Raspberry Creek Fabrics Favorite Things Blog Tour

I’m thrilled to be here sharing a few of my favorite things- yummy fabric, my go-to patterns, and a couple of sewing notions I can’t live without.

As our days at home stretch on and on, I have found I reach for the same comfy pieces over and over. I have been living in my Love Notions Allegros and Classic Tees (affiliate links), sometimes paired together and sometimes with favorite ready-to-wear items. You can see some of my past Allegros here and here and here. I’ve also made my share of Classic Tees as you can see here and here. These are definitely two of my most used patterns EVER!

I’m loving the faux jumpsuit look, two easy to wear pieces that can be paired perfectly together for a cute one-piece look but I can use the bathroom with ease AND wear them separately too. Win, win, win!

I’d been dying to get my hands on some of the scrumptious new shades of modal at Raspberry Creek Fabrics and it is just as heavenly as I hoped. I wanted something classic and not too bright and was tempted by the charcoal grey or black but decided to go a little crazy and picked the olive green. I gravitate towards green often and this shade is perfect.

This is easily the most comfortable outfit I’ve ever worn! If you’ve never tried modal you are totally missing out. It’s got the drape of rayon spandex but is a little more plush and silky feeling. It really feels like heaven in fabric form. And head to toe modal? AMAZING!

When sewing up these pieces I reached for two of my favorite sewing notions. I usually avoid actual drawstrings as much as possible (if I had a dollar for every time they came out in the wash!). When I do add them, this handy drawstring threader is amazing! It makes rethreading those pesky loose drawstrings a breeze too. Simply thread one end of the drawstring in the plastic loop and thread it through the casing. The long plastic handle makes it soooo easy to thread it through the casing in mere seconds. I also can’t live without my Soft Stretch Lite Hem Tape. I use it for almost all of my knit hems but especially for lightweight fabrics. It adds a bit of stability and makes it easier to sew with a twin needle on my regular sewing machine. I usually stock up with a few packages every few months and kinda start to panic once I open my last package. It’s my secret weapon!

I love being a part of the Raspberry Creek team and feel so privileged to work with these incredible women. Make sure you head to the Facebook group for daily giveaways all week long.

Head to all the stops on this week’s tour:

Monday: Sewjourns, Sewing and Things, and Sew Mary Mac

Tuesday: Life Sew Savory, Made By Kates, and SewSophieLynn

Wednesday: Sweet Mama Life, Replicate Then Deviate, and Stitching and Making

Thursday: Handcrafted By RED, My Sew Bliss, and Kainara Stitches

Friday: It’s Liesel, Tessa Does for Love Notions, and Margarita on the Ross

Ripley Swimsuit for Project Run and Play

The Ripley Swimsuit Pattern from Bubby and Me Creations for Project Run and Play is here and it couldn’t be cuter!

I have been anxiously awaiting this darling pattern since I saw the line drawings a few months ago. The Ripley is a crossover bodice one-piece suit that features optional ruffles on the neckline straps. It comes in sizes 1-10 and has some of the cleanest finishes of any suit I’ve made, making it extra comfortable.

I think the hardest part of sewing this suit was picking the fabric. We had too many cute prints in my stash but I kept going back to some of my favorite color blocked ready-to-wear suits. These bright solids from Raspberry Creek Fabrics were just so fun together and a great contrast to her other suits this summer. They have a sporty vibe together and I went with my gut and omitted the ruffle neckline. Honestly, that ruffle was what sold me on this suit and then I went and didn’t do it! I absolutely love the finished suit though and so does my girly. It reminds me of something I’d see in Boden or some other cute preppy clothing catalog.

I sewed up a size 9 width with a 10 length. The fit is great and I love the coverage through the bum area. I prefer when the straps are sewn down as the last step so you can try it on to get a really good fit lengthwise and that was the case with this pattern. I ended up taking about three inches off of each of the straps to really pull up the bodice per her preference. She likes things nice and secure!

Make sure to check out the listing and the other stops on this week’s Ripley Blog Tour to see the ruffle in action. It adds such a feminine touch. You can grab the Ripley pattern here.

Project Run and Play Summer Fun Digital Designs

It’s no secret I love me a good graphic tee! Getting creative and firing up my Cricut makes me so happy. I had the chance to sit down and design six graphics for the latest Project Run and Play collection and boy, was it a blast!

