MadeIt Strip Tee Challenge

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We are so excited to be part of the MadeIt Patterns Stripe Tee Challenge this week.  The premise is so fun.  We got to sew up the Strip Tee Adult  and teen pattern and put our own little twist on them.  We will be competing against 7 other mother/daughter teams to see who made it best.  The girls had to sew their tops on their own but the mom’s were able to guide and help them along the way.  Super cool, right?!

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It was such a great excuse to get my girly behind the machines and to spend a fun afternoon together.  My daughter is still a beginner sewist but loves the chance to create.  She took a sewing class two summers ago that taught her the basics.  I wanted her to learn the correct principles and I knew having someone else teach her would give her a foundation that would serve her well into the future.  She made bags, pillows, and pajama pants that summer.  Since then she’s made a hoodie, leggings, and a few other things.  We struggle to find the time to sew together so this challenge was a great push to get us together in the sewing room.

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We started with a trip to our favorite shop, Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  She fell in love with this pretty burgundy windowpane sweater knit and I knew it’d be a great choice for her.  I love the vibrant color and immediately thought of the faux leather in my stash as an accent for the strip in back.  She loved the idea!  This fabric is also fairly stable and easy to sew which I wanted for her (I steered her clear of all the lovely rayon spandex for this first one!).

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For my version, I kept going back to this ‘boring’ medium grey french terry.  I wanted to add sleeves to mine and the weight and drape of this blend is so good!  I wear grey too much I know but I think you can never have enough of it.  It’s a great basic that provides the perfect backdrop to add accessories or in this case a little bling!

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I love that these tops are all business in the front.  Just your classic tee and sweatshirt, right?

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But there’s a little party in the back!  The leather adds such an edge and those sequins are brilliant.

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The sequins are a remnant from one of my favorite Project Run and Play looks for my daughter and it was super sentimental using them for this piece.  We shot that weeks look in this same location too, bringing us full circle.

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I added long sleeves to my top to be able to wear it as we head into our cold season.  I measured the sleeve opening, my wrist, and my arm length.  I used those measurement to make an angled rectangle.  It’s very basic and probably not the ‘correct’ way but I’m very happy with how it turned out.

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It’s such a cozy top and I love the little extra pop that back strip brings.

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For my daughters look, she sewed up the smallest teen size although her chest is still a couple of inches shy of the charts (teeny girl!).  At eleven she has a 26″ chest and is 60″ tall putting her in an XXS chest and S height so we went with an XXS and then added 2 inches to the length.

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She did all of the work and sewing on this herself and I’m super proud of how it turned out.  I gave her a little plaid matching lesson on the side seams but apparently forgot to check the back, oops!  Design element?! She’s such a pro at topstitching though.  Like so good I should hire her out to do all mine, lol!  I showed her how to use soft and stretch hem tape for the hems and that sure helped make that step a breeze.

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This top is just five pieces (four pattern pieces) which makes it a great beginner project.  It took my daughter about two hours from print to hemming (mine was done in under an hour if you’re more experienced).  I love that it’s such a blank canvas that she can now use to customize tees to her liking.  I think she’ll be able to sew them on her own from now on and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.  We may need to add a sleeve piece to her pattern so she can wear them all winter long too.  She’s requested a long sleeve black tee or turtleneck to layer with this one so she can get more wear out of it as our days get chillier.  Don’t you just love that happy face?!

Make sure you head over to Instagram to see all the competitors this week.  You can vote for our look by simply liking our post (easy peasy).  Follow the hashtag #stripteeteamchallenge to see all the other looks this week.  I have a feeling we’ll be in great company!  So many amazing seamstresses and their daughter are participating!

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Make sure to head over to Madeit Patterns to pick up your Strip Tee patterns for 20% off this week!  I’m sure you’ll love them as much as we do!

 

 

Love Notions Girls Classic Tee

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The Love Notions Classic Tee quickly became my favorite pattern of the summer.  I’m so excited to have the same cute relaxed fitting tee for my girls now!

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The Classic Tee for girls is full of options and will be a great staple year-round.  It comes in sizes 2t- 16, such a huge size range that makes this momma happy.  It’s a cute relaxed fit that looks great with jeans and will layer great come cool weather too! There are two neckline choices, round or v-neck, and multiple sleeve options; short, 3/4, and long.  There’s even more fun sleeve options available on the Love Notions Blog.

