Daisy Ray

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I have a new make to share with you, and the reason I get to share this today, is because of Sewing Portfolios! If you sew anything, you can get opportunities to collaborate, or find jobs with businesses in the sewing industry, because that’s the whole goal of Sewing Portfolios.

It’s a completely free service. All you do is set up your profile, add projects to it, which are things you’ve made, and photographed, and your work will be shared with businesses who are looking for creative talent!

As a Diamond Ambassador for Sewing Portfolios, I get to bring you new creations with Michael Miller Fabrics throughout the year.

This dress is the Daisy Ray, which is found in the 20th Issue of One Thimble, and designed by Ainslee Fox.

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I consider myself an intermediate sewist/seamstress/whatever, but there are still a lot of skills I haven’t learned yet. This is the first time I have attempted to shirr. Normal me might have re-constructed the back panel to allow for several elastic casings, but I was feeling pretty adventurous, found a youtube tutorial or two to watch, and ordered 2 huge spools of elastic thread on Amazon!

Well. The first line stitched fine! The second was ok-ish. By now I was already wondering if I was supposed to have the fabric pulled straight, or if the subsequent rows were all supposed to be stitched over the gathers. None of the tutorials specifically mentioned that. My fabric gathered up pretty tight even with my first row. I loosely hand-wound the bobbin, but maybe I should have pulled it a little tighter?

Anyway, by the bottom of the bodice, it was clear that this wasn’t my best work. But I wanted to see how it looked finished, and if it fit. After trying the dress on, I realized I probably was supposed to pull the fabric straight as I stitched, and a couple of the rows unravelled. But I’m still showing it anyway. Maybe someone else will realize that it’s ok if your first attempt is far from perfect. Now that I’ve tried, and know what questions I have, my next one will be better, and I’ve taken the first step, which is often the hardest one.

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I absolutely love the summery feel of this dress! The ties are cute and casual, and the full skirt, and elasticized bodice make it comfy to wear!

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Michael Miller Fabrics is a dream to work with. From complete creative freedom, plus quality fabric, and designs, I am pinching myself that I have this opportunity! This print is from the Weekend Getaway collection.

I hope you’ll check out sewingportfolios.com and set up a profile, or update yours if you haven’t added any projects in a while. You never know what’s around the next corner!

 

 

 

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 โค

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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, ย 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!

Raspberry Creek Fabrics-SWIM!

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Sewing swim is one of my favorite things. I’ve said that a few (thousand) times, but if you’re new here, you didn’t know that ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s why:

  1. It doesn’t take much fabric. I can still get a couple of suits for my girls out of 1 yard, and probably have some left over, and my girls are towards the top of the size range for kids patterns.
  2. There’s not much ironing involved. I love a good woven project, where I’m ironing more than I’m sewing, it is very satisfying, but it’s nice to just sit at the machine, and by the time you stand up, you have a finished project!
  3. One of the big reasons I sew is so my kids can have clothes that fit well, and swim wear really shows if it doesn’t fit. Any suits from the store are a BAD fit for my kids, who I’m grading 4 different sizes for, based on their chest, waist, hip, and trunk length!
  4. SWIMSUITS ARE CUTE! I mean, there’s so much inspiration out there, and I want to re-create them all!

Ok. That’s probably a good short list.

Raspberry Creek Fabrics puts out a new line of swim prints every year, along with coordinating colors of dots, stripes, gingham, and solids. They also print on board short fabric, and that’s certainly not as easy to find! They’re hosting this blog tour, and sent me 2 yards of fabric to sew up! I also got to choose from several pattern companies sponsoring the tour, and I’ll share about both of the ones I chose in a bit.

RCF swim is a good quality, thick fabric. It doesn’t roll when you’re working with it, and it wears well. Our suits from last summer are still going strong! There are several different mini collections of designs, but the colors coordinate throughout all, so if you want to mix it up, you can!

This was my first time working with board short fabric. I just jumped in, and found it pretty simple to work with. I chose the prints I loved, and got half a yard of each. My boys initially each chose the prints they’re wearing, but then my youngest decided he’d rather have the stripes, so I already ordered more of the stripes fabric, so he can match his brother this summer!

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Confession: I own a lot of BOO! patterns, but I haven’t sewn any yet… oops! I knew if I signed up to sew one for this blog tour, it would make me get it done, and I am in love with the result! I knew I would be happy, because you can’t turn any direction in the pdf pattern world, without hearing how amazing BOO! swim patterns are, and now I can officially say, it’s all true! These are the Embrace Togs. I love the design of the back, and the fit is perfect. This was a pretty simple sew, also. I used the watercolor palm leaf print, and coral stripe print for this suit.

If you can’t tell from these photos, it was a RAINY day! A thunderstorm had just passed, and we decided we’d better grab some photos, since the forecast showed rain for the next three days! My daughter would request a photo shoot in the rain every time, I think, based on how much fun she had, even when it started sprinkling on us again!

