Canyon Cardigan from Love Notions

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Fall is actually in the air here!  Cool mornings and evenings mean autumn is just around the corner and the newest Love Notions pattern, the Canyon Cardigan, came at the perfect time!

This post contains affiliate links and I am part of the Love Notions Promo team which means I get paid to test and promote these great patterns.  I became an affiliate and promoter AFTER testing for Tami and trying her patterns.  Her testing process in among the most thorough I’ve seen and the finished products are always superb so my praise is truly heartfelt!

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I feel like Tami at Love Notions can see inside my closet and always knows just what I’m missing!  This cardigan is just what I’ve been looking for- a nice drapey-front layering piece with so many options I can fill my wardrobe with them!

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There are three different views- a-line skirt, gathered skirt, and waterfall bottom.  I used view C, the waterfall front, for both of my versions.  I love the flowiness in the front without all the bulk at the neck and waist.

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The waterfall hem has the option to leave it raw which of course I love.  One less step and it adds to the effortlessly casual look of it.  I’m wearing my Sabrina Slims with my vest for these photos and they pair perfectly and I really love all the styling options with it.  As I type this I’ve got on my vest with a tee and shorts for my busy summer day. I think I’ll need a few more colors for sure!

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Elbow patches make the long sleeves even better!  I can’t wait to throw on this version with some skinny jeans and booties (still on the hunt for those…) or leggings and boots for those casual at home days.  We joked in the testing group about how many of us were sewing up grey cardigans but there is seriously nothing more versatile!  I have a feeling this will get worn almost daily!

I used lightweight sweater knit for both of mine but a variety of knit is recommended.  I’m hoping to sew up a cozy french terry version and also a lightweight rayon/spandex version for those warmer fall days.

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As always, Love Notions patterns feature layered, trimless pattern pieces and detailed step-by-step photos.  It comes together so quickly that you’ll be wearing your new cardi in no time!

Make sure to grab your copy on sale through Thursday September 1st.

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Back to School Tour

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I sure love all this Back to School sewing I’ve been doing, especially the chance to get some boy sewing done!  Today I’m on the Back to School Blog Tour hosted by Lulu and Celeste and Sprouting JubeJube.  Of course, there’s lots of prizes and discounts for you, too!

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This little guy can’t wait to head back to pre-school in a couple of weeks.  He’ll be doing it in comfy style thanks to a few of my favorite patterns. (This post contains some affiliate links.  I receive a small commission if you purchase through them that will be turned around to get more fabric to then convince you to buy more patterns😉

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I used the Jolly Roger Raglan from Patterns for Pirates paired with the Boxwood Joggers from Sew Like My Mom.  Such a comfortable, stylish outfit that he will grab again and again.

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He absolutely loves the pockets- perfect for Hot Wheels and Legos!

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The slim fit is so cute and makes these joggers hip and so, so cool!

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The Jolly Roger is a pattern that will be a staple for him.  A basic raglan is essential for little boys.  The relaxed fit is perfect for his little toddler belly (which is quickly disappearing, sniff, sniff). I think he’s doing his best supermodel smolder here for you🙂

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This is the kind of outfit any little boy would love!

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Outfit number two is another classic combo with a twist.  I’ve been wanting to make him some Moto Maxx joggers from Love Notions forever.  They are full of awesome details that really make them look straight out of the department store.

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Double layer, reinforced knees will make these pants last longer and also up the cool factor.

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Lots of top stitching may take a bit more time but is so worth it.

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For his top I used the new Rowan Raglan from Made for Mermaids.  He really wanted a hooded t-shirt and this pattern is full of options so it was perfect.

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I never think to do raglans in a single fabric but will definitely be doing it more often now- duh!

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Almost all my fabric for these outfits came from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  Their selection of french terry is constantly being updated so make sure you check back often.  The Boxwood Joggers and Moto Maxx pants are both made from french terry she carried (the black is usually in stock but the blue and stripes were one-time-buys).  The Jolly Roger was made with cotton/lycra from the shop also.

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The Rowan was made with a super soft sweater knit I picked up in LA.

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Now for the good stuff!  There are so many goodies up for grabs. Just look at all the amazing sponsors!

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Head on over to Sprouting JubeJube to enter the Link-up for a huge prize package.  You can also get all the info on some killer sales to help you create that back to school wardrobe you’ve been dreaming up.

Today’s prize is 1 PDF pattern from Modkid and 1 PDF pattern from Audrey & Tiffany
*excludes bundles
Runs from August 25 12:00 am EDT until August 26th at 11:59pm EDT.

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Check out the rest of today’s stops on the tour:

Create 3.5 Sweeter Than CupcakesThe Wining WifePaisley RootsThe Eli Monster

And make sure to visit the rest of the bloggers packing this tour with fantastic back to school inspiration!

