Suit Up for Swim

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Hello Summer!  I’m kicking off summer with a functional and real post.  My good bloggy friends Karly Nelson of Paisley Roots and Tami Peterson of Sew Sophie Lynn are hosting a swimwear tour and I thought I would use it as a great excuse to tackle swimwear once again.  I did this one other time before and it wasn’t the greatest success and the pattern was… let’s just say…less than great.  So this time I thought I’d really try to get some good creations.  You should know there are some awesome prizes to be won by sponsors, so be sure to head over to Karly and Tami’s blogs for how to have a chance to win some goodies from the sponsors.
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Well… I’ve finished two of my projects and I would definitely say there is a learning curve to the swimwear creation skill.  I’m a little OCD and Karly could definitely confirm that because I am always sending her pictures of things I’m just not happy with and I think she sometimes laughs at my obsessiveness.  With that said, I’m going to call the suits created in this post my wearable muslins and this is only because I know I can do better personally. So if you are OCD like me… just be gentle and whatever you do… don’t zoom in on the photos. 😜

So, let’s get started on what I’ve sewn up.  I used the Peach Beach Swim Suit from Lil Luxe Collection and the Cosi Swimsuit from Sewpony.  Both of these patterns were provided to my for the purpose of this tour, but please know any opinions are my own.  I also want to include that I sewed these using my serger and sewing machine. I really did need both. I own a coverstitch machine but was just too chicken to bust it out on this project. I was afraid I would cause unrepairable damage and was racing against the clock to get these in before we headed to the beach for a vacation.

I started with the Peach Swimsuit. As many know, I’m a huge fan of the quality of Lil Luxe Collection and this pattern keeps with that level. There are TONs of tips and photos included in this pattern to help you achieve the best product. I found them very helpful.  This pattern includes options for a one piece or a two piece. I love this, it’s like a two for one deal.  Both versions are nicely lined and include the super fun front panel and bow front. When my husband saw the finished product I think he was surprised I could make something that looked so legit. I always love when I get a response like that…then I usually continue by pointing out all the things I need to fix for the next version to bring him back to reality.  We are our own worst critics…amiright?!


The most challenging part to this suit is getting the bow to lay just right. This is where the learning curve part comes in. I didn’t stretch my elastic across the top enough on my first version which gives it a little more wiggle than I would like, but I think my next one will be better.  The pattern includes a lot of support with this.

In terms of fit, this suit gives great coverage and doesn’t ride up the the bum at all. This is a huge deal in my family. No one likes picking their suit out of their butt crack all day long. 😂 I took new measurements before starting both of these suits and chose the size according to the size chart. Both of these worked well.

For the Cosi, I must say… If this is the only pattern you had for girl’s swim, you could be set for life. This pattern is seriously loaded with options out the whazoo.  Check out the listing for the options, I can’t even list them all here. I think this would be a great pattern for a mini mix-and-match swim collection. Several tops and bottoms that are all interchangeable would make summers at my house so simple!  We basically live in swimwear and don’t even have a pool. I know… so weird.

For my Cosi I chose the one piece view with the skirt option and adjustable straps. I almost chickened out on the straps, but I reminded myself that I jumped on this tour for a challenge and decided to go for it. #challengeaccepted.
For this suit I chose the un-lined version and went with just the gusset lining. I mainly wanted to do this to incorporate a new skill. I didn’t mind this design option at all, but I did learn that it should mainly be used for darker fabrics. My coral fabric was maybe not the best choice, but also not inappropriate either. It did make me aware how lighter colored fabrics could show things we don’t want to show.

If I’m being completely real, I’ll share that while making this suit I totally jacked up and sewed the bottom onto the top backwards… Agh!!! Removing serger seams sucks, but I did it. But for real, I’m not even sure how I jacked that up. I feel like that’s as bad as sewing a sleeve on inside out and I haven’t done that in a loooonng time. I thought I was past moments like that.  I guess not.

Are you wondering how the adjustable straps went? They turned out pretty good. My machine wasn’t making friends with the multiple layers of fabric in some places, but overall I love that I did them. It makes the suit potty functional which is a total win in my book.

