Love Notions Namaste Pajamas

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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!

 

Dreamy Velvet Wrap Dress

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This is the dress dreams are made of.  It’s one of those things you feel fabulous in but is also so incredibly comfortable you contemplate wearing it everyday- it’s totally appropriate for the soccer field and a Target run, right?!!

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My journey for this dress began back in August when I picked up this luscious olive green velvet from Stylish Fabrics.   I knew immediately it needed to be a dress for me and couldn’t get a wrap dress out of my head.  I searched and searched for the perfect pattern- I really wanted a higher neckline but couldn’t find one that looked right.  The details on the Striped Swallow Designs Summer Dawn were exactly what I wanted though.  Those sleeves are just about the most awesome things ever and that shoulder gather is perfection!  I grabbed it and then sat on this project while I tried to figure out all the alterations I’d need to do to make it work for me…

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The changing leaves really motivated me to get this thing done- I NEEDED a gorgeous fall backdrop to really do justice to this dress!

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With a few modifications this dress is all I had hoped it would be.  I’ve never even worn a wrap dress before and now I want to fill my closet with them!  This style is just my cup of tea- comfortable and classic but with a bit of wow thrown in.  I’ll let you in on all my tricks to get the perfect dress for me!

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The modifications I made were only to the bodice and straps.  In making the alterations I did need to change the construction a bit also.  My main goal was to raise the neckline.  Every version I’d seen was way too low for my tastes and needs.  I’ll be primarily wearing this to church and on the rare special occasion so modesty was key.

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I took my front bodice piece and first extended the bottom to fit my front skirt piece.  I then drew a line straight up to match the line marked in the picture.  From there I extended the diagonal out for more coverage.  It didn’t need too much extra.

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When I attached the neckline binding piece I folded it in half then serged the whole thing on, creating a neckband instead of the hidden binding in the pattern.  This added even more coverage.  I sandwiched my waist ties in the binding/bodice seam and tacked them down.  The pattern calls for one tie to be placed in the side seam and then sewn across the waist.  I knew the velvet would add too much unwanted bulk and chose to simply trim my tie and sew it into the binding instead.  I also left the sleeves unhemmed, wanting to preserve the flowiness and not add the bulk of a hem.  These might be easy alterations for some but it really took some thinking for me.  I’m a rule follower and have the hardest time figuring these things out sometimes!  It all worked out beautifully and now that I’ve done it once I can easily whip up a few more!

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My cute husband was a gem and met me after work to get these pics.  I sure love his creative composition and I know it’s not really part of the marriage package to be the on call photographer.  He did a fantastic job even though velvet is just about the hardest thing ever to photograph!  Now we just need a killer date night where I can wear this out on the town!

 

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A couple new favorites for ME

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With all the kids back in school I now have a couple of hours each day to myself.  I’ve been looking forward to this time for YEARS!  Little did I know that those two hours would fly by and seem like mere minutes each afternoon.  In that short time, I try my best to clean the house, run errands, help in the classroom, and all the other mom duties we have.  I had dreamed that every afternoon would be spent at my sewing machines!  In the last couple weeks I was able to squeeze in a bit of sewing just for me!

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The Key Largo Top from Hey June Handmade has been on my to-sew list since it went into testing!  All summer long I’ve been longing to cut into one and I finally moved it up my list as soon as I got my hands on this gorgeous Lecien fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It’s so soft and I needed it made into a top stat!  I tell you, it’s dangerous when your bestie has one of the best fabric shops EVER!  A quick stop to visit and I inevitably leave with a stack of beautiful new fabric.  She’s the best I tell ya’!

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I’m all over relaxed, loose tops and am thanking the style gods who have made them so in fashion.  I think women everywhere are rejoicing with me!  The Key Largo has that perfect fit through the shoulders and chest and then just skims all the other bits.  It’s meant to be a bit more cropped but I added a couple of inches to mine.  I’ve got to be able to do the little half front tuck!

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My other make was with another GORGEOUS fabric- this time from Stylish Fabric.  I had won a gift certificate through Project Run and Play and waited to use it for my fall wardrobe planning.  This Old Rose Stretch Velvet is joining my closet full of all things blush/mauve/dusty pink.  It’s such a pretty color- not too pastel-y or nude.

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This pretty velvet tee was my inspiration.  I loved the cuff sleeves and relaxed fit.

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I used my go-to relaxed fit tee pattern- the Mama Ava from Made for Mermaids.  I trim an inch or two from the length and have raised the neckline a couple of inches to be more crew neck than scoop.  I think I have half a dozen of these tees in my closet now which is saying a ton coming from a pattern hoarding like myself.  I rarely reuse my patterns since there’s always a new one to try!

