Love Notions Sewing Retreat and Projects

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It’s been almost a month since the Love Notions sewing retreat. I can’t believe I was one of the lucky ones in attendance and it’s definitely an experience I’ll cherish. Friendships were made and strengthened, sewing skills were learned, projects were finished, fabric was scored, and a great time was had by all. I can’t wait to share with you my experience and of course all the projects I was able to start or finish while there!

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I’ve worked with Tami at Love Notions for a couple of years now. She was one of my first ever pattern tests and it was such a great experience. I loved how hands on she was through the testing process, sometimes sewing up a dozen or more of each design right along with the testers. She puts so much effort into perfecting a pattern and her eye for detail and design is amazing. I also just really love her classic, simple style! Needless to say, I was super excited to finally meet the whole Love Notions crew in person! It felt like being with old friends! My favorite parts of the whole weekend were talking sewing, family, and life with these ladies. Kelly (Handmade Boy), Rachel Ring (Handcrafted By Red), and Caroline Gaddy (Sew Like A Sloth) have been such inspiration and it was incredible spending time with them in the flesh.

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The venue was perfect! A cabin in the woods with 38 women- all there to share their love of sewing, what could be better. There was a big main room where we had classes (a fitting class, a pattern hacking class, a vinyl workshop, a photography class, and a sew-a-long) and free sewing. The Sly Fox Fabrics crew were amazing and treated us to the best game of Yankee Swap I’ve ever played (purses and fabric prizes, hello!). We hung out in the hot tub, ate lots of yummy food, and of course sewed our hearts out. These women were all so different and brought so much to our group. I’m so grateful I got to know these ladies from all over the US (and you cute Canadian Lisa!). For this shy, introvert sewing can be so solitary but it was so nice to be able to share this passion of mine with so many inspiring, incredible women. Thanks for such a fantastic few days!

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While I was there, I did actually sew a few things 😉 My plan was to cut out projects and I was super productive cutting three Moto Maxx joggers for my little guy and a Classic Tee for myself. While there I sewed up this Serenity Sweater during the Sew-A-Long and also a Rockford Raglan. I’m also sharing my latest Boyfriend Cardigan that I tried to have done in time for the retreat (everyone sews the day before a big trip, right?!) but had to save til I returned.

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The Serenity Sweater (affiliate links included in this post) was a bit out of my comfort zone and I’m so glad I sewed it up. I love the clever construction! It’s such a cute, on-trend piece that I love to dress up or down. I stopped at Raspberry Creek Fabrics a few days before my trip and loaded up on pretties to sew up. This Teal Brushed Hacci Sweater Knit was perfect for this pattern. I love the vibrant color so much!

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The other thing I sewed while at the retreat was this Rockford Raglan. The retreat was located just outside of Rockford so it was only fitting that I sew one up!

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This gorgeous Floral Sweater Knit made for such a pretty sweater. I tend to always use contrasting fabrics for raglans but love the simplicity of this one done in a single fabric. I love the relaxed fit of the Rockford and the quick finish that it is.

classic1The Classic Tee is a favorite in my wardrobe and I’ve been wanting to add some long sleeve versions. I cut into this pretty Rust Floral Double Brushed Polyester at the retreat and sewed it up as soon as I was back home.

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The fit of the Classic Tee is nice and fitted through the chest and shoulders but relaxes through the belly and hips. It’s absolutely perfect in my book!

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And now for the ultimate piece in my new Love Notions wardrobe, a cozy Boyfriend Cardigan. I hate to play favorites but the Boyfriend Cardigan pattern is the chosen one for me. It’s the quintessential layering piece and works so well in so many different fabrics.

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I scored this plush, thick sweater knit in LA almost two years ago and have been meaning to sew it up ever since. It was just made to be a cozy cardigan and I’m so glad it’s now in it’s rightful place in my wardrobe.

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I may or may not have worn it three days in a row… taken a day off, then wore it two more days, lol! The big shawl collar, deep pockets, and long length just make it the best thing ever to throw on for those cold fall days. And in gray, c’mon, it’s a no brainer. This puppy will get worn to death this season.

K- thanks for indulging me as I gush about all things Love Notions. I’m such a fan and I’m so grateful to Tami and the team for letting me join their fun. PS- you can still grab the Ladies Constellation Hoodie on sale through Saturday for $8!

Love Notions Constellation Hoodie

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The Love Notions Constellation Hoodie is here!  The Constellation Hoodie is the women’s version of the popular Kids Navigator Pullover.  I’m anxious to sew up a Navigator for my kiddos and just had to squeeze one in for me first!