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Call Ajaire * The Wholesome Mama * Sew and Tell Project * BLAVERRY * DIY Crush * Phat Quarters * Mahlica Designs * Handmade Boy * Kaleidothought * The Berry Bunch * Filles A Maman * Sprouting JubeJube * Sew Happily Ever After * Tales of a Tester * 5 out of 4 Patterns * The Crafting Fiend * Create 3.5 * Sew Sophie Lynn * Sweeter Than Cupcakes * Wining Wife * Paisley Roots * The Eli Monster * Cindy Parrett Blog * Sew Starly * Élégantine! * Gracious Threads * Lulu & Celeste * Sewing By Ti * Amazing Adventures with Bubba and Bug * Simple Life Pattern Co. Blog * Inspinration * Mama You Can Make it For Me * Moon Star

Blaverry Thea

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I love everything about fall.  It’s like New Year’s to me- A fresh start. A new school year, brand-new resolutions and goals, back to a routine, and I love the cooler temperatures!  I also LOVE fall fashion!

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The Blaverry Thea is a great all seasons pattern that makes my heart giddy!

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Another fall favorite is plaid, plaid, and more plaid.  I’m sure you’ll still be seeing a lot of florals and stripes from me but c’mon- admit that plaid and fall go hand and hand.

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I picked up this scrumptious quilted knit from Hobby Lobby.  It’s seriously so dangerous having one just down the street.  The newest fall apparel line has some real winners.

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Let’s talk about this pattern.  This is the third knit dress I’ve made this girl in two weeks and I love how unique they all are.  She loves dresses and done in comfy knit they’re perfect for school days.  The thing that really sets this pattern apart from the others is the super fun pleated skirt.  Done in this structured knit it’s extra full and so, so darling!

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The dress comes with three sleeve options- short, half, and long.  I almost always go with a half or elbow sleeve- I just love the look and think it makes it wearable for longer.

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It’s easy to blend sizes and that’s huge when sewing for my tall girls.  I did a 6 with 8 length and still added a couple inches to make it a bit longer.  It’s a super simple alteration and will hopefully help her be able to wear this longer.

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One of my favorite details of this pattern is the wrapped neck binding- so professional!

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This pattern ticks all the boxes for me- huge size range (2t-16), classic design with great details, multi-seasonal, and it’s a quick sew!  Both girls will be getting more Thea’s for sure!

I am part of the Blaverry Promo team and receive the pattern for free.  It’s the perfect partnership for me and my girls.  We love the Blaverry style and are happy to shout it from the rooftops😉

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Check out more great Thea’s from my friends at:

Kate and Crew * Sprouting JubeJube  * Sew Sophie Lynn * MCB Créations * BLAVERRY * Sew Famous * Ruby Rue Creations * Sew Gracefully * Captures by ChrisÉlégantine

One Thimble Blog Tour- Calla Lily Crop Top and Oswald Bow Tie

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I’m here with another fantastic blog tour.  The newest issue of One Thimble is here and it’s full of sewing goodness.  I was excited to sew up two of the 10 pdf patterns that come in this issue.

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This cute guy got his first real bow tie- the Oswald, Williams, and Pond Bow Tie Set.

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And this little miss is loving her new Calla Lily Crop Top.

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With back to school on our brains we had a blast styling our photo shoot.

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The bow tie set is so fun!! With three style options, it was hard to pick.  We went with the pointed corner Oswald.  There are five different sizes so all the gentlemen in your life can sport matching ties.

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I sewed up a size medium.  He loves that it’s not overwhelmingly huge but I might make him the next size up in the future.  He was eager to wear it to church and looked so handsome!

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I let my kids pick out their fabrics and I love that he picked this simple gingham!

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This little one had her heart set on yellow pom poms and while they’re a little crazy for me her sense of style kills me and I was happy to oblige.  The classic plaid cotton is from Hobby Lobby.

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The Calla Lily is a classic top with a little flair.  I love the high low hem and the button/snap placket in the back.  It’s fully lined and you can use the lining for a cute contrast placket.  School bus yellow KAM snaps make it easy on/off.  The options for hem trim are endless- ruffles, lace, whatever your heart desires!

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We styled it with a tank underneath so that it will be school dress code worthy.

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These two are the family clowns- always laughing and keeping us all on our toes.  A photo shoot with the two of them was an experience to say the least.

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Classic big brother…

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He’s always hamming it up!

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Make sure to grab your copy of One Thimble Issue No. 12 !

And check out the other stops on the tour here:

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Simple Life Pattern Co. Back to School Blog Tour

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We’re just a week away from the first day of school and I’m sharing our First Day Looks for the Simple Life Pattern Company’s Back to School Blog Tour.

My girls picked out the Taylor Shift Dress and the Adelyn’s Scoop Back Dress for their looks.  They suit these two to a tee!

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This girl loves things classic and sophisticated.  The Taylor dress was just perfect.  We did a modified 3/4 sleeve to get us right into fall.  It was a super quick sew and made to showcase those amazing fabrics you love.

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The cut-out in the back adds interest but is small enough to be dress code approved!

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This dress is one of my favorite things on this girly!  That bow and the twirly circle skirt are absolutely perfect for her.  I love that bow so, so much!!!

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She really couldn’t stop twirling!

