Monaluna

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I got to join my first blog tour for Monaluna fabrics, and I am HOOKED. This is the Journey collection, and I took days to decide which print to use. There are prints available in poplin and lawn. I chose poplin for this dress. This cactus had the right amount of whimsy. Then I took days to decide what pattern to sew. Lol!

This is the Chloe dress from Honeydew Kisses (affiliate links). I didn’t quite do it justice, though. Her design includes gorgeous princess seams, and lots of sleeve options, including an off the shoulder ruffle that I was planning on making, but the solid coordinates I wanted for the extra details were not in in time. I am still smitten with this dress. The fabric sings, and my daughter loves it too.

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The fabric was gorgeous to work with. It is 100% organic cotton. I know this dress will wear well. The quality is amazing.

These photos were fun to take. I’m thankful we’re having a bit of milder weather so I don’t have to get creative with bribes for my kids, or take indoor photos. 🙂 But it was super windy! I think that can be half annoying, and half fun, for more interest in the pictures!

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I only had a scrap left after cutting out this dress, but I wanted to make something else, so I sewed these quick diaper covers from the free Made pattern, and made a little outfit to go with it for a baby shower I’m attending this weekend! So adorable!

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The lap tee is the free pattern (affiliate link) from Patterns for Pirates. I modified to bottom, simply. This is the 0-3 month size. I folded up the bottom 5″ and then measured the width of the bottom edge of the pattern, and cut a ruffle that was 5″ long by twice the width of the tee. I didn’t worry about adding length for seam allowance, since it’s flowy. And I did attach the skirt with a 1/4″ seam allowance. The headband is a free pattern from Coral&co.

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Thank you to Phat Quarters for hosting, and Monaluna for supplying this fabric for the tour! I am so excited about reading all the other posts this week. I hope you will check them out too. And don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom of this post!

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Rushbrook Top

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I was so honored to be asked to participate in this blog tour for the Rushbrook pattern! I have owned Titchy Threads patterns for quite a while now, but have never sewn one. So I was eager to see what all the fuss was about. I bought my first pattern from them because it came highly recommended, and I have heard only more praise in the years since. The Rushbrook top and dress pattern did not disappoint. This is a well drafted and graded pattern with every little thing exactly detailed. The bindings fit perfectly, the notches lined up perfectly, it is a beautiful thing to sew. The inside is finished with french seams, though she gives directions on how to go about skipping them if you prefer a quicker sew. I chose to do the french seams, because when you’re sewing a high quality pattern, it just feels wrong to skimp 🙂

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There are multiple options included. You can choose top or dress length, optional hem facing or hem ruffle, and then you can add sweet, curved patch pockets, or shoulder flutters.

I also used metal snaps for the first time on this project. I love my plastic snaps, but they didn’t feel quite right to me with this fabric+pattern. I picked up a little package from Joann, and used my hammer, and a couple of the kid’s blocks. It was pretty simple. The snaps were a little harder to line up than my usual method I have for plastic snaps, so if anyone has any tips on that, I’d love them!

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The back has a beautiful racerback, one of my favorite tank designs. This will be perfect for spring or summer, but it’s just as cute under a cardigan for fall or winter! I am so happy with this make, and I think my daughter is too. She wore it all day after taking these pictures.

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The fabric is indigo dot chambray from Robert Kaufman. I bought it from Raspberry Creek Fabrics last year, and I think she stocks it, or very similar fabric regularly. I bought a yard of it, just because it was gorgeous, and then the right project never presented itself until now. I was easily able to fit this top on the one yard. This is a size 8, for reference.

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Please check out the other stops on this tour. I’ve seen some fun versions, and go check out the rest of the patterns from Titchy Threads too. Thank you for reading!

Rushbrook Dress and Top Blog Tour

 10th – my cozy co / while she was sleeping

11th – Made by Sara / Pear Berry Lane

12th – Buzzmills / Fairies, Bubbles & Co

17th – Sew Many Adventures / it’s Liesel

18th – Spools + Oodles of Fun / S is for Sewing

19th – Giddy Ants / La Folie sewing booth

Sew Back to School

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Well, here we are, in week 7 of school, and I’m posting a BTS blog post! I love that this season is being extended, because, maybe some of us don’t actually get anything new sewn before school starts. Maybe if I had sewn all their clothes, they would have been warm weather clothes, because that’s the time of year school starts here, or maybe I just like having inspiration spread out. My kids are home schooled, which means the school year means less sewing time for me, but I still made a few simple garments for them. Comfort is king for us. There are no dress codes to follow, or other kids to impress. We do school all over the house, at the table, on the floor, in our beds, outside. I knew the things my kids would want and need to wear would be comfy basics.

I immediately wanted to sew up the Jalie Nico raglan for my son. I am a huge fan of Jalie patterns, so I was excited to try this. I love that they include a HUGE size range. Like from 2 (toddler) to men’s plus sizes. All in one pattern. All of their patterns are like this. Go check them out now! You can purchase them with a small discount too, if you buy 3. So, I save up until I have 3 on my wishlist, then get them with a discount. The prices are in CAD, which also means it will be a bit cheaper if you’re in the US. Any way you look at it, it’s a great deal for high quality patterns.

