It’s officially fall and that means it’s plaid season! I will take all of the plaids, all of the time!
This post is sponsored by Riley Blake fabrics. I got to work with one of their newest lines, My Heritage by My Minds Eye. The subtle colors and antique feel really drew me in. There are pretty Family Tree panels that have me wishing I quilted.
My girls and I were thrilled with the plaids in this collection. Classic and the colors are my favorite. I will put my kids in teal as much as possible!
I was excited to sew new dresses for my girls. We scoured our patterns and I had to purchase the new Little Lizard King Nara after discovering I was seriously lacking a cute drop waist dress pattern. Now, that cream plaid dress was meant for my oldest daughter but when she tried it on it was shockingly short and not at all drop waist! Oh boy! Turns out I totally forgot to lengthen it for her tall body, duh! Sewing fail for sure. I’d printed out the pattern weeks ago in preparation and then just went for it when it came time to finally sew it up. Luckily, little sis LOVED it and was thrilled with my ‘mistake’. And the cute teal dress looks darling on big sis- win win!
For this dress I used the Jilly Atlanta Marlow– a favorite I sewed up here. I love the simple design and classic look. This is a size 8 width lengthened (remember this was meant for lil sis). The Marlow has cute front ruffles that I adore but unfortunately my girls are not big fans. Keep things plain and simple for them and then things will get worn. I’ve learned the hard way!
Throw in some simple wood buttons and I’m sold!
Can we all just agree that this dress really was made for this girl? I’m not sure what I was thinking. It just suits her so much! This is the Nara from Little Lizard King. The Nara is another pattern that is full of options and details but in sticking with my philosophy of less is more we went basic. I used the long sleeve but did a simple casing at the wrist to eliminate the slight wrist ruffle. No bodice pleating or collar either… both details I’d love to do someday. This is a size 10 lengthened to a 14 in the bodice and skirt.
A pretty button front and a bias cut plaid really make me so happy!
We brought little brother along for this photo shoot and he played DJ and behind the scenes jokester. Oh boy, the outtakes with this shoot were too funny!
Thanks for stopping by! Head to your local quilt shop to pick up these pretty prints.
This time I sewed up two dresses- my favorite thing to sew with Riley Blake quilting cottons. As usually it was torture narrowing down our fabric choices. My oldest is steering away from florals and this collection had a few beautiful prints that she loved. My younger daughter loves pinks and blues and I knew so many of the prints in this line would look pretty on her.
This print was such a beautiful choice. It’s called Bankart Fresco-A and it has such a vintage feel to it. The dark jewel tones are so pretty!
She’s been wanting another Zoey Dress from Violette Fields Threads. This pattern is one of my favorites. I sewed one up for one of my very first collaborations with Riley Blake and it’s still in constant rotation. It’s such a pretty style and one of these days I’m going to convince her she needs a maxi version because it’s just stunning!
Those pretty sleeves get me every time! This pattern comes together quickly thanks to that snap-front placket and bias neckline finish. The fit is nice and easy with an elastic waist that adds comfort and a cute blouson effect.
Little sis got a beautiful ditsy floral in the most gorgeous colors. This print is call Primula Posey-B. The pretty pink, soft blue, and sage green is such a great color combo.
For her dress I used the Jilly Atlanta Marlow Dress. I’m on a bit of a Jilly Atlanta kick. I’ve hesitated to buy her patterns recently since my girls are at the top end of the size range but they seriously are sooo cute that I can’t help myself. They’ve got their eyes on a couple of more of her patterns so expect to see a lot more Jilly Atlanta love around these parts.
The Marlow is full of sleeve and skirt options which makes it a pattern that I can switch up a lot. This is the short sleeves with vintage length. You can do bodice or sleeve ruffles and there’s a clever front pocket to add too. I love the relaxed fit. It’s totally something I’d have in my closet too!
My love for all things Liberty continues with this collection. The collaboration with Riley Blake makes me so happy! The lower price point makes these precious prints affordable and hopefully gets more sewists a chance to work with them. Take a peak at all the Liberty collections with Riley Blake– so many to die for prints!
One of my favorite school projects has always been the 5th-grade wax museum. It’s a chance for students to pick someone from U.S. history to learn about and really get to know more about the amazing people in our country past and present. Sophie came home so excited and immediately googled “important women in the United States”. She wanted someone strong who really made a difference in our nation. I’m not gonna lie but her fashion sense was also key. Knowing she’d get to dress up like her subject really got this fashionista excited!
She stumbled across a few articles on Nancy Reagan and knew that she’d be a unique choice. After reading about her work with the ‘Just Say No’ initiative and scrolling through countless glamorous pictures, she’d found her match! We used this iconic picture as our inspiration for her wax figure day look.
I turned to the JillyAtlanta Agatha Dress to recreate the pussy bow dress in the photo. The pattern is full of options and I loved the timeless style of it. I used a red linen blend from Joann’s (I would have loved to find a more lightweight solid red but you work with what you can get). Simple red buttons really keep with the classic style.
The details with this pattern are incredible. I love JillyAtlanta’s aesthetic and hope I can sew up more of them. The back pleated bodice and bishop sleeves are my favorites!
We happened upon the Healing Field while out doing photos and it was the perfect backdrop for this dress. Our city sets up a field full of American flags, one for each person lost on 9/11. It’s a humbling sight to see and was such a great opportunity to share the events of that day with my kids. It opened up a conversation about love, healing, and the incredible people of this country.
I told her this photo could be her campaign picture when she runs for president! It captures her heart and represents so much love and hope for our future.
And this one is just her… trying to hold in her smile as she quietly glides through life. She’s destined for greatness and I’m thrilled to be along for her ride!