Winter Adelyn with Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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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!

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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

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

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Fiesta Fun Fabric Tour

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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!

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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.)

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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.

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

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

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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 😉

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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.

 

Project Run and Play:Signature Style

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Sweet Simplicity- that’s what I’d call my style in a nutshell.  I sew for my kids, my girls especially, things that I would wear myself.  My wardrobe needs to be three things: comfortable (THE most important element), classic, and functional.  My kids need these same things for sure!

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For Signature Style week I had a sister look planned again but being voted off last week changed things a bit.  It was such a blast being in the competition but with the pressure off I enjoyed a quiet weekend with my family.  You get to see the piece that was finished prior to Friday.  There are multiple things in varying stages of completion that will eventually hit the blog but I am loving my newfound freedom 😉

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For this dress I used the Adelyn from Simple Life Pattern Company.  That bow back is my absolutely favorite!  I made one for her here and I’ve been dying to make another. In brushed poly from Pretty Posh Prints it’s pretty much the best thing EVER!  I’m insanely jealous!

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For this dress I changed the sleeve up a bit by taking out the gathers.  I really wanted as simple a bodice as I could get.

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We went for a little drama with a full, floor length maxi skirt addition.

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Of course, every good dress has pockets!

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I had a blazer for her cut and ready but decided not to rush it.  I recently won the book Patternless Sewing Mod Style by Patty Young.  It came at the perfect time!  This sweet little twill and french terry wrap is so classic and simple.  It sewed up in no time and is the perfect compliment to her little outfit.

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Another element of my signature style is- accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!  I like simple wardrobe pieces but LOVE to jazz them up with just the right accent pieces.  This girl has taken a cue from her mom.  On our back to school shopping trip all she was interested in was the jewelry, purses, and hats- just what you need to head back to school!  She has earned the nickname ‘Purse and Boots’ for her high fashion style.

Stop back later this week for a little PR&P recap and behind the scenes look.  Make sure you head on over and vote for your favorite look this week too!  I love those ladies and can’t wait to see who the lucky winner is.  They all deserve it that’s for sure!

Simple Life Pattern Co. Back to School Blog Tour

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We’re just a week away from the first day of school and I’m sharing our First Day Looks for the Simple Life Pattern Company’s Back to School Blog Tour.

My girls picked out the Taylor Shift Dress and the Adelyn’s Scoop Back Dress for their looks.  They suit these two to a tee!

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This girl loves things classic and sophisticated.  The Taylor dress was just perfect.  We did a modified 3/4 sleeve to get us right into fall.  It was a super quick sew and made to showcase those amazing fabrics you love.

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The cut-out in the back adds interest but is small enough to be dress code approved!

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This dress is one of my favorite things on this girly!  That bow and the twirly circle skirt are absolutely perfect for her.  I love that bow so, so much!!!

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She really couldn’t stop twirling!

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I love a knit bodice for comfort and the woven skirt offers the perfect chance to use all those fabulous fabrics you’ve been eyeing.  I did an elbow sleeve here- so versatile and perfect for every season.  I used the modest scoop back option too.

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Hawthorne Threads very generously sponsored this post.  It was my first time ordering from them and it was a fantastic experience.  I let this girl get on the site and pick her favorites.  She had quite the list!  Have you seen the hundreds and hundreds of designs they offer in their in-house lines?  Ah-Mazing!!!  I was thrilled that she had picked Bloomerie in Ink because it was one of my favorites too.  It’s part of their new Nectar line and I’m just crazy for the colors.

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I quickly set to work picking coordinates for little sis and Meaghan at Hawthorne was so helpful getting me the perfect navy knit to match big sister (I went with Buffalo Plaid in Honey to feed my current plaid obsession and Art Gallery Solid Knit in Deep Dark Ocean).  Customer service means a lot to me and I was super impressed with how quickly my emails were answered and how fast my fabric showed up on my doorstep.  The cotton is printed in house and is super soft.  It’s a bit thicker than normal quilting cotton and I’m already dreaming of the home decorating possibilities with it too!

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These two are set to start 2nd and 3rd grade at a new school this year.  We’re all a little nervous but I think it will be a great year.  I’m so happy they have each other.  We went and wandered around the new school for these pictures.  It was fun to explore the new playground.

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I’m so thrilled to be part of this tour and joining some incredible bloggers to showcase some great Simple Life Patterns.

August 14th – Simple Life Pattern Company Kick-Off

August 15th – Adventures with Bubba and BugSew E-Notional

August 16th – SewSophieLynnHandcrafted by RED

August 17th – Phat QuartersPear Berry Lane

August 18th – SewJournersSweet Red Poppy

August 19th – Sew and Tell ProjectPaisley Roots

August 20th – Simple Life Pattern Company Tour Wrap-Up

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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!