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 🙂 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.

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1 winner of Rafflecopter of will receive:
5 Patterns of choice from Simple Life Pattern Co.
$50 Gift Card from Cotton Coterie with FREE shipping
$50 Gift Card from Little Feather

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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

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The Dress Up Hoodie

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I had a chance to sew up the Dress Up Hoodie from Mouse House Creations. This is such a perfect idea! I’m a last minute kind of person #noshame and this quick sew gives some amazing bang for the amount of time it takes to make!

The hoodie is a basic raglan style hoodie, with optional kangaroo pocket, and then the options are almost endless for what you can create! The pattern includes pieces and tutorials for making a dinosaur, horse, unicorn, rabbit, shark, cat, mouse, deer, bat, butterfly, owl, and bird. But with this base, you can use your imagination to transform it into almost any animal! The hood has options to add ears. There are pattern pieces for a divided sleeve if you want to add something down the arm, the back pattern piece has an optional seam also.

I received this green french terry from Simply by Ti, and knew it was going to be the perfect fabric for this project. I don’t know why I though a green cat was correct, but it was right in my head, and I went with it. My daughter is the crazy cat lady already. And she loves green, so this was perfect. This is cotton spandex french terry, which is my favorite. I love the drape of rayon or poly french terry, but they usually pill so much more easily, and aren’t as durable.

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I left off the whiskers, which you can sew in-between the hood and hood lining, since this was going to be more of an everyday wear, rather than a dress- up piece, and I used a tutorial from another blog to add the thumbhole cuffs. I printed off the cuff for the dress-up hoodie pattern, and cut the thumbhole cuff pattern piece that matched the width of the dress up hoodie cuff. Then I cut the thumbhole cuff in half, adding seam allowance, to sew in the claws, which I just free hand cut from felt. I under stitched just where the claws are, to make sure they stay in place. I think it’s such a fun addition that my daughter loves!

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You can get this pattern for $8.50 on sale through Halloween. Regular price will be $10.50. These really are a quick sew, and my daughter actually wore it for our first trick or treat outing last night!

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Last minute moms can still come through 🙂

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Dress Up Hoodie

Fabric sources:

Mint French terry: Simply by Ti

Hood lining: Jersey from deep in my stash

Pink lining on ears: Cotton lycra from Needle Nook

 

 

Kourtney+Mama Kourtney

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Knot tees are so popular right now. I love how it’s a play on the half-tucked in look, because I love that look too 🙂 This is a new pattern for a knot tee from Made for Mermaids, and it’s SO simple to make! No extra pieces to cut, you make the knot right from the front bodice pattern piece! Or you can make the top without the knot, which gives you another great basic shirt option. These are perfect for the drapey knits you have in your stash.

I made a long sleeve top for myself, and a tank for my daughter. This probably took me 30 minutes, or less to sew. You want to know something else amazing about this pattern? You have to hem it before you can finish the knot, so there’s no putting it off. Haha! As soon as you’re “finished” sewing, you’re actually finished. 😛

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Check out the options in the line drawing! The dress is perfectly relaxed at the bottom, so it’s a fun, comfy tee dress, but I love the knot that makes it a little different.

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You can get the Kourtney, and Mama Kourtney patterns on sale individually, or bundled for the best savings! As usual, the bundle option will only be available during release.

I have finally come to the point in my fabric hoarding that I actually can’t remember where a few pieces came from! I believe my stripe was from a mystery box fromLDG Textiles, but I’m not sure. It’s some kind of jersey, maybe some rayon, but not tons of stretch. My daughter’s floral tank was rayon spandex from Vinegar and Honey. ❤ I can’t wait to sew some basic colors to upgrade my momiform this fall!

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Kourtney

Mama Kourtney

Kourtney Bundle (best deal)

 

 

Nilah

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I’m waiting for the day Mgeni from Sansahash designs something I don’t love, (I don’t think it will ever come) and the new Nilah pattern is certainly not it! The curved hem that comes up at the sides, like a shirt dress is a favorite design feature, and the slight high-low makes it even better.

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The bodice is lined. There are no bindings or facings. This is quick to sew. The sleeve options include sleeveless, short, 3/4, or long. I made both of my versions 3/4 sleeve, accidentally. I was planning on making  along sleeve version after my 3/4 sleeve one, but I was cutting late at night, while talking to my brother, and I grabbed the wrong sleeve pattern piece. I will just save my long sleeve version for some pretty sweater knit I want to use!

