Pattern Emporium Blog Tour

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I’m beyond thrilled to be kicking off Pattern Emporium‘s very first Blog Tour!  Lucky, lucky me!

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Pattern Emporium is so highly regarded in the sewing world and I can now see what everyone raves about.

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If this is your first time to my blog, welcome!  I’m a stay-at-home mom to five busy kids and I sew to stay sane.  We rush from one thing to the next so I cherish my quiet afternoons with my machine.  I’ve also learned that I love to take pictures of my kids almost as much as I love sewing for them so be warned that this post is loaded with pics!

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I’ve had the Ladies Harem Pants pattern cut out and sitting on this fabric for an embarrassingly long time (we’re talking months).  This tour was the perfect push to get them done and I couldn’t wait to sew some up for my girls too!

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I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect woven joggers forever and this pattern is exactly what I envisioned it would be.

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I made mine up per the pattern with diagonal relaxed pockets and elastic casings in the ankles.    They are so comfortable and fit like a dream.  My fabric came from the LA fabric district and is a rayon challis.

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I love the waistband and pockets!  The pocket holds my phone perfectly which is always a struggle with this type of pant.

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My oldest daughter’s are similar to mine but with a curved front pocket and no elastic in the ankle.  She really wanted ‘flowy’ pants!

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Hers are sewn with rayon challis from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  This style of pant suits her easy-going but sophisticated little personality.

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My younger daughter is all about comfort.  For hers I left off the pockets and cropped them quite a bit.  I also used the same size as big sister’s so they are a bit looser.  For ultimate comfort I traded the elastic waistband for a knit waistband.  All fabric for this pair is also from Raspberry Creek.

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These will be perfect for my little dancer.  I love that she can push the cuff up for a true harem pant look or pull it down for a cute crop pant.

I honestly can’t get over the options that these patterns have.  I could see these being a summer staple for sure.

My little guy may even get a comfy knit pair too.  Really, I think he’ll be jealous if he doesn’t!

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Thank you for stopping by! I can’t wait to see what the other great bloggers have to share for us.  My first jump into the Pattern Emporium world has been such a thrill.  If you aren’t a member of the Pattern Emporium Facebook Group make sure you join to be blown away with inspiration!  Kate’s newest pattern The Heartlight Skirt has been filling it with gorgeous photos you won’t want to miss.

 

Love Notions Summer Caye Pants

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Oh, Summer Caye’s, I love you!

*This post contains affiliate links.  I get a small commission if you make a purchase through my links, which I will then use to buy more fabric and sew up more beauties to convince you to buy more patterns (isn’t that how it works 😉 ).  I am also a paid tester for Love Notions and got on board AFTER falling in love with the patterns.

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The newest pattern from Love Notions is simply divine!

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With tons of options for women and girls, you can wear this pattern everyday if you wanted to.

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I know me and my girls will definitely have a closetful.

There are multiple length options.  You can choose 4″ or 6″ shorts for girls or 6″ and 9″ inseam length for women.  There are also capri and full length choices.  The girl’s pattern comes in sizes 2T- 16 and 8P-16P.  The women’s pattern will fit sizes 0-28 (waist sizes 24.5″-45.5″).

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All my versions feature a simple hem but there are a handful of options there too.  You can add a cuff, split-hem, and a gorgeous tulip-hem.

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And pockets… these are genius in construction!  Super cute without the bulk.

The ladies version has two width options- wide leg (a bit narrower) on the left and palazzo on the right.

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So many choices… one for every day of the week.  I’m excited to try some shorts for myself next!

This is a size 8 pant length out of linen from Joann’s.  They are so unlike her normal skinny jeans and we both love these!

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I love these pants with a denim jacket!

You might recognize her shorts fabric from this Naples top.  I had just enough fabric left for these shorts.  You better believe I wasn’t wasting a scrap of this lusciousness!

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My gorgeous rayon challis came from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  This particular print sold-out in a heartbeat but there are still quite a few to pick from.  I think the tie dye would be awesome for these.  Head over to the Love Notions Blog for a sweet RCF coupon code.

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This rayon challis was a Hancock fabric score (oh, how I will miss my Hancock’s!).

You can grab the Ladies and Girls patterns separately or pick up the bundle for even more savings.  They are on sale through 5/6 and you won’t want to miss it!

