A SLPCo Holiday

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One of my favorite things its the Simple Life Patterns Company Holiday blog tour. I’ve been honored to be on this tour for a few years, and they are some of my favorite makes to look back on!

My very first pattern from SLPCo was Ayda. I bought it when I was pretty new to Pdf patterns, and pretty new to sewing. I was not in the testing and promoting world yet, where you kind of get patterns for free by the gobs and gobs! So it was a big deal to actually purchase a pattern. You know I loved it!

Now I’ve made so many of their gorgeous designs, and I love that they’re classic, but unique! And comfortable! My girls have lived in so many of them!

For this blog tour, I mashed two new to me patterns. I couldn’t resist the full ruffled skirt from the Opal’s pattern, and then I spent a LONG time looking through their website to decide which bodice to pair it with. Molly is one of the originals, but that deep scoop just kept calling my name. It’s so elegant, and a little dramatic!

It was a straight mash. I just gathered the Opal skirt to match the Molly bodice, but if you use the circle skirt from Opal, instead of the gathered one, you might need to do a more careful mash.

Art Gallery has been a favorite for me to work with this year, and they generously sponsored this dress. I have eyed this print for a long time, and finally had the perfect occasion to use it!

I love that this dress fits my 10 year old’s style, while still making my ruffle-loving heart happy. ❤

I’m serious, even if your big girl says she hates ruffles, make her something like this, and she won’t be able to resist it once she puts it on!

You will be so inspired with the rest of the dresses on this tour, and you can grab all their patterns on sale, too, with the code HappyHolidays. It’s the last sale of the year!!


A huge thank you to our sponsors!!

Follow along the Simple Life Pattern Company Holiday Blog Tour 2020

❅ Monday (11/9) That’s-Sew-Kari
❄ Tuesday (11/10) It’s Liesel
❅ Wednesday (11/11) Kainara Stitches
❄ Thursday (11/12) SewSophieLynn
❅ Friday (11/13) Kutti Couture

A Plaid Sofiona

So, Sofiona. This pattern company is known for their fine-tuned details. From the design to the drafting to the testing to the launch. Nothing escapes calculation. And what does that get you? Unique patterns in the sizes you need that will fit, and you and your daughters will love! (Or sons, because I’ve actually used their robe pattern for my boys too!)

I am happy to also call them friends, and loved making this set in a PLAID theme for the fall season.

These top patterns were designed to work together, though I’ve never made them together, until now! The Tide top/dress pattern is a halter with a circle skirt, or half circle skirt, but I went full circle, because, better! I am SUPER proud of my pattern matching on the back of this. I mean, I can see the flaws, but it turned out as good as I could have hoped! Best of all, we didn’t try any of this on until we went out to take pictures, and of course, it’s a perfect fit!

Tundra is one I’ve made a few times. I love an easy to wear piece, and this definitely fits my style. However, this is no sloppily drafted dolman. Every piece fits together perfectly, and gives the perfectly fitted finish! The crop length hits just right to throw on on top of a dress or tee for an extra layer in the fall.

I made a basic pair of Rocky Shore tights in basic black to finish up the outfit. Wouldn’t you know she hasn’t taken them off, and requested 1 or 2 more pairs in black, so she would never have to be without a clean pair. LOL! You know the pattern is a good one when they love the fit and feel enough to request exact duplicates!

I hope you love my plaid pattern mixing! I’m so happy with how this turned out! My daughter still has on the leggings and crop sweater, she’s just exchanged the halter for a comfy grey graphic tee, and it’s the perfect home outfit, too. Go check out all of their amazing designs, and plan something fun and comfy for your next sew!

Friday Dress

I have a story to tell.

My 10 year old is the pickiest. She has loved shoes since she was 5 months old, and has loved clothes almost as long. It’s not a joke. Her favorite “toy” was the shoes from the shoe basket she would dump out, and play with happily.

She’s had quite the sense of “style” over the years, notably, often wearing two completely different shoes on her feet, and breaking the rules of mixing patterns before she learned the rules.

Now that she’s 10, she’s had time to hone her taste, and is particular about a lot of things. She hates polka dots. She hated ruffles first though, and there are too many other things to name here. But she does love clothes, and has specific tastes in all the aspects of a design!

So, I still like to sew things I like for her anyway (BIG GRIN), because creating kids fashion is my happy place. I know some of the main things to stay away from, but I also know that she loves a lot more things than she thinks she does, because she can’t always see the vision, until something is complete.

The Friday Dress is one of those things I like. I’ve admired this pattern since it first released, and have thought about making it so many times, but I tend to go for things that I can whip up without thinking, and that only take 30 minutes or less, because, 5 kids, homeschooling, cooking, cleaning, life, etc… take up all of my time.

Signing up for a blog tour with the Friday Dress on it, though, is just the excuse I needed to force myself to sew it. I didn’t ask my daughter first. I also didn’t tell her I was sewing it, I also chose the fabric myself. She saw it when I was almost done, and checked out the line drawing that was on the last page of instructions I had printed out by the sewing machine. I figured she wouldn’t like it much, it’s not a style I normally sew her, and wovens aren’t at the TOP of her list of favorite things. Oh well, I’ll get the photos, and the dress will get passed on.

At bedtime that same day, she told me she left a note for me, which I went to read after she was in bed.

My shocked/happy heart! She hadn’t even tried it on yet!

We took photos the next morning, and she’s not taken it off since. All this to say, if you’re doubting anything about the Friday Dress, don’t. There’s some kind of magic in it! Plus, it’s on sale, which is another reason to get it now!

We’re celebrating 10 new patterns in the Project Run & Play shop, and they’re a bunch of good ones! They’re on sale, and the blog tour inspiration will give you more patterns to add to your list!


When is it too late to sew new stuff for summer? Not the end of August for sure, if you’re in the midwest! We will possibly have days warm enough to wear this through November or maybe even in December! If all else fails, throw on a sweater 🙂

My daughter loves maxi dresses, and I knew she would wear this thing out through the end of summer! This is the Tahiti Tank dress pattern from New Horizons Designs.

I made a maxi with a fun tropical floral print from Pretty Posh Prints. I thought this was a great way to showcase the print, and make a statement. I’ve been saving this fabric for something, I didn’t know what, but here it is 🙂 I chose the racerback version, and the maxi version has two side slits included.

I also love the tie that is an option on this pattern, but I liked it on the knee length dress better, so I made a solid version too! I chose the straight hem option, and the full back on this one.

This is also a double brushed poly from Pretty Posh Prints, which I bought to make winter dresses, because I love the color, but I think it will carry us into fall nicely!

As always, the size range of New Horizons kids patterns makes me so happy. They run from 12-18 months up through 16, which means there’s no weird cross-over stage when my girls won’t fit into the girls or women’s patterns! Give this one a try if you need a satisfying summer sew!

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


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 🙂







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!