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.

 

 

Riley Blake Designer Knits for the family

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I love working with Riley Blake Fabrics and get excited with each new release.  As a garment sewist, I get especially excited by their new knits.  This latest collection has me giddy!  There was something for the whole family and I had to decide which kids I liked best that got in on this goodness, lol.

Riley Blake knits are similar in quality to other custom knits.  It’s a little lighter in weight than our Raspberry Creek Club knits which give it a bit more drape.  It has a similar softness and stretch and is a 95/5 cotton spandex blend as well.  We LOVE our knit garments and these will fit right into our wardrobes.

Charlie2This boy is soooo picky when it comes to how his clothes feel.  I think I’ve spoiled him by sewing him only the softest knits and this Riley Blake fabric is no exception.  He wanted this top to be a pajama shirt because he only wants the comfiest things to sleep in.  When I told him he can wear it all day AND sleep in it, he thought he’d hit the jackpot!  Charlie4I sewed up my new go-to tee for him, the Titchy Threads Rowan Tee.  The pattern is full of options and fun details.  This was my first time skipping all the extras and making a plain ol’ long sleeve tee.  The fit is so good on him, slim but not tight.  It’s just so perfect for really highlighting this fabric.Payton2This little miss absolutely loves to browse the Riley Blake site with me and pick her favorites.  She was immediately drawn to these blue flowers (she’s narrowed down her favorite colors to wear and we’re lucky that blue is one of them!).  I’m still loving a good floral and stripe combo so we paired it with some navy stripesPayton3She requested another Little Luxe Collection Palmetto Pullover.  We both can’t get over those adorable cuffs (dad even mentioned how cute they were)!  We did the mock neck version this time and I love how sweet it turned out.  I love that it’s not just a basic tee but that all those little details really elevate it to a whole new level.Mom3I honestly debated on getting any fabric for me.  You guys know I’d much rather be behind the camera but I couldn’t get this print out of my head.  I’ve really been wanting an easy to throw on maxi dress and I knew this print was too perfect for my vision.  Those colors are just meant for me, right?!  How much mustard, navy, grey, and pink can a girl have?  Never enough!Mom1For this look, I turned to two of my favorite Love Notions Patterns, the Willow Wrap dress and Olympia Dress (affiliate links).   I really love the wrap style bodice of the Willow but the maxi skirt with built-in pockets of the Olympia is the skirt of my dreams.  The combo of the two of them- my ideal comfortable and cute dress!  I sewed up a size small in both patterns and the waist seam matched up perfectly.  Easiest ‘hack’ ever!  I sewed it up using the Willow tutorial for a quick and simple sew that I know I’ll be making up more of.Mom5Mom4This print matches the dreamy autumn trees in my front yard, bright mustard yellow and so happy and crisp.  This dress is so great for fall but will definitely work year-round.  It’s one of those dresses I’ll throw on Sunday morning for church then lounge in all afternoon because it’s even more comfortable than the sweats and tees I usually wear for a lazy day at home.Trio2mom6Charlie1Payton1Mom2Charlie3Trio3A huge thank you to Riley Blake for the chance to work with these fun fabrics.

 

Love Notions Willow Wrap Dress

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The Love Notions Willow Wrap Dress (affiliate link) is new and improved!

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The pattern features a dress and peplum length, optional bodice gathering or pleats, two neckline depths, and multiple sleeve options.  There’s even an optional neckline ruffle that is so pretty!  Like all Love Notions patterns, it’s available in sizes XS-XXXL and is so flattering on all figures.

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I sewed up a size small with elbow sleeves (no surprise there) and a pleated bodice.  I also chose the higher neckline.  I used a gorgeous Art Gallery cotton spandex knit, Lantana in Cobalt from Katarina Roccellla’s Mediteraneo collection, that I got from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I love the weight and drape of Art Gallery knits and it worked so well with this pattern.

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I have been hesitant in the past to try wrap dresses, thinking they just weren’t right for my figure.  Most wrap dresses seem to be cut really low and that just doesn’t suit me.  I knew I could trust Tami at Love Notions to make a pattern that was both modest and flattering on all body types.  I was nervous to try on the finished dress but fell instantly in love!

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The shaping of the bodice and a-line skirt are so nice.  I measure into a medium at the waist but didn’t grade out because of the flare of the skirt and I like the finished look.  I will grade out next time for my arms- I always forget to do that!  This fabric is nice and stretchy though so I will still wear this a ton.  I actually think my next version will have the flutter sleeves.  They make this dress so sweet and feminine.

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I’ve also talked in the past about my plethora of unworn knit dresses in my closet.  I think this dress is dressy enough for church and other formal functions.  The bonus of it being super comfortable means I’ll reach for it again and again.  I’m planning to get lots of wear out of it!

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You can grab the Willow Wrap Dress on sale today and tomorrow for just $6 then it will be $8 through Monday, June 4th.