Get The Look Blog Tour with Simple Life Pattern Company and Art Gallery Fabrics

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When Katie from The Simple Life Pattern Company asks you to do something you’ve just got to say yes!  And when she’s collaborating with Art Gallery Fabrics you can’t say it fast enough!

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The Simple Life Pattern Company has teamed up with Art Gallery to offer Get The Look kits.  Each kit comes with the pattern and fabric you need to recreate these gorgeous looks.  If you’re anything like me, picking fabric can take longer than actually sewing!  These kits are a no-brainer!

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I’m thrilled to be sharing my own look along with some amazingly talented women on the Get the Look Blog Tour.  (I’ll hook you up with links at the end of my post.)

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When given access to any Art Gallery Fabric boy did I struggle!  I knew right away I wanted to do a classic Emma’s Herringbone Top and Dress.  I wanted it simple and sweet.  I’m always drawn to Art Gallery’s gorgeous prints but was surprised there weren’t any solid looks available in the Get the Look kits.   The new denim line from Art Gallery Fabrics is dreamy and I picked Outland Yarn Dyed Denim in Endless Paradise.  It’s a pretty, soft chambray with a tint of teal to it.

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I paired it with some pretty wood buttons and some cream dot trim for just a touch of contrast.

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It’s such a simple look but one that can be dressed up or down.

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This girl loves her accessories.  Pop on a cute necklace and floppy hat and she’s golden!

You can make this look for yourself by grabbing the kit here (it’s on sale too!).  You can make it your own by adding whatever trim you’d like at the waist.   I loved it with lace or a simple piping too!  Hobby Lobby and I are tight😉

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For more brilliant looks check out these incredible ladies and their darling girlies.

Nov 28th Caroline Hulse — Sew Caroline
Nov 28th Kim Coffin –  Sweet Red Poppy
Nov 29th Kari Steiger – That’s Sew Kari
Nov 30th Dana Willard – Made Everyday
Nov 30th Tami Peterson —  Sew Sophie Lynn
Dec 1st Bonnie Christine – Going Home to Roost
Dec 1st Delia Randal – Delia Create’s

 

Make sure you join the SLPCO Facebook group for the latest info and tons of great inspiration!  Art Gallery’s Instagram is one of my favorites- daily fabric pics to feed my fabric lovin’ heart.

 

Sew Straight and Gather Andromeda Top and Dress

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Terri at Sew Straight and Gather has done it yet again.  I swear she can do no wrong.  Her patterns are always so unique and so well done.  The Andromeda Top and Dress is no exception.  AND- she’s having an AMAZING Black Friday Sale right now.  All single patterns are just $5 CAD!  What a steal!!! I suggest heading over there right after reading how much I love this new pattern😉

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I tested the girls version but there is also a ladies- yessssss!  The girl’s comes in sizes 2-14 and the women’s in sizes XS-3XL.  They both feature banded top, tunic,  free flowing dress and gathered waist dress options.  Those sleeves make it so incredibly fun!

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I made my first one out of pretty double brushed poly from Knitpop.  It worked perfect for this pattern.  I left the sleeves raw and did a simple neckband.  This pattern could possibly be the quickest thing I’ve ever sewn!  Just a few seams later and this beauty was done.

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She’s worn it a few times since and always gets so many compliments.  It’s so darling and definitely has that wow! factor.

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Little sis was intensely jealous and was dying for her own.  I’ve been crushing hard on stretch velvet lately and snatched up some gorgeous colors from Stylish Fabric.  I used this pretty gold and I’m thrilled with the quality and great customer service I received.  AND it was also a steal compared to what I’ve seen elsewhere. It was my first time sewing with it and I new this simple pattern was a great choice to begin with.

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From cut to finish this was done in under a half hour (it helped my pattern was all ready from big sis- loving that they wear the same size!).

Can we talk about this goofy girl for a minute?  She did NOT want to model but the second she got this on she was smitten.  She turned on the super model moves like that!  She kills me!

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I’d say she likes it!

Make sure you grab your Andromeda- you can get the girls, ladies (Terri’s sweater-knit cover version is killer!) or the bundle.  Don’t forget to pick up some of my other favs too- check out my versions here, here, here, here, and here.

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Petite Stitchery Fall 2016 Collection

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My girls are always in need of easy, everyday clothes so I’m happy to be joining in on the Petite Stitchery and Co. Everyday Wear Tour.  Make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post to win a pattern of your choice!
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I picked to sew up the Maize Tunic and Dress along with the Sparrow Top and Fawn Leggings.  This Maize in soft cotton flannel is such a great top for school, in fact she wore it the very next day!
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The Maize has multiple options and is a quick, fun sew.  You can pick a straight, curved, or hi-low hem and short, 3/4, or long sleeves.  I picked the keyhole button closure but you can also do a tie.
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I love the full skirt and feminine puff sleeves!
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Pockets make everything 1000x better, right?!
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This little miss love peplum tops and hates wearing jeans. This Sparrow/Fawn outfit is just what she wears everyday.
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The Fawn leggings have an adorable tuxedo stripe option.  Done in Raspberry Creek Club Fabrics they are comfy and totally cute!
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The Sparrow Top has a darling peter pan collar option and keyhole back that I chose to leave off. I used a mustard liverpool that I wanted to keep basic.  It’s a top that will work great with the rest of her wardrobe.
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There are a few sleeve options and different peplum lengths too!
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You can check out the other ladies joining in on the fun:
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Make sure you enter the Rafflecopter to win your choice of a Petite Stitchery Pattern!

