Hey June Sandbridge Skirt

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I’m here to introduce you to the newest member of my wardrobe- The Sandbridge Skirt from Hey June Handmade.  I really can’t believe this came off my sewing machine.  It’s way up there with my proudest accomplishments- you know graduating from high school, giving birth to five kids, and sewing a denim skirt; all high up there on best moments in life!

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When I saw Adrianna was working on a denim skirt I knew it was the perfect pattern to conquer my fears and learn from the best.  She made this a simple sew, no swearing involved 😉  The details are so authentic and I really do feel like the finished project looks straight off the rack.  This is not patting myself on the back but is a total shout out to Adrianna.  Every single tester version was brilliant (you can check them all our here for yourself!).

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I used a dark stretch denim I picked up from my local quilt shop- it was a steal and has been sitting in my stash just waiting for me to get the courage to cut into it.  The rest of the notions I picked up at Hobby Lobby- the jeans button, zipper, leather patch, and rivets (found in the leather section), even the topstitching thread.  I love that I didn’t have to order a fancy kit or wait for an online order- I’m sure your local JoAnn’s carries everything you need too.  No excuses!

sandbeidge4.1A skirt was a great way to ease into jean sewing.  You tackle all the essentials: zipper fly, bartacks, topstitching, etc. but without all the fit issues of pants.  If you’re like me and hesitant at all, this is the pattern for you.  Adrianna’s instructions are thorough without being too wordy and her sew-a-long coming next week will be such a great tool too.   It wasn’t a difficult sew but one that did require a bit more time.  I worked on it over a few days here and there and it was so relaxing.  Sometimes a good, intermediate sew just makes my sewing heart so happy!  I loved learning new things and stretching my skills too.  I skipped the double top stitching lines because I wasn’t confident enough in my ability to keep the lines even.  I like it as is and feel like I could tackle them on my next one though!

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The raw hem detailing makes it feel so on trend right now and makes me feel on point!  I really do feel like a million bucks when I wear it.  Something about creating such an awesome garment has me on top of the world.  I created a little secret tag on the inside to commemorate how much I love this thing!

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I also love how easy it is to style.  It’s so hip and casual with a tee and sandals but I also can’t wait to wear it with boots and a cardigan when cooler weather hits.  The relaxed fit means that it’s so comfortable too!  I easily chase kids in it all day but still feel a little more put together than normal.  Such a mom wardrobe win!

You can pick up your copy here.  Make sure to check out the sew-a-long coming to Hey June too to help you along your way!

 

 

Love Notions Allegro Pants and Skirt

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Tami at Love Notions was in my head yet again with her latest pattern release.  My go-to for those lazy-I-don’t-want-to-shave-my-legs-days are lightweight, flowy pants.  I’ve got a handful I wear faithfully but I’m always on the hunt for more.  The Allegro Pants and Skirt (affl. link)  are those comfy, yet stylish pants we all crave.

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For my pair I used a rayon challis I picked up in LA.  I skipped the drawstring to keep this a little more versatile.  I like being able to dress them up a bit too.  I love the looser through the thigh, slimmer through the calf fit of these.  Totally comfortable but not sloppy looking.

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The front slash pockets are nice and deep and perfect for my phone.  I’ve turned into a pocket connoisseur and these totally get my approval!

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These are my tester pair and I really love when a tester garment is 100% wearable.  I’m between sizes and went with my waist size for this pair, sewing a straight medium.  I think for my next pair I will try a small to get a little more slimmer fit.  My current favorite pair of lightweight pants is from H&M and they are almost identical to this pattern, only a bit more fitted.  I’m almost giddy that I can now recreate them any time I want!

Are you ready for all the options with this pattern?  There are two shorts lengths and two skirt lengths too!  I’ve got a lovely rayon gauze on my sewing table ready to be made into a fun beach skirt!  I can’t wait!

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Make sure to grab your copy on sale today!

 

 

Sew Caroline Weekend Style

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If you’ve been following me here for very long, you know my style is casual and comfortable but I still like to feel pulled together.  Sew Caroline’s newest book, Weekend Style, is exactly my cup of tea.  Weekend style, everyday style- it’s all the same to me!

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It was a happy mail day when my copy arrived!  I had the hardest time deciding which project to do first.  I knew I had to do the Tilly Tee- who’s closet couldn’t use a new basic Tee?!

