Green Street

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I think Lil Luxe Collection makes some of the best designs. She competed on the latest season of Project Run & Play, and WON! This is one of the designs she created on her season.

The Green Street top and dress is a simple skinny strap dress that pulls over the head easily with no closures. The whole pattern is finished beautifully with french seams everywhere.

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The pleats make my non-ruffle loving girl a little happier, because she even side-eyes the gathers on skirts sometimes. Just making sure i’m not trying to put her in any ruffles. Haha!

There is a top length also, but dresses are usually easier for me because I don’t have to pick another piece to style it with. I let her choose the fabric for this one. I pulled out 8 or 10 pieces that I had enough of, and thought would work well for this pattern, and she loved this one. Good thing I do to. It was actually my #1 choice before I decided to let her choose. It came from a good friend who let me shop her grandma’s stash before opening up the estate sale to the public. ❤

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There is a discount code you can use on this, and the other new pattern in the shop, the Siena skirt. I will be posting about that one soon. The discount code “NEWPATTERNS_Siena_GreenStreet” is good through next Tuesday, the 30th.

Green Street

 

Helena’s + Michael Miller Kashmir Gardens

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Hi! This is another post I get to do as a Diamond ambassador for Sewing Portfolios. I’ve been connected with Michael Miller fabrics, and I get to choose fabric from their new lines, with the only parameters being creating whatever I want. Sounds about perfect 🙂 And it is. If you sew anything, check out sewingportfolios.com, create your free profile, and it will open up the chance for you to collaborate with businesses in many different capacities.

This time, I brought my oldest down to look at the thumbnails of all the prints, and let her pick the one she wanted. I knew I needed to sew her dresses for winter, since she’s growing so fast. This was her favorite, it’s the aqua color way of the Kashmir Rose print from the Kashmir Gardens collection. This collection should be shipping now from any store that carries Michael Miller fabrics.

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I also let her choose the dress pattern. We looked at a few versions of this Helena’s dress from Simple Life Patterns, and she loved the 3/4 length sleeves, and shoulder flutters.

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Instead of buttons and button holes down the front, I love using snaps, but when they’re on a nicer garment, or very visible, like this one, I like to cover them with fabric to match. It’s very simple. I actually used the four scraps that I trimmed off the top and bottom of the placket, and freehand cut a bunch of circles. I tried to grab one that matched the colors of the print where I was placing the snap. I use a glue stick to help the fabric hold onto the snap, fold the edges around the bottom of the snap, and then press it in place. It’s so easy, and gives a much nicer look.

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Sewing Portfolios

Simple Life Pattern Company

Navigator pullover

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Kelly, the boys designer at Love Notions patterns, recently competed on Project Run & Play, and came in second place! I love following the seasons even more, now that I’ve participated, and this season was full of AMAZING talent. Kelly has a knack for designing for boys, and this pullover was one she created for her final challenge on PRP. I knew I was going to love it. It has everything I look for in a design for my boys. Comfortable, versatile, simple to sew, well drafted, and as a bonus, it has a huge size range! 2T-16!

I made both views. One with a hood, from a cozy fleece fabric, and one from a squishy, soft French terry, with a collar. I think this helps show how versatile this pattern is. With the right fabric, it’s easily dressed up enough to wear to nicer casual settings, and the hooded version can be an everyday pullover!

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When I saw the neckline seam was covered in binding in the photos, I was a little nervous, because I don’t always like “extra steps” like that, because I like to sew speedily.  But this is store bought bias tape attached to the lining of the hood or collar, and stitched down. So simple!

The zipper is also not something to be intimidated by. I’ve done several zippers, but I’d still not say I’m comfortable winging them without directions. But this one is very straightforward to install. I know there’s a video included in the tutorial to help with this and other steps.

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The hood is constructed out of three parts, which gives a great shape, and it’s perfectly fitted, not oversized. The hood and the top front panels of the jacket can be made out of woven fabrics, which adds even more options.

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This pattern is great for boys and girls, and my older daughter requested one from the grey fabric too. I reminded her that I’d already sewn her a top from the same fabric, but she said she didn’t like that one, and wants a version of this pattern 🙂

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It does sew together really quickly, and I promise I don’t say that about everything. 🙂 You can get the pattern for $7 on sale through Oct 23. After that it goes to it’s full price of $9.

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Navigator pullover

Fabric sources:

Football fleece: Joann

Grey French terry: LDG Textiles

 

Pudding Pants

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Joggers have been all the rage in the sewing world for a few years. They’re comfortable to wear, generally a slimmer fit than sweat pants, so they’re more acceptable as “real clothes” and they fit in with the athlesiure trend. I’ve sewn several versions of joggers for myself, and my kids, and I’m here with another great pattern today! These are called the Pudding pants, and if that doesn’t sell you on the pattern, it should. Haha! I love Sew Chibi designs. She makes fun clothes, and I was privileged to sew with her in the same season for Project Run & Play!

The Pudding Pants start at size 12/18 months, and go to size 15/16 years! I love the big size range, since my kids just about span the whole thing. There are three hem options, rolled cuff, contrast cuff, or standard hem. They have optional color blocking, with pockets set into the seam of the color block. Optional solid version, or optional front pin tucking too!

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I chose to use a grey French terry for these, and used the reverse side of the fabric for my contrasting pieces. I love the rolled hem on this version, because it shows the reverse side of the fabric again, and it’s easy. Ha!

These went together really simply. The tutorial is clear and thorough, and the he fits perfectly into his measured size!

This is a great unisex pattern, but I don’t sew as much for my boys, so I used this opportunity to sew for my three year old. He loves getting new clothes, and loves taking the pictures too 🙂

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This is one of the latest patterns to hit the Project Run & Play shop. There are six new ones this week, and you can grab them on sale! There’s also a giveaway for a chance to win all six of them on the PRP blog, hop over there to enter, AND I have a copy of the Pudding pants to give away to one of you!

Leave a comment on this post to be entered to win. You can tell me anything, but I’d love to hear what you’re thinking of sewing next. 🙂 I’ll choose a random winner on Monday, 9/15.

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Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out the other stops on the blog tour this week, highlighting all the new patterns!