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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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

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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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Zahara

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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

ย 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

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 localย Texas Hurricane Harvey relief charities. You can make a difference, and get a pattern!ย 

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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Get your patterns here:

Cora

Mama Cora

Fabric sources:

Grey double brushed poly: Pretty Posh Prints

 

#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. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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

 

 

 

Quinn

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I made the Quinn pattern during testing last year, and it was one of my favorite makes. I ended up loving the style, but as sewing goes, there’s always something new to make, and even favorites get pushed down the list.

Made for Mermaids had a flash back Friday contest a couple of weeks ago to sew the Quinn pattern and share, and all you need to do is offer me a chance at free patterns to make something jump up to the top of my list. Lol! I didn’t win, but the dress I got out of it is worth so much more!

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Story time: My friend messaged me and some other of her friends saying she was purging some of her, and her mom’s fabric, and to come look to see if we wanted any, or it was going to Goodwill shortly. I messaged her back the next day (Friday) saying I could come anytime next week if there was any left. She told me that her other friend had already planned to come pick up whatever was left on Monday, so if I want something, I had to come before then. SO, I left right then. Haha! We had a free afternoon, and she lives on my side of town so it wasn’t time consuming.

I warned the girls that they would not be picking fabric for themselves. Our local fabric store has a scrap bin for the kids, and so they are spoiled thinking they get scraps wherever we go. But when I was done looking, my daughter pulled out this tie dye fabric from a box, with begging in her eyes, and I decided I could get it to make her happy. I would have left this there if she hadn’t asked.

Story time part two: Friday nights are my sew nights. We host company for dinner, and then my husband entertains them (usually playing xbox or brewing beer) and I am left alone in glorious silence. Weekends are full with family time and church, and weekdays are full with kids and house responsibilities, so I make the most of my Friday nights.

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This Quinn contest came up that Friday, and I had nothing else pressing to sew, so I cut out and finished most of it that night. The next morning, I threaded elastic, gathered and attached the skirt, and that was all finished before 8 that Saturday morning, which is also my favorite photo time, so we popped outside to snap these photos. My daughter chose the maxi version of this pattern, and she loves the dress so much. I love it so much because she chose the fabric, and the pattern options.

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Sewing feeds my creative soul. My girls still love wearing hand made. I love that it is mutually beneficial and enjoyable for all of us!

The Quinn pattern comes highly recommended by my daughter and me!

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Quinn

Fabric sources:

Friend’s stash ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Tara+ Mama Tara

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This new twist top is the awesomest!! I love the Tara and Mama Tara patterns from Made for Mermaids. This is a relaxed fit tee, with a FUN twist! The side (either one, you choose) will have a twist, and it is so fun to play with, with stripe prints, or solids.

I love that it has a relaxed fit. Not too baggy, but super comfortable. The sleeve options are fun too! There is a twist short sleeve included in the pattern, and you can check out the Made for Mermaids blog to find hacks on how to make your other sleeve lengths have that fun split and twist too ๐Ÿ™‚ The other sleeve lengths include short, 3/4, or long.

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The best part about this is how quick it is to sew. You can make this a fun summer top, with a light rayon spandex, and short twist sleeves, or a perfectly cozy winter sweater, using french terry, and adding cuffs to the sleeves and bottom hem (hack on the Made for Mermaids blog as well). Or just leave your french terry version raw at all the edges!

Get this while it’s on sale, and you can have new tops for you and the little ones you sew for by this weekend!

I made mine out of a solid black rayon spandex. I knew I would get the most use out of a solid color, since that’s my comfort zone, and I love that the side twist detail makes it more exciting than a plain tee.

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My daughter’s is also rayon spandex, and she has the fun sleeve option on hers. Both of my fabrics came from a de-stash page, so I don’t know the original sources.

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Don’t miss the best prices, and the Mama and me bundle for even more savings.

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Also, look at how much my girls love pictures. Hahahahahahaha! And my four year old made his debut as my photographer for these mommy and me pictures โค The purple version in these has the cuff hacks that will be on the M4M blog. You can find details, and more photos there.

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Tara

Mama Tara

Bundle (best deal)

Fabric sources:

purple sweater knit: Wal-Mart