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Head on over to the Petite Stitchery Facebook Group for tons of inspiration and to get the latest on sales and coupons (hint, hint!).

Sew What Do I Wear? Holiday Edition

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The sweet ladies at Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates are hosting a super fun tour- Sew What Do I Wear?  It’s full of amazing inspiration for all of your holiday festivities!

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I’ve been dying to make me a maxi dress ever since I made my girly this version.  Every single time she wears it I get a twinge of jealousy.  We all sit and pet her soft double brushed poly dress and I knew I needed my own BAD!

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With my husband’s Holiday Party quickly approaching I knew this would be the perfect excuse to get sewing.  He recently became the big boss man and I feel like my party attire should be stepped up a notch.  I love that this dress is casual but still has a bit of wow factor.  It also helps that I feel like I’m wearing my pj’s so I’ll be nice and comfortable even if I’m sweating on the inside trying to remember names and put on my best party face.

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I mashed two patterns together for this easy hack.  I used the Mama Ava from Made for Mermaids with the Boundless Dress from Patterns for Pirates.

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I wanted it to hit at my natural waist so I measured from my shoulder to where I wanted it to hit then added 2 inches for seam allowance and to have it blouse a little. I then measured from my waist to the floor (I love my maxi’s to hit the ground) and cut my skirt that long by the width of the fabric.  I constructed the dress per the Boundless tutorial, using 3/4″ elastic in the waist since it was gathering so much fabric there.   I basted the top and the skirt together first, stretching the top to match the skirt then followed the tutorial for adding the elastic. Of course I had to add the Boundless pockets too!

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I need to fill my closet with these!  I couldn’t bring myself to take it off after we did these pics and wore it all day- cleaning house, driving carpool…all those mom duties that suddenly felt a bit more glamorous in a maxi.  This fabric is a dream and I could seriously live in it forever!

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I had the hubby grab pics at lunch one day.  Tell me you all give your guy this look too!  I was cracking up at my “you know what you’re doing, right?” expression.  He did a great job with the pics and I sure loved sneaking off with him for a bit!

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Make sure to check out the other great looks on the tour.  We’re talking  smokin’ hot party outfits, darling family pic looks, and holiday gathering wear.

Plaid and Boots Tour Thanksgiving Style

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I always love trying new to me designers, especially when I keep seeing fantastic makes pop up in my social media feeds from all my favorite sewing friends- all made with Laela Jeyne Patterns.  I’m thrilled to be a part of the Plaid and Boots tour and sharing my Thanksgiving Style.  You can pick up any of these patterns for 20% off during the tour with code P&BTOUR20.  Stay tuned to the end of the post for a great giveaway from some of the best sponsors around.

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Our Thanksgiving day is usually pretty low-key.  We will head to the grandparents house in the afternoon but we usually spend the morning at home.  I used the Sydney Raglan and the Comfy Cozy Pajamas to make the perfect outfit for lounging at home.

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Art Gallery Fabrics was a generous sponsor of the tour.  These pj pants in Treadle Tradition, part of the Observer line, feel so luxurious.  Paired with the softest panel from Moon Man Printing this set is seriously as comfy as it gets!

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Confession- I’m that mom that makes her kids sit and watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade.  I love it, my kids hate it!  It just kicks off the Christmas season to me.  I usually pull out the Christmas decorations while we watch and the house starts to feel so festive.

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One more of this amazing panel.  This was my first time working with a panel and I couldn’t pass this up.  This graphic is so spot on.  Any seamstress knows that there is something so calming and soothing when you sit down with your machine.  For my raglan, I used the neckline from the Emily tee and did the slimfit, relaxed version.

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After a lazy morning, we’ll all get ready for a fun family meal.  The Emily Tee is packed with options but sometimes a simple tee is all you need.  In Art Gallery knit, Triangle Tokens Ink, it’s super soft and will make the transition from my pj’s much less painful!

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With a few accessories and of course some cute boots, I’ll be ready for an afternoon of family, food, and making great memories.

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This tour is packed with some of the cutest bloggers on the planet.  I’m excited to follow along and usher in the holiday season in style!

Tour Schedule

Monday

Kaleidothoughtidle sunshineAllie J.