I was designing these graphics as winter was coming to an end and spring was in the air. Dreaming of sunshine and long summer days was the perfect respite for those dreary days. Throw in a pandemic and these sayings and graphics really got me through.

The whole digital design collection is fifteen super fun warm weather themed graphics that work great for the whole family. I can’t wait to grab some of the other designs to make some cute tees for the summer.

My designs are Sun Squad, Beach Bum, Take Me To The Ocean, Life is better at the beach, Good Vibes, and Sunshine and Daydreams. I was going for a real 80’s laid back summer vacation vibe while creating them. I couldn’t help but think back to my youth and the carefree, easy days of summer. Oh, to be a kid during summer break again! No worries or cares in the world…

Fabric for the tees was provided by Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I love their white cotton lycra- it’s not too thick, but it’s opaque and the perfect base for creating. My vinyl was all from my local vinyl shop, Vinyl Outlet, and I used Iron-On Turbo Flex vinyl because I LOVE the colors it came in. Super fun pastels that totally matched my retro vision.

The tee is the Lemon Tee from the Project Watercolor Beach collection. It’s such a great basic unisex tee that is full of fun color blocking options too. I did the banded sleeves for a ringer tee look that really added to the vintage feel of the graphics. I sized up one for my middle daughters for a relaxed fit but the others are true to their measurements. And yes, I made sizes 8, 9, and 10… crazy that they’re years apart but similar in chest sizes!

These shots are some of my favorites of my kiddos! They just epitomize the summer kid life to me and I know I’ll treasure these pics forever!

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share all this cuteness! Hop on over to the Project Run and Play shop and get creating!

Love Notions and Raspberry Creek Fabrics- A Match Made in Kid Heaven!

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This post contains Love Notions affiliate links.  Purchasing through my links gives me a small kick back that I use to keep this blog up and running.  Thank you so much for helping keep my little corner of the web going!

An amazing Love Notions sale at the same time as a new Raspberry Creek fabric line is cause for a little celebrating!  All patterns (except the newly revamped Rhapsody) are on sale for 40% off through tomorrow, Sunday May 10th.  40% off!!!  That’s impossible to pass up.  I decided to use a variety of kids patterns for some super fun outfits for my kiddos.

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First, I sewed up the Girl’s Tidal Top and Tank.  I sewed up a batch of these in testing but always forget about this fun pattern.  It’s so fun to mix prints and has lots of options- Tunic, top, and dress length as well as tank, sleeveless, and short sleeves.  Like most Love Notions kids patterns, it comes in sizes 2t-16, one of my favorite things since my girls are creeping near the top end of most children’s size charts.  There’s a ladies version that I love as well!

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I used this pretty Vintage Tropical Floral print (there are SOOOOO many gorgeous florals in this line it was nearly impossible to pick!) paired with Salmon Painted Check Gingham and solid salmon jersey for the bands.  I love pairing florals with other fun prints and this gingham is so cute!  It coordinated so good with both the cupcakes and sprinkle prints too.

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My little guy got a comfy new outfit too!  He’s been wearing things for multiple days during this strange stay at home time.  It’s been amazing on laundry.  He only wants to wear the most comfortable clothes though.  This outfit made the cut!

I used the Tie Dye Sports Balls in french terry for his shorts and heathered grey and teal solid jerseys for his tee.

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I sewed up the Sprint Muscle Shirt for the first time and we both absolutely love it!  I can’t wait to make some for my girls too.  The front color blocking detail is sporty and so fun.  You can do it with or without the hood and front color blocking.  I think my girls need a cute graphic muscle tee- think rocker-style!

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For the shorts I used the Thomas Track Pants basic short variation.  I love that this pattern works for both knit and woven.  It’s fantastic for jammies and it worked great for these easy to wear lounge shorts.  I used 1.5″ elastic in the waistband just per personal preference and cut the legs 2″ above his knee.  We rolled them quickly for these pics and I’ll make sure to tack the hems up on the side seams.  He tried these on and has refused to take them off.  Good sign but leaves little details like hems for later, lol!

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The girls fell in love with the whole Sweet Treats line by Brittney Laidlaw.   They both needed new summer pj’s and this line was just perfect for them.

