Sierra

I am on a sewing kick for my older girl! I said she’s been needing dresses, and this pattern is so perfect for her! This one is a new release from Made for Mermaids. I am in LOVE with this style, and I didn’t make it with long sleeves for winter, because the cut-outs aren’t seasonally appropriate, and I knew she would want to wear it instantly. That was definitely true. Haha! There was NO argument about taking pictures on a Sunday morning, because then she could wear it to church that morning!

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This is the new Sierra pattern, and it’s packed full of options, and hacks. Included in the pattern are:

Lengths:

Peplum

Dress

Maxi

High-low maxi

romper

Sleeves:

Tank

Flutter

Bodice:

Full

Cut-outs

Open back

The bodice has a v-neck, and a center seam, which makes it fun for playing with stripes, and the back bodice is also a v-neck with seam. I made my first version in dress length, with the flutter sleeves, and side cut outs. It’s a perfectly fun, girly dress for my daughter, and the style and fabric is so her!

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The sizes included are 1/2-14, and there is a women’s version too! You will want to make all the Sierras, and check out the hacks on the Made for Mermaids blog. They always show you plenty of extra ways to mash and modify the pattern, making tons more looks!

If you haven’t heard, Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates started a joint sew-a-long group, and they’ll be taking turns hosting a SAL of one of their patterns each month! Next up is Sierra, so grab your copy on sale now, and go join! There will be even more hacks shared for the SAL!

Fabric is double brushed poly from Knitpop

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Women’s Sierra

Bundle

Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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I know I normally post about pattern companies on the blog, but I am affiliated with a few fabric companies as well, and I want to share about Raspberry Creek Fabrics today! I have been a huge fan/customer for a few years. They recently opened up an application for seamstresses to sew their new collection fabrics, and I was chosen! I received the fabric I used in these outfits for free, in exchange for my photos and promotion. This blog was not required, but I wanted a place to share all the photos together. I have been sharing about them and all my makes from them for years, so it’s safe to say I love them wholeheartedly, all opinions shared here are honest!

RCF comes out with 2 big collections a year, fall and spring, and several other mini collections throughout, swim, Halloween, Christmas, 4th of July, etc… Their big collections release on two bases, Cotton spandex, and cotton spandex French terry. All prints are available on both bases. They also release other prints throughout the year on ponte, rayon challis, swim, etc… Their custom printed collection lines are called CLUB fabrics.

They have their own printers, and the printing process is: “eco-friendly and done without harmful chemicals. Our pigments are Oeko-Tex certified and environmentally friendly.” Their prices are also phenomenal for custom printing. Cotton spandex is not the cheapest fabric to buy, and instead of mid-$20’s, like a lot of custom groups, their prices are around $10-$12 per yard for the custom prints. They stock a lot of other non-custom prints, and the pricing on those is very comparable to other online fabric shops.

The turn-around time is also excellent. Normally your order ships out in 3-5 business days. It lengthens to 5-7 business days on busy times, like new collection release week.

I was able to choose 2 prints from the new line, and 2 coordinates to sew with them. The Prints I chose were the blue/yellow color way of the hexagons, and the embroidered look floral. I chose the blue/yellow triangle print for my coordinate for the hexagons, and charcoal jersey to coordinate with the floral, but I changed plans a bit when my fabric arrived. I ended up sewing the charcoal with the hexagons and triangles, and using the floral on it’s own. I had 1 yard of each fabric, and still have enough floral to make a baby outfit, and enough triangles to make something else for one of my kids! The charcoal was used up within an inch of it’s life, literally. I have NOTHING left of that, but tiny strips of scraps! The stripes are basics from the CLUB line that are always available.

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I usually buy 2 yards of anything I don’t have a plan for, just in case, but it was exciting to me to sew with 1 yard cuts, and see how much I could actually get from it, especially since I’m mostly sewing for kids! That will allow me to buy more prints, and use them up/not hoard so much 🙂

The new collections are on sale for $1 off for one week after release, that will be going on through this week. They released last Friday, so be sure to check out the new line, and purchase the ones you love now!

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I sewed quite a few different patterns for all of these, and I will list them at the end of the post! I am so excited to have coordinating brother outfits, we are all so excited to meet this newest little one!

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Raspberry Creek also released a mini BTS collection a few weeks ago, and I bought from that immediately! These fabrics were not provided to me. My 8 year old loves math, and she was desperate for this print, so I made her a dress from it. I know it’s going to get worn so much! I also grabbed the paper airplanes and dinos to make some more things for the winter for my boys 🙂 Everything I’ve sewed with in this post is the jersey. The airplanes and dinos I bought in French terry to make some cozier things for fall.

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This dress is the Sahara pattern from Bella Sunshine Designs. It is the most perfectly designed scoop back, circle skirt dress. I love it so much.

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Ok. I know this was a long, and photo-heavy post, but I wanted to put it all in one place! You can join the Raspberry Creek Fabrics facebook group to see all the other photos from the fall line, and to catch sales, and news/updates.

