Back to School Tour 2019

sophie14I love a good blog tour filled with friends, awesome giveaways, and any excuse to get behind my sewing machines.  The Back to School Blog Tour hosted by Karly of Paisley Roots was the perfect reason to drop everything and sew up a few back to school pieces.

sophie5This little miss starts middle school this year, sob sob.  Her actual first day is TODAY and while you are reading this I just might be having a mini-meltdown.  Middle School!  How did that happen?!  She’s so ready and I know she’ll rock it but when did my little girl get to be such an amazing young woman?!

titleShe’s getting to be very picky and very particular about what she wears.  She definitely follows teenage trends.  She’s such a shy girl that she likes to fit right in and not be too flashy.  For her back to school wardrobe, she shopped at her favorite stores, Tilly’s and H&M, and then we threw in three handmade pieces that would really compliment and work well with her store-bought items.   What resulted is a cute mix and match mini capsule wardrobe that she loves!

 

I used three patterns from my favorite pattern designers that cater to tween and teen sizing.  Modkid Boutique has an ever expanding catalog of tween patterns that are so on-trend.  Hey June Handmades Hey Junior line is a collection of basic pieces that can be hacked into a million different looks.  It’s a great starting point for classic patterns you can use again and again.  I also turn to Love Notions Patterns because their patterns go from size 2t-16 which means I can use them for my girls and my nieces.  I love a great size range!

sophie7The first handmade piece is a hacked Brooklyn from Modkid in a super fun Retro Stripe from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  For this look, I took the dress piece and just shortened it to top length.  She loves mock necks and this pattern fits her well.  It’s slim fitting and has multiple sleeve options.  I used the long sleeve pattern piece and shortened it to hit mid bicep.

sophie8Her leggings are our go-to Love Notions Leggins’.  They are a nice slim cut and always fit her so well.  I used a mid-weight cotton lycra from CaliFabrics.  I absolutely love the weight of this fabric for leggings.  I’ve been on the quest for great leggings fabrics since this girl would live in them and I will be ordering more colors of this for sure!

sophie13Her last handmade item is a Morrison Tee from Hey June Handmade in a yummy modal stripe from CaliFabrics.  This fabric is my absolute favorite for tees and if it looks familiar it could be because I’ve made a handful of other tops out of it in multiple colorways for her and I.  It’s so soft and that drape is amazing!

The Morrison Tee is another pattern that I turn to over and over again.  That back curved hem and the oversized fit just make me happy!  I did an extra-wide cuff and folded it up and tacked it in multiple places.  I just love a cuffed sleeve.

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Her store-bought pieces:

Mustard Jeggings from H&M

Black Jacket from Tilly’s

Yellow Vans

White Slip-Ons

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Thanks for stopping by!  Make sure you head to the other stops on the tour for some adorable back to school looks.  Head to the end of this post for a super fun giveaway too!

Giveaway!
10% off all patterns from DIBY Club with code: B2Sblogtour (expires Aug 25, 2019)
2 patterns of choice from DIBY Club (bundles excluded)
 2 patterns of choice from Rad Patterns
2 patterns of choice from Paisley Roots
1 pattern of choice from Sisboom
1 pattern of choice from Little Lizard King
1 pattern of choice from Titchy Threads
1 pattern of choice from New Horizons Designs 


 

 

Hey June Lucerne Blouse

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The Hey June Lucerne Blouse is sure to become a fan favorite.  I was lucky enough to get to test it and I’m already anxious to sew up more!

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The Lucerne is the perfect summer blouse- nice and flowy with so much style.  It features a curved shirt tail hem that is longer in the back.  It works great for my ever-present half tuck in front but still covers my tush in the rear 😉

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My favorite feature is the fantastic sleeve options.  I sewed up the tie sleeves but the pattern also comes with a tulip sleeve choice as well.  AND you can mix and match the sleeves from the Amalfi and Phoenix patterns too giving you a boatload of combos to try!

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The Lucerne comes in sizes 2-22.  I sewed up a straight size 6 and love the fit of it.  The neckline is finished with a facing which is becoming my favorite way to finish a woven neckline (I can’t seem to get a bias neckline to behave!).  This version is sewn up without alterations but I do think I’ll raise the neckline slightly in the future.  Let’s just say the hubby is a fan of this neckline but I prefer a little more coverage.

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I sewed mine up in a pretty striped rayon challis from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  This fabric moved so beautifully in the wind and I love how light and airy it is.  It is a tiny bit sheer but not too bad.  I did wear a tank under because between the neckline and opacity I knew I’d be more comfortable with it.

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I loved seeing all the tester versions and with each new sew my wish list grew!  Make sure to check them all out here.  You can pick up the pattern here.

 

 

Day Two Suit Up For Summer

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We’re here on Day Two of the Raspberry Creek Fabrics Suit Up For Summer Tour.  After yesterday’s fantastic posts I now have a list of swimsuit patterns to try out for myself!  So much cuteness!