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Payton got a new Luna Loungewear set.  This pattern has extended plus sizing which is so hard to find for kids.  It has a cami, nighty, capri, short and bralette all included.  I used the cami and capri’s for this set.  Big sis got a set in testing that she is still wearing all these years later.  They’ve been such a favorite! There’s also a ladies version if you want to treat yourself too!

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This little miss was smitten with the Cupcake print.   It’s such an adorable print!  The colors are absolutely amazing.  I struggled when picking coordinates because it goes with ALL the pinks! It’s adorable with lighter hues but this girl needed a little something bright and cheery so I went with fuchsia jersey for the main cami and light pink for the straps.

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Big sis got a new set of Namaste pj’s.  She rotates between her Luna capris (that are now bermuda shorts) and her Namaste set each night so I knew she needed another set to throw in there.  (There’s a ladies version of this pattern as well and I LOVE my set!).

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The Namaste pattern features a faux crossover top and matching detail on the pant.  There are short and long sleeves as well as shorts and full length pants.  There is also a night shirt view.  I added a couple of inches to the length of these shorts (I sewed up a size 10 width but she’s in a 16 for height!).

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This cute sprinkle fabric is like a party in a print!  It coordinates with everything!  I paired it with solid mint jersey but you could use so many of the other summer prints with it or any of the CLUB basics too.  It’s just so cheerful!

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It was so nice to get back to my machines and to sew up some old favorites as well as a new favorite too.  Love Notions patterns remind me how much I love sewing.  They come together easily and always fit me and my kids so well.  They’re easy to alter to our liking and are usually no-fuss and so comfortable to wear, especially in RCF CLUB knits.  Sewing with CLUB knits is my happy place.  They are just the right weight and so easy to sew (no curling or stretching out).  A couple of days with Love Notions and RCF was just what this mama needed.

Make sure to grab your Love Notions patterns on sale through tomorrow.  You can search my blog for Love Notions pattern to read all about my favorites.  These Raspberry Creek prints are also on sale through Wednesday the 13th.  What a perfect combination!

 

Suit Up for Summer with Raspberry Creek Fabrics Day Five- Tween Sewing and Adding Coverage and Support to Swimwear

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Today is the final day of the Raspberry Creek Fabrics Suit Up for Summer Tour and I’m sharing some tween sewing as well as a little tutorial on how to add coverage and support to your swimsuits.

As the tour comes to an end, I’m filled with mixed emotions.  It’s been great to have a reason to get behind my sewing machines and also to share a little bit of hope and brightness with the community.  Deadlines are great motivators!  Not gonna lie though, I can’t wait to take a little break too!  It feels awesome to have a head start on the swim season but I’m ready to sew some cozy stay at home clothes now.  My emotions have been right on the surface lately and tucking away to my sewing space every now and then is still the perfect way to recharge and emerge ready to tackle the rest of the day.  Have you been sewing or is it a struggle to find the time and motivation?  This sewing community has been so supportive and it’s great to know that whether we’re sewing up a storm or just scrolling the web for inspiration, we’re all in this together!

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For today’s post I’m sharing two swimsuits I made for my oldest daughter as well as how to add cups and elastic for a little bit of support and coverage.  I’ve got an easy women’s rash guard with support coming at you too!

For these suits I used Coral Black and Grey Palm Leaf paired with Black Micro Stripes and Bright Pink and Navy Palm Leaves.  You know I like to let my kids pick their fabrics and this girl always manages to choose the same ones I would want myself!

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As soon as the Tadah Hapuna Swimmers and Leotards hit the scene I knew I needed to make one (or two!).  This pattern is full of options and they’re all adorable!  There’s a front color block bodice, a v-back or scoop back, one or two pieces, and so many cute sleeve styles.  I really want to make a version with the circle flounce sleeves but this one wasn’t having it.

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This pattern is full of measurements so I was able to get a great fit with our first suit.  I sewed up a size 10 width graded to a 12 through the waist and a 13 length.  This is the round scoop back with cap sleeves.

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For this version I used the same front bodice piece and color blocked the front to match the v-back color blocking.

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Just looking at that long and lean body you can tell that store bought suits just don’t fit this girly.  We recently tried to buy one she fell in love with online for our Hawaii trip and I had to alter it by bringing it in a full 1.5″ on each side!  Grateful I could make it work but even more grateful I can sew suits that fit her even better!

