Streak, Stroke, Stripe! Project Run & Play – Week 3

I can’t believe I’m here to share week 3! Thank you for your help getting me to this round! This is the final round before the Signature Look, and three designers will get to share theirs. The theme for this week was Streak, Stroke, Stripe. I know there will be a lot of good designs to see this week, and don’t forget, you can be sewing along to win prizes too! Link up at Project Run & Play your best stripe look!

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This week, I had another long time pin that inspired one of my pieces. This maxi wrap skirt is something I’ve been wanting to make for a while, but in the rhythm of life, I don’t get/take time to make the things that I really want to. I started shopping for the perfect fabric as soon as I knew the theme for this week, and you wouldn’t think it would be that difficult to find, but finding the right scale of stripes, in the right substrate took me all over the internet, and in local stores too. I should have gone to Raspberry Creek Fabrics first. They’re one of my favorite online shops, and they have the most amazing selection of knits and woven for apparel purposes! I bought all 5 yards of this pin stripe rayon challis they listed as in stock. My first plan was to create a full dress out of this fabric, but the inspiration never quite came together in my mind.

For the skirt, I used the Made for Mermaids Isabel wrap dress pattern. This is designed for knit, and it is a dress, not a skirt pattern, but I knew the tulip cut option of the skirt would be perfect. I measured the length I wanted for my daughter, minus the amount of ruffle I wanted, and re-drew the curve. For the ruffles, I added 2 layers, and made them longest at the back, gradually getting shorter around the front. These were a small bit of labor, as I had to piece together the width of fabric, so I eyeballed the slope of ruffles, and cut them with scissors as they lay in all their glorious length across my living room. Rayon challis is notoriously shifty, so it was a little bit of a fussy task. But this fabric is surprisingly less shifty than other rayon challises I’ve used, so I was very happy working with it. I enclosed the top of the skirt in-between the layers of the waistband, leaving some extra length on the outside end for one tie, and added the second tie in the side seam of the other side of the waistband of the skirt. There is a button sewn into the inside layer of the waistband to secure it closed before it’s tied. My daughter LOVES this skirt, and was begging to wear it to her VBS program the night after it was finished!

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I wanted to play with pattern mixing in this outfit, so I chose a larger scale stripe for the shirt. I also wanted to use an assortment of fabric types, scales of prints, etc… to show variety and interest within the theme. This is a knit I picked up at Joann, for a different project, but I decided it would go well with this outfit! I used the Jalie pattern, Bobbie, for the base of this one. Bobbie is a dolman sleeve pattern. The modifications I made were widening and scooping out the v-neckline, shortening, and widening the body of the pattern, and adding ruffles on the sleeves. The facing is a full tank facing that ends mid torso, so it’s comfortable to wear. I love this outfit together. It has an easy vibe, and it’s flowy for cool comfort in the summer!

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For the other outfit, I wanted to use a more abstract stripe, I guess this would be more in the streak or stroke realm. I love this olive stripe print from Cali Fabrics so much! I have never shopped there before, but they sponsored this competition, and generously sent credit to the designers to use for the season! This is an ITY, which makes it cool to wear in the summer too. This dress started from the Havanna pattern from Cali Faye Collection. I’ve owned this one since it was released. I am obsessed with the style. But true to my procrastinating form, I’ve never sewn it. It is a blouse pattern designed for woven, but I wanted to make this from knit, so I made a muslin, and then a few modifications. I added length to make it a dress, drew a completely new back bodice piece, modified the crossover portion in the front to eliminate the need for a button, and added pockets! I also curved in the sides so the heavier knit wouldn’t be overwhelming. I played with the pattern placement on this, though I was slightly limited, as I used all of the 2 yard piece I had. But I was able to flip pieces in different directions to make the most of it, and match all the stripes! This is such a simple style, but it still makes a statement. I want to make one for every day of the week for my daughter this summer!

