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!

 

Celebrate with the Made For Mermaids Isabel

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I’m excited to be joining in the fun of Sewing by Ti’s Celebrate Blog Tour.  Thanksgiving kicks off a month of celebrating around here.  So many fun activities coming up for us- the perfect excuse to do a little sewing!

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It’s no secret I love to sew dresses for my girls.  There are just so many amazing dress patterns out there and the possibilities seem endless.  I get a little giddy when I go through their closets and realize they’ve outgrown their dresses from the previous year.   Add in the upcoming holidays and I was one eager mama ready to whip up another pretty dress for my little girly.

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My little one absolutely loved my velvet holiday dress and begged for her own version.  I used the Isabel Dress pattern from Made for Mermaids with a twist.  I wanted to add a little feminine detail to the dress with sweet ruffles on the hem and sleeves.   My sister picked up this stunning velvet for me at the SAS store in Phoenix but this eggplant stretch velvet from Stylish Fabric would be a great substitute.  This color is amazing in real life- deep with that subtle shimmer velvet has.  Eeeek!  I’m seriously obsessed with it!

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I did a size 8 maxi length with long sleeves.  She loves maxi dresses and this velvet was just begging for the drama of a full length dress.

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Speaking of drama…  this girly can turn it on when I whip out my camera.  I let her style this dress up how she wanted and she piled on the 90’s edgy vibe.  The boots, choker, and rocker hairdo just kill me!  Totally flashing back to my teenage years and getting a glimpse of hers while I’m at it!

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She glammed it up a bit for church with gold accessories and curls.  I love the totally different looks!

If you’re wondering how practical a wrap dress is on a little one I have one tip for you- shorties.  The dress is nice and secure at the waist but a pair of shorties underneath saves her from any wardrobe malfunctions.  She’s still a normal active little girl and heaven knows she’s not the least bit worried about it but I am!  Shorties are just a good idea to save any unnecessary flashing 😉

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She loves how comfortable this dress is and I know it will quickly become a favorite of hers.  She’s all about the extravagance and luxury this dress evokes.  Drama queen in training right here!

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You’ll love all the great inspiration this month from so many of my blogging buddies.

December 1st Sewing By Ti (intro), Octaves of Color

Sunday December 3rd, Me Made

4th: Sew Sophie Lynn

5th: Hazelnut Handmade

6th: Tales from a Southern Mom

Monday December 11th, Tenille’s Thread

12th: MNW Sews

13th: Mahlica Designs

14th: Very Blissful

15th: Stitched by Jennie

Monday December 18th, Kate Will Knit

19th: Sewing by Ti

20th: Vicky Myers Creations

21st: Margarita on the Ross

22nd: Auschick Sews

23rd: Shalini’s Blog

Tuesday December 26th: Seams Sew Low

27th: EYMM

28th: Sew Like a Sloth

29th: Sewing By Ti

30th: Kathys Kwilts and More

31st: Embrace Everyday

 

A couple new favorites for ME

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With all the kids back in school I now have a couple of hours each day to myself.  I’ve been looking forward to this time for YEARS!  Little did I know that those two hours would fly by and seem like mere minutes each afternoon.  In that short time, I try my best to clean the house, run errands, help in the classroom, and all the other mom duties we have.  I had dreamed that every afternoon would be spent at my sewing machines!  In the last couple weeks I was able to squeeze in a bit of sewing just for me!

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The Key Largo Top from Hey June Handmade has been on my to-sew list since it went into testing!  All summer long I’ve been longing to cut into one and I finally moved it up my list as soon as I got my hands on this gorgeous Lecien fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It’s so soft and I needed it made into a top stat!  I tell you, it’s dangerous when your bestie has one of the best fabric shops EVER!  A quick stop to visit and I inevitably leave with a stack of beautiful new fabric.  She’s the best I tell ya’!

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I’m all over relaxed, loose tops and am thanking the style gods who have made them so in fashion.  I think women everywhere are rejoicing with me!  The Key Largo has that perfect fit through the shoulders and chest and then just skims all the other bits.  It’s meant to be a bit more cropped but I added a couple of inches to mine.  I’ve got to be able to do the little half front tuck!

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My other make was with another GORGEOUS fabric- this time from Stylish Fabric.  I had won a gift certificate through Project Run and Play and waited to use it for my fall wardrobe planning.  This Old Rose Stretch Velvet is joining my closet full of all things blush/mauve/dusty pink.  It’s such a pretty color- not too pastel-y or nude.

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This pretty velvet tee was my inspiration.  I loved the cuff sleeves and relaxed fit.