Tuesday

Sew PinspiredSewSophieLynnThe Wholesome Mama

Wednesday

Nini and AshSew and Tell ProjectSweet Red Poppy

Thursday

Pear Berry LanePaisley RootsThreadbear GarmentsLace and Pine Designs

Friday

Olive AshbySunflower SeamsElegantine

No tour is complete without an amazing giveaway!

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Make sure you try your luck because these prizes are worth a little effort!  So much goodness to keep you sewing into the new year!

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Hawthorne Threads Oh What Fun! Blog Hop

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If you’re dreaming of holiday sewing have I got a post for you!  Hawthorne Threads newest holiday line, Oh What Fun, is spectacular and I’m thrilled to be sharing it with you.  The best part is one lucky reader will win 3 yards all to themselves!

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I sat down with my girls and we debated FOREVER about which prints to choose.  The line comes in two colorways- Spruce and Sweet.  I’m a sucker for non-traditional Christmas colors and this line really pulled me in.   We picked Dashing Through the Snow in Onyx with a gorgeous mint solid and Merry and Bright in Sweet.

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I love that they can wear these dresses all winter long!  This fabric is thicker than your normal quilting cotton and a dream to sew.

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I knew I wanted a simple silhouette for my oldest- something that would really let this fun fabric really shine.  I used the Norah Dress from Welcome to the Mouse House.  I did a size 7 with a 12 length for my tall girl.  I love the sweet a-line and classic feel it has.

I changed the dress slightly by adding an exposed zipper on the back.  I felt like it needed a little edge to please this picky girly.

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I’ve been dreaming of making a Little Lizard King Double Scoop Dress since it’s release and I knew this fabric was destined for one.  This pattern is AMAZING!  It will be my new go-to for that classic fitted bodice dress.  The options with this one are darling and I’m already planning my next one.

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I did KAM snaps up the back that match the mint just perfect!  This dress has a retro feel that I adore!  The full skirt, peter pan collar, big bow sash- seriously too cute for words!

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These girls were thrilled that their new dresses matched their newly redecorated bedroom- no wonder we were smitten with these fabrics!  They had a blast shooting these fun looks.

Now for the good part:  You can win three yards of fabric from Hawthorne Threads!

GIVEAWAY OVER!! Congrats Vickie Zaleski, you were chosen by random.org!

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All you need to do is head over to the site and check out their amazing in-house lines and leave a blog comment here telling me your favorites.  You’ll be blown away with the crazy huge selection and stunning prints they have to offer.  They are perfect for apparel, crafts, and home decorating projects.  I’ve got my heart set on a few for new pillows to refresh our living room.  Winner will be randomly selected and notified after the tour ends- Tuesday November 22.

Make sure you check out the other stops on the tour for more inspiration and chances to win!

Tuesday 11/15- Hawthorne Threads Blog

Wednesday 11/16- Olivia Jane Handcrafted

Thursday 11/17- Holly Gets Quilty

Friday 11/18- Lillyella

Monday 11/21- Violette Field Threads

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Pattern for Pirates Joggers

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It’s not very often I get to sew for my big boys so I jumped at the chance to test Pattern for Pirates newest joggers.  Best part- there is a pattern for the whole family!

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On any given day in our house at least 3 or 4 of us are sporting joggers of some kind.  My big boys live in their woven ready-to-wear versions and love to lounge around in comfy knit ones too.  My littlest will ALWAYS pick ‘soft pants’ and I can’t make them fast enough for him.  Now me, you know I’m a fan (here, here, and here).

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This guy is growing like a weed and we have the hardest time finding pants long enough for him.  These are perfect for him!  We didn’t need to add length this time but it will be an easy alteration in the future.

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He likes his joggers nice and skinny and was pretty happy with the fit of these- loose through the hip and thigh and tapered calf and ankle.

For his, we did slat pockets, elastic waist with drawstring, and cuffed bottoms.

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This guy is still tiny!  He’s finally growing a bit but his waist/hips are staying slim.  The fit on him is a bit bigger since I went with his waist measurement and not his hips which would have took him down a size or two.

He likes the fit and has worn them any chance they’re clean.

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His pants feature the patch pockets, elastic waistband and rolled hem.

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A winning combo!

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Charlie is super easy to please.  He picked his fabrics and is one happy camper!  All of the fabric for our group shoot is from the lovely Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

His love of comfy pants is hard because he’s got a tiny waist and long legs.  RTW elastic waist pants are usually too big in the waist for him.  So unfortunately (wink, wink) mom has to sew him a drawerful of cute pants.

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These are a size 5 with a 4 yoga waistband.  The yoga waistband totally ups the comfort factor even more!

mama4I made two pairs for myself during testing and I can’t hardly stand to take this pair off.  It’s a super soft double brushed poly and they feel like heaven!

I struggle with fitting my calfs in other jogger patterns and I love that calf measurements are included in these.  I made a size small graded to a large at the calf and then back down to a small at the ankle.  The fit is just perfect!

Make sure to pick up your copies today! You can get the bundle or buy them separately- Baby Bear, Mama Bear, and Papa Bear.

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