Love Notions Olympia

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One of my favorite things about pattern testing are the wonderful seamstresses I’ve met- from the designers to the other testers.  My most recent pattern test was the Olympia Dress (affl. link) from Love Notions.  I was thrilled when I realized a few of my local sewing friends were also testing the dress!

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Tiahna from Ammon Lane, Anna from Kainara Stitches, and Rachel from Little Fish all live super close to me so a photo shoot was definitely in order!  It was so fun to see them and I loved the chance to see their dresses in real life.  Like all of Love Notions patterns, the Olympia dress is so flattering on all our different body types.  There are so many options- multiple sleeve and dress lengths plus a zipper front nursing modification!  It’s a great fit for any lifestyle!

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For more details on my dress head over to the Cali Fabrics Blog.  I used a gorgeous ponte from Cali Fabrics for my dress and I can’t get over how much I love it!

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Greenery- Pantone Color of the Year

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*This post originated on the  Cali Fabrics Blog.  I’m excited to share it here as part of Project Run and Play’s Greenery Theme for week 2 of Season 13.

I always love to see what Pantone comes up with each year as the hot and trending colors. This year’s color of the year is Greenery- a vibrant shade of green, somewhere between lime and olive. I’m a huge fan of all things green and was excited to incorporate this color in our wardrobes. My daughter was the lucky winner of the first piece in this gorgeous color.

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I used this beautiful Avocado Shantung Satin for this project. It’s a great weight and I love the slub texture. I don’t sew with silk-like fabrics very often and this was much easier to work with than my past experiences. I was super grateful to have my serger to finish the edges as they frayed slightly the moment I cut into it but because of the thicker weight my regular machine handled it with ease too!

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This dress is a showstopper! I’ve been wanting to sew up a Starlight City Dress from Lil Luxe Collection for what seems like forever! You know those patterns that you fall in love with each time you see one and vow to make one as soon as possible. Well, this is that pattern for me. There’s even a women’s size that looks incredible on everyone too!

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I love the high classic neckline in the front and the ‘party’ in the back. For my version, I used the width of the fabric for each skirt piece to add fullness- this girl loves a big, twirly skirt. Throw in pockets and she’s one happy girl!

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When sewing for your kids do you take your time or find shortcuts when you can? My kids grow so fast and my sewing time is pretty precious so I take the easy way most of the time. This pattern is a quick sew as is so it was perfect for me. In this fabric I’d usually hand sew the hems and do a clean finish bodice but I knew those details would go unnoticed by this sweet girl.

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I’d say she loves it! What are your thoughts on this vibrant color? Are you adding it into your wardrobe? In small doses or one amazing piece?

It’s All About That Place- PRP Season 13

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Project Run and Play Season 13 has begun and I’m so excited to be rooting along from the sidelines this season.  It’s so fun to see so many familiar faces competing this season but I sure don’t miss the pressure from last season!  I’ll happily sew-along just for fun!

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The theme this week is “It’s All About That Place”- a destination inspired outfit.  Well, my favorite destination is easy- Mexico!  While I dream of exploring the world, right now a true vacation involves sandy beaches, sunshine, and no alarm clocks or schedules to keep up.  We took the kids last year and it was seriously the best week ever!

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I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few yards of Patty Young’s newest line for Riley Blake- Primavera.  It’s all so bright and cheery and perfect for spring.  It has just the right beachy vibe and was just what I needed for these looks.

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I used Primavera Plaid Teal and Primavera Tile Teal for these two looks, along with trim and scraps from my stash (I love shopping my ever growing scrap bins!).

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My oldest got a Modkid Dakota.  This simple top will fit right in with her spring wardrobe.  I loved how beautifully it came together and the options to get creative with fabric and trim on this bodice make it so fun.  I think it would be so pretty in a rayon challis or voile too! I did a size 7 with a 10 length according to the size chart and it fits just right!  This girl just keeps getting longer and longer!

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K- time for a little honesty, as I was sewing this dress I was so worried there was too much going on.  But the moment my girly tried it on it I swear it was magic.  This dress is HER- like 100% Payton.  Girly and fun and bright and whimsical and twirly and comfy and cute!  This will definitely be a favorite.