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For my boys, I wanted something quick to sew, because of the short-ish turn-around on time for this whole thing. I grabbed the Swashbuckler swim trunks from Patterns for Pirates. I love how quick and simple these were to make up! There are more options, including color blocking, a faux fly, and optional lining, but I just made the plainest version, and I know they’ll get lots of use this summer! I think I’d prefer them a couple inches shorter, but I just made the size they measured in the hip, I didn’t check height, so it may not be the designed length, if you make these yourself. I’ll just know for my boys, I’ll cut a little off next time.

How perfect are these prints! The birds are adorable, and the stripes are so fun! I already mentioned that I ordered more stripes, so I can make another pair at my son’s request, and I also grabbed some of the birds in swim knit ๐Ÿ™‚

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Now, go buy all the swim before I go get it myself. Just kidding! She’ll print on demand for a whole year, until the next line comes out, but for real, I couldn’t decide which prints to get, so I ordered a bunch, and I already want more ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

(Note: with a mix-up from their base fabric supplier, any prints on swim knit, that have a lot of navy are on PRE-ORDER, due to that color not printing correctly on the new knit. Listings that are affected are marked in the title.)

I love coming in at the end of a blog tour, because you get to see everyone else’s posts now, with no wait! Check out all the sponsors, because they have a discount for you this week!

Make sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour today!

 

 

For this week, March 11-15, 2019, our readers can enjoy 20% off SWIM ONLY from these sponsors!
Wardrobe By Me code: Raspberry Creek
Simple Life Pattern Company code: SLPCO-RCSWIM
Titchy Threads code: SUITUP19

5oo4 code: RCFSWIM
and 15% off SWIM ONLY from Jalie code: SWIMTOUR15OFF



A huge thank you to all of our sponsors!

Boo Designs / Sew A Little Seam / Titchy Threads / Simple Life Pattern Co. / Jalie

Little Lizard King / Made for Mermaids / Love Notions / Striped Swallow Designs

Patterns for Priates / Violette Field Threads / Wardrobe By Me / 5oo4 / Sew Like My Mom

 

Boys can wear pink!

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I’m happy to be joining the fifth season of the Boys Can Wear Pink blog tour, as a first time contributor! I’ve followed it every time, and considered joining in the past, but didn’t put enough thought into it, and let it pass by. But I’m so excited to be here!

I knew my boys would be on board, because their favorite shirts are some that I color blocked with a pink floral last year. They still get worn all the time, months later!

I always have to know the why behind things, for better, or for worse, but the idea that some colors are exclusive to boys or girls has never made sense to me, and thankfully was not an issue to my parents either, as I remember more than one of my brothers who went through a pink phase. So I’m happy to continue the inclusivity, and let everyone enjoy the rainbow of colors God created!

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I am honored to be on the Certified Jennuine Design team this year, and I am excited that this is my first post in this role, too! Jennuine Design is a pdf pattern company that has great designs, that are packed with value, with lots of options, and styles that work for boys and girls!

I’ve made the Skiff tee for boys and girls, and it works well on all sizes and ages, from the tiniest, to the biggest! This time, I sewed three different options, though this is not all that you can do with this pattern.

The color blocking option makes such a stylish look. My oldest got a classic grey, with two different shades. He also got some pink floral shorts, made from some cotton scraps I had picked up from my local remnant store.

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My middle boy got a classic white tee, with a little home town pride vinyled on โค #wichitawesome

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And little baby boy who just turned 6 months old got another color blocked version. This floral print is the one I used on my other boys’ shirts last year, and my husband also has a tee that’s color blocked with these fabrics, so now all 4 boys can be sporting the same look!

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The Clipper shorts were new to me, but are a classic style that will get lots of use! These come in two length options, with plenty of other options to spruce them up. These are all pretty basic versions, but I did something slightly different with each one.

The smallest pair is the most simple, made out of a woven chambray. My oldest got another woven version, with front pockets added, and my middle is wearing a knit adaptation. These are designed for woven, but I wanted to use this pink French terry, so I gave it a shot, and it turned out great! He was right in-between sizes, so I sized up, though I probably could have gone down instead, since I was using knit, but that crossed my mind a little too late.

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These are great wardrobe staples patterns, and my boys have the start of a spring wardrobe with them, now!

The Boys Can Wear Pink tour is wrapping up soon, so you can go back and look at all the other fun posts that have been happening this week:

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Surf and Sand

Sewing swimwear is ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS! Did I say that loudly enough? It’s the simplest, quickest thing to sew, and so satisfying! I think I especially love sewing, because ready to wear shows the fit issues so much more than other types of garments, and I love giving my kids a custom fit!

My link up for Project Run and Play is going to be an old sew, but represents what I love, and my style!

This is the peach Beach swimsuit pattern from Lil Luxe Collection. I loves sewing for both of my girls, and these photos are making me want to sew another set for them this summer! โค

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