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The Constellation Hoodie and Pullover is a loose fitting layering piece that can be made with multiple options.  It features a half-zip front bodice with either a hood or collar.  Thumbhole cuffs, banded or curved hem, and a full bust pattern piece are all included in the pattern.  I love that Love Notions patterns include a big size range, coming in sizes XS-XXXL.

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I love the relaxed fit of this pattern.  It’s nice and long and works great over skinny jeans or leggings.  It’s just made for comfort and those cozy winter days!

I sewed up a straight size small with the hood and thumbhole cuffs.

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For my hoodie I used CLUB Charcoal Black and White dots from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and lined the hood with cozy Robert Kaufman Plaid Flannel.  This combo of dots and plaid floated around the internet like crazy last year and I totally needed to recreate my own version.  The red zipper was a fun pop of color that I debated about for far too long and ended up being one of my favorite touches.  This pattern looks amazing in all different types of fabric from lighter weight french terry and sweater knits to thick, stable fleece and sweatshirting.

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This pattern is rated confident beginner and I think it’s a great project to push your sewing skills.  Sewing the zipper was a breeze with the videos included in the tutorial.  It sewed up easily and I love the new techniques I learned.

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Grab your pattern on sale through Saturday, November 17th.

 

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!

Love Notions Girls Classic Tee

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The Love Notions Classic Tee quickly became my favorite pattern of the summer.  I’m so excited to have the same cute relaxed fitting tee for my girls now!

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The Classic Tee for girls is full of options and will be a great staple year-round.  It comes in sizes 2t- 16, such a huge size range that makes this momma happy.  It’s a cute relaxed fit that looks great with jeans and will layer great come cool weather too! There are two neckline choices, round or v-neck, and multiple sleeve options; short, 3/4, and long.  There’s even more fun sleeve options available on the Love Notions Blog.

This version is done in a lightweight sweater knit.  She is a 7 width with a 10 height- she’s growing taller way faster than she’s filling out and keeping me on my toes when I sew for her.  I’m constantly measuring my kids and they seem to just keep shooting up!  I added length to the bodice but will need to remember to lengthen the sleeves a bit more too.  These are the long length but look more 3/4 length on her long arms.

 

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Big sister got a short sleeve version with the flounce option available on the blog .  I used an ITY for this version and I love the drape of those sleeves in it.

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I’m so excited for plaid season!  This will be darling for the holidays and will look great dressed up for parties too.

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We snuck in these pictures in between an afternoon of activities and this little miss thought it’d be hilarious to prank her mom.  We did all of her individual pictures only for me to see she’d hidden a plastic spider in her hair!  She thought she was so sneaky!  She is my goofball and definitely makes me giggle every day.

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Make sure to grab your copy for a steal at only $5!  This classic pattern will be a great addition to your pattern stash.

Retro Tees with the Cricut Easy Press 2

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This post is sponsored by Cricut.  I received the Cricut Easy Press 2 in exchange for promotion.  All thoughts in this post are my own.

It’s no secret that we’re huge Cricut fans in our house.  We’ve all gotten spoiled and love to create looks that we dream up ourselves.  As a seamstress, I love to create clothes and pick out pattern and fabric combos that suit both me and my children.  The Cricut Maker, Easy Press 2, and sewing products help us take our handmade wardrobe to the next level.

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I’ve been absolutely loving all the rainbow and vintage vibe tees and sweatshirts that are everywhere these days.  It was so much fun to come up with our own sayings and designs and use our handy Cricut tools to create looks that fit their personalities.

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The Cricut EasyPress 2 makes ironing on your vinyl designs such a breeze.  I’m loving the new vibrant color and three different sizes that will suit all your needs.  The small 6″x7″ size works great for baby clothes and little projects.  The medium 9″x9″ size is super versatile and a great all-purpose machine.  The large 12″x10” has been fantastic for our family.  It’s great for youth and adult clothing and has been getting a work out at our house.

The EasyPress 2 is easy to use and is so quick and handy.  It heats up so fast and the ceramic coated plate produces smooth, even heating (something my iron sure lacked!).  I use mine on my kitchen table and I know that it’s protected from the heat by the insulated safety base and the EasyPress Mat.  It gets up to 400 degrees and irons on your designs in no time.  The easy to read digital display makes it easy to set the temperature and timer to suit your iron-on material and fabric.  And I love that it’s easy to store on my shelf and is light and portable.  Phew!  So many great qualities!  I honestly don’t know how I lived without mine.

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When creating these looks I turned to Cricut Design Space and the loads of fonts at my finger tips!  You can create this look for yourself here.  I used the Playroom Sampler pack, with Kelly, Orange, and Sky but I think it’d look amazing in an array of Glitter Iron-On as well.

