I sewed up the Hatteras Hoodie from Hey June Handmade and did my own color blocking with the stripes.  An easy hack for such a cute result!  I threw in a pair of lounge shorts using the Lexi and Lou Loungers from Made for Mermaids.  She’s already worn the sweatshirt to school with jeans in this cold weather and I think come summer this will be a cute outfit to throw on after a day at the pool.

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This girl is all about the girly prints and fun details.  I’ve been wanting to sew up another Striped Swallow Designs Apres Ski top for her and this pretty floral was just perfect for it.   I’ve sewn up the Apres Ski plenty of times before in lighter-weight fabrics but I think this jersey just might be my favorite.  I love how full the sleeves look in it!

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This little guy was the proud recipient of a handful of new clothes this past week.  He’s growing so fast and I’m desperately trying to keep him clothed so this was perfect timing.  I’m a sucker for stripes and the spring line is full of so many good ones.  I used the Fauna stripes in french terry paired with the grey heather ft and teal jersey this time.  I sewed up a classic Sew A Little Seam Constance Sweater using the stripes.  For the pants I used True Bias Mini Hudson Pants and sewed a racing stripe to the side seam using the Fauna stripes.  I simply cut the stripe leaving the white stripe on either side and folded that under.  I sewed the first side down right on the side seam then sewed the other side down on the back of the pants.  Another easy hack that takes these pants up a notch!

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This kid loves his hoodies and was smitten with this Knight and Dragon fabric too.  This time I used jersey fabric for a lighter weight top that will work well through spring.  I turned to the Rowan tee from Titchy Threads (it’s a good one if you haven’t tried it!).  It’s got a slim fit that fits my little guy so well.  I love that arm stripe detail!

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This last piece for Charlie is quite possibly my favorite thing in his wardrobe.  It was such a fun make and I love how it came out.  I used the Ellie and Mac Be Creative Hoodie.  It was my first Ellie and Mac make and I have to admit I’m always apprehensive trying out new designers.  I was so impressed with this pattern and all the little details it includes.  Those are faux drawstrings which I love considering they ALWAYS come out in the wash.  The color blocking options with this pattern are so fun too.  I used this amazing City Map print in french terry paired with black french terry and hunter jersey for a sweatshirt that is our high school colors.  He’s already excited to wear this to his big brother’s soccer games!

Fun fact about this kiddo:  He wore these fake glasses all last week and convinced all his friends they were his reading glasses.  He made sure to include that he was getting contacts this weekend so he wasn’t stuck wearing them forever!  Yes, we did have a little chat about it but man, did he crack me up!  I love that I got these pictures to remember this funny little man!

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Have you filled up your cart yet?  What prints are you getting?  Remember that release week pricing of $1 off per yard ends Monday February 17th so make sure you check out soon!  I think we all need a little spring sewing!

 

Sewing WITH Kids

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As my kids get older they’ve caught the sewing bug.  They get an idea in their heads then just have to get it sewn up right then- sound familiar sewists?!  Today I’m going to share a few of their favorite makes and our tips for a happy sewing experience.

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This guy just dives right into each project with absolutely no fear.  I never really taught him how to sew and remember the day when he was about 8-years-old and I caught him mending his socks with my serger.  No intimidation with this kid!

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My older kids are not really interested in sewing up pillowcases, bags, or other standard beginner projects.  I think since I sew primarily clothing, that’s what they want to sew too.  He really wanted a hoodie like his older brothers and we sewed this up in an afternoon.  Hoodies are a go-to for me when teaching my kids to sew.  My oldest has made a couple of Greenstyle Hudson Hoodies and my younger kids love the Hey June Hatteras Hoodie.  The bands make it easy to finish with no knit hems and I think a hood can be even easier to do than a tricky knit neckband.  For the most part hoodies can be done on a serger which makes for a more professional finish that they’ll be proud of.  Another bonus with hoodies is that french terry is a great fabric to work with.  It’s nice and thick and doesn’t curl as easily as thinner knits.

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He made this last fall and wore this constantly all winter long!  A couple other easy projects I’ve made with my older boys are t shirts (this one from Jalie or the Jolly Roger Raglan from P4P are favorites), joggers (Boxwoods from Sew Like My Mom and Mini Hudson Pants from True Bias), and pajamas (the free Walk the Plank bottoms from P4P).

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This sweet girly loves to sew as well.  She took a sewing class last summer with her best friend and I’ve been super grateful she did.  She was able to learn all the proper techniques and gain the confidence to really tackle projects on her own.  During her class she used a regular sewing machine and made bags, pillows, and pajamas.  They taught her how to cut out patterns and which stitches to use.  For her first big project at home she also sewed up a Hatteras Hoodie with her brother.  It was so fun having them working side by side!

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She loves to sew birthday gifts for her friends.  She makes backpacks, sleeping masks, and hair things.  We love the Made for Mermaids HUGE collection of Free Patterns– there are tons of great beginner projects and loads of things perfect for gifting.

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Her latest sew was a fun one!  We sewed the Mainland Collection from Striped Swallow Designs together.  She sewed the Rhapsody Joggers and I did the Highlander Dolman.    She picked these darling fabrics from our Project Run and Play winnings from Riley Blake Designs.  They are so cute together and such a great weight, making them easy to work with.