Sophie10This girl is just starting to develop breast buds and we wanted to add a little bit of coverage to her suits.  She doesn’t need support yet but really just wanted to add some chest coverage.  I’ve been adding bra cups to all my suits for years and I knew some light foam cups would be just what she needed.  Here’s how I did it:CupsFirst, I had her hold up the lining front piece.  We positioned the cups accordingly.  I used light foam cups, similar to what you find in sports or lounge bras.  In fact, I save all of the cups from old lounge bras to re-purpose for my swim suits.  I also like to stock up when I hit the LA fabric district (they’re a screaming deal at like 4 for $1).  Wawak is another option for cups and these ones are light and would work great for tweens.  They come in multiple sizes which is perfect for our little girls.  One more option would be to buy bra making foam sheets and cut your own cups to fit.  Etsy has loads of retailers that stock it.

cups2cups3Next, sew your cups on with a zig zag stitch.  I like to sew over the cup edge to really smooth the edge and make it not as noticeable from the outside of the suit.  Depending on the thickness of your main swim fabric, you can sew your cups on either the right or wrong side of your lining.  With thick quality fabric like Raspberry Creek, I usually put the cups on the wrong side of the lining between the lining and main fabric.  I find it more comfortable to not have the actual cup against my skin but it really works either way.  For my rash guard, I did the cups against my skin so you can see them more clearly in the tutorial.Sophie7I love the results of adding this little bit of coverage.  I also hand sewed cups to the lining of an already finished suit and she feels so much more comfortable with the extra support.  This would work well for ready to wear suits too since most children’s suits don’t adapt for this in the larger sizes.  This is new territory for me and I’m glad I could give my girl a little more confidence when she hits the pool this summer.Rashie5If you or your girl need just a little more support, you can add an elastic band for a shelf bra to your suit too.  I don’t need much support, just a little lift and this method is perfect for me.Rashie1For this rash guard I used the Patterns for Pirates Layer Me Up top.  You can use any tight fitting top pattern and the Layer Me Up is one of my favorites.  It has lots of sleeve options and gives me a nice slim fitting swim top.  I used the Black White Sage Light Blue and Blossom Pink stripe because these colors are so darn good together.  I paired it with my Hello Sailor bottoms from last year for a suit that I can’t wait to wear this summer.FlatlayFor my suit, I used the same technique as my daughter to sew on the cups but this time I sewed my lining to the front and back bodice pieces at the shoulders first so I could ensure a good fit when placing them.  I don’t like to fully line my rash guards because the extra layer is a little too hot for me.  In the past I have fully lined the front but this time I chose to just line the top half.  To add the elastic, determine how tight you want it to be.  I cut mine two inches shorter than the width of the lining where I was placing it.  You will then sew your elastic to your lining, stretching it as you sew.  I like to sew my elastic just outside of the side seam allowance.  This prevents pulling at the side seam.  I use a zig zag stitch but you can use any stretch stitch.  I had cut my lining piece longer than I needed so I had some wiggle room to work with.  Once I had my elastic sewn on, I trimmed off the extra lining on the bottom.Rashie4

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If you’re like me and just need a little support this works fantastic.  I’m not much help when it comes to the more well endowed.  You’ll want power mesh and possibly underwires and that’s a whole new ball game.  I just know I’ve used this technique for years and I love the results.

Are you ready for the rest of the tour bloggers rounding out the tour?!  So much inspiration headed to you today from It’s Liesel, House of Curves, Stitching and Making, Replicate then Deviate, and Paisley Roots.

As a special treat Raspberry Creek Fabrics is offering 15% off your entire order this weekend with code SUNSHINE.

 

Suit Up for Summer with Raspberry Creek Fabrics Day One- Coordinating Suits for the Family

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It’s time for one of my favorite blog tours- the Raspberry Creek Fabrics Suit Up for Summer tour!  My love of sewing swimsuits runs deep and I live for this week to sew and share my love with you all.

Stay tuned to the end of this post for all the details of this week long tour including all the amazing bloggers joining in, a tour-exclusive fabric discount and giveaway info!

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Karly of Paisley Roots and I have been prepping for this tour for months.  We’ve been excited to share the amazing suits that our tour bloggers have been working on.  With the events of the last few weeks, we hesitated to move forward with the tour but after a collective vote we all agreed that the world needs a little sunshine right now.