I’m a Cricut Iron-On convert.  After using different brands I’ve been thrilled with how well our Cricut brand makes have held up.  Cricut has introduced the StrongBond guarantee that will give you the confidence and peace of mind that your iron-on projects will last and last.  The StrongBond guarantee means that if your Cricut iron-on products are used as directed and you’re not completely satisfied, Cricut will replace it for free.  Cricut Iron-on products are made to last 50+ wash and dry cycles and I’m here to testify that ours have taken a beating and still look amazing.  That’s a big deal with kids- their favorites can stick around until they’re outgrown!

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I used the Samson Sweater from Love Notions sized up one and with an extra wide bottom band to give it that oversized look.  This french terry from Raspberry Creek is one of my favorite fabrics for fall.  (I love it so much I used it for my little guys joggers too!)  It’s nice and thick and worked wonderfully with the iron-on.

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This Legendary tee was another fun design.  This kiddo has certainly reached ‘legend’ status at our house so this tee was just too perfect for him.  I used the Boho Sampler pack of Everyday Iron-On for this look.  I used the #121 Ringer Raglan pattern from Thread Faction- I can’t get enough of that slim fit!

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I used the Lexi and Lou Loungers from Made for Mermaids for his pants.  I added a long vinyl stripe down the side and in the pocket for a touch of color.  The large EasyPress made ironing on the stripe simple and easy!  One bonus of making a garment is that you can iron things on flat, before they get completely sewn together.  I sewed up the pockets and side seam, EasyPressed the stripes on, then continued with the construction.

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This design is a trial and error look.  I’m always trying to come up with new ways to use my Iron-On materials and this one was a fun one.  I took strips of each color and taped them together using transfer tape on the plastic backing.  I cut the design out in white iron-on and applied it to the sweatshirt.  I then cut the design out of my rainbow piece and applied it directly on top of the white lettering.  It’s far from perfect but that just means I get to keep trying it until I get it just right!  I love the look and used the same technique here too.  You can get this design in Design Space here.

Her top was made using the Striped Swallow Designs Apres Ski.  Those big full sleeves take this sweatshirt from boring to brilliant.

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I’m thrilled with this whole Retro Rainbow collection and love how quick and easy it was to make with our Cricut products.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Love Notions Ravinia Skirt

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I feel like Tami at Love Notions has secret powers.  Every time I find a whole in my wardrobe Tami magically knows and poof! A new pattern appears.  This summer I’ve been wanting to add a few more casual skirts to my closet and the Ravinia Skirt (Affiliate Link) is just perfect!

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Our summer days are usually spent either at the pool, sports lessons and games, or lazy days at home.  With temps close to triple digits, these skirts will be perfect for whatever our day holds.

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The Ravinia pattern comes in sizes XS-XXXL and can be made in three lengths- knee, calf, and maxi.  There are three waistband options- a simple yoga waistband, a slimming contoured band, and a maternity option.  As always, the pattern features no-trim pages which make putting it together a breeze.  There is also a copy shop file so you can send it off to be printed as well.

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My favorite feature is the pockets!  They are nice and roomy and that gathering is so unique and fun!

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I got both of my fabrics from Cali Fabrics brick and mortar shop Fabric Outlet when I was visiting San Francisco earlier this month.  Anyone else feel the need to fit in just a little fabric shopping on vacation?  I love shopping their online selection but touching and feeling all the pretty fabric in real life just can’t be beat.

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You can grab this dreamy modal jersey here and it’s such a steal!  It’s so soft and that drape is dreamy!  I paired it with my stripe modal Classic Tee and it’s almost like wearing nothing at all- it’s just so comfortable, breathable, and soft! (And way better on my family than if I did cruise around in my birthday suit all day, lol!)

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This skirt is a cozy double brushed polyester.  It’s super soft and I didn’t want to take it off!  This particular print is sold out but Cali has a large selection of dbp to pick from.  I really like this pattern in DBP too!

I love the fullness of this skirt.  These cuts were 2.5 yards each and I used almost every last scrap for these skirts.  The floral fabric was a wider piece so I was able to fit the size small maxi out of it easily.  The taupe modal wasn’t quite as wide and the midi length worked great for it.  I did the contour waistband in the taupe and that needs four waistband pieces instead of the one yoga waistband piece.  There is an option to add power mesh to the contour waistband so of course I was all over that!  I sandwiched my power mesh between the front waistband and front lining piece and like the extra ‘help’ it gives the stomach area.

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You can grab your own Ravinia pattern on sale now through Sunday July 22nd!