Riley Blake Woven Gingham

ginghamtextGingham is one of those classic prints I just can’t get enough of.  I love it in classic colors like navy, red, and black but it also signals spring to me in bright bold hues too.  I was excited to get to play with Riley Blake Designs line of woven ginghammainWith so many cute colors and sizes to choose from, I had a tough choice when it came to picking fabrics.  I imagined button-ups, sundresses, casual skirts, and fun summer totes.  I picked fabric with plans for my first Hey June Cheyenne Top but once it arrived my head went spinning again into all the possibilities!  Did I want to share it with my kids?  Did I want tops or bottoms pieces?  What about home decor pieces?  Pillows, table runners, a cute valance for my sewing room?  I tell you, gingham is just WAY too versatile!gingham7.1For my first project I settled on a simple woven tee.  I think this will be amazing to have in my wardrobe as we move into spring.  It looks incredible layered under a cardigan and pairs so great with jeans or dressed up with a skirt.gingham10.1I used the Hey June Key Largo Top in the basic view B.  It’s got classic tee shaping, fitted through the shoulders and relaxed through the waist and hips.  gingham9.1I busted out the white jeans for these pics for the first time in forever and can’t wait until it’s warm enough to wear this outfit in real life.  It just screams warm weather chic!gingham4.1For my next project I just had to make my second Justine Skirt from Ready to Sew.  I sewed one up in a Raspberry Creek rayon challis and couldn’t stop at just one.  The simple lines and understated style make this pattern a wardrobe staple.  The best part?  It’s FREE!gingham3.1Second best part?  Giant pockets!!! Hello! Those babies hold my cell phone, chapstick, and keys with room to spare.  So so good!gingham2.1I paired it with my standard v-neck tee and sandals for a casual take.  I wore it to church after these pics with a sleek fitted tee, cardigan, and statement jewelry for a more polished look.  I’m seriously giddy with all the outfit possibilities with this piece.  I love navy with so many coordinating colors- mint, coral, red, fuchsia, mustard, kelly green, you name it!  I’ll apologize in advance to all my real life friends for how much you’ll be seeing this skirt come summer.gingham8.1gingham1.1

gingham6.1These fabrics were so nice to work with.  Using a woven gingham means no fading, no printing off grain, and lining up the print was easy peasy!  It’s a great weight too, not too sheer or light but still has a bit of drape to it.  It come in 1/4″ and 1/2″ wide prints to fit all your needs.  I’ve already got a huge list going of all the gingham projects for spring and summer!  How much gingham is too much gingham, you know, asking for a friend ;)?

 

Hello Sweetheart from Riley Blake Designs

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Hello Sweetheart from Riley Blake Designs is here and it’ll have your heart swooning!  We love the darling retro feel and it has us gearing up for Valentine’s.  It’s such a sweet collection full of bright colors and playful prints.

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The Gradient Heart is black was such a great choice for my oldest.  It’s got a modern edge to it that was so well suited for one of our favorite dress patterns.

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I love the clean lines of the Blake Dress from Mingo and Grace (you can see our other versions here, here, and here).  Those big box pleats and hidden inseam pockets are the stuff that makes me giddy!

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Can you even stand those ombre hearts?!!  The colors are just so fun!

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For this dress, I made a size 8 width with a 12 length in the skirt.  She actually measures into a 7 width but I was hoping by sizing up it’d fit a bit longer.  The problem is this girly keeps growing up and not out so I’m pretty sure it’ll be too short the next time I blink!  Little sister is already patiently waiting for her to outgrow it 😉

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Speaking of litttle sis- she got a Samantha Skirt from Made for Mermaids paired with an Ocotillo Leotard from Honeydew Kisses with handmade suspenders.

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This floral print is just too cute!  It reminds me so much of some of my favorite art when I was growing up.  Definitely brings me back to the early 90’s with fond memories!  Paired with Riley Blake black and white striped knit gives it a fun, contemporary twist.  This combo is just so adorable!

payton3She loves anything with pockets and thanked me profusely the minute she tried on this skirt.  Both patterns were new to me and I really liked them both.  The Samantha skirt pattern uses the same fabric for suspenders but I left them off this version.  It features an elastic back waistband so hopefully she’ll get to wear this awhile too.  I had to do some grading for the leo using a size 8 width and a 10 length.  It worked out really well and both girls have requested more (a sure sign of a great pattern!).

pair3We picked the warmest day we could for pics and it was a balmy 40 degrees when we did our shoot.  The sodas were both props and bribes for these two troopers!  The things these girls put up with for their dear old mum!

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Thanks for joining us today on our stop on the Hello Sweetheart Blog Tour.  Riley Blake provided us the fabric to sew up but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rose Garden Fabrics Tour for Riley Blake Designs

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I’m sharing another gorgeous fabric collection today from Riley Blake Designs, Rose Garden by Gerri Robinson.   The subtle pinks, greys, taupes, and creams of this line are just beautiful!

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I immediately envisioned a sweet spring brother/sister look the minute I saw this fabric.  The Rose Garden Main in cream really shines on big sis and the Rose Garden Paisley pink is the perfect compliment.