This version is done in a lightweight sweater knit.  She is a 7 width with a 10 height- she’s growing taller way faster than she’s filling out and keeping me on my toes when I sew for her.  I’m constantly measuring my kids and they seem to just keep shooting up!  I added length to the bodice but will need to remember to lengthen the sleeves a bit more too.  These are the long length but look more 3/4 length on her long arms.

 

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Big sister got a short sleeve version with the flounce option available on the blog .  I used an ITY for this version and I love the drape of those sleeves in it.

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I’m so excited for plaid season!  This will be darling for the holidays and will look great dressed up for parties too.

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We snuck in these pictures in between an afternoon of activities and this little miss thought it’d be hilarious to prank her mom.  We did all of her individual pictures only for me to see she’d hidden a plastic spider in her hair!  She thought she was so sneaky!  She is my goofball and definitely makes me giggle every day.

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Make sure to grab your copy for a steal at only $5!  This classic pattern will be a great addition to your pattern stash.

Project Run and Play Week Three: Shine Bright

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It’s week three! What a ride it’s been!  I’m thrilled to have made it this far in the competition and have been loving my competitors creation’s each week.  Make sure you head over to Project Run and Play to check out their looks and to vote for your favorite.

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The theme for this week is “Astronomical Proportions’.   I really, really struggled with this one.  I love that this competition pushes me to try new things and to be adventurous but I also want to be true to my own design aesthetic and style.  As designers we pondered the double meaning of the theme; outer space and also big dramatic proportions or style elements.   Trying to go with both meanings and stay practical and wearable was my big hang up.  I decided to go ‘big’ in my own way.

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I kept thinking of the stars- both in the sky and on the silver screen.  We are channeling the bright, shining stars in the sky and also our favorite Hollywood movie stars.  It made for a fun week sewing and an especially fun photo shoot.

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Fabric played a huge part in this week’s look.  I used mostly fabric I’ve had forever and that I picked up for a steal.  The sequins, lining knit, and neon pink scuba knit are from LA that I grabbed last year.  The sequins were a screaming deal at $5/yard and the scuba was a remnant that I got to dig for ;).  The faux leather knit came from a local home decor warehouse for $3/yard and the space knit was a Joann remnant for a couple of dollars as well.  Serious savings!  While it was amazing finding just the right fabrics in my stash it also meant I had to work with the yardage I had.  It proved a bit challenging on the main pieces but worked out in the end.

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This dress was such a learning experience.  It was only my second time working with sequins and my first big project with them.  I only broke ten needles in the process- haha!  The sparkle and shine are so worth it though!

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The real showstopper is that skirt!  I added fairy lights for extra wow factor and love the results.

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I wanted this dress to be both playful and sophisticated and to really suit her style.  I loved this dress and this one as well and wanted to use elements of them in our look.  I love the blouson top and wanted a circle skirt to really showcase those twinkling lights.  I love the bishop sleeve of the second dress but unfortunately didn’t have enough fabric for long sleeves.  The slight flutter sleeve is my compromise!

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The dress is lined in a super soft grey rayon jersey knit.  It’s comfortable and helps retain the drapiness of the sequins.  I did an elastic casing on the bodice lining only to avoid an extra seam on the sequins.  The elastic had to be nice and snug to hold up the weight of the sequins and battery pack.

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The lights are removable and took a lot of time to figure out.

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I created a zipper pouch in the pocket to hold the battery pack.  There is a buttonhole on the other side of the pocket for the light strand to feed out of.  The lights are hand tacked to the inside of the sequins and are just loose enough that they can be removed easily.

If I were to create this dress again (hello, future me!) I’d do a couple of things differently.  This was my first time making a light up sequin dress after all!  Hopefully someone else can use these tips to make their little princess’s dreams come true.  The battery pack is a little too heavy and bulky in her pocket and I think I’d either do a separate pocket in the back of the bodice or since I knew she’d be wearing shorts underneath it would be ideal to put the battery pack in a pocket there then do a buttonhole on the skirt lining for the lights to feed through.  The fairy lights were lightweight and the wire was pliable and worked well with the weight of the sequins.  The lights add just a bit of fullness to the skirt which worked well for this application.  How fun would a light up dress be for a night of fireworks at your favorite theme park?  I think there are lots of possibilities with these fun lights!