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Caroline graciously sent me this cute knit I’d been crushing on (Corollas Ashen).  How perfect is it when you can sew up a designers pattern in her own fabric?!  It was meant to be!

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I couldn’t shake the desire to make an Afternoon Skirt to match so it just had to happen.  Luckily I popped over to Raspberry Creek Fabrics and grabbed this pretty chambray- it’s the perfect weight for this skirt!

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I’ve decided it’s called the Afternoon Skirt because you can easily sew it up in one quiet afternoon.  See how Caroline is speaking to me… stylish, quick and easy projects are heaven!

One of my favorite details of this skirt is the pockets.  They have a cute curved bottom and are nice and deep.  I have a little tip for you for when you go to iron the pocket edges under because it can be pretty tricky.  I like to make a cardstock template from my pocket pattern piece and cut it down to the correct size minus seam allowance.  I simply trace my pocket pattern piece onto cardstock and cut it out.  Then mark the 3/8″ seam allowance line all around and cut it off.  Now you can place your template on top of your pocket and fold your edges up around it to easily iron them in place.  Your template will really come in handy it you plan to use this pattern over again like I do!

One more tip- I will add a hook and eye closure above my top button and just below it also.  My waistband tended to gape a bit and it’s probably due to my lack of a waist and the fact that I did my top and bottom buttonholes horizontal just to be cool (don’t do it!).  A couple hidden closures will fix it up in no time!

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Here it is Thursday and I’m ready for the weekend!  I’m anxious to try out more of the projects in the book! I’ve got a pair of flip flops just waiting to be transformed into yoga band sandals.  And I could always use a new tote bag!  There are 15 easy projects- tees, skirts, a dress, accessories, so much good stuff!

This was one of my first experiences with a book that included all the patterns on a CD-ROM.  I can’t believe how easy it was to use!  I’m so used to tracing patterns from my Japanese pattern books and I think I loaded the patterns on my computer, printed them, put them together and cut them out in half the time it’d take me just to trace a pattern from the Japanese books.  Another point for Caroline!

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On a side note- tell me I’m not the only one to ever pull over AFTER a photo shoot to take even more pics just because the lighting was gorgeous!  These last three pics my cute 9-year-old was nice enough to take for me on our way home after my cool dad took the others.  Family members of bloggers have it rough, yo!

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But who can pass up an empty field and golden hour… hahaha!

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Thanks so much Caroline for letting me join in the fun.  Make sure to follow the fun all month long!  You can grab your own copy here– you know you NEED it!

 

 

One Thimble 15 Blog Tour

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One Thimble Issue 15 is here!  If you’ve been following me for awhile you know I just love when a new issue comes out.  I’m always so excited to see what each issue has in store- so many different designers and contributors that always keep things fresh and fun.

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I was happy to hop on the tour and sew up two patterns from this latest issue.

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I did Thread Faction #116, a comfy unisex v-neck cardigan.  It comes in sizes 2-10 and is a super quick sew.  I let her pick between buttons, snaps, or a bow closure and she went with the ribbon.  I love the little feminine detail it adds and how it made the project even faster!

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I also sewed up the Miriam Skirt from OUSM.  It comes in sizes 12m-8 years and has a high waist with big pleats.  I did a size 7 with 8 length but totally should have added a few more inches- doh!  She’s off the size chart height-wise so it’s much shorter than intended.  I’m calling it ‘vintage-length’ 😉  The skirt came together so quickly too.  I added the exposed zipper- I couldn’t help but use this cute polka dot one I’ve had in my stash forever.

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She had a Paris-themed birthday party to go to after this shoot and won ‘Best Parisian Outfit’ at the party.  She loved how chic she felt.  She had requested a stripe shirt for the party and this was perfect paired with the floral skirt and knee highs.

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Totally French school-girl esque, right?!

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This issue is chock full of goodness- 10 pdf patterns and 29 sewing articles.  Doesn’t that sound like the perfect afternoon- sitting in the backyard with a lemonade and the latest issue?!

You can catch the rest of the tour bloggers here:

5/12/2017

Max California

Pear Berry Lane

5/13/2017

Idle Sunshine

Made by Sara

That’s-Sew-Kari

5/14/17

Tales of a Tester

Candice Ayala

Once Upon a Sewing Machine

5/15/17

Stitches by Laura

Sprouting Jube Jube

House of Estrela

5/16/17

SewSophieLynn

Gaafmachine

5/17/2017

Crazy, Craft Haute Mama

Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Lulu and Celeste

 

Little Kiwi’s Closet Straight Skirt Tour

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Little Kiwi’s Closet is a new to me pattern company but apparently I’m late to the party, they are celebrating 5000 members in their Facebook group– hooray!

