Monaluna

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I got to join my first blog tour for Monaluna fabrics, and I am HOOKED. This is the Journey collection, and I took days to decide which print to use. There are prints available in poplin and lawn. I chose poplin for this dress. This cactus had the right amount of whimsy. Then I took days to decide what pattern to sew. Lol!

This is the Chloe dress from Honeydew Kisses (affiliate links). I didn’t quite do it justice, though. Her design includes gorgeous princess seams, and lots of sleeve options, including an off the shoulder ruffle that I was planning on making, but the solid coordinates I wanted for the extra details were not in in time. I am still smitten with this dress. The fabric sings, and my daughter loves it too.

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The fabric was gorgeous to work with. It is 100% organic cotton. I know this dress will wear well. The quality is amazing.

These photos were fun to take. I’m thankful we’re having a bit of milder weather so I don’t have to get creative with bribes for my kids, or take indoor photos. 🙂 But it was super windy! I think that can be half annoying, and half fun, for more interest in the pictures!

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I only had a scrap left after cutting out this dress, but I wanted to make something else, so I sewed these quick diaper covers from the free Made pattern, and made a little outfit to go with it for a baby shower I’m attending this weekend! So adorable!

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The lap tee is the free pattern (affiliate link) from Patterns for Pirates. I modified to bottom, simply. This is the 0-3 month size. I folded up the bottom 5″ and then measured the width of the bottom edge of the pattern, and cut a ruffle that was 5″ long by twice the width of the tee. I didn’t worry about adding length for seam allowance, since it’s flowy. And I did attach the skirt with a 1/4″ seam allowance. The headband is a free pattern from Coral&co.

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Thank you to Phat Quarters for hosting, and Monaluna for supplying this fabric for the tour! I am so excited about reading all the other posts this week. I hope you will check them out too. And don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom of this post!

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Sew, What Do I Wear?

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Here we are again with Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates, bringing you inspiration for what to sew for Valentine’s Day! My husband and I don’t do much to celebrate this holiday, sometimes we’ll go out, but never on the actual day! 😉 But my mom always left us gifts on the breakfast table on Valentine’s day, and I loved that little unexpected (even though she did it every year) gift. You’re still kind of coming off of the Christmas high, and at least I wasn’t looking forward to a birthday for several more months, so it always felt special. So I like to do the same thing for my kids. Having children makes things more magical, especially holidays. I love to make this one fun, just like the rest. So we usually bake and decorate sugar cookies, we also usually make lots of cards, and go crazy with the stickers and glitter.

I knew my Valentine’s attire would be casual, since I’m spending the day with my kids. I used Made for Mermaids Mama Ava since it’s the perfect silhouette to be comfy, but with gorgeous fabric, you don’t feel sloppy! I also wore the Peg Legs from Patterns for Pirates. I think these are one of the best beginner projects, and they give you such impressive results! (I was on day 2 of wearing these, so all I can see are the baggy knees, but they really fit so perfectly!)

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And then, because it’s fun, I put on a little more make up, some jeans and heels, and made it the perfect outfit for a casual dinner with my husband. That’s as fancy as we get anyway 🙂

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My fabric for this shirt is double brushed poly, from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I love the tighter pattern of the floral, sometimes when the floral is more in clumps, you have to worry about pattern placement more, but this one is so gorgeous, and I love the colors! My leggings were double brushed poly from So Sew English.

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I think Valentine’s day is top of my favorite holiday list. I love every happy thing about it! I’m planning what to sew for my kids, and I’ll share that soon.

Please check out the other talented women joining this blog tour! There are some AHHH-MAZING looks. The links are below. Thank  you Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates for your perfect patterns, and this fun blog tour.

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Sew, What Do I Wear?