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I used my go-to relaxed fit tee pattern- the Mama Ava from Made for Mermaids.  I trim an inch or two from the length and have raised the neckline a couple of inches to be more crew neck than scoop.  I think I have half a dozen of these tees in my closet now which is saying a ton coming from a pattern hoarding like myself.  I rarely reuse my patterns since there’s always a new one to try!

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Those cuffs proved to be my nemesis.  I tried a few different methods to get the look I wanted and seriously struggled.  It was one of those projects that usually takes thirty minutes but dragged into days because I had to walk away from the issue out of frustration!  I really wanted to do a cuff like the Hey June Santa Fe- a band that is sewn on the inside and flipped out and tacked on the outside.  The issue came with this velvet sticking to itself and becoming super stiff when trying to use the underside of the fabric for a contrasting look.  After multiple attempts I decided a thin, simple roll-over hem would just have to do.  I serged the edge first to keep it from sticking to itself and then just had to call it ‘good enough’.  I think lately ‘good enough’ has won over my need for perfection.  Call me lazy- I’m calling it keeping my sanity 😉

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What have you been sewing lately?  Anyone else super excited to get their sewing time back after summer (however little or long it may be!)?

 

 

Fall Sewing with Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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My sewing time this summer was pretty much non-existent.  I love having my kids home all summer and tried really hard to focus on just being with them as much as possible.  The crazy busy-ness of school and sports and dance and singing has already started and I’m longing to get those lazy days back!  The end of our summer break coincided with the release of Raspberry Creek Fabrics newest CLUB fabrics line.  I snuck in a couple of sewing days to sew strike offs and counted it as our ‘back to school shopping’- new school clothes for kids + sewing time for mom= win, win, win!

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Today’s post will just be a photo explosion of my love for all the new CLUB prints.  All fabric is from Raspberry Creek (including coordinates) and should be around until the new year.  I love that I was able to find something that each member of the family fell in love with.  This guy right here is super picky and let me tell you that this tee is worn at least once a week- cool enough for high school, wahoo!

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Patterns used: Hey June Camden Raglan and Chalk and Notch Waterfall Raglan (minus the ruffle)

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Patterns used: Hey June Morrison Tee, Sew Straight and Gather Andromeda Top

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Patterns: Hey June Camden extended to dress length, Hey June Halifax Hoodie

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Patterns: Hey June Camden (are you sensing a theme here?), Hey June Lane Raglan, and Love Notions Maggie Peplum (affl. link)

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Patterns:  Patterns For Pirates Jolly Roger Raglan, Made For Mermaids Mama Ava (modified neckline)

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Patterns:  Made For Mermaids Rowan Raglan, Liesl + Co Men’s Metro T-shirt

If you can’t tell we all absolutely love our new duds.  I’m always so impressed with the quality and feel of RCF fabrics.  These things get worn and worn and quickly become favorites because of how soft they feel and how cute they look!

Made For Mermaids Camila Swimsuits

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I’ve been DYING to share this pattern with you all!  Yesterday I introduced you to two of the swimsuits that are part of the Made for Mermaids Mermaid Shores Collection.  Today I’m sharing my favorite two- The Camila and Mama Camila!

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As soon as the weather started to warm up I began pinning swimsuits like crazy.   As I prepared for our Suit up for Summer Tour, I kept going back to this off-the-shoulder ruffle look.  I wanted one bad (I even stalked a girl while on vacation to get a better look at her swimsuit!).  I was beyond excited when Megan posted the tester call for this one!  I was on it in no time!

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This pattern was so quick and easy I made three girls versions and one for me too!  After sewing this one for me, this suit was a breeze!  Guys, this brings my total for hand made swimsuits just this year to 15- eeeek!  I promise I’ll stop soon (after one more Mama Camila for me!).

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This suit is just so cool though!  There are two views- an off-the-shoulder version and an under arm flounce version.  The fun thing about the off-the-shoulder view is that it can also be worn under the arm too!  The halter straps keep things nice and secure but I found that mine stayed up no problem without them.

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I whipped up this suit in under an hour and totally forgot the straps.  She had no issues at all keeping it on her shoulders though- it even held up to a wild game of chicken with her big brothers!  I totally recommend the straps on the littles but it was so cool to see how secure the elastic in the neckline keeps it.

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I love the side ruching- so flattering on mamas and toddler bellies alike!

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And look at that bum coverage (oh my, I just asked you to look at my bum, totally blushing!)!  It’s just so good though!