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The top is also another great beginner project that I think she could do on her own next time.  We changed a few things with the patterns to make them even quicker, easier sews.

We did a wide yoga waistband on the joggers and a wide band on the bottom of the top.  She plans to wear this set primarily as lounge wear so comfort was key!  It also made construction even easier.

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The pocket construction on these pants is super fun and quite easy for her to figure out.  I love the oversized look of them too!

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I changed the sleeves to have a wide cuff, one of my favorite features on tops lately.  I think it adds a cute detail to this top.

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I think the most difficult part of this top is the bound neckline and optional ties.  It’s such a nice finish and she’s so meticulous that I’m sure she could handle it next time.  It’s definitely my favorite thing about this pattern!

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1- Let them pick their project.  They’re more likely to finish a project they’ve picked themselves and will be proud to wear the finished garment if it’s something they’ve been eyeing in stores.

2- Pick fabrics that are easy to sew with.  I like thick knits like cotton/lycra (Raspberry Creek, Art Gallery, and Riley Blake are perfect!) or french terry (Raspberry Creek has you covered!).  For wovens, I love Robert Kaufman Mammoth flannels for pj’s or quilting cottons for household projects.  Good quality fabric might be hard on the wallet but it’ll make all the difference in how easy it is to sew and how well the finished project will hold up.

3- If you’d use a serger on the project, let your kids use it also.  I know that blade is scary but I’ve found my kids are cautious and careful around it.  We use clips to hold pieces together and they work great at making sure they sew nice and slow too!

4- Go easy on them but also make them unpick when necessary.  When I learned to sew as a teen I was so resentful of my seam ripper.  My mom made me unpick things until they were perfect.  Guess what I’ve learned- perfection isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!  If it’s close enough and won’t cause problems further in the construction, let it be.  Sometimes though a little seam ripping just needs to be done.  When sewing these joggers my daughter sewed a cuff on with the seam on the outside.  She quickly ripped the seam out and had it sewn on correctly in no time.  Lesson learned!  We grow the most from our mistakes so don’t deny them that opportunity, lol!

5- Have fun!  It’s hard not to think that you could probably finish the project in half the time but sit back and enjoy those moments with your kiddos.  They go too quickly!

 

 

Favorite Patterns Valentine Style

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I’ve been loving stocking my kids closets with warm, comfy sweatshirts.  They are the first things they reach for all winter long.

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This guy outgrew his beloved flannel front Samson Sweater and it was about time he got a new version.  The Samson Sweater (affiliate link- I get a small kickback if you purchase through Love Notions links in this post) has tons of options- crewneck, hoodie, button-front cardigan.  This simple relaxed raglan style is such a great fit.  I absolutely love this Mammoth Plaid Flannel/charcoal french terry combo (all fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics).  I didn’t make any modifications to use this woven as the front piece and the fit is fantastic!

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My oldest daughter got another Sloane Sweater (affl. link) because we can’t get enough cute sweatshirts!  I took the same plaid flannel and cut a simple heart.  I serged the edges then edgestitched it on.  It was looking a little too plain jane so my Cricut came to the rescue.  In five minutes flat we had the ‘love’ cut and ironed on!  I think it’s the perfect finishing touch!

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This cute fabric combo just jumped into my arms during my last trip into Raspberry Creek.  I sewed up a new Toaster Sweater for me in this pretty quilted knit (coming soon to the blog too!) and I couldn’t waste any of it!  I sewed up another favorite pattern- the Hey June Hatteras Hoodie view B.  It’s one of my go-to patterns when I want to do a little color-blocking.  I mixed in the Salmon Dots in french terry and Light grey french terry for bands and I’m loving this fun fabric mix!  I modified the pattern just a bit by doing an extended cowl neckline.  I simply used the band length and widened the width to 6″ to give it a cute slouchy turtleneck look.  It’s an extra cozy addition!

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A little girl in pink polka dots just kills me!

My kids should be set in the sweatshirt department for awhile!

Yet another Hatteras…

I have an addiction… I can’t stop making Hatteras/Halifax hoodies.

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I may need an intervention.  I can’t help it when it is such a versatile pattern.

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This version is view B with a woven plaid front and the very last scraps of my pretty ponte from my Sybil Skirt.  I added zippers to the side seams and it’s just fabulous!

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I used this tutorial from Sewing in No Man’s Land.  It was perfect to achieve just the look I wanted.

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Be prepared for a version for me because I can’t stop… won’t stop!

Kids Clothes Week Final Day

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Dealing with some serious jet-lag in our house has it’s advantages.  I’ve had quiet early morning hours to sew away.  After a long vacation I couldn’t wait to get back to my machines.

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I had a little bit of this gorgeous floral french terry left after making myself some Brassies.  Just barely enough to eek out some mini Hudson Pants for my girls.

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I had to get creative and do the leg fronts in two pieces but I’ll call it a design element 😉

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After making myself view B of the Halifax Hoodie, I’ve been dying to make one up for my girls.

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I had a bit of this cute ponte left from this shirt and I think it’s such a fun match to the floral.

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I’m just loving this outfit so much!  Glad I have a nearly identical one myself!

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I’ll leave you with this beaut-

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Totally Payt!