SLPCo for the Holidays

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I get to be a part of this fun blog tour with Simple Life Pattern Company, and Harts Fabric! We’re showcasing Simple Life Patterns styled for special occasions, and Harts Fabric generously sponsored fabric for the tour!

DSC_3726 slpcopreview23231357_10100808585964323_5872000210990092906_nMy two looks were inspired by my girls, I knew what they would each like to wear, and created with them in mind! First, they prefer comfort! I knew they wouldn’t wear it again if it wasn’t easy to put on, and comfortable to wear. Knit usually wins for this. There are some woven garments that are comfortable, but generally, knit is an easier choice. After that, I chose what I knew they would love.

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I made Tilly’s circle skirt for my older daughter, and modified Adelyn’s scoop back dress to be the top for this outfit. I simply extended the main fabric a few inches, and hemmed it. It works great tucked in to a high-waisted skirt like this. I will probably attach a simple skirt to it later to make it a peplum top, so she can wear it on it’s own, or tucked in. I used this gorgeous Nicole Miller scuba fabric from Harts for the top layer, and added 2 layers of tulle, plus one layer of black ponte underneath for the other layers. Tilly’s can be made in knit or woven, so it’s a versatile circle skirt pattern! The Adelyn top is made from double brushed poly, with black crepe satin for the bow. I used the modest scoop option for this, since we’re heading into colder weather, but the lower scoop adds so much drama, and I love it just as much!

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My younger daughter gets the fun Harmony’s high-low dress! This pattern is actually designed for woven, and they suggest sizing down if you want to make it in knit. I did not size down, though I could have, but it’s fine as is too 🙂 There are a ton of options in this pattern, but I can not resist a good high-low, so that’s the option we went with. I LOVE this metallic knit I got from Harts. It’s the perfect weight, and drape for lots of apparel projects. Not too heavy and stretchy, but not too thin, or translucent either! I loved sewing with it.

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I have to mention, that my fabric mail from Harts came incredibly fast, and when I opened it, the packaging made me smile. They wrapped it in a paper pattern, and included matching thread for my fabrics! So good. I will link the specific fabrics I used below, so you can check them out, and see what else they have.

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Please check out the rest of the stops on the tour. The other participants blew me away with their gorgeous makes!

November 13 – Kainara StitchesAmmon Lane

November 14 – Sew and Tell ProjectLace and Pine

November 15 – Sunflower SeamsSewSophieLynn

November 16 – Wonderfully HandmadeIdle SunshineI am Mami de Sofiona

November 17 – Pear Berry LaneIt’s Liesel

Now there’s a few amazing things you won’t want to miss! SLPCo is having a sale during the tour, and these site-wide sales are rare! You can take 20% off with code SLPcoSpecial.

AND, there is a giveaway!!

There are TWO ways to win in this giveaway!

While both giveaways are open to everyone, contestants outside of the U.S. will be responsible for any excess shipping and fees and subject to the sponsors’ shipping guidelines.

Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win the following. One winner will be chosen at random after Rafflecopter closes.

1 winner of Rafflecopter of will receive:
5 Patterns of choice from Simple Life Pattern Co.
$50 Gift Card from Cotton Coterie with FREE shipping
$50 Gift Card from Little Feather

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1 Winner of the Link up will receive: 5 Patterns of choice from Simple Life Pattern Co. $50 Gift Card to Harts Fabric $50 Gift Card to Sincerely Rylee $30 Gift Card to Punkin Head Threads

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Harmony’s

Tilly’s

Adelyn’s

Fabric sources:

Harts Fabric:

http://www.hartsfabric.com/nicole-miller-scuba-knit-floral-78921.html

http://www.hartsfabric.com/silver-rain-metallic-dots-knit-fabric-87766.html

Black Double Brushed Poly: Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Black ponte and tulle: Joann Fabrics

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Wiggle Dress

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The classic wiggle dress is what you might call a bodycon or pencil dress now, but it’s a classic style with a fun name! Patterns for Pirates has just released the Wiggle Dress, and It. Is. Everything. The options in this pattern are almost endless. I love the boatneck, it’s my preferred neckline, and I don’t see tons of patterns with it. You will feel amazing wearing this!

A stable fabric, liverpool, ponte, scuba, or similar, will work best. You will also want to wear shape wear underneath 🙂 🙂 This is form-fitting by nature, and the extra smoothing will help everyone. I grew up in show choir and theater, where we were hyper sensitive to lumps and bumps showing on stage, and so I’ve been a shape wear proponent for a long time. 🙂 Even though I prefer going through life wearing XXL sweatshirts, and joggers, or running shorts, I love wearing this pattern.