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I was lucky to get to work with this amazing swim knit from Raspberry Creek Fabric.  It’s been a huge hit and sold like hotcakes.  It’s amazing quality and so easy to work with.

Sewing suits for my girls has been so rewarding.  They both need major size blending and this suit made it so easy.  My oldest is in a 6/7 width with a 10 height and my youngest is in a 6 width with an 8 height.  It just makes me so happy being able to fit suits to their bodies.

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This cutie is in a straight size 4.  I just can’t get over how adorable this suit is on little girls!

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I did a blue graded to indigo at the waist then back down to blue and added two inches for my height.  With all the included measurement information it’s easy to pick and blend sizes to get a perfect fit.  I also added soft foam cups and the elastic shelf bra for support.  It’s such a great fitting suit!

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We’ve had a blast in our suits.  I really love that this testing window gave us time to really break them in and see just how awesome they are.  My girls reach for theirs again and again, they love how comfortable and stylish they are!

I’ve got too many pictures but I can’t choose favorites so I’ll leave you with a bunch from all our swim fun.  We were so lucky to get to meet up with my bloggy buddies, Mellisa of Made By Melli and Anna from Kainara Stitches, for some splash pad time too!

Make sure to pick up your copy of the Mama Camila, Camila, Calypso, Lainey, and Pearl Cover-up while they’re on sale!  You can also grab all the girls patterns bundled here and the full collection including the Mama Camila here.  The sale is good through July 3rd then the bundles will disappear for good so don’t miss out!

You can see our Lainey and Calypso here.

Now get sewing!

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Made for Mermaids Mermaid Shore Collection- Lainey and Calypso

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I’ve got a problem people- I can’t stop sewing swimsuits.  It’s seriously so addicting.  They’re quick, take such little fabric and we spend so much time in them that I feel like it’s so worth it.  Plus my swim knit stash keeps multiplying and there is no way I could pass up testing the new Mermaid Shores collection from Made for Mermaids.

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I’m splitting our suits into two posts simply because I have soooo many cute pics to share with you!  First up is the Lainey, a cute one shoulder two-piece suit with optional ruffles at the neck or waist.

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For my version, I did the neck ruffle and added a tiny pom pom trim to the edge.  This border print was just perfect for this suit.  So perfect that the pattern piece for the top barely fit in between the borders and the ruffle piece was almost the exact measurement of the border.  Seriously meant to be!  My sister picked up this fabric at the SAS warehouse in Phoenix.

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One of my favorite things about all the suits in this collection is the bum coverage.  So, so good!  No wedgies here!

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The Lainey comes with a crop and tankini top options.  This little one is adorable in the simple crop version with the ruffle bottom.

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The whole Mermaid Shores collection is all about mixing and matching and these Lainey bottoms pair so well with the Calypso top.

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The Calypso is a two piece suit with optional ruffles on the top and high waisted bottoms.

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It’s so darn cute and easy to sew too! This is the smallest size (1/2) on this tiny miss.

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I love being able to blend sizes easily to get the perfect fit for my girls.  This one is a 6 chest with 7 hips and 8 length- an easy blend using the instructions in the pattern.  You can’t get that kind of fit in an off the rack swimsuit!

I can’t tell you how much we adore this whole collection!  I’m so excited to share our Camila’s with you tomorrow!

Sew Americana Blog Tour 2017

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I’m excited to be here again for the Sew Americana Blog Tour, year two!  I love everything Katy of Wild and Wanderful does so of course I had to join this tour.  My sister and I had so much fun last year  we jumped on board again in a heartbeat!

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These three have grown so much in the last year and I can’t get over how darn cute they were for this shoot.  Last year my sister and her kids were moving from Alaska to Arizona and stayed here in Utah for part of the summer.  This year they’re here for the summer too and we can’t get enough of these cute cousins!

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My girls sure love doting on these little ones!

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Let’s talk about the outfits!  This teeny one is adorable in Made For Mermaids Evie Suspender Shorts and a Pistachio Top from Sew Like My Mom.  In a classic chambray these shorties are such a staple.  Super cute but so practical too!

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The back of these ties in a bow and really ups the cuteness factor.  I just love little bloomer shorts in the summer!

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I was thrilled when my oldest fell for overalls- she’s all about comfort AND style.  I love the Sydney Romper and Pinafore from Mouse House Creations.  It’s such a classic, sweet style and was perfect for the look we were going for.  I’ll never grow tired of picot trim bias, especially in a gingham!  It’s the fun pop these shorts needed but still keeps them versatile.

