Riley Blake Flower Market

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The Flower Market line from Riley Blake is full of all my favorite types of prints.  Bold florals, geometrics, dots, and ginghams in all of my most loved colors too!  I knew my Payton would love this line and boy, was I right!

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She fell hard for the main print on black and I got to pick a couple of coordinates to go with it.  I used the Folk Pink as the lining and my go-to knit 1/2″ black and white stripes for the hood and bands.  I can never get enough of the black and white stripes- so classic and the perfect coordinate for EVERYTHING!

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For this project, I was really looking to branch out.  I love using Riley Blake cotton for dresses, skirts, and pajamas but knew I could push them further.  When I sewed up the Senpai Jacket last month I really wanted to try it in wovens.  This bold, fun print was perfect for giving it a go.

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It is recommended to use knit for the hood, bands, and lining.  I used quilting cotton for the lining bodice and the striped knit for the lining sleeves without any issues.  I omitted the welt pockets and used inseam pockets from another pattern.  For some reason, this girly has a hard time finding her inseam pockets though.  It’s quite hilarious watching her find them every time.  Welt pockets might be good for this silly girl!

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I really love this pattern and so does she!  I like the boxy, slightly cropped fit. It has a neckband option as well if you’d prefer it without a hood.  She has asked for another one that she can add patches to.  I think it will be my go-to jacket for my younger kids.

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The snap front also makes it a fairly quick sew.  I did struggle with one step- sewing the sleeve cuffs to the main and lining arms.  The instructions don’t have the seam hidden in between the layers and I really wanted to figure out the clean finish.  After unpicking multiple times, I gave up and did it per the tutorial.  Do you know the magic way?  If done correctly this pattern could be reversible.  I love that idea!

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I absolutely adore this fabric line and think it will make the most beautiful things.  Little baby quilts, bedding, dresses, ugh!  It all would be adorable!

Joy Jacket from Chalk and Notch

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It’s not often that you sew up a challenging, time-consuming project then immediately start dreaming up your next one.  The Joy Jacket from Chalk and Notch has left me wanting more!  It’s such a versatile, lightweight jacket that will get so much love.   Read to the end so you can win your own copy too to make your jacket fantasies come true!

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With Spring on my mind, I knew I wanted a pretty pink jacket.   I ordered a fancy gold zipper and blush fabric only to not have my intended fabric ship on time.  In stepped Diana at Raspberry Creek Fabrics to rescue me!  A few days later this gorgeous blush peach lightweight twill was in my hands and my jacket dreams were a reality.

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All I can think is “Man, that’s a pur-ty jacket!”  I love how it turned out and think it will be a great date night layer.

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The story behind this pattern is a touching one.  Emily of Enjoyful Makes has a much beloved jacket of her late mother’s and searched high and low for a similar one.  In stepped Gabriela of Chalk and Notch.  She took the jacket and drafted a pattern even better than the original.  The pattern is named after Emily’s mom, Joy.  Such a sweet story and I knew I needed one of my own.

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There are multiple options with this pattern.  I chose the wide collar version but there is also a hood option.  I did the square patch pocket but there are cute angled pockets as well.  I did a drawstring at the neck but you can add one at the hem as well.

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The jacket is also fully lined and beautifully finished.  I used this gorgeous rayon challis also from Raspberry Creek.

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With my fabric mix up I was terribly behind in the testing.  We had arranged studio time on a Friday morning and I picked up my fabric that Wednesday morning.  Totally enough time to sew up a jacket, right?!!  I had my pattern prepped and waiting so by the time my fabric came out of the dryer I was ready to roll.  After putting kids to bed, I was able to sew uninterrupted until about midnight and had my jacket almost finished except for topstitching.  I would call myself a timid intermediate sewist and feel like if I could sew this jacket any adventurous beginner could tackle this.  You’ll learn new skills and with a sew-along planned Gabriela will walk you through all the difficult steps too.  I love the feeling you get from a well finished, challenging sew and this jacket is right up there.

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While I absolutely love this jacket, I think this fabric is a bit too light colored and sheer to be practical for daily wear.  There are other colors of this fabric in stock that would work fantastic though.  The Heathered Grey Twill is this same fabric content and would make the best everyday choice.  I’m hoping to make another that I can throw on for errands and soccer games.   Raspberry Creek has stocked fabrics just perfect for this pattern.  There are multiple colors of Tencel Twill that would be beautiful and lots of pretty lining choices too.

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I was so lucky to get together with my sewing buddies for pics.  I love how our jackets all suit us to a tee.  Tiahna of Ammon Lane, Rachel of Little Fish, and Nicole of Merritts Makes are sewing rockstars.  I always love their style and take on patterns.

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Ready to win your own copy?!  Just comment on this post (make sure to leave your email address)- that’s it!  I’ll pick a random winner on Monday February 26th.  I can’t wait to see everyone living in their Joy Jackets!

Heidi and Finn Veritas Cape

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I’ve been loving the poncho trend and was just about to draft my own pattern when the tester call went out for the new Heidi and Finn Veritas Cape.  It was WAY better than I could have come up with and the animal hood options are too cute for words!

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It’s so cozy and so, so stinkin’ darling!  In sizes 12 months- 14 years, there’s a hood and a nice chunky cowl option too.

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I sewed up the bunny hood option for my little one.  Man, she kills me even when she’s pouting!

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I used a super soft cream fleece and the pink is a sweater knit.  This pattern works beautifully for all those thick, yummy knits you’ve been hoarding!

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I love the subtle hi-low hem and the facing is so fun to add a pop of color.

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This cutie loves her new poncho!  All my kids are super jealous of it and have asked for their own.  I’ve got to say that I’m with them…I need one for me too!

Decklyn Jacket by Blaverry

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Guys, I made a jacket!  Like a cute, zippered real life jacket!

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And I took a million pictures to prove it!

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Because when it looks this gorgeous on your little model you just can’t help yourself!

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This is my second pattern from Blaverry.  I mentioned last month that I’ve been given the opportunity to work with Christie at Blaverry to help promote her fantastic pattern shop.

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In return for a pattern I promise to spread the word about her patterns.  Great deal, right?

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This month when she announced that the Decklyn jacket would be the pattern to promote I honestly was terrified!  I sew knits… like half hour, quick and painless projects.

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While this jacket took a bit longer- two nap times shockingly, it was such a satisfying sew.

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The pattern is impeccably made and the details are so good!

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It’s fully lined and has the cutest zippered sleeve accents!

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I used a cotton twill from Joann’s and a woven lace I picked up in LA.  The lining is something I’ve had in my stash for awhile.  Sophie picked it out and I think I’m rubbing off on her- I totally would have picked it for myself!

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I love that this jacket will take her right into the spring!

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The pattern instructions are fantastic and Christie is so readily available if you ever have any questions.  I just love that about pdf patterns- most designers love to help!

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She loves it as much as I do- can you tell?!!

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She said she will happily wear it every day!

I told you I took a million pictures!  As much as I love my quick sews, my favorite makes are always the ones that I take my time on.  The amazing details and perfect fit make this a project that I’ll be proud of for a long time.