Love Notions Game Day Jersey

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The Love Notions Game Day Jersey released today and it’s just in time!  It’s such a versatile pattern.  Perfect for representing your school or favorite professional team.  It’s also so on-trend and works great for upcycling old t-shirts or just creating great vintage style tees.

Both the Kid’s and Women’s versions are chock full of options.  They both have a scoop or v-neckline, short or 3/4 sleeve, tee or dress length, and optional sleeve stripes.

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The kids version is a unisex tee in sizes 2t-16.  I love that I can make tees for most of my kids out of one pattern.  Big sis already has one cut out and waiting and big bro is eyeing to upcycle some of his old tees into jerseys.

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Charlie is anxious for me to up the cool factor on this version with a little Denver Broncos vinyl.  This pattern is just itching for some great vinyl creativity!

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Both are tees are made using fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  Charlie is wearing a solid cotton lycra.  Mine is luscious modal spandex jersey in light grey and deep mauve.  This fabric hit the shop early this summer and I’ve been dying for a tee in it ever since.  This tee totally lives up to my dreams.  It’s so soft and relaxed.  I know grey is a bit boring but I can never have too many grey tees.  I always reach for them first!

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I’m so excited about the possibilities with this pattern.  I have a couple of cool vintage tees saved on my phone that I’m dying to recreate.  Think cool colors using the color blocking and adding a few stripes across the chest.  I’m loving all the tester versions that used a print on the shoulders and sleeves too.  So many choices!

 

Leopard Print Sabrina Slims, oh my!

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See that face?  That’s my  ‘Oh my goodness, I made leopard print pants!!” face.  When I saw this amazing leopard print ponte my first thought was that my girls would totally rock this print.   A cute pencil skit or a fitted dress would look darling on my Sophie and Payton would LOVE a fit and flare Made for Mermaids Joy dress in this.  Then I had a ‘Hold up’ moment.  I wanted this stuff!  I wanted to feel like a rock star momma!  This print is subtle enough that I can wear it to a PTA meeting, running errands, or on a hot date.  Gone is the stigma that leopard pants MUST be paired with a black leather motorcycle jacket and be worn by someone 20-years younger than me.  This pair can go classy, hip, or super casual.  I’m thrilled I claimed this fabric for myself and had so much fun styling it with some of my wardrobe staples.

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First let’s talk about the pattern I used.  I first sewed up the Love Notions Sabrina Slims during testing years ago.  I was at my fittest and loved how they fit my then athletic build.  Since then my weight and level of fitness has fluctuated and those once beloved pants have been donated.  It was definetely time to revisit the pattern.  Made in a soft, stretchy ponte these pants will be forgiving as my body inevitably grows and changes.  I love that they are fitted but not too tight and the straight leg is so comfortable and flattering.

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I sewed up a size 6 graded out at the waist to a size 8.  The pattern is FULL of tips for alterations to get a great fit.  Since I used a more forgiving knit I only made one real alteration, taking a wedge out of the back center waist seam to bring in the back waist.  After wearing them a bit more, I may notice more fit issues that I can address in future pairs if I use more stable fabric.  And yes, there will be future pairs!

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I am 5’7″ and started with the longest inseam but after trying them on I realized I really liked them ankle length.  I trimmed them to the mid-length 28″ inseam and love the versatility of this length.  They worked great with sandals, sneakers, flats, and booties.  I also skipped the back welt pockets and used the free front pocket add-in from the sew-along.

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I headed to Pinterest for loads of inspiration on what to wear with my new pants.  Holy cow!  I could wear these a different way everyday for a month after seeing just how versatile they could be.  This first look is a real ‘everyday’ fall transition look for me.  I paired it with a ready-to-wear olive tencel top for a relaxed, but still pulled together outfit that I could wear no matter what the day held.

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This is my take on sweats.  These pants feel like comfy leggings or sweatpants but look a bit more grown-up.  This is another great outfit for those days when it’s starting to get a little cooler.

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I think I’m most excited for fall so I can wear all the cozy cardigans again.  I love, love these pants paired with a button-up or tee and a nice long sweater.  This outfit is for those real adult days- you know when you need to look like a grown-up.  It’s still easy to wear and comfortable but classy at the same time.

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Ditch the sweater and tie the top and I’m ready for dinner and a movie with the hubs.  I love that these pants can make me feel sporty and cool and also sexy and chic.

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Ok, that’s enough gushing about one pair of pants.  I really am so excited about them and think they were the perfect piece to kick off my fall sewing for myself.  They fit me and my personality to a tee.  A little classy, a subtle little bit of sass, and super easy going.  I’m so glad I took a chance on this print and know I’m going to love wearing these!

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 


 

 

Summer Sewing 2019

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This summer has just flown by.  I’ve barely been at my machines and if I’m being honest, it’s been fantastic!  Lots of traveling, family time and incredible experiences.  With summer winding down I’ll certainly miss the sunshine and lazy days but I’m anxious to get my own free time back.  I’ve got a list a mile long just waiting to be sewn up!

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Raspberry Creek Fabrics new Fall Line hit the shop today and it was the perfect excuse to spend the day sewing with my sister while she’s in town.  These three cute cousins are loving their coordinating looks!

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My sister sewed up a Greenpoint Cardigan for her dino loving daughter.   Her kids wear a uniform to school and this cardigan will be a great layering piece to and from school each day.  This dino print is so fun and is a great neutral piece.

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Her little man got a new Constance Sweater in the Geo Shark print.  A simple piece that is so cute and comfy!  She paired it with ribbing from Hobby Lobby and I can’t wait to copy this look for myself.

