Love Notions Fall Style

The Love Notions Huge 40% off sale is going on through Friday! With so many patterns to choose from I thought I’d do a little fall inspiration post. I rounded up my favorite Love Notions patterns that will keep you cozy and get you through those last warm days before winter sets in. Read on to the end for a chance to enter to win a Babylock sewing machine!

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In the last couple of weeks I’ve added a few new Love Notions pieces to my wardrobe. This cute plaid Cadence top is one of them. Raspberry Creek Fabrics recently got in a ton of cozy Robert Kaufman flannels and I seriously want all of them! I loved the idea of a simple woven tee that would be perfect for layering and the Cadence top is one of my go-tos (you can see my other versions here and here). I cropped this version so it’s a little more boxy.

I’ve paired it with my all-time favorite Love Notions pattern- the Allegro Bottoms. It’s the all-star pattern in my collection and it always comes in clutch. You’ll see a few different pairs in this post and I love how versatile it is. This pair in lightweight Tencel denim has been a staple for me. I can wear them year round and dress them up or down.

Another must have pattern for fall and winter is the Boyfriend Cardigan. The pattern is full of options and is a fairly quick sew. It looks great in plush sweater knits, soft french terry, or rib knits. I love to throw mine on any chance I get. You can see my versions here and here.

As much as I love to stay in once the weather gets chilly, we still have a few special occasions to dress up for. The Sybil Skirt and Serenity Sweater is the perfect combination for those fancier events. When it comes to options, the Sybil Skirt has you covered. I love how quick and easy the pencil skirt is to sew up but my favorite to wear is the fun pleated version (here). The Serenity Sweater is one of those patterns that looks amazing on everyone I see it on. It’s feminine and pretty and so fun to wear.

When it comes to options, the Terra Tunic and Glissando Bottoms have got you covered! The Terra Tunic is full of neckline choices and sleeve lengths making it a versatile year-round pattern. You can see my other versions here. The Glissando Bottoms have crop pants, shorts, and skirt to choose from. That classic button-fly is the perfect detail and really makes this pattern stand out.

Another easy to wear combo is the Rockford Raglan and Allegro Bottoms. The Rockford is the only raglan pattern you’ll need. There are multiple views but I gravitate to the easy to wear (and sew!) straight banded shirt length. In french terry, cotton lycra, or soft sweater knit, the Rockford is a pattern I use over and over again. These Allegros in a comfy chambray are fantastic for cooler weather. I simply lengthened them a bit and they’re perfect for looking a little dressier but still feeling as comfy as can be!

Another pattern that offers a ton of versatility is the Forte. With tons of top and dress choices to choose from, you could totally sew up a closet full and no one would know you used the same pattern for all of them! I love this dress for throwing on during those warmer fall days.

The Oakley Vest is the perfect layering piece because you can still see those fun ruffle sleeves! This fur version has been so fantastic to have. It dresses up a simple tee and jeans and also looks great over dresses and skirts for those fancier days.

The newely released Arlington Sweater is excluded from the sale but I just had to include it in my must haves! I currently have an Arlington for every day of the week and I don’t see myself stopping sewing them up any time soon. Every fabric I see just needs to become an Arlington!

I love the Arlington paired with practically all of my bottoms but it’s especially cute with Sabrina Slims. The Sabrina Slims pattern is great for so many different fabrics. I love my ponte versions and these stretch denim ones are the best!

For an easy every day look, you can’t beat this combination. Allegro joggers and an Arlington tee are just made for each other! These Allegros are made is super soft hacci sweater knit and they’re the first things I grabbed to wear the second the weather was cool enough. And this simple black rib knit Arlington is working overtime right now. I love it paired with absolutely everything and it looks great layered too.

I couldn’t leave out these three patterns. The Sloane Sweater is much loved in this house (also here). The Classic Tee is my go-to tee pattern. And the Constellation Pattern is the pattern that I’m dying to sew up again!

I had so much fun going through my closet and picking out my essential Love Notions pieces. It was fun to see how they paired together and to try new combinations. I generally wear a mix of ready-to-wear and handmades and I love that my Love Notion pieces incorporate so easily into my wardrobe. If you’d like to see all of my past Love Notions makes head here.

Don’t forget to shop the sale through Friday and head to Love Notions blog for more inspiration. Ready for the good stuff?! Love Notions is giving away a Babylock Brilliant Sewing Machine or a Babylock Victory Serger! This post on the LN blog is full of all the great sale info and giveaway details.