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Today I’m sharing a couple of girls swimsuits but first let me tell you a little story full of high hopes, dashed dreams, seam rippers and caffeine.   There once was a mom who dreamed of making swimsuits for her little princesses because they struggled fitting into just any old swimsuit.  She knew custom swim gowns were in order and knew she could call on her years of experience to make their wishes a reality.  Fast forward to many long afternoons and unpicked seams later and their mom was hoping for a visit from the sewing fairy godmother.  Back in reality we find the heroine left with mediocre fruits of her hours of labor.

Guys, I’m here to tell you not everything that comes off your sewing machine will be a prize winner.  And even though I’m supposed to be here to share my infinite sewing wisdom with ya’ll, sometimes things just don’t go as planned.

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This cute girly LOVES rashguard suits.  She fell in love with this geometric print and I knew it’d be perfect for the look she wanted.   I used our favorite girls raglan pattern, the Camden Raglan, from Hey June Handmade.  It’s our go-to for jersey tees and I used it for last years suit as well..  I sewed it up in a flash and all looked great until she tried it on.  The neck was way too wide for a true rashguard look, the vinyl was too low, and I had kept the length I usually add to her tees so it was a good two inches too long. So off went the neckband and I seam ripped the whole front off and recut it to bring the vinyl up.  I then sewed on a new, wider neckband that was a touch shorter to bring in the shoulders as well.  The final top is fantastic and I’m glad I took the time to get the look right.

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I used a file found in Cricut Design Space for the graphic and Cricut SportFlex Iron-On for the perfect summer time look.  I used SportFlex Iron-On last year for some rashguards and it held up so well to hours in the pool and lots of washing.  It’s a great product if you’re looking to customize your swim or workout wear.

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We did a pair of boyshort bottoms using the Rissa Hipster Boy Shorts from Plucky Butterfly.   I love the cut of these and think they look darling on her.  They come together quick and the pattern is so full of options from undies to skirted swim bottoms.

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As soon as I saw these stripes I knew I wanted to revisit the Azur Swimsuit from Titchy Threads.  I had sewed this pattern once before but never finished it due to fit issues and my own errors.  Surely I could conquer it now with more experience, right?!  I’ve mentioned earlier that my girls don’t fall into standard size measurements.  I need to blend sizes and add length to most everything I make.  This swimsuit proved to be a challenge to get right.

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I adore the cool retro style.  It’s fully reversible which makes playing with fabric combos so fun.

All errors with this suit are purely my own issues.  It’s a fantastic pattern and the instructions are well written.  Sometimes I think I’ve been doing this long enough I can wing my way through projects.  This time I read over the tutorial multiple times before beginning but only referred to it here and there while actually sewing (tell me I’m not the only one who does this?!).  I forgot to leave an opening in the leg hole and ended up turning my whole suit through the tiny neck straps, talk about a tight squeeze!  Once I’d made the turn there was no going back 😉  The elastic could be tighter across the sides and I really should have used the optional back strap.  I may eventually seam rip it and adjust things to get a better fit but have decided to leave it for now.  This sporty style suits my oldest much better so I may try to make the adjustments for her instead (bonus when both girls have almost identical measurements except for height!).

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You win some, you lose some.  I’m grateful for these little misses that keep me on my toes and definitely keep me humble.  Sometimes things turn out exactly like you envision them and sometimes you chalk them up to learning experiences.  There is no growth in comfort and failure breeds wisdom- not necessarily what we would choose to experience but helpful to think about as we go through our own little challenges.

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In the end I couldn’t give up my dream of coordinating sibling looks.  I love these fabrics together.  I love that the fabric designers use the same colors so that many of the prints throughout the whole collection play so well together.  This teal and pink combo just screams summer to me.

Make sure you’re keeping up with all the stops on the tour.  I can’t believe the talent that I get to be a part of!

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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 ;)?

 

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Valentine Line

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Raspberry Creek Fabrics introduced their Valentine Line last week and I loved sewing some of it up!  We were lucky enough to meet up with Anna and her darling kiddos for a quick photo shoot to really highlight this collection.  I feel so lucky to have such great sewing friends so close and Anna is so incredibly talented!

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This argyle print is such a classic and was instantly a favorite.  It’s great for the holidays but will also work well year round.  It’s printed on the CLUB grey base which is my absolute fav, especially for boys.

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I sewed up a Greenpoint Cardigan from Hey June Handmade.  I can’t believe this was my first time using this pattern.  It sewed up quickly and looks so cute on.  I left off the snaps and buttons for now but I’m still debating whether or not to add them.  We’ve struggled with snaps in the past so I’m leaning towards some sleek black buttons…

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I’ve been dying to sew up the new Modkid Brooklyn.  I love Modkid’s Tween line (Sophie is still just under the size chart chest/hip wise but is a 14 height!).  I think this pattern is similar to the True Bias Niko pattern and since I like to try out new styles on my little mini me first she got to be my guinea pig.  The mock neck, slim fitting silhouette is so cute on her!