I don’t know about you but the act of sewing swimsuits for me is an act of faith.  I usually start in February or March to ensure that my family is set once the warm weather hits.  Sewing swimwear when it’s snowing and temperatures are freezing is showing a hope and faith that sunny summer days are coming soon.  It helps me beat that winter gloom just imagining my family together at the swimming pool or lounging on the beach.  This year that faith is even stronger as we’re living with such an uncertain future.  I know that there will be pool days and laughter ahead.  The sun will shine bright and I won’t take for granted when my extended family gathers for a swim at Grammy’s pool.  I’ll savor the play dates at the splash pad and splashing on the trampoline with the sprinklers.  I have hope and know that we will all be so grateful for each and every day of normalcy.

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This week, I’ll be bringing you a post everyday that will hopefully inspire you to get sewing and look towards your own sunny days ahead.  Today I’m sharing some fun family coordinating suits.  I’ll share more details on each suit later this week but for now want to get your mind going with all of the cute fabric combinations available at RCF.

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I love that each RCF fabric release has coordinating collections within it.  It helps take the guesswork out of matching prints.  It’s also fun to find your own group of prints and basics that work perfectly together since all of the RCF designers use our CLUB basics for the colors of their prints.  I’m loving all of the black and white prints this year and was happy that my kids each picked some as their favorites.  My teenage son picked the Black and White Checker Print for his suit and I was thrilled when the other three chose prints that went so well with it.  For his suit I used the board short base but for little brother’s I used the stretch swim base.  Big sister is wearing Coral Palm Leaves paired with Black and White Micro Stripes.  Little Sis fell hard for the Blossom Pink and Sage Palm Trees that match perfectly with the Blossom Pink Solid.  I love that these all look great together but aren’t too over-the-top as a whole.

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I came up with a few more combinations that would work for the whole family.  This set includes: Tonal Teal Grey Multi Stripe, Grey Gingham basic, Navy and Lilac Sea Creatures, Deep Lilac Swim Solid, and Charcoal Grey Board Short.

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These Bananas are just about the cutest thing ever! Paired with Black Gingham, Black and White Leopard Print, and fun vivid solids like Lipstick Pink and Bright Yellow, this group just makes me so happy!

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For a more low-key family look, I did another pink and black combo.  These Cactus look great on any gender and any age.  I love them with the Black and White Checker print but they also coordinate well with the Handrawn Dots or Coral Gingham (can you tell I’m a big fan of ALL the ginghams!).  Throw in a classic solid black board short and this combination is to die for!

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Ready for all the tour details?!

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Join us all week long on Instagram for fun giveaways from some of our tour sponsors.

 

  You can also shop and save 15% on swim fabrics with code SWIMTOUR.

Follow along this week with this talented group of bloggers.  You can head to the RCF blog for previews of each days tour participants.

 

Thanks for joining in our fun and we really hope this week brings you a little joy and hope for amazing days to come!

Abby’s Spin + Twirl Dress and more new patterns in the Project Run and Play Shop

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The Project Run and Play pattern shop is growing!  I’m excited to be here today to share just one of the TWENTY new patterns now available at PRP, Abby’s Spin + Twirl Dress and Top.  You can grab any of the new patterns for 20% off through the end of the month!

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This pattern is a classic skater dress with a semi-fitted bodice and full circle skirt.  There are two bodice lengths: empire and natural waist, neckband or cowl neckline, multiple sleeve lengths, and a top or dress skirt length.  It comes in sizes 12 months all the way up to 14 (yay!).  I sewed up a size 12  with a 14 length with medium sleeves and of course we added the optional pockets!

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We used a stunning floral jersey from Raspberry Creek Fabrics that is on sale through today.   It was the perfect weight for this pattern.  It’s soft and comfy but still dresses up so nicely.  I love the pretty spring hues!

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Obviously, she had to try out the spin factor!

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Make sure to head over to the PRP shop to check out all the new arrivals.  Then head on over to Instagram for a fun little giveaway.  I’m giving away one pattern to the shop simply by following PRP on IG and commenting on my post- easy peasy!

With so many new patterns, make sure you check out the PRP blog each day for the featured patterns and fellow PRP designer showcasing it.  The fun continues through the end of the month!

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This post was sponsored by Project Run and Play and Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  All opinions are my own.  I’m a loyal PRP fan and RCF lover!

