Spring is coming with Ava Kate from Riley Blake Fabrics

I’m sure we’re like so many in the western hemisphere, getting our first glimpses of spring. Utah spring means snow one day and 65 degrees the next. It means constantly checking the forecast but also knowing that if you don’t like the weather today, don’t worry! Chances are tomorrow will be completely different! The warm days have me so excited for spring!

The sunshine and warm weather was perfect to photograph the newest line from Riley Blake and Carina Gardner, Ava Kate. Ava Kate is full of beautiful florals, stunning damasks, and fun stripes. The black, seafoam, blush, and cayenne palette is one I can get behind.

I used three fabrics from this collection. My younger daughter is in Vines Seafoam and my older daughter picked Cayenne stripes. I lined them both with Flowers Cayenne and did a matching hair tie as well.

Payton has a thing for baby doll style dresses. Week after week she reaches for this style to wear to church. Something loose and easy to wear almost always wins with her. I sewed up the Chloe Dress from Vintage Little Lady. This is a free pattern and is available in Tween, girls, and baby sizing. Talk a bout a winner!

I sewed up a tween size 10 and forgot to add length to the skirt (she’s in a 14 height!). Yep, this little miss is shooting up just like her sister. For so long, she was my easy, one straight size girl. The last year she has really lengthened and is growing up way too fast! I tried to convince her it was ‘vintage length’ and she said “Vintage like what they wore on the Brady Bunch?” That was my cue to add a little more to the skirt, lol! Luckily I had just enough fabric left to do another quick tier and now we’re calling it a design feature.

This dress pattern is a dolman style bodice and is a super quick sew. I’m pretty sure both girls will be getting many more of these. It’s just such a classic style!

I had a sweet neighbor give me some of her old sewing notions and I was so happy to come across these buttons in her stash. They were just the perfect pop!

I just love this color on her and will keep filling her closet with it. She had to double check when I told her it matched her eyes perfectly!

This cute girl is definitely a teenager and it’s getting a little trickier to sew for her. Luckily she’s easy to please!

She’s still barely in the sizing at Little Lizard King and I am going to be so sad when the day comes that we can’t use their kids patterns for her anymore. I sewed up the Mavora in top length. The Mavora has so many options and darling ruffles (you might not even recognize it from my version!) but I fell in love with a simple tester version in stripes and knew I had to use it for this fabric. I was hopeful to fit a dress out of this fabric but sadly didn’t have quite enough. I think it was a happy accident though because this top couldn’t be more perfect for her!

I love the wide shoulders and fit. It feels sporty but still very feminine.

I sewed up a size 12 with added length to both the bodice (1.5″) and peplum (1.5″).

I used another vintage button for her keyhole closure and it was meant to be too! Her hair tie is created like you would do bias tape but I just sewed up the edges. Left untied felt very teenage-y!

Shooting these pics really had me excited for more outdoor shoots in the future. I have so many new favorite shots of my girls from this shoot!

Like these two! Pretty much sums up their relationship and personalities!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’re enjoying that first taste of spring in your neck of the woods!

Suit Up for Summer 2021 Day Four- Tween Girl Fashion

We’re almost to the end of our week ‘o fun! I’m pretty sure I’ll go into swimsuit withdrawals when the tour ends. Good thing for you, you can still pick up Raspberry Creek Fabrics swim fabrics at 15% off with code SWIMTOUR.

Every year my girls and I go swimsuit shopping and every year we leave empty handed. We struggle so much trying to find suits that both fit their personalities and just plain FIT! My oldest daughter is now in junior sizing and somehow that means that their are even less options that work for her. It makes me so happy that I can sew both of my girls suits that really work for them.

This year I tried a few new to us patterns. The first is the Hibiscus pattern from Honeydew Kisses.

I think my girls have been a part of the design process for so long that when I asked for swimsuit ideas this year, I should not have been surprised to get this drawing from Payton. She really wanted the cutouts on the side and a fun strappy back. She was thrilled when I pulled up the Hibiscus pattern and it matched up with her vision!

I sewed up view B in a 9/10 with added length. We skipped all the ruffles to get as close to her inspiration as possible.

When I was her age, I had a very similar suit that I thought was THE COOLEST! My mom loved it because it was a one-piece and I loved it because the little cutouts seemed so grown up to me. This tie dye print just ups the rad factor!

For her second suit I used the Little Lizard King Sanibel. She loves all the little tie front tops in the shops and the Sanibel is absolutely adorable! I love all of the Little Lizard King swim line and plan to work our way through them all.

We used another fun tie dye and paired it with the light blue and yellow swim solids. The colors are just so cheerful and scream summer to me!

I sewed up a size 10 classic neck tankini length top with tie and the gathered side panel bottoms. This pattern had multiple options for the top and you can add lots of little extras like flutters and ruffles too. It’s no surprise that we skipped most of those. I love that this suit feels sporty but also a little feminine with the side gathers on the bottoms and tie on the top.

