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!

Sew What Do I Wear Valentines Edition

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Valentine’s is fast approaching and this mama needed something new to wear.  The Made for Mermaids/Patterns for Pirates ‘Sew What Do I Wear? Valentine’s Edition’ was just the push I needed to hit my sewing machine.   You know me- it needs to be stylish AND comfortable for me to wear it, even for a night out.  Enter…bum, bum, bum… a ROMPER!!  Holy smokes, people!  Where has this gloriousness been all my life?!

megan3I used the Megan Dress and Romper pattern from Made for Mermaids.  I’d actually been eyeing this pattern since it came out but figured I was a little too old and matronly to pull it off.  But all those cute testers in the pattern pics just kept taunting me- every single one of them looks gorgeous and you know they are beyond comfortable.  I decided to just take the leap and I am so glad I did.

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I knew I wanted a pretty flowy floral and this rayon spandex from Raspberry Creek Fabric was absolutely perfect for Valentine’s!  It has the perfect drape and sewed up so beautifully.  It’s lightweight enough that I think I can wear this through the summer too!  And a little secret- it was about 20 degrees when we took these pics so I layered some fleece lined leggings underneath and it’s so loose you can’t even tell.  Here, here to an all seasons outfit!!

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I only made a couple of changes to make it suit my preferences.  I did an elbow length sleeve (of course) and did a 3-inch binding band around the bodice as suggested in the pattern to offer a little more coverage.  I’ve got no cleavage to show off so a little cami underneath kept me nice and modest 😉

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Funny story- I told my husband I had to make a romper this weekend and he said, “Oh nice.  For Payton?”  I was like, “No, for me.  What do you think?”  No response…  Probably a good call because I could tell exactly what he was thinking and it wasn’t a good thing, haha!  I came up a bit later in it and he actually said, “Wow!  That looks really nice!”  In husband talk that’s a HUGE compliment!  He never notices my makes and after 16 years doesn’t really care about my appearance (huge blessing since I wear tees and joggers 90% of the time!). I’m calling this outfit a win in the “How to impress the Hubby” category.

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Another secret- It totally feels like I’m wearing my pj’s, maybe even better!  It’s so comfortable that I really could wear it everyday.   I’m thinking that throwing a long cardi over it will be perfect for dressing it down a bit.  Oh, or a denim jacket!  Can I get away with wearing my Chucks with it?  We’ll see… I feel like this has opened up a whole new world for me!  Now I know why my girls are so obsessed with rompers!

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Ready to get your mind blown with even more date night inspiration?!!  I sure am!

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Simple Life Pattern Company Jane

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My girls love, love, love rompers!  At last, we have found our new favorite!

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The Jane Dress and Romper from Simple Life Pattern Company releases TODAY!

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I’m super excited about it because it’s the first pattern release from Gemia Carroll of Phat Quarters Fabric.  Gemia was one of my first online sewing buddies and has been such a great friend.  Her first pattern is all I hoped it would be!

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With just the right options, this pattern is just perfect for all the girls in your life.  There are dress and short romper versions, a plain or pieced bodice, ruffle placket and bodice pocket options, cap sleeves or sleeveless, belt loops, hem cuffs and pockets!

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I did the plain bodice option and ruffled placket.  I used KAM snaps (for the first time-hello?!, so EASY!)  and it makes it super quick and easy for potty breaks.  I love the pop of color they bring to the outfit.

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It’s just the perfect play outfit- comfy, easy to wear, and so, so cute!

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Make sure you grab your copy on sale today!

E & E Ruffled Playsuit

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The new Ruffled Playsuit pattern by Elegance and Elephants seriously can’t get any cuter!

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I love the sweet ruffled bodice- so feminine and sassy at the same time!

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And the back is just as cute as the front!

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This fabric from Raspberry Creek was so perfect for this pattern.  It lends a little tropical vibe to the playsuit and I think it would look lovely on the beach -hint, hint hubby ;).

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I love that while it’s super sweet on the little ones, with some cute sandals and shades it works great for my 6-going -on-16-year-old.

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And the wide neck and elastic-buttoned back make potty breaks a breeze.

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My playsuit was made during the first round of testing.  Fit adjustments were made to the neckline and armholes so the fit is even better now!  It comes in sizes 6 months to 8 years and has a shorts and pants option.  There’s also a tutorial to make it a dress.  The pattern tutorial is clear and well written and the construction method was brilliant.  This was my first Elegance and Elephants pattern and I would definitely purchase from Heidi in the future.

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These pics sum up this crazy girl’s personality pretty well.

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Make sure you pick up your copy on sale today by joining the E & E facebook group.