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Spring 2020 CLUB line

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I absolutely LOVE this time of year.  February, you ask?!  No, I am so over winter BUT February means new CLUB prints from Raspberry Creek Fabrics!  Spring sewing is just what I need to beat these winter blues!

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Part of my job at Raspberry Creek Fabrics is that I get to work with our strike team.  As soon as we preview each new line, I sit down with my kiddos and they ooh and aah over all the new prints.  They always have a handful of favorites that they want immediately in their closets.  It usually goes something like this, “I want a hoodie out of that, a t-shirt in that, pj’s in those, and a dress in that print!”  Sometimes their wish lists are a mile long!

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I’m usually happy to oblige!  CLUB knits are my favorites to sew with.  They are stable and my serger LOVES them.  Most of these projects are quick and easy sews, usually taking under an hour per garment.  That’s my kind of project- especially when I have three eager kiddos awaiting each finished piece.  I’m excited to share what I’ve sewn up so far from the new spring collection.

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This look was one I debated making for myself.  My tween and I are usually on the same page fashion-wise and if it’s something I’m crushing on I can pretty much guarantee she wants it too.  Chest stripe sweatshirts keep cropping up everywhere and I knew I wanted to recreate one- this time she was the lucky recipient.  I used the Flora Stripe in french terry, paired with the light heather grey french terry and deep sage and dusty rose jersey.   I sewed up the Hatteras Hoodie from Hey June Handmade and did my own color blocking with the stripes.  An easy hack for such a cute result!  I threw in a pair of lounge shorts using the Lexi and Lou Loungers from Made for Mermaids.  She’s already worn the sweatshirt to school with jeans in this cold weather and I think come summer this will be a cute outfit to throw on after a day at the pool.

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This girl is all about the girly prints and fun details.  I’ve been wanting to sew up another Striped Swallow Designs Apres Ski top for her and this pretty floral was just perfect for it.   I’ve sewn up the Apres Ski plenty of times before in lighter-weight fabrics but I think this jersey just might be my favorite.  I love how full the sleeves look in it!

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This little guy was the proud recipient of a handful of new clothes this past week.  He’s growing so fast and I’m desperately trying to keep him clothed so this was perfect timing.  I’m a sucker for stripes and the spring line is full of so many good ones.  I used the Fauna stripes in french terry paired with the grey heather ft and teal jersey this time.  I sewed up a classic Sew A Little Seam Constance Sweater using the stripes.  For the pants I used True Bias Mini Hudson Pants and sewed a racing stripe to the side seam using the Fauna stripes.  I simply cut the stripe leaving the white stripe on either side and folded that under.  I sewed the first side down right on the side seam then sewed the other side down on the back of the pants.  Another easy hack that takes these pants up a notch!

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This kid loves his hoodies and was smitten with this Knight and Dragon fabric too.  This time I used jersey fabric for a lighter weight top that will work well through spring.  I turned to the Rowan tee from Titchy Threads (it’s a good one if you haven’t tried it!).  It’s got a slim fit that fits my little guy so well.  I love that arm stripe detail!

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This last piece for Charlie is quite possibly my favorite thing in his wardrobe.  It was such a fun make and I love how it came out.  I used the Ellie and Mac Be Creative Hoodie.  It was my first Ellie and Mac make and I have to admit I’m always apprehensive trying out new designers.  I was so impressed with this pattern and all the little details it includes.  Those are faux drawstrings which I love considering they ALWAYS come out in the wash.  The color blocking options with this pattern are so fun too.  I used this amazing City Map print in french terry paired with black french terry and hunter jersey for a sweatshirt that is our high school colors.  He’s already excited to wear this to his big brother’s soccer games!

Fun fact about this kiddo:  He wore these fake glasses all last week and convinced all his friends they were his reading glasses.  He made sure to include that he was getting contacts this weekend so he wasn’t stuck wearing them forever!  Yes, we did have a little chat about it but man, did he crack me up!  I love that I got these pictures to remember this funny little man!

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Have you filled up your cart yet?  What prints are you getting?  Remember that release week pricing of $1 off per yard ends Monday February 17th so make sure you check out soon!  I think we all need a little spring sewing!