The options include short, half, 3/4, or long sleeves, high or low back, crop, top, above knee, below knee, midi, and floor lengths. Optional zipper, and back kick pleat for the below knee and midi lengths. And I know there are a bunch of hacks already on the P4P blog.

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The bust, waist, and hip lines are marked, so you will know exactly where to adjust for your body. The seam down the center back gives you another easy place to make adjustments. This one fits me well with no adjustments, except for adding 1″ of length for my height. My waist and bust are normally in the same place as on the pattern, and I have to add length below my waist, that was true for this pattern too.

You can get it on sale for $7.50 through November 1st. Since Patterns for Pirates has had their last site-wide sale of the year, this will be the best deal for a while at least! I think it’s a great bargain with all the options included, and for how amazing you will feel while wearing it. It can go from casual in a knee length, elbow sleeve, striped ponte, with sandals or sneakers, to mega-glam in a fancy fabric with the off the shoulder, mermaid maxi length.

Oh, I almost forgot I was going to mention that this does NOT take much fabric! Of course, haha, but it was a nice surprise to be able to sew an adult pattern that isn’t a fabric hog. It’s also a simple and fast sew. I have already ordered fabric for my next version. I ❤ everything about this pattern!

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Wiggle Dress

Fabric sources:

Liverpool from Pretty Posh Prints

 

Kourtney+Mama Kourtney

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Knot tees are so popular right now. I love how it’s a play on the half-tucked in look, because I love that look too 🙂 This is a new pattern for a knot tee from Made for Mermaids, and it’s SO simple to make! No extra pieces to cut, you make the knot right from the front bodice pattern piece! Or you can make the top without the knot, which gives you another great basic shirt option. These are perfect for the drapey knits you have in your stash.

I made a long sleeve top for myself, and a tank for my daughter. This probably took me 30 minutes, or less to sew. You want to know something else amazing about this pattern? You have to hem it before you can finish the knot, so there’s no putting it off. Haha! As soon as you’re “finished” sewing, you’re actually finished. 😛

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Check out the options in the line drawing! The dress is perfectly relaxed at the bottom, so it’s a fun, comfy tee dress, but I love the knot that makes it a little different.

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You can get the Kourtney, and Mama Kourtney patterns on sale individually, or bundled for the best savings! As usual, the bundle option will only be available during release.

I have finally come to the point in my fabric hoarding that I actually can’t remember where a few pieces came from! I believe my stripe was from a mystery box fromLDG Textiles, but I’m not sure. It’s some kind of jersey, maybe some rayon, but not tons of stretch. My daughter’s floral tank was rayon spandex from Vinegar and Honey. ❤ I can’t wait to sew some basic colors to upgrade my momiform this fall!

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Kourtney

Mama Kourtney

Kourtney Bundle (best deal)

 

 

Forte

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First, I’m going to say I can’t believe I’ve only made one of these tops. I absolutely love it. I wore it BEFORE I took these photos of it, which I never do, in case it’s somehow ruined while I’m wearing it. It’s fast to sew, the sleeve flounces are designed to be left un-hemmed, and there are a million options with all the mixing and matching you can do with this top! It’s the latest favorite, and I don’t think it will be moving from that spot for a while.

This is the Love Notions Forte pattern. It includes 2 necklines, scoop, or V-neck. Four shirt views, two dress views, and six sleeve options! So many options for mixing and matching.

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I made view C, with the short flounce sleeves for this top. It’s a look I had been wanting to re-create, and I’m so happy to have a pattern for it.

This pattern is on sale for release. You will want to grab it now, and don’t wait to sew it up! It is flattering, fun to sew, and quick. Go scour your Pinterest boards, I’m sure you have something on there pinned that you can make with this pattern. It’s perfectly on trend. Some of the portions of this top can be made from woven too, if you have something with good drape! The bodice will need to be knit, but some of the skirt options should work in woven too!

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Forte

Fabric sources:

Animal print double brushed poly: So Sew English

 

Cora Culottes

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The pattern I’m sharing today is a special one! Made for Mermaids has been celebrating some milestones, and wanted to release a special pattern for the party too! They have designed a pattern for girls culottes, Cora, and there is also the Mama Cora version too 🙂 A culotte is a split skirt, so you get the fun swingy-ness of a skirt, with some of the practicality of pants or shorts!

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These are special because they’re on a super sale, for $3, and 100% of proceeds will be going to local Texas Hurricane Harvey relief charities. You can make a difference, and get a pattern! 

If you want to wait, there will be a special code for Made for Mermaids Pattern Group members starting October 1st. But through the month of September, they will be $3, to help support the needs of Texas.

