Riviera Raglan

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I recently applied to join the promotional team at New Horizons, and was excited to be accepted! I’ve made several of their patterns, and I really love the style and quality of her designs. Most I’ve made have been for personal use, not testing, so since I wasn’t required to take good photos, I didn’t πŸ™‚ But I have loved this company for a long time!

The first pattern I chose was the Riviera raglan. I almost didn’t because, raglan. Everyone has a raglan pattern, or 546736 in their pattern stash. But even though I own several raglan patterns too, I have a few favorites for different reasons, and I thought this would be another great option to try, since the amount of options are CRAZY in this thing!

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Well, I saw an inspiration image, and decided I needed to go and add another option to this pattern. Ha! It’s the simplest thing, though, so I took a couple of pictures to show you what I did. My inspiration was a dress length raglan, with lace short sleeves, so I wanted to use the tunic length of this pattern, and extend it down to dress length.

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After cutting out the tunic length of the pattern, I held it up to me, to see how much length to add. I decided to add 6″ and I am 5’7″ for reference. To cut it out, I placed the pattern on my fabric, and cut around the bottom hem, and up the side, just to the bottom band cut line marking. Then I scooted the pattern up 6″ and cut the Β rest of the pattern out, cutting straight down to finish the side cut. Do the same thing for the front and back pieces, and you’re done!

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This fabric is rayon spandex from Simply by Ti. I love her prices and selection. You will have to check her out for all your basics, and more! She regularly has fun fabrics, sparkles, tie dye, fun prints, etc… and lots of different bases, on top of having excellent quality french terry, cotton Lycra, and rayon spandex solids.

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Riviera Raglan

Fabric sources:

Black rayon spandex: Simply by Ti

Black lace: Joann

Jade+Juliette

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This is Juliette (the dress) on Jade (the girl) I loved making this dress from Made for Mermaids’ pattern, and Jade’s design. We went shopping together so she could pick out the fabric, and it’s just perfect!

Of course, maxi length circle skirt for this size is a lot of fabric, and a lot of ruffles, but really this pattern is so simple, and basic. I think anyone with a little patience can do it πŸ˜‰

We had a really quick mini photo shoot. I love the colors of the graffiti, and Jade’s a pro in front of the camera…her mom’s a photographer!

Go check out the pattern here, and check out the rest of our photos below…

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Fabric sources:

Black 100% poly knit from Joann

Black non-stretch lace from Joann

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Me Hearties Top

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Look at these cute girls!! This is the Me Hearties top from Patterns for Pirates. And it’s SO CUTE! I love the sweetheart option for the top. So many fun possibilities with that. Plus you can do the top length with a twirly peplum, or dress length. (Matching women’s pattern is also available πŸ™‚ Sweetheart Dress)

There are three arm lengths, short, 3/4 and long, and you can finish the sleeves and neck with fold over elastic (my first time using this technique) or bindings. Made for Mermaids has a helpful blog post for using FOE here.

ALSO. I always, always, ALWAYS prewash my fabric, except apparently this time… after the girls had worn their tops, and they went through the wash, the skirt portions shrank funny, the sides were now shorter than the front. I should have snapped a picture. It’s still wearable, it just doesn’t look the same. I’ve had this fabric for a while, and had almost used it for a different project a while before this one, but didn’t. I usually wash my fabric as soon as I get it, but I guess I missed this one. Just a reminder from my mistake to make sure you prewash πŸ™‚ This knit, as many, didn’t shrink evenly both ways, making my skirt hem significantly uneven after washing.

The shorts are from Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop, they’re the Cutie Pie Ruffle Pants, Capris and Shorts. Which, just as the name suggests are a pant/capri/short pattern with ruffles at the bottom! I love this style to use under skirts or tops for the girls since I always make them wear shorts (usually short boy shorts) under dresses, and these are more fun since you can see the ruffle peeking out beneath πŸ™‚ You can use knit or wovens for this pattern. I made these from cotton jersey knit.

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Fabric Sources:

Floral: cotton jersey from Girl Charlee

Navy/white stripe: cotton jersey from Girl Charlee

White on bodice and sleeves: Ponte from Joann

Stretch lace on sleeves: Joann

Coral FOE: Wal-Mart

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