Indigo

Isn’t that just a lovely name to start? Might partly be because that’s one of my top favorite colors, but I just love it!

The Indigo is the latest release from Jennuine Design, designed for a Project Run and Play collaboration, and it’s about as jam packed full of options as possible! I’m showing you 2 versions, but included is a top, dress, pants romper, baby romper, bummies, crop top, sleeve options, and every combination in between that you can think of! Plus, it starts at size Newborn!

I made a top version in a rayon blend fabric. I found this in the pre-cut section of Wal-Mart, so I don’t have exact content, but it’s perfectly drapey, and I thought it was perfect for these sleeves, and a gathered version of the skirt.

It’s unhemmed, because I couldn’t decide if I wanted to or not. Fun fact, I don’t mind hemming at all! I took pictures and might decide to hem later, but it’s hanging nicely now!

The dress option is so so so comfy. My daughter loves that I added pockets to this one! I used a double knit on this, so it’s going to be sturdy and warm for colder temperatures.

The back V-neckline is a nice detail. My tip for sewing these, with a sharp point is to stitch with a straight stitch, and short stitch length about 1.5 inches from the bottom down to the point, pivot, and stitch back up the same amount. Then switch over to the serger and serge around the rest of the neckline. I much prefer the serger over a stretch stitch on necklines like these, and this is the best of both worlds!

You can find this pattern in her shop, along with many other unique designs for all kids of all ages!

Deer Creek

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Do you dress up for Thanksgiving? Or wear the most comfy thing you can find to properly lounge in after you’ve stuffed yourself?

I’m kind of in the middle, but I think this dress is the cutest option if you want to dress up for the feasting day! Knit, elastic waist, but still great design details. I love the hem!

This is the Deer Creek tunic and dress from New Horizons. I absolutely love that the sizing for the girls version goes up to 16. My tween can fit into it better than me adjusting the women’s smaller sizes to fit her. Anything that makes it easy to fit a growing body!

I used an old cut of fabric that I’ve been hoarding. This came in a Knit Fix from Girl Charlee. The Knit Fixes are not around anymore in their original form, but those mystery bags were what fed the flame of my sewing passion, and helped me learn about all different types of knits, which was such a valuable addition to my skillset!

The Deer Creek comes in women’s also, and I think it’s such a great design for all ages. I got this long sleeve dress out of a 2 yard cut, and have a very substantial “Scrap” left over, so it’s not fabric hog at all!

Grab your Deer Creek pattern now, and some of that fabric you’ve been saving and get sewing. It looks better on you, than on the shelf! ❤

I get to blog about One Thimble!!

I have been a fan of One Thimble from the beginning! It’s a fantastic deal to get several pdf patterns, and majorly valuable articles for the price! They make sure you get a variety, so no matter who you sew for, you’re covered!

I got to sew up a couple of the “hacks” that are featured in the new issue that’s just out now!

The Beep Beep sweatshirt appeared in an earlier issue, and I love the strip down the sleeve and side, plus the pocket. The hack outlined in this current issue shows you how to turn it into a cardigan! I love hacking things, and always plan to, but sometimes don’t ever get around to it, because I don’t have the mental energy to put into figuring it out. This is done for you here!

I used cotton lycra from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, and some French Terry I’ve had for a while for the contrast side panel.

Then I sewed the Everest Pants from Gracious Threads. This issue includes a hack for these for shorts! I made a classic error a seasoned seamstress shouldn’t make. I sewed the size I thought sounded right. I know. Plus, when I guesstimate, I always round up, so there’s more growing room. But I ended up with shorts that will be perfect next year, lol!

I snagged a pair of khakis from the donate bin, and used those, for a perfect bottom weight fabric! These are already getting lots of wear from him, wrong size and all!

Now check out the giveaway, and the rest of the bloggers who are showing you all the goodness from Issue 22!