 

Styling the Newly Updated Sabrina Slims from Love Notions Patterns featuring Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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This post contains Love Notions affiliate links.  I receive a small commission when you purchase through these links that I then use to keep this little blog up and running.  Thanks for your support!

The Love Notions Sabrina Slims are new and improved and on sale for just $9!  Tami is working tirelessly to add more inclusive sizing to her pattern collection which means the Sabrina’s are now available in sizes 0-32! Hooray!

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The Sabrina’s are a slim-fit elastic waist pant meant for sturdy knits or stretch wovens with at least 20% stretch.  There are loads of optional details that can take your pants from plain Jane to wowzers in no time!  You can do back welt or patch pockets or add front pockets (featuring a total unique construction that can act as a control panel) too.  Pockets are always a smart choice!  There are multiple inseam options and you can add a split hem or ankle zips.  Want to add a little more detail?  There’s front and back center seam versions that can be mixed and matched with the plain pant choices too.  There’s even a maternity option!  What I would’ve given for comfy and cute pants during my pregnancies!

Also added during this update was a projector file for all you lucky peeps with that cool time-saving technology.  For the rest of us, there are A0 files and trimless files too!

If you’ve already purchased the pattern, you can re-download the new file from your Love Notions account.  No need to purchase it again!

They are meant to hit at your natural waist.  I love the higher-rise fit and think it’s so flattering!  Included with the pattern is an amazing fitting workbook to help you get the best fit possible.  It’s an incredible resource and I know I’ll turn to it often.  I still feel so new to sewing pants (besides my trusty joggers) so I need all the help I can get!  I know for future woven pairs I’ll continue to tweak the fit until I get it just right.  This pair feels great but I think they can be even better with a little work.

The pattern includes measurements for your waist, hip, thigh, and calf when choosing sizing.  There are finished measurements for all of the above as well as the front and back rise.  This makes it easy to grade your patterns according to your own body.  My measurements meant I went with a 6 waist graded to a 4 through the hip and thigh and out to a 10 for the calf (I always have tight calves in RTW and this explains so much!). I also used a size 10 for my rise- a measurement that didn’t shock me either considering my long torso.  I took out a small v-shaped chunk from the center back as well (also not surprising considering most of my RTW pants have the lovely gaping at the back waistband).  I LOVE that I was able to easily customize these pants to fit my body.  It’s the beauty of sewing at it’s finest!

I sewed up two pair and used Raspberry Creek Fabrics for both of them.  The first pair is this fantastic black medium weight Cone Mills tencel stretch denim.   It’s soft and lighter weight than my store bought denim jeans.  The stretch and feel make them so much more comfortable than my RTW jeans too.  I love the color and think it works to be dressed up or dressed down.  I’ve been looking for pants that work for those events that jeans and a tee are not totally appropriate for and I think both of these will work well.

The second pair is made up in RCF CLUB ponteThis print just released as part of their spring line.  My last pair of Sabrina’s was also in CLUB ponte and it is just PERFECT for this pattern!  CLUB ponte is a little more stable than other pontes that I’ve tried.  This makes for a little more substantial pant that is still soft and easy to wear.  This pair feels like my most comfy pj’s but looks WAY nicer, lol!

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When trying on tops to pair with my new pants I was so surprised by the options I had in my closet.  These pants are incredibly versatile and I couldn’t narrow down my choices for the perfect outfits.  Hence, you get a full-blown styling your Sabrina Slims post!  Looking for something springy and bright, I’ve got you covered.  Maybe you’re more casual than fancy, I hope I’ve got some ideas for you too.

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This first look is featuring my favorite Love Notions Melody Top.   I wore this top so much last summer and it’s been great for layering through the winter too.  This outfit will be perfect for spring days.  Paired with a fun flat shoe (similar here) I like that this look feels put together but great for everyday mom life.

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This is my ‘business casual’ look.  It works for meetings, lunch dates or anything where you need to look like you’ve got your ‘stuff’ together.  I paired my Sabrina’s with a leopard print Terra Tunic (from ages ago!), a white button-up, and classic oxfords (similar).   This outfit really did make me feel like I could conquer the world and look cute while I was at it!