Here are the official rules:

  1. Entrants can learn how to enter to win this prize by following the Love Notions Ambassador team. Each Love Notions team member will be submitting a nomination and will make their own post with directions to enter with them. You can find links to follow the Ambassador team on their social media outlets here (listing of the 2021 Love Notions ambassador team).
  2. Anyone is eligible to enter! Shipping within the continental U.S. will be paid for by Love Notions. Winner outside of the continental U.S. can choose to pay the shipping/receiving/customs difference or select our alternate prize. Please note that this machine uses U.S. voltage.
  3. Alternately, a winner can choose the $1,000 Love Notions store credit to be used on Love Notions digital patterns, workshops, or future retreats.
  4. All nominated entrants will receive the free pattern of their choice.
  5. Nominations will selected by 10/22/21. The final winner will be selected randomly on Tuesday, October 26th, 2021.

You can enter on this post by simply leaving a comment and you can head to my Instagram for an additional chance to enter!

Hey June Handmade Fairmount Shacket

The newest Hey June Handmade pattern is one you’ve been waiting for. If you’ve hit the malls or browsed online at all, you know that shackets are EVERYWHERE! The Fairmount Shacket from Hey June is the perfect pattern to recreate all of those ready-to-wear tops we can’t get enough of.

The Fairmount comes in two size ranges 0-20 with a b-cup or 14-30 with a d-cup. It’s an oversized button down that is designed for layering. It’s perfect to throw on with a tee and jeans or a cozy hoodie and sweats.

For my version I headed to Raspberry Creek Fabrics and picked up some of their new in stock Robert Kaufman flannel. I went with this gorgeous cream and rust speckle shetland flannel. (Just FYI- I caught the last bit of light on a dreary rainy day so my color in these pics is less than stellar. The color on the listing is much more true to life.) It’s nice and thick and was so easy to work with. I love that this color with work over so many of my tees and tops. I can’t wait to sew one up in any one of these cute plaids!

I love the details of this top! The flap pockets, back yoke and pleat, and convertible collar really elevate this pattern.

With my sewing time being less and less these days, I’ve been picky with my projects. I love quick and easy sews for that instant gratification and to relax. But every now and then I love to really escape and concentrate on something a little more challenging. The Fairmount was the perfect middle ground. It was more involved than a simple tee but each step is easy to follow and it was an ideal quiet afternoon project. Using a solid color was a genius move for my first one since I didn’t have to pattern match a plaid or stripe. It made cutting much quicker but I tried to pay special attention to my top stitching since it’s so much more visible on this fabric. Using metal snaps instead of buttons made it feel more like a jacket and also meant I got to skip buttonholes! Follow me for more lazy sewing tips, lol!

My daughter has requested her own and I’m really hoping to squeeze one in for her this winter. It’s such a fantastic pattern and like always, I count on Adrianna to keep me looking on trend and not to embarrass my kids too much!

Love Notions Arlington Sweater

The newest Love Notions pattern arrived this week and I can’t help but want to live in it! The Arlington Sweater is so full of options that I can wear it happily all year long.

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I sewed up four versions because I couldn’t pick just one option! The pattern is available in sizes XS-5X and includes a separate full bust pattern piece. There are three different lengths to choose from- banded, hip, or dress length. You can do a mock neck, full turtleneck or cowl neckline. AND there are five different sleeve choices- elbow, short or long puff sleeves, bishop, or simple long sleeves. I love that you can use so many different fabrics for this pattern and how each one changes up the look so much! All of my versions are a size small.

This simple elbow sleeve, mock neck top was my very first version. I sewed it up in pretesting and made the subtle changes to make it fit like the final pattern. I used a thick poly/cotton/lycra knit I picked up from Design Co. fabrics at the beginning of the pandemic. The weight makes it nice and sturdy and will be great as a transitional weather piece.

I think the mock neck/elbow sleeve combo is the perfect everyday look! I want a few more to get me through fall. I think it’ll be great in a triblend or modal too for spring.

This style layers perfectly under my Boyfriend Cardigans too!

This puff sleeve version was my next make and has already been worn so much! You know it’s good when you wear it somewhere and everyone wants you to make them one. I did the turtleneck on this version and I love it! It’s a super soft rib knit from Raspberry Creek Fabrics so the neck is nice and comfy. I kinda want an Arlington out of ALL of the colors and with so many pattern options I think no one will notice that I’m wearing the same pattern every day of the week.