Patterns:

Rosie peplum from See Kate Sew*

Jolly Roger raglan from Patterns for Pirates

Slant Seam hoodie from Brindille & Twig*

Rolled Hem romper from Brindille & Twig

Constance hoodie from Sew a Little Seam*

Cuff pants from Brindille & Twig

Teeny Beanie from Patterns for Pirates

Sahara dress from Bella Sunshine Designs

*Patterns were sponsored for this fabric release, and provided to me for free.

Brindille & Twig has a referral program. You can get 15% off your first purchase through this link, and I earn points toward my next purchase!

Raspberry Creek Fabrics

 

Tawsha

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I just shared something I made with this pink knit eyelet, and I sewed with it again for another project! I ordered 3 yards, when I bought it, I had these two projects in mind, and I think I have enough for something else small. I love its much! It’s a little washed out in these photos, for reference. This pattern is the girls Tawsha pattern from New Horizons. My oldest needs dresses so badly. Everything she puts on from last year, or even earlier this year is too short! And so I’ve been trying to build up her fall/winter wardrobe. But I’m a little worried even these won’t last long, because she’s growing so fast!

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This dress has quite a few options, including a fun open back detail, and a shoulder accent that I want to try next. I kept it pretty simple with this version. I did not anticipate it looking like a nightgown when I imagined it in this fabric, but as I was sewing, I was a little worried. We decided if we style it right, it will look just fine! Since it is eyelet, I cut two of the front and back dress pieces. I lined just the main portions, not the sleeves, or the ruffle. I sewed with the main and lining as one piece, instead of letting the lining be separate, as I would have preferred, so there’s no chance of the lining riding up because of static, or anything.

I also modified the sleeves to be 3/4 length. The pattern includes short or long sleeves. I knew she would want to wear it right away, and it will still be pretty warm for a while. She can wear a sweater with it if she needs to when it’s colder.

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She loves it, and chose the boots and necklace to wear with it for these pictures. I love getting photos of my girls as they’re growing. I look at pictures from just 1 or 2 years ago, and I am shocked how quickly they are growing. ❤

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I think I say this every time, but I am so happy about the size range for New Horizons patterns. They go from 12-18months-16. I know I will be able to use these for a while longer with my kids, and I love the options that affords!

Fabric is from Raspberry Creek Fabric

Tawsha

Big butt pants

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I tested the updated version of the big butt pants recently, and, while it’s a great basic, quick sew, comfy wear for your littles, the best part about this particular test was my three year old’s photos. He is always asking me to take pictures of him, and so when I do sew for him, he is eager, and willing to take pictures!

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He needed no direction, and just was a silly little guy for a few minutes!

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These are a great pattern for your knit stash. They have a wide gusset that makes them so comfy to wear. Lots of room for movement. The legs are slim enough to counter the baggier crotch, but not tight or restrictive at all. The tall cuffs give a great option for growing room. You could fold them up halfway, and as they grow fold them down. Mine are just scrunched slightly here.

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Brindille and Twig makes some great patterns for comfy kids wear. I have made so many of every pattern I own from them! The big butt pants come in sizes preemie-6T.

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You can use code ‘bigupdate’ to take $1 off this pattern, or the ice cream pants pattern (through 8/27/18). Or if you previously purchased these patterns, you should have received an email update.

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If you have not made a purchase from B&T, my referral link will give you 15% off your purchase, and I will earn rewards toward my next purchase!

Thank you for reading ❤

Lotte

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Hi! I have a blog post that I am excited to share. It’s a little belated, but I love this so much, I don’t want it to never make it to the blog. I was able to participate on the inspiration team for a fun challenge with Misusu patterns! I love this company, because the designs are beautiful, and the size range is great! She doesn’t include the large size range in all her patterns, but I believe she will be expanding some of them to the wider size range soon. Plus, there are several really high quality free patterns! I’m talking about a full size range, and detailed designs!

The challenge was to show off the free patterns they have available, and I paired the free pattern I chose with one of their paid patterns, Lotte. Lotte is a top, tunic, or dress pattern, with optional pockets in the skirt, and an optional chest pocket. The neckline is bound, and though the bodice needs to be made from knit, you can bind the neckline with woven or knit binding. I used a package of store-bought bias tape, to make it simple.

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The free pattern I chose is the felt flower design. The template comes in 2 sizes in the tutorial, with directions on scaling it larger or smaller, depending on what you’re putting it on.

The tutorial recommends using wool felt, and I knew I wanted to follow that advice, since the craft store felt pills up and falls apart more easily, and this will go through the wash. I ordered mine from Christmas Keepsakes on Etsy. I bought the 6″x6″ sample pack of 25 colors. You can choose your own colors, and I was able to select a few shades of each color I knew I wanted for this. That way I could  pair them up at home to my liking, plus have extra for the next project! The price was very reasonable, and she shipped quickly!

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I asked my kids to each color a template however they wanted. It really brought fresh ideas to the project. I thought I was going to go with my design, and this would just make them feel like they were involved, but I ended up going with one of my daughter’s designs, changing up one or two colors!

