Love Notions Octave Coat

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The Octave Coat from Love Notions is here!  I can’t remember a more highly anticipated Love Notions pattern.  From the moment Tami first sneaked her inspiration, I knew this was going to be an incredible pattern.

*I received the pattern and fabric in this post for free in exchange for promotion.  This post contains Love Notions affiliate links.  If you purchase through these links I receive a small compensation that keeps this hobby of mine going 🙂

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This was my first ‘real’ coat I’ve ever made and it was the perfect pattern to start with.  I think my Joy Jacket and this Decklyn Jacket were by far more complicated projects.  As far as coat patterns go, this has got to be on the easier side of things.  I’d totally recommend this pattern to an adventurous beginner, especially if you start with the unlined version.  Tami always does such a great job with her tutorials and this one includes videos to help you through some of the more difficult steps.

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Ready for all the pattern details?!  It comes with a shawl collar (what I did) and hood option.  You can do it lined or unlined and there is an optional belt too.  The size range is huge- XS-5X with full bust pieces included!  As always, the pages are trimless and layered making putting together this pattern easy.  This pattern can be sewn up in a medium to heavy-weight woven like wool, boucle, or bonded suede or a sturdy heavy-weight knit like sherpa, sweatshirting, and fleece.

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When this test was announce I reached out to Riley Blake and they generously sponsored this project and sent me this beautiful Nutmeg wool to sew up.  It’s the perfect weight and so easy to work with.  I’d been dying for a pretty camel-colored coat and this was just what I was dreaming of.  I’m pretty thrilled with how close it comes to these Pinterest looks.

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I lined my coat in fun leopard print stretch crepe from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.   I love the sassy punch it gives.  A little preppy on the outside, party on the inside.

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I sewed up a straight size small.  I added an inch to the sleeves because my rtw coats are always short (any rtw long sleeves really) but I think I could have skipped that.  My wrists will just be extra warm!  I also added a little bit of topstitching for a finished look and also to make the seams lay flatter in this thick fabric.  I love the oversized, boyfriend look of this coat.  I may size down in the future, especially with knits, but this version will layer well over chunky sweaters and hoodies.

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I had three yards of 45″ wide wool and had to do a little mind-bending Tetris to fit all the pieces.  My hand is strategically hiding a seam on one side of the shawl collar here (it’s hidden when it’s buttoned).  I’m still debating whether I should hit my local fabric shop for more wool so I can make a matching belt.  Wait until you see the belted versions!  It’s such a cute addition!

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Who else is ready to sew all the coats?!  I really, really want a fluffly fleece version.  The testers were amazing and with each new version posted my love for this pattern grew.  You can pick up your copy of this pattern on sale now!

 

 

Personalized Christmas Jammies with Cricut Maker, EasyPress 2, and EasyPress Mini

 

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How many of you have the tradition of fresh new pajamas for Christmas morning?  It was a tradition in my home growing up and one that I’ve loved carrying on with my own kids.  Some years we all sport matching sets, sometimes they’re a mix of store-bought and handmade, and sometimes the littles get cozy footie pajamas while the rest of us are happy with new flannel pj pants.  This year I’m excited to be ahead of the game and my kids are thrilled with their new jammies that match their personalities to a tee.  This post is sponsored by both Cricut and Raspberry Creek Fabrics to really bring their visions to life.

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We broke out all things Cricut for this post and I can’t wait to share all about them.  We used the new Infusible Ink products, some fun Iron-On Designs, Everyday Iron-On with my Cricut Maker, EasyPress 2, and EasyPress Mini.  Having the right products and materials made it so easy to create looks that this crew really loves.

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The first thing we did was head to Raspberry Creek to pick their fabric.  My younger three are all about the CLUB fabrics.  I try to keep them in CLUB pajamas for every season.  The CLUB fabric bases are so soft and comfortable and are their absolute favorites.  I loved that they immediately found prints they loved and that they went for three different base fabrics- the famous cotton lycra, double brushed polyester, and the new sweatshirt fleece.  My big boys wanted flannel bottoms and you can’t go wrong with any of the Robert Kaufman flannels in the shop.  They are so soft and fluffy and wash up better and softer with each wash.  I have a pair from many years ago that still look brand new even after constant washing during the colder months.