For fit on this, I thought it was good. No wedgy issues here either. I did add a tiny bit of height to the top of the suit just for personal preference on coverage up top. I will probably continue to do that. I’m super conservative and even though my models aren’t “developed” I want to promote keeping boobies covered. Call it imprinting. 😂

So, that’s my swim journey thus far this year. I’m sure I will make a few more. I still have some swim fabric I bought but haven’t used yet.  Thanks so much to Karly and Tami for hosting this tour and pushing my skills a bit. Thanks to Jess and Suz for trusting me with your patterns to tackle for this project.

Hosted by Sew Sophie Lynn & Paisley Roots

Pear Berry Lane / Inspinration / It’s Liesel / Sewing For Four

Harper Lu / Call Ajaire / Stylin Stacy / Skirt Fixation

Sewing By Ti / Sewing With Sarah / Sew & TellMe Made

Made By Melli / Life Sew Savory / That’s What She Crafted / Auschick

Rebel & Malice / EYMM / Stitching & Making / Lilliepawillie

Simple Life Pattern Co. and Sew Caroline Tour {A Designer Collaboration}

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Hey friends!  I’m joining in to  celebrate the kick off of a designer collaboration between Simple Life Pattern Co. and Sew Caroline.  I won’t bore you with all the collaboration details because if you have been following, you already know them.   I’m just going to show of my version of the Girls Magnolia Shorts.

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The Magnolia shorts are almost a culotte style short.  They are an absolutely quick sew with just a single pattern piece per leg and a waistband.  Friends, it doesn’t get much easier than this. They are perfect for light weight wovens with nice drape as well as knits.  I definitely do not recommend quilters cotton for these.  They kinda get a little “poofy.” I’m using a lightweight polyester here that I snagged from Hobby Lobby last year in the summer seasonal section.  I think it worked very well. I did have a little trouble with the double quarter inch fold hem.  I’m a little OCD and the thin fabric was not cooperatiing with my commands.  There are also two waistband options, woven and knit.

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Hop over to the rest of the tour here.

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Thanks for swinging by.  Be sure to be in touch with all the fun summer excitement ahead.

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Little Lizard King {Amsterdam}

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It has been a LONG time since I’ve tested for Little Lizard King, but I’m glad I was able to join in on the Amsterdam test. You can read about my last one here.  I think this pattern features some great things that some of us sewing moms and shop owners really like.

Here are the points I love:

  • Super-duper-wuper quick sew…
  • Great bodice coverage
  • Great fit with no closure
  • Leaves room for creative extras such as trims, fancy ties, etc.
  • Direction on how to cut horizontal fabric to get a chevron pieced bodice
  • Patchwork Options… Someone probably loves this… Honestly I’m too lazy for it. 🙂

 

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Peyton has been in serious need of dresses for church.  I haven’t sewn her many dresses as of recent because she claims her style is “sports wear.” I find this ironic because she has absolutely no interest in participating in any sort of athletic program.  I suppose there are a ton of moms out there wearing yoga pants that don’t do yoga, so I guess she is following their lead.

Anyway… She was definitely pleased with this dress as you can see by her working the camera.  It’s like she turns on when she loves something.

I suppose I should probably mention some fabric details because even though this is a pattern post, much of what makes this dress pop is this beautiful fabric.   It is Caravella Arcade Jessica in Green Cotton Fabric by Jennifer Paganelli.

If you are in the states, you can find it here. By the way, this link to Hawthrone Threads shows that this fabric is on sale for $6.99 per yard.  Isn’t that nice.

If you are an Aussie, you can find it here.

 

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Thanks for swinging by to see this beautiful make.  For more inspiration photos, check out the listing on the Little Lizard King website, or join the FACEBOOK group to share and connect.

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One Thimble {Issue 15}

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It is time for the newest issue of the One Thimble Magazine!  It’s been a few issues since I’ve joined in on the release tour and I’m happy to be back on board. For my feature post I’ve stitched up the Josephine Dress from Bella Sunshine Designs.  After you check out this post, be sure to check out the other posts featuring all the other patterns in the newly released Issue 15.

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Josephine is a drop-waist dress with princess seams and a boat-neck .  It also includes cap sleeves, (which I omitted for my version.)  If you have never sewn a pattern from Bella Sunshine Designs, you should know that Melissa does a great job being sure everything is finished with great techniques and your final project will look very clean on the inside and out.  This pattern isn’t missing any of these features.

