Sew Americana Blog Tour 2017

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I’m excited to be here again for the Sew Americana Blog Tour, year two!  I love everything Katy of Wild and Wanderful does so of course I had to join this tour.  My sister and I had so much fun last year  we jumped on board again in a heartbeat!

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These three have grown so much in the last year and I can’t get over how darn cute they were for this shoot.  Last year my sister and her kids were moving from Alaska to Arizona and stayed here in Utah for part of the summer.  This year they’re here for the summer too and we can’t get enough of these cute cousins!

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My girls sure love doting on these little ones!

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Let’s talk about the outfits!  This teeny one is adorable in Made For Mermaids Evie Suspender Shorts and a Pistachio Top from Sew Like My Mom.  In a classic chambray these shorties are such a staple.  Super cute but so practical too!

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The back of these ties in a bow and really ups the cuteness factor.  I just love little bloomer shorts in the summer!

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I was thrilled when my oldest fell for overalls- she’s all about comfort AND style.  I love the Sydney Romper and Pinafore from Mouse House Creations.  It’s such a classic, sweet style and was perfect for the look we were going for.  I’ll never grow tired of picot trim bias, especially in a gingham!  It’s the fun pop these shorts needed but still keeps them versatile.

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We paired the overalls with a Boo! Designs Sleeved Leotard for a fun vintage look with a modern twist.   She absolutely loves this outfit!  I love that it’s perfect for summer- an outfit she can wear running around the neighborhood with friends or off to a bar-b-que.

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My other niece is all about comfort and these two pieces will be great to mix and match into her wardrobe.  The Skipper Top from Sew Much Ado is such a staple pattern for my sister and I.  It’s a quick sew and is a great base to show off fun fabrics.  In a red and white stripe, it’s great for the Fourth of July but will still be wearable year round too.

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She got a pair of Hailey Ruffle Shorts from Made for Mermaids and a Barb’s Headband from Simple Life Pattern Company.  This comfy knit outfit is totally playground approved.

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Perfect for hiding in the big ‘ol tires at one of our favorite parks!  Isn’t she just darling?!  I feel like as an aunt, I can say these things 😉  She is just pure innocence and joy!

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The last outfit we made for the tour was another one we wanted to be able to mix and match into her existing wardrobe.  These chambray Lilly Shorts from Violette Fields Threads will be great.  I love the pop of red from the bias tape!

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She lives in her Miss Mary Mack (affl. link) tees from Love Notions and I always know I can’t go wrong making her more!  This one in floral and polka dots is definitely my new favorite.  So cute and girly!

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As it often goes these days, I had more fun taking and editing these pics than I did sewing.  So I’m going to leave you with a bit of photo overload and a little wish for ya’ll to have the best holiday weekend!  I’m so grateful for this beautiful, amazing country we live in and for all those who have fought to make it what it is today.

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Make sure to head on over to all the other stops on the tour- so much patriotic goodness!

Our Amazing “Sew Americana” Tour Lineup:

Monday, June 26: Wild & Wanderful | Handmade Boy | The Wholesome Mama | Marvelous Auntie M | Sew and Tell Project
Tuesday, June 27: EYMM | Middle River Studio | SewSophieLynn | Phat Quarters | Call Ajaire
Wednesday, June 28: Simple Life Pattern Company | Sewing By Ti | Auschick Sews | Nu Me Nu You | Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen
Thursday, June 29: Adventures with Bubba and Bug | Musings of a Seamstress | Elli and Nels | Spindle and Seams | Stylin’ Stacy
Friday, June 30: Very Blissful | Stitching and Making | Wild & Wanderful | On Wednesdays We Sew | Fairytale B&T


We would like to give a special thanks to our generous sponsors!
Love Notions | EYMM Modern Designs | Rebecca Page | Patterns for Pirates | Simple Life Pattern Company | Thread & Grain | Designs by Call Ajaire | Simply By Ti | Made for Mermaids | Petite Stichery & Co. 

You can add your patriotic makes to the link-up too!

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Thanks for stopping by our stop on the tour!

It’s All About That Place- PRP Season 13

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Project Run and Play Season 13 has begun and I’m so excited to be rooting along from the sidelines this season.  It’s so fun to see so many familiar faces competing this season but I sure don’t miss the pressure from last season!  I’ll happily sew-along just for fun!

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The theme this week is “It’s All About That Place”- a destination inspired outfit.  Well, my favorite destination is easy- Mexico!  While I dream of exploring the world, right now a true vacation involves sandy beaches, sunshine, and no alarm clocks or schedules to keep up.  We took the kids last year and it was seriously the best week ever!

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I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few yards of Patty Young’s newest line for Riley Blake- Primavera.  It’s all so bright and cheery and perfect for spring.  It has just the right beachy vibe and was just what I needed for these looks.

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I used Primavera Plaid Teal and Primavera Tile Teal for these two looks, along with trim and scraps from my stash (I love shopping my ever growing scrap bins!).

