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!

Modkid Kendall Skirt

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I had the opportunity to test for the fabulous Modkid.

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The new Kendall Skirt pattern is so…much…fun!

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My girly just couldn’t stop twirling!

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It’s a high waisted skirt with fun little gores that make this skirt so full and twirly.

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It features a flat front waistband with elastic in the back and a rolled hem.

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It can be made in either woven or knit.  We chose knit because comfort is all important to this girl.

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Our main knit is an old Doodles interlock from Joann’s.  It’s super cute but has little recovery and I’d highly recommend using something with great recovery for the waistband.  My bad there and this skirt was falling off after a day of wear.  We may use the cute stripe for the waistband or add elastic all around to save this version but in the future I’ll know that fabric choice is important!  Using knit I could sew most of this on my serger- making it a surprisingly quick sew.

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The other testers were killing it and I’m anxious to sew up a woven version for spring.

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You can pick up the pattern here or here for a special intro price today only!  It’s such a fun, unique design that any girl would love!

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Love Notions Sybil Skirt

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I wear a skirt usually every Sunday.  So a new skirt pattern that is actually 7, yes 7, patterns in one is just what I need!

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Tami at Love Notions has done it again.  I had the chance to test this skirt and with each new version the testers sewed up I knew this was going to be a FABULOUS pattern.

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The first version I made was a box pleated, midi-length out of beautiful ponte I grabbed in LA.

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This is me showing how excited I am over the pockets!  I just love me some pockets!

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It’s such a simple design but it’s so lovely sewn up.

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Styling it was so fun!  I loved my easy everyday look with a tee and sneakers or a dressed up take with a button-up and textured tights.  I also did just a simple sweater and scarf for a normal church service.

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After the other tester versions came rolling in I knew I needed to make at least one more.

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I did a midi, gored version out of ponte I picked up at Raspberry Creek Fabrics ages ago (she gets ponte in regularly so keep checking back).

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I love the detail that the gore brings and the fit is just fantastic.

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So these are just two versions.  Let’s talk pattern details.  This pattern is made for knits.  There are seven versions- box pleated, gored, asymmetrical wrap, drop yoke with swing, pencil, and a-line.  You can pick knee-length or midi length and don’t forget the inseam pockets!  There is a yoga waistband (like mine) or an optional control panel waistband.  I have loved every single version I’ve seen.  It flatters all body types and comes in sizes XS-XXXL.   It really is the only skirt pattern you’ll ever need!

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Pick up your copy here!

I am an affiliate for Love Notions and while I will get a small commission off your purchase my opinions are 100% true!  I just adore this pattern and you will too!

The Retro Cool Mingo and Grace Crop Set

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I have been impatiently waiting the release of this pattern! I discovered Mingo and Grace after she was featured in the children’s fashion e-magazine Stylo.  I loved her contemporary style and her daughters curls made my heart swoon.

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When I was picked to test her newest pattern I was elated.  This pattern features a darling, boxy crop top with short, 3/4 quarter, or sleeveless options.  The cute skirt can have a full elastic waistband or a flat front/elastic back.

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I loved the retro feel of this pattern.  I used some black and white gingham (another LA score) and Payton’s fabric combo is from Hobby Lobby (they totally stepped up their fabric game with this new collection!).  I did the flat front skirt option and added pleats to Payton’s to change it up a bit.

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That last pic of Sophie is why I sew, see those legs?!!! That girl is so tall and skinny and has such a hard time finding clothes that fit. Thank goodness I can help the girl out 😉

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How ’bout those buttons up the back? So cute, right?!

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Paired with jeans, the top is perfect for school or play.  The mix and match options with this set are endless.

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I made the top out of floral ponte and it’s so chic too! It’s perfect with a tank underneath and jeans.  I think these pieces will get mixed and matched and worn over and over.  I love the simplicity and elegance of this pattern.  Pick up your copy as fast as you can- I can’t get enough of it! Head on over before 9/7/15 and use code LABORDAY20 for 20% off or join her Facebook Group for even more savings!

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To check out more tester picks head over to Candice Ayala.  Her version is so preppy cute and shows how versatile this pattern can be!

Call Ajaire’s Ruffled Arch Skirt

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I had a chance to test for Ajaire again so of course I jumped on it.  With summer winding down I knew my sewing time was limited so I choose to do the simple version of her newest pattern, the Ruffled Arch Skirt.  I had a remnant of this striped twill that fit the pieces perfectly with no room to spare.  It was a sign that it just had to become this skirt, I couldn’t ignore it.

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The view of the pattern I did was simple and quick to sew.  The skirt is a cute a-line with a waistband facing and elastic in the back, creating a sleek front.  This version will be a wardrobe staple for sure.

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The main view of this pattern is so darling with a cute little ruffle back.  The other testers versions were so adorable.  I love patterns that offer multiple views so you can use them again and again.  You can check out Ajaire’s and get the link to the pattern here.

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Sometimes I catch this one on a good day and she kills these little photo shoots.  She’s just started first grade and it has been torture not having my partner in crime with me in the afternoons.  She has the best giggle and just is always so happy.  She’s missing so many teeth and I can’t stop taking pictures of that cute smile.  She just got a ‘first grade’ haircut that I’m sure will be making it’s debut on here real soon.  Love this girl of mine!