Simple Life Pattern Co. Patricia in Art Gallery Rayon

The Simple Life Pattern Company’s September to Remember Challenge is happening now! Sew up one of the selected patterns for your chance to win SLPCo credit, all the details at the end of this post. I sewed up the Patricia Dress and Top and it’s one you’ll want to add to your to-do list!

The Patricia is a beginner friendly pattern that comes in sizes 2t-12. It features multiple sleeve styles and a dramatic or subtle high low hem. You can make a top or dress length and it works for either knit or woven fabric. With no closures, it’s a quick sew and so easy to wear.

I sewed up a size 10 with a 12 length for this girl. I did the dramatic high low skirt and the bell sleeves. I think this dress is a great year-round pattern. It works well with sandals and will look so cute with tights and boots too!

Art Gallery Fabrics sponsored this post and it was too fun shopping for just the right fabric for this project. I love this pattern in a nice flowy fabric and AGF rayon is some of my favorite to work with. Going into fall, I’m always excited for all things plaid and this pretty grid print, Grid Negative in Rayon by Katarina Roccella, really caught my eye. This girl is moving away from crazy prints and prefers subtle patterns and solids and this plaid was perfect for her.

This cute girl turned the big 1-3 this week! I can’t believe she’s officially a teenager. In so many ways, she’s been a teenager for years. She has such a mature attitude and is so wise beyond her years. She’s so thoughtful and creative and kind and it’s been my pleasure to be a witness to the beautiful young woman she’s become. Taking pictures of my kiddos so often gives me a chance to really connect with them and see them for who they are. It’s amazing to watch them grow and find themselves. This girl really is amazing and a great example to me. I’m excited for the coming years with her as we become more and more equals and it gets so fun to share so many interests and similarities. What a girl!

This photo shoot was a quick one, during my little man’s soccer practice so we were on a tight schedule. We headed to my favorite little Main Street in a sketchy part of town. We go here often for shoots but usually try to go in the afternoon and avoid it at night. On this day, we got here just as the sun was setting. The streets were busier than normal and I had to move the beer bottles and other garbage from our shots. This girly was such a pro- smiling like there was no one around and posing like a super model. She’s my sweet, shy girl and I was so proud of how well she pulled it off. We had a good laugh when we realized she had one boot unzipped the whole time. For my perfectionist daughter, it could have meant tears but instead we just giggled and knew it meant these pics would be ‘real’, not perfect but still good enough.

To enter the SLPCo Challenge this month, you can sew up any of the following patterns: Shelley, Eden, Georgia, Ava, Lydia, Patricia, Mattie, Autumn, and Roxy (many are available in Baby sizes too!). These patterns are all on sale this month too! Take a photo of your make and post it in the Simple Life Facebook group or on your Instagram and tag #slpcochallenge for your chance to win a $20 shop credit to SLPCo.

Excited to see what September brings!

Blue Carolina Blog Tour

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It’s no secret that I love fabric.   So you better believe I’ve been crushing hard on the new fabric line from Christopher Thompson, aka The Tattooed Quilter.  Pretty florals in my favorite blues with a dash of pink- hello!  Blue Carolina for Riley Blake Designs just speaks to the preppy, classic girly girl in me.   I jumped on this fun blog tour in a heartbeat!

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I had such a hard time settling on prints for this tour- so many gorgeous florals, fun pup prints, and I still need to grab me some of this ‘cut, sew, repeat’ fabric!

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I knew I wanted to make something for me but I just had to do a coordinating top for my mini me too!  I love her developing sense of style and it’s a bonus that it’s so much like my own.  I know that if I’d wear it, she’ll love it too!  The fabrics were just perfect for both of us!  I went with the Carolina Lace Navy and for hers I used the Carolina Ditz Blue.   Lace prints get me e-ver-y time!  I’m also loving this ditzy floral- with all the huge floral prints out there this sweet small-scale print is so refreshing.

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Her blouse is a Patricia Top from Simple Life Pattern Company (you totally need to check out Katie’s stop on the tour here!).  I did the dramatic hi-low version and a modified half sleeve.  I can’t get over how much I love that hemline!

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That scoop back makes for easy assembling and super easy on/off!  I went with my daughters measurements on this but I think I would size down next time.  She’s a mini me in almost every way, including my rectangle body type.  Her narrow shoulders make fitting a bit more difficult but it also makes me so glad I can sew for her petite frame!  I think this loose style still works for her and think it’ll look darling layered under a cardigan for fall too.

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This print, actually this whole line really transitions well for every season.  The colors are timeless and classic and I can see it working equally as well for a long sleeve button up top as it does for a summer sundress.

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For my top I used my go-to woven tee pattern, the Shoreline Boatneck from Blank Slate Patterns.   I did a simple hack to add a gathered peplum to the bodice.  I wanted a little more feminine look and this was perfect!

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There is a hack pack included with the pattern that includes a similar look.  Since I already had my regular pattern ready to go I chose to do the hack my own way.  I simply cut my bodice pieces at my natural waistline plus seam allowances.  I sewed my bodice together per the pattern (I lengthened my sleeves a couple of inches) then added a gathered skirt.  My skirt pieces measured 13″ by 1.5x the width of the bottom of the bodice pattern piece.  I didn’t want a super full skirt and this worked just as I had planned.

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I really love a pattern that can be added to and mixed up in a million ways.  I’m dying to try Kim’s gathered statement sleeves on this pattern too!

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Make sure you check out all the other fabulous ladies joining the tour- they’re simply some of the most stylish women I know!

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A huge shout out to Christopher and Riley Blake for letting me join in on this par-tay!

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