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There were a few things I enjoyed about this make.  First, I’m usually the quick sew girl.  I don’t usually take on projects with a ton of details.  I have to say I enjoyed spending the little bit of extra effort putting in the princess seams and giving this dress a little extra attention.  Of course, if you are a simple sew kind of girl you can sew this without the princess seams to speed up the process.  I really wanted to include piping on the princess seams too, but I couldn’t find a piping that coordinated with my zipper so I had to let that dream pass.  It should be said though, it really doesn’t add a ton of additional time.  When I look at the finished product I know it is totally worth spending the time on these little details.

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Second, I usually stay clear of zippers for similar reasons.  I’m just too busy to commit the extra time.  This pattern includes great instructions and I sewed a fantastic zipper.  #proudsewistmoment  This pattern is listed as an Intermediate level, but I really think an adventurous beginner that can follow directions could tackle it.

The fit on this dress is great.  I love that this pattern provides great coverage and keeps my daughters looking as young and innocent as they are.  Another feature to this pattern is that hem of the skirt is two inches.  This is fantastic for letting out and extending the life of your garment.  I’ve been thinking about how I can make get more out of my pieces and this is a great feature.

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Sew Pony Tour {Juliette Dress}

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A few weeks ago I was asked to join a group of ladies showing off the Juliette pattern.  This great new pattern was a collaboration between Jill of Kneesocks +Goldilocks and Suz of SewPony. I basically stalk Jill and all her creations on Instagram (I mean, who can make standing in front of a couch in pretty things look so good? I want to be able to do that! Also, I think she’s secretly superwoman), so I was happy to jump on board with this tour.  Suz at Sewpony is kinda new-ish to me, but I’m glad I’m getting to see her work through this tour.  Thanks for having me ladies!!

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A little about this dress pattern… The Juliette pattern has both dress and top options.  I have to admit, that the dress versions are my favorite as of now.  Juliette is an A-Line silhouette with many options to choose from.  You can make this with or without sleeves, with the neck ruffle or without, and you can add a faux button placket to the front if you like too!  The back closure has options of a loop and button or bias ties.  Both of these options make this dress perfect for the beginner sewist and a great make for anyone.

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I love the collar detail on this dress.  It’s like Jill and Suz have been snooping my Pinterest account and know things that I like.  This ruffle just so dainty and feminine, I love it.  A few tips for the sewist on making your ruffle collar look great… 1.Don’t cheat on the gathering stitches!!  You need to do more than one gathering stitch, and overachievers would probably do three.  It really does make your gathers nice and even.  2. Make your own bias tape.  The pre-made stuff works okay, but making your own is just a different ballgame altogether. (Plus there are pattern pieces for this, so you don’t have to have a bias tape making process.) The results are totally worth the extra few minutes on these points, I promise!

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If you haven’t followed me for long, you may not know that I am kinda a floral girl.  I’m wondering if people every get bored with my overuse of florals?  But, it’s spring now and that is a perfect excuse to bust them out, right?! I’ve been saving these florals from Lecien Fabrics for several years I think…  I’m glad I finally cut into them. The blues and pinks are lovely and I just love the floral in the collar!  It gives a nice pop of color to her face.

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Sale and Contest Alert!

So, now that you’ve gotten to scope out this dress, I’ve got some good information to share with you!  There is a 10% discount on all Sew Pony Patterns through June 2 with the Code DRESSEDINSEWPONY.  Not only is there a discount, but Suz is also hosting her very first contest featuring her patterns.  It’s a great opportunity to try out a new designer if you haven’t already, or to get a chance to win at some awesome prizes.  All the contest details can be found here.  Read all about the contest and the great prize packages here.

Tour Schedule

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I hope you have enjoyed this stop along the tour!  Lately I’ve been having some fun sending people off with a fun photo from our shoots that will leave you smiling.  These are kids doing our modeling, and even though we share all the “good” ones with you I love sharing the “real” ones too.  It shows everyone we are just real people having some real fun.