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I used the Luna Dress from Violette Fields Threads and slightly modified it.  I’ve had that gorgeous floral ribbon in my stash for years and loved it with the plaid.  I lengthened the bodice to fit the ribbon band and love the extra detail it gives.  I kept my ribbon tie extra long just for that extra pop of fuchsia.

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I also added a few seashell buttons to go with our theme just for fun.

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I’m really so excited because the hubby and I are headed to Mexico SOON!  We’ve had a crazy couple months and I can’t wait to sit on the beach and do absolutely NOTHIN’!  I’m sure going to miss these cute girlies though!  Seriously…

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Gotta love them!

 

 

Love Notions Prisma Dress

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Love Notions newest pattern, the Prisma Dress*, is here!  (*affiliate link)

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This pattern is jam packed with options!  This version features the peter pan collar, pleated skirt, and elbow sleeves.  There is also a swing skirt or straight a-line option.  You can do short, elbow, or long sleeves, and a scoop or boat neckline.  Plus- there are two darling pockets to choose from.  Love Notions patterns always have such a great size range too- this one is 2T-16Y!

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I had to sit this test out but Tami, the designer behind Love Notions, sent this gorgeous version for my sweet Sophie to model.  It was absolutely perfect for her!  She loves simple and sweet and Tami nailed it with this dress.

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I love that this pattern is tween friendly.  It’s easy to customize to your own tastes and preferences which makes it perfect for picky girlies!  This solid rayon spandex is so classic but I’m loving the florals and stripe versions that filled the testing group too.

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Just look at those gorgeous pleats!

Sophie loved this dress so much she wore it to school the next day- which is saying a lot because she never chooses to wear a dress to school! I can’t wait to make her a couple more for spring- little sis is begging for her own too!

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Make sure to pick up your copy on sale for $7!

Twig and Tale Upcycle Tour

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I’m here for another tour today.  This time I’m sharing an upcycle project featuring the Traveller Cape from Twig and Tale.  This was a sentimental make that I can’t wait to share with you!

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Make sure to head over to the Twig and Tale Blog for links to all the other great bloggers sewing along, a giveaway and a fun link-up!

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Ready to get a little personal?  I’m extremely sentimental- I save weird stuff, I cry at sappy commercials, and love a good chic flick.  My home is filled with treasures from our travels and tons of knick knacks and furniture from my grandparents and other loved ones.  This here is my handsome paternal grandfather Allen.  He was just about as good as they come, a shining example to all his posterity.

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When he passed away, my husband inherited his car and this wool blanket was tucked away in the trunk.  It was tattered and worn but I couldn’t get rid of it and it sat waiting for this project for almost 9 years.

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This tour was just the push I needed and this cape pattern couldn’t be more perfect for it.  I love, love that this pattern is called the Traveller Cape for my dear grandparents instilled a huge desire in me to explore the world.  They traveled to exotic lands and I couldn’t wait to hear about their latest adventures.  I loved their pictures riding camels, petting tigers, or in front of an amazing landmark.  Growing up my family moved all over the country and my sweet grandparents would make the trip to visit us multiple times a year, no matter what coast or city we lived in at the time.

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I had to have my girly reading for this shoot because it was my grandma Lola that encouraged my love of reading.  She was such an avid reader and would save her favorite books and pass them on to me when she would come visit.  I loved her murder mysteries and historical fiction she would share.  I may have been the only teenager I knew who loved a good Mary Higgins Clark book!  I’m so excited that this girl of mine shares the same enthusiasm and can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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I’m a firm believer that those who pass on are still in our lives, watching over those they love.   I feel them all around me through the good times and through the times of trial.  Their family was their life and I hope we’ve done them proud.  I feel lucky to have such amazing examples to strive to be like.

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Thanks for indulging my sentimental heart.  We all have those special people that shape our lives and I’m so thankful for mine.  Who is that for you?  Was it a special grandparent? Aunt? Uncle? Maybe even an extraordinary teacher?

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Ready for a little project deets?  This was such a fun sew!  Like I mentioned, this blanket was a bit tattered and torn. It measured 50″x 50″ and I barely got this cape out of it.  I’m not too experienced with upcycling but I knew I just had to go for it and not worry too much about matching the plaid.  I was just happy that I could get all the pieces cut!

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I lined the cape in a soft slub sweater knit.  The blanket is thick and a bit itchy so this lining makes all the difference.  I used a deep mustard color hoping that my little guy might wear it one day too!

