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!

 

 

Quick and Cute Mime Costume

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Who else loves a great last-minute Halloween costume idea?  This costume came together quickly and I bet you have most of the components in your closet and dress-up bin.

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I had to giggle when this chatty girl wanted to be a mime this Halloween.  She’s ever the performer and has been ‘practicing’ her silence for a couple of weeks in preparation.  The whole family is loving it, lol!  We snapped these pictures on her way to dance (yep, it was snowing brrrrr!).  Upon picking her up, she said her dance team LOVED her costume and insisted she stay in character all night.  I’m thinking her school teacher might appreciate her commitment to her costume as well!

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For this look, she is wearing an Ocotillo Leotard in Riley Blake knit and suspenders from this shoot paired with black pants.  We picked up the scarf, gloves, and beret at the costume store and I was surprised we didn’t already have them in our own dress-up bin.  I think they’ll come in handy in the future and will work for so many other simple costumes.

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We went with simple make-up.  I am definitely not a make-up artist.  I need some You-Tube lessons stat!  Luckily, she’s not picky and the teardrops and red lips were perfect for her.

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I’m secretly jumping for joy that my girls picked striped costumes.  That’s my girls!

 

 

Easy Halloween Costume featuring Riley Blake Stripes

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Halloween around these parts is pretty low-key.  I’m not the mom that loves to spend hours creating masterpieces.  I adore seeing other amazing handmade costumes but for me, I’m all about keeping things simple.  My little man wanted to be Captain America this year and I almost danced to the register to spring the $20 on a store-bought costume- done and done!  When Sophie said she wanted to be Wenda from the Where’s Waldo books we love, I was all on board.  I knew I could whip up a tee and beanie in no time.  My kinda costume!

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I reached out to Riley Blake and they generously sent over these perfect red and white stripes.  After searching the net for the perfect fabric I was happy to see that Riley Blake’s stripes were the best match for what we needed.  It’s a bonus that they’re soft and comfy too!

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I used the Love Notions Girl’s Classic Tee (affiliate link) for a simple silhouette that fits Wenda’s style.  Throw in the free Patterns for Pirates Slouchy Beanie with a couple of mods and Wenda is complete.  I added length to the beanie and lined it so she could flip up the bottom and made a pom-pom for the finishing touch.

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I love that she can wear this costume to school and be comfortable and not too flashy.  Perfect for a middle schooler!  What are your favorite quick costumes?  I’ve got one more to share this year that the whole family is loving!

Riley Blake Designer Knits for the family

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I love working with Riley Blake Fabrics and get excited with each new release.  As a garment sewist, I get especially excited by their new knits.  This latest collection has me giddy!  There was something for the whole family and I had to decide which kids I liked best that got in on this goodness, lol.

Riley Blake knits are similar in quality to other custom knits.  It’s a little lighter in weight than our Raspberry Creek Club knits which give it a bit more drape.  It has a similar softness and stretch and is a 95/5 cotton spandex blend as well.  We LOVE our knit garments and these will fit right into our wardrobes.

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Riley Blake Paper Daisies

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Riley Blake Paper Daisies is a new fabric line from one of my favorite designers at Riley Blake, Sue Daley.  I always fall in love with the colors and prints in Sue’s collections and Paper Daisies is no exception.

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My partnership with Riley Blake is such that they send me fabric in exchange for posting and promoting.  I love to sit down with my kids and look at the upcoming lines and see what jumps out at them.  This pretty geometric print immediately caught my daughter’s eye.  She’s always looking for unique designs and prefers anything but florals and this is right up her alley.  When it arrived at our house we both fell in love with the tiny scale and gorgeous colors.

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Payton on the other hand still loves florals and anything cheerful and fun.  This sweet grey floral reads both precious and cute and also kinda vintage 60’s boho too.  I was leaning towards a fun midi length version of this skirt to play up that 60’s vibe but she really wanted a shorter version.  In the end, she’s the one wearing it so she wins 😉

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There are so many adorable prints in this line from the bold main floral to the subtle dandelion.  The gorgeous color palette of peach, coral, pinks, and grey is so pretty.  They’re colors I’m drawn to again and again.

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For my Sophie’s dress, I used the Spencer from Violette Fields Threads.  I sewed one up for my cute little niece and have been wanting to make one for my girls ever since.  It’s a classic style with a few options to choose from.  I did the sleeveless version with a straight skirt (there are puff 3/4 sleeves and an optional tiered skirt).  We wanted something classic and simple.  Honestly though, before we picked buttons it was looking very much like a nightgown.  The style is a little young for her and it was tricky to style it to her liking.  I sewed up a size 8 width and added 3 inches to the 9/10 length.  It still ended up ‘vintage’ length (also known as pretty darn short).  She loves it paired with sneakers but will most likely wear it with tights, boots, and a cardigan as the weather cools off here.  I think this style is adorable but will probably not make it again for her.  It’s so sweet and I do think I’ll try it for little sis but maybe in a more lightweight fabric.

