Basically Jalie Blog Tour

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I can rarely pass up a blog tour opportunity.  I love the chance it gives me to try new patterns, play with pretty fabrics, and the deadline is always a big motivator to get me in my sewing room.  I was especially thrilled to join in the Basically Jalie Blog Tour hosted by The Petite Sewist  and Auschick Sews.  Jalie is known for their impeccable drafting, huge size range, and classic designs.  Speaking your love language too?!

Make sure you read to the end of this post for all the blog tour goodies- giveaways, sew-a-longs, and soooo many incredible bloggers joining the party!

I’ve had my eye on the Mimosa Scoopneck tee (3890) since it’s release.  It’s full of options- multiple sleeve styles and lengths including plain short sleeves, tie short sleeves, flutter shoulder ruffles, and long sleeves.  My favorite part of each sewing project is sitting down with my kids and picking fabrics and pattern options.  I love to see what they gravitate to and it makes it so much more likely they’ll get lots of wear when they’re part of the design process.

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My spunky Payton went for florals and ruffles.  She’s still super girly and usually picks all the extras- ties, ruffles, ribbons, you name it.  For this top, I dug deep into my Raspberry Creek Fabrics stash for a print I’ve been saving FOREVER.  It’s one of my absolute favorites (I love anything on grey!) and I’d been keen to use it for myself.  One of my goals this year is to CUT THE FABRIC, you know those ones too pretty to actually use…  I’ve decided it’s soooo much better to see it on my kiddos or in my own closet than just sitting on my shelves.  Remember, there’s always more fabric!

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My oldest seriously kills me with her fashion taste.  She tends to be more classic and dresses like a cute college kid and not your average 5th grader.  It was no surprise she picked one of my new favorite fabrics, this dreamy modal jersey stripe from Cali Fabrics.  It’s so incredible soft and those stripes are just perfection!

My girls measured into the same size for their chests which made it super easy.  For Payton, I added an inch to the size L (8) bodice and sleeves and Sophie got 2 inches added to the bodice.  There’s a lenghten/shorten line which made it easy peasy!  Sewing these up was very straightforward and the instructions are so clear.  I love that you can download the pattern instructions before purchasing the pattern.  If it looks too complicated or time consuming you can skip it but I’ve always found it just the opposite!  Looking over the tutorial beforehand gives me the confidence to tackle a new project.

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My little guy lives in raglans and I’ve been hearing the greatest things about the Nico Raglan (3669).  I’m thinking a boys raglan comparison post needs to happen soon.  I have four raglan patterns that I rotate through but I think we may have found the winner.  Just look at that neckline alone!

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The slim fit just fits this kid so well!  I did a size J (6) with a little length added.  He’s generally in a size 7 height and measured into a size 5 chest, 6 waist, and 4 hip in this pattern.  Is he my kid or what?!  I’ve found that Jalie patterns tend to run on the slim side which works really well for my kids but might be something to consider.  My older boys like things a little looser and I usually size up a couple of sizes for them.

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His shirt is all cotton jersey from Raspberry Creek.  He would have only teal in his closet if it were up to him and I’m happy to oblige.  I used this triangle print (retiring this week!) for the sleeves and it’s been one of my favorite boy fabrics to date.  I struggle finding just the right prints for him.  He’s too big for most of the boy fabrics I find in the stores but RCF keeps him pretty well taken care of.

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Ready for the good stuff?

GIVEAWAY!

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Are there some Jalie patterns you’ve been itching to get? Now’s your chance to WIN YOUR JALIE WISHLIST! Head over to Jalie’s website, create an account, add your favorite patterns to your wishlist, and complete the rafflecopter form below (patterns must be added by February 12, 2019 11:59pm EST to be eligible). Incomplete entries will be eligible for fabric prizes only.

For extra entries, join our Jalie sewalong! Make a Jalie “basic” between January 28 and February 12 and share it on Instagram with hashtag #basicallyjalie and/or in the Basically Jalie Album in the Sewing with Jalie Facebook group.

