My Favorite Things

I’ve loved being on the Raspberry Creek Fabrics promo team for the last two years. I’m a frugal fabric shopper, and I eyed the fabrics from Raspberry Creek for a long time before I jumped in. You know, paying shipping and all. But locally there’s never as much good knits, and when I made my first order, I was hooked.

I get to share a few of my favorite things today, and RCF is certainly one of them. I chose a custom double brushed poly print to sew. I love that RCF offers customs at non-custom prices. You seriously can’t beat it. I love that they print them in-house in the USA. I love that they use a process that is safer, and eliminates TONS of water usage. I don’t see a downside.

The prints are designed by lots of people, and they’ve held design-a-line contests a few times, so even you could be a designer with your prints in the RCF shop!

Then I had to choose a pattern. Even with all my favorite companies, and patterns, every time I tried to make a decision to sew something else, I felt like I was not being true to the one pattern I’ve made the most over the last couple of years! It’s the Rosie top from See Kate Sew. I’ve made a bunch. The first time was because it was cute. Then every time after that was because my daughter kept requesting it, and because it’s so stupid easy to make!

It takes 6 pages to print out the whole thing. It’s 3 pattern pieces. You just fold the neck and sleeves under to hem. And it’s so easy to wear, and adorable on.

My daughter has grown out of the biggest size of this pattern, but I keep extending it a little to make it work for her. There is a women’s version, but I don’t think she’s ready for it yet.

The third thing I get to feature is a favorite tool. There’s not really a way to choose, but I cannot sew without my iron. I think it’s the one tool that takes your garment from home-made to professional in minutes! I was going to do a photo before and after ironing, but muscle memory kicked in, and I ironed the whole way through sewing, and as I was giving it a final press, I did a face palm. Lol! So you just get to see it all crisp and finished.

I’ve owned this iron since I got it for my wedding. I picked up a couple Rowenta’s at garage sales, but they didn’t stop leaking, and seemed to not press as well, so I went back to this. It’s hot. It presses well. The buttons are easy to press. It doesn’t leak. It steams well. It’s a great price. If you’re in the market, I recommend it!

Now go check out the rest of the stops on the tour! The inspiration is good with everyone sharing about their favorite things.

Head to all the stops on this week’s tour:

Monday: Sewjourns, Sewing and Things, and Sew Mary Mac

Tuesday: Life Sew Savory, Made By Kates, and SewSophieLynn

Wednesday: Sweet Mama Life, Replicate Then Deviate, and Stitching and Making

Thursday: Handcrafted By RED, My Sew Bliss, and Kainara Stitches

Friday: It’s Liesel, Tessa Does for Love Notions, and Margarita on the Ross

Jalie!

It’s like Christmas in May every time Jalie releases their pattern collection once a year!

I absolutely love Jalie patterns, they’re the top! Sizes from 2 girls to plus size women all in one! Plus, as you click your layers off, you can watch the layers disappear on a thumbnail, so you can see exactly which pages you’ll need to print for your size. So smart! Plus, they are great designs, and always fit PERFECTLY.

I sewed up three of the new ones from thie release. All quick, knit sews!

First up was Camille. I opted for the bike short option on this one, but it comes in a classic leotard also. Optional shelf bra lining included. I love the simplicity of this, and it’s cute as a body suit too! This was from double brushed poly, since I’m guessing she’ll wear it more for life than dance.

Next is a pair that is MEANT to go together! I mean, look at it!

Elle is a classic knot top that you can wear front or back! So fun! And Renee is a ponte/knit pant that is so quick and satisfying to sew! No pockets, but darts, and side panels in the front give it shaping.

I made the top from black rayon spandex for something that she can wear a million ways, and the pants from a ponte. Both fabrics were from Simply By Ti.

I hope you’ll shop the collection. I know you’ll find several things you love! Don’t forget to check out their discount section when you’re buying 3 or more patterns. 

Thank you Jalie!

Summer Stripes

Hi! I sewed up this top in the middle of a bunch of batch mask making, because I NEEDED something quick and fun and fresh to breathe from the overwhelm of woven rectangles 😛

But in true to me form, I didn’t photograph until today, and of course, this week it got COLD again! Like from 80 down to 30. Ok. I always do that! But this afternoon it got warm enough, and we grabbed a few 🙂 Isn’t it so summery?

I picture this at an ice cream truck, or at the park on a warm day. These stripes are the most gorgeous colors.

This is the See Kate Sew Rosie top. I had to lengthen it this time, since she’s out of the size range, but I can’t quit it! It’s literal perfection. 6 pages to print for even the largest size. Three pattern pieces and so quick to sew. This is one of the top two patterns my daughter requests for me to make for her over and over. I think it’s time to buy the women’s size!

What do you think? Does it scream summer to you? Check out all the double brushed poly prints Raspberry Creek Fabrics is printing right now. It was so hard to choose! As always, the quality, printing, and customer service is top notch. Check them out if you haven’t, and if you have, I know you love them too!