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We paired the overalls with a Boo! Designs Sleeved Leotard for a fun vintage look with a modern twist.   She absolutely loves this outfit!  I love that it’s perfect for summer- an outfit she can wear running around the neighborhood with friends or off to a bar-b-que.

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My other niece is all about comfort and these two pieces will be great to mix and match into her wardrobe.  The Skipper Top from Sew Much Ado is such a staple pattern for my sister and I.  It’s a quick sew and is a great base to show off fun fabrics.  In a red and white stripe, it’s great for the Fourth of July but will still be wearable year round too.

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She got a pair of Hailey Ruffle Shorts from Made for Mermaids and a Barb’s Headband from Simple Life Pattern Company.  This comfy knit outfit is totally playground approved.

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Perfect for hiding in the big ‘ol tires at one of our favorite parks!  Isn’t she just darling?!  I feel like as an aunt, I can say these things 😉  She is just pure innocence and joy!

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The last outfit we made for the tour was another one we wanted to be able to mix and match into her existing wardrobe.  These chambray Lilly Shorts from Violette Fields Threads will be great.  I love the pop of red from the bias tape!

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She lives in her Miss Mary Mack (affl. link) tees from Love Notions and I always know I can’t go wrong making her more!  This one in floral and polka dots is definitely my new favorite.  So cute and girly!

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As it often goes these days, I had more fun taking and editing these pics than I did sewing.  So I’m going to leave you with a bit of photo overload and a little wish for ya’ll to have the best holiday weekend!  I’m so grateful for this beautiful, amazing country we live in and for all those who have fought to make it what it is today.

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Make sure to head on over to all the other stops on the tour- so much patriotic goodness!

Our Amazing “Sew Americana” Tour Lineup:

Monday, June 26: Wild & Wanderful | Handmade Boy | The Wholesome Mama | Marvelous Auntie M | Sew and Tell Project
Tuesday, June 27: EYMM | Middle River Studio | SewSophieLynn | Phat Quarters | Call Ajaire
Wednesday, June 28: Simple Life Pattern Company | Sewing By Ti | Auschick Sews | Nu Me Nu You | Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen
Thursday, June 29: Adventures with Bubba and Bug | Musings of a Seamstress | Elli and Nels | Spindle and Seams | Stylin’ Stacy
Friday, June 30: Very Blissful | Stitching and Making | Wild & Wanderful | On Wednesdays We Sew | Fairytale B&T


We would like to give a special thanks to our generous sponsors!
Love Notions | EYMM Modern Designs | Rebecca Page | Patterns for Pirates | Simple Life Pattern Company | Thread & Grain | Designs by Call Ajaire | Simply By Ti | Made for Mermaids | Petite Stichery & Co. 

You can add your patriotic makes to the link-up too!

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Thanks for stopping by our stop on the tour!

Sew What Do I Wear Valentines Edition

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Valentine’s is fast approaching and this mama needed something new to wear.  The Made for Mermaids/Patterns for Pirates ‘Sew What Do I Wear? Valentine’s Edition’ was just the push I needed to hit my sewing machine.   You know me- it needs to be stylish AND comfortable for me to wear it, even for a night out.  Enter…bum, bum, bum… a ROMPER!!  Holy smokes, people!  Where has this gloriousness been all my life?!

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I knew I wanted a pretty flowy floral and this rayon spandex from Raspberry Creek Fabric was absolutely perfect for Valentine’s!  It has the perfect drape and sewed up so beautifully.  It’s lightweight enough that I think I can wear this through the summer too!  And a little secret- it was about 20 degrees when we took these pics so I layered some fleece lined leggings underneath and it’s so loose you can’t even tell.  Here, here to an all seasons outfit!!

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I only made a couple of changes to make it suit my preferences.  I did an elbow length sleeve (of course) and did a 3-inch binding band around the bodice as suggested in the pattern to offer a little more coverage.  I’ve got no cleavage to show off so a little cami underneath kept me nice and modest 😉

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Funny story- I told my husband I had to make a romper this weekend and he said, “Oh nice.  For Payton?”  I was like, “No, for me.  What do you think?”  No response…  Probably a good call because I could tell exactly what he was thinking and it wasn’t a good thing, haha!  I came up a bit later in it and he actually said, “Wow!  That looks really nice!”  In husband talk that’s a HUGE compliment!  He never notices my makes and after 16 years doesn’t really care about my appearance (huge blessing since I wear tees and joggers 90% of the time!). I’m calling this outfit a win in the “How to impress the Hubby” category.