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Primavera: by Patty Young for Riley Blake

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Patty Young has a recent line out and I for Riley Blake, Primavera, and was asked to stitch it up to show it off.  I loved this line at first sight.  It’s screams SPRING TIME! I decided to use it for one of my Easter dress makes this year for that exact reason.  This line is full of pinks, yellows, blues, greens, and teals.  The designs include florals, plaids, paisleys, leaves, and if you look very closely at the damask prints you will find some grasshoppers too.

For my creation I used the Primavera Damask Pink and the Primavera Tile Tangerine.  I thought they were a fun combo and the Tile is a great match for the Damask.

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For this dress my daughter requested a maxi length.  This is the first time ever she has asked for a long dress, so I totally hopped on that without any issues.  I’m just glad she wanted me to make her something.  I fear she is drawing near the part of her life where she will be too cool for her mom to make her clothes.   I used the Laela Jeyne Chloe Dress Pattern.  This pattern has been out for a while.  I actually tested it as one of my first pattern tests.  I thought I would bring it out of digital storage for this make.  The fun open back is perfect for spring, but still classy looking.  Can you see the cute little grasshoppers in the damask pink above?

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Chloe Pattern:

Newborn to Size 6*

Girls Size 7-14

There is also a romper add on to the dress available.

If you are interested in this dress pattern, I should mention a few changes I made here.  First, I used the flutter bodice and left off the flutter.  This dress pattern contains two different bodice options, a flutter and a cap sleeve bodice.  Next I added a band at the bottom.  This information is not part of the pattern.  Lastly, in the pattern the back edges of the bodice are finished with bias tape and I opted to construct it leaving this out and stitching it up as if it were a bodice with a back placket. If you would like more details there, let me know in the comments. 🙂

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I am super happy with the finished product here in this fabric.  I was nervous about fussy cutting the Tangerine tile because I am slightly OCD about a lot of that stuff, but the bodice and the skirt band both turned out perfectly with it.  I was very pleased.

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Thanks so much to Patty for including me in showing of this lovely fabric.  Don’t forget to swing by and check out all the fun fabrics from this line at Riley Blake Designs.

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Coffee + Thread Tour

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Woot Woot! I’m back with a second post for this week!  Today I’m joining in with a plethora of bloggers showing off makes from Coffee + Threads patterns.  There is so much awesome going on with this group of ladies.  Be sure that you catch all the creations.  They are all so different, yet equally awesome and there’s even more to come next week.  Plus, a giant rafflecopter and a 20 % off sale at the bottom of this post.

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I have to say that I have a Coffee + Thread pattern I won in a give away a while back, but have never gotten around to sewing it up.  To be honest I wasn’t really familiar with Olga and her designs until recently.  I went searching for some sewists to invite on a tour and came across the Coffee + Thread site.  I sent Olga an invite and then she asked if I would like to hop on this tour too.  So of course, I just had to do that.  I chose to sew up a completely different pattern than the one I have for this tour and went with the Ania Tunic and the Wild and Free Lounge Pants.  My girls have had quite a bit of fancy makes added to their closets lately so I knew I needed to give them something for everyday.

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The Ania Tunic can be made in either woven or knit, so I jumped all over the knit option and paired it with the pants for a typical choice for one of my little ladies.  She would say “comfy is my style” and sometimes when I make her things she is sure to tell me, “That is not really my style mom.”  So… here I am making a little lady’s fashion dreams come true.

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When this blue floral arrived at our doorstep it was immediately claimed as her own and she was begging for something to be made when it arrived.  In fact, she requested that a shirt and the pants both be made from it to be worn together.  I had to explain we weren’t making pajamas (matching top and bottoms would probably throw a PJ vibe) and we settled for the pink with white polka dots as a happy solution to preventing pajamas in public.

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I was loving this tunic as I was putting it together.  This top has a swing style look to it, yet it is fitted well in all the right places.  I love the gathered capped sleeve as a bit of detail and feminine touch.  I did add a touch of length to this top in hopes that I would be able to carry it through the summer months and maybe into fall.  As a side note, the best part about the knit version is there isn’t a closure, so if you avoid those like the plague you can still make this pattern.

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And how about that giant hair-bow?  When I popped it in she looked in the mirrored and said, “I think maybe it needs to be a little bit bigger.”  I reminded her we don’t live in the big bow south. 😛 Kids are just too funny sometimes.