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Blogger Lineup

Be sure to visit these talented sewing bloggers during the tour:

Wednesday, Feb 6 – The Petite Sewist | auschick sews | Replicate then Deviate | Deepika Blogs

Thursday, Feb 7 – Sew What Yvette | Sew Cucio | Shalini’s Sewing Space | Curtiepie | A Jennuine Life

Friday, Feb 8 – SeamsLikeStyle | It’s Liesel | SewSophieLynn | Danvillegirl Sewing Diary | Skirt Fixation

Monday, Feb 11 – The Crafting Fiend | Sprouting JubeJube | its sew colorful | Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing

Tuesday, Feb 12 – All Things Katy! | BigFlyNotions | needle and the belle | Zoopolis

 

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Easter and St. Patrick’s Day Lines

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I always love the chance to sew up the newest CLUB lines from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  My kids LOVE the comfy soft CLUB fabrics and get excited to come up with ideas for all the new prints.

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There are so many cute prints to choose from in the latest Easter and St. Patrick’s Day collections.  We got to work with three different fabrics and had fun coming up with coordinates and creating unique looks that suit their personalities.

First up was a Samson Sweater from Love Notions for Charlie.  He loves a good graphic tee and thought this ‘Lucky’ vinyl was the coolest!  I used St. Patrick’s Argyle in French Terry paired with Light Heather Grey French Terry and Black Cotton Jersey also from RCF.  I’ve been loving all the slightly cropped boxy sweatshirts in the shops lately and the Samson was perfect for recreating that look.  I sized up one for a looser fit (this is an 8 and his chest is a 6 but he’s generally a 7 or 8 for height).

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Next up is a raglan with a twist.  We absolutely love raglans at our house and I instantly fell in love with the new Aurora Raglan from Sofiona Designs.  Sherri of Sofiona Designs is a fellow Project Run and Play alum and I’ve always been a big fan of her style, classic but with a modern edge.  The Aurora Raglan has a couple of fun features but I knew we just had to do the ribbon shoulder ties with this fabric.  It’s such a youthful touch but done in a soft, solid fabric the ties can also look sweet and sophisticated.

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For this top we used the Rainbow cotton jersey paired with royal blue cotton jersey.  I picked up the rainbow ribbon from Hobby Lobby.  It’s such a bright, happy combination that just suits my little miss sunshine!

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I couldn’t let any scraps of that rainbow go to waste so big sis got a tween friendly hoodie.

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I used my favorite Light Heather Grey french terry and went to town with the vinyl and ribbon trim.  We both LOVE ribbon trim on sleeves or pants and this rainbow ribbon is such a cheerful addition to an otherwise plain top.  I used our trusty Constance Sweater from Sew A Little Seam.  It’s so full of options.  For this version I did the regular sleeve with hood and cropped it a couple of inches.  I left off the bottom band and let the hem roll a bit then tacked the side seams to keep that rolled hem in place.

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It needed a little something on the front so I cut strips of vinyl and applied a lucky clover on top.  An easy addition that makes this such a cheerful top that is so on trend too!

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I did one more quick sew for this guy.  Another raglan, surprise surprise.  He picked out all the elements- coordinating fabric (he loves this teal!), neckband, and sleeve length.  I’m surprised he’s on a 3/4 sleeve kick but I think it’s perfect for transitioning into spring.  We used the Ringer Raglan from Thread Faction because I love the slim fit.  In the Easter Stripes this top makes a great addition to his everyday wardrobe.

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The best part of working with Raspberry Creek is the wonderful community behind it.  We had a blast getting together with a few of the other strike off sewists for an epic photo shoot!  Just look at all those cute kids!  It was the best kind of chaos and I left feeling so inspired and in awe of all that talent in one room.

You can grab all your favorite Easter and St. Patty’s Day prints on sale through tomorrow, Tuesday February 5th.  They’ll stick around in the shop through each holiday before they disappear for good!

 

Striped Swallow Designs Starry Night

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As part of the Striped Swallow Designs Promo Team I have the opportunity to sew up a SSD pattern a handful of times a year.  It’s such a great push for me to sew up all those pretty designs I’ve been crushing on.  This round I finally sewed up a Starry Night Sweater for myself.  I’ve made one for my girly and we both absolutely adored it so it’s about time I got one of my own.  I now need one using the little sleeve hack I did on hers too!

