Hello Sweetheart from Riley Blake Designs

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Hello Sweetheart from Riley Blake Designs is here and it’ll have your heart swooning!  We love the darling retro feel and it has us gearing up for Valentine’s.  It’s such a sweet collection full of bright colors and playful prints.

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The Gradient Heart is black was such a great choice for my oldest.  It’s got a modern edge to it that was so well suited for one of our favorite dress patterns.

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I love the clean lines of the Blake Dress from Mingo and Grace (you can see our other versions here, here, and here).  Those big box pleats and hidden inseam pockets are the stuff that makes me giddy!

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Can you even stand those ombre hearts?!!  The colors are just so fun!

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For this dress, I made a size 8 width with a 12 length in the skirt.  She actually measures into a 7 width but I was hoping by sizing up it’d fit a bit longer.  The problem is this girly keeps growing up and not out so I’m pretty sure it’ll be too short the next time I blink!  Little sister is already patiently waiting for her to outgrow it 😉

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Speaking of litttle sis- she got a Samantha Skirt from Made for Mermaids paired with an Ocotillo Leotard from Honeydew Kisses with handmade suspenders.

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This floral print is just too cute!  It reminds me so much of some of my favorite art when I was growing up.  Definitely brings me back to the early 90’s with fond memories!  Paired with Riley Blake black and white striped knit gives it a fun, contemporary twist.  This combo is just so adorable!

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pair3We picked the warmest day we could for pics and it was a balmy 40 degrees when we did our shoot.  The sodas were both props and bribes for these two troopers!  The things these girls put up with for their dear old mum!

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Thanks for joining us today on our stop on the Hello Sweetheart Blog Tour.  Riley Blake provided us the fabric to sew up but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Jubilee Fabric Tour with Riley Blake Designs

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It’s my stop on the Riley Blake Jubilee Blog Tour today!  This fabric collection is absolutely darling and I’m excited to be sharing it will you guys.

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I always let my girls help pick fabric for their makes but they struggled this time because they seriously wanted them all.   You know my oldest will always pick red if given the choice and she was crushing on the main prints in this line bad.  I was surprised when she settled on the navy colorway but secretly thrilled to be adding a little different color to her wardrobe.  My younger daughter looks darling in blues and loved the dainty print of this ditzy floral.  Together they coordinate but aren’t too matchy for these sisters.

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If I could pick my favorite color combinations of the moment these would be it.  I love navy, yellow, seafoam, and pink together.  They are perfect colors for fall but also work really well for this weird warm transition season we’re in too.

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The floral prints work so well with this season too.  The hint of summer brights and warm fall colors make these fabrics something I think they’ll wear year-round.

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Let’s talk about these dresses.  My oldest daughter is quickly sizing out of many of our favorite patterns.  I’m grateful for companies like Violette Fields Threads and Hey June Handmade who are now branching into tween pattern size lines.  This is the Zoey Dress from Violette Fields Threads.  My daughter still isn’t quite in a 10 width but she’s at least a 12 or 14 height so I struggle choosing between the tween and child patterns.  In this case, the extra ease in the bodice works with this style and the tween sizing looks great on her.

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I love the boho-feel of this pattern and think it’s perfect for this print.  The cute puff sleeve, elastic cuff and bias bound neckline are pretty features that add to the free spirit look of this dress.

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Little sister got a Sutton Dress from Made for Mermaids.  I wanted something that had a similar vibe as her sister’s and the Sutton was a great choice.  I wanted this print to really shine but knew it needed a little trim and buttons to make it pop.

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I absolutely adore those sleeves!  Such a sweet touch.  I did modify this pattern to use a gathered rectangle skirt (the width of the fabric) instead of the gathered circle skirt the pattern calls for.  This was not really a style choice as it was a lack of fabric choice (that’s what I get for changing my plan for this fabric at the last minute!).

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Make sure to check out your favorite local fabric shops to grab your own Jubilee fabrics.  They’ll brighten your days just as they’ve done ours!

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.

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

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Made For Mermaids Mama Camila

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I’ve been sewing swimsuits for my kiddos this summer and I’m finally sharing one for ME!  Let’s be honest though, I’d much rather be posting pics of my kids than of me, especially in swimwear, yikes!  This swimsuit has been in my head since last summer and I’m so excited to have it done, it just has to be shared with the world!

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The Mama Camila suit is one of my favorites (I also have a healthy obsession with the girls version as well).  I wore last year’s Camila so much throughout the year that I knew another one would be a welcome addition.