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The spin factor with the lights is our favorite! I love that she picked Chucks to really play up the playfulness of this look.  Perfectly suits my soccer loving, book-worm, old soul of a daughter!

sophie4.1I used the Nina Blouse from Coffee + Threads as my basic bodice pattern again.  I eliminated all closures and did a slight boatneck to fit over her head.  I redrafted the sleeve to have as much flutter as I could fit on my remaining fabric.  I just love that drape!

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I used the Love Notions Leggins’ pattern to make a pair of shorties to wear underneath to allow her to spin to her heart’s content!  I added height to the waistband and cut them to hit mid-thigh for coverage but to stay hidden too.  This fun space print was perfect for the theme and I love when they peek out a bit as she twirls!

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Overall, I’m so happy for the push Project Run and Play gave me to cut into my beloved sequins.  It was worth all the broken needles in the world to see this little miss feel like a star!

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This girl is my little sassy one.  She’s full of spunk and I wanted an outfit that captured that.  A neon pink top with faux leather leggings sure did the trick!

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For her blouse I used the Hey June City Park tee as my base.  I sized up and redrafted the body for a boxy, loose fit.  I added wide blouson sleeves for our take on ‘astronomical proportions’.  I love the drama of the sleeves and finishing them with an elastic cuff keeps them a little more practical.

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Just about as puffy as this simple mama gets 😉  She’s in love though!

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I did a slight high low hem to add to the dramatic feel.

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Gold foil stars add the finishing touch.  My Cricut and I are becoming BFF’s this competition too.  As I searched for star fabric all over the internet it hit me that my Cricut could give me just the look I wanted.  I was able to use the bright fabric I wanted and add just a spattering of stars to tie it in with the theme.

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Her pants are simple leggings with a few modifications for a sleek fit.  I used the Peony Leggings from Sew Like My Mom.  I slimmed the legs even more for a second skin close fit.  I added height to the waistband for a high-waisted silhouette.

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Our shoot day was another one for the books.  After six soccer games and a birthday party, we had a fun shoot planned in front of this cool wall.   Mother Nature had other plans as the skies turned grey and it started raining then turned to slushy snow.  Perfect photo conditions!

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Luckily I had a backup plan and we headed to a ‘fancy’ parking garage for a high fashion photo shoot- complete with natural wind machines and an audience.  These girls loved getting glammed up and really turned on their inner movie stars.  A little makeup and a rocking hairdo go a long way in making them feel confident and really bring them out of their shells.  Yet again, the photo shoot turned out to be my favorite part of the process.  These girls crack me up and we just have a blast each time!

Make sure you head over to Project Run and Play to vote for your favorite look!  Voting is open until 8pm EST Thursday, March 29th.

Project Run and Play- Week Three:On Safari

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Wow!  I can’t believe I’m here on week three!  This competition has been so fun and I’m so lucky to be doing it with such amazing, fun ladies.  They’ve been knocking it out of the park and keeping me on my toes.

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This weeks theme is Halloween Costumes.  I have a confession- I HATE sewing costumes!  So much work for something that gets worn once or twice.  I’m far too practical for that.  In the past my handmade costumes have been quick, easy projects.  This competition pushed me to spend a lot more time on their looks BUT I also stayed true to myself and made pieces that can be worn long after the last piece of Halloween candy has been eaten.

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Their costumes this year are a little tribute to their Grandma and Grandpa who are serving a humanitarian mission in South Africa and Zimbabwe.  Some of us were lucky enough to get to visit them and a highlight of our trip was an amazing three-day safari.  We thought it would be a special homage to them to plan our Halloween costumes around an African theme.  (Little brother will also be wearing his favorite RTW lion costume-roar!)

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Sophie’s outfit is one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever done.  I used the Cafe Romper from Sew Straight and Gather.  This girl loves rompers but can never find one that fits her tall, skinny body.  I added two inches to both the bodice and pants to get the perfect fit for her.  We skipped the hidden button placket in order to showcase these brushed gold buttons.  I added cargo pockets to the bodice and also to the pants.  She loves ALL the pockets!

A faux button sleeve tab and leather pocket tab are little details that really elevate this outfit.  I used a faux suede from Joann’s for this romper.  I love the look and she loves how soft and comfortable it is.