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My little guy really loves to wear a tie each week to church and usually reaches for one of his floral ties.  This paisley and floral print is an upgrade to his collection.  I used the free Totally Terrific Tie tutorial from Hem Me In.  It was a fun, quick sew and I know I’ll turn to it often.

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I used the Georgia Dress pattern from Violette Fields Threads for this classic dress.  The simple silhouette and ruffle neck and sleeves just let this fabric shine.   It’s such a beautiful pattern that I’m anxious to sew up again too!

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These prints are just so, so pretty!  I’m thinking I can be WAY ahead of the game and call these their Easter looks, right?!  They’re too precious not to.

Abbie from Riley Blake Designs

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I feel so incredibly lucky to have gotten my hands on the newest line from Sue Daley for Riley Blake Designs, Abbie.   The soft colors, dusty blue, coral, pinks and greys, are so pretty together and made it so hard to choose which fabrics to work with.

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I immediately knew I needed the Text print for my book loving daughter.  I went with the Cream background for a sophisticated, classic look.  My younger daughter looks darling in blues and pinks and I really had a hard time deciding what to pick for her.  The main print in this collection features a darling girl and her pup and was really tempting- it’s so darn cute!  I just couldn’t get this pretty large floral out of my head though and knew it’d pair so perfectly with the smaller scale Garden print.  They’re such a great combo!

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I knew I wanted to do a simple style dress to really highlight this fabric.  I turned to one of my favorite patterns, the Hey June Larkspur.  It’s a simple shift dress that always looks so chic and classic.  I added sleeve ruffles to the elbow sleeve for a little sass.  Paired with tights and booties this is a look I’d love to wear myself!

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Of course, I did an exposed metal zipper to give it a little edge.  Statement sleeves and exposed zippers just might be my ‘thing’ right now.

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This picture suddenly had me flash forwarding five years and seeing her sweet sixteen and headed off to her first dance.  Can we please slow things down?!!  She did bring me back to reality by sitting in church the next day trying to read the script on this print and giggling like the little girl that she is.  I’ll take all those moments I can get!

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Little sis got a Violette Fields Threads Pixie Dress, one of my favorite dress patterns to use for quilting cottons.   The bodice is also a great place to use those cute trims you’ve been hoarding (this lace is from Hobby Lobby, my go-to for trims).

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The evening of this photo shoot was one of the first real fall days we’d had and temperatures were hovering around 40 degrees.  These kiddos were such troopers!  I love this shot because she nailed the pose but I see the clenched teeth “Mom, can we please be done already?!” frozen look on her face.  True pro right there!

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Make sure you check out ALL the cute prints and colorways with this darling line.  I think this line would make the cutest nursery or little girl bedding and decor, spring dresses, and gorgeous quilts.

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Thanks for stopping by my little stop on the Abbie Blog tour.  Thanks to Riley Blake Designs and Sue Daley for the chance to share this darling fabric will you all!

Jubilee Fabric Tour with Riley Blake Designs

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It’s my stop on the Riley Blake Jubilee Blog Tour today!  This fabric collection is absolutely darling and I’m excited to be sharing it will you guys.

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I always let my girls help pick fabric for their makes but they struggled this time because they seriously wanted them all.   You know my oldest will always pick red if given the choice and she was crushing on the main prints in this line bad.  I was surprised when she settled on the navy colorway but secretly thrilled to be adding a little different color to her wardrobe.  My younger daughter looks darling in blues and loved the dainty print of this ditzy floral.  Together they coordinate but aren’t too matchy for these sisters.

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If I could pick my favorite color combinations of the moment these would be it.  I love navy, yellow, seafoam, and pink together.  They are perfect colors for fall but also work really well for this weird warm transition season we’re in too.

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The floral prints work so well with this season too.  The hint of summer brights and warm fall colors make these fabrics something I think they’ll wear year-round.

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Let’s talk about these dresses.  My oldest daughter is quickly sizing out of many of our favorite patterns.  I’m grateful for companies like Violette Fields Threads and Hey June Handmade who are now branching into tween pattern size lines.  This is the Zoey Dress from Violette Fields Threads.  My daughter still isn’t quite in a 10 width but she’s at least a 12 or 14 height so I struggle choosing between the tween and child patterns.  In this case, the extra ease in the bodice works with this style and the tween sizing looks great on her.

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I love the boho-feel of this pattern and think it’s perfect for this print.  The cute puff sleeve, elastic cuff and bias bound neckline are pretty features that add to the free spirit look of this dress.

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Little sister got a Sutton Dress from Made for Mermaids.  I wanted something that had a similar vibe as her sister’s and the Sutton was a great choice.  I wanted this print to really shine but knew it needed a little trim and buttons to make it pop.

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I absolutely adore those sleeves!  Such a sweet touch.  I did modify this pattern to use a gathered rectangle skirt (the width of the fabric) instead of the gathered circle skirt the pattern calls for.  This was not really a style choice as it was a lack of fabric choice (that’s what I get for changing my plan for this fabric at the last minute!).

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Make sure to check out your favorite local fabric shops to grab your own Jubilee fabrics.  They’ll brighten your days just as they’ve done ours!