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This is the outfit I stayed in after the shoot for our date night out (you better believe that after all these pics my husband earned that date night!).  This is probably how I’ll be styling these pants for the next couple of months.  I love a good oversized sweater and this outfit was soooo cozy!  I also love the Sabrina’s paired with ankle boots.  It just feels so on point (even better if you can do a little heel but heels and I aren’t really friends).  I love H&M for sweaters (this one is from a local shop and not available) and the boots are my new favorites (they were super comfortable right from the get-go and you can’t beat a slip-on!).

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This outfit is how I’ve always pictured styling the Sabrina’s- just like the beautiful Audrey Hepburn.  A sleek turtleneck sweater, ballet flats, and a scarf in her hair.  She was such a style icon and her look would still be in the fashion magazines of today.   This outfit made me feel similar to the leopard print sweater look.  Casual and comfortable but a little powerful and on-top of life too.  This sweater is classic (and a steal).  A similar scarf and shoes complete this simple outfit.

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These last two looks have me dreaming of spring.  I just love this bright pop of color paired with these pants.  It’s so fun and happy.  I think a casual woven top is a wardrobe staple and the Love Notions Harmony would pair great with the Sabrina’s.  This is an old ready-to-wear top (similar), paired with even older kicks (similar sneakers here).  It feels good to find new looks for old standbys.

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This is a slightly dressier look that is great for everyday.  A cute little cardigan is always a good idea!  This one is from Downeast and I love their basic cardigan in ALL the colors to coordinate with everything in my closet.

I hope these looks give you a few ideas to use with what is already in your closet.  I know I get stuck in my jeans and tee (or even better jogger and hoodie) wardrobe and the Sabrina’s really up my wardrobe game.  They’re just as easy-to-wear and look so much more pulled together.

Make sure to grab your Sabrina pattern here while it’s on sale through next Monday, February 10th.

 

Love Notions Octave Coat

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The Octave Coat from Love Notions is here!  I can’t remember a more highly anticipated Love Notions pattern.  From the moment Tami first sneaked her inspiration, I knew this was going to be an incredible pattern.

*I received the pattern and fabric in this post for free in exchange for promotion.  This post contains Love Notions affiliate links.  If you purchase through these links I receive a small compensation that keeps this hobby of mine going 🙂

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This was my first ‘real’ coat I’ve ever made and it was the perfect pattern to start with.  I think my Joy Jacket and this Decklyn Jacket were by far more complicated projects.  As far as coat patterns go, this has got to be on the easier side of things.  I’d totally recommend this pattern to an adventurous beginner, especially if you start with the unlined version.  Tami always does such a great job with her tutorials and this one includes videos to help you through some of the more difficult steps.

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Ready for all the pattern details?!  It comes with a shawl collar (what I did) and hood option.  You can do it lined or unlined and there is an optional belt too.  The size range is huge- XS-5X with full bust pieces included!  As always, the pages are trimless and layered making putting together this pattern easy.  This pattern can be sewn up in a medium to heavy-weight woven like wool, boucle, or bonded suede or a sturdy heavy-weight knit like sherpa, sweatshirting, and fleece.

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When this test was announce I reached out to Riley Blake and they generously sponsored this project and sent me this beautiful Nutmeg wool to sew up.  It’s the perfect weight and so easy to work with.  I’d been dying for a pretty camel-colored coat and this was just what I was dreaming of.  I’m pretty thrilled with how close it comes to these Pinterest looks.

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I lined my coat in fun leopard print stretch crepe from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.   I love the sassy punch it gives.  A little preppy on the outside, party on the inside.

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I sewed up a straight size small.  I added an inch to the sleeves because my rtw coats are always short (any rtw long sleeves really) but I think I could have skipped that.  My wrists will just be extra warm!  I also added a little bit of topstitching for a finished look and also to make the seams lay flatter in this thick fabric.  I love the oversized, boyfriend look of this coat.  I may size down in the future, especially with knits, but this version will layer well over chunky sweaters and hoodies.

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I had three yards of 45″ wide wool and had to do a little mind-bending Tetris to fit all the pieces.  My hand is strategically hiding a seam on one side of the shawl collar here (it’s hidden when it’s buttoned).  I’m still debating whether I should hit my local fabric shop for more wool so I can make a matching belt.  Wait until you see the belted versions!  It’s such a cute addition!

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Who else is ready to sew all the coats?!  I really, really want a fluffly fleece version.  The testers were amazing and with each new version posted my love for this pattern grew.  You can pick up your copy of this pattern on sale now!