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I used a fun faux leather toggle as a closure- again hoping that it makes it a bit more unisex.  This is the 8-teen size in the classic length.  I love that she can wear this for years to come!

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We had the most fun on this photoshoot.  It was one of those super stormy days that cleared up just in time for golden hour.  We love this little equestrian trail just a few minutes from our house- it proved the perfect backdrop for this outfit.  I love these little one on one moments I get to steal with my kids.

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Thanks for joining me and make sure you head over to Twig and Tale for all the other good stuff!

Monaluna Simple Life Tour

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Gorgeous fabric gets me EVERY TIME!  When Gemia from Phat Quarters Fabric and  Kelly from Handmade Boy mentioned a tour featuring Monaluna’s newest fabric line, Simple Life, I jumped on board in no time!  Throw in a chance to sew for this kiddo and I was in heaven!

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I sewed up a Submarine Pullover from Shwin Designs for my man.  I used this incredibly soft poplin (available in the Phat Quarters Shop) for the main.  This fabric is quite possibly the softest cotton on the planet.  I would love a whole wardrobe for myself made out of it.  It drapes beautifully but still has a bit of weight making it great for so many projects!

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The hood is lined in the cutest bear fabric- Nature Walk, also available at Phat Quarters.  This color combo is so cute and stylish.  I really love that this line is so ideal for boys without being over-the-top.  It’s perfect for those of us eager to please our little guys without giving in to characters and crazy themed clothing.

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I’m anxiously awaiting spring and warmer weather and this hoodie is the perfect transition piece!  It works great layered over long sleeves for now but I also think it’ll be the ideal swim cover-up come summer too.

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The sleeves feature a button-tab detail that makes it easy (and stinkin’ cute!) to roll up the sleeves come warm weather.

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I made one small change to the pattern.  I used the pocket piece on the fold and cut two of them (it’s lined in the blue fabric).  I centered the pocket on the front and sewed the top and sides.  The bottom is caught in the hem band.  An easy hack and one my little buddy appreciates.

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There’s just something about a little boy in a hoodie!  The way it frames his cute face is just about all my mommy heart can handle 😉

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Make sure you head over to all the other blogs for tons of cute boy inspiration!

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One Thimble 14 Tour

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It’s One Thimble time- wahoo!!! Best time of the year, amiright?!!

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I love to join in the One Thimble blog tours and this time I’m excited to bring you a full review of the magazine.  Not only is it packed full of gorgeous patterns for the whole family but it’s also a great resource for any sewist.  The articles this month are so informative and the pictures are pure eye candy.  I learned a couple new tips and tricks including how to fabric cover my KAM snaps that I obsessively add to everything!

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The first pattern I sewed up is the lovely Trillium Tunic from Petite Stitchery.  It’s full of options- tunic or maxi dress lengths, three sleeve choices and a plain or pieced bodice.

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I love the little details with this top.  The ruched 3/4 sleeve, the slightly gathered tunic skirt, the button placket, and pieced bodice all make for a beautiful shirt.

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I used a rayon challis I picked up in LA for the main and some Art Gallery denim and a bit of lace.  The bodice is the perfect place to use those scraps you’ve been hoarding!

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The subtle high-low hem is just too pretty!

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The Trillium is such a classic Sophie top and little sis looks totally cool in her Thread Faction #113 overalls.

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Glancing through the magazine I loved the look of this pattern but wasn’t sure it would suit my kids.  I was tempted to make them for my little guy until I had a vision for this look.  I knew it would be perfect for my fun-lovin’, comfort seeking girly.  She was overjoyed when she tried them on!

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I used an incredibly soft french terry (from LA too) and some lace for the straps to girly it up a bit.  I’m on a camo kick lately and bought a boatload of this fabric so everyone in the fam may end up with a little bit in their wardrobes!

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I love how quickly these came together.  I think they were done in under an hour from printing to sewing on the buttons- including the ridiculous amount of time it took to pick buttons!

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I love that it’s a fun unisex pattern and comes in sizes 2-10.  I think a little toddler belly would be adorable in these!

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My lone back shot…

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There are so many other great bloggers joining in to share the OT love!  Make sure to check out all their fabulous projects and pick up your copy!
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