With their fabrics picked, we found the perfect matches for their personalized tops.  My big boys wanted simple designs so we tried out a couple of Infusible Ink papers.  My oldest daughter loves buffalo plaid and we just had to do the matching Infusible Ink.  My spunky younger daughter fell for the perfect Iron-On Design and my little man went with easy Everyday Iron-On.

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My littlest was very insistent he needed this adorable Christmas Cactus print for his pj’s.  He sat on my lap and scrolled through DesignSpace with me and just cracked up at this design he picked.  Boy, does it suit him!  He’s sweet to the bone but his curiosity can get the best of him.  We used Kelly Green Everyday Iron-On for a simple tee that we both love!  I used the Titchy Threads Rowan tee for his top and Sew A Little Seam (free) Movie Night Pj’s for his bottoms.

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This little miss loved this bright and fun Iron-On Design.  I let her cut it all out and place it on her tee how she wanted.  We used our favorite raglan pattern, Hey June’s Camden, and leggings pattern, Love Notions free Leggins’ to create an easy set.  I wouldn’t be surprised if these pieces made their way into her everyday wardrobe too.  This striped double brushed polyester is one of my favorites from the fall collection and I can always count on my go-to mustard dots to coordinate with just about everything.

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It’s no surprise that this daughter of mine picked something I totally want for myself!  I would live in those cozy fleece joggers!  We used this buffalo plaid sweatshirt fleece for a pair of Made for Mermaids Lexi and Lou Loungers (with added elastic in the waist) that I’m sure she’ll wear every chance she gets.  How fun is it that this Infusible Ink matches so good?!! Perfection!  She picked this darling deer head from DesignSpace for a look that is so on trend.  We used a Cricut blank tee as the base and we were both in awe as we watched the Infusible Ink melt into it.  It was shocking to see how bright and smooth it came out!  We were both mesmerized by it and are already planning more projects with it so we can see the magic again.

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This kid is the ultimate sports fan.  His room is decorated floor to ceiling with all things Broncos, Jazz, Yankees, and soccer.  It was no surprise he wanted a simple Utah Jazz note on his tee.  We used Infusible Ink and a Cricut blank tee paired with his cozy Patterns for Pirates Walk the Plank pj pants (another free pattern!).

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My oldest is a senior this year and spends all his free time playing soccer.  We found this cool silhouette in Design Space that looks soooo much like him- it was perfect!  I added his school name and graduation year to really personalize it.  He also got a pair of Walk the Plank bottoms.

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For the front designs, I used my big EasyPress 2.  I love the even, smooth results I get every time!  I couldn’t live without my EasyPress!  I was so excited to get the EasyPress Mini.  I used iron-on size tags in almost all our handmades (it makes hand-me-downs easier and also helps my kiddos find the back, lol!).  The EasyPress Mini is going to live in my sewing space and makes adding those little tags so.dang.easy.  It heats up fast and is the perfect size to get in the neckline.  My mind was blown!

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A HUGE thank you to Cricut and Raspberry Creek Fabrics for providing all the supplies for this post.  I love that we were able to spend time together creating the perfect jammies for each of my kiddos.  The memories of that day are just as special as the pj’s!  That’s what the holidays are all about!

Easy Halloween Costume featuring Riley Blake Stripes

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Halloween around these parts is pretty low-key.  I’m not the mom that loves to spend hours creating masterpieces.  I adore seeing other amazing handmade costumes but for me, I’m all about keeping things simple.  My little man wanted to be Captain America this year and I almost danced to the register to spring the $20 on a store-bought costume- done and done!  When Sophie said she wanted to be Wenda from the Where’s Waldo books we love, I was all on board.  I knew I could whip up a tee and beanie in no time.  My kinda costume!