I love this one paired with my latest Sybil Skirt. The top can so easily be dressed up or down!

I had to sew up a dress too, right?! While I can’t wait to make a cozy sweater knit version, this fun scuba knit was just meant to be this dress. I picked up this pretty scuba at the first Love Notions retreat. I love that every time I’ll wear it that I’ll be reminded of that amazing week!

For the dress, I did the mock neck and bishop sleeves. I added two inches to the length of the dress as well.

Tights, boots, and a jean jacket make this my ideal fall church outfit.

My last version (for now!) came to me in the middle of the night. Does that ever happen to you? I was sleepless and was going through all of the fabric possibilities with this pattern and I just couldn’t shake the idea of a beautiful velvet version. I’ve had this velvet for years but only had a single yard which limited what I could make with it. I’m so happy that it’s grown up to be an Arlington!

I sewed up another mock neck elbow sleeve version and I absolutely LOVE it! It’s casual enough for everyday but also will look great for date nights or the upcoming holidays.

You can grab the Arlington on sale through Monday October 4th.

Back to School with Project Run and Play and Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Can you believe it’s almost time for our kids to head back to school?! We head back mid-August and I can’t get over how fast this summer flew by. The good thing about heading back to class is that it gives me the perfect excuse to sew up cute new school clothes! I joined in the Project Run and Play Back to School Tour sponsored by our favorite shop Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

If you’ve been around these parts very long you know my kids are all about comfy (what kid isn’t?). These knits from RCF were just perfect for them! Paired with simple knit patterns, these makes were so much fun to sew up. These patterns fit my kids fantastic and sew up in no time.

My little guy got a classic jogger and tee outfit. I used the Lemon Tee paired with the Joseph Joggers, two patterns that we absolutely love and use over and over again!

For his tee, I used the diagonal body colorblock front piece and the solid back piece in a size 9. It was fun to play with prints and solids and this pattern is just perfect for it. I started with the Puzzle Cube print on jersey then used Deep Rust and Charcoal jerseys to coordinate. The neckband is bamboo cotton ribbing that matches the sweatshirting of his joggers perfectly.

He recently found a scrap of this incredible bamboo cotton sweatshirt fleece in my stash and carried it around as a blanket for his newest stuffed animal. He declared it the softest fabric ever so you can imagine how delighted he was to get pants made out of this magical stuff! This jogger pattern is a favorite because of it’s classic fit- not too slim but not too baggy either. This is a size 9 with added length.

When looking through the new back to school prints this girl fell hard for this paint splatter print. Just look at those colors!!

She’s still been loving casual dresses so the Story Dress was a great choice for her. Those sleeves are too cute and sewn up in cozy french terry, this dress is beyond cozy! We sewed up a size 10 with added length.

Payton asked to head back to this cool bridge for this shoot and it was so much fun! Charlie really hates the thought of photo shoots but gets into them once we get his music going. These two continue to get closer and closer and summer has been the best for them. They just have too much fun together (with plenty of arguing thrown in too!).

Make sure you follow along all week for some incredible inspiration from past PRP participants. Art Bella Creates nailed her makes yesterday and got me even more excited to see what’s to come the rest of this week.

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Favorite Things Blog Tour 2021

As part of my job at Raspberry Creek Fabrics, I get to work with the incredible promo teams. As we end our promo year we’re celebrating with a Favorite Things Blog Tour- our chance to thank our awesome team and your chance to be totally inspired. You’ve got to head over to the RCF blog for some exciting news too!

For my look, I chose a few of my favorite things. I used a couple of my favorite pattern designers, Hey June Handmade and Love Notion Patterns as well as some of my favorite fabric bases, linen and triblend jersey.

Since this is a fabric tour, let’s talk fabric first. This black medium weight rayon linen is the perfect drapey but stable fabric. I love the feel that the rayon gives it and you can never go wrong with linen in summer. I’ve been so anxious to try the new tri-blend jerseys in the shop and just had to get a print from designed by the great Emily Ferguson. This Peace and Love print is just the cutest and I just adore the art on this print.

When it comes to favorite patterns, the Love Notions Classic Tee is WAY up there for me. This fabric was meant for a cool summer tee so it really was a no-brainer! I love the relaxed fit of this pattern and I can never have enough of them.

