Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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I know I normally post about pattern companies on the blog, but I am affiliated with a few fabric companies as well, and I want to share about Raspberry Creek Fabrics today! I have been a huge fan/customer for a few years. They recently opened up an application for seamstresses to sew their new collection fabrics, and I was chosen! I received the fabric I used in these outfits for free, in exchange for my photos and promotion. This blog was not required, but I wanted a place to share all the photos together. I have been sharing about them and all my makes from them for years, so it’s safe to say I love them wholeheartedly, all opinions shared here are honest!

RCF comes out with 2 big collections a year, fall and spring, and several other mini collections throughout, swim, Halloween, Christmas, 4th of July, etc… Their big collections release on two bases, Cotton spandex, and cotton spandex French terry. All prints are available on both bases. They also release other prints throughout the year on ponte, rayon challis, swim, etc… Their custom printed collection lines are called CLUB fabrics.

They have their own printers, and the printing process is: “eco-friendly and done without harmful chemicals. Our pigments are Oeko-Tex certified and environmentally friendly.” Their prices are also phenomenal for custom printing. Cotton spandex is not the cheapest fabric to buy, and instead of mid-$20’s, like a lot of custom groups, their prices are around $10-$12 per yard for the custom prints. They stock a lot of other non-custom prints, and the pricing on those is very comparable to other online fabric shops.

The turn-around time is also excellent. Normally your order ships out in 3-5 business days. It lengthens to 5-7 business days on busy times, like new collection release week.

I was able to choose 2 prints from the new line, and 2 coordinates to sew with them. The Prints I chose were the blue/yellow color way of the hexagons, and the embroidered look floral. I chose the blue/yellow triangle print for my coordinate for the hexagons, and charcoal jersey to coordinate with the floral, but I changed plans a bit when my fabric arrived. I ended up sewing the charcoal with the hexagons and triangles, and using the floral on it’s own. I had 1 yard of each fabric, and still have enough floral to make a baby outfit, and enough triangles to make something else for one of my kids! The charcoal was used up within an inch of it’s life, literally. I have NOTHING left of that, but tiny strips of scraps! The stripes are basics from the CLUB line that are always available.

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I usually buy 2 yards of anything I don’t have a plan for, just in case, but it was exciting to me to sew with 1 yard cuts, and see how much I could actually get from it, especially since I’m mostly sewing for kids! That will allow me to buy more prints, and use them up/not hoard so much ๐Ÿ™‚

The new collections are on sale for $1 off for one week after release, that will be going on through this week. They released last Friday, so be sure to check out the new line, and purchase the ones you love now!

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I sewed quite a few different patterns for all of these, and I will list them at the end of the post! I am so excited to have coordinating brother outfits, we are all so excited to meet this newest little one!

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Raspberry Creek also released a mini BTS collection a few weeks ago, and I bought from that immediately! These fabrics were not provided to me. My 8 year old loves math, and she was desperate for this print, so I made her a dress from it. I know it’s going to get worn so much! I also grabbed the paper airplanes and dinos to make some more things for the winter for my boys ๐Ÿ™‚ Everything I’ve sewed with in this post is the jersey. The airplanes and dinos I bought in French terry to make some cozier things for fall.

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This dress is the Sahara pattern from Bella Sunshine Designs. It is the most perfectly designed scoop back, circle skirt dress. I love it so much.

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Ok. I know this was a long, and photo-heavy post, but I wanted to put it all in one place! You can join the Raspberry Creek Fabrics facebook group to see all the other photos from the fall line, and to catch sales, and news/updates.

Patterns:

Rosie peplum from See Kate Sew*

Jolly Roger raglan from Patterns for Pirates

Slant Seam hoodie from Brindille & Twig*

Rolled Hem romper from Brindille & Twig

Constance hoodie from Sew a Little Seam*

Cuff pants from Brindille & Twig

Teeny Beanie from Patterns for Pirates

Sahara dress from Bella Sunshine Designs

*Patterns were sponsored for this fabric release, and provided to me for free.

Brindille & Twig has a referral program. You can get 15% off your first purchase through this link, and I earn points toward my next purchase!

Raspberry Creek Fabrics

 

Big butt pants

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I tested the updated version of the big butt pants recently, and, while it’s a great basic, quick sew, comfy wear for your littles, the best part about this particular test was my three year old’s photos. He is always asking me to take pictures of him, and so when I do sew for him, he is eager, and willing to take pictures!

