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!

Here Comes the Fun Tour

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Let’s Par-tay!!!  I’m so excited to be joining in on Sew Caroline’s Here Comes the Fun Blog Hop.

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I had a blast sewing up these looks and they were the perfect way to brighten up our dreary winter days.

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From the moment I saw the previews for this line I knew I needed Tripixels Loud in my life- really I’ve been waiting months to get my hands on it!  I love all of the bright colors and how cheerful all the prints are.

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I was giddy when my package arrived!  Fiskars is a generous sponsor of the tour and each blogger got an amazing set of new snips and scissors- a seamstresses dream!

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I knew right away that this little miss needed an Eleanor Dress from Shwin Designs.  I feel like this fabric was made just for my little girl.  She’s our bundle of fun and this fabric combo is just perfect for her bubbly personality.

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This dress is so sweet and so ideal for school days.  She loves her knit dresses and Art Gallery knit is the cream of the crop.

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I let her pick from our button stash but in the end she fell in love with these bright KAM snaps that look like candy trim.  I love seeing what choices my kids make and usually end up loving them as much as they do.

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For my top I struggled with finding a pattern.  I don’t wear or sew woven tops for myself very often and it’s definitely a void in my closet that needs to be filled.  I settled on Made by Rae’s Beatrix Top and I’m over the moon with how it turned out.

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It has full back plackets and sewed up in no time, especially since I used KAM snaps for the closures.  They make it much easier to get on and off too!  You know me, a quick cute project is my kind of sew.

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We had a blast doing our photo shoot.  After days of gloom and snow I knew we needed to do an indoor shoot.  We decided to throw our own little party!

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We discovered confetti cannons this New Years and we have been dying to do them again.  Apparently I get really excited over them, haha!

 

Make sure to check out all the other awesome projects that will surely brighten your day:

 Aubrey Plays
A Jennuine Life
Izzy and Ivy Designs
Holly and Company
Elle Lee and Me
Lilly Shine Boutique
Simple Life Pattern Co
Happiness in the Making
MADE Everyday
Little Bit Funky
Sew and Tell Project

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No blog tour would be complete without a super fun giveaway.  Head on over to Sew Caroline for a chance to win your own Fiskars scissors and a Here Comes the Fun Fabric Bundle.

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Thanks for stopping by our little party!

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!

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!

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!