I think I’ve gotten fabric for the Hey June Greer Jumpsuit at least three times and ended up using it to test other patterns (because deadlines always win!). This tour was just what I needed to finally sew them up and I’m sooooo thrilled to have my own pair at last!

I made a simple alteration and doubled the width of the straps and just cut two of them. I added buttons and buttonholes to the bib front and that’s it. Welcome to another easy hack courtesy of yours truly!

As part of the tour, Raspberry Creek is giving away our favorite notions in their Facebook Group each day. I know I’ve shared about this amazing thread before but I still use it ALL THE TIME. Eloflex Thread by Coats and Clark is now widely available (I pick mine up at Hobby Lobby but Amazon also carries it). I use it primarily in my bobbin when I’m sewing with my double needle on my sewing machine. It gives hems that extra bit of stretch to make them hold up and give just a little more. I also use it with a single stitch in the bobbin of my machine when I top stitch my knit neckbands. And let’s not forget sewing swimsuits. This stuff is perfect for that too! I use it in my bobbin then as well to top stitch elastic down or for binding too.

Not part of the giveaway but I have to share my new favorite tags from Intensely Distracted. Simone was a member of the RCF promo team and I love, love this new adventure of hers.

Make sure you’re following along this week and check out the rest of the team. It has been such a privilege to work with this incredible group of sewists:

Made By Kates, Kainara Stitches, I Sew Best After Midnight

Sew Mary Mac, Tessa Does for Love Notions, Sew Love You

All My Spare Time, Pins and Pinot, Crafty Professor

Sew Hard of Hearing, Replicate then Deviate, Sew Sophie Lynn

Genwin Design Co., Shwin Designs, That’s Sew Kari

Thread Faction Zero Waste Collection

When Liz of Thread Faction reached out to see if I wanted to be part of the release of her newest Zero Waste collection, I was intrigued. The concept behind her Zero Waste patterns is genius and so cool! I don’t know about you but I’ve got so many odd size scraps and these patterns are made to eliminate those.

Liz takes an approach to pattern making to eliminate those odd scraps that inevitably end up in our garbage. By creating garments out of rectangles and patterns that don’t use excess fabric to create similar looks of a traditional pattern, she’s come up with a unique collection that is just as adorable as it is functional.

When I showed Miss Payton the patterns in the newest collection, she immediately wanted the jumpsuit. She loves the hip, cool vibe!

I headed into Raspberry Creek Fabrics to pick fabric and have to admit I was a little stumped. In the wrong fabric, she could end up looking more industrial and way less modern and trendy. I settled on this dreamy milk chocolate brown double gauze that is both soft and easy to work with. This fabric is a new favorite of mine and I’m trying my best to fill all of our closets with it! It’s so squishy and cozy and I can imagine wearing it head to toe in a jumpsuit would be the best thing EVER.

I sewed up a size 10 with a 14 length according to her measurements. I sewed it up per the pattern instructions but when she tried it on she wanted a little definition in the waist. The pattern features elastic in the back waistband and I chose to add it throughout the whole waistband to cinch in the waist. I also added a tiny faux button tab to the front chest pocket for a little added detail. I left off the back pockets but only because she didn’t want them (gotta keep them happy!).

I can’t get over this pattern! The construction really is genius and the finished garment is so cool! According to my darling model, it’s super comfy and super cute too. She’s got a list of places she can’t wait to wear it to: as a pool coverup, to dance competitions as a coverup, and any time we travel, not to mention just every.single.day!

We tried out a new location for this shoot and it was absolutely perfect! The evening light was magical and brought out my little supermodel. I love that these pics show ALL her personalities from sweet big kid to sassy almost teenager. We had so much fun and had to follow it up with milkshakes just to cement it as the best night out!

Make sure you check out all of the other stops on the tour and take advantage of the sitewide 30% off sale during the tour too! Head over to my IG for a giveaway for all of the patterns in this newest Zero Waste collection too!

04/06 – Thread Faction Studio Blog, Wattle & Slate on Instagram,

Project Run and Play Smooth Sorbet

The newest Project Run and Play collection has arrived! Project Smooth Sorbet features 8 new patterns for all the kiddos in your life.

I sewed up 5 of the patterns from this collection and they’re perfect for summer!

As with all of the Project Run and Play collections, our photoshoots are always a hoot and I end with some treasured pictures of my kids on top of great new clothes too! All of our fabrics were sponsored by Raspberry Creek Fabrics and my kids are huge fans of all things RCF.