For your chance to win a copy of the new One Thimble Issue 22 – Summer 2019 please enter the rafflecopter prize draw here.Open until 12am Wednesday November 20th AEST

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We have some amazing bloggers joining in to share their makes this week. Be sure to check each one out on the tour and show them some love.

November 13

Idle Sunshine

Rebel & Malice

Sew Cucio

November 14

Curtiepie

Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier

November 15

The Graham Crafter

Marvelous Auntie

The Accidental Sewist

November 16

Beri Bee Designs

{Spools+Oodles} of Fun

November 17

SewSophieLynn

That’s-Sew-Kari

Max-California

November 18

The Crafting Fiend

It’s Liesel

November 19

Lulu & Celeste

Idle Sunshine Tour Wrap Up!

The Holiday Blog Tour with SLPCo

The Holiday Blog Tour with Simple Life Patterns Company is one of my favorite every year. Maybe it’s the combination of the gorgeous, girly patterns, with the opportunity to sew up some luscious velvet, and lace. But it’s a signal to get my holiday sewing done, and I love sharing a bit with you!

I used one favorite, and one new pattern to me!

The Leah wrap top is designed for woven, but I’m all about the knit, and I knew my tween would wear it so much more this way! I used a tiny dotted mesh from So Sew English fabrics, which is a cute look, layered with a cami.

I didn’t make any alterations to the pattern due to the knit, but I did make some alterations to the construction. I didn’t use any binding to finish the edges. I just serged, and turned under 3’8″ all the way around.

I love the look of the bishop sleeve, so I widened the pattern slightly and put in some elastic at the wrist.

All together I love this look so much! Even worn with jeans, which I can’t get her out of, it’s a cute look for a party!

Then I made the Aria. To turn up the glam, I used a stunning stretch velvet in a gorgeous deep print from So Sew English.

Then I cut 2 skirts, cut them open, sewed them together, and gathered to fit the waist. Extra. Twirl. You can’t ever say no to that!

The bow back is the stunning detail. I never get tired of this pattern!

There is a HUGE site-wide sale going on now. You need to stock up! This is the biggest discount they ever do, and I know it, because I’ve watched them from the beginning!! The sale runs from 11/11-11/25 and EXCLUDES svg cut files. Use code: slpcorocks for 40% off!

Check out all sews from these other blogs, and pick up a few patterns!

11/11 Boo + LuIdle Sunshine
11/12 Kutti CouturePear Berry Lane
11/13 Candice Ayala.comIt’s Liesel
11/14 Kainara StitchesSewSophieLynn
11/15 Sunflower SeamsSew and Tell Project

Sofiona Moss – Happy Anniversary!!

I am so happy to be helping Sofiona celebrate their first anniversary in the pdf pattern world.

Sherri and Trish have put so much care into their business that they have a stunning line up of patterns already released in the wild, and each one is so unique. Something that’s new, and needed!

I hope you’ll help them celebrate by purchasing a few patterns. They’re on sale, and already great prices, so you can’t lose! Their site wide sale will run Nov 8-17. All new fall releases will be 25% off and everything else will be 35% off. Additionally, there will be giveaways each day through the second week of the celebration, Nov 11-15!

Now, on to what I sewed. This is one of the patterns I didn’t test, but purchased when it released, because I loved it so much. The Moss was designed as a swim suit cover-up. But it certainly is not limited to that! I love the angles, on the front, and the back, and how easy it is to throw on and wear.

There are several options you don’t see, since I only made one version, but you have the options of top or maxi lengths also. You can skip the hood, and use the pretty ties across the back instead.

I used fabric from one of the sponsors, Fabric Snob. This was my first time purchasing from them, and I am thoroughly impressed! These are the LUXE jersey solids, and they are so perfectly soft and easy to work with. I highly recommend these, if you’re looking for something to try from them! Fabric Snob is giving 10% off orders from her entire shop Nov 4-10. The code is SOFIONA I think you should jump on that!

Be sure to check out all the fun in the Sofiona facebook group, and everything the other bloggers and instagrammers (is that a word?) are posting! There are some amazing makes, and I think you might be inspired to sew up some of your own!