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My oldest got a Modkid Dakota.  This simple top will fit right in with her spring wardrobe.  I loved how beautifully it came together and the options to get creative with fabric and trim on this bodice make it so fun.  I think it would be so pretty in a rayon challis or voile too! I did a size 7 with a 10 length according to the size chart and it fits just right!  This girl just keeps getting longer and longer!

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K- time for a little honesty, as I was sewing this dress I was so worried there was too much going on.  But the moment my girly tried it on it I swear it was magic.  This dress is HER- like 100% Payton.  Girly and fun and bright and whimsical and twirly and comfy and cute!  This will definitely be a favorite.

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I used the Luna Dress from Violette Fields Threads and slightly modified it.  I’ve had that gorgeous floral ribbon in my stash for years and loved it with the plaid.  I lengthened the bodice to fit the ribbon band and love the extra detail it gives.  I kept my ribbon tie extra long just for that extra pop of fuchsia.

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I also added a few seashell buttons to go with our theme just for fun.

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I’m really so excited because the hubby and I are headed to Mexico SOON!  We’ve had a crazy couple months and I can’t wait to sit on the beach and do absolutely NOTHIN’!  I’m sure going to miss these cute girlies though!  Seriously…

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Gotta love them!

 

 

Project Run and Play:Week One Pokemon Ispired

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I’m ecstatic to be here sharing my first look for Project Run and Play.  It’s truly a dream come true to be competing in Season 12.  The other competitors are so talented and I’m excited to join them for this ride.

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The theme for week 1 is Pokemon Inspired.  Did you all catch Pokemon fever this summer? We got a tiny taste of it but it was quickly forgotten for days at the pool and afternoons with cousins.  When the theme was announced I knew I was in trouble!  After hitting the internet and talking with my kids we decided to go with the quintessential Pokemon icons- Pikachu and the all important Pokeball.

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Pikachu is such a cute little character. That bright yellow was so fun to work with.  I used the Blake Pattern from Mingo and Grace for the base of our look.  It’s such a classic pattern that I turn to again and again.

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I used this fabric from Joann’s.  It was pretty thin but the texture and color were just what I was looking for.  I lined everything and it worked wonderfully.  Joann’s had this amazing zipper that totally changed the direction I was going for on this look.  It matched the fabric perfectly and is reminiscent of Pikachu’s little stripes on its back.  I couldn’t pass it up!

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I added a detachable collar using the free Tiffany Collar from Made For Mermaids.  Lace leggings (this fabric was a perfect match!) complete the outfit.  Such a bright, fun look that will get worn often!

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My little Poke Ball was actually a real challenge for me.  I used the Sloane Skinny Jeans pattern from Violette Fields Threads for her super fun tuxedo stripe pants.  This is as close to sewing jeans as I’ve gotten and I think I may be ready to tackle the real deal soon…baby steps 😉

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I used a white denim and black sequin fabric for the pants.  I topstitched my heart out and love the great finish it adds.  The top is a take on the Calla Lily Crop Top.  This shirt was almost scrapped after my original plan for it was a huge disaster.  Let’s just say this gabardine and I got really friendly with the seam ripper.  I’m grateful for my ever growing stash of trims because this ball fringe was absolutely meant to be!  I love little happy accidents!  Bonus points- Black and red are her new school colors so I know this top will get worn again and again!

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I modified the top to use a facing since this fabric was so thick to begin with.  I added length and straightened out the hi-low a bit.  I love the boxiness of this top while still being fitted at the shoulders.  My little miss felt like such a rock star in this look!

We headed to downtown Salt Lake for this shoot.  It’s just a short fifteen minutes from us and I wish we went more often.  These pics were all taken in a one block radius!  Man, I love the city!

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Thanks for joining me on this adventure!  Make sure you head over to Project Run and Play to vote for your favorite look.

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Violette Fields Alba

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I gave you a preview of this dress in my Small Town Summertime Sewing post but it totally deserves it’s own glorious post!

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The Alba Dress by Violette Fields Threads  has been on this girl’s wish list since little sister got hers last summer.

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The fun, wide collar is such a stunning feature and sets this dress a part.

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I used this gorgeous Michael Miller Eyelet  on sale at Peek-A-Boo Fabric shop lined in matching cotton from my local quilt shop. (I hit up FIVE fabric stores to find just the right match!)

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I used a Liberty covered button I’ve been saving forever.  It has been waiting patiently for this dress!

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Since I fully lined the whole garment, I used clean finishes and french seams when needed.  I’m super proud of the improvements I’ve made between little sisters dress last year.  Revisiting this pattern made me realize how much I’ve learned and how my skills have grown tremendously in a year.  It’s a great fitting dress that she’ll wear over and over again.

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I’d say she likes it 😉

Small Town Summertime Sewing

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Summer time and small towns are the best!  I love all the celebrations and chances we get to slow down and really enjoy the places we call home.  I’m happy to be sharing our Small Town Summertime Sewing with a few of my favorite bloggers. (links at the end of the post)

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Here in Utah we celebrate Pioneer Day on the 24th of July.  It’s a chance for us to reflect on our ancestors and the strength and determination they showed as they crossed the plains and arrived here in Salt Lake City on July 24, 1847.  We owe so much to them and I’m incredibly grateful to live in this beautiful valley they settled in all those years ago.  Here’s a little more information on why we celebrate.

