Love Notions Secret Sewist Exchange

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I have the opportunity to work with the loveliest ladies around as part of the Love Notions team.  This year, Tami and Tessa created the most fun exchange for all of the Love Notions Ambassadors and today is the big reveal!

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Ready for all the details?!  Tami and Tessa arranged a ‘Secret Sewist’ gift exchange.  Each member was given the name of another ambassador and a fabric budget to shop for them.  We got to pick out fabric and recommend a pattern for them to sew up.  This part of the exchange was soooo stressful!  I stalked my partner to try to get a feel for her likes and recent makes.  My partner lives in a totally different part of the globe so it was fun to see what works for her and her environment.  I had to pick fabric from a site in a foreign language which added another layer of trickiness (I feel like I barely know fabric terms in English, lol!).   Our Secret Sewists are being revealed over on the Love Notions blog today and I can’t wait to see what she thinks and to find out mine too!

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My fabric from my Secret Sewist arrived so quickly!  Those Sly Fox girls are fast!  I received 3 yards of this pretty floral double brushed poly with a note to sew up a Willow Wrap dress.  I had just sewn up this maxi Willow Wrap that very day and was already wanting another one!  I was ecstatic with her pattern recommendation!

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This time I used Katie’s maxi tutorial on the Love Notions blog to add a gathered maxi skirt to the bodice.  I also fully lined the bodice to give it a little more weight.  This is the plain bodice with short sleeves in a size small.

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This fabric was so perfect for this pattern.  Little did my secret sewist know but we are headed to the islands after the holidays (if you know me in real life shhhh! It’s a surprise for the kiddos!).  It’s become somewhat of a tradition to gift our kid’s experiences or trips for Christmas instead of more toys and gadgets that will inevitably get lost or forgotten.  This year we’re headed somewhere tropical and this fabric was just meant for it!

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I can’t wait to wear this out sightseeing or to a night out.  I live in dresses on vacation and this maxi version will be so comfy!  I didn’t want to take it off after these pics even if I did look a little ridiculous at the grocery store in near-freezing temps, lol!

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I’m already pretending I’m on a beach somewhere drinking a mock-mojito!  I can’t wait for a little bit of sunshine and sand!

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I feel so lucky to be a part of the Love Notions team.  Tami, Tessa, and Kelly are the most encouraging, thoughtful gals and I’m so grateful I get to work with them.  The Ambassador team is a group of the most talented, kind, and inspiring women on the internet.  It’s amazing to watch the behind the scenes as they cheer each other on and support each other and their creative makes.  The internet is a crazy place that can bring together makers from all over the world and the Ambassador team is a great example of that.  What a privilege it is to be a part of this community!  Make sure you head on over to check out the first batch of makes and to hear all about our Secret Sewist experience.

 

 

SLPco Holiday Blog Tour 2019

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The SLPco Holiday Blog Tour has turned into one of my favorite traditions each year!  This is our third year joining the fun (you can see our past looks here and here).   It always pushes me to get our holiday dresses done a little earlier and my girls get to wear them through the whole season and beyond.

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This post is sponsored by SLPco, Sly Fox Fabrics, and Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I’m so grateful for their generosity in helping make these looks a reality.

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These looks started with this amazing scuba knit from Sly Fox.  The floral is flocked onto the most vibrant red scuba knit.  I’ve always loved scuba for it’s thick, soft and squishy texture.  Throw on the velvety goodness of the floral print and I’m smitten!  This fabric was destined to be a holiday dress and so perfect for this spitfire.

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I turned to a tried and true pattern- the Adelyn.  I’ve lost count of how many of these I’ve made.  That big bow back just makes such a statement!

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The pretty puff sleeves and twirly circle skirt are details this girly loves!  I love how quickly it comes together.  The bodice is lined (I used a cotton lycra to reduce bulk) and there are no closures.  I skipped hemming on the skirt (I couldn’t get the scuba to give me a crisp press and I’m always game for anything that makes my life easier, lol).  I did an 8 with a 12 length on the skirt according to her measurements and think the fit is spot on.  I can always count on SLPco to fit just right!

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My older daughter wanted something a little more sophisticated.  We used a classic black velvet from Raspberry Creek Fabrics to create a timeless look.  I used Autumn’s Shift Dress with the shoulder ruffles for a simple dress with so much class.

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She’s off the charts for height now but this pattern was easy to add length to.  I did the bodice lined version to skip the neckband.  This is the 3/4 sleeve length as well.

