Love Notions Summer Caye Pants

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Oh, Summer Caye’s, I love you!

*This post contains affiliate links.  I get a small commission if you make a purchase through my links, which I will then use to buy more fabric and sew up more beauties to convince you to buy more patterns (isn’t that how it works 😉 ).  I am also a paid tester for Love Notions and got on board AFTER falling in love with the patterns.

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The newest pattern from Love Notions is simply divine!

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With tons of options for women and girls, you can wear this pattern everyday if you wanted to.

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I know me and my girls will definitely have a closetful.

There are multiple length options.  You can choose 4″ or 6″ shorts for girls or 6″ and 9″ inseam length for women.  There are also capri and full length choices.  The girl’s pattern comes in sizes 2T- 16 and 8P-16P.  The women’s pattern will fit sizes 0-28 (waist sizes 24.5″-45.5″).

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All my versions feature a simple hem but there are a handful of options there too.  You can add a cuff, split-hem, and a gorgeous tulip-hem.

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And pockets… these are genius in construction!  Super cute without the bulk.

The ladies version has two width options- wide leg (a bit narrower) on the left and palazzo on the right.

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So many choices… one for every day of the week.  I’m excited to try some shorts for myself next!

This is a size 8 pant length out of linen from Joann’s.  They are so unlike her normal skinny jeans and we both love these!

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I love these pants with a denim jacket!

You might recognize her shorts fabric from this Naples top.  I had just enough fabric left for these shorts.  You better believe I wasn’t wasting a scrap of this lusciousness!

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My gorgeous rayon challis came from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  This particular print sold-out in a heartbeat but there are still quite a few to pick from.  I think the tie dye would be awesome for these.  Head over to the Love Notions Blog for a sweet RCF coupon code.

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This rayon challis was a Hancock fabric score (oh, how I will miss my Hancock’s!).

You can grab the Ladies and Girls patterns separately or pick up the bundle for even more savings.  They are on sale through 5/6 and you won’t want to miss it!

MBJM Hang Ten Boardies

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I’ve said it before but this kid is meant to live on the beach.  He would be my little surfer boy in a heartbeat.

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Instead we live in a mountain valley and the local sand volleyball court is as close to the beach as we get.

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When Sarah at Made By Jack’s Mum asked for testers for her new surf themed line, I was all over that.

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The Hang Ten Boardies are the first pattern in the line.

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This pattern is chuck full of options and will be perfect in board short fabric come summer. There’s options for color blocking, pockets, piping trim, full elastic or flat front waist, and different length and hem choices.

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I did the bias bound curved hem and front tie option with the flat front and elastic back.  Classic and cool.

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I usually dread taking pictures of this busy guy but he was AWESOME this shoot.  I can’t get enough of these pics.

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Use code ‘mbjmteamsurf’ to get 20% off all patterns until Sunday.  If you buy the pattern this weekend you get a bonus v-neck t-shirt pattern FREE!  What are you waiting for?!!

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It’s currently snowing in our neck of the woods, so I’ll leave you with this pic while I dream of summer…

Summer Sewing- Why is it so hard?

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With five kids, sewing time is precious.  When they are all home for the summer, it’s even more sparse.  Here are a few of the projects I eeked out this summer.

I had the pleasure of testing for Striped Swallow Designs again this summer.  Her Wildflower kimono is so unique and simple to sew.  I sewed one up for Soph in a cute striped knit and Payton got a cozy french terry version (from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, of course).

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I also had the pleasure of testing for Terri from Sew Straight and Gather.  Her Cousu Collection was kinda groundbreaking for me, pushing me to try new techniques and totally taking me to a new level.  This time I tested her versatile Urban Garden Dress and Tank.  It’s such a cute pattern and her tutorials are THE BEST!  If you haven’t tried one of her patterns you are totally missing out.  Beware though that once  you do, all other patterns will be lacking in comparison.

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This summer my quest for myself was to make the perfect pants and shorts.  I tried a gazillion patterns and I think my quest is still on…

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Jocole’s Wide Leg Pants
True Bias Hudson Pants
True Bias Hudson Pants

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Jocole Skinny Pants
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IMG_8784 Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop Summer Lovin’ Shorts

School starts this week and it’s always a little bittersweet.  I adore having my kids home and the adventures we get to do every day.  For the most part, they get along great and we spend a lot of time laughing and just being together.  BUT… we are together ALL THE TIME.  I feel guilty stealing away for an hour or two to create.  So the sweet part of back to school is that I will have every afternoon to myself (thanks to a cute three year old that still naps)! I’m so excited to be able to sew without the guilt of negletting the kiddos. Oh, the project list… 🙂