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One of my favorite things about blogging is the amazing people I’ve gotten to know.  For this post I met up with two of my favorite local sewing blogger friends.   Melli, Karly, and I headed to Provo Pioneer Village with our crews.  The Pioneer Village is a quaint little village with authentic pioneer homes and buildings.  It is free to the public and volunteers in pioneer costume roam the grounds to answer questions. It’s such a fun experience!

They gave the kids a scavenger hunt list to search the village for.  Boy, did that keep them busy!

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The cute pioneer grandpa was eager to help!

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We had to search high and low for the Mormon crickets!

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This may have been my favorite sight in the little homes.  It makes me super thankful for my current set-up!

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We got to play with the handcart and they loved it!

If only those pioneers knew how much fun we’d be having with their precious ‘moving vans’.

They all loved pretending to be pioneers, if just for a couple hours.

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And I feel in love with this gorgeous freight wagon!

The well was a hit too (don’t worry- it wasn’t functioning!).

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Traditionally, Pioneer Day is another day to celebrate this country we live in too.  We usually wear our red, white, and blue.

My girls are wearing a Violette Fields Alba and the new Linville Romper from Hey June.

This girl loved this location shoot and kept finding more spots to get her pic taken.  Always the professional 😉

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Her and little Maci were quite the pair!  Always camera ready!

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We had such a fun night!  I left with a full heart- grateful for my ancestors and for this wonderful sewing community and dear friends!

To check out more Small Town Summertime Sewing head to:

Small Town Summertime Sewing Link-Up!

https://pearberrylane.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/small-town-big-fun/

Small Town Summer Sewing

http://www.paisleyroots.com/2016/07/small-town-summertime-sewing.html?m=1

Sew Americana Blog Tour

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I love July and the chance to celebrate this beautiful country of mine.  I was thrilled to jump on board the Sew Americana Tour by Wild & Wanderful and the chance it gave me to sew up these beauties in honor of the 4th.

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It also meant another darling photo shoot with the cutest two-year-old around!

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Sophie is sporting a Mingo and Grace Charlie Dress.  It’s done in a drapey poly rayon from Hancock’s.  I did a bodice facing instead of bias tape and love the clean finish it gave.

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I played with the stripe directions for a little twist and we both just adore this dress.

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It just suits her so well!

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I went sweet and simple with this one in a Violette Fields Adelaide.

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I’ve got ALL the heart eyes for that back!

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And gingham and floral should get married, I think 😉

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My sister sewed her cute little miss the Evie Pleated Suspender Shorts from Made for Mermaids.

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Isn’t that bow back just divine?!!

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I think we’re going to have serious Morgan withdrawals when she heads back home after the summer.  Cousins really are the best!

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I love these looks together and how they fit their personalities so well!

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Take a look at the AMAZING lineup for the Sew Americana tour!

Monday, June 27 

Wild & Wanderful | Sew and Tell Project | Call Ajaire

Paisley Roots | Wally and Grace

Tuesday, June 28

Sew Thrifty | Coles Corner and Creations | Rebel & Malice

Friends Stitched Together | The Wholesome Mama

Wednesday, June 29

Sewing by Ti | EYMM | HattieLu Handmade

Daydream Believers | PenSebRox | Handmade Boy

Thursday, June 30

Beatnik Kids | Phat Quarters | Sew Starly | Sew Sophie Lynn

The Kisses Co. | Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Friday, July 1

Very Blissful | That’s Sew Kari | Sew Happily Ever After | Pear Berry Lane

Mae and K
 | Musings of a Seamstress | Sew and Tell Project

As a special bonus for our readers, use the code ‘ SEWAMERICANA ‘ and enjoy a 20% discount at www.THREADandGRAIN.com  You’ll find a ton of maker-inspired goodies!

(All created by your tour guide, Katy, from Wild & Wanderful.)

My Sophie’s Baptism Dress

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My sweet Sophie turned 8 in September.  We belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and eight is a BIG deal!

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Sophie will be baptized soon so of course, she needed a beautiful white dress.

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I was super nervous to sew this up.  The last time I sewed with fancy fabric- aka anything not knit or quilting cotton, was my wedding when I made some basic bridesmaids skirts.   (And we just celebrated our 15th anniversary- yikes!)

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We picked the Adelaide dress pattern from Violette Fields Threads and she picked a thick satin from the Casa Collection at Joann’s.  The lace is also from Joann’s and the chiffon collar fabric and button are Hobby Lobby finds.

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I made a size 7 width with two inches added to the 9/10 length- she’s super tall and I wanted this to be a little longer.  I used the banded sleeve but ended up cutting the band off because it felt too bulky in this thicker fabric.

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She just adores this dress and didn’t want to take it off after taking pictures.  Mom’s, that’s why we sew, right?  That joy in their eyes and knowing that you helped to make them feel beautiful.  I’m so proud of my sweet girl and so excited for her special day.

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