Simple Life Pattern Co. Holiday Blog Tour

pair4

Have you been following the Simple Life Pattern Co. Holiday Blog Tour?  I’ve been blown away by my tour mates and loving all the stunning dresses all week.  We’re beyond excited to be sharing our looks today.  Stay tuned to the end of the post for a giveaway, tour links, and sale info!

pair3

For our dresses this year, we let the fabric inspire us.  We were lucky enough to have our post sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics (can you say dream post? Gorgeous dress patterns in luscious fabric- count us in!).  Katarina Roccella’s newest line, Decadence, just screamed holiday glamour to me.  We picked the holiday perfect Houndstooth XIV Onyx and the dramatic Paon Plumes Rayon to coordinate.  These fabrics can be dressed up for a concert performance or worn on Sunday to church services.  Art Gallery Fabrics are amazing quality and I always feel like I’m spoiling my kids a little when I make something with them.

payton4

Little sis is wearing Helena’s Button Back Dress with the buttons moved to the front.  I really wanted to let those gold buttons shine and there’s a little tip in the tutorial to make this dress reversible.  Easy peasy and I love the glam those buttons add to the front.

payton2

I can’t wait for her to wear this all season long.  She loves it and I can’t get enough of her in it!  That sass really shines when she loves what she’s wearing 😉

payton1

I did the 3/4 sleeve and modest back options.  This is a size 8 with added length for reference (her chest is 26″ and she is 55″ tall).

sophie2

My tween loves anything sophisticated and trendy and the Patricia’s Boho Dress was just meant for her.  The hi-lo hem and soft ruffles add such a sweet touch.  This dreamy rayon just floats in this dress.

sophie4

I love that this dress has no closure so it not only comes together quickly (even with all those ruffles!) but it’s just as glorious to wear.  No zippers or buttons bugging her back!

sophie1

I wish I was as elegant and charming as this sweet girl.  Major love for this whole look on her!

This is the dramatic hi-lo hem with bell sleeve version.  This is also a size 8 bodice with added length.  She also has a 26″ chest and is 60″ tall (funny that they have such similar measurements still but she’s just crazy tall for her age!).

pair7pair9payton5PAIR1sophie6pair5

Sewing up these dresses has me itching for the holidays to come!  Nothing like a little sewing to get you in the spirit.  Make sure to check out all the other stops on the tour for some serious inspiration.  Are you sewing dresses for your sweethearts this season?  Can you stop at just one?  The other ladies this week have me wanting to sew another dress or two before the year is over!

 

main

November 5 – Kutti CoutureSLPCO Team

November 6 – Wonderfully HandmadeAmmon Lane

November 7 – Kainara StitchesIdle SunshinePearberry Lane

November 8 – Sew TwirlySew Sophie LynnBonnie and Blithe

November 9 – It’s LieselCandice Ayala

Make sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to Hart’s Fabric and a $50 gift card to Simple Life Pattern Co.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can use the code ‘fallintoslpco’ for 30% off all patterns (excludes the newly released Betty) through November 19th.  It’s the perfect push to pick up all those beautiful patterns you’ve been eyeing.

pair8pair2sophie5payton3pair6

Thanks for joining us on our stop on the tour!  Happy holiday sewing to you!

Simple Life Pattern Co. Aria

aria1.1

Raspberry Creek Fabrics has just released their newest Spring CLUB line and it’s absolutely amazing.   My kids instantly claimed their favorite prints and I fell madly in love with these Coral Umbrella Flowers and knew I had to sew it up stat.  Corinne Wells, the designer behind this line, just nails it every…single…time.

aria5rain

I knew I wanted a pattern that would really let this fabric shine and the new Aria Dress from Simple Life Pattern Co. was just what I was after.  It’s a classic silhouette with a sweet bow back.  I had to run it by this cutie and she was as smitten as I was.