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I thought the modern lines of this print were just too perfect for this look!  Windowpane prints are having such a moment and the addition of hearts just make this fabric so sweet.

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This little girl is all about purple right now.  She loved the pretty watercolor stripe and I knew pairing it with the CLUB lilac dots would be a win.

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I used the Jolly Roger Raglan from Patterns for Pirates with the funnel neck add-on.  I extended the funnel neck height and cropped the bottom hem a couple of inches as well.  It’s a cozy closet staple that will get worn often.

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I had to get in on the fun!  I love the simplicity of these tiny hearts on grey.  It’s cute without being too young.  It’s a print I can wear year-round and will pull out this sweatshirt often.  I used my latest go-to pattern, the Pixie Tee from Chalk and Notch.  I cropped the hem about two inches since I plan on wearing this as a layering piece and I love a bit of shirttail sticking out.

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I also sewed up a New Horizons Manhattan Dress in the XO double brushed polyester.  I love what a quick sew this pattern is and that boat neck is super cute!  The drape of the double brushed poly is dreamy as a circle skirt and she loves how soft this dress is.

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You can grab these prints on sale through Wednesday, December 19th for $1 off per yard.  They’re available on CLUB cotton jersey and french terry with the bottom two prints on double brushed polyester.  They’ll stay available in the shop through Valentine’s Day.

Brunswick Pullover from Hey June

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The newly released Brunswick Pullover is just about as cozy as it gets!  I’m head over heels for my version and I know you’ll love it too!

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I used AMAZING Lyocell Organic Cotton Sweatshirt Fleece from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and I never want to take it off!  It’s the ultimate in warmth and feels like I’m wearing a little piece of heaven.

True story- as I was sewing mine up I tried it on before sewing on the sleeve cuffs to check for length.  I was so smitten with it’s coziness that I couldn’t bear to take it off so I literally finished sewing on the cuffs while it was still on my body!  I then preceded to wear it for two days straight because the thought of taking it off was too traumatizing, lol!  It’s just that good people!

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I made a size 6, view B with a cowl adding a tiny scrap of leather for a tag on the kangaroo pocket.  Since this version is all banded it comes together in a flash!  I’m so anxious to sew up more!

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My favorite feature is the big, chunky cowl.  When I’m cold I love to snuggle into a scarf and I love that this acts like a built in one.  It’s warm without being constricting.

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It also features a slight dip in the back for a little extra toosh coverage (perfect for throwing on with your workout gear!).

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You can grab the pattern during Hey June’s Black Friday sale through Monday to save 20% with code HJ2018BF.  Don’t blame me when you suddenly have a cart full of patterns!  Hey June is definitely a favorite in our house (don’t forget to grab a Hey Juniors pattern or two while you’re at it!).

Abbie from Riley Blake Designs

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I feel so incredibly lucky to have gotten my hands on the newest line from Sue Daley for Riley Blake Designs, Abbie.   The soft colors, dusty blue, coral, pinks and greys, are so pretty together and made it so hard to choose which fabrics to work with.

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I immediately knew I needed the Text print for my book loving daughter.  I went with the Cream background for a sophisticated, classic look.  My younger daughter looks darling in blues and pinks and I really had a hard time deciding what to pick for her.  The main print in this collection features a darling girl and her pup and was really tempting- it’s so darn cute!  I just couldn’t get this pretty large floral out of my head though and knew it’d pair so perfectly with the smaller scale Garden print.  They’re such a great combo!

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I knew I wanted to do a simple style dress to really highlight this fabric.  I turned to one of my favorite patterns, the Hey June Larkspur.  It’s a simple shift dress that always looks so chic and classic.  I added sleeve ruffles to the elbow sleeve for a little sass.  Paired with tights and booties this is a look I’d love to wear myself!

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Of course, I did an exposed metal zipper to give it a little edge.  Statement sleeves and exposed zippers just might be my ‘thing’ right now.

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This picture suddenly had me flash forwarding five years and seeing her sweet sixteen and headed off to her first dance.  Can we please slow things down?!!  She did bring me back to reality by sitting in church the next day trying to read the script on this print and giggling like the little girl that she is.  I’ll take all those moments I can get!

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Little sis got a Violette Fields Threads Pixie Dress, one of my favorite dress patterns to use for quilting cottons.   The bodice is also a great place to use those cute trims you’ve been hoarding (this lace is from Hobby Lobby, my go-to for trims).

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The evening of this photo shoot was one of the first real fall days we’d had and temperatures were hovering around 40 degrees.  These kiddos were such troopers!  I love this shot because she nailed the pose but I see the clenched teeth “Mom, can we please be done already?!” frozen look on her face.  True pro right there!

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Make sure you check out ALL the cute prints and colorways with this darling line.  I think this line would make the cutest nursery or little girl bedding and decor, spring dresses, and gorgeous quilts.

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Thanks for stopping by my little stop on the Abbie Blog tour.  Thanks to Riley Blake Designs and Sue Daley for the chance to share this darling fabric will you all!