As a thank you to members, they are offering a code for this darling FREE Straight Skirt! I love to try out new designers and their free patterns are the perfect start.  This pattern from LKC did not disappoint.

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I paired the skirt with the Flutterby Peasant Dress and Top.  I’ve been missing a basic peasant top pattern in my collection and this one is fantastic.  There are multiple sleeve, elastic, and ruffle options and it comes in sizes newborn to 12.  Peasant tops are such a great starting point for so many looks so I know I’ll turn to this pattern again and again.

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She’s been wanting an off the shoulder top and it was a super easy hack to get this look.  Ready for it… just use longer elastic in the casing- DONE!  It’s such a trendy look and I love that I didn’t have to get a special pattern for it.

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This skirt is really so darn cute!  I used more Raspberry Creek CLUB fabrics for this whole look.  These fabrics should be available again starting this week.  I love that you can play around with fabric combos with this pattern.  Those pockets just beg for a contrasting fabric!

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There are a variety of options with this skirt too.  You can do angled or curved pockets, yoga or elastic waistband, above or below knee and banded or hemmed bottom.  It comes in sizes 12 months- 14 years.  I did a straight size 7.  She measures a 7 waist and 10 height, this is the below knee option hitting her right at her knees.

I love that right after we took these pictures she was climbing poles and running around.  That’s a sign of a comfortable outfit!  Definitely kid approved!  And yes, she habitually wears shortie leggings under all her dresses and skirts so she can feel free to play to her hearts content in style!

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This sweet, girly outfit has won Little Kiwi’s Closet another fan!  Make sure you join the Facebook group to get your copy of the Straight Skirt today!

You can check out more fun looks here:

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ChristaCoDesign

SewSophieLynn

Tales From A Southern Mom

Phat Quarters

Living in Twinado Alley

Curtiepie

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Woohoo by Davina

And head to the Little Kiwis Closet Blog for more pattern details AND an awesome giveaway too!

Simple Summer Sewing

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Ever look in your closet chuck full of clothes and have absolutely nothing to wear?!  Who hasn’t right?

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This week I’m sharing a few of my favorite things to actually wear.  I love all my pattern testing and have lots of ‘date night’ or Sunday clothes but my everyday clothes have been seriously neglected.

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I could live in maxi skirts!  I’ve got a few I self-drafted but this year I went ahead and made a few using the Jocole Yoga A-line Skirt Pattern.  I love that there are nine (yes nine!) length options.  I chose the regular maxi option.

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There are options for different waistband heights but I always just make them as tall as I can (using every scrap of fabric left!).  I love to scrunch up the waistband or fold it over.

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I love that the waistband works as a little magic tummy hider!

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I seriously can’t get enough of these!  They are a breeze to sew and a breeze to wear.  I think I can do them in about twenty minutes.

I can dress them up for church too but more than likely come Sunday they are all in the wash!  I love, love them paired with my favorite v-neck tees for easy, summer dressing.

What’s your favorite everyday thing to wear?  Do you have a summer uniform?  Stay tuned tomorrow for a couple of my favorite tees and another of my new favorite pattern hacks!

 

 

Mingo and Grace Gigi Crop Set

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Ever since I made my girls their Crop Sets I’ve been dreaming of my own.

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I’m so grateful Farrah at Mingo and Grace heard our cries and the Gigi Crop Set is here!

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I love that Farrah’s patterns make this mom of five feel hip and cool while still being modest and comfortable.

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The skirt features a back zipper and either pleats or gathers.  Simple and classic- just how I like things!

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The top has multiple back options including this simple one button at the neck.

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There are two sleeve lengths and bust darts to get the fit just perfect for your body.

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My fabrics are Hancock deals.  You might recognize the skirt fabric from this post and the top from this post. You better believe I went back and bought the last little bit of that skirt fabric they had- just enough for something for me!

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I love, love the look of the crop top and high waisted skirt.  After we binge watched Project Runway Junior I was totally obsessed with this look.  The contestants couldn’t get enough of this pairing and I can totally see why.

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Make sure you grab your copy today!