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:

Project Run and Play:Week One Pokemon Ispired

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I’m ecstatic to be here sharing my first look for Project Run and Play.  It’s truly a dream come true to be competing in Season 12.  The other competitors are so talented and I’m excited to join them for this ride.

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The theme for week 1 is Pokemon Inspired.  Did you all catch Pokemon fever this summer? We got a tiny taste of it but it was quickly forgotten for days at the pool and afternoons with cousins.  When the theme was announced I knew I was in trouble!  After hitting the internet and talking with my kids we decided to go with the quintessential Pokemon icons- Pikachu and the all important Pokeball.

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Pikachu is such a cute little character. That bright yellow was so fun to work with.  I used the Blake Pattern from Mingo and Grace for the base of our look.  It’s such a classic pattern that I turn to again and again.

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I used this fabric from Joann’s.  It was pretty thin but the texture and color were just what I was looking for.  I lined everything and it worked wonderfully.  Joann’s had this amazing zipper that totally changed the direction I was going for on this look.  It matched the fabric perfectly and is reminiscent of Pikachu’s little stripes on its back.  I couldn’t pass it up!

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I added a detachable collar using the free Tiffany Collar from Made For Mermaids.  Lace leggings (this fabric was a perfect match!) complete the outfit.  Such a bright, fun look that will get worn often!

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My little Poke Ball was actually a real challenge for me.  I used the Sloane Skinny Jeans pattern from Violette Fields Threads for her super fun tuxedo stripe pants.  This is as close to sewing jeans as I’ve gotten and I think I may be ready to tackle the real deal soon…baby steps 😉

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I used a white denim and black sequin fabric for the pants.  I topstitched my heart out and love the great finish it adds.  The top is a take on the Calla Lily Crop Top.  This shirt was almost scrapped after my original plan for it was a huge disaster.  Let’s just say this gabardine and I got really friendly with the seam ripper.  I’m grateful for my ever growing stash of trims because this ball fringe was absolutely meant to be!  I love little happy accidents!  Bonus points- Black and red are her new school colors so I know this top will get worn again and again!

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I modified the top to use a facing since this fabric was so thick to begin with.  I added length and straightened out the hi-low a bit.  I love the boxiness of this top while still being fitted at the shoulders.  My little miss felt like such a rock star in this look!

We headed to downtown Salt Lake for this shoot.  It’s just a short fifteen minutes from us and I wish we went more often.  These pics were all taken in a one block radius!  Man, I love the city!

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Thanks for joining me on this adventure!  Make sure you head over to Project Run and Play to vote for your favorite look.

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True Bias Mini Emerson Shorts

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I was thrilled to test the new Mini Emerson Crop Pants and Shorts from True Bias.  I’ve always loved Kelli’s patterns and this is another to add to your collection.

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I love the classic design and super professional details.

The fit is fantastic and my daughter loved these so much she picked them for the first day of school.  My fabric is a remnant of quilting cotton from Hobby Lobby- I love an economical project!  They would be so good in chambray or linen too!

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I even learned a new skill!  I did my first bar tack and I love the small detail it adds!  It’s those little extras that make this pattern so wonderful!

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I can’t wait to make more next summer and hopefully we can get a pair of crops made up before the snow hits 😉

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Blaverry Thea

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I love everything about fall.  It’s like New Year’s to me- A fresh start. A new school year, brand-new resolutions and goals, back to a routine, and I love the cooler temperatures!  I also LOVE fall fashion!

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The Blaverry Thea is a great all seasons pattern that makes my heart giddy!

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Another fall favorite is plaid, plaid, and more plaid.  I’m sure you’ll still be seeing a lot of florals and stripes from me but c’mon- admit that plaid and fall go hand and hand.

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I picked up this scrumptious quilted knit from Hobby Lobby.  It’s seriously so dangerous having one just down the street.  The newest fall apparel line has some real winners.

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Let’s talk about this pattern.  This is the third knit dress I’ve made this girl in two weeks and I love how unique they all are.  She loves dresses and done in comfy knit they’re perfect for school days.  The thing that really sets this pattern apart from the others is the super fun pleated skirt.  Done in this structured knit it’s extra full and so, so darling!

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The dress comes with three sleeve options- short, half, and long.  I almost always go with a half or elbow sleeve- I just love the look and think it makes it wearable for longer.

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It’s easy to blend sizes and that’s huge when sewing for my tall girls.  I did a 6 with 8 length and still added a couple inches to make it a bit longer.  It’s a super simple alteration and will hopefully help her be able to wear this longer.

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One of my favorite details of this pattern is the wrapped neck binding- so professional!

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This pattern ticks all the boxes for me- huge size range (2t-16), classic design with great details, multi-seasonal, and it’s a quick sew!  Both girls will be getting more Thea’s for sure!

I am part of the Blaverry Promo team and receive the pattern for free.  It’s the perfect partnership for me and my girls.  We love the Blaverry style and are happy to shout it from the rooftops 😉

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Check out more great Thea’s from my friends at:

Kate and Crew * Sprouting JubeJube  * Sew Sophie Lynn * MCB Créations * BLAVERRY * Sew Famous * Ruby Rue Creations * Sew Gracefully * Captures by ChrisÉlégantine

One Thimble Blog Tour- Calla Lily Crop Top and Oswald Bow Tie

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I’m here with another fantastic blog tour.  The newest issue of One Thimble is here and it’s full of sewing goodness.  I was excited to sew up two of the 10 pdf patterns that come in this issue.

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This cute guy got his first real bow tie- the Oswald, Williams, and Pond Bow Tie Set.

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And this little miss is loving her new Calla Lily Crop Top.

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With back to school on our brains we had a blast styling our photo shoot.

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The bow tie set is so fun!! With three style options, it was hard to pick.  We went with the pointed corner Oswald.  There are five different sizes so all the gentlemen in your life can sport matching ties.

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I sewed up a size medium.  He loves that it’s not overwhelmingly huge but I might make him the next size up in the future.  He was eager to wear it to church and looked so handsome!

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I let my kids pick out their fabrics and I love that he picked this simple gingham!

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This little one had her heart set on yellow pom poms and while they’re a little crazy for me her sense of style kills me and I was happy to oblige.  The classic plaid cotton is from Hobby Lobby.

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The Calla Lily is a classic top with a little flair.  I love the high low hem and the button/snap placket in the back.  It’s fully lined and you can use the lining for a cute contrast placket.  School bus yellow KAM snaps make it easy on/off.  The options for hem trim are endless- ruffles, lace, whatever your heart desires!

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We styled it with a tank underneath so that it will be school dress code worthy.

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These two are the family clowns- always laughing and keeping us all on our toes.  A photo shoot with the two of them was an experience to say the least.

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Classic big brother…

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He’s always hamming it up!

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Make sure to grab your copy of One Thimble Issue No. 12 !

And check out the other stops on the tour here:

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