Charlie got a Parfait Polo paired with the Limone Lounge shorts. I used this adorable ombre stripe cotton lycra for his shirt and a light grey stretch linen for his shorts.

I was a little nervous to sew him a polo shirt because he is so picky! He loves CLUB fabrics though and the softness of this top won him right over. The Parfait pattern is a unisex pattern with tons of options. It comes in sizes 1-16.

The Limone shorts have an elastic waist that makes it easy to get dressed and perfect for those kiddos that detest anything with zippers (please tell me I’m not alone!). They’re nice and relaxed fitting and the big pockets are a little guys must have.

I’m afraid this might be Sophie’s last Project Run and Play shoot as she’s barely fitting in the size charts. You know I’m going to push it as long as I can!

She got a Fragola Dress in pretty rayon linen. The Fragola comes in sizes 12 month to 14 and has top and dress options.

The Fragola is absolutely adorable! I love the wide, sleeveless style. I added length to the top version and then added a ruffle with all of the fabric I had left! It was a game of fabric tetris to play with the stripes but being flexible on the length made it fun.

Payton loves bright and fun clothes so I knew this theme was meant for her. She got a pair of Limone capris and a Bacio Tee.

The Limone pattern is another super versatile addition to your collection. There are multiple short lengths, capris and pants as well as two skirt options. It comes in sizes newborn-14 making it a pattern you can use for years! And you know how much I love a good unisex pattern- anything I can use for all three of my younger kids. Sewn up in a comfy chambray, these are the perfect hanging out pants!

The Bacio Tee is a unisex relaxed fit tee. It’s a great basic to have! It comes in sizes nb-14 as well. I love the raw edge neckline option!

This double brushed poly fabric has a special place in our heart! This print was designed by Diana’s daughter Grace, one of Payton’s oldest friends. Seeing her wear one of her friends prints was so sweet, especially since I’ve been wearing fabrics designed by Diana forever!

The last pattern I sewed up was the Sorbetto Swimsuit. The Sorbetto is another pattern full of options!

I sewed up the two piece color blocked pieces with the optional sleeve. I love that fun detail!

Raspberry Creek swim solids are so good and it was hard to pick which color combo to use. I ended up with Lipstick Pink, Bright Yellow and Solid Orange for a fun color scheme reminiscent of a summer sunset or a delicious Popsicle!

For loads and loads of inspiration, head over to Project Run and Play and flip through the Project Smooth Sorbet Lookbook. It’s the perfect way to spend a hot afternoon. Grab your favorite frozen treat, kick your feet up, and prepare to be blown away by all of the amazing sewists and their adorable children!

A Springtime Love Notions Boyfriend Cardigan

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The women’s Love Notions Boyfriend Cardigan is the newest pattern to get updated! It’s re-released today and on sale today only for just $5!!! You can get it for $9 through the remainder of the weekend. You can also grab the girls version for just $5 today!

The Boyfriend Cardigan was my first ever Love Notions test years ago. My little miss is still as sassy!

We’ve loved our past Boyfriend Cardigans and wear them all year round. The classic style makes them easy to throw on with just about anything.

The newly redone pattern is now full of even more options. It’s been redrafting using the current Love Notions block and is now available in XS-5X. In addition to the previous mid-thigh length there is now a duster option. AND there are now choices to do a hood, shawl collar, or plain front. It’s crazy that they can make an amazing pattern even better!

I wanted to sew a lightweight spring version and picked up this gorgeous mint rib knit from Raspberry Creek. I’ve used double knit, waffle, french terry, and now rib knit for this pattern and love it in all of them. It drapes beautifully in this soft rib knit. I sewed up a size small with the shawl collar.

I wanted this to be as versatile for warmer weather as possible so I made a simple waist tie to be able to wear it as a swim coverup as well. I love it with jeans and a tee but it’ll also be great to throw over a swimsuit (especially on those vacations when you want to get from your hotel room to the pool!).

Make sure to take advantage of the major discount today and pick up the women’s and girl’s cardigans!

Suit Up for Summer Blog Tour Final Day

This is it! The last of the the Suit Up for Summer tour. It’s always bittersweet. I love what we’ve seen all week and the other bloggers on this tour have just been incredible. With each new suit I saw, I had a new favorite. It feels like an honor to be surrounded by such talent!