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Those cuffs proved to be my nemesis.  I tried a few different methods to get the look I wanted and seriously struggled.  It was one of those projects that usually takes thirty minutes but dragged into days because I had to walk away from the issue out of frustration!  I really wanted to do a cuff like the Hey June Santa Fe- a band that is sewn on the inside and flipped out and tacked on the outside.  The issue came with this velvet sticking to itself and becoming super stiff when trying to use the underside of the fabric for a contrasting look.  After multiple attempts I decided a thin, simple roll-over hem would just have to do.  I serged the edge first to keep it from sticking to itself and then just had to call it ‘good enough’.  I think lately ‘good enough’ has won over my need for perfection.  Call me lazy- I’m calling it keeping my sanity 😉

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What have you been sewing lately?  Anyone else super excited to get their sewing time back after summer (however little or long it may be!)?

 

 

City Park Hack x2

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You know by now that I have a severe love affair with Hey June patterns.  They are the basics that make up so much of mine and my kids wardrobes.  When I was playing around with patterns for Project Run and Play I couldn’t help but turn to these patterns as my basic building blocks.  Today I’m sharing two easy hacks that I did using the City Park Tee.

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Loose peplums and swingy knit dresses are all over my Pinterest feed.  I knew this pattern would be perfect to recreate these looks.

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For the cute swingy dress I used this tutorial Adrianna did.  I cut my front piece to create a v in the stripes and did it as wide and swingy as the fabric cut would allow.  I used my leftovers from this dress (my own Union swing dress hack).  It has just the perfect amount of drape and bounce.  She just couldn’t stop spinning in it!

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I’m absolutely loving this length on her too.  Hopefully she can wear it well into next summer.

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One can never have enough black and white stripes in their wardrobe!

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For the peplum hack I cut the bodice pieces at the lengthen/shorten line. I added a gathered skirt the width of the fabric and Bam!  A cute swingy top in no time!

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I think I’ll be sewing elbow length sleeves until someone gives me an intervention.  They just are the perfect length to wear on their own or to layer with a cardigan.

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Fall means more plaid too!  Be forwarned that this blog will soon be overrun with all things plaid 😉

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I love these quick, simple takes on an already fabulous pattern!  I’m sure they’ll get many more!

Sew Ready for Fall with Stylish Fabrics- GIVEAWAY!

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Boy, am I excited to be here with you today!  I’ve got a new favorite dress and a HUGE giveaway for you!!!

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Stylish Fabric is sponsoring this amazing blog tour and huge prize package.  It was my first time trying them out and I’m so happy with my experience.  I love having another online source for inexpensive, great quality fabric.

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I picked a black and off white striped rayon jersey (looks like this exact one is out of stock but this one is pretty close).  I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived.  I knew I wanted to make a swing dress and this fabric had the perfect drape for one!  It’s so flowy and soft!

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For my dress I took the Hey June Union St. Tee and followed these instructions on the Hey June blog to lengthen and add volume to the pattern.  The tutorial is for the juniors City Park tee but you could use it for any tee pattern.

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The slash and spread method was new to me.  I added width starting right under the arm.  I tapered my hem up about 4 inches on the side but next time I’ll do even more.  For now I’m calling the longer sides a design element 😉  I also wanted a midi length dress to help transition my wardrobe into fall so this one got a little more length than my past swing dress hacks.

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I really, really love that I can throw on sneakers or sandals and wear this while the temps are still in the 80’s and 90’s.  It’s so loose and flowy that it’s perfect for those days when I’m melting!

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Grab a few layers and it’s ready for cooler weather too!  I love it layered under a sweater or jacket.  I’m still on the search for the perfect fall booties and this will be the first thing I wear when I find them.

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Speaking of boots… if you know me in real life this totally won’t surprise you.  I was auditioning boots to go with this dress and apparently didn’t bother picking!  I took a whole shoot worth of pics with two different boots on, haha!  I even changed out of them quick and threw on my sneakers without noticing.  It wasn’t until I was uploading pictures that it finally dawned on me!  Crazy lady! Distracted mom moment or fashion statement?  You decide 😉

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One more look at that gorgeous fabric!  Can I have too many black and white stripes?  They seriously are my favorite!

Are you ready for the giveaway?!!

Stylish Fabrics is giving away a Brother XR1340 sewing machine!  I have sewn on Brother machines my whole life and love, love them!

There are also pdf patterns galore- over a dozen different designers have generously contributed!

Head on over to the Stylish Fabrics blog to enter.

A huge thank you to Ti for running this super fun tour.  Make sure to head over to all the other great blogs.  Holy inspiration, guys!!

August 1st
Sewing By Ti and Rebel and Malice

August 2nd
Gray all Day

August 3rd
Wild and Wanderful and The Sara Project

August 4th
Doodle Number 5 and Sweet Red Poppy

August 5th
Paisley Roots and Dos Natural Sistas and My Crafty Little Self

August 8th
Made By Melli and Sew Far North

August 9th
Sew Sophie Lynn and Creative Counselor

August 10th
Frivolous at Last and EYMM

August 11th
Lulu and Celeste and Sprouting Jubejube

August 12th
Adventures with Bubba and Bug and All Things Katy and Sewing by Ti