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For my version I used a super soft grey hacci sweater knit from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I worried that it’d be too boring but I also know that I pull out ‘boring’ looks more often than the flashy prints I fall in love with.  This simple grey sweater will go with everything and looks great with jeans or even a cute skirt for church.  Versatile pieces are treasures to me!

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The Starry Night is a drop shoulder with a gathered bishop sleeve.  This look is EVERYWHERE right now and I’m so on board that train.  I love a full sleeve with a gathered wrist (that cinched in wrist makes it so practical).  These sleeves are gathered just at the center top making them just the right fullness.

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The pattern includes both hemmed and banded bottom options as well as a top and dress length.  I did the banded bottom and love that the band doesn’t cinch in keeping the relaxed silhouette.  It works so well for my habitual front half-tuck!

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Taking blog photos when it’s 40 degrees is totally a first world problem but I’ve got to give huge props to my cute eleven-year-old photographer for braving the chilly air with me.  I love scrolling through all the pics for the ones where my nose is the least red and my chin doesn’t look like it’s quivering!  This pic is the clenched teeth, trying to look as natural as possible despite freezing our boots off look 😉

Make sure you check out Striped Swallow Designs!  I love their boho-vibe and the patterns are so easy to follow.  If you’re looking for unique, on-trend pieces for you or your little girls, SSD is the place to be!

Issie Top by SewPony

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I’m so excited about this make!  This is one of those moments when the fabric just knew what it was meant to become.  I’d been dying to sew up this vintage-feel combo since this fabric released and was looking for the perfect pattern for it.

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I’ve had the Issie Top by SewPony for ages!  I’ve even had it printed out for months and months.  It’s one of those patterns that’s so full of options that you get paralyzed deciding just which one to do first.   I’ve always loved the cute side ruffles and once I had this fabric in my hands I knew the time had finally come to sew an Issie.  I love the sweet, classic look of this pattern and paired with this retro-inspired color combo it’s a perfect match.

I did a size 8 with a little length added.  Those ruffles added a few extra steps but because it’s a knit it was still a pretty quick project.  The ruffles are sewn on top of the bodice which I was unsure of at first.  In the end I love it that way- no big bulky seams on the inside to bug my little girly.  Those big wide bands are a cute touch and also mean no hemming- hooray!

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This fabric is too cute, right?!  It’s from Raspberry Creek Fabrics of course!  I used the cotton jersey version and paired it with mint jerseyBri paired these two fabrics and I was instantly in love!

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This fabric is only available until Valentine’s day so make sure you grab it soon!  I love sewing for Valentine’s because we still wear our cute hearts year-round.  Too cute to let sit in a closet!

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Valentine Line

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Raspberry Creek Fabrics introduced their Valentine Line last week and I loved sewing some of it up!  We were lucky enough to meet up with Anna and her darling kiddos for a quick photo shoot to really highlight this collection.  I feel so lucky to have such great sewing friends so close and Anna is so incredibly talented!

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This argyle print is such a classic and was instantly a favorite.  It’s great for the holidays but will also work well year round.  It’s printed on the CLUB grey base which is my absolute fav, especially for boys.

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I sewed up a Greenpoint Cardigan from Hey June Handmade.  I can’t believe this was my first time using this pattern.  It sewed up quickly and looks so cute on.  I left off the snaps and buttons for now but I’m still debating whether or not to add them.  We’ve struggled with snaps in the past so I’m leaning towards some sleek black buttons…

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I’ve been dying to sew up the new Modkid Brooklyn.  I love Modkid’s Tween line (Sophie is still just under the size chart chest/hip wise but is a 14 height!).  I think this pattern is similar to the True Bias Niko pattern and since I like to try out new styles on my little mini me first she got to be my guinea pig.  The mock neck, slim fitting silhouette is so cute on her!

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I thought the modern lines of this print were just too perfect for this look!  Windowpane prints are having such a moment and the addition of hearts just make this fabric so sweet.

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This little girl is all about purple right now.  She loved the pretty watercolor stripe and I knew pairing it with the CLUB lilac dots would be a win.