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We headed downtown on a warm (hot) night for photos. I knew the neutral colors in the clothes would need a background that would let them shine. This parking garage is not in regular use, and while it was too windy for us to get good shots with the city in the background on the top level, we were able to get our photos on the ground level. The hair and styling were fun for this one. I tried to add subtle stripes wherever I could, without making it look cuckoo! Then we headed home to beat the 100 degree heat with slushes. I’m thankful for my girls who are such good sports, and are all in with me in this competition. They were on board before I began, and I wouldn’t be anywhere without them! Thank you for reading. You can check out all the other entries over at Project Run and Play, and vote for your favorite!!

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GO VOTE!

Jalie Bobbie

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This is my second of the 14 new patterns from Jalie that I sewed! This one is called Bobbie, and is a dolman sleeve top, with a tank facing. The V-neck is so easy to sew, because it’s finished with a facing, and the design is SO genius! The tank facing is a cropped under layer that fits close to your body, so it’s modest, and comfortable! It’s also a super quick sew. This one is designed for knit fabrics.

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I was going to sew this for myself, but way back when the design first came out, and I signed up, my pregnant belly was a lot smaller. When I finally got the pattern, I decided I could show it off better on my daughter, so you truly see the intended fit 🙂 But that’s the nice thing about Jalie. Most include all sizes, from little girl to women’s plus sizes!!!

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My daughter has owned these for a few weeks now, and they have been in heavy rotation. I love that you can have fun with the facing fabric, for a little extra pop of color, or you can go basic, to keep it understated.

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The striped fabric was a jersey from Girl Charlee that I’d had on my shelf for quite a while. And we decided on a bright pink double brushed poly for the facing on this.

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The fun pink graffiti print is an ITY from Simply By Ti fabrics! She has three color ways of this print, and I let my daughter hop online and choose her favorite for this. I love including their opinion in things I sew, and I know this top will get worn! The facing on this one is  black cotton lycra I had stashed from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

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Go check out all 14 new patterns from Jalie, and don’t forget you can use a promo code when you buy 3! That’s what I always do 🙂

 

 

Boho Babydoll

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I haven’t announced anywhere BIG or MAIN or EVERYWHERE. But I’ve told all my friends I see IRL, and in groups I frequent. This is another not-major announcement, but it has to do a little with this post, so I’m sharing that I’m pregnant! It has to do with this post, because when I saw this top come up for testing, I was excited to see it might work for a growing belly! I was not sewing much when I was pregnant last time, 4 years ago!! Actually, I was sewing, but mostly baby leggings, and blankets, and fun little kid stuff. I had never made anything for myself from a pattern. I winged it. And not much worked out. Lol!

This is the Boho Babydoll from Patterns for Pirates. It includes high-low top, curved hem top, dress, and maxi lengths, and racerback sleeveless, short, 3/4, 3/4 with ruffles, and long sleeves. There are 2 necklines, crew, and scoop.

It is available in women’s and girls sizes!! I made both. Mine is a curved hem top out of rayon spandex from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. The fabric type is really prone to growing, and it did. The drape and flow is so excellent, though! This is top length, but it turned into more of a tunic. I would not add length for my height, next time, if I’m using rayon spandex. However, I don’t mind it at all, it will keep my belly covered longer 🙂 My neckline is the crew style.

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The girls version I made from a cotton jersey from Girl Charlee. I LOVE, super love this so much! This dress has been worn tons already, and even been worn to bed. So comfy, she says. I like this style too, of a t-shirt dress, with a little extra interest from the high-low bodice, and curved hem. The girls version has all the same options as the women’s, except, there’s only one neckline height. I can see this working so well for all seasons, a long sleeve top for the winter, or a tank dress or maxi for the summer!

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The patterns are on sale through Tuesday, April 10th, and you can bundle them for more savings!

Plus, there are hacks on the blog, check those out too, to get more inspiration for what you can make with this pattern!

Fabric sources:

Rayon spandex floral: Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Window pane jersey: Girl Charlee

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Boho Babydoll – youth

Boho Babydoll – bundle

 

 

 

 

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!!

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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

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 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