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He needed no direction, and just was a silly little guy for a few minutes!

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These are a great pattern for your knit stash. They have a wide gusset that makes them so comfy to wear. Lots of room for movement. The legs are slim enough to counter the baggier crotch, but not tight or restrictive at all. The tall cuffs give a great option for growing room. You could fold them up halfway, and as they grow fold them down. Mine are just scrunched slightly here.

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Brindille and Twig makes some great patterns for comfy kids wear. I have made so many of every pattern I own from them! The big butt pants come in sizes preemie-6T.

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You can use code ‘bigupdate’ to take $1 off this pattern, or the ice cream pants pattern (through 8/27/18). Or if you previously purchased these patterns, you should have received an email update.

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If you have not made a purchase from B&T, my referral link will give you 15% off your purchase, and I will earn rewards toward my next purchase!

Thank you for reading โค

Lotte

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Hi! I have a blog post that I am excited to share. It’s a little belated, but I love this so much, I don’t want it to never make it to the blog. I was able to participate on the inspiration team for a fun challenge with Misusu patterns! I love this company, because the designs are beautiful, and the size range is great! She doesn’t include the large size range in all her patterns, but I believe she will be expanding some of them to the wider size range soon. Plus, there are several really high quality free patterns! I’m talking about a full size range, and detailed designs!

The challenge was to show off the free patterns they have available, and I paired the free pattern I chose with one of their paid patterns, Lotte. Lotte is a top, tunic, or dress pattern, with optional pockets in the skirt, and an optional chest pocket. The neckline is bound, and though the bodice needs to be made from knit, you can bind the neckline with woven or knit binding. I used a package of store-bought bias tape, to make it simple.

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The free pattern I chose is the felt flower design. The template comes in 2 sizes in the tutorial, with directions on scaling it larger or smaller, depending on what you’re putting it on.

The tutorial recommends using wool felt, and I knew I wanted to follow that advice, since the craft store felt pills up and falls apart more easily, and this will go through the wash. I ordered mine from Christmas Keepsakes on Etsy. I bought the 6″x6″ sample pack of 25 colors. You can choose your own colors, and I was able to select a few shades of each color I knew I wanted for this. That way I could ย pair them up at home to my liking, plus have extra for the next project! The price was very reasonable, and she shipped quickly!

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I asked my kids to each color a template however they wanted. It really brought fresh ideas to the project. I thought I was going to go with my design, and this would just make them feel like they were involved, but I ended up going with one of my daughter’s designs, changing up one or two colors!

It was a little tedious cutting out all the pieces. I just held the pattern onto the felt with one hand, cutting with the other, while I watched my youngest in the bath. I’m sure there’s a more efficient, easier way to do it, but it was a nice little project, and I just did it, since I couldn’t leave to putter around and find another way ๐Ÿ™‚

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Then you just place them on by hand. I followed the template exactly, or you can make your own design. ย Pin them in place, and stitch them down on the sewing machine.

I love the finished piece! The only thing I would do differently next time I make this dress, is to use wash away hem tape on the bodice/skirt seam. The skirt is gathered knit, which is slightly more bulky, and the hem ended up wavy because it was hard to sew it neatly. But it’s a beautiful pattern, and I can’t wait to see it on!

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The fabrics are both from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. The pink is a knit eyelet, and the white is their cotton spandex.

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Check out Misusu patterns here, and join their facebook group here!

Chicka Chicka Bum Bums+Skiff Tee

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I have no new releases, or promotions for you today. I know. That’s all I ever post, but these are things I sewed because I wanted to! That doesn’t happen nearly as often as I would like. My cousin and his wife just had their first baby, and, since he was the original bomb.com 20 years ago (Hahaha!) I had to make their new baby some cool clothes.

Bummies are currently all the rage in the sewing world. They’re cute knit diaper covers, essentially. I love them too, and can’t wait to put my baby in them all summer/every summer! These are the Chicka Chicka Bum Bums from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop. They come in sizes preemie-12. I’ve already made some for my big girls, who will wear them as jammies, or under dresses. This pattern includes the bummies, and a longer shortie length, as well as an optional attached skirt, and 3 waistband options. I made the bummies, with the basic knit band. These are the 3 month size.

