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 🙂

 

 

Sew Your Stash! Project Run & Play – Week 2

 

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Hi! I am beyond excited that I made it to the next round of Project Run & Play season 16! Your votes carried me through, and I really wouldn’t be here without you. Thank you. I was blown away by all the creations last week, and I can’t wait to check out everyone else’s look this week too. Don’t forget, you can sew along, and link up for a chance to win a prize every week too. This should be an easy theme for everyone to jump in on!

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The theme this week was “Sew Your Stash.” The intention was that everything you used in your project was something you already owned. Fabric, patterns, notions, thread, etc… I have no shortage of stash, and for this one time, I was super thankful. Haha! I decided to use both knit and woven this week, since I have both. I have three tubs of woven fabric. One is sheets, some vintage prints, and some solid colors that are great for muslins, or even for final garments, one tub is “scraps” something I couldn’t make a full dress from, and one is cuts that are a yard or larger. Most of the things in these tubs came from hand me downs. A friend who owns a sewing machine shop passed a couple of boxes to me from a customer’s mom. Another friend let me come “shop” her grandma’s estate sale. other friends have gifted me their stash, and I have been blessed by all this! I don’t buy much woven because of it. Last year, a local shop, Faithful Remnants, opened up a brick and mortar location, instead of only selling online. When I discovered her, my woven purchases increased a little, because she buys estates and re-sells fabric for super cheap! And you can find all the fun, quirky, unique prints you might not find at Joann. The floral fabric I used for the maxi dress was one piece I purchased from her.

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For the red dress, I used a cut of stretch lace I bought from Joann a year or two ago. I had a specific pattern in mind, for my daughter, she had requested the color and style, but I hadn’t gotten around to sewing it yet. I also bought some poly knit with it, but I couldn’t find that piece, so I used some red double brushed poly I also had in my stash for the lining. I don’t own any red serger thread, I only have a stock of neutral serger thread, so I sewed this entire dress on my sewing machine. Some of it would have needed the sewing machine anyway, but typically, I would have constructed anything I could on the serger for a knit garment. 🙂

Once I had decided what fabrics to use, and what general styles to do, I muslined both pieces. I knew if something didn’t turn out, I would have to rethink my entire plan, since I didn’t have any more of these fabrics. For the maxi, I changed my design, and made two muslins before the final piece.

I wanted to create two completely different pieces, but have them tied together in some way, so both have a “V” element in the back. I got my inspiration for the red dress first, from a picture I’ve had pinned on Pinterest for years. I finally got to make it for this! I drew the “V” shape for the lace panel, and sewed it in, enclosed between the lace and lining layers. I had to do a little research from other patterns I own to determine the best way to construct the whole bodice, but I am happy with how it turned out! All the lining seams are enclosed, except for the armscye. I started with the Uptown Downtown dress pattern from Sew Straight patterns for this.

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The maxi was the one that went through the most changes in my mind, and in muslin form before I ended up with this. I knew I wanted a V shape in the back here too, but didn’t decide to use the straps to tie in that shape until the last iteration. The bodice shape came from Made for Mermaids Quinn pattern. I lowered the back by a few inches, re-drew the sides, and drew and added the front tie overlay portion of the bodice. Instead of tying at the shoulders, I used spaghetti straps from the front bodice, to lace through a small buttonhole in the center back bodice, creating the “V” shape. Those straps gave my loop turner a workout! I used a small scrap of eyelet for the bodice, and lined it with a piece from a white sheet. For the skirt, I used the remaining length of my fabric, so I could create as deep of a hem as possible, and gathered the whole width. It’s hard to see, but I added some beads from an old favorite bracelet of mine at the bottom of the straps as well. The hair bow is from Maggie Rocket’s sock bow pattern, and I used the same eyelet from the bodice for it.

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I pictured a flower crown to go with these outfits, and the day of our photoshoot, I decided to try to make one! I used fake flowers for my wedding bouquet, and it has been taken apart and used for different things over the years. A few years ago a local theater company borrowed it for use in their production of Cinderella, which is where all the ribbons on it came from.
I had a spool of wire I bought a while ago to make myself some hoop earrings, and I used teal washi tape to tape it together, since I didn’t have any floral tape. It was a really fun project, and I love how it turned out! My girls will have fun wearing this for other special occasions, I know!

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For our photos, I was planning on going to our local botanical gardens, but when we got there, the streets all around it were jammed with cars for blocks, so I knew we wouldn’t be able to get in easily, or get good photos. But we were dressed, and hair done, so we just took photos on the sidewalks outside the gardens, and they are still beautiful! I hope you love these looks, and I would appreciate your vote! Go the the post here to check out all the looks, and vote for your favorite! Thank you for reading!!

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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

 

 

 

 

Acorn Vest

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My girls have a fur vest they fight over, and it is fun to wear, so I don’t blame them. When this pattern came up for testing, I knew I wanted to make View A, so I could make their own fur vests! This is the Acorn pattern from Love Notions. It includes 3 views. This is View A, an open front vest, meant for thicker fabrics, faux furs, etc… Views B and C have a separating zipper closure up the front, optional hood or collar, and View B includes patch pockets, View C includes princess seams with pockets in the seam.

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Sizes range from 2T-16. I love that the upper end of Love Notions sizes goes to 16. My oldest is already in 12 for length, and that’s only 2 sizes away from growing out of girls sizing! It gets me as far as possible until I have to jump to making her women’s sizes.

For a fun treat, there is a doll version included as well! I very rarely make my girls doll clothes, because it’s not my favorite. But I knew I could handle a vest. It’s unlined since that would be really tricky to do in this tiny size, so it’s so quick to sew, with just the shoulder seams, and side seams.

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I was trying to decide how to style my daughter’s vest for pictures, and made a lil LDT for her. I found this black and white print remnant at Joann, and squeezed as long of a dress as I could out of it. I love both of these pieces, as they will be so versatile with other outfits all winter!

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You can get the Acorn vest on sale. There will not be any black Friday sale at Love Notions, so don’t wait for that 🙂 And there’s also a women’s version, called the Oakley vest, or you can buy them in a bundle for bigger savings.

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Acorn and Oakley Bundle

Fabric sources:

Fur, and dress fabric both from Joann

 

 

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!

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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.
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Already sewing for the holidays with Simple Life Pattern Company? Share what you made for a chance to win the Link-Up prize! One winner will be chosen at random after the link-up closes.

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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

Zahara

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I have been so ecstatic with the styles that have been released lately, and this gorgeous pattern is no exception. This is the Zahara peplum and dress from Sansahash. I love the bodice design, and after going through a couple of versions in testing, I can say the fit is perfection.

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This is another sew I was excited to have done, but not looking forward to actually sewing. Woven bodice, princess seams, slippery fabric, lace, so I can’t use a serger to finish seams, invisible zipper. It all sounds horrible, right? Hahaha! But I had an afternoon, and look what happened again! This was done while working with the girls on math, reading history and science to them, working with my preschooler on his school, cooking supper, etc… And just like that, it was finished, and photographed in one afternoon! (The pictures came after supper, waiting for the good light).

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I love everything Mgeni designs. I’m sounding like a broken record, but I don’t care. Now that I know how easy this is to sew, I might make another version for my oldest. The fancy fabric ideas are swirling.

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My daughter is IN. LOVE. with this dress. She felt like a princess, and told me that she is going to wear this exact outfit when we go see the production of White Christmas in a few weeks. I might have to make her a velvet jacket to go over it.

You can get this on sale for release week! I hope you will love it as much as I do.

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Fabric sources:

lace and lining from Joann

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