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 


 

 

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Christmas Line 2018

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Am I the only one that’s missing the lazy days of summer?  It seems to me like once school starts it’s full speed ahead!  Halloween comes quickly, then Thanksgiving, and BAM! It’s Christmas!  I’m grateful to have a little headstart on my holiday sewing thanks to Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

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The new CLUB Christmas prints hit the shop last week and are on sale for $1 off per yard through tomorrow, Friday October 19th.  These 12 prints are available on our favorite 95/5 cotton lycra jersey and french terry knits.  My kids are spoiled and having grown up in CLUB knits they reach for their CLUB makes over and over again.

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I loved playing with these gorgeous blue and grey french terry prints.  My sister and I sewed up coordinating looks for these cute cousins.  Little Edie got a Skiff Tee from Jennuine Designs (a great pattern for scraps and color blocking!).  My Charlie is sporting a Constance Sweater from Sew A Little Seam and his best smolder and big sis is also wearing a Constance.

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How cool is it to be able to use the same pattern for two different looks for both a boy and a girl?!  I sure love this pattern!

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For this girl look I used this Snowflake French Terry.  I did the puff sleeve, hood, and kangaroo pocket all at her request.  It’s so fun to sit down with this pattern and let them choose exactly the look they want.  She’d been dying to recreate her favorite rtw hoodie and this one totally fit the bill.

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I added a little premade vinyl I picked up at Michael’s for the perfect little bling!

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How bout this plaid?!  It’s pretty cute, right?!  I paired it with the light grey jersey for bands and it’s love!

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I love that this print is great for the holidays but will also work well into spring too.  I love it layered over a chambray button-up and just might have to copy this look for myself.

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My favorite thing to make with CLUB jersey is pajamas.  They are the ultimate in comfort- soft, breathable, and they hold up so well to multiple washings each week.  They’re the first pj’s my kids reach for and the perfect use of all those fun prints they love.  These Christmas pj’s will be an instant favorite for sure (she may or may not be going on wearing these two days in a row ;))

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I love to use tried and true patterns to create pajamas.  I used our beloved Camden Raglan from Hey June Handmade paired with our favorite Love Notions Leggins for an easy, quick outfit.  This darling Christmas Dot paired with the basic green stripe and red jersey made such a cute combo.

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I’m so excited that Raspberry Creek is adding new base options to their CLUB line.  These three prints are available on double brushed polyester and poly rayon spandex french terry.

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The double brushed polyester Deer Buffalo Plaid was perfect for these girls.  My oldest daughter has a severe obsession with all things buffalo plaid and immediately requested this print as soon as she saw it.  She was thrilled to match her little cousin.

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My daughter is also sporting Love Notions Leggins.  They fit her perfect and worked great for this fabric.  The negative ease in this pattern isn’t as much as other patterns I’ve tried meaning that this fabric doesn’t get stretched super thin across her hips.  The drape of this base is also perfect for flowy dresses like the Groove Dress from MadeIt Patterns.

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The hi-low option of this dress is just too cute!  And your girls will just love the twirl factor!

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Lastly, I got to sew up this gorgeous floral print in double brushed poly.    It’s so pretty and was perfect for a Li’l LDT Dress for Sophie.  I love this colorway on her!  We did the bishop sleeve, cowl neck options of this pattern and think it’s the perfect seasonal transition look.

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Isn’t that subtle lace background divine?!

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Are you already sewing for Christmas?  Are you one of those crazy ladies that frantically sews EVERYONE matching pj’s (yep, I’ve been there!)?  Make sure you grab your fabrics on sale through Friday.  Excited to see all your holiday makes!

 

A Mini Capsule for Tweens

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As we were preparing for the cooler weather we found a few holes in this girls closet.  She loves to wear tunics and leggings and needed more to work into her wardrobe.  We loved this mustard dot (surprise, surprise) french terry from Knitpop and built a mini capsule around it.

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While back to school shopping she fell in love with these GapKids leggings.  We know that rtw leggings rarely fit so we set to find fabric to recreate them.   This wildflower print (also from Knitpop) was perfect!

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She got two more leggings out of fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  This tropical floral print made a cute pair of capris.

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I used two tried and true patterns for these looks.  The Sloane Sweater from Love Notions is so full of options that she can have a closet full and no one will know they’re all the same pattern!  This is the simple classic tunic version but we love the yoke version too.  Our go-to leggings pattern is the FREE Love Notions Leggins’.  With a yoga waistband these sew up in a flash!

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We love these classic, everyday looks and know they’re going to get worn all fall and winter!

Project Run and Play- Week Three:On Safari

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Wow!  I can’t believe I’m here on week three!  This competition has been so fun and I’m so lucky to be doing it with such amazing, fun ladies.  They’ve been knocking it out of the park and keeping me on my toes.

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This weeks theme is Halloween Costumes.  I have a confession- I HATE sewing costumes!  So much work for something that gets worn once or twice.  I’m far too practical for that.  In the past my handmade costumes have been quick, easy projects.  This competition pushed me to spend a lot more time on their looks BUT I also stayed true to myself and made pieces that can be worn long after the last piece of Halloween candy has been eaten.

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Their costumes this year are a little tribute to their Grandma and Grandpa who are serving a humanitarian mission in South Africa and Zimbabwe.  Some of us were lucky enough to get to visit them and a highlight of our trip was an amazing three-day safari.  We thought it would be a special homage to them to plan our Halloween costumes around an African theme.  (Little brother will also be wearing his favorite RTW lion costume-roar!)

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Sophie’s outfit is one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever done.  I used the Cafe Romper from Sew Straight and Gather.  This girl loves rompers but can never find one that fits her tall, skinny body.  I added two inches to both the bodice and pants to get the perfect fit for her.  We skipped the hidden button placket in order to showcase these brushed gold buttons.  I added cargo pockets to the bodice and also to the pants.  She loves ALL the pockets!

A faux button sleeve tab and leather pocket tab are little details that really elevate this outfit.  I used a faux suede from Joann’s for this romper.  I love the look and she loves how soft and comfortable it is.

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For those chilly Halloween nights she can throw on her cozy quilted knit bomber jacket, made using the Ollie Bomber Jacket from Sew A Little Seam.  The quilted knit is from Hobby Lobby.  It’s such a great jacket- chic and so on trend.  She will get lots and lots of wear out of this piece.

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This girl is ready to hit the savanna!

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Payton is comfy and cute in her leopard costume.  I went simple and easy and made pieces that will mix and match into her wardrobe when Halloween is over.  I used this fabric from CaliFabrics and it was perfect!  My original plan was to make a one-piece skinsuit with a built-in tail.  Then the practical side of me kicked in 😉  This is much easier to wear and going to the bathroom will actually be doable, haha!

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Her top is a slimmed down Flashback Skinny Tee modified to have a mock-neck and thumb-hole cuffs.

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Her leggings are our favorite pattern- the Love Notions free Leggins’.  They fit my girls like a glove!

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Her tail is a simple belt that can easily be taken on and off.

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To keep her warm on Halloween night I did a self drafted scarf-neck cardigan using sleeves from the Hatteras Hoodie from Hey June.  I used a cheap blanket from Wal-Mart that is both comfy and warm.  I added pockets to keep her treasures too!

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We had such a blast shooting these looks.  We headed to our little slice of savanna and it was just amazing!

 

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We’ve had such a blast sharing our creations with you during this competition.  It’s really been a dream come true and I’ve had so much fun working with my kids on these looks.  I hope to stick around for next week so we can show you our ‘Signature Looks’.  Take a quick minute to head over and vote over at Project Run and Play.  Thanks for stopping by!

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