Sizes include 6mo-12. The pattern is on sale for $5.50 through next Thursday!

My first version is the floral double brushed poly. I LOVE this print so much, and don’t see too much of it sewn up. I bought it a while ago from Pretty Posh Prints. I love florals, but they are kind of ALL OVER right now, so I’m ready for new prints. I still love this one because I haven’t seen it too much 🙂 And I have more left over to sew something for me too!

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The second version is cotton lycra on the bodice, and I used this amazing vertical stripe vintage polyester for the skirt. I’ve had this fabric for several years, I picked it up at a church garage sale for a quarter! It’s been waiting for the right project 🙂

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The church down the street has a sale every fall, and I walk to it every fall, because who misses church garage sales on their block?? The first year we moved back from South Dakota was the first year I went, I think, and there was tons of fabric, none of it priced. I think I had $3 cash, because I hadn’t known their sale was coming up. I started picking out some fabrics, and stopped to go ask how much it was, and they said it’s a quarter per cut. So, I was able to fill up a banker box full of fabric and paid $3! Haha! Some of the cuts were at least 2 yards each. I’m still sewing from some of those fabrics. I always have a harder time cutting into the vintage pieces because I know they can’t be replaced!

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I hope you’ll check out the Nilah pattern, and I know you’ll love it if you make it!

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Fabric sources:

Floral DBP: Pretty Posh Prints

Cotton lycra: Stylish Fabric

Stripe polyester: vintage

 

 

Sweet Bow Dress

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This is another installment in the Summer of Woven from Patterns for Pirates! This one is an update to one of their older patterns, the Sweet Bow Dress. And the mega bow is everything!!! I made 2 versions. One dress length, and one maxi. There is also a top length included, and a small bow, or the mega bow. I did mega, OF course.

This pattern had a few fit issues tweaked, and I am so happy with the fit that they achieved. The blue dress is one of the earlier versions.

This blue version was fun to make because it was another piece of fabric I got from my friend that I shared about a few weeks ago. It’s fun to have fresh fabric in your stash, and I hope it’s fun for my friends to see their fabric having a new life!

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The maxi version was added towards the end of testing, and it is perfect for this style! I used georgette for my skirt, which my daughter loves. She wore this maxi dress to church the Sunday after I made it!

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The pattern will be on sale for the re-release for $7.50. You can find many more photos on larger and smaller sizes in the listing. You will love this! It is a quick sew too, even though I didn’t think it would be. It’s straightforward, and there are only TWO pages to print for all sizes!! #YES

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This sweet dress will is a favorite in my house for sure!!

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Sweet Bow Dress

Fabric sources:

Blue cotton woven: friend’s stash

Gingham bow: vintage from a garage sale

Black floral bodice: woven from Hancock

Georgette: Hobby Lobby

 

 

Nina+Mama Nina

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The new swing raglan is here from Made for Mermaids! this is a top, tunic, or high-low dress, and is so quick to sew, and easy to wear. The girls version is Nina, and the women’s version is the Mama Nina. I made a few for my girls, and only one for me, but it’s already been in heavy rotation. I may or may not have pulled it out of the laundry TWO times because I couldn’t wait until I washed it, TWO different times. Haha. And sorry if you saw me in person.

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I made mine out of double brushed poly, my daughter’s pink one from single brushed poly, and her orange one says it’s 100% cotton, but there’s more drape, I think than 100% cotton would have. So it’s a bit of a mystery!

I did make one top for my daughter, but I haven’t taken photos of it yet. The rest of my sews were the high-low dress. I think it’s my favorite option! You can make it work for so many occasions, depending on your fabric, and styling choices, and you’ll feel like you’re wearing pajamas!

The dress version is a bit of a fabric hog. I got my dress out of a 2 yard cut, sleeves and neckband too, but I had to cut carefully. My daughter wears an 8 chest/12 length, and I got her dress out of a 1 yard cut, however, I had to cut the back in 2 pieces! That works fine for solids, or non-directional prints. I didn’t do that on my pattern, just for reference.

The girl’s and women’s Nina patterns are onside for $7 each, or you can get the limited time bundle of both patterns for $10! I highly encourage that option 🙂

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Nina

Mama Nina

Bundle (best deal)

Fabric sources:

Floral DBP: Pretty Posh Prints

Pink brushed poly: So Sew English

Orange dots: LDG Textiles

 

 

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 🙂 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 ❤ 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