Each day this week, two bloggers will pair up to showcase one Sofiona pattern. Follow along to see your favorite Sofiona patterns sewn “as is” by one blogger and a clever “hack” by the other.

Some of our favorite Instagrammers will also be sharing their Sofiona makes this week and they’ll be doing the same pairing up to showcase one pattern. Follow them for more inspiration:

Join us in the Sofiona Designs Fan Group on Facebook for more fun and to share your favorite Sofiona makes!

Finally, a huge thank you to ALL the sponsors for joining in our Anniversary Celebration! Please participate in the Rafflecopter below for an opportunity to one of the two prize packages listed below valued at over $150 each and join us in the fan group for daily giveaways next week.

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Marty Hoodie

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Do you guys know about One Thimble? It’s a pattern e-zine based out of Australia. When it started, it came out quarterly with about 10 patterns, and a LOT of high quality articles! I really enjoyed purchasing and reading it, as it was an amazing value, and if I loved or would use at least 2-3 of the patterns in it, it would be worth it! They took a hiatus, and just came back with a new, smaller, and cheaper format! Now they’re including a couple of new patterns, and a few hacks to older patterns. I’m happy they’re back, and still loving it!

I reached into the archives of One Thimble, looking for something to sew with this sweatshirt fleece I had from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I like looking for something I’ve never sewn before, and the Marty Hoodie seemed perfect! I needed something with a good amount of ease, since the fabric doesn’t have much horizontal stretch. The Marty Hoodie comes in tunic or dress lengths, but it would be pretty simple to alter the length.

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I love this pocket. There’s also a patch pocket option, but this was so fun. And easy to sew!

My girlie LOVED this fabric from the day she saw it. I was scrolling through the new releases a few weeks ago when Raspberry Creek put out these new prints, and she immediately begged for this one! I knew I had to get it, and make her something. She lives in hoodies and jeans, so I know I’ll be seeing a lot of this one. I paired it with the Ivory cotton jersey.

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If you want to check out One Thimble, you can still buy all the past issues, and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed! The Marty Hoodie is in issue 11.

This sweatshirt fleece is literally the softest thing you’ve ever felt! I know it’s going to be warm to wear, and it was so easy to sew with! You’ll want to make sure you follow the stretch percentage a pattern calls for, since this doesn’t have much stretch, but it has enough to be comfortable to move in. Go check out all the new prints on this base. I’m super in love with the polka dots, and planes. They might be on my next order!

Street Style

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I LOVED creating these outfits, and mostly getting to shoot photos of them NOT on my front porch, lol!

With 5 kiddos always with me, since we homeschool, it’s really hard to go anywhere to take photos. But I knew this one was worthy of the effort. Or actually, I knew where I could go take photos in a safe place, where my younger ones could come and play too.

The Project Run & Play designer collaborations is one of my favorite recent things that’s happening. If you haven’t followed along, there have now been 3 collaborations between former PR&P designers to create a collection, and then a bunch of us get to sew pieces from it for a look book.

Seeing how others interpret something, when you all have the same designs to start with is so amazing for me. And then they’re all put together in a beautiful digital book, which is so inspiring! Two of the collections have been patterns, and one was fabric designs.

The patterns I sewed, were the Easy Street Tee, and the Via dress. They’re both pretty simple, but that fits my aesthetic well. I love basics, and comfy, and easy. The Via dress is made from 3 colors of Cotton Lycra. The white is a French terry, but the other colors are jersey. It’s super fun to color block with!

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The Easy Street Tee is a dolman, with cuffs, and a long sleeve option. The back dips a little lower, though there’s also a boys version of the pattern too.

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My girlies loved taking photos at one of the skate parks near our home. I was thankful it was empty. I’ve never been there without big kids using it, so it was perfect!

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I hope you’ll take the chance to flip through the look book, and pick up the patterns from the collection that inspire you!

Thank you for reading!