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For those chilly Halloween nights she can throw on her cozy quilted knit bomber jacket, made using the Ollie Bomber Jacket from Sew A Little Seam.  The quilted knit is from Hobby Lobby.  It’s such a great jacket- chic and so on trend.  She will get lots and lots of wear out of this piece.

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This girl is ready to hit the savanna!

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Payton is comfy and cute in her leopard costume.  I went simple and easy and made pieces that will mix and match into her wardrobe when Halloween is over.  I used this fabric from CaliFabrics and it was perfect!  My original plan was to make a one-piece skinsuit with a built-in tail.  Then the practical side of me kicked in 😉  This is much easier to wear and going to the bathroom will actually be doable, haha!

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Her top is a slimmed down Flashback Skinny Tee modified to have a mock-neck and thumb-hole cuffs.

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Her leggings are our favorite pattern- the Love Notions free Leggins’.  They fit my girls like a glove!

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Her tail is a simple belt that can easily be taken on and off.

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To keep her warm on Halloween night I did a self drafted scarf-neck cardigan using sleeves from the Hatteras Hoodie from Hey June.  I used a cheap blanket from Wal-Mart that is both comfy and warm.  I added pockets to keep her treasures too!

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We had such a blast shooting these looks.  We headed to our little slice of savanna and it was just amazing!

 

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We’ve had such a blast sharing our creations with you during this competition.  It’s really been a dream come true and I’ve had so much fun working with my kids on these looks.  I hope to stick around for next week so we can show you our ‘Signature Looks’.  Take a quick minute to head over and vote over at Project Run and Play.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Back to School with Heartland Fabrics

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This post is sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics.

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This post contains massive amounts of my favorite things: beautiful fabric, cute kiddos, and great friends!  I’m elated to be joining in on Heartland Fabrics Blog Tour put together by the fabulous Karly from Paisley Roots.

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I love all things Art Gallery and this line is absolutely to die for!  The patterns and colors are just right up my alley.  Soft pinks and blues, vibrant mustard and greys… all the choicest colors in one line!

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They are perfect for year round wear but especially fun for back to school!

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For our back to school looks I used patterns from Shwin Designs.  I used the Stella Tunic for my daughters top.  I’m crushing hard on that high-low peplum!  It’s such a beautifully classic top with just the right amount of flair.  My little man is sporting a Maxwell Top.  I adore all the details on this shirt that make it so cool!

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His top is made using Trekant Rows Breeze.  I love the modern geometric print!  Big brother asked if I could make him the same exact shirt, he loves the fabric so much.  This is a quilting cotton and is so soft and lovely.  If you’ve never worked with Art Gallery cottons I suggest you get on that!  They are my favorite for my kids clothes.

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Wait! OK- maybe not my favorite.  I forgot how AMAZING this voile is!  It’s incredibly soft and luxurious and I want to sew with it forever! I’ll be making my own top out of this as soon as possible.  Do you think people will notice if our whole family is sporting this fabric daily?  This is the Blomma Garden Pastiche print just so you can get your own stat!

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Pair it with knit in Unn Cross Pine and it’s an outfit she couldn’t wait to wear to school!

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We had so much fun joining our friends Paisley Roots, Made by Melli, and Sew A Straight Line for a super fun photo shoot.  The kids had so much fun together after they warmed up a bit.

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My Charlie sure thought Sabra’s Jonas was the coolest kid on the planet.

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He helped him start an acorn collection (mom’s favorite) and they bonded over their love of football- especially the Denver Broncos.

These two together were the funniest!  So sweet, shy and awkward but so darn cute!

And these boys have all the heart eyes from me!

I loved watching the kids interact with each other and seeing how all the fabrics coordinated so well.  It will really take all my willpower not to hoard every single print!

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I’ll leave you with a little dab from the four-year-old 😉  Make sure to check out the other amazing bloggers sharing their gorgeous makes this week!

 

Project Run and Play: Week Two-I’m an Autumn

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Fall in Utah is my absolute favorite!  The vibrant leaves, cooler weather and trips to our favorite pumpkin patch are things I look forward to all year.