Sewwwwww, what do I wear? This is the question on all of our minds this time of year… Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates have teamed up to bring you some inspiration for all those holiday events you need to find something perfect to wear! Family pictures, family gatherings, work parties, etc…

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I knew I wanted to make a Mama Mya in dress length since I’ve been seeing lots of other ladies make versions I love This is a nice light poly knit from Joann’s and it’s the perfect fabric for this dress, not too heavy to pull, but not too light to cling everywhere 🙂 I graded out a size in the waist and hips for a more tunic-y look, and so there would be lots of room for Thanksgiving food and leftovers 😉

I remember when I was a kid, hearing my mom tell us the “rules” for what to wear when you have photos made. You want the faces to be the easiest thing for people to see, and so you would want to make sure not to wear something too crazy in print or color, and you could even try to keep extra skin covered, so wear long sleeves, etc… now I wish I had some old family photos to share because I think she did a great job putting together our outfits! But then it went a little extreme and it was popular to take pictures with everyone in black shirts and khakis (we even have a family photo like this 🙂 ) Which makes it easy to see everyone, but those photos are so boring for me, and often look a little flat. I love so many colors and patterns that I knew I would never dress my family all in the same color for photos!

So here’s my Mama Mya, styled for casual family photos! To plan what everyone will wear, I like to make sure there’s a few different colors and a few different textures and a few subtle patterns, to add visual interest, and it’s fun to be able to show everyone’s personality a little too!

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Then I threw on some fleece lined peg legs, and black boots, and changed my scarf to a necklace to change my outfit. This is still casual, but much warmer, and a little dressier! This grey dress is going to be a workhorse in my wardrobe!

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Any way you style it, this Mama Mya is super comfortable, and flattering! These would be perfect to wear for all those family gatherings you have coming up, you will love all the options this pattern gives you!

Just for fun, here’s one of our Fall family photos we had done. I am not a planner, so I was pulling everything together last minute, and did not take time to make my outfit. But I’m proud of them, so I want to share.

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(Miss Emily Photography)

Check out the rest of the bloggers giving you some amazing looks made out of Patterns for Pirates and Made for Mermaids patterns!!

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Mama Bear and Baby Bear Joggers

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I can’t even with these. Not that it’s stopped me before, but now I can actually wear pajamas to church/errands/meetings/whatever and actually look like I tried. Haha! These are the new Mama Bear Joggers from Patterns for Pirates, and you’ll want to know also that there are Baby Bear Joggers and Papa Bear Joggers too. Aren’t the names the best!!

Here are the options included in the Mama Bear Joggers:

-shorts or ankle length

-yoga waistband or elastic waistband

-optional drawstring

-slat pockets, patch pockets or no pockets

-ankle cuffs, elastic, or roll up hem

-low rise or mid rise

-sizes XXS-Plus3X

This should cover all your jogger making needs! I’ve made four pairs so far, because they’re perfect! Let me tell you about them. The floral pair is rayon spandex, they’re the softest, lightest ever! I did a yoga waist, slat pockets, and ankle cuffs on this pair. The white/grey pair are brushed poly, and they’re the ones I’ve worn the most. SO comfortable. Totally a huge upgrade from my sweats I normally wear around (and out of 😁) the house. They also have a yoga waist and slat pockets, but I used elastic at the ankle. Then the brown shorts are ponte. I made them with a yoga waist, but no pockets, because I wanted a crazy quick sew!

One of things I love about this pattern is that the thigh and ankle measurements are included, so you can grade to get exactly the fit you want!

Next, I’ll tell you about the Baby Bear Joggers. These are going to be the perfect cozy pants for my kids for fall and winter. And I love that they’re equally perfect for my girls and boys!

Here are the options included in the Baby Bear Joggers:

-yoga waistband or elastic waistband

-optional drawstring

-slat pockets, patch pockets, or no pockets

-ankle cuffs, elastic or roll up hem

-sizes 3m-14

You can buy them on sale individually, or bundled with the Papa Bear Joggers for an even bigger discount!

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Fabric sources:

Floral rayon spandex: Vinegar and Honey

Grey/white brushed poly: Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Brown ponte: Wal-Mart

Mint french terry: Raspberry Creek Fabrics

I wanted to add that I’ve been feeling extra thankful for all of you who have purchased through my affiliate links. And for the companies that offer an affiliate program. My fabric for projects like these are funded in part from that. I feel really thankful to have found a place to share my creative passion! ❤ ❤

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