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Payton’s skirt is the Soliel Skirt from Lil Luxe Collection (also in the Project Run and Play Shop).  It’s a quick and fun pattern for a faux button front skirt, elastic back waistband in knee, midi, and maxi lengths.  There are optional suspender straps and pockets.  I will make this pattern over and over again until my kids no longer fit it.  It’s such a timeless style and is so easy to wear.  I paired it here with a Modkid Perfect Tee in Riley Blake Aqua knit.  It’s an outfit she can wear to school, church, or on weekends.  She likes things comfortable and this is perfection in her book.

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Thanks for stopping by!  We hope you love this adorable new line as much as we do!

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Riley Blake Stripes

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I’m not shy about my love of all things striped.  I will pick striped fabric any day!  Of course, I would jump at the chance to sew up some of Riley Blake Designs yummy stripes.

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The toughest question was just which stripes to choose.  With 1/8″, 1/4″, and 1/2″ widths to choose from in a wide array of colors, I was truly stumped.  I love a classic black and white pairing and I knew my oldest would dig them as well.  I got 1/2″ and 1/4″ so I could do a little playing around.  My younger daughter is all about color and boy did I struggle to pick one.  It was a tight race between mint, grey, aqua, and mustard before I finally settled on this baby pink 1/4″.

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I used the Gwen Dress from Violette Fields Threads.  I’ve been loving this style and went with this particular pattern because I loved the back elastic casings and nice big pockets.

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That tie back is so adorable!

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I mixed up the prints throughout the dress, playing with direction as I wanted.  It made it so fun and stripe matching was a breeze.

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She fit the size 8 waist and chest measurements but was off the children’s size chart for height.  I added length to the skirt and button placket.  Next time I will size up one and add a little length to the bodice as well.  Combining sizes for width and length can be tricky!  You’d think after all my practice I’d have it down to an art.  As is, this dress is still adorable and will get her through this summer for sure before it’s passed on to little sis.

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Speaking of little sis, she got a pair of paper bag waist shorts.  They’re everywhere these days too and I’d been dying to hack some for ages.  She got to be my guinea pig and the result is darling!

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I used a shorts pattern I had handy (the Linden Romper shorts from Hey June).  Since this was my first go at it I’ll tell you what I did, then tell you what I should have done.  Live and learn baby!

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First, I added a little width to them to make them more full using the slash and spread method.  I also added length to the rise (about 1.5″).  Now, this is what I’d do differently.  I would actually shorten the rise and add a separate waistband.  The way I did it the waist actually tapered a bit and didn’t want to fold down the full 2″.  With a separate waistband you wouldn’t have that problem.  No brainer for most of you I’m sure but I was flying by the seat of my pants as I sewed these up.  Up until the moment I cut into them I had planned to do a button-front midi skirt but realized shorts would be way more practical.  So I grabbed the nearest shorts pattern and went with it!  Anyone else experience that rush of creativity and joy just letting go?!

For the paperbag style, I couldn’t believe how simple it was.  I folded over the waistband an extra inch, creating a two-inch casing, leaving a small opening to insert your elastic.  Then I sewed another row of stitching 1″ down from the top of the waistband.  This creates the ruffle top.  Insert your elastic into the bottom casing and finish your seam.  I added a wide fabric sash and two small belt loops.  The sash totally completes the look!

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I’d say it was a great call!  She loves them almost as much as I do and now I know just how to make my own pair!

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A huge thank you to Riley Blake for providing the fabric for this post.

Riley Blake Edie Jane

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Have you guys missed seeing these cuties as much as I have?!  My sister and her family are now living in Colorado and all I wanted for my birthday this year was a trip to visit them in their new home.  I couldn’t help but squeeze in a little photoshoot with my nieces while I was there.

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This post is sponsored by Riley Blake fabrics.  I just had to get my hands on the new Edie Jane line for my own little Edie girl.  When you have a fabric line with your same name it’s a no brainer right?!  Edie in Edie- perfection!

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For these dresses, I used Edie Jane Main Teal and Edie Jane Navy Dot.  There were so many prints to choose from and I simply love all the colorways.  Teal, blush, navy, and gray are the main colors in the collection and they look so sweet together.  There are large and small scale florals, script, and triangle prints and more.

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It was so fun to pick prints that would suit their styles and personalities.   While little sister is into all things girly, big sister loves dinos, dragons, and adventures.  This subtle print is classic and just right for her.

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I sewed up the Spencer Dress from Violette Fields Threads.  I wanted a dress that could easily be layered and could take her into summer too.  The simple silhouette is so cute and the buttons up the back are such a darling detail.

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I love a simple dress to really let a fabric shine!

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This dress is the Polly Pinafore from Bebekins.  I’m sad my own girls have outgrown the pinafore look and I was dying to sew one up for this girly.  The shoulder ruffles are so cute!

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These girls were too cute on this windy Colorado day.  It was so fun to play dress up AND get to take their pictures too!  Being an aunt is the BEST!

Make sure you check your local or online fabric shops for this sweet line.  There are so many prints to choose from and the possible combinations are endless!