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When I snagged this lemon print from CaliFabrics last year I knew I selfishly wanted it for myself.  I loved it so much when it arrived that I had to order more just in case my girls needed a suit or two too.  I love that CaliFabrics gets designer ends so their selection is always great quality.  For better or worse, their selection is constantly changing so check back often and make sure to grab your favorite prints before they disappear.

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Let’s talk about this pattern.  I love how incredibly versatile it is.  The main bodice is a simple one piece with elastic ruching through the tummy area.  There are options to sew the flounce like this or over the arms.  I like to do the off shoulder view because you can still slip it off your shoulders and wear it like this easily.  You can do shoulder ties, a halter tie, or skip the ties altogether.   This is my first time doing the double ties and I love them!  If you choose to skip the ties the top of the suit feels super secure with the elastic.

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When I’m chasing kiddos at the pool, I tend to tuck the ruffle under my arms.  It’s a little more freeing, lol!

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Off the shoulders feel so chic though!  This is my vacation with the hubby look.  Cute but a little sexy too 😉

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I like to add all the inner options to my suits.  This one has foam cups, a shelf bra, power mesh and a full lining.  The pattern walks you through adding everything to get a suit that’s flattering and supportive.  I love being able to make something that makes me feel as comfortable as possible strutting around the pool.

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Are you new to sewing swim?  Looking for swim tips?  I’m over on the CaliFabrics Blog too sharing some of the things I’ve learned throughout the years.  Swimsuits are so much fun to sew and I look forward to sewing a new batch each season.  This Camila is at the top of my list of favorites for sure!

 

Swimsuit Sewing 2018

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I’ve been holding out on you guys!  I can’t believe I haven’t shared all the swim goodness that’s been happening at our house.  I’d like to thank Raspberry Creek Fabrics for giving me the push I needed to sew a million swimsuits this year- ok, maybe not a million but we’ve been busy for sure.

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This little man has gotten three swimsuits so far this year.  You know me, once I start it’s hard for me to stop sewing swim.  It’s so quick and rewarding and they get worn constantly.  This suit is a Jolly Roger Raglan turned rashguard.  I was dying to try the new Cricut Sportflex vinyl on swim knit and I’m happy to say it’s held up so well.  The rash guards in this post have been to the pool multiple times and washed in the machine as well and the vinyl looks brand new.  I’m happy to have a fun, easy, quality way to personalize our swimsuits.

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The shorts are the Peek-a-Boo Patterns School’s Out Shorts.  I used the girl cut line and love the length on him.  It’s very retro and just like the big boys are wearing.

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This suit is made with the Linden Shorts pattern and add-on pack from Sew A Little Seam.  This palm print from Raspberry Creek’s newest swim line was one of my favorites and I just knew this little guy needed a suit from it.

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Is this just not the picture of a happy kid, living the dream summer life?!

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His last suit, so far, is the Sew Like My Mom Palm Euro suit.  I love the fit of this pattern and that it’s a little looser around the front area, if you know what I mean.  I think it’s cute and not too snug and so easy to play in.

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This sweet tween just keeps shooting up and growing out of her suits.  I’m currently making her a 7/8 width and a 12 length which makes store bought suits something we just can’t do.  She’s loving this darling red suit we just made and she’s rocking these two as well.

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This is the Made for Mermaids Calypso suit (I can’t sing the praises of the M4M Mermaid Shores suits enough!).  I love this fabric combo and this particular suit really comes together so quick.  Those flutters don’t need to be hemmed or gathered- hallelujah!  The RCF swim is nice and thick and not nearly as slippery as some of the other swim I’ve encountered.  It makes sewing through all those layers pretty painless.  I just make sure to clip more than with normal knits and my serger is my bff when it comes to swim knit.

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Can we talk about that booty coverage for a minute?!  That’s one of my favorite things about all the Mermaid Shores patterns.  I hate seeing my kids with wedgies the whole time their swimming and these bottoms just stay where they’re supposed to.  Those M4M girls know what this mama likes!

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Her other suit is a combo of my sons’ looks too.  I just had to try the Palm Euro pattern on her.  She loves boy short bottoms and I think this pattern was so perfect for her!  I love the little extra length they have over normal girl patterns.  This top is our trusty Camden Raglan from Hey June.  The only alteration I did to make it a rash guard was to do a self lining on the front, essentially it’s just two layers of the white swim knit.  It worked lovely and isn’t a bit see through.  I used my Cricut again for her graphic and love this cute little set.

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I’ve got a couple more suits lined up before summer’s end.  I really love being able to sew suits to not only fit their personalities and personal style but also fit their unique body types.   This is the main reason I sew for these kiddos and one of those things that brings my pure joy!

