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 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?
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. 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 😉
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
Don’t you just love that dress from the back? It’s so dreamy! I love that she loves it too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Welcome, Welcome! I’m so glad you have stopped in to see my creation for the first week of Project Run and Play. Let me tell you, I spent way more hours putting together this first look than I ever imagined. I can’t really go any further without giving my husband a huge shout out for playing Mr. Mom for multiple days while I’ve been in working on this project. He has been a rock-star! After you scope out my post, don’t forget to view all the makes and return to Project Run and Play to vote for your favorite week one creation.
The theme for week one was “It’s all about that…place” or possibly better understood as a creation based on/or inspired by a place you would like to visit. I opted for a European travel destination and created what I have called a Parisian Pantsuit. I wanted clean lines, pleats, and a complete look that flows together.
I started with the pants. I knew where I wanted and how I was going to get there. I mashed together several patterns along with some of my own pieces to create these trouser pants with a scalloped front yoke, pockets, and knife pleats. The scallops, pockets, and knife pleats are features of my favorite short pattern from Lil Luxe Collection. You can read all about that pattern here. I used the Sewlosophy Serendipity Trouser pattern as the base and then added all these features I love to make my final creation. I love the fit of these pants and the flat felled seam it features in the rear. I learned how to do a flat felled seam when I first sewed up these pants several years ago. The gray suiting used throughout my collection is from my local JoAnn’s. I’m always nervous ordering any kind of fabric that isn’t quilters cotton online, so I went in and pet all the fabrics before settling on this. It worked wonderfully.
For the Voile blouse I used the Lauren Pintuck Top* from Made for Mermaids. I made several alterations for my finished product. I removed the collar and the facing and finished the neckline with handmade bias tape from the same voile as the blouse. Handmade bias tape is a thousand times better than that pre-made stuff you buy in the stores. In the back of the shirt, I removed the keyhole closure and opted for a full button down placket. I love how buttons in the back add a nice surprise to any garment. Who says the back of things can’t look just as good as the front? Other features of the blouse are a gathered capped sleeve and front pin-tucks. Classic design features for pantsuit I think. The fabric and buttons for the blouse were a last minute snag from one of my local sewing spots, Let’s Sew. They have quite a collection and an online store too. I’m so glad they humored me while I spent an ungodly amount of time sifting through buttons to find the perfect fit. You can even follow them on IG here.
Up next for my look was the cape. How cute are capes?! I created the cape starting with a circle skirt as the base and some model measurements. I drew up the collar being sure to leave room for the bow to be tied in the front. The cape is lined with light pink satin I grabbed at JoAnn’s. I used the same satin for the ties as well. The pink gives the suit a nice soft look for spring innocence, which I was totally going for with this look.
Lastly, I finished off the look with the perfect ending to a Parisian inspired creation…a beret. This pattern came from Sewlosophy. I only made minor adjustments with the elastic to get a good fit. The pieces come together perfectly. This hat made me feel like maybe I should give quilting a try in the near future. It was a seam matching success.
And now for some action and funnies. Prepare for photo overload. Seriously, the photos are why you are hear anyway, right? Thanks again for stopping in to see my creation from week one!! PLEASE don’t forget to return to Project Run and Play to vote for your favorite week one creation!!
It’s a two year celebration over at Simple Life Pattern Company! I was lucky enough to be in on several of the recent tests for releases during the anniversary celebration and to get to share with you one of my most recent creations to help celebrate the fun. Be sure to make it to the end of this post for details on sales and a bundle giveaway. After you enter, be sure to hop to the rest of the blogs to see some amazing SLPco creations. *This post does contain affiliate links.
I didn’t really start sewing up Simple Life Patterns until about a year ago. I confess.. I was more of a stalker than a buyer. I just don’t buy a ton of patterns in general. I do more fabric hoarding really. I’m not really sure what started my string of makes, but as I look back on the year I do have several that I have ended up making, testing, and/or blogging. Along the way I’ve made some great friends too! I’ve enjoyed the patterns that I’ve sewn and almost every Simple Life creation I have made has been in the “most loved” category with my little girls. I know there were tears shed when several of the dresses were passed on to other homes. I’m going to share a collection of a few makes to reminisce at then end of the post. But for now, let’s check out my latest make!
I don’t know if you saw my Dolly and Me Ayda dress creations or not, but my girls really loved those dresses. So what is better than a great dress pattern? It’s a great dress pattern created for knits! My girls love comfy cozy knits and they will never turn down a new dress. The Ayda Top and Dress pattern is so popular, I know people are going to eat up the fact that they can now make it in knit fabrics.
The crossover back on Ayda helps to make it such a quick sew. Throw in a circle skirt that doesn’t need to be gathered and it is a match made in heaven. I could crank several of these out at any given moment if needed.
Let’s talk twirl factor!! Do you need this in a dress? My girls are growing more and more fond of twirling now that they have started ballet. The circle skirt is a perfect match for the twirler inside every little lady. The fit is great and I love that there are options for both with and without sleeves.
There are so many possible combinations on the site for Ayda when you look at baby sizes, girl sizes, romper add-ons, bundles, and get the look kits. Here is a quick link to scope out all the options.
To celebrate the 2 year anniversary there is an awesome sale happening right now that is almost over. You have just a few days left to jump on board and get the tiered pricing as that will end soon. All 10 new releases are 25% off, all other patterns are 40% off!!!! All the get the look kits are 30% – that’s like $8.40 per yard for Art Gallery fabric! And to top it off, tiered pricing is in effect right now… (Discounts appear once items are added to your cart…add them in to see your savings.)