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It was so fun sewing for this week’s Project Run and Play challenge- I’m an Autumn: using the warm colors of Autumn for your primary color palette (red, orange, yellow, and brown).  Now admittedly, I’m NOT an autumn and I’m drawn to much cooler colors so this was initially a bit of a challenge for me.  I had nothing at all in my stash in those colors so we took a trip to the fabric store (five fabric stores to be exact!).

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I had a vision for this dress right from the start and finding the perfect fabric proved to be harder than I thought it would.  With our short time frame I knew I had to find it locally and I finally settled on this gorgeous charmeuse from Joann.  It has such beautiful drape and worked so well for this maxi.

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I used the Lil Luxe Dress from Lil Luxe Collection as the base for this dress.  I added the long sleeves and pockets from the Starlight City Dress, also by Lil Luxe Collection.  I cinched the sleeves with elastic to create a bit of volume in them.  I used the width of the fabric for the skirt portion adding to the drama of this dress.

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I raised the back curve a couple of inches.  This dress will get worn to church ALOT and I wanted her to feel comfortable in it.  And boy does she!  She absolutely loves it!  She’s all about the maxi dresses and this is her new favorite!

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To complete her look I made a luxurious faux fur vest.  She’s always wanted one and this was the perfect outfit for it!

I used my go-to t shirt pattern the City Park Tee from Hey June Handmade to start with.  I drafted the vest using the bodice pieces with only slight modifications.  It’s fully lined in a super soft tweed and closes with a hook and eye at the chest.  She’s anxious to wear it with her favorite skinny jeans and boots once the weather stays cooler.

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I was so excited to sew for this little guy too!  He’s not the easiest to photograph but he’s always a super grateful recipient.

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The highlight of his outfit is a vest made using the BBC Vest from Shwin Designs.  Flannel and leather are such an amazing combo for fall.

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It’s so soft and cozy and will make a great layering piece in his wardrobe.  I lined it in cream stretch denim to make it a bit more structured.

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The leather details elevate it and I was a little nostalgic digging through my great-grandma’s buttons for this project.  These were exactly what I was looking for to finish off this vest.

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His pants are Moto Maxx bottoms from Love Notions.  I love the details on these and they were so fun to play with.

In my endless fabric search I was trying to find soft, comfortable khaki twill.  Everything I found was stiff and not what I had in mind so I headed to my hubby’s closet.  I stole his beloved well worn khakis and they worked like a dream!  I did diamond quilting on the knees and lined them with flannel from the vest.  Comfortable, warm pants will be well loved this fall.

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I did triple stitching on the waistband and slightly cropped them to be more like the joggers his big brothers are so fond of.  This little man wants to be exactly like them so he loves his new cool pants!

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His tee is an ode to another fall staple- long days at the soccer fields!  This little guy is so excited to be on his first soccer team after spending much of his life watching all his siblings play.  He’s definitely got the soccer thing down and this tee is a winner.

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I used the Made for Mermaids Rowan Raglan and slimmed it down to fit better under his vest.  I love this pattern and all the options it comes with.  He loves hoods so I’ll be adding them whenever I can.

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These two are just loving their new looks!

Make sure to head over to Project Run and Play to see the other competitors looks and to vote for your favorite!  We hope you like our Autumn look as much as we do!

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Blaverry Upton

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The Blaverry Upton has been on my wish list for awhile now.  That darling split back and contrast yoke just have my heart.  I was more than happy to jump on board the Upton Blog Tour celebrating it’s recent revamp.

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My little one can’t get enough cozy dresses in her wardrobe and this one is absolutely adorable!

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I used a cozy french terry combined with a super soft Robert Kaufman flannel- all from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  She would wear a dress everyday so this combination will be perfect once cooler temps stick around.

The Upton now features multiple sleeve lengths and all the features you love in a pdf pattern- layers, multiple measurement charts to get the perfect fit, detailed instructions, and a huge size range (2t-16).

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I just love that wrapped neck binding and that yoke is to die for!  The pattern calls for all knit but I found this woven worked just lovely!  I think knit/woven combos are so fun and open up endless possibilities!

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I think it would make a super adorable top too.  That back is just so on point!

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I am part of the Blaverry Promo team so I received this pattern for free.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- WE LOVE BLAVERRY!  I feel like Christie just gets that struggle every mom and daughter has- finding fashionable, cute clothes that you both adore.  Blaverry has solved that dilemma at our house!

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You can check out the other stops on the tour this week here: