Hey June Phoenix Blouse

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Well, be prepared to buy another pattern.  The Hey June Handmade Phoenix Blouse is here and it’s perfect for summer (and all year really!).  It has all the same great quality you’ve come to expect in a Hey June pattern- amazing instructions, excellent drafting, and incredible style.

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The pattern features a loose fit, front yoke with slit, and a back yoke.  There are sleeveless and bell sleeve views.  The best part for me was the fact that the Amalfi Dress sleeves fit perfectly with this pattern- hooray for even more options!  I used the flutter sleeve from the Amalfi for my version.

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I love the breeziness of this whole blouse but those sleeves take it to a whole new level!

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I’ve had this fabric forever!  I found it years ago in LA at Michael Levine’s Loft where you pay by the pound and since it was such a lightweight fabric I got yards and yards of it!  I love the subtle print and drape.  I think it’s a rayon crepe and it’s just a bit sheer.  While I think the finished top is amazing in this fabric, I did have to walk away a couple of times during sewing as it put me through the ringer!  I think my next Phoenix will be in a sturdier fabric but those flutter sleeves just needed something that would flow and I knew this would be perfect.

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The back yoke construction is genius!! As with all Hey June patterns the insides look just as pretty as the outsides and that yoke is a little mind blowing.  It’s a simple to do technique that hides most of the yoke and shoulder seams.

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Make sure you grab your copy of the Phoenix Blouse!  It’s a wardrobe MUST for sure!

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!

A New Batch of Halifax’s

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I’d like to pretend that I wake up every morning and get dressed to the nines but my reality is not so glamorous.  My biggest debate every morning is whether or not I can get away with wearing sweats all day.  More often than not you can find me in a sweatshirt and jeans or joggers getting all the glorious mom-life done.

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One of my go-to sweatshirt patterns is the Halifax Hoodie from Hey June.  I’ve currently got about 10 in my closet- a bit obsessed is right (you can check some out here, here, here,  and here).  They are quick sews and I just adore all the options.

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This cute plaid and polka dot version is my new favorite thing.  I used french terry dots and plaid double knit from Raspberry Creek Fabrics– the BEST place to get your cozy fabrics for this pattern.  This is view B- the view I do the most.  I can whip one of these bad boys up in the time it takes to watch an episode of the Office.  So stinking fast!  It’s also my favorite pattern to use up scraps and mix prints.

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I’ve been dying to do a big bishop sleeve sweatshirt and this pattern was a great place to start.  I used view D with a couple of tweaks.  For the sleeves I extended the length a few inches and drew a straight line from the shoulder to the new hem- keeping it nice and wide.  I made an elastic casing and 1/2″ elastic instead of a cuff.  I like the added fullness it gives the sleeves but it’s not too much drama- still nice and wearable everyday.

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I raised the neckline up a bit and added the cowl.  I love the cowl a little snugglier around my neck.  Such a cozy sweatshirt!  I used an incredible organic bamboo french terry from CaliFabrics for this version and it’s a little piece of heaven.  This slate blue color is so pretty and works well in my wardrobe.

Some of my favorite sewing buddies are having a little party over on Instagram celebrating this fun pattern.  It’s a great little refresher from all that holiday sewing and perfect for a little gift to yourself.  Search the #halifaxholidayparty to join in the fun!

 

Back to School Tour Capsule Wardrobe

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I love sewing for fall and the Back to School Blog Tour hosted by Lulu and Celeste and Sprouting Jube Jube was a great excuse to sew for my oldest daughter.  Make sure to head over to Sprouting Jube Jube to see the amazing list of sponsors- so many great pattern and fabric companies!

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When it came time to plan my sweet girl’s back to school wardrobe we first went through her closet to see any gaps that needed to be filled.  It’s no secret that this girly has quite the closet full of clothes.  In an attempt to keep it from overflowing we decided a capsule wardrobe for fall would work best.  We pulled old items from her closet, added a few new handmades, and then hit a couple stores for a few more pieces.  I think this collection of handmade and store-bought clothes sums up her wardrobe in general.  I love to sew her easy, quick pieces and fill it in with ready-to-wear items that don’t make sense for me to sew-  items that are inexpensive or too time consuming for me to fabricate.  Sometimes it’s even easier for me to purchase things and then alter them to fit her skinny body- a quick taking in of the waist and hips has saved many ready-to-wear pants!  Now on to the fashion show…

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This blush pink bomber jacket, purchased at TJ Maxx, was the starting point for this capsule.  I love it so much and have a serious case of jacket envy!  It’s the perfect weight for fall and has been in heavy rotation here.

Jeans are one thing I’ve yet to attempt so I will gladly keep purchasing them!  It’s hard to find pants that fit this girl and when we do I feel like cheering!  H&M offers a wider range of sizes and their pants run on the skinny side so they are usually our first stop.  Both of the jeans featured are from there.  We also order online for her quite a bit since more stores carry slim sizing only in their online shops (Old Navy, Target, and Crazy 8 are some favorites).

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This girl loves to browse online and fell in love with a few pieces from Children’s Place, including this hoodie and the button-up shirt (no longer available but here’s a similar version).  For under ten dollars each, these pieces were no brainers for me to purchase.  Button plackets, collars, button-holes- eek!  She loves her button-ups and for that price I will gladly save myself the time, stress, and expense of making them.  These hi-top white sneakers are also from Children’s Place.