Big sis picked out fabrics and had ideas too but I steered her towards the Xfactor top after sewing my own. She was super easy to persuade and picked out the long sleeves for her version.

I added the same bra cups and shelf bra lining to hers that I did to mine and it gives just the right support for her.

She picked out this Dash Dot Abstract print and then we struggled with what to pair it with. It looked great with the black and white micro stripe as well as the bright yellow solid we had too. We settled on this vibrant lipstick pink and I love the pop of color it brings. We used the Calypso bottoms (they’re her most worn from previous years) and I did the same modification from the past, cutting them at the non-banded line but still adding the band. This gives them a little more height and she likes that her top and bottoms just meet.

Sophie has had this inspiration pic saved and wanted to recreate it. The Viridian from Jennuine Design was perfect with it’s separate panel pieces.

She loved this bold leopard print and then pairing it with black really made it suitable for her. She loves fashion but doesn’t like to draw too much attention to herself so this is the perfect way to wear a bold print like this.

For her top, I lined it in a lightweight techno scuba fabric instead of adding cups. This added a bit of smoothness and was a great solution. I sewed up a straight size 12 with the racer-back and she has a teeny bit of growing room so hopefully this will last all summer.

While getting ideas this year we came across this unique top from Albion Fit. She loved it and I immediately started looking for ways to recreate it. It’s a simple peasant style and searched my pattern stash to no luck. I asked in our swim tour group and they were so helpful and I landed on the Gypsy Top from Striped Swallow Designs.

I sewed up a size 12 crop length with short sleeves. We made it so she can wear her Viridian top underneath so this is just like a little coverup top. I made casings instead of following the pattern instructions since she wanted it to look more like the inspiration.

I like the higher neckline but could see her wanting a wider, lower neck in the future. This was a fun, creative make that isn’t your typical swim top and that’s what we love about sewing our own swimwear! It allows you to dream big and try new things.

My girls are loving their new suits and we’re dying for warm weather to break them in! Sewing for tweens and teens can be tricky but I love the collaborative process with my girls. It’s so fun to bring an idea to live and to create suits that fit them so perfectly!

Make sure to check out the other amazing blogger this week! Today’s sewists are bringing it big time!


Made by Kates  Violet and Jewels  Sweet Mama Life  All Things Katy!

Intensely Distracted  Pins & Pinot  My Heart Will Sew On  The Petite Sewist

All My Spare Time  Kara Metta  Handcrafted by RED  Sincerely, Shantelle

Replicate Then Deviate  That’s Sew Kari  Desert Blooms  Boo + Lu


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Riley Blake Stardust

In the middle of all of my swimsuit sewing, I took a break to sew up this sweet dress. I’m really in the mood for all of the warm weather sewing and this dress just hit the spot.

Working with Riley Blake is a treat and I love being able to sew up their new lines. Stardust by Beverly McCullough of Flamingo Toes is such a fun line and was a pleasure to sew up!

I picked Glam Glasses in mint as our main print and paired it with Scallops Peony. I love the retro beachy vibe of the whole collection.

To keep with that retro feel, I sewed up the Byron Bay dress by Little Lizard King. The simple silhouette screams 50’s housewife to me. I sewed up a size 10 according to her measurements and lengthened the skirt a bit for her height (she’s a 14 for height).

The elastic back means this dress will grow a little with her. I love the look of it too!

I kept things simple and used snaps instead of buttons. I can’t remember the last time I used snaps and I love how easy and quick they are!

To finish off the look I sewed up a Lilly Bow Scrunchie from Little Fish. Rachel shares a genius way to make a scrunchie using your favorite hair elastics and the end result is just too cute!

This dress makes me want to head to the boardwalk and eat ice cones as the sunsets. It just makes me think of all the simple pleasures of life!

New Dresses in Riley Blake My Heritage

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 used Grid in Dark Teal and Plaid in Cream. I love how they work together!

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.

Midsummer Meadow by Riley Blake

The new line Midsummer Meadow by Katherine Lenius for Riley Blake is so quintessentially summer! It was fun to pick easy to wear summer pieces for this adorable fabric.

It seems like summer has hit us full blast here in Utah with temps climbing high! My girls wanted some cute play shorts to get them through this heat and these prints were so perfect.

My oldest picked the Brea Top and Shorts from Little Lizard King. I seem to be gravitating to LLK often these days and each new pattern I try cements them as one of my go-to pattern companies for my girls. They continue to come out with darling women’s and boys patterns too and I’m going to have to give them a try soon.

We both really loved that front yoke shaping! I think for our future pairs I will need to add a little length and pockets. These can feel a little pajama-y and I think pockets will make them way more functional. She loves these as is though and they’ll be perfect for our lounging at home this summer.