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It was so fun to get together with Inara and her mom for this shoot.  Anna shot all of these group pics and I’m dying over how cute they are!  These girls love any chance they get to see darling Inara.

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Make sure to stop by all of the other stops on the tour!

11/11 Boo + LuIdle Sunshine

11/12 Kutti CouturePear Berry Lane

11/13 Candice Ayala.comIt’s Liesel

11/14 Kainara StitchesSewSophieLynn

11/15 Sunflower SeamsSew and Tell Project

Now’s your chance to grab the Simple Life patterns you’ve been crushing on.  Use code slpcorocks to save 40% off all patterns now through November 25th.

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Today’s giveaway is right up my alley!  Enter to win a fun iron-on bundle.

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Enter to win Cricut Vinyl and SVG Cut Files

New Horizons Manhattan Dress

 

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Sewing dresses for my girls is my happy place.  They’re so rewarding and they get worn so much.  They love picking out their clothes each Sunday for church knowing they have a closet full of pretty dresses to choose from.  When I saw the simple, sophisticated silhouette of the Manhattan Dress and Peplum from New Horizons I knew I had to sew it up!

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I knew this stunning Burnout Velvet from Sly Fox Fabrics was destined to be this dress.  I won this gorgeous fabric in our Yankee Swap game at the Love Notions Retreat (I just HAD to have it!).  It’s sat in my stash since just waiting for the perfect project.  I have such a hard time cutting into those fabrics that are just a bit unique and special.  I’m pretty sure this fabric said a huge thank you to me for cutting into it and is loving it’s final destiny!  This color on my little miss, c’mon!

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This pattern features a pretty boatneck, circle skirt, a full or v-back, multiple sleeve options, and a top or dress length.  I did the elbow sleeves and full back for this version.  I went solely off the size charts and did a 7 chest with a 10 length and the fit is spectacular.

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The twirl factor in the glowing velvet is killing me!

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I lined the bodice and skirt in double brushed polyester and she says it’s so comfortable and didn’t want to take it off.

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This was my first version during testing.  I used a liverpool I’d gotten at a local clearance fabric shop and I love the classic feel.  I get such a kick out of quick projects and the simplicity of this pattern makes it sew up in no time.  Quick, cute, and unique= you’ll be seeing many more of these!

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You can grab your copy on sale for just $7 through Friday December 21st . AND there’s a women’s version for you too!

 

 

Love Notions Namaste Pajamas

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This post contains affiliate links.  In return for purchasing through my links I get a small commission (that I use to buy ALL the fabric to sew up ALL the patterns, lol!).

The Namaste Nightwear Collections are the newest patterns from Love Notions Patterns.   Available for both women and girls, you can sew for your little ones and sneak in a set for yourself too.   They’re just in time for your holiday pj sewing but perfect for year round too!

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Are you ready for all the options?  There are long and short sleeves, shorts and pants length, AND a nightgown!  They truly are so versatile and perfect no matter what the weather is in your neck of the woods.

I’m a weirdo and can’t sleep with long sleeves no matter what the weather is so these options are fantastic for me!  I tend to wear cute pajama bottoms with a ratty old tee (the more it’s been washed the better, lol) because of this but I’m so excited to have a cute matching set now.  My husband thanks you, Tami!

namaste2.1Can you see that gorgeous front detail?!  The front features a faux crossover and the long sleeve and long pants also have the same cute crossover detail.  You can use picot trim (perfect for that giant roll I grabbed in LA ages ago!), fold-over elastic, or binding to finish the edge making it quick and easy too!

namaste1When I finished my top, I immediately asked my husband if I could wear it with jeans!  I love the neckline so much and think it’d be so cute as a tee come spring.namaste8For my daughter’s set, she requested shorts and short sleeves since her drawers are full of cozy sleepers.  I love that these sewed up so quickly!  I think I’ll use the shorts as our go-to casual shorts too as the fit is so good.

My favorite feature of Love Notions kids patterns is the HUGE size range- 2t all the way to 16 means my kids can still fit into them for awhile.  As this little miss is sizing out of so many pattern companies, I’m so grateful for this!

namaste4namaste7The fabric I used has been in my stash waiting for the perfect project.  The mustard polka dots are double brushed polyester and are from Sly Fox Fabrics. They are no longer available but they do have a HUGE selection of polka dot dbp.  My floral is a rayon spandex from Stylish Fabrics and is still available in Off White.  I love the drape of both of these fabrics and would highly recommend using something with a little less structure for this pattern.namaste3namaste9

Grab yours on sale now and get your cozy sewing on!  I can’t wait to spend my Christmas holidays lounging in style!