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The leggings and this tee were found at Ross and were both under $6- easy things to make, yes, but for that price point we were both happy to add them to our cart!  For all you vinyl-lovers like myself, Thread and Grain has a super cute vinyl file with the same saying!  The black and white polka dot Reebox were also a Ross score.

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Onto the handmades!! I’m a huge fan of the Love Notions Boyfriend Cardigan (affl. link) and knew she’d love her own french terry version.  I picked up this french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and while it’s currently not available there are PLENTY of other french terry options in the shop!  It’s beyond cozy and a good alternative to the classic hoodie.

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These two tops are oldies but goodies and are still going strong.  The floral is the Andromeda Top from Sew Straight and Gather (you can see more pics of it here).  The striped tee is my go-to t-shirt pattern, the City Park Tee from Hey June Handmade (more pics here).  These are both shirts that she continues to gravitate to so they were no brainers to include in this capsule.

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The Patterns for Pirates Butterfly Cardigan is another tried-and-true pattern for us.  It’s an incredibly quick sew and I love the slouchy-cool look it has.  This thin sweater knit has been in my stash forever and was perfect for this light-weight fall cardigan.

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The last piece I made might be my favorite!  The Lazy Day Lounge Pants from Gracious Threads are the perfect comfy pants!  They’re a relaxed fit but not too baggy and sloppy.  In this gorgeous french terry from Raspberry Creek fabrics (currently out-of-stock), I don’t think I could love them more!

Phew!  You made it to the end- you might deserve a medal for sticking through all those details!  So many pieces but they all add up to one super cute, versatile capsule wardrobe!

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Thanks so much to Deb and Ula for hosting!  Make sure to check out all the amazing inspiration this week.  If you love sewing for kids then this tour is for you!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Host: Sprouting JubeJube

Sewing by Ti * mahlicadesigns * Momma You Can Make It * Kutti Couture * MoonStar – Wondermirakel * Call Ajaire

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Host: Lulu & Celeste

Sew and Tell Project * From-a-Box * Ronda B. Handmade * MeMade * House of Estrela * My Heart Will Sew On * Tales From A Southern Mom

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Host: Sprouting JubeJube

mahlicadesigns * Gracious Threads * Adventures With Bubba and Bug * Elli & Nels * Bellevi * Little Heart Threads * Sewing By Ti * Lulu & Celeste

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Host: Lulu & Celeste

Paisley Roots * The Crafting Fiend * Sewstarly * It’s Liesel * Tales of a Tester * Kaleidothought * auschick sews

Friday, September 29, 2017

Host: Sprouting JubeJube

SewSophieLynn * Sew Haute Blog * mahlicadesigns * Sew and Tell Project * RP Custom Fabrics Blog * FABulous Home Sewn * Sewing By Ti * Phat Quarters

 

A couple new favorites for ME

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With all the kids back in school I now have a couple of hours each day to myself.  I’ve been looking forward to this time for YEARS!  Little did I know that those two hours would fly by and seem like mere minutes each afternoon.  In that short time, I try my best to clean the house, run errands, help in the classroom, and all the other mom duties we have.  I had dreamed that every afternoon would be spent at my sewing machines!  In the last couple weeks I was able to squeeze in a bit of sewing just for me!

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The Key Largo Top from Hey June Handmade has been on my to-sew list since it went into testing!  All summer long I’ve been longing to cut into one and I finally moved it up my list as soon as I got my hands on this gorgeous Lecien fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It’s so soft and I needed it made into a top stat!  I tell you, it’s dangerous when your bestie has one of the best fabric shops EVER!  A quick stop to visit and I inevitably leave with a stack of beautiful new fabric.  She’s the best I tell ya’!

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I’m all over relaxed, loose tops and am thanking the style gods who have made them so in fashion.  I think women everywhere are rejoicing with me!  The Key Largo has that perfect fit through the shoulders and chest and then just skims all the other bits.  It’s meant to be a bit more cropped but I added a couple of inches to mine.  I’ve got to be able to do the little half front tuck!

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My other make was with another GORGEOUS fabric- this time from Stylish Fabric.  I had won a gift certificate through Project Run and Play and waited to use it for my fall wardrobe planning.  This Old Rose Stretch Velvet is joining my closet full of all things blush/mauve/dusty pink.  It’s such a pretty color- not too pastel-y or nude.

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This pretty velvet tee was my inspiration.  I loved the cuff sleeves and relaxed fit.

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I used my go-to relaxed fit tee pattern- the Mama Ava from Made for Mermaids.  I trim an inch or two from the length and have raised the neckline a couple of inches to be more crew neck than scoop.  I think I have half a dozen of these tees in my closet now which is saying a ton coming from a pattern hoarding like myself.  I rarely reuse my patterns since there’s always a new one to try!

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Those cuffs proved to be my nemesis.  I tried a few different methods to get the look I wanted and seriously struggled.  It was one of those projects that usually takes thirty minutes but dragged into days because I had to walk away from the issue out of frustration!  I really wanted to do a cuff like the Hey June Santa Fe- a band that is sewn on the inside and flipped out and tacked on the outside.  The issue came with this velvet sticking to itself and becoming super stiff when trying to use the underside of the fabric for a contrasting look.  After multiple attempts I decided a thin, simple roll-over hem would just have to do.  I serged the edge first to keep it from sticking to itself and then just had to call it ‘good enough’.  I think lately ‘good enough’ has won over my need for perfection.  Call me lazy- I’m calling it keeping my sanity 😉

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What have you been sewing lately?  Anyone else super excited to get their sewing time back after summer (however little or long it may be!)?

 

 

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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