Womens Waterfall Raglan

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When I made my girls their Chalk and Notch Waterfall Raglan‘s I was crossing my fingers I would one day get my own.  Well, my friends, my dreams have come true!  Gabriela from Chalk and Notch released the Women’s Waterfall Raglan this week!

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This top is exactly what this momma needs!  It’s nice and fitted in the arms and shoulders and then flows out from there- the perfect disguise for that mommy tummy.

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It comes in both a tunic and dress option.  I have a dress coming your way for the Waterfall Raglan Blog Tour in February.  This tunic length hits just where I want it.  Mine is unhemmed because that’s how I roll these days.

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I love it layered and it’s perfect with my growing cardigan collection.

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It comes in sizes 0-18 and features multiple sleeve lengths.  I think it will be the perfect flowy top with short sleeves come summer!  I did 3/4 sleeves but always tend to push my sleeves up to my elbows.  It’s a bad habit when I go to get pictures- sorry folks!

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You can pick up your copy on the Chalk and Notch website, UpCraft Club, or Etsy.  With so many options, what are you waiting for?!!

Patterns for Pirates Cocoon and Butterfly Cardigans

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The newest pattern from Patterns for Pirates has totally won us over.  The Butterfly Cardigan is the youth version of the Cocoon Cardigan.  With all of it’s options it will be a year round staple!

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For our first version, I did a dressy cropped version out of stretch velvet.  It is incredibly soft and I love that it can be worn over dresses for church or thrown over a tee.

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There are two different band widths giving this cardigan multiple looks.  I did the tall bands on all of ours for a longer, chunkier look.

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There are also multiple sleeve lengths and cuff bands or hem options.  We did long sleeves with tall bands on ours too.

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After her cropped version she was begging for a long version as well.  These are such a quick sew that I was very happy to whip one up for her.

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I adore this version sooooo much!  I used a midweight sweater knit I picked up from Wal-Mart for a steal.  Our Wal-Mart rarely has those $1/yard knits I hear so much about but this was one of them.  I’m so glad I got a ton of it because it was perfect to do matching sweaters.

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The construction on the mama version is exactly the same as the girls so mine came together in no time.  I really would love to make a handful more.  They are such an adorable layering piece!

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I had been looking for a new cocoon cardigan pattern and this one checks all the boxes.  Quick sew, easy instructions, multiple length options, a variety of sleeve choices- winner, winner chicken dinner!

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I have the hardest time taking it off each day!

You can pick up the bundle here, too!

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I have been loving my Silhouette that I got for Christmas.  I love graphic tees and it’s so fun to make our own.  Thread and Grain has just recently started offering her designs as digital files and I am totally loving having all the work done for me.  You can check out the designs here– she’s got something for everyone.  This ‘Fabric is my love language’ is absolutely perfect for me!

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I have a few lined up for my kiddos but we started with this pretty ‘Hello Gorgeous’.  I can’t wait to make more!

Watcha Wearing January

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Tibeca at Sewing By Ti is hosting a fun tour filled with tons of inspiration to help you beat those winter blues.  Watcha Wearing January is all about your style this month and of course there’s two HUGE giveaways to go along with it.  Read on until the end for all the glorious details.

This post contains affiliate links.  Purchasing through them gives me a small commission that inevitably ends up as more fabric for me 😉

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My winter wardrobe is pretty basic.  I either wear joggers and a flannel or jeans and a cardigan.  Really- every single day you will find me in some combination of that uniform.  I’m trying to branch out and throw some leggings in there too every now and then.  I’m fancy like that…

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For this tour I want to highlight my newest Love Notions makes.

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I’ve paired a Laundry Day Tee (free if you join the Facebook Group) with a Love Notions Boyfriend Cardigan.  The Boyfriend Cardigan was my very first test for Tami at Love Notions and the start of something amazing!  I hadn’t made one since then and I’d been dying to pull out the pattern again.  For more pics of my Laundry Day Tee you can hop over here and find my dress hack here.

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For this version I used my favorite fabric in the whole entire universe- seriously!  It’s charcoal french terry from the lovely Raspberry Creek Fabric.  (It’s out of stock currently but she gets new stuff in constantly!)  It’s amazingly soft, sews up so easy, comes out of the wash even better each time, never fades or pills- trust me, it’s the best!

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I made a few slight mods to this version.  I sized up from my usual small to a medium- I wanted it oversized and cozy!  I left off the side vents also- mostly because I’m lazy.  Finally my ‘shawl’ part of the binding is a tad skinnier at the neck because I was short on fabric.