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For the Wild and Free Lounge pants I modified them by combining the front and back pieces to remove the outer side seam.  I don’t mind doing this seam on leggings (actually my go-to legging pattern also has a side seam, but I just wanted to be able to whip these up without worrying about skipped stitches on my coverstitch machine.  It is sometimes finicky when sewing over seams, so eliminate that let me hem first and then do the construction after without any issues.  I hope you don’t hate me now that you know I hemmed before seaming.  I would have hated me a few months ago, but I’ve had a change of heart since my coverstitch machine has arrived.

If you don’t know, The Wild and Free Lounge pant pattern has several view options.  I stitched up the plain view, but if check out all the other bloggers you will see all the shapes and little animal options you can put on the front knees.  They are so cute and I’m sure if you are one of those creative people you could think of even more ideas that you could do with the knee option.

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 Stop By All the Blogs on the Tour!

April 3

Enjoyful Makes || Idle Sunshine || ZowieZo Handmade || Angie BurgettApril 4

Handmade Frenzy || Replicate Then Deviate || Fairies, Bubbles & Co || Coral + Co

April 5

Made By Sara || Naeh-Connection || The Bag of Unexpected || Circle Meets Line

April 6

Skirt Fixation || Sewing Like Mad || Hello Holli || Buzzmills ||

April 7

Little Cumquat || Thread Bear Garments || Pearl Berry Lane || Plus 2 is 5 || Sew Chibi 

April 10

Stahlarbeit || Knee Socks and Goldilocks || Bonnie and Lottie || Sew Sophielynn 

April 11

Mouse House Creations || While She was Sleeping || Mix it Make it || By Dagbjort 

April 12

Gaafmachine || Beletoile || LBG Studio || My Cozy Co  || As It Seams

April 13

Moineau & Petit Pois || Just Add Fabric || Sweeter Than Cupcakes || Frances Suzanne || Sew Liberated 

April 14

Stitched Together || S is for Sewing || Boevenbende || Lafolie Sewing Booth || Sew Pony || With Love By Eva 

 

Thanks again for stopping by! I hope you loved our Coffee + Thread creation and will join the Facebook group to continue to see all the beautiful makes from Olga’s patterns.

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Gnome Matter What! Fabric Tour

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I am so excited to be part of the Gnome Matter What! fabric tour!  I have to say I feel like the small blogger on the totem pole of these stops, and I’m so thankful to have been invited.  Check out all these rocking blogs along the tour!  After you scope out this post, don’t miss the raffle copter waaayyyy down at the bottom!

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Ink & Arrow Fabrics is a new to me company.  There is a store locator to help you find fabric stores close to you that carry it.  I was just playing around with the locator and totally discovered a shop I didn’t even know existed just 6 miles from my house.  How does that even happen?! It’s almost too embarrassing to say.  I guess I’ll be checking that out this week sometime.  I’m hoping to attend quilt market next fall so maybe I’ll have my eyes opened to even more of the companies out there that I’m not aware of.  I can’t wait.

Alrighty then, how about we show of some of the Gnome Matter What! line, designed by Alicia Jacobs Dujets.  This line is full of cute little features that remind me of summertime fun in the back yard.  I made looks for the littles to show off these fun designs.

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This first look features a floral design, Sketchbook Garden Natural using the Swallowtail Top from Lil Luxe Collection.  It’s such a feminine top and a perfect pattern match for this print.  This is probably my favorite of the line because I am totally a floral girl.  If you follow me, you probably already know that.  I paired this floral with the Square Dot Blender in Charcoal for the flutters and the bloomers.  I used that Tadah Flexi Shorts which is a pattern I hop back to from time to time.

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This print features dainty sketched flowers with faint colors of green, purple, coral, and blue. It’s just enough color to keep it simple but not boring.  A nice balance.  The background also features a faint grid print as well.

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For our second look we just had to get our hands on those cute Gnomes! I’ve thought Gnomes were cute before Gnomeo and Juliet hit the theaters and they got cool. 🙂 I stitched up the Willow Skirt from Violette Field Threads in Lawn Ornaments in Seafoam with the Madelyn Top in Snails in Natural.  You see, I got sucked into that sale a few weeks ago and needed to justify the purchase by actually sewing up those patterns.  I guess I can check that off the list now.  #justified

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We topped of the top with the Square Dot Blender in Lilac for the collar.  It was a great way to pull some of that purple from the other prints.