Lucy’s for two

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You know I’m on a major plaid kick.  These plaid Lucy tops from Shwin Designs are pure perfection!

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My lil Payton got hers before Christmas and I could hardly wait to make my own!

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I used plaid flannel from Joann’s for my outer and lined it with a cozy cream microfleece.  We took these shots in freezing temps and we’ve done some award worthy acting to hide our shivering 😉

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The top features a crossover front with buttons at the shoulders.  It’s fully lined so you can make it reversible!

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I added a fun little leather detail to the hem of mine that gives it a little more ready-to-wear vibe.

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Payton’s is made out of Joann’s flannel and a light chambray from LA.  I added the extra buttons to hers to make hers reversible (I didn’t add the extra buttons to mine because I don’t forsee me wearing the fleece on the outside).

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The fit on her is spot on and so, so cute!

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I made us both size 6’s.  I’m sad it only goes to 6 in girls.  I’ll be adding length and tweaking the pattern so I can make many more of these for my girls in the future!

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The ladies version features bust darts that add to the flattering fit.  I added two inches to my length (per pattern instructions) since I am 5’7″.

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The Ladies pattern offers the suggestion of wearing it open or even adding a button at the waist to wear the collar down while bringing in the waist.

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I love this fall/winter version but I’m also excited to make a flowy light version for spring too.

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You can pick up the girls Lucy here and the Ladies version here.

I am a Brand Ambassador for Shwin and have been provided the patterns for free but my thoughts and opinions are purely my own.  I have a true love of all things Shwin!

 

 

 

Club Sloane Sweater

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I have been so excited for the new Club line buffalo check.  I have a serious plaid crush right now and this new print is just perfection!

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I used the french terry version with the Club dots in cotton/lycra to make me a Love Notions Sloane Sweater (affl. link).

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I love the color blocking option with this pattern.  I used a simple coral french terry but I have a solid version with a woven plaid contrast I can’t get out of my head!

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I was inspired by this pin.  What are your thoughts on the boxy sweater/sweatshirt trend?  I honestly can’t decide if I like this silhouette on me.  I love that it’s different from my other sweatshirts and it is beyond comfortable!  I think paired with skinny jeans it’s flattering and cute but hey, I totally want to wear it with my favorite joggers and I’m afraid I’ll look like I stepped out of the retirement home in my sweatsuit.

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This pattern comes with a slimmer view and high-low shirttail hem option also.  It really is a versatile pattern.  There are some amazing sweater knit versions out there.

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This new Club french terry sews like a dream and is so soft!  I can’t wait to pair this buffalo check with a floral for my girls.  And those dots!  Possibly my favorite fabric ever!  It’s buttery and coordinates with EVERYTHING!

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I’m going to leave you with my late night sassy pants pose!  Make sure you pick up the new Club Line from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and the Sloane Sweater for some serious comfy perfection!

 

Sew Straight and Gather’s Metro Pullover

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Terri at Sew Straight and Gather has got another brilliant pattern for you.   I have an addiction to making sweatshirts and consider myself quite the hoodie connoisseur so when I say you need this pattern you better hop right on that!

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There are two patterns- one for kids and one for women/men.  A pattern for the whole family is always going to get a lot of use in my house.

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Each pattern comes with a hooded version or a cowl neck.  I made a couple of each just because I couldn’t stop.  Seriously, I want to see you make just one…

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This cutie got the first one off the sewing machine.  I just adore his little face peeking out of that hood.  I love the unique hood and the fit of this sweatshirt.

I used Raspberry Creek Fabrics french terry in solid charcoal and oatmeal. The combo is neutral and the charcoal stripe hood lining just ties is all together.

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Payton’s was next and sewed up in a flash.  She picked out this anti-pill fleece from Joann’s and it worked just lovely for this pattern.

She got the cross-over cowl version.  It’s nice and big which makes it so cozy and cute!

The girls and ladies version have this darling pleat detail in the back.  It gives it a little more flow and adds just that little something extra.

There is a curved hem or a banded bottom option.  Payton got the curved hem.  I loved her version so much I headed to the fabric store the next day so that I could make one in my size!