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I love a knit bodice for comfort and the woven skirt offers the perfect chance to use all those fabulous fabrics you’ve been eyeing.  I did an elbow sleeve here- so versatile and perfect for every season.  I used the modest scoop back option too.

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Hawthorne Threads very generously sponsored this post.  It was my first time ordering from them and it was a fantastic experience.  I let this girl get on the site and pick her favorites.  She had quite the list!  Have you seen the hundreds and hundreds of designs they offer in their in-house lines?  Ah-Mazing!!!  I was thrilled that she had picked Bloomerie in Ink because it was one of my favorites too.  It’s part of their new Nectar line and I’m just crazy for the colors.

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I quickly set to work picking coordinates for little sis and Meaghan at Hawthorne was so helpful getting me the perfect navy knit to match big sister (I went with Buffalo Plaid in Honey to feed my current plaid obsession and Art Gallery Solid Knit in Deep Dark Ocean).  Customer service means a lot to me and I was super impressed with how quickly my emails were answered and how fast my fabric showed up on my doorstep.  The cotton is printed in house and is super soft.  It’s a bit thicker than normal quilting cotton and I’m already dreaming of the home decorating possibilities with it too!

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These two are set to start 2nd and 3rd grade at a new school this year.  We’re all a little nervous but I think it will be a great year.  I’m so happy they have each other.  We went and wandered around the new school for these pictures.  It was fun to explore the new playground.

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I’m so thrilled to be part of this tour and joining some incredible bloggers to showcase some great Simple Life Patterns.

August 14th – Simple Life Pattern Company Kick-Off

August 15th – Adventures with Bubba and BugSew E-Notional

August 16th – SewSophieLynnHandcrafted by RED

August 17th – Phat QuartersPear Berry Lane

August 18th – SewJournersSweet Red Poppy

August 19th – Sew and Tell ProjectPaisley Roots

August 20th – Simple Life Pattern Company Tour Wrap-Up

And of course we’ve got unbelievable prizes up for grabs:

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Boxwood Joggers from Sew Like My Mom

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The Boxwood Joggers from Sew Like My Mom are here!

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As soon as I saw Melissa’s cute versions I knew I had to get in on the testing.  I showed them to my 12-year-old and he was sold!  I can’t pass up a chance to sew for him since he’s so super picky.

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These joggers passed the ‘cool enough for 7th grade’ test😉

I mean those pockets are so, so cool!

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Both pairs are made with french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  This pair is a heathered mint (currently unavailable).  The black pair is a solid black.  The cute pocket fabric is a remnant my sister gave me of Art Gallery’s Boardwalk Delight Ice Cream Shop Knit.  It was absolutely perfect for these pockets and cuffs!

These are a skinny fit pant and they fit a little looser on my skinnier than normal kiddos.  This guy says they’re just right!

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We added a faux drawstring on both pairs just for fun.  These pants are a super quick sew- print, cut and sewn in less than an hour.  They include shorts, capris, and full length options with a looser boy cut for the older guys.  In sizes 12 months-16, you can use this pattern for all the kids in the neighborhood (because you know once they see your kids, they’ll all be begging for them!).

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You can pick up the full size range here or the 12 months- 8 here or the big kids 6-16 here.  I can’t wait to see all the kids on the block sporting their matching joggers😉

For more Boxwood inspiration check out:

It’s Liesel

CraftiMom

Miskin Makings

Kreatita

Penny Sew Vintage

Tales of a Tester

Back to School with Made for Mermaids

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Summer is winding down and we are in full back to school mode here- sob, sob!  I love spending my days with my kids and it makes me so sad when they are gone ALL day.  The one good thing about this time of year is a new school wardrobe!  I’m happy to be joining in the Made for Mermaids Back to School Blog Tour.  Make sure to use the code M4MB2S to save 20% off patterns.

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Our summer in Utah usually comes to a swift end once school starts.  Fall will mean 80 degrees one day and 50 degrees the next.  Time to sew up some cool weather staples!

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My girls sure love to get dolled up for school but always want to be ready for whatever recess may hold.  They are girly girls with a side of tomboy spunk.

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I sewed up the Blair Tunic for my oldest and the Brooklyn Dress for my youngest.

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The Brooklyn dress is such a classic pattern that came together so well.  I loved the lined bodice and quick, easy construction.  I did a size 7 with an 8 length in the skirt.  It’s a great fit that will hopefully get us through the school year.

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I used a lovely ponte from my stash and played with the stripes a bit.  I love this color on her and she loves how soft and comfy it is.  This one lives in skirts and dresses so this will be in constant rotation.

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I love, love the options with the Blair pattern.  For this version I used a super soft french terry.  I had this amazing upholstery fringe that I’ve been dying to use and it was just perfect for this top!

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I did a size 7 for her also but added about 2 inches in length to the hi-low hem.  Isn’t that hem curve delicious?!

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These two sisters had a blast shooting these looks.  Big sis had been gone for a couple of days and they were so happy to be reunited.

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I hope their relationship stays this sweet forever!

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Make sure to stop by all the other stops on the tour.  I’ve been loving all the back to school inspiration!