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I used the Jolly Roger Raglan from Patterns for Pirates with the funnel neck add-on.  I extended the funnel neck height and cropped the bottom hem a couple of inches as well.  It’s a cozy closet staple that will get worn often.

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I had to get in on the fun!  I love the simplicity of these tiny hearts on grey.  It’s cute without being too young.  It’s a print I can wear year-round and will pull out this sweatshirt often.  I used my latest go-to pattern, the Pixie Tee from Chalk and Notch.  I cropped the hem about two inches since I plan on wearing this as a layering piece and I love a bit of shirttail sticking out.

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I also sewed up a New Horizons Manhattan Dress in the XO double brushed polyester.  I love what a quick sew this pattern is and that boat neck is super cute!  The drape of the double brushed poly is dreamy as a circle skirt and she loves how soft this dress is.

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You can grab these prints on sale through Wednesday, December 19th for $1 off per yard.  They’re available on CLUB cotton jersey and french terry with the bottom two prints on double brushed polyester.  They’ll stay available in the shop through Valentine’s Day.

Love Notions North Star Pullover

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I’ve got a new face on the blog for you today!  I’m excited to introduce you to my handsome other half sporting the first thing I’ve ever made him.  And it’s extra appropriate that it’s also Love Notions Patterns very first men’s pattern as well!

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The North Star Pullover is the men’s version of my latest Love Notion’s make the Constellation Hoodie.  The North Star is a great relaxed fit pullover.  It features a half zip front with a nice big front pocket.  You can choose a hood or collar option.

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My husband is not a hoodie guy so I went with the collar version.  I like that the collar is a bit dressier than the hood but still zips up nice and cozy.

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My husband is wearing an XXL with an inch added to the length (he’s 6’1″).  I added the length to both the front top portion and the back pattern piece.  He likes the relaxed, casual fit but I think I could go down a size in the future.

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The collar and hood construction is so clean and easy.  The collar lining is bound with bias tape leaving the neckline seam with such a smooth, clean finish.

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For his first make I definitely had to spoil him.  He’s waited a long time for this day so he deserved some good fabric!  I used Organic Cotton Lyocell from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It’s currently sold out but more should be arriving in the next few weeks.  This fabric is just about as good as it gets.  It’s so incredibly soft, has nice stretch, and is so darn warm and cozy!  I think he’ll be comfortable wearing this casually around the house or out to dinner as well.

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He was such a good sport ‘modeling’ for me!  We were cracking up as he struck all the silly poses he’s seen me do way too many times!  It was so nice to have our roles reversed during this shoot.  He’s a natural, don’t you think?!

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Grab this pattern on sale for just $8 until December 12th!  While you’re there pick up the ladies Constellation Hoodie and the kids Navigator Pullover for 20% at checkout.

 

Brunswick Pullover from Hey June

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The newly released Brunswick Pullover is just about as cozy as it gets!  I’m head over heels for my version and I know you’ll love it too!

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I used AMAZING Lyocell Organic Cotton Sweatshirt Fleece from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and I never want to take it off!  It’s the ultimate in warmth and feels like I’m wearing a little piece of heaven.

True story- as I was sewing mine up I tried it on before sewing on the sleeve cuffs to check for length.  I was so smitten with it’s coziness that I couldn’t bear to take it off so I literally finished sewing on the cuffs while it was still on my body!  I then preceded to wear it for two days straight because the thought of taking it off was too traumatizing, lol!  It’s just that good people!

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I made a size 6, view B with a cowl adding a tiny scrap of leather for a tag on the kangaroo pocket.  Since this version is all banded it comes together in a flash!  I’m so anxious to sew up more!

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My favorite feature is the big, chunky cowl.  When I’m cold I love to snuggle into a scarf and I love that this acts like a built in one.  It’s warm without being constricting.

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It also features a slight dip in the back for a little extra toosh coverage (perfect for throwing on with your workout gear!).

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You can grab the pattern during Hey June’s Black Friday sale through Monday to save 20% with code HJ2018BF.  Don’t blame me when you suddenly have a cart full of patterns!  Hey June is definitely a favorite in our house (don’t forget to grab a Hey Juniors pattern or two while you’re at it!).