For these raglans, I made them all long sleeve, since that’s what the weather will call for, for the bulk of the school year. I used fun prints I knew he would like, without straying too far from my preference to a RTW aesthetic. For the grey shirt, with dino print sleeves, he picked the neckband color out of my solid fabric choices. And the camp shirt is an epicycle from one of my husband’s old t-shirts. My son loves that. 🙂 Also, when your 4 year old is a professional model:

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I also got to try a new-to-me designer. I’ve known of Petitboo for a long time. I actually looked long and hard at her Pepperberry dress once, when it was on a flash Friday sale. A LONG time ago. So I was excited to sew this up. Now, this pattern is FULL of options, straight hem, shirt-tail hem (I’m crushing on this look), high-low hem, sleeve length options, cowl neck, pockets, elastic, or shirred waist, ETC… And they’re all mix and match. I took a while to pick which view I wanted to sew, and I feel a little like I’m not showing the full range of the pattern well, but I knew I had to stick with what is the most “me.” So, I made the 3/4 length sleeve, high-low hem dress, with a neckband. This pattern is drafted well, the pattern came out TTS, and I love the clear directions, with clear pictures. I’m happy to recommend this pattern to anyone! I made it in this fun star print so she could have a dress that coordinated with her brother’s star sleeve raglan. These pictures are precious to me. My middle two are the two that fight the most, and to see them having fun together in pictures will remind me that they do love each other, underneath all the crazy.

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This Back to School blog tour is hosted by Ula Pohl, and Deb Zaleski, and there are tons of amazing outfits on the tour. You can look at the schedule, and see what everyone else has made! The sponsors for this tour have been very generous, and you can read about them here. The Pepperberry dress, and the Nico raglan patterns were provided to me from their respective companies for this blog tour.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Host: Sprouting JubeJube

Sewing by Ti * mahlicadesigns * Momma You Can Make It * Kutti Couture * MoonStar – Wondermirakel * Call Ajaire

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Host: Lulu & Celeste

Sew and Tell Project * From-a-Box * Ronda B. Handmade * MeMade * House of Estrela * My Heart Will Sew On * Tales From A Southern Mom

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Host: Sprouting JubeJube

mahlicadesigns * Gracious Threads * Adventures With Bubba and Bug * Elli & Nels * Bellevi * Little Heart Threads * Sewing By Ti * Lulu & Celeste

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Host: Lulu & Celeste

Paisley Roots * The Crafting Fiend * Sewstarly * It’s Liesel * Tales of a Tester * Kaleidothought * auschick sews

Friday, September 29, 2017

Host: Sprouting JubeJube

SewSophieLynn * Sew Haute Blog * mahlicadesigns * Sew and Tell Project * RP Custom Fabrics Blog * FABulous Home Sewn * Sewing By Ti * Phat Quarters

 

Sew, What Do I Wear?

Sewwwwww, what do I wear? This is the question on all of our minds this time of year… Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates have teamed up to bring you some inspiration for all those holiday events you need to find something perfect to wear! Family pictures, family gatherings, work parties, etc…

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I knew I wanted to make a Mama Mya in dress length since I’ve been seeing lots of other ladies make versions I love This is a nice light poly knit from Joann’s and it’s the perfect fabric for this dress, not too heavy to pull, but not too light to cling everywhere 🙂 I graded out a size in the waist and hips for a more tunic-y look, and so there would be lots of room for Thanksgiving food and leftovers 😉

I remember when I was a kid, hearing my mom tell us the “rules” for what to wear when you have photos made. You want the faces to be the easiest thing for people to see, and so you would want to make sure not to wear something too crazy in print or color, and you could even try to keep extra skin covered, so wear long sleeves, etc… now I wish I had some old family photos to share because I think she did a great job putting together our outfits! But then it went a little extreme and it was popular to take pictures with everyone in black shirts and khakis (we even have a family photo like this 🙂 ) Which makes it easy to see everyone, but those photos are so boring for me, and often look a little flat. I love so many colors and patterns that I knew I would never dress my family all in the same color for photos!

So here’s my Mama Mya, styled for casual family photos! To plan what everyone will wear, I like to make sure there’s a few different colors and a few different textures and a few subtle patterns, to add visual interest, and it’s fun to be able to show everyone’s personality a little too!

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Then I threw on some fleece lined peg legs, and black boots, and changed my scarf to a necklace to change my outfit. This is still casual, but much warmer, and a little dressier! This grey dress is going to be a workhorse in my wardrobe!

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Any way you style it, this Mama Mya is super comfortable, and flattering! These would be perfect to wear for all those family gatherings you have coming up, you will love all the options this pattern gives you!

Just for fun, here’s one of our Fall family photos we had done. I am not a planner, so I was pulling everything together last minute, and did not take time to make my outfit. But I’m proud of them, so I want to share.

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(Miss Emily Photography)

Check out the rest of the bloggers giving you some amazing looks made out of Patterns for Pirates and Made for Mermaids patterns!!

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