The Brea top has optional flutter sleeves but we went with the sleeveless option because it felt a little more grown-up. The tie-front waistband is such a sweet touch!

I love these two prints together! The sea glass color of the Woven print is one of my all time favorite shades. It’s a classic print that she’ll be able to wear with lots of her tees and tops. This main floral print is such a pretty wildflower look. She can’t wait to pair it with jean cutoffs too!

This butterfly print hooked me into this collection. When it arrived I couldn’t help but start dreaming up ways that an over 40-year-old woman could get away with wearing it. I think it’d be a darling Love Notions Melody Dolman or Hey June Amherst. Or I could always settle for darling pj’s too!

This girl was having none of that though! This print was hers and she was NOT sharing. We went with the Lilly Petal Shorts from Violette Fields Threads and I think they’ll get worn so much this summer! Paired with a tee in Aqua knit, this outfit was perfect for tramp jumping, cookie making, and bike riding.

I like the unique style of the Lilly shorts. I omitted the lining, knowing they’d already be pretty substantial in quilter’s cotton. It was so fun to pull out all my trims and let her pick. This trim from the Target Dollar Spot years ago was such a cute accent. She loves the fringe!

We love this gorgeous new line and know you will too!

Little Lizard King Amsterdam in Gem Stones from Riley Blake Designs

Did you guys audibly gasp at this fabric?! I mean c’mon, it’s pretty darn amazing! When I first saw the new Gem Stones Bright line from Riley Blake Designs I knew this little girl would be in heaven! There are so many colors to choose from and that ombre is to die for! We chose the Flamingo colorway but it was such a tough choice. We love the subtle sparkle of the gold squares with the bright, vibrant colors. Sooooo pretty!

I knew this fabric needed an equally stunning pattern to really showcase it so we searched our favorite makers for something new to us. I’ve always loved the Little Lizard King Amsterdam every time I’ve seen it sewed up and she was smitten the first time she saw the listing. I knew we needed a maxi dress to really showcase this fabric and I think this pattern was the perfect choice.

This project was such a fun sew. I loved working with the fabric and trying to figure out the best way to really make it shine. She requested a yellow bodice and I love how the dress feels anchored by the turquoise hem. I love sewing dresses and sewing them in quilting cotton is so nice. The stability and weight make it so easy to sew and press. The weight adds a little more body to the skirt. She felt like a princess in this dress and said she can’t wait for an occasion to wear it (with us rarely leaving the house these days she might just be wearing it to the park or a backyard bar-b-que!).

Nothing like a happy kid to make you love this hobby!

This fabric really is amazing! The ombre runs selvage to selvage and it was the perfect width for this maxi dress. My mind is racing with all of the cute possibilities with it! Thank you to Riley Blake for letting us play with this fun line!

Abbie’s Garden from Riley Blake Designs

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I’m excited to be back here on the blog today.  Sewing time is scarce these days and blogging time seems even scarcer.  The sun is shining and I’ve got a house full of kids these days so we are spending as much time outside as possible.  I do love spending a morning at my sewing machines though and this fun fabric from Riley Blake was a perfect excuse to sew!

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I always love Sue Daley’s designs and Abbie’s Garden is no exception.  The pinks and blues are just the perfect shades and I love the pop of black with them.  I always get sucked in by the florals but the darling main prints are so sweet too.

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My girls and I picked two simple prints from the collection.  My younger daughter went with Abbie’s Garden Floral in Black while my older daughter wanted something more subtle and non-floral and picked the Garden Lattice in Charcoal.  There are so many great coordinating prints with this collection!

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For this dress I turned to a free pattern from Simple Life Pattern Co., the Catalina Dress.  I always love finding great free patterns that I can recommend and this one is fantastic!  It’s a classic sundress that comes in sizes 2-12.  The elastic back means no closures so it’s a quick sew too!  It’s perfect for highlighting those special fabrics and a great base to really play around with.  I’m already envisioning a pretty stripe version or playing with the straps a little for fun.

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When she put this on and requested a ponytail, I got all kinds of 50’s school girl vibes.  I had to teach her about Sandra Dee and she loved her style!

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My oldest wanted something other than a dress and the search was on for just the right pattern.  Little Lizard King released the Cannes pattern just last week and the moment I saw it I knew it’d be perfect!  This pattern comes in sizes 12 mos.-14 and features top and dress options.  With a v-neckline in the front and back, it’s another no closure pattern.  It’s finished with bias around the neckline and arms instead of another layer or facing which makes it nice and lightweight.

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While it works great in quilting cotton, I think it’d be lovely in a rayon challis or gauze too!  Bonus points moms, there’s a ladies version as well!

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It was so fun to head to one of our favorite walking trails for these pictures.  Summertime is in the air and I can’t wait for more days like this.  We had to stop for our first snow cones of the season after this shoot and for a moment all was right with the world!