 

Sew Americana Tour 2018

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The Sew Americana Tour by Katy from Wild and Wanderful is always a favorite of ours.  It’s just the perfect kickoff to all our summer fun and we love capturing these cute girl cousins together.  It’s also a great reminder, even in these troubling times, of just how lucky we are to live in this country.

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It’s been fun to see how much these girls have grown.  We loved our first year of dresses and last year we did easy to wear playtime looks.  A palate of red, white, and blue is just so classic and lends itself to so many different interpretations.  We’ll never grow tired of it!

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We were so lucky to get to pick from some amazing Sly Fox Fabrics for this post.  I’m always up for sewing swimsuits and these swim knits were the perfect place to start.  Those polka dots just screamed to be made into a cute retro swimsuit and my red loving daughter needed a sophisticated solid suit that feels more 70’S swimwear model and less Baywatch, if you know what I mean.  These fabrics were just what I had in mind.

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We combined these fabrics with a couple from Raspberry Creek Fabrics- the navy gingham and navy solid.  My sister sewed up these two darling suits and I love how they coordinate with my girls.

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Can I talk about this look for a minute?!!  When did my little girl get so old?!  She’s always had a bit more mature taste in everything from clothes to books to how she spends her free time (crafting or organizing things usually).  This suit is such a great reflection of that while still being modest and girly.

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The Camila Swimsuit from Made for Mermaids has solidified it’s spot at the top of my swimsuit pattern list.  It’s quick, easy to alter for her slim frame, and so cute on!  I love the coverage on the bottom and the different options with the flounce (either over the shoulder or under the shoulder like on the gingham suit).  I am dying to make me another version too!

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This little cutie is rocking her Camila as well.  With the flounce under her arms she’s ready to play!  There are multiple strap options too so she can swim to her heart’s content.

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I knew I had to do the new Catalina Swimsuit from Violette Fields Threads with this fabric.  It’s just such a sweet throwback look and too perfect for this tour.  I love, love the ruffles and that front tie!

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I’ve got to be honest and say I struggled with this suit.  I think to get a properly fitting suit you need lots of measurements in the pattern especially trunk measurements and that’s missing from this pattern.  I graded the pattern according to her measurements and matching the pattern then added an extra inch in the trunk just to be safe (I was thinking I could do a side gather similar to the Camila if it ended up too long).   It actually turned out too short and she’s constantly pulling it up in the front.  I also think it’s hard to sew the straps in place before it can be tried on and they turned out a little too long exacerbating the low neck problem.  I think part of sewing our own swimsuits is getting a better fit than you can buy and that just isn’t the case with this one.  It really did turn out darling though and I know she’ll still get plenty of wear out of it.

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Now this little miss has stolen our hearts and is rocking a Mairin Swimsuit from Sew A Little Seam.  This is the halter neck boyshort option with leg ruffles- a combo I need to try for myself!

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Isn’t it just sweet and classic?  The options with the Mairin are endless and a little daunting at first.  A quick look on Instagram and you’ll be wanting to sew ALL the variations and may be like me- paralyzed with fear of picking the wrong one!  This has convinced me that there is no wrong one.  Must. Sew. All. The. Mairins.

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Thanks so much for stopping by our little stop on the tour.  Make sure you check out all the other fantastic bloggers this year.  There is always so much inspiration and I love all the stories everyone shares.

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Monday, June 25:
Wild + Wanderful | Marvelous Auntie M | Handmade Boy
Phat Quarters | Call Ajaire

Tuesday, June 26:
Musings of a Seamstress | Sea of Estrogen | Sew and Tell Project
5 out of 4 Patterns | Little Heart Threads

Wednesday, June 27:
Middle River Studio | Elli & Nels | SewSophieLynn
Pear Berry Lane | The Eli Monster

Thursday, June 28:
Auschick Sews | EYMM | Mama & Leia
Seams Sew Lo | Stitched by Jennie

Friday, June 29:
Stylin’ Stacy | Rebel & Malice | On Wednesdays We Sew
FairyTale BT | That’s-Sew-Kari | Very Blissful