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I added a tiny leather tag to my pocket just to class it up a tad.

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Confession- after making this I wore it three full days in a row and at least twice a week since then.  It’s just the ultimate in comfort and goes with everything.

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My second look features another boyfriend cardigan, paired with a La Bella Donna this time.

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The La Bella Donna is one of my favorite top patterns.  I used a olive green modal jersey from Cali Fabrics for this version.  It’s silky soft and drapey but yet sewed up wonderfully.

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I love the shape of this top!  Loose in all the right places and so comfortable.

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It’s one of those ‘must-have’ patterns in my book.  It has a ton of options too which makes it a pattern you’ll use over and over.

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This cardigan also is a medium with the side vents skipped.  I was also short on fabric for this one and had to get a little creative with my band.  I simply made my own band 6″x the width of fabric, folded it in half, sewed the short ends then attached it to the cardigan.  I did a three inch hem to get the band to fit.  I really like how this turned out and will use this method in the future too.

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This one is currently sans pockets since I can’t make up my mind.  I’d love a little bigger, taller pocket but couldn’t get it quite right.  I’m not giving up though- after wearing this all day I realized that pockets are a must!

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I love that this pattern is two separate back pieces.  The extra shaping really brings in the waist line and keeps it from looking sloppy.

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This fabric was a gift but I believe it’s from Joann’s.  It’s a lovely navy on the inside and is such a great medium weight.

K- ready for the good stuff!  You can check out the other bloggers this week here:

Sunday, January 8th: Sewing By Ti, Embrace Everyday, Doodle Number 5

Monday, January 9th: Sewing By TiTenille’s Thread

Tuesday, January 10th: Robynne and the BobbinHarper+Lu

Wednesday, January 11th: 5 out of 4 Patterns, Sewingly Michelle

Thursday, January 12th: Crafty Like A RoxSewSophieLynn

Friday, January 13th: Creative Counselor, Sewing By Ti

Saturday, January 14th: Wild & Wanderful

Now for the giveaways!  There are TWO big prize packs this tour.  For more details and to enter to win all the loot head over to Ti’s blog.  There’s a Rafflecopter giveaway and also a linky party to join in.

Prize pack one includes patterns and fabric from these amazing sponsors:

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Prize pack two includes fabric and patterns from all of these great sponsors:

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You don’t want to miss it!  I’ll be bringing you one more post on this tour featuring children’s looks.  You can check the hashtag #watchawearinjanuary for more inspiration too!

 

 

Slouchy Cardi from Heidi and Finn

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My girls closets are overflowing but they always seem to be in need of something.  This time of year it’s sweaters and layers!

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This Christmas break my goal is to fill that whole in their wardrobe.  The Slouchy Cardigan from Heidi and Finn is just perfect to do that.

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It’s such a quick sew and comes together so well.  The shape is so on trend and adorable on too!

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This picky girl loves this cozy sweater!  I used this fun double sweater knit from Cali Fabrics.  It is a fantastic weight- not too heavy to sew but still warm and thick.  I grabbed the brown colorway for myself!

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I grabbed this girl right in the door from school and she was thrilled to throw on her new sweater.  She’s been going like crazy and I’m excited to relax with her this Christmas break.  She’s been hanging in my sewing room with me and designing a few of her own tops that we are excited to sew up together.  I love this age and this girl really is a gem!

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Are you sewing over the holidays?  Fried from all the Christmas sewing and taking a break?  I’m looking forward to a little sewing and a lot of relaxing!

Ugly Sweater Party with Petite Stitchery

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I love a good party so I was all on board when Petite Stitchery  said they were hosting an Ugly Sweater Party.  Who doesn’t love a fun ugly sweater?!!

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I’ve loved the Rosemary Cowl Crop since the very first preview I saw and knew it would be perfect for this tour.

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I think an ugly sweater is all about upcycling so for my version I grabbed a cozy blanket from good ol’ Wal-mart.  It worked perfect and I loved being able to use the blanket edge for the bottom hem too!

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I did a little tricky hacking to make the sweater just one layer.  This fleece is so thick and cozy that I didn’t want to add too much bulk.  I used a scuba knit stripe for the cowl and cuffs.  I sewed the cowl on like a neckband.  The sleeve cuffs kinda stumped me.  They are sewn like a lining about 7 inches up the sleeve and rolled up for a nice, thick contrast cuff.

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She’s ready to party!