Congrats to Amy Y. for winning the pattern bundle!!
I’m so excited to get to share my review of Winter Wear Designs Magnolia Fit and Flare Dress and Top. I was drawn to this pattern for two main reasons. First, it is LOADED with options. This pattern doesn’t just include top and dress options, but it has so many hemline options, an optional back insert, color blocking directions, two different pockets, and more. I thought I might geek out and calculate all the possible combinations of creations you could make, but there were so many I was afraid I would make a mistake and didn’t want to leave anything out. The second reason I was drawn to this pattern was that it is on point with popular fashion right now. If you creep my Pinterest fashion board, you would find many looks that could be recreated using the Magnolia pattern. Magnolia even includes a link to a Pinterest search for even more inspiration.
For my look I settled on the ¾ length sleeve, scoop neckline (v-neck is also an option) tunic with the shirt tail option in both the front and the back. I had originally planned a different length, but that didn’t print when I had selected my size layer. I later played around and discovered it was in the size 00 layer rather than the appropriate size group. This was somewhat annoying to me. There were a few other small issues with lines missing within pattern pieces and typos, but nothing that prevented me from completing my look.
I didn’t have to make any adjustments to my pattern pieces, but the instructions include quite a few details about how to make adjustments for your body type. If you are someone that finds you get a better fit by making a few adjustments, this pattern would give you some good resources one making these changes. I was impressed with the amount of information provided.
Overall, I like the look of this top. It hugs in just the right places and flares out exactly where you would want to hide possible “mom tummy” issues. The scoop neckline definitely pushed this dress/top into the sexy zone rather than just another comfy mommy top. I definitely can’t wear this to work without flashing the kids my goods. I would describe it as classy cleavage. I teach middle school, so I typically opt for higher necklines to prevent any wardrobe malfunctions. I may bring the neckline up for the next one so I can wear it to school. The drape of the double brushed poly I used was a perfect match for this pattern. Be sure to check out the line drawings in the Magnolia Fit and Flare Dress and Top listing. Those really helped me to make a plan on what options I would choose.
And lastly… how about this floral print? Do you love it? I have a little girl make that will be live on Friday in this same print. Don’t miss it.
Ah!!! I’m so excited about this little dolly creation! My very good bloggy buddy Becca of Sunflower Seams released her very first patterns with Simple Life Pattern Company this week! She designed patterns for several of the most popular girls dress designs so that we can make great Dolly and Me creations. Hang with me to the end because I have a chance for you to win the Girls Ayda and Doll Pattern Bundle!!! *This post does contain affiliate links.
I don’t know if you are aware, but the Little Ps got Wellie Wisher dolls for Christmas this year, along with matching Wellie boots that are ever-so-popular in our house. I was super excited about these patterns because currently there is not a ton of options in the pattern world for the Wellies. They are much smaller than the typical 18″ dolls and proportions are quite different. The new doll patterns include pattern pieces for 18″ dolls and the new smaller size (14″) that fits the Wellie Wishers. Woot Woot! We made the Ayda Dolly and Me set for this post.
Along with some new releases, SLPco is celebrating two years of business!! And they are having the BIGGEST sale of the year. All new releases are 25% off, all other patterns are 40% off and all Get The Look kits are 30% off!!!! Have you seen my look that you can get in a Get The Look Kit? I just loved that dress!
Becca did a great job with this pattern. She worked to keep the doll pattern similar in construction to the Girls version while making accommodations for doll needs in dressing. It really is hard to dress something that doesn’t have bending limbs. Have you ever thought about that?
How adorable is this?! Seriously I’m dying! I also had a lesson in humility as people passed by me laying on my stomach in a public walkway to get these fabulous dolly photos. I guess it comes with the blogger territory? I’m working on getting over it.
And because we take our matching dolly and me makes seriously, we went with the matching boots to complete our look. It is a great combo, plus we can walk through the rain puddles without issues, right? Presley has already claimed this make as her Easter dress, so I guess I’m seriously ahead of schedule! That literally never happens for me.
So how about a chance to win a Dolly and Me Ayda Pattern Bundle?! Check out the rafflecopter below to enter. a Rafflecopter giveaway
Congrats to Laura S. for winning the Dolly and Me pattern bundle!!!
Do you remember my One Thimble Tour post about the Orbis Skinny Harems? Well the Orbis Harem pattern has now been release back to the designer and there is a little celebration to kick them off for a second time. I do love this pattern. It’s a fairly quick sew and my girls think they are super comfy. It’s a co-ed pattern, so if you sew for boys and girls this pattern will go far for you. We’ve had a hard go with weather being super cold this week, so please hang with us and don’t miss out on the great features of this pattern.
For this post I wanted to try a few things with my Orbis. The first thing that I did was to stitch my pocket on making the loopers from my coverstitch visible. This is such a fun look, and to be honest with you, it is a lot easier to sew the pocket on in this fashion. I love the character that this gives the pants.
The second thing I did was to change up the waistband. The waistband is a knit band with elastic casing. I thought I would switch things up a bit and eliminate the elastic and make a yoga waistband instead. My girls like a yoga band and I do too, so it was a good choice for us. To make the yoga waistband I simply doubled the height of the waistband piece and removed and inch from the width. It worked out great.
This pair is a perfect layer for heading to and from ballet class. I definitely need to put together something for a matching top. We loved this knit I snagged from JoAnn’s with the metallic stars. I sure hope it washes up well after a few rounds with the Gobin girls. They really do wear things down quickly these days.