When I saw that Riley Blake had new Designer Knits hitting the scene, I knew we had to try them! We loved our knit makes from last fall and I’ve been looking forward to knew designs. These prints by Mimi G did not disappoint.
My girls picked the Leopard Print White and Spots White for their prints. I also picked up some black jersey to make some leggings to pair with them. Riley Blake knits are a mid weight jersey with plenty of stretch. They feel great for pajamas, tops, leggings, and dresses.
I sewed up the Made for Mermaids Pepper Top for both of them. The pattern is so full of options and it was so fun for them to really customize their tops. Short sleeves, long sleeves, multiple necklines and bodice fits make this a pattern that I’ll use over and over. Payton has already requested a few more.
For Sophie’s I sewed up a size 12 with added length. I used the short banded bottom and short sleeve with the boat neckline.
Payton wanted all the drama! She picked long sleeves with tall cuffs and a tall bottom band. Throw in the mockneck and this is the perfect winter top!
Sophie got new leggings out of the RB jersey. As you can see from this side by side, little sis is wearing store bought leggings and Sophie’s fit soooo much better! I used the free Love Notions Leggins’ with the yoga waistband but cut at the elastic waist cut line for a nice high waisted fit. The knit is very comparable in feel to the RTW leggings and these will be a staple in her closet for sure.
I love sewing basics for these girls and knit tees are things that will get worn over and over again. These Mimi G prints make these not-so-basic and we love these finished garments!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
This boy is soooo picky when it comes to how his clothes feel. I think I’ve spoiled him by sewing him only the softest knits and this Riley Blake fabric is no exception. He wanted this top to be a pajama shirt because he only wants the comfiest things to sleep in. When I told him he can wear it all day AND sleep in it, he thought he’d hit the jackpot! I sewed up my new go-to tee for him, the Titchy Threads Rowan Tee. The pattern is full of options and fun details. This was my first time skipping all the extras and making a plain ol’ long sleeve tee. The fit is so good on him, slim but not tight. It’s just so perfect for really highlighting this fabric.This little miss absolutely loves to browse the Riley Blake site with me and pick her favorites. She was immediately drawn to these blue flowers (she’s narrowed down her favorite colors to wear and we’re lucky that blue is one of them!). I’m still loving a good floral and stripe combo so we paired it with some navy stripes. She requested another Little Luxe Collection Palmetto Pullover. We both can’t get over those adorable cuffs (dad even mentioned how cute they were)! We did the mock neck version this time and I love how sweet it turned out. I love that it’s not just a basic tee but that all those little details really elevate it to a whole new level.I honestly debated on getting any fabric for me. You guys know I’d much rather be behind the camera but I couldn’t get this print out of my head. I’ve really been wanting an easy to throw on maxi dress and I knew this print was too perfect for my vision. Those colors are just meant for me, right?! How much mustard, navy, grey, and pink can a girl have? Never enough!For this look, I turned to two of my favorite Love Notions Patterns, the Willow Wrap dress and Olympia Dress (affiliate links). I really love the wrap style bodice of the Willow but the maxi skirt with built-in pockets of the Olympia is the skirt of my dreams. The combo of the two of them- my ideal comfortable and cute dress! I sewed up a size small in both patterns and the waist seam matched up perfectly. Easiest ‘hack’ ever! I sewed it up using the Willow tutorial for a quick and simple sew that I know I’ll be making up more of.This print matches the dreamy autumn trees in my front yard, bright mustard yellow and so happy and crisp. This dress is so great for fall but will definitely work year-round. It’s one of those dresses I’ll throw on Sunday morning for church then lounge in all afternoon because it’s even more comfortable than the sweats and tees I usually wear for a lazy day at home.A huge thank you to Riley Blake for the chance to work with these fun fabrics.