It was a little tedious cutting out all the pieces. I just held the pattern onto the felt with one hand, cutting with the other, while I watched my youngest in the bath. I’m sure there’s a more efficient, easier way to do it, but it was a nice little project, and I just did it, since I couldn’t leave to putter around and find another way 🙂

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Then you just place them on by hand. I followed the template exactly, or you can make your own design.  Pin them in place, and stitch them down on the sewing machine.

I love the finished piece! The only thing I would do differently next time I make this dress, is to use wash away hem tape on the bodice/skirt seam. The skirt is gathered knit, which is slightly more bulky, and the hem ended up wavy because it was hard to sew it neatly. But it’s a beautiful pattern, and I can’t wait to see it on!

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The fabrics are both from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. The pink is a knit eyelet, and the white is their cotton spandex.

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Check out Misusu patterns here, and join their facebook group here!

Back to School with Bella Sunshine Designs

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I’ve shared a Bella Sunshine Designs Clementine dress recently, but I’m back with another one, because it’s just what I needed for my oldest! I’m sharing a couple of patterns I made for the Back to School blog tour, with BSD. I love that I can sew for my girls, to fit their styles and sizes, and I’m so excited to keep it up as they grow. I hope having well fitting designs that are flattering will help them navigate their childhood with one less thing to worry about. My girls are 8 and 10, and going into the 3rd and 5th grades this fall. WHAT?!? Every year, I tell myself I don’t feel old enough to have kids this old. But I know I look it, even if I don’t feel it. Ha!

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The patterns I used are the Maggie pattern, which includes top, tunic, and dress length, two necklines, and three sleeve lengths. Sometimes I feel like I don’t need another “basic” pattern, but I love that I can trust the measurements from Bella Sunshine Designs, and I know it will fit exactly as it says it will. This especially starts to matter when you’re making dress length, and don’t want the hips to end up too tight! This is the dress length, with the higher neckline option. I love a good basic t-shirt dress, and stripes make it so classic!

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For my older daughter, I sewed a Clementine top. This one is slightly modified. The pattern is designed with a fully lined bodice, but I decided to skip the lining and add a neckband. I did not make any alterations to the neckline, since I knew it had a decent scoop. I just calculated the neckband by feel.

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Both fabrics are double brushed poly from Sly Fox Fabrics. This is not a sponsored post, but I won their weekly giveaway a few weeks ago, and received several 1 yard cuts from their new releases. I made both of these from some of the fabrics that I won in that giveaway!

Bella Sunshine Designs always makes me happy with their deep hems, and carefully thought out tutorials. You won’t go wrong with anything you make from them!

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Maggie

Clementine

Fabric: double brushed poly from Sly Fox Fabrics

Sale info: Bonus, there’s a BTS sale going on right now! It starts today and ends next Sunday at midnight EST. All girls patterns are $6, all ladies patterns are $7, and all bundles will be $12. No coupon code will be needed. Check out all the patterns here.

Here’s the full line up, be sure to check them out as they post each day!

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Baby clothes!

Last time I had a baby was almost 4 years ago, and I wasn’t fully immersed in the world of pdf pattern sewing. I made several pairs of baby leggings and harem pants, and lots of blankets, carseat covers, etc… but I still had lots of clothes from my other son, who was just 2 years older, so I didn’t really need a lot, I just was sewing for the joy of it.

Now I’m due with baby #5, and boy #3, and I did not save anything as we outgrew it this time. I only kept the things that I loved, and were still in great condition. We have been given so many gifts and hand me downs, which I will never complain about, but sometimes, when clothes make you happy, seeing your kids in things you don’t love isn’t the most fabulous feeling. Also, I’d learned after saving most of the girls clothes “just in case” that it wasn’t the smartest plan. I eventually got rid of all the little girl clothes when we had 2 boys in a row, and I realized that IF that stuff got used again, it was going to be at least 10 years old, and possibly older, since some of it was already bought or given to us used.

I love sewing children’s clothes, and baby clothes might be even better. They don’t use much fabric, they’re generally faster to sew, it’s all comfy, and every fabric print is so much cuter on small garments! I have been whipping up some things for this one, and I know I can sew when he’s here, depending on what size he needs, but I want to get a good head start, so I don’t feel overwhelmed with it if I’m not able to sew as much as I want. I’ll list all the patterns I used in each photo.

FREE Rowan tee from Misusu

Footed pants from Made by Me patterns

Rolled hem romper from Brindille &Twig

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FREE beanie from Delia Creates

Raglan tee from Brindille&Twig

FREE bummies from Brindille&Twig

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Rolled hem rompers from Brindille&Twig (3rd one I modified to add cuffs)

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Raglan tee from Brindille&Twig

Footed pants from Made by Me patterns (modified to add elastic waist)

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FREE Wee Lap tee from Patterns for Pirates

FREE bummies from Brindille&Twig

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Patterns: 

Most of these don’t have affiliate programs, but if you haven’t made a purchase from Brindille&Twig before, my link here will give you a 15% discount on your first purchase, and I will earn points toward my next purchase!

Patterns for Pirates

Brindille&Twig

Made by Me

Misusu

Delia Creates

Fabric sources:

Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Girl Charlee

LDG Textiles

Love Adore knits