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Then I went looking for a good tee to pair with the bottoms, and I knew Jennuine Design starts her patterns small, and has quality drafting! I am always more wary on the smaller sizes on patterns, and want to sew from a pattern that I know is high quality, so the sizing won’t be off. She released the Skiff tee earlier this year, and while the main design is a color blocked option, she includes the basic version too, which was just what I wanted! These are size 3-6 month.

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The fabrics were all in my stash. Score! The top fabrics are all cotton Lycra, and all from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. The striped bummies are also cotton Lycra from the same shop. I cut into my first purchase of distressed knit for the distressed bummies, and that fabric is from Mily Mae Fabrics. The other bummies are cotton Lycra, and cotton Lycra French terry from Simply By Ti Fabrics.

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These sew up SO fast. Amy, from Peek-A-Boo had a contest in her group to see who could sew the bummies the fastest, and I think most were able to hit the 3 minute mark! I batch cut, and batch sewed, and they really do take no time at all. No hemming, and they’re tiny. The tees are also quick and simple to put together. They take a bit more time because of hemming, but that goes quickly on the small sizes too.

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I made the vinyl with a design I bought from the Silhouette store. I think the whole set perfect to mix and match together, and I hope they fit when they weather is right!

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Thanks for letting me share this with you, and for reading!

Chicka Chicka Bum Bums

Skiff Tee

Fabric sources:

Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Mily Mae

Simply By Ti

Summit Peak Hoodie

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I honestly don’t buy many patterns anymore. I am busy enough sewing for testing, or promoting, and have more patterns than I care to count that I have never sewn yet. I need to make more time to sew for fun…

But I had bought some spider web print fabric that was released recently, for Halloween, and at the same time, I bought some red french terry, thinking I would make a Spider-Man inspired hoodie for my four year old. I searched a little bit for a good color-blocked hoodie pattern, considered the ones I already had, and did a little internet research on Spidey hoodies that were already out there, to get some inspiration. And nothing jumped out at me, so I moved on for a bit.

And then (and then, and gentlemen, and then…I’m sorry. Probably nobody will get where that reference is from. Haha!) the Summit Peak Hoodie from New Horizons released. I immediately bought it, and equally as immediately, sewed it up! I loved the style of it. I love that there is zip-up or pullover options. The color blocking was perfect. It works easily for boys and girls, and I hear an adult version is coming!DSC_2215 wm
It is so perfect. I cut this and sewed it in one short afternoon, filled with many interruptions. It’s a simple raglan jacket. There’s nothing complex about it. This is the first zipper I have chosen to do. Meaning, I’ve sewn one when it was assigned in a test or promotion, but I have never picked a pattern with a zipper to do for fun. I’m so happy with how the whole thing turned out!

The size range is amazing, it includes 12-18mo-16. The tutorial is clear, and easy to follow, all necessary markings were included on the pattern pieces, and it was generally an easy, satisfying sew.

I keep old shoe laces and hoodie drawstrings, and found this blue one in my stash. It’s a little long, but I thought the color was appropriate. The pockets are blue too, I thought a smidge of that color would help give the Spidey vibe.

 

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You can’t go wrong with this pattern.

I love sewing for boys, especially this one โค

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Summit Peak Hoodie

Fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Mattie’s Scalloped Suspender Skirt

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I love a good alliteration ๐Ÿ™‚

This gorgeous skirt is a new pattern from Simple life Pattern Company! Scallops are one of my favorite little design details, and this is an amazing execution of them! The proportion is perfect, and the rest of the skirt just lets them shine.

This is Mattie’s and the options for this pattern include suspenders, a ruffle around the top of the waistband, and other fun embellishments, like piping, or embroidery on the front! There’s also a tall waistband option.

It comes in sizes 2T-12.

I normally don’t post much about the fabric specifically, but this mustard chambray is just gorgeous! I love all shades of mustard for Fall. Normally, I like the bolder, more saturated versions, but this lighter shade was just perfect, and a nice change of pace for me, while still looking perfect for the season. This is from Raspberry Creek Fabrics, one of my top favorite stores!

Matties’s was released with a top that looks so cute with it, Helena’s, that I did not sew, but want to mention, because you can purchase them bundled together for some good savings.

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Mattie’s

Helena’s

Bundled

Get the Look

Fabric sources:

Mustard Chambray: Raspberry Creek Fabrics

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