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And sometimes I just don’t want to do button holes, so check out those Kam Snaps while you look at these cute little snails.  You can see that this also print features a faint grid paper background as the floral.  The math teacher in me is doing a little happy dance at that design feature.

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And before we get to the rafflecopter, we have some fun moments.  We have started getting rather goofy in our shoots lately, so here is a little bit of the craziness we had while wrapping up.

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Don’t forget to swing by the rest of the Gnome Matter What! Tour featuring fun fabrics from Ink & Arrow Fabrics.  Don’t forget to scope out the other Ink & Arrow Lines.  I absolutely love the Zola Line, so I’m going to see if my newly discovered shop has any of that in stock.

Monday, April 3- Izzy & Ivy Designs

Tuesday, April 4- My Sweet Sunshine

Wednesday, April 5- Pear Berry Lane

Thursday, April 6- Lily Shine Creates

Friday, April 7- Pattern Revolution

Monday, April 10- That’s Sew Kari

Tuesday, April 11- Recap- Izzy & Ivy Designs

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Project Run and Play Week 3: Gone Boho

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Welcome back to Week 3 for Project Run and Play!  This week the theme was Boho Chic.  I did a lot of debating and changing up plans throughout this week before settling on these final looks.  I ended up with a plan that focused on the Chic part of Boho.  I wanted something that had some fashionable vibes and not to much of the “excess” that we sometimes see in boho styling. Be sure to check out my looks and then hope back over to Project Run and Play to place your vote for this week.

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First this first look I started with the Fishtail Kimono and modified it by removing the gathered portion from the back and blending the two back pieces together.  I wanted to be able to feature the print on this fabric and I felt removing the gathered pieces would be the perfect way to do that.  This kimono features french seams and facings that make the inside look just as amazing as the outside.  Check out the inside of the kimono below.

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I love the longer back of this kimono and kept this as a feature after modifying the back.  It’s a perfect length for the shorts. Covers the bum, but leaves the shorts visible.  I’m not a huge fan of your shorts being covered by a top.  It makes you look like you aren’t wearing bottoms. 😉

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For the denim shorts I started with the Lily Shorts from Violette Field Threads.  I blended sizes to because I have a string bean that has shot up a few inches.  She’s really starting to grow!  These shorts are screaming boho with this fringe accent. I’m loving the look.

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For the green knit dolman t-shirt I started with a t-shirt and traced the top to make a pattern piece.  I added a very slight curved in the front and back.   I cut the neckband on the bias to give the neckline a break from the horizontal stripes in the front.  I finished off the look with a tassel necklace made from the remaining trim from the shorts and a suede tie.

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For my little dress lover I wanted to feature a handkerchief hemline.  It’s fun like a circle skirt but adds a definite boho vibe.  I started with the Boheme Sky in midi length (mini dress) from Striped Swallow Designs.  The designer there has a taste for bohemian fashion and it’s visible with all her patterns.  For this make I selected a fun fabric from JoAnn’s.  It had the same gold and navy tones as the kimono fabric so it coordinates well without being overwhelming.  The fabric was perfect for giving the bodice a look of having trims without the need to actually adding any.  I fussy cut the bodice and sleeves to give a the dress its own design.

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I especially love the look down the arms.  I also modified by making a 3/4 length sleeve.  If you follow me, you probably already know 3/4 sleeves are how I roll. This pattern includes short, elbow and long, so I made a simple mod to make it what I really wanted.  I also prefer a wider hem allowance, so I modified that too.

 

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This little lady was really working for her money.  She had a pay out in mind, and wanted to be sure she got it.  Don’t you love her sassy poses?

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I loved putting my cover-stitch machine to work with this dress.  I used a yellow thread to add a little pop of color. You can scope that on the sleeve hem above, and some on the skirt as well.

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I do love getting to shoot photos together.  One day I’ll get all three of the girls to cooperate and end up with some fabulous moments. This shoot was a fun one for these two and I can’t wait to take more with the next project.   Don’t forget to swing by and vote for your favorite Boho Chic look!