aria6.1

We chose to do the full back coverage so she could wear it to school.  The bows made it so fun to throw in a coordinating fabric, navy polka dots.  Nothing like a little party in the back!

aria2.1

I love sewing for this girl because she’s so hard to fit in ready-to-wear.  I did an 8 chest graded to a 10 waist with a 12 length.  Talk about a custom fit!  We chose a half sleeve hack to hopefully make this wearable now and then well into spring and summer.

aria4rain

We did the full circle skirt option for maximum twirl factor.  I don’t think a good twirl ever gets old!

aria8.1

She’s been wanting rain boots forever and these vibrant, fun yellow ones were just made for this fabric.  They will surely brighten even the gloomiest of rainy days!

aria3.1

The Aria features a darling neckline that I managed to botch.  Yep, sometimes you just gotta make do and this was one of those times.  Just means I’ll need to make another one to redeem myself 😉  Good thing little sis is already in line for her version!

aria7rain

After a couple of intense sews, this was my reward.  A quick, fun beautiful knit sew always cleanses the palate and gets me ready for the next big project!  Make sure you head over to Raspberry Creek Fabrics and check out the newest prints- they’re on sale through 2/14 for $1 off/yard.  Simple Life Pattern Company is celebrating three years of business with one of the biggest sales ever.  Head over to shop all the darling patterns for 40% off!  We’re big SLPCo fans around here and they pair fabulously with our favorite RCF fabrics!

 

Special Occasion Blog Tour with Simple Life Pattern Company and Harts Fabric

promo

Oh man you guys! Have you been following the Simple Life Pattern Company’s Holiday Blog Tour?!!  If you have a little girl in your life you definitely need to see all the GORGEOUS dresses this week!  I’m blown away by the talent, not to mention all the darling little girls.  I’ll have all the links and giveaway info at the end of this post so you can check them all out and then win all you need to sew up a dress or two of your own!

pair1

For my looks I went back and forth on what I wanted.  Right off I knew my youngest needed a Willow Dress.  Those sleeves and that v-shaped bodice are so darling!  She’s been begging for a soft velvet dress and I knew that pattern would be perfect.  Once Harts Fabric jumped on as a sponsor my plans changed a bit.  There were so many beautiful fabrics I struggled picking a knit for this look.  If you know me I usually gravitate towards simple looks in comfortable fabrics since I know that’s what gets worn.  The sensible side of me went with this pretty Art Gallery knit and this plush Robert Kaufman flannel, knowing we could easily style these up pretty for a special occasion but they’d also be perfect for weekly church services through the holiday season.  I was so thrilled with the quality of this fabric and the cute packaging from Harts.  The option to throw in matching thread is such a time and money saver too.  I know I’m not the only one that runs into the fabric store for thread and somehow comes out with $50 in other ‘must-haves’ 😉

soph4

For my oldest, I was smitten with the Wendy Dress.   It’s such a classic look and I love the cute peter pan collar and sleeve cuff details.   Because of my fabric choice, I left off those elements on this version.  For this dress I chose to keep it simple but threw in my own little twist on the sleeves.  After seeing a RTW dress with big tie sleeves, I couldn’t get the fun detail out of my head.  I knew this simple silhouette would be a great canvas for it.

soph1

I did a small placket, similar in construction to the skirt placket.  I then cut a 3″ by the width of fabric rectangle.  I folded it in half, sewed the short ends and sewed the long edge, leaving a gap in the middle the length of the sleeve hem.  This way I could iron the seam allowance down and sandwich the sleeve hem in the band, fully enclosing the hem for a clean finish.  I then topstitched around the band.  Hacks are not my favorite (why do I feel so brainless sometimes?!) but if I could do this I think anyone can!  I love the sass it adds to the elegant lines of this dress.  I think it’d look adorable on a rayon summer dress too!

payt7

The Willow dress won me over big time.  It was a quick sew and it’s so easy to wear.  The lined bodice makes it so comfortable and in this amazing Art Gallery knit it doesn’t get much better.   I love that there are top and dress length options so I can use this pattern over and over for different looks.

pair5

payt3soph3pair3soph2payt6

We are so happy to be included in this amazing tour.  We had a blast shooting these looks and know they’ll get worn long after the holiday season is over too.

