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!

Monarch Jacket in Riley Blake Wool

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When the Monarch Jacket from Allie Olson released I just had to have it.   I love the easy, classic style and knew I had to sew one up stat.

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When it came time to pick a project for this sponsored Riley Blake post, I kept going back to a bomber jacket.  The Monarch was the perfect silhouette but is meant for knits.  Did I dare hack it?!! You know how much I love having all the work done for me 😉  With a little deliberation with my sewing peeps I was convinced I could tackle this project and I’m so glad I did.

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Before I dive into the alterations I did, let’s talk fabric.  I ordered this cuff ribbing in the fall and have been looking for the right project to really highlight it.  I used it as my starting point and picked the fabric to coordinate.  There are 33, yes 33!, colors of wool to choose from at Riley Blake.  I stuck with a classic Navy then felt like the sky was the limit with a coordinate.  I wanted something seasonless since I was sewing this in the spring but wanted to be able to wear it in the fall as well.  I waffled between Mint, Beehive, Holly, or a classic Gray.  In the end, I surprised even myself and picked Lipstick, a pretty coral-pink that looks equally suited for sunny spring or the jewel tones of fall.  It’s got a bit of a rust tint that I really love.

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This was my first time sewing with wool.  I washed and dried my fabrics a couple of times to shrink them up and felt them a bit.  I couldn’t tell you the last time I went to the dry cleaners, so I wanted to be able to throw this jacket in the wash.   Hopefully, I’ll be good to wash on cold and hang it to dry when needed.

The fabrics softened when washed and I love the nubby texture they took on.  It’s a nice medium weight and was not too thick to sew up or add my snaps to.  It’s nice and structured without being too stiff.

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Ready for my easy alterations.  I fell into a size 4 chest and 6 waist but sized up to a straight size 8 to make sure there was enough ease.  I probably could have stayed with the 6 bodice but definitely need the extra room in the arms.  I lengthened the sleeve piece in an oh-so-technical way.  I laid my cuff fabric on the cuff pattern piece and determined how much width I was loosing and added that to the sleeve piece length.  It worked out lovely.  I  lined the sleeves in a super soft double brushed poly knit so I could easily wear a short-sleeved shirt and not be bothered if the wool was too itchy.  I basted the lining to the sleeve piece and treated them as one piece when sewing up the jacket.  The sleeve seam is a bit bulky and I was glad I used a thinner knit to keep it from being too terribly thick.

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The collar was the most intimidating part for me.  The collar pattern piece is angled and folded and I was working with a rectangular single piece of ribbing.  I angled the ribbing onto the jacket neckline and basted it according to the pattern directions.  I was pleasantly surprised it worked out so easily and I was able to finish the jacket according to the tutorial.  It’s so nice having that soft ribbing on my neck!

The pattern does not have pockets which I totally get if you wear it as a light layering piece but I’m really missing them on this jacket.  I’m contemplating adding patch or welt pockets to this to make it more functional.  It didn’t help that these jeans are sans front pockets as well- a girl needs

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I used the pattern suggestion and finished the placket with a little bias tape.  This fabric is another Riley Blake print coming soon, Edie Jane (I can’t wait to share my makes from that collection!) and I love the subtle feminine touch it adds.

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Overall, I’m thrilled with how this project turned out.  It’s a classic piece that I’m sure will be the first jacket I grab on those cold mornings or chilly soccer game days.  I’d love to make a comfy knit version too and have already scoured my stash for fabric options.

My first go at working with wool might have spoiled me for the future.  My confidence is high that I just might be able to tackle a real coat come fall.  This Riley Blake wool was so nice to work with.  The hardest part just might be picking a color!

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Riley Blake Linen Pants

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We had our first real taste of spring this week and I couldn’t be happier.  Warm sunshine, green grass, and the world blooming around me just makes me so happy for what lies ahead.  It was the perfect time to make some new comfy and casual pants to see me into summer.

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I was excited to get to work with yummy Riley Blake Linen for this project.  I’d used it once before for one of my favorite dresses for my daughter and have been eager ever since to have some in my closet!  It’s a great weight for clothing, not too heavy but still nice and structured.  It sews up so easily without curling or shifting and I loved working with it.  I picked the navy color so I’d have a good basic pant to mix and match with so many of my tees and tops.  It’s just the right deep color and really works great with my stash of stripe and floral tees.