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Patriotic CLUB Line

 

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Summer is coming which means it’s time to start sewing all the red, white, and blue!  I don’t know about you but my kids wear their patriotic stuff constantly between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Summer is just the time of year that makes you so proud of the country we live in.  Raspberry Creek Fabrics newest CLUB line is perfect for all summer long!

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Corinne of Corinne Wells Design did a great job designing this line.  There are six prints on the CLUB base jersey and french terry.  CLUB base fabrics are comparable to expensive knits like Art Gallery but at a fraction of the price.  They are my kids absolute favorite!

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There are also two prints on dreamy rayon challis.  I just had to have that cute red bandanna print so stay tuned for a little something for me!

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My sister and I were excited to sew up these prints for our girls!  They love cousin photo shoots almost as much as we do.

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This cutie is wearing the Navy Stars on White paired with the CLUB red stripes.  My sister used the Issie Top and Dress from SewPony for this darling dress.  Those ruffles are so darn cute!

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My Payton loves comfy clothes with a little sass and the Studio Top from Shwin Designs is so very her!  I combined the two views, adding the sleeves from to the bodice flounce version.  I had a lot of fun playing with the direction of the gingham for each pattern piece and since this knit is a four-way stretch it worked out just lovely.  This big red plaid just screams summer to me!

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This tiny miss was absolutely adorable during our shoot.  She just loves her big cousins and they love her so much too!  She’s wearing a modified Alley Cat Romper from Lil Luxe Collection.  My sister made the bodice per the pattern and then chopped the bottom to be a cute handkerchief hem peplum.

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Finally, my oldest is wearing the Cora Culottes from Made for Mermaids.  They are such a quick sew and so comfortable.  I’ll need to make her a bunch more for summer since she’s not much of a skirt girl but these are great compromise.

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Are you itching for long summer days, bar-b-ques, and lots of family time?  Just looking at these pics again has me so ready for school to be out and for all things summer!  Make sure to head over to Raspberry Creek Fabrics this week to grab these fun prints for a dollar off per yard during the release week sale.  Bring on the sun!!

 

Greenstyle Hudson Hoodie for my Dad

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When I saw this camo print from Raspberry Creek I knew immediately I needed to sew it up for my dad.  I rarely sew for gifts (my perfectionism kicks in and I stress way too much about it) but I just knew this would be a great Christmas present for him.  He loves the outdoors and hunting so this print was just meant for him.

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The muted colors in this print are my favorite and that oatmeal french terry base is just amazingly soft.  (The oatmeal base has sold out repeatedly and is not currently available, huge bummer, but I’ll update this when it’s back in stock.)

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I had a tiny bit of the print left and just had to make Charlie a matching pair of joggers.  These pictures of Papa and his buddy are just priceless to me.  Seriously, my heart just might burst!

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I used the Greenstyle Hudson Hoodie with little modification (I had to cut my hood in two pieces to make it fit on my fabric).  The fit is great and it comes together quickly and smoothly (if you’re not stressing over all the little details ;).  My dad is 6’1″ and I didn’t need to add any length.  It helps that my oldest son is almost the same height so he was a great test model.  I think that’s the other hard thing about sewing for gifts.  Picking a size and hoping it fits is a pretty nerve wracking thing!  Luckily I think it worked out well this time.

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I added a tiny leather tag and one of my favorite metal tags to the band as well.  I really appreciate little details and hope they make the sweatshirt look less ‘homemade’.

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Charlie’s pants are the new Lexi and Lou Loungers from Made for Mermaids.  I did the jogger version and love them so much!  They come together so quickly.  I needed to print a new size for him anyways so I thought I’d give a new pattern a try.  Since he lives in his joggers, I think a variety of patterns is great to have.

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He was instantly in love with these pants and refused to take them off after.  I’m pretty sure he’d still be wearing them, five days later, if I’d let him!

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This shoot was a lot of fun.  My dad is an excellent photographer and I think my love for photography comes from him.  He was interested to see how these shoots go and what I do with my camera settings and such.  Little did he know I’m just about clueless when it comes to my camera and I just shoot and shoot and hope for some good ones.  We hit golden hour at one of my favorite spots.  Between great models, beautiful location, and gorgeous light this shoot turned out to be a favorite for sure!

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My dad has convinced me to get out of my comfort zone and sew more for others.  I love how happy (and handsome!) he looks in this!  That’s the best reward ever!

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I’ll leave you with this pic- straight out of a fashion magazine 😉  I love how they’re channeling their inner super models.  Perfection!