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I reached out to Riley Blake and they generously sent over these perfect red and white stripes.  After searching the net for the perfect fabric I was happy to see that Riley Blake’s stripes were the best match for what we needed.  It’s a bonus that they’re soft and comfy too!

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I used the Love Notions Girl’s Classic Tee (affiliate link) for a simple silhouette that fits Wenda’s style.  Throw in the free Patterns for Pirates Slouchy Beanie with a couple of mods and Wenda is complete.  I added length to the beanie and lined it so she could flip up the bottom and made a pom-pom for the finishing touch.

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I love that she can wear this costume to school and be comfortable and not too flashy.  Perfect for a middle schooler!  What are your favorite quick costumes?  I’ve got one more to share this year that the whole family is loving!

Riley Blake Designer Knits for the family

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I love working with Riley Blake Fabrics and get excited with each new release.  As a garment sewist, I get especially excited by their new knits.  This latest collection has me giddy!  There was something for the whole family and I had to decide which kids I liked best that got in on this goodness, lol.

Riley Blake knits are similar in quality to other custom knits.  It’s a little lighter in weight than our Raspberry Creek Club knits which give it a bit more drape.  It has a similar softness and stretch and is a 95/5 cotton spandex blend as well.  We LOVE our knit garments and these will fit right into our wardrobes.

Charlie2This boy is soooo picky when it comes to how his clothes feel.  I think I’ve spoiled him by sewing him only the softest knits and this Riley Blake fabric is no exception.  He wanted this top to be a pajama shirt because he only wants the comfiest things to sleep in.  When I told him he can wear it all day AND sleep in it, he thought he’d hit the jackpot!  Charlie4I sewed up my new go-to tee for him, the Titchy Threads Rowan Tee.  The pattern is full of options and fun details.  This was my first time skipping all the extras and making a plain ol’ long sleeve tee.  The fit is so good on him, slim but not tight.  It’s just so perfect for really highlighting this fabric.Payton2This little miss absolutely loves to browse the Riley Blake site with me and pick her favorites.  She was immediately drawn to these blue flowers (she’s narrowed down her favorite colors to wear and we’re lucky that blue is one of them!).  I’m still loving a good floral and stripe combo so we paired it with some navy stripesPayton3She requested another Little Luxe Collection Palmetto Pullover.  We both can’t get over those adorable cuffs (dad even mentioned how cute they were)!  We did the mock neck version this time and I love how sweet it turned out.  I love that it’s not just a basic tee but that all those little details really elevate it to a whole new level.Mom3I honestly debated on getting any fabric for me.  You guys know I’d much rather be behind the camera but I couldn’t get this print out of my head.  I’ve really been wanting an easy to throw on maxi dress and I knew this print was too perfect for my vision.  Those colors are just meant for me, right?!  How much mustard, navy, grey, and pink can a girl have?  Never enough!Mom1For this look, I turned to two of my favorite Love Notions Patterns, the Willow Wrap dress and Olympia Dress (affiliate links).   I really love the wrap style bodice of the Willow but the maxi skirt with built-in pockets of the Olympia is the skirt of my dreams.  The combo of the two of them- my ideal comfortable and cute dress!  I sewed up a size small in both patterns and the waist seam matched up perfectly.  Easiest ‘hack’ ever!  I sewed it up using the Willow tutorial for a quick and simple sew that I know I’ll be making up more of.Mom5Mom4This print matches the dreamy autumn trees in my front yard, bright mustard yellow and so happy and crisp.  This dress is so great for fall but will definitely work year-round.  It’s one of those dresses I’ll throw on Sunday morning for church then lounge in all afternoon because it’s even more comfortable than the sweats and tees I usually wear for a lazy day at home.Trio2mom6Charlie1Payton1Mom2Charlie3Trio3A huge thank you to Riley Blake for the chance to work with these fun fabrics.

 

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