I wasn’t signed up to test Sophie’s size but just loved this pattern so much I knew she needed her own too!  She got a cowl with a banded bottom out of Joann’s fleece.

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My first version was a beautiful eggplant french terry (from Raspberry Creek) hoodie version.

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I’ve had this lightweight mustard/cream stripe in my stash and it was absolutely perfect with this eggplant.  I used it to line both the hood and the pocket.

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I love the slim fit of this sweatshirt- not too baggy, not too tight!

I whipped up my cowl microfleece version in about a half hour after making the others.  Seriously, the cutest, quickest sew ever.  It is so cozy and I dreaded taking it off!

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I think we’ve found a new favorite pattern.  The big boys are feeling left out so we might need to whip up a few more real soon!

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Terri’s patterns are so clearly written and I love her clean, crisp layout.  She offers lots of tips and her tutorials make sewing a breeze even if you’re just a beginner to sewing.

Terri has graciously offered both patterns for $4 each or $8 (CAD, so us Americans will save even more!) for the bundle for a limited time.  Are you doing last minute Christmas sewing?  Or finished up and need a little selfish sew?  I’d waste no time and grab this pattern TODAY!  Pick up the kids version here or the ladies/mens here but really you should just get them both– you won’t regret it!

 

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!

Laundry Day Dress (and tutorial)

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I have the pleasure of testing for Tami at Love Notions.  She was one of those designers I kinda liked before I started testing for her but my adoration has grown as I’ve followed her through the testing process multiple times.

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She is a super woman- sewing right alongside the testers, perfecting her patterns until they are absolutely amazing.  She put in that same time and effort to her free pattern, the Laundry Day Tee.  (For my full review on that tee you can go here.)

Since I made my first version I’d been really wanting to hack it into a cute knee-length swing dress.  I picked up this gorgeous floral spandex jersey from Joann’s and it sat and waited for me…

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The stars aligned (sick kids and a lazy day) and this dress was born.

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I shared it in the Love Notions Facebook Group and there were requests for a tutorial.  So here goes…

Disclaimer- This is my first tutorial.  I do not claim that this is the only way to do this or that I am doing anything new and exciting.  It is a simple hack and I am sharing the way that worked for me.  I tried to make it as simplistic as possible since I think this pattern is a perfect beginner project.  If you have attempted this and would like to share what worked for you, please do! (Also, we received our first snowfall today so the lighting is indoor and fabulous 😉

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I grabbed my main pattern piece, tracing paper, a ruler, a pen, scissors, and a glue stick or tape.

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Next, glue (or tape) your pattern piece to your tracing paper.  This helps to keep it in place from the get go.

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I lengthened my pattern from the tunic length line by 8 inches.  I got this measurement by measuring from my shoulder seam to where I wanted the dress to end on my leg.  I then measured my pattern piece and added the appropriate length plus seam allowance.  (I am 5’7″ as a reference.)

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I started by lengthening the center fold line first.  I lined my ruler up the length to the fold line and measured down 8 inches and drew a line.

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To lengthen the flared side, I lined my ruler up the length of the dress and marked 8 inches from the bottom.  Draw a line.

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You should have two lines like this.  Now the tricky part is connecting them.  I just did the best I could at recreating the curve of the original piece.

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I am adding in a suggestion here that I didn’t do on my first dress.  I will add an extra 1/2 inch to the front of my dress to take into account my bust.  I noticed on my dress that the front hem was a tad shorter because of the extra, uh-um, fullness in front.  If you are more well endowed than me you may want to play with how much extra length is needed in front.

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I used a dotted line to make my front markings.

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Ready to cut!

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Your final piece should look something like this.

The construction of the dress is exactly like you would do the shirt or tunic.  Such a quick, easy hack for such a fun, versatile pattern.

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I can’t wait to make a closetful.  How perfect would these be come Spring too, with sandals and sunshine?  Can you tell I’m already dreaming of warmer, sunny days?!!

I hope this helps and feel free to message me with any questions.  Make sure you share your dresses in the FB group or on Instagram and hashtag #laundrydaytee.

I am a new affiliate for Love Notions.  I decided to join the program since I love the patterns so much that I can’t help spreading the word.  You can check out her patterns here and make sure to check back on Friday for the release of her newest skirt pattern.  You won’t want to miss it!