Jonagold|Calla Lily|Pip

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My process for choosing patterns often starts with an inspiration image, or images. Then I can look to see what patterns can be used to recreate the look. It’s easier to pick fabrics, and style them when there’s an end idea semi-planned.

That’s what I did with this mini collection I made for Maia! I had the short overall plus tee look in mind first. But like I’ve said in the past. I like MORE. Plus, you can’t waste a black and white stripe basic tee, so with a little more inspiration searching, I decided to sew a mustard skirt to style with it too!

Here’s my Jonagold + Calla Lily

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The Jonagold is part of the Project Run & Play capsule collection that released recently, and I let my daughter choose the view I sewed, but there are also some other great options, including pants length, and a skirt! This is linen, and I know she’ll wear it a lot this summer.

I almost forgot! Calla Lily is designed for woven fabrics, with buttons down the back. But I prefer knit for tops, and my girls do too, so with a small modification, I sewed it from double brushed poly, and of course made it in record time!

I cut off the placket portion of the back piece, and scooted it off the fold 3/8″ before I cut. That’s it! I hemmed the sleeves, and bottom 3/8″ and cut a neckband to fit that was 1.5″ wide. Bam! Now you try it! I love when a pattern gives a little extra versatility. This would also be gorgeous in a drapey rayon, and maybe that will be next…

The Pip skirt is a FREE pattern on Jennuine Design’s website! And the pocket design is so fun! The panel is folded up accordion style to create the pocket, so it’s super simple, and nifty! This is a great base for your own ideas. I think I’m going to use this skirt design added onto a dress bodice, since the pockets are so perfect.

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  1. I loved sewing these up, and am very happy with how they turned out! As always, I know when I go by measurements, Jennuine Designs patterns will fit perfectly! They are truly a joy to sew ❤

Pip Skirt

Jonagold

Calla Lily

Fabrics:

Black and cream stripe double brushed poly: Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Black linen: Jo-Ann

Mustard floral: Cranston Print Works woven from a de-stash page.

 

Dublin Dolman

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I often overlook the more simple or basic patterns when I’m browsing a pattern website, because I figure I can make it myself, or I have something similar, but when it comes to what actually gets worn around here, it’s the simple work horses in the wardrobe, like a basic dolman pattern. BONUS: this thing sews up so incredibly fast!

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This is the Dublin dolman from New Horizons Designs. Here’s a few reasons why you need this dolman pattern in your library:

-Size range from 6-12 months-16!!! My big girl isn’t even at the top size for height, and she’s a 5’2″ growing girl! I can still get tons of use out of this pattern, and if you have multiple kids you’re sewing for, a big size range is so valuable

-Options! You can make short, banded short, 3/4 or long sleeves. Top, high-low top, curved hem tunic, banded bottom, or tall banded bottom. Gathered front and back, neck band or binding. You could easily add a few inches and make it a dress length too! There are almost no end to the variations included in this pattern.

-New Horizons patterns are drafted well, and the tutorial is thorough, and clear. You won’t get frustrated making any of their patterns!

-It doesn’t take much fabric, and sews up super fast! You can stitch up a dolman in no time, because the sleeves attach quickly 🙂 I also like the comfy look of this style, so it’s a win win win!

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My tween has a specific style, and while she doesn’t articulate it very well, I know what gets worn from her drawer, and what doesn’t, so I’m careful to sew what I know she’ll wear. This has gotten the official stamp of approval, because she kept it on after we took photos, and has worn it quite a bit since!

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Now to start sewing up a stack of these for her to last through the whole summer!

 

Project Run & Play – Farmer’s Market

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I’m a sucker for a deal, and I’m a sucker for getting a bunch of little things for a deal. Makes me feel like I’m getting even more! Opening my stocking was the best part of Christmas, because the fun just kept coming! I still opt for more over less, whether that’s the best way or not, it’s the way I like 🙂 This pattern collection was a collaboration by several previous PR&P designers, and it feels great, because you’re getting a bunch of things for an amazing value!

Please check out the look book if you haven’t yet. The talent is astounding, both in the pattern design, and the sewing, and the styling, and the photography… I could go on.

You’ll get 10 pdf patterns for boys and girls, and even more, i you consider that some have different versions included for boys and girls, some have jumpsuit and dress options, or top and dress options, etc… They are designed to mix and match well with each other to create wardrobes or capsule collections for your children.

I was able to test the Rosemary shirt, which is the first PR&P exclusive pattern from our fearless leader,  Audrey herself! I made it from a rayon, which had the perfect drape for this pattern, and my almost 11 year old has worn it several times, making it a real winner!

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My intentions were to sew a few more of the patterns, and have a fun photoshoot, but I broke my toe, and had a teething 6 month old (4 teeth in 2 weeks!) plus multiple illnesses running through the family, and my best laid plans fell to the wayside.

I am excited to also share the Seed dress with you though! I absolutely love the shape of this dress. The way it blouses out at the back, above the waist, plus the pockets, make this an all around solid design in my book. This was the first pattern I’ve sewn from Sew Pony, though I’ve admired her style for a long time!

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I got both of these fabrics from my local remnant shop, Faithful Remnants, and if you’re local, and you enjoy sewing, yarn crafts, vintage, etc… YOU HAVE TO GO. Let me know, and I’ll come with you, I love that little shop!

The Farmer’s Market patterns are available individually in the shop, or bundled for some steep savings.

Thank you for reading, now go shop!