Now for the good stuff…

Make sure to head to all the other incredible blogs this week.  Serious talent right here.

 

November 13 – Kainara StitchesAmmon Lane

November 14 – Sew and Tell ProjectLace and Pine

November 15 – Sunflower SeamsSewSophieLynn

November 16 – Wonderfully HandmadeIdle SunshineI am Mami de Sofiona

November 17 – Pear Berry LaneIt’s Liesel

sponsorlogo

And now for the fantastic prizes…

There are TWO ways to win in this giveaway!

While both giveaways are open to everyone, contestants outside of the U.S. will be responsible for any excess shipping and fees and subject to the sponsors’ shipping guidelines.

Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win the following. One winner will be chosen at random after Rafflecopter closes.

1 winner of Rafflecopter of will receive:
5 Patterns of choice from Simple Life Pattern Co.
$50 Gift Card from Cotton Coterie with FREE shipping
$50 Gift Card from Little Feather

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Already sewing for the holidays with Simple Life Pattern Company? Share what you made for a chance to win the Link-Up prize! One winner will be chosen at random after the link-up closes.

1 Winner of the Link up will receive: 5 Patterns of choice from Simple Life Pattern Co. $50 Gift Card to Harts Fabric $50 Gift Card to Sincerely Rylee $30 Gift Card to Punkin Head Threads

Winter Adelyn with Raspberry Creek Fabrics

birds4

The newest line from Raspberry Creek Fabric has hit the shop and it’s simply perfect!  Corrine Wells Design really nailed this winter fabric line.  It’s classic, simple, and so versatile.  I was lucky enough to get to play with this gorgeous cardinal print.  I chose the cotton jersey and paired it with this Robert Kaufman Carolina Gingham.  I love the retro feel of this combo!

birds2

I used Adelyn’s Scoop Back Dress from Simple Life Pattern Co.  It’s a favorite with my girls!

birds1

I did a couple of easy modifications.  She wanted 3/4 sleeves so I simply cut the long sleeves a bit shorter.  I also changed up the skirt because this girl can’t get enough maxi dresses!  I used the width of the fabric but cut it in half to add pockets (almost a necessity now!).  I used a pocket piece from the M4M Joy since I had it handy but any side inseam pocket would work.   I measured from where the bodice hit her waist to the floor and added a hem allowance.  I love to do them floor length to begin with because kids grow soooo fast and then they can possibly get a couple years wear out of them.  I added clear elastic at the waist seam to help with the weight of the skirt.  I did the higher scoop and it still works lovely with the bow.

sophie3

Our favorite feature with this pattern is the darling bow back!  Seriously a showstopper!

sophie2

birds5sophie4

I’m excited to have a holiday dress done for her (don’t worry- I can never make just one!).  I love that this fabric is not too Christmas-y and will work great all winter long.  It reminds me so much of my sweet Grandma Lola and her love of birds.  I get especially sentimental during the holidays and it just makes me so happy to see my little miss in this.

birds3

You can grab this fabric (and the rest of the line!) on sale through Thursday, October 19th for $1 off a yard.  It will stick around in the shop until Christmas.