Today’s post will be covering two things- coordinating swimwear for the whole family and using your favorite everyday patterns for swimsuits. I love that Raspberry Creek fabrics swim line is so full of options. You’re sure to find something to suit your own personality as well as everyone around you. If you’re looking to sew coordinating sets, RCF has you covered!

Each collection has little mini collections that perfectly coordinate making it so easy to pair prints. Throw in all of the swim basic dots, stripes, and ginghams and you can have dozens of cute combinations. This is so fun when you want to do family suits but don’t want to be too matchy.

I put together some more options featuring prints from different collections and throwing in swim solids and CLUB basics too! When shopping on the website, note the colors that are listed in the title of the print. If a color is listed, it will match other prints and solids with the same color.

This year we didn’t try to be too matchy and each kid picked out prints they loved. I was thrilled when went together so well.

Of course you can always just go big and pick one print and sew for the whole crew! I think the tie dyes, the paint splatter, the orange abstract, and the earthtone palms might be my top choices if I went crazy and sewed for all of my family.

One of the questions I hear so much in my sewing groups is what rashguard pattern people use? Or what is your favorite little boy boardshort pattern? And don’t forget, what’s your favorite swim bottom? I think we naturally think that if we’re sewing a swimsuit we need a swim pattern. Guess what? You don’t!

This is particularly true when looking for a rash guard pattern. Chances are you have a good slim fit tee pattern in your stash. I like the Rowan Tee from Titchy Threads for my boys, the Camden Raglan from Hey June or Xfactor Top from Patterns for Pirates for my girls.

The Layer Me Up from Patterns for Pirates is my go-to for myself and the Xfactor is my new favorite. I’m smitten with my new Love Notions Willow Wrap top too! I’m also tempted to try the Summer Basic tank from Love Notions (this one comes with a shelf bra option!), the Hepburn from Patterns for Pirates, and the Be Trendy top from Ellie and Mac. The tricky part for women is finding the support you need but once you figure out that alteration (or if you like to wear a supportive swim top underneath) the skies the limit!

For boys swim trunks, you can use your favorite shorts pattern! The Sew A Little Seam Linden is a swim short and everyday short in one and was the a-ha moment when I figured out that I had way more options than I thought. You can take the lining/underwear piece from a trunks pattern and add it to another pattern if your son prefers them.

For women’s and girls bottoms, look to your underwear patterns! I prefer those with a little more coverage and that makes it easier to fully line them as well. The Norah’s from Petite Stitchery have me so intrigued and I’d love to sew up a pair of swim bottoms with it for this summer.

As far as swim coverups go, this is where we can really think outside the box. Cardigans, robes, dresses, skirts, flowy pants, tunics… you name it will all work when you want to get from the car to the beach in style. I sewed up the Love Notions Boyfriend Cardigan in rib knit and added a removable tie to make this easy coverup that can also be worn over jeans and a tee! I’m all about versatile pieces! The Love Notions Allegros in a lightweight or sheer fabric would make gorgeous beach pants. One more Love Notions pattern I love to throw on over my suits is the easy breezy Laundry Day Tee. When we finally hit the beach earlier this year, I couldn’t wait to wear my Vero Beach Set from Hey June. I made this one during testing and it just was born to be worn at the beach. What are your favorite things to wear over your suits? Do you have a dedicated coverup or do you throw on anything that’s clean?

Can you believe this is it? The end of another great year of the tour. Make sure you head to the RCF Instagram for an extra special giveaway today.

Sew Mary Mac  Merritts Makes  Wild + Wanderful  Call Ajaire

Made by Kates  Violet and Jewels  Sweet Mama Life  All Things Katy!

Intensely Distracted  Pins & Pinot  My Heart Will Sew On  The Petite Sewist

All My Spare Time  Kara Metta  Handcrafted by RED  Sincerely, Shantelle

Replicate Then Deviate  That’s Sew Kari  Desert Blooms  Boo + Lu





Titchy Threads  Sew A Little Seam  Simple Life Pattern Co.  Pattern for Pirates  Ellie and Mac  

Lowland Kids  Gingham Hive  Striped Swallow Designs  Honeydew Kisses  Little Lizard King  

Jennuine Designs  Greenstyle Creations  Made for Mermaids  Call Ajaire  Hey June  Boo Designs! 