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There are three lengths included in the girls pattern, short, above the knee, and below the knee. Optional inseam pockets are also included. These are the quickest sew, and easy to wear!

I used double brushed poly for these, I’ve kind of been on a dbp kick for a bit, but it works so well for so many things! Rayon spandex will be a bit too clingy for these, and cotton lycra will be too stiff. The benefit of having a huge hoard means I always have the right fabric when I need it 🙂

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Get your patterns here:

Cora

Mama Cora

Fabric sources:

Grey double brushed poly: Pretty Posh Prints

 

Nilah

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I’m waiting for the day Mgeni from Sansahash designs something I don’t love, (I don’t think it will ever come) and the new Nilah pattern is certainly not it! The curved hem that comes up at the sides, like a shirt dress is a favorite design feature, and the slight high-low makes it even better.

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The bodice is lined. There are no bindings or facings. This is quick to sew. The sleeve options include sleeveless, short, 3/4, or long. I made both of my versions 3/4 sleeve, accidentally. I was planning on making  along sleeve version after my 3/4 sleeve one, but I was cutting late at night, while talking to my brother, and I grabbed the wrong sleeve pattern piece. I will just save my long sleeve version for some pretty sweater knit I want to use!

Sizes include 6mo-12. The pattern is on sale for $5.50 through next Thursday!

My first version is the floral double brushed poly. I LOVE this print so much, and don’t see too much of it sewn up. I bought it a while ago from Pretty Posh Prints. I love florals, but they are kind of ALL OVER right now, so I’m ready for new prints. I still love this one because I haven’t seen it too much 🙂 And I have more left over to sew something for me too!

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The second version is cotton lycra on the bodice, and I used this amazing vertical stripe vintage polyester for the skirt. I’ve had this fabric for several years, I picked it up at a church garage sale for a quarter! It’s been waiting for the right project 🙂

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The church down the street has a sale every fall, and I walk to it every fall, because who misses church garage sales on their block?? The first year we moved back from South Dakota was the first year I went, I think, and there was tons of fabric, none of it priced. I think I had $3 cash, because I hadn’t known their sale was coming up. I started picking out some fabrics, and stopped to go ask how much it was, and they said it’s a quarter per cut. So, I was able to fill up a banker box full of fabric and paid $3! Haha! Some of the cuts were at least 2 yards each. I’m still sewing from some of those fabrics. I always have a harder time cutting into the vintage pieces because I know they can’t be replaced!

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I hope you’ll check out the Nilah pattern, and I know you’ll love it if you make it!

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Fabric sources:

Floral DBP: Pretty Posh Prints

Cotton lycra: Stylish Fabric

Stripe polyester: vintage

 

 

#118 Autumn Dress

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Sometimes, with all the crazy choices that are thrown at us in life, it’s nice to have something simple and easy. With no decisions to make. I think this Autumn Dress pattern from Thread Faction Studio is pretty perfect. You won’t get tons of options in this pattern, but they have nailed the style, and you will get an amazing dress each time you sew it. This is a knee length dress pattern, with a fairly slim skirt, fitted bodice, and elbow length sleeves.

I used a jersey for my first version, I think it has rayon in it, because it’s a little slinky. And my second version is the floral print, which is double brushed poly. Both fabrics worked really well for this pattern. Since the skirt is not super gathered a slightly thicker fabric shouldn’t be too much of a problem. The bodice is a single layer, bound at the neckline.

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This pattern calls for clear elastic to gather the top of the skirt. I have tried this method before, and it was THE MOST EPIC FAIL ever, in the world. Actually, that dress is still sitting in my to-finish pile because I couldn’t look at it for a long time after that, and a few other mishaps with it. But since I’m a good tester, I followed directions in the tutorial, and gathered with clear elastic, and it worked out SO well. I’m not sure if the directions were better, or if I went slower, or what, but after sewing these two dresses in this way, I wanted to use clear elastic to gather the next pattern I sewed. (It was also a test, and did not call for clear elastic to gather, so I didn’t. 🙂 )

If you prefer shorter or longer sleeves, you can use a sleeve pattern that you already know fits to lengthen or shorten it to your desired length. The skirt is even easier to lengthen or shorten.

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Thread Faction is offering a bonus free pattern to anyone who purchases this before Sunday (Aussie time, they’re ahead of us). You will get pattern #103 the High-Waisted Shorties, which would be perfect to wear underneath this dress, or on their own for some comfy lounge wear.

Anyway, I love this dress, and I am happy to recommend it as a quality pattern, that will give you great results!

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#118 Autumn Dress

Fabric sources:

Floral DBP: So Sew English

Black/natural polka dots: Girl Charlee