Blue Carolina Blog Tour

teaser

It’s no secret that I love fabric.   So you better believe I’ve been crushing hard on the new fabric line from Christopher Thompson, aka The Tattooed Quilter.  Pretty florals in my favorite blues with a dash of pink- hello!  Blue Carolina for Riley Blake Designs just speaks to the preppy, classic girly girl in me.   I jumped on this fun blog tour in a heartbeat!

main

I had such a hard time settling on prints for this tour- so many gorgeous florals, fun pup prints, and I still need to grab me some of this ‘cut, sew, repeat’ fabric!

pair1

I knew I wanted to make something for me but I just had to do a coordinating top for my mini me too!  I love her developing sense of style and it’s a bonus that it’s so much like my own.  I know that if I’d wear it, she’ll love it too!  The fabrics were just perfect for both of us!  I went with the Carolina Lace Navy and for hers I used the Carolina Ditz Blue.   Lace prints get me e-ver-y time!  I’m also loving this ditzy floral- with all the huge floral prints out there this sweet small-scale print is so refreshing.

soph3

 

Her blouse is a Patricia Top from Simple Life Pattern Company (you totally need to check out Katie’s stop on the tour here!).  I did the dramatic hi-low version and a modified half sleeve.  I can’t get over how much I love that hemline!

soph1

 

soph4

That scoop back makes for easy assembling and super easy on/off!  I went with my daughters measurements on this but I think I would size down next time.  She’s a mini me in almost every way, including my rectangle body type.  Her narrow shoulders make fitting a bit more difficult but it also makes me so glad I can sew for her petite frame!  I think this loose style still works for her and think it’ll look darling layered under a cardigan for fall too.

soph2

This print, actually this whole line really transitions well for every season.  The colors are timeless and classic and I can see it working equally as well for a long sleeve button up top as it does for a summer sundress.

mom1

For my top I used my go-to woven tee pattern, the Shoreline Boatneck from Blank Slate Patterns.   I did a simple hack to add a gathered peplum to the bodice.  I wanted a little more feminine look and this was perfect!

mom2

mom4

There is a hack pack included with the pattern that includes a similar look.  Since I already had my regular pattern ready to go I chose to do the hack my own way.  I simply cut my bodice pieces at my natural waistline plus seam allowances.  I sewed my bodice together per the pattern (I lengthened my sleeves a couple of inches) then added a gathered skirt.  My skirt pieces measured 13″ by 1.5x the width of the bottom of the bodice pattern piece.  I didn’t want a super full skirt and this worked just as I had planned.

mom3

I really love a pattern that can be added to and mixed up in a million ways.  I’m dying to try Kim’s gathered statement sleeves on this pattern too!

soph5

pair2

Make sure you check out all the other fabulous ladies joining the tour- they’re simply some of the most stylish women I know!

line-up

A huge shout out to Christopher and Riley Blake for letting me join in on this par-tay!

pair3

Fiesta Fun Fabric Tour

main1

Guys, I got an email from THE Dana.  The one that I started following when these girls were just babies.  The one that lit the fire in me to get my sewing machine out after years of neglect.  The same Dana that introduced me to pdf patterns and KID Shorts.  Is it weird that I already felt like we were buddies?  I don’t think I could have jumped on board this tour any faster.  Throw in gorgeous fabric celebrating one of my favorite places in the world and I was all over this one!

fiestafabric

I got my girls on board and let them pick what fabrics they wanted and boy was that a tough decisions.  The colors are so vibrant and the patterns are unique and so happy.

fiesta12

My oldest settled on the Zocalo Lemon and Mexican Dress Morning prints.  I picked the later in canvas to use as a bottom-weight.  It was my first go with Art Gallery canvas and I will definitely be using it again.  It was the perfect weight for these shorts and I’d love a cute bag out of it too!

fiesta8

My sassy girl made up her mind in no time.  She saw the vibrant Desert Flor Summer and knew she just NEEDED a dress out of it.  I love, love how bright and fun this pattern is.

fiesta13

When picking patterns to really highlight this fabric I wanted something different and a little bit out of the safe silhouettes I usually gravitate to.  Shwin Designs newest collection came out just in time!  The Oh Darling Top and Dress is ready to party.  For my oldest’s outfit I went with the Pensacola Beach Petal Top from Seaside Notions paired with the Emilya’s Skinny Pants from Simple Life Pattern Co.

fiesta9

Tell me this fabric and pattern combo weren’t meant for each other.  This print actually called to me in the middle of the night and told me it needed to be a shoulder flounce dress.  And these yellow pom poms in my stash had been dreaming of the day when they would grace this little girls’ arms.  I couldn’t let them down…

fiesta10

I love the that this dress has the fun flounce but also covers her shoulders.  It makes it church appropriate which is THE place to wear a fun fiesta dress.