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For Charlie, I used the Sloane Sweater from Love Notions paired with a Shark panel and the Allover Geometric print.  I love how these prints pair so well with any solid.  I love this kid in teal so that’s what he got, lol.  It won’t be long before he’s picking every element of what I sew for him so I’ll take what I can get now 😉

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The Sloane is drafted for girls but looks fantastic on him.  That shoulder and back detail is my favorite!

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This girl lives in leggings all winter so we’ll gradually start building up her stash.  This horse print is so fun paired with a denim shirt and I think it will look so cute with so many of her cardigans and sweaters come cooler weather too!  I turned to my trusty FREE Love Notions Leggin’s again.  They’re such a great fit for both my girls.

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Did your summer sewing slow down as much as mine?  Are you counting down the days until school starts too?  I hope your days have been filled with great memories and I can’t wait to get back to this space soon!

 

 

 

Love Notions Melody Dolman

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The Love Notions Melody Top is here.  I’m thinking this will be THE pattern of the summer (at least MY summer, anyway!).

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The Melody dolman is an easy fit button-up blouse.  It features sleeve cuffs, a cute wide collar, and a shirttail hem that can be worn down or tied in front.  The pattern comes in sizes XS- XXXL with a full bust option as well.

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I sewed up a size small with an inch added for my 5’7″ height.  I think I will leave off the extra length next time though.  I used an amazing lightweight viscose crepe from Blackbird fabrics (purchased early last year and just waiting in my stash for the perfect project).  The fabric has such a beautiful drape and was so nice to wear.  It’s not too hot and was so dreamy against my skin.  I will definitely be on the hunt for more of this fabric type.

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The construction of this top is seriously so quick.  If you’ve been wanting to try a button-up but are feeling intimidated by it (do you see me raising my hand- I’m looking at you Cheyenne), this pattern is for you!  The collar comes together easily and the dolman sleeve style means no setting in sleeves.

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I’m anxious to sew up a couple of more to get me through summer.  I’ve been dying over all the tester versions and think I need to try a more stable linen version next.  I’ve got my eye on this pretty Buttercup yellow linen or a soft striped rayon challis (both from Raspberry Creek Fabrics).  Fabric plays such a role in the look of this pattern and I love the idea of having a closetful but each one being completely different.

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One of my favorite parts of testing is the community it builds.  I’m so lucky to live by the amazing Rachel of Little Fish, Anna of Kainara Stitches, and Katie of Made by Kates.  We met up for a quick shoot in our Melodies and I couldn’t love these pics more.  Huge shout out to Nicole for taking these shots and Anna for working her magic on them.  I love how our tops all look so different and I want to copy them all!

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You can grab this pattern on sale through Sunday, June 23rd.

Love Notions Dolce Dress

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The Dolce Dress from Love Notions is here and it’s going to jump to the top of your sewing queue!  It’s on sale for just $7 through Thursday, May 9th.

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The Dolce Dress is the girl’s version of the amazing Lyric Dress.  It has many of the same features as the Lyric including multiple sleeve options and the cute button-front bodice.

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The girl’s version has the option to omit the button-front skirt and the elastic waist casing in the back makes it easy to get on and off.  The Dolce also has a cute back yoke with a gathered back bodice, a detail that I think is adorable!  One of my favorite things about Love Notions patterns is the huge size range, 2T-16, making this one my girls can use for a few more years still.

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For our version, I did the button-front bodice, plain skirt and puff sleeves.  I sewed up a size 8 with a 10 length (her measurements put her in a 7 width but I wanted a little growing room).   I also used 5 buttons instead of the recommended 3 buttons on the bodice because I liked the look of them so much.

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The fabric for this dress came from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  They just got in a bunch of pretty wovens and I had such a hard time picking one.  I love this girly in pink and peach tones and knew she’d be excited for a kind of grown-up fabric choice.   It’s a lovely rayon challis with just enough weight to sew up easily but also lightweight enough to drape so nicely.  I really adore rayon challis in the summer!

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Make sure you check out all the listing photos for a TON of cute inspiration.  The other testers really did a great job showcasing just how versatile this pattern is.  My sweet Sophie has already requested her own version as well and I think a trio of Dolce/Lyrics is totally in order.

 

 

Love Notions Harmony

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The Love Notions Feature Friday this week is a good one!  Today only you can grab the Harmony Blouse for just $5.  (This post contains affiliate links.  Shopping through them costs you nothing but I get a small commission that keeps this hobby of mine going ;))

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The Harmony Blouse is a classic woven tee pattern that is perfect for all those flowy wovens you’ve been hoarding (oh wait, is that just me?).  The Harmony has multiple sleeve options and shaping in all the right places.  Bust darts and a back center seam bring things in where you want them.  It is fitted through the chest and shoulders and nice and loose through the waist and hips.

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For this version, I made a few changes to suit my personal taste.  I sewed up a size small and raised the bust darts an inch (there’s instructions on this simple alteration in the pattern).  The Harmony has a scoop neckline but I prefer a much higher neck.  I used the crew neckline from the Classic tee in the front to bring the neckline up about 2 inches.  I adjusted my bias tape length to compensate for this change.

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I also eliminated the back closure on this one.  I noticed on my two previous versions that I could easily slip them on without undoing the button and thought I’d experiment with leaving it off.  Even with raising the neckline, this still fits over my head super easy (and I even tried it with a big ‘ol bun in my hair!).

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I used a dreamy Art Gallery rayon that floats and was so nice to work with.  It feels so good on and I’m pretty sure this will be part of my new uniform for my Saturdays at the hot soccer fields.  It’s so light and airy and I think it will pair great with shorts or a cute pencil skirt too!

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Make sure to check out the Love Notions blog today for a great guest post on the Harmony and a new fun add-on (I’m dying to try it on my next version!).