Monterey Romper in Floral Hues by Riley Blake

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This project was a fun one!  It combined so many of my favorite things:  This girl, great fabric, a new pattern, and a totally fun photo shoot.

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This project started with the fabric.  Riley Blake let us pick fabric from the new Floral Hues collection.  This girl has such a huge love of all things red and immediately loved the simplicity of this print.  We paired the Floral Hues Daisies in Red with a tiny bit of the Dots in Red.  It’s such a sweet combo and the whole Floral Hues line has a great classic vintage vibe.

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This is a lovely cotton lawn and it feels amazing!  I love the softness of Riley Blake’s lawn and think it’s perfect for so many apparel projects.  This picture just shows the weight and lightness of this fabric so well.   It’s so breezy and light but I wouldn’t hesitate to wear this without a lining either.  The lighting hit her just right and you get just a peek of her silhouette.

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We used the Little Lizard King Monterey Romper to really highlight this fabric.  This girl absolutely loves rompers and I love to make them for her.  She loves all the options with this pattern but has been wanting the split sleeve version since it released.  I’m known to ask my girls if they like a pattern when it releases and then sit on it for months and months until they finally break down and beg me to sew it up!  I guess I’m a tease like that 😉

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I was able to easily blend sizes to make it work perfectly for my tall slim girly.  The construction was actually really quick and I’d highly recommend this pattern.  It’s easy to get on and off which is a big deal with rompers.  Overall, I’m sure we’ll make more of these cute one pieces.

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Very little sewing this summer has meant very few photo shoots as well.  I MISS being behind the camera so much!  This shoot and the time I got to spend editing it were actually my favorite parts of the whole process.  We hit a little trail just a couple of miles from our house and loved just wandering and exploring.  It was a gorgeous summer evening and I couldn’t get enough of this sweet girl.

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I just love these little moments I get to squeeze in with my kiddos.  Being able to capture them as they grow and mature is something I’m so grateful for.  Lucky you that you get to see it right along with me, lol!

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Thank you Riley Blake for the pretty fabric and the push it gave us to create these great memories!

Movie Night Pj’s and a Lesson Learned

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Is there anything better than new pajamas?!! I don’t think so!  I love my kids in fresh pj’s but chances are you’ll catch them sleeping in old tees and thread bare bottoms (if they even manage to change out of their clothes they wore that day).  New pajamas are almost irresistible and I can guarantee they’ll reach for them any chance they’re clean.

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This kiddo was especially in need of summer sleepwear as he’s had a major growth spurt and none of his fit from last year.  The free Movie Night Pajamas from Sew A Little Seam (grab the code in the Facebook Group) were exactly what I was looking for.  I decided to sew up a batch all at once and knew I could count on Kelly’s pattern to come together great.  Here’s where I learned my lesson…

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I have been sewing PDF patterns for about 5 years now and it’s about time I made this mistake.  As the school year was coming close to an end I wanted to pack in as many projects as I could into my last few afternoons alone.  I printed off about 8 patterns and assembled a handful to be ready for some serious sewing time.  I cut and sewed two sets of pajamas and couldn’t figure out why they were so big!  He tried on the yoga waistband mid-sew and it was huge.  I naively thought it was just his little waist and took in the band a couple of inches.  I completed both sets and just thought the pattern must run a little on the loose side.

It wasn’t until a day later as I was assembling another pattern from a different designer that it dawned on me how unusual the pattern had printed, leaving almost nothing to trim off the edges.  I FINALLY got my ruler out to see that everything I’d printed had been printed to fit the page, not actual size like they should be.  Duh!!!  I rarely check to make sure the correct settings are selected because I’m the primary user of our printer.  You better believe I’ll do it every time now.  My 1 inch square was just 1/16th off, not a big deal, right?!!  Well, now I know exactly how much that 1/16th can affect the body of a pattern piece.

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I just had to go back and do another set so I could get a true sense for how it was supposed to fit and to see just how much it had affected the final product.  I’m super happy I caught it before I had assembled the rest of the stack of patterns I’d printed and so glad I made the mistake on pajamas, a garment that is still totally wearable even if it’s a little big.  You will see in this post the difference in fit between the planes and bears, the ‘bad’ versions, and the mustard stripes, the correct fit.

You can see that the fit of the planes isn’t terrible just looser and wider than expected.  The stripe pj’s fit him like his favorite ready-to-wear ones, close but not too snug.

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Don’t you just love them though!  These fabrics from Raspberry Creek and Riley Blake are just so soft, they make the perfect pajamas!  My kids reach for their RCF pj’s over and over and I feel like they never get worn out.  I also love that they can pick cute novelty prints for them that I might not be drawn to for everyday clothes.  This little guy has been wanting that bear fabric ever since it released so he’s one happy camper!

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Please tell me I’m not alone in getting all the way through constructing a garment before figuring out my error.  What has been your biggest “Doh” moment while sewing?  I know we all make mistakes (What would we do without out our handy seam rippers?) and I’d love to hear your stories.  I love that through our mistakes we can learn and turn those ‘What was I thinking?’ instances into ‘I’ll never do that again!’ lessons.