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Project Run and Play Week 2: Spring Greenery

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We are back for Week 2 of Project Run and Play  (click link to go vote) with a theme of Greenery.  Greenery happens to be Pantone’s color of the year. Green is my favorite color so I was completely happy with this theme.  For my looks I carried the green vibe into both of my outfits while bringing in pops of pink and florals that remind me of the fresh beginning and bright colors to come with the entry of spring.  If you know me, you know floral prints are my homeboys.  If it’s a floral, I probably need it.

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To be honest my makes this week took on several forms before they landed at the endpoint.  It was a journey of reworking, redesigning, and a failed attempt at photos.  In the end, I’m very please with the creations.  I have to give my mom a big shout out this week because my husband has been down and out and she came down was super helpful.  She even made me some fresh strawberry jelly!

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Bless her heart, can you tell she is cold?

The striped and floral dress took on the most forms throughout the week.  I’m so glad with the changes and love the striped bodice more than I would have imagined.  I don’t do a ton of mixing of prints, but I found this stripe buried in my scrap box and there was just enough to create this bodice.

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My focus for these creations was quality and nice finishes.  This bodice from Lil Luxe Collection features under-stitching along the neckline and the lined cap sleeve.  The skirt seam features an enclosed seam that I hand-stitched for a smooth finish at the waist.


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I designed the hi-lo gathered skirt for this dress and it is a great match for the curved front of the bodice.  The tulle falls just an inch and a half below the hemline of the floral.  The tulle length is enough for a peek of color without looking bulky or sloppy.  I hemmed the over skirt with a green bias facing.   This hides raw edges, makes for a smooth finish, and adds another pop of color.  I love to hem circle skirts this way and the curved nature of the hi-lo skirt is another great use for this method.

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The bodice closure on the dress has hidden buttons inside, but I wanted to spice this up and added some fun over-sized buttons I found in my jar. I love the texture of these.  I was super nervous about tackling stripe matching for a contest, but I think they were a success.  Do you ever put off stripes for the same reason?

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Don’t you just love that dress from the back?  It’s so dreamy!  I love that she loves it too.

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For my second look I started with a green floral print.  In fact, these floral prints are the same, just in different color ways.  Have you noticed?  As a random fact, I must really like this print because it turns out I bought it last year in a third colorway and made a dress from it. Ha! I didn’t even notice until I started sewing these up.  The skirt was the first make of this look.  I started with the Willow Skirt pattern from Violette Fields Threads, but wanted a fitted skirt rather than an elastic waistband.  I removed the elastic waistband created my own based on model measurements.  I added a button placket in the back with two decorative buttons, another fun find from the huge button wall at one of my local shops.  I was sure to keep the insides all nice and pretty by enclosing the seam at the waistband.

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For the apron I used my own design based on model measurements.   It features four pockets along with some decorative stitching and some ruffle trim.  I loved using some of my fancy stitches on my new machine! It’s the little things that can really add to a piece.

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Next for this outfit is the pink top made from a bamboo knit.  This is my first time using bamboo and I have to say… is so soft.  Another find in town.  It started from the Isla dress from Simple Life Pattern Company.  I lengthened the dress bodice to a shirt length and scooped out the back slightly to mirror the back of the first dress.  This little model doesn’t like too much breeze in the back, so I went very conservative on the scoop.  I then hacked the front bodice by adding the ruched center panel.  I’m thinking I may need to do a tutorial on this.  Isla is a great pattern to use for this because it is lined, so none of the ruching or gathering is actually touching the wearer.  Isn’t that nice?  Total mom win here in the comfort category.

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I finished of this outfit with a few accessories.  The bow-tie necklace and the headband.  I started with a bow-tie pattern from 421 Myers Designs.  I left of the neckband and added some hardware.  Seriously, I’m going to have to get some tools of my own for these kinds of things.  I had to sneak some tools from the garage for this necklace.  The headband is my own design.  It has a small elastic center in the back for getting a nice snug fit without being too tight or rigid. It pairs well with my model’s short hair.

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Well, I think that’s a wrap on my Spring Greenery creations. Thanks so much for stopping in! I do hope you made it to the finish!  I’m sending you off with a final photo.  The girls warming up at the end of the shoot with my mom.  She really was a life saver with all her help.  Now, don’t forget to return to Project Run and Play to vote for your favorite greenery project!

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