Raspberry Creek Fabrics swim + Jalie, Lowland Kids, and Patterns for Pirates!

Yay summer!! I’m back on one of my favorite recurring blog tours! The RCF swim tour!!

Sewing swimsuits is one of my favorite things, and RCF swim fabric makes it just a little better. It’s thick, not too slippery, and they come up with so many great prints every season!

Here’s a fun challenge. You can choose up to 2 yards total from all the RCF swim prints, basic prints, and solids, and sew up some swimwear for your family! What would you make? That’s the dilemma I sit with every time this tour comes around 🙂

Here’s where I ended up! You’ll notice I have 4 different prints/solids, which means, I was working with a half yard of each! Sweet!

My younger daughter got a suit from Jalie out of pattern 3350. She chose the view, and the fabric. This is the Tropical Floral print, and I love the colors so much! I think this would make super cool board shorts too.

My older daughter got a suit from Patterns for Pirates Siren swim top, and Hello Sailor bottoms. The fit on this is amazing, I love how P4P fits me, and it fits my kids great too! Her fabric is the light blue solid, and Multi Stripe print, which I think look so good together, and also good with the tropical floral too! I can’t wait for actual summer weather, so we can take these out for some action!

I picked my 5 year old to make a suit from the board short material, because I had half a yard, lol! This is the Swim Boardies from Lowland Kids, and they’re so freaking cute! He wore these all day after we took photos, and is wearing them again right now. No water needed. These are the surf boards on board short.

One of the best parts of a blog tour is scouting all the inspiration from the other bloggers, and I love going at the end, so everyone else’s links are live! Plus, there’s sale info below too 🙂

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Fabric Fairy

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This is what the Fabric Fairy does well. Athletic fabric, and taking care of it’s customers. And I’m so happy to be a part of their promo team, though I purchase from them regularly, as well as receive promo fabric.

I was able to get this whole coordinating set for my girls out of 3 yards total! I ordered 2 yards of the print, a poly spandex, and 1 yard of the purple dri-fit jersey Lycra. And SCORE, they coordinated perfectly!

I used a smattering of patterns for these, and modified, as I prefer to do when I’m not testing something, to get it exactly how I want.

My oldest is wearing Made for Mermaid’s Jordan hooded tank. I swung out the bottom hem, and made it high-low, and used a binding everywhere instead of bands. I love those touches for a more athletic feel.

And this was my first go at the Clara leggings from Jalie. I didn’t do a great job of getting detail and fit photos, but these leggings are a breeze to sew, and they have no center front seam! Love that.

My younger daughter is wearing a set I’ve made before, and I love it as a workout set. This is the Kyra cross back top from Simple Life Patterns Company, and their Roxie skirted leggings. I love the drop waist on the skirt, so it’s not as bulky at the top, and the added short leggings are great too. I modified the top by lengthening it to shirt length (instead of dress bodice).

She wears the first set I made her like this a long time ago all the time, so I knew this would be a winner!

If you’re in the market for anything swim/performance/athletic, I highly recommend the Fabric Fairy. They’re super quick on turn around time, and have excellent customer service. I’ve purchased a lot of solid interlock, cotton Lycra, and French terry from them too, they have one of the best selection of colors of solids I’ve seen!

Venice

How ready for spring are you? If you’re anywhere near me, we’ve been dealing with frigid wind and snow for the list 4 months, and I’m so eager for some sun, and fresh air blowing through my house every day!

This dress screams spring to me, and it makes me so excited!

This is the Venice pattern from New Horizons. It’s a women’s pattern, but the tutorial includes directions on how to remove the dart, which is what I did for my tween!

There are so many options included, but I think the split sleeves are the star, so I wanted to showcase them.

This is the mini length, plus the split short sleeves. I love it in a simple rayon, so it’s breezy, and the most easy thing to wear!

My growing girl is loving this, and I love that I get to sew to her taste, and size for a perfect fit! It’s time to sew a Venice for spring!

Project Run & Play – Spidermonkey Pants

I absolutely love being a part of the Project Run & Play family, and love watching their catalog grow. There are some amazing designs being added this round, and I get to showcase one of them!

The Spidermonkey pants are from The Wolf and the Tree.

You might be thinking these are some basic looking sweat pants. BUT YOU WOULD BE WRONG.

First, I love that I can make this wardrobe basic in a perfect fit for my kids. You can blend sizes, lengthen or shorten to your heart’s content. We wear sweats all day, and I love having this pattern in my files!

Second, the pocket design is so good. I love some good lines, and you can angle the pocket either way, plus the side stripe gives good places to color block!

Third, this comes in three shorts, plus pants lengths! You can wear these all year round with using a different option from the pattern.

I used some high quality sweatshirt fabric from Jumping June, and that just makes this “basic” such a good feeling pair of pants. I love how soft, thick, and stretchy it is!

Go check out all the new patterns in the shop, and snag your favorites, because they’re on sale!!

If you want a chance to win one from me, go follow Project Run & Play on Instagram, and come back here and leave a comment that you did. I’ll choose a winner tomorrow!

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! ❤