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I used the Allegro Pants from Love Notions (affiliate link).  I have a few pairs of pants from H&M that are similar to this look that I lived in last summer.  I love the relaxed fit that tapers through the leg.  They’re easy to wear and look a little nicer than my other summer staple of cut-off jeans 😉  The Allegro pattern also has multiple short length options as well as two skirt choices too.  It’s a great pattern to add some summer basics to your wardrobe.

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I sewed up the pattern in a size small grading out to a medium for my calves.  I love that calf measurements are included in the pattern because I tend to have to grade out for mine.  I also did a faux drawstring since I hate losing them in the wash!

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I think I’m going to need a few more easy, breezy linen pieces this summer.  I think this fabric would work well for a pretty dress, a structured woven tee, or some casual summer shorts.  Here’s to hoping spring is here to stay!

Riley Blake Sharks Novelty

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Sometimes a quick sew can be so, so rewarding.  Like sewing up a set up shark pj’s for my shark-obsessed kiddo.  His reaction when he came home from school to hot off the machine pajamas was priceless!  Bonus, it’s pajama day at school today so this kid is set!

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He was all in for taking photos too!  He excitedly ratteled off fact after fact about sharks.  Did you know that the Bull Shark can kill a person in the least amount of bites?  Or that the Whale Shark is the biggest shark?  As he read this book to me he kept telling me little bits of info followed by “But I already knew that”.  I love that he is so passionate about learning all that he can!

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On our trip to Monterey last summer, he was in awe of all the sharks at the aquarium and used his precious souvenier money for this giant hammerhead shark.  His big brothers continue to tease him to this day about his splurge but let me tell you, that shark is one of his most prized possessions.  It was well worth it and has been so well-loved.  (Here he’s telling me all about how the hammerhead can see in all directions to look for food and how there are plates in it’s head for ramming into predators.)

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For these pajamas I used Riley Blake’s Sharks Novelty Blue and Fins Novelty Light Blue paired with Grey 1/2″ knit stripes.  I love the stripes with the shark prints for a boy look that’s not too babyish.

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For these quick and easy pajamas, I used the FREE Walk the Plank pajama pants from Patterns for Pirates paired with the Oliver + S School Bus T-shirt (sized up one for a looser fit).  I sewed up a size 5 waist with a 7 length for the pants and a straight size 5 for the knee-length shorts.  The pajama pants are available for the whole family and are a great wardrobe staple.  They are loose fitting but not too huge and I always find the fit pretty spot on.  They make a great project for anyone just learning to sew too!

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Make sure to check out your local quilt and fabric shops for this cute fabric.  If you have a little shark lover you will make their day! No scary sharks here, just one happy little man!

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Fabric was sponsored by Riley Blake Designs but all opinions and shark facts are my own 😉

 

Riley Blake Bliss

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Riley Blake has done it again!  Bliss from My  Mind’s Eye is just about the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen!

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The soft blush, mint and blacks are such a stunning color palette.  Throw in that gorgeous rose gold shimmer and I’m dead!  So. Darn. Brilliant.

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I used three prints from the collection for a pair of dresses that they’ve sworn will be their new Easter dresses.  This pretty mint floral is paired with a simple mint honeycomb.  My oldest is in heaven in the rose gold sparkle stripes– sweet and sophisticated at the same time.

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I pulled out a couple of our favorite patterns for these prints.  First I used my go-to Pixie Dress from Violette Field Threads.  I LOVE this pattern!  It’s great for mixing prints or playing with stripes.  It’s easy to wear and isn’t too childish for this tween.  (You can see our other versions here and here.)

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With no closures, it’s a simple sew with wonderful results.  I added pockets to this version (note to self ‘pockets are ALWAYS a good idea’)!

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Little sis got a Polina Dress from Coffee and Thread.  Those ruffles just kill me!

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We’re thrilled with our new dresses and can’t wait for warmer weather to wear these dresses in!  My girls are my heroes.  They braved the chilly temps for pics in exchange for a yummy treat from the bakery.  Cheesecake makes it all worthwhile!  Happy momma, happy kids!