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Another secret- It totally feels like I’m wearing my pj’s, maybe even better!  It’s so comfortable that I really could wear it everyday.   I’m thinking that throwing a long cardi over it will be perfect for dressing it down a bit.  Oh, or a denim jacket!  Can I get away with wearing my Chucks with it?  We’ll see… I feel like this has opened up a whole new world for me!  Now I know why my girls are so obsessed with rompers!

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Ready to get your mind blown with even more date night inspiration?!!  I sure am!

Make sure to check out all these lovely ladies:

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Holiday Freebies with Made for Mermaids and Petite Stitchery

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Anyone doing any last minute holiday sewing?!!

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I’ve got a few holiday freebies from you from some of my favorite ladies.

The ladies at Made for Mermaids generously continued their 12 days of Christmas this year with 12 super fun and easy patterns and tutorials.

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I sewed up the Annie Apron for my buddy in the kitchen.  It’s a quick sew and so easy to customize.  It can be made with a couple of fat quarters and some fabric scraps for the waistband.  Such a great stash buster!

My littlest got an Earwarmer in his favorite fabric scrap.  There are sizes for the whole family and I know I’ll be sewing myself one real soon!

The bowties complete any holiday outfit for the boys in your life.  You can even make dad one to match.  Seriously fast and oh so cute!

The girls on your list could all use a cute lace Dress and Top Extender.  I love a hint of lace and these extenders are so great!  I know my girls have a few tops that I’d love to last through the winter and this extender is just perfect to add a couple inches to the length.

Make sure to check out all of the Made for Mermaids freebies!  There’s something for everyone on your list!

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Petite Stitchery has also been rolling out some quick holiday freebies and my kids are obsessed with the Tinsel Cowl.

There are three options- button, fringe, and simple.  My kids have been making them themselves and loving it!  My daughter did her first buttonholes and loved picking out trim for her button version.

It’s another great use for all those fabric scraps you’ve got lying around.  Those precious pieces of velvet will be scarves in no time!

What’s on your Christmas sewing list still?  I’m dying to dig into some American Girl doll sewing for my girls.  My scrap hoarding will pay off for matching duds from some of my favorite makes this year.  Stay tuned for a post on that goodness!

Made for Mermaids Joy and Mama Joy

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Made for Mermaids newest pattern in their Dreamy Collection is here.  The Joy and Mama Joy are classic knit dresses that will be perfect for every occasion.

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The Joy features a fitted bodice and a full pleated skirt with multiple skirt and sleeve lengths.

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It mashes perfectly with the other dresses is the Dreamy Collection.  I mashed the Noelle top with the pleated peplum of the Joy and love this top!

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It looks fantastic in a variety of knits.  I used stretch velvet for my maxi version and also for the Noelle mash.  The floral is a fun scuba knit that really showcases the pleats.

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We’re really struggling with pictures lately as it’s been so gloomy and it gets dark so early these days.  I’m afraid blog pics for the next few months are going to be less than stellar- already looking forward to spring and sunny days!

We headed to the mountains for this shoot and my oldest took the pics. It was fun but freeeeezing!  The snow falling is a little help from Photoshop but we missed the real snowfall by just a few minutes.  My girls have gotten to be such troopers with their crazy mom.  Since November, I’ve been paying them for shoots under the condition that they use the money for Christmas presents.  They’ve been more eager and it’s been fun to see them spend their earnings on their siblings and other family.  I’m hoping that after Christmas they’ll go back to being happy with a chocolate or other special treat- wish me luck!

I could see this being my go-to dress for this one.  It fits perfectly, has pockets, and she will die if I make her a maxi version.  This dress and that fabric really just make me so happy!  It was one of those projects that when I finished I was totally tempted to check her out of school just to see it on her… tell me I’m not the only one that gets that excited.

I knew this blue velvet was meant for this little lady.  She’s worn this top to school and it just suits her so well.  I love that hi-low peplum and that collar is so timeless.

I want to love my dress, I really do.  It’s about as comfy as it gets but it really doesn’t flatter me.  It’s not the dress design so much as my indulging in a little too much holiday cheer and not enough hitting the gym.  It’s also the fabric choice for sure.  Velvet shows every little bump and works well in a looser silhouette for me.

It’s a little better styled with a scarf or a belt.

I also made a peplum top in ponte but will definitely size up next time.  This top was my first version in my normal size and the maxi is one size above what I normally wear in M4M.

I will for sure make more though.  I think Liverpool would be a great fabric choice or even a thicker ponte with a bit more stretch.  I placed a big order for fabric all with this pattern in mind!

You can pick up your patterns individually here and here or grab the bundle since you know you’ll want to be matchy-matchy!

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