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What?  There’s more fun sweaters coming your way!  Make sure to head over to the other stops on the tour:

Tuesday  12/20

Rebel & Malice   and   Sew Sophie Lynn

Wednesday  12/21
Thursday  12/22
Make sure you add your holiday ugly sweaters to the link up for a fun giveaway!

Holiday Freebies with Made for Mermaids and Petite Stitchery

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Anyone doing any last minute holiday sewing?!!

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I’ve got a few holiday freebies from you from some of my favorite ladies.

The ladies at Made for Mermaids generously continued their 12 days of Christmas this year with 12 super fun and easy patterns and tutorials.

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I sewed up the Annie Apron for my buddy in the kitchen.  It’s a quick sew and so easy to customize.  It can be made with a couple of fat quarters and some fabric scraps for the waistband.  Such a great stash buster!

My littlest got an Earwarmer in his favorite fabric scrap.  There are sizes for the whole family and I know I’ll be sewing myself one real soon!

The bowties complete any holiday outfit for the boys in your life.  You can even make dad one to match.  Seriously fast and oh so cute!

The girls on your list could all use a cute lace Dress and Top Extender.  I love a hint of lace and these extenders are so great!  I know my girls have a few tops that I’d love to last through the winter and this extender is just perfect to add a couple inches to the length.

Make sure to check out all of the Made for Mermaids freebies!  There’s something for everyone on your list!

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Petite Stitchery has also been rolling out some quick holiday freebies and my kids are obsessed with the Tinsel Cowl.

There are three options- button, fringe, and simple.  My kids have been making them themselves and loving it!  My daughter did her first buttonholes and loved picking out trim for her button version.

It’s another great use for all those fabric scraps you’ve got lying around.  Those precious pieces of velvet will be scarves in no time!

What’s on your Christmas sewing list still?  I’m dying to dig into some American Girl doll sewing for my girls.  My scrap hoarding will pay off for matching duds from some of my favorite makes this year.  Stay tuned for a post on that goodness!

Made for Mermaids Joy and Mama Joy

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Made for Mermaids newest pattern in their Dreamy Collection is here.  The Joy and Mama Joy are classic knit dresses that will be perfect for every occasion.

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The Joy features a fitted bodice and a full pleated skirt with multiple skirt and sleeve lengths.

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It mashes perfectly with the other dresses is the Dreamy Collection.  I mashed the Noelle top with the pleated peplum of the Joy and love this top!

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It looks fantastic in a variety of knits.  I used stretch velvet for my maxi version and also for the Noelle mash.  The floral is a fun scuba knit that really showcases the pleats.

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We’re really struggling with pictures lately as it’s been so gloomy and it gets dark so early these days.  I’m afraid blog pics for the next few months are going to be less than stellar- already looking forward to spring and sunny days!

We headed to the mountains for this shoot and my oldest took the pics. It was fun but freeeeezing!  The snow falling is a little help from Photoshop but we missed the real snowfall by just a few minutes.  My girls have gotten to be such troopers with their crazy mom.  Since November, I’ve been paying them for shoots under the condition that they use the money for Christmas presents.  They’ve been more eager and it’s been fun to see them spend their earnings on their siblings and other family.  I’m hoping that after Christmas they’ll go back to being happy with a chocolate or other special treat- wish me luck!

I could see this being my go-to dress for this one.  It fits perfectly, has pockets, and she will die if I make her a maxi version.  This dress and that fabric really just make me so happy!  It was one of those projects that when I finished I was totally tempted to check her out of school just to see it on her… tell me I’m not the only one that gets that excited.

I knew this blue velvet was meant for this little lady.  She’s worn this top to school and it just suits her so well.  I love that hi-low peplum and that collar is so timeless.

I want to love my dress, I really do.  It’s about as comfy as it gets but it really doesn’t flatter me.  It’s not the dress design so much as my indulging in a little too much holiday cheer and not enough hitting the gym.  It’s also the fabric choice for sure.  Velvet shows every little bump and works well in a looser silhouette for me.

It’s a little better styled with a scarf or a belt.

I also made a peplum top in ponte but will definitely size up next time.  This top was my first version in my normal size and the maxi is one size above what I normally wear in M4M.

I will for sure make more though.  I think Liverpool would be a great fabric choice or even a thicker ponte with a bit more stretch.  I placed a big order for fabric all with this pattern in mind!

You can pick up your patterns individually here and here or grab the bundle since you know you’ll want to be matchy-matchy!

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