  Sofiona Designs  Love Notions  Lil Luxe Collection  Jalie  Sweet Red Poppy


Suit Up for Summer 2021 Day Four- Tween Girl Fashion

We’re almost to the end of our week ‘o fun! I’m pretty sure I’ll go into swimsuit withdrawals when the tour ends. Good thing for you, you can still pick up Raspberry Creek Fabrics swim fabrics at 15% off with code SWIMTOUR.

Every year my girls and I go swimsuit shopping and every year we leave empty handed. We struggle so much trying to find suits that both fit their personalities and just plain FIT! My oldest daughter is now in junior sizing and somehow that means that their are even less options that work for her. It makes me so happy that I can sew both of my girls suits that really work for them.

This year I tried a few new to us patterns. The first is the Hibiscus pattern from Honeydew Kisses.

I think my girls have been a part of the design process for so long that when I asked for swimsuit ideas this year, I should not have been surprised to get this drawing from Payton. She really wanted the cutouts on the side and a fun strappy back. She was thrilled when I pulled up the Hibiscus pattern and it matched up with her vision!

I sewed up view B in a 9/10 with added length. We skipped all the ruffles to get as close to her inspiration as possible.

When I was her age, I had a very similar suit that I thought was THE COOLEST! My mom loved it because it was a one-piece and I loved it because the little cutouts seemed so grown up to me. This tie dye print just ups the rad factor!

For her second suit I used the Little Lizard King Sanibel. She loves all the little tie front tops in the shops and the Sanibel is absolutely adorable! I love all of the Little Lizard King swim line and plan to work our way through them all.

We used another fun tie dye and paired it with the light blue and yellow swim solids. The colors are just so cheerful and scream summer to me!

I sewed up a size 10 classic neck tankini length top with tie and the gathered side panel bottoms. This pattern had multiple options for the top and you can add lots of little extras like flutters and ruffles too. It’s no surprise that we skipped most of those. I love that this suit feels sporty but also a little feminine with the side gathers on the bottoms and tie on the top.

Big sis picked out fabrics and had ideas too but I steered her towards the Xfactor top after sewing my own. She was super easy to persuade and picked out the long sleeves for her version.

I added the same bra cups and shelf bra lining to hers that I did to mine and it gives just the right support for her.

She picked out this Dash Dot Abstract print and then we struggled with what to pair it with. It looked great with the black and white micro stripe as well as the bright yellow solid we had too. We settled on this vibrant lipstick pink and I love the pop of color it brings. We used the Calypso bottoms (they’re her most worn from previous years) and I did the same modification from the past, cutting them at the non-banded line but still adding the band. This gives them a little more height and she likes that her top and bottoms just meet.

Sophie has had this inspiration pic saved and wanted to recreate it. The Viridian from Jennuine Design was perfect with it’s separate panel pieces.

She loved this bold leopard print and then pairing it with black really made it suitable for her. She loves fashion but doesn’t like to draw too much attention to herself so this is the perfect way to wear a bold print like this.

For her top, I lined it in a lightweight techno scuba fabric instead of adding cups. This added a bit of smoothness and was a great solution. I sewed up a straight size 12 with the racer-back and she has a teeny bit of growing room so hopefully this will last all summer.

While getting ideas this year we came across this unique top from Albion Fit. She loved it and I immediately started looking for ways to recreate it. It’s a simple peasant style and searched my pattern stash to no luck. I asked in our swim tour group and they were so helpful and I landed on the Gypsy Top from Striped Swallow Designs.

I sewed up a size 12 crop length with short sleeves. We made it so she can wear her Viridian top underneath so this is just like a little coverup top. I made casings instead of following the pattern instructions since she wanted it to look more like the inspiration.

I like the higher neckline but could see her wanting a wider, lower neck in the future. This was a fun, creative make that isn’t your typical swim top and that’s what we love about sewing our own swimwear! It allows you to dream big and try new things.

My girls are loving their new suits and we’re dying for warm weather to break them in! Sewing for tweens and teens can be tricky but I love the collaborative process with my girls. It’s so fun to bring an idea to live and to create suits that fit them so perfectly!

Make sure to check out the other amazing blogger this week! Today’s sewists are bringing it big time!


Made by Kates  Violet and Jewels  Sweet Mama Life  All Things Katy!

Intensely Distracted  Pins & Pinot  My Heart Will Sew On  The Petite Sewist

All My Spare Time  Kara Metta  Handcrafted by RED  Sincerely, Shantelle

Replicate Then Deviate  That’s Sew Kari  Desert Blooms  Boo + Lu


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