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A huge thank you to Riley Blake for sponsoring the fabric for this post.  Make sure you check out Abbie’s Garden at your local quilt shop!

Monterey Romper in Floral Hues by Riley Blake

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This project was a fun one!  It combined so many of my favorite things:  This girl, great fabric, a new pattern, and a totally fun photo shoot.

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This project started with the fabric.  Riley Blake let us pick fabric from the new Floral Hues collection.  This girl has such a huge love of all things red and immediately loved the simplicity of this print.  We paired the Floral Hues Daisies in Red with a tiny bit of the Dots in Red.  It’s such a sweet combo and the whole Floral Hues line has a great classic vintage vibe.

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This is a lovely cotton lawn and it feels amazing!  I love the softness of Riley Blake’s lawn and think it’s perfect for so many apparel projects.  This picture just shows the weight and lightness of this fabric so well.   It’s so breezy and light but I wouldn’t hesitate to wear this without a lining either.  The lighting hit her just right and you get just a peek of her silhouette.

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We used the Little Lizard King Monterey Romper to really highlight this fabric.  This girl absolutely loves rompers and I love to make them for her.  She loves all the options with this pattern but has been wanting the split sleeve version since it released.  I’m known to ask my girls if they like a pattern when it releases and then sit on it for months and months until they finally break down and beg me to sew it up!  I guess I’m a tease like that 😉

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I was able to easily blend sizes to make it work perfectly for my tall slim girly.  The construction was actually really quick and I’d highly recommend this pattern.  It’s easy to get on and off which is a big deal with rompers.  Overall, I’m sure we’ll make more of these cute one pieces.

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Very little sewing this summer has meant very few photo shoots as well.  I MISS being behind the camera so much!  This shoot and the time I got to spend editing it were actually my favorite parts of the whole process.  We hit a little trail just a couple of miles from our house and loved just wandering and exploring.  It was a gorgeous summer evening and I couldn’t get enough of this sweet girl.

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I just love these little moments I get to squeeze in with my kiddos.  Being able to capture them as they grow and mature is something I’m so grateful for.  Lucky you that you get to see it right along with me, lol!

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Thank you Riley Blake for the pretty fabric and the push it gave us to create these great memories!

Hawthorne Threads Oh What Fun! Blog Hop

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If you’re dreaming of holiday sewing have I got a post for you!  Hawthorne Threads newest holiday line, Oh What Fun, is spectacular and I’m thrilled to be sharing it with you.  The best part is one lucky reader will win 3 yards all to themselves!

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I sat down with my girls and we debated FOREVER about which prints to choose.  The line comes in two colorways- Spruce and Sweet.  I’m a sucker for non-traditional Christmas colors and this line really pulled me in.   We picked Dashing Through the Snow in Onyx with a gorgeous mint solid and Merry and Bright in Sweet.

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I love that they can wear these dresses all winter long!  This fabric is thicker than your normal quilting cotton and a dream to sew.

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I knew I wanted a simple silhouette for my oldest- something that would really let this fun fabric really shine.  I used the Norah Dress from Welcome to the Mouse House.  I did a size 7 with a 12 length for my tall girl.  I love the sweet a-line and classic feel it has.

I changed the dress slightly by adding an exposed zipper on the back.  I felt like it needed a little edge to please this picky girly.

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I’ve been dreaming of making a Little Lizard King Double Scoop Dress since it’s release and I knew this fabric was destined for one.  This pattern is AMAZING!  It will be my new go-to for that classic fitted bodice dress.  The options with this one are darling and I’m already planning my next one.

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I did KAM snaps up the back that match the mint just perfect!  This dress has a retro feel that I adore!  The full skirt, peter pan collar, big bow sash- seriously too cute for words!

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These girls were thrilled that their new dresses matched their newly redecorated bedroom- no wonder we were smitten with these fabrics!  They had a blast shooting these fun looks.

Now for the good part:  You can win three yards of fabric from Hawthorne Threads!

GIVEAWAY OVER!! Congrats Vickie Zaleski, you were chosen by random.org!

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All you need to do is head over to the site and check out their amazing in-house lines and leave a blog comment here telling me your favorites.  You’ll be blown away with the crazy huge selection and stunning prints they have to offer.  They are perfect for apparel, crafts, and home decorating projects.  I’ve got my heart set on a few for new pillows to refresh our living room.  Winner will be randomly selected and notified after the tour ends- Tuesday November 22.

Make sure you check out the other stops on the tour for more inspiration and chances to win!

Tuesday 11/15- Hawthorne Threads Blog

Wednesday 11/16- Olivia Jane Handcrafted

Thursday 11/17- Holly Gets Quilty

Friday 11/18- Lillyella

Monday 11/21- Violette Field Threads

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