I altered the pattern just a bit.  I added an extra inch to the width of the ruffle making it even more dramatic.  I then added elastic at the waist to bring it in.  Simple modifications that really make this dress extra delightful.

fiesta2

This growing girl needed new shorts and the Emilya’s were perfect.  She likes bermuda length which is fortunate because that’s what her school dress code suggests too 😉  The pattern comes with a cargo pocket option and shorts cuff but we kept it simple with just the addition of piping in the side seam.

fiesta11

Now that top is so cool, right?  The scoop back is darling and the layered, curved skirt pieces really make it stand out.  You know big sister needed poms too, can’t let lil’ sis have all the fun.

fiesta7

That square neckline makes me happy!  So do those sweet, innocent eyes.

The girls were feeling so playful in these outfits.  They just crack me up!

I am so glad I got to join in on the Fiesta Fun.  This southern California girl-at-heart is always ready for a fiesta.  Now I’m craving a frozen limeade on a sunny beach- maybe it’s not the fiesta I’m wanting but a ‘siesta’ that this mama needs 😉

Thanks so much for letting me in on the party Dana!

Get The Look Blog Tour with Simple Life Pattern Company and Art Gallery Fabrics

emma2-1

When Katie from The Simple Life Pattern Company asks you to do something you’ve just got to say yes!  And when she’s collaborating with Art Gallery Fabrics you can’t say it fast enough!

emma10-1

 

The Simple Life Pattern Company has teamed up with Art Gallery to offer Get The Look kits.  Each kit comes with the pattern and fabric you need to recreate these gorgeous looks.  If you’re anything like me, picking fabric can take longer than actually sewing!  These kits are a no-brainer!

template

I’m thrilled to be sharing my own look along with some amazingly talented women on the Get the Look Blog Tour.  (I’ll hook you up with links at the end of my post.)

emma3-1

When given access to any Art Gallery Fabric boy did I struggle!  I knew right away I wanted to do a classic Emma’s Herringbone Top and Dress.  I wanted it simple and sweet.  I’m always drawn to Art Gallery’s gorgeous prints but was surprised there weren’t any solid looks available in the Get the Look kits.   The new denim line from Art Gallery Fabrics is dreamy and I picked Outland Yarn Dyed Denim in Endless Paradise.  It’s a pretty, soft chambray with a tint of teal to it.

emma9-1

I paired it with some pretty wood buttons and some cream dot trim for just a touch of contrast.

emma6-1

It’s such a simple look but one that can be dressed up or down.

emma11-1

This girl loves her accessories.  Pop on a cute necklace and floppy hat and she’s golden!

You can make this look for yourself by grabbing the kit here (it’s on sale too!).  You can make it your own by adding whatever trim you’d like at the waist.   I loved it with lace or a simple piping too!  Hobby Lobby and I are tight 😉

emma8-1

For more brilliant looks check out these incredible ladies and their darling girlies.

Nov 28th Caroline Hulse — Sew Caroline
Nov 28th Kim Coffin –  Sweet Red Poppy
Nov 29th Kari Steiger – That’s Sew Kari
Nov 30th Dana Willard – Made Everyday
Nov 30th Tami Peterson —  Sew Sophie Lynn
Dec 1st Bonnie Christine – Going Home to Roost
Dec 1st Delia Randal – Delia Create’s

 

Make sure you join the SLPCO Facebook group for the latest info and tons of great inspiration!  Art Gallery’s Instagram is one of my favorites- daily fabric pics to feed my fabric lovin’ heart.