Fighter Tee by Handmade Boy Blog Tour

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Kelly at Handmade Boy is one of the busiest gals I know.  She’s also one of the kindest ladies in the sewing world so it didn’t surprise me one bit that her first venture into pattern making would be for charity.

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100% of the proceeds from the sale of the Fighter Tee go to benefit the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  You can pick up your copy for only $5 and know that not only did you get a fantastic pattern but you did your good deed for the day!

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Tami from Love Notions teamed up with Kelly on this project and drafted this pattern so you know it’s superb!  It’s a loose fitting tee with color blocking on the sides and sleeves.  It makes it perfect for pattern mixing and upcycling!  It comes in sizes 2-12 and is a great unisex pattern.

This little guy absolutely loves this pattern.  I made the palm tee a few weeks ago during the pattern testing and he has worn it any chance he gets.  These will definitely be favorites this summer!

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This palm tree fabric was an old Girl Charlee purchase that we tie dyed last summer.  I love the summer vibe it has and this pattern was perfect for it.  The black side panels tone it down a bit and totally up the cool factor.

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The fabrics for this version came from Raspberry Creek Fabric.  I used the Shark Fin Wave paired with a solid navy.  Charlie has had his eye on these shark fins since he saw the strike offs and has been begging for his very own shark tee.  Of course, he had to wear his shark tooth necklace with it!

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I’m excited to be joining so many friends in spreading the news about this amazing pattern.  Make sure you check out their cute versions for even more fun inspiration.

 Monday: The Wholesome Mama, My Creative Room, Wild & Wanderful

Tuesday: Doodle Number 5, A Jennuine Life, Sew Sophie Lynn

Don’t forget to head over and get your pattern.  You can’t beat supporting a great cause and getting a darn cute pattern in return!

 

Suit up for Summer Day Five

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We made it folks, today is the fifth and final day of the Suit Up For Summer Tour.  I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.  I’ve been thoroughly inspired and learned so much along the way.

I’ve got to give a HUGE thanks to all our sponsors.  It’s been a great week and we couldn’t have done it without their generosity- from offering bloggers patterns and fabric discounts to sponsoring our giant giveaways.  I wish I could give them all a big hug and lots of chocolate 😉

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You have until Tuesday to enter the giveaways so here’s a little reminder.
Giveaways closed.  Winners have been notified.

Prize 1 Link-up prize, consists of:

1 Pattern of choice from: Closet Case Patterns, Jalie, Gracious Threads, Lil Luxe Collection, My Childhood Treasures, 5 out of 4, Titchy Threads, Call Ajaire, Rad Patterns, and Boo! Designs.

$25 gift cards from: The Fabric Fairy, Raspberry Creek Designs, Peekaboo Patterns,

and a $20 gift card to Simply by Ti
Prize 2 Rafflecopter prize, consists of:
$80AUD from Boo! Designs & 2 yards of swim knit from Sash Fabrics (1 Paisley Skulls & 1 Maroon Wild Thing)
$20 gift card to Simply by Ti & a $20 gift card to Patterns 4 Pirates
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For this last stop I’m sharing a few more girls swimsuits and some tips for modifying your favorite non-swim patterns to work for swimwear.

Summer is a time of family and we love that we get to spend time with these cute cousins from Arizona.  My sister loves to sew as much as I do (with three kids under 5 she just doesn’t get to do it as often as she’d like!).  I love when she’s in town and we can spend our days sewing together.  This tour was a fun chance to make coordinating suits for all the girl cousins!

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This little munchkin is looking darling in her teeny weeny polka dot bikini.  My sister used the free Classic Maillot Swimskirt from our sponsor Call Ajaire.  It includes the attached swim bottoms!  For the top she used the Made By Rae Flashback Skinny Tee and brought in the sides a bit and added a band to the cropped bottom.

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My oldest has such similar tastes to my own.  I giggled when I asked her what kind of suit she wanted for this last one and she described exactly what I want my next suit to be!  She’s looking hip in highwaisted Cosi Swimsuit bottoms from SewPony paired with a modified Boo! Designs Sleeved Leotard.

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For her top, I simply cropped the bottom of the leotard off and used the mini skirt piece that comes with the pattern.  I modified it a bit to be a full circle skirt, just placing both edges on the fold of the fabric.  You could easily do this same thing to any top pattern and calculate your own circle skirt for the peplum.  We went through a handful of our favorite tee patterns as options before I settled on the leotard pattern since I was sewing while she was at school and couldn’t accurately gauge how much to take the sides in on a standard looser fitting tee without her trying it on.

Other modifications you can make to standard patterns include using your favorite underwear patterns for bottoms.  You can simply line them in swim lining or swim fabric!  Keep that undies pattern handy and add it to your well-loved shorts pattern, catching the top of both in the elastic casing or band, for a cute pair of swim shorts.

Close fitting tops make excellent swimwear.  I love to slim down raglans as rash guards but you could also use a well fitting tank pattern as a swim top too!   I like to line the front bodice piece for girls and add a simple elastic shelf bra for myself.  You can use elastic for the neckline and arms too.  Since it is a tight fitting garment make your elastic just barely shorter than the opening.  I serge the elastic to the wrong side and turn it under once then topstitch with a double needle or zigzag stitch.

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For this cute suit, I used the Leotard Etoile with the included Demi Skirt used as a shoulder ruffle.  I serged the neck elastic to the lining, main suit and ruffle.  I then flipped the elastic under and topstitched it down underneath the ruffle keeping the clean line at the neck.

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It was a breezy day and I loved catching the ruffle blowing in the wind!

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This last cutie is wearing a modified Cosi Swimsuit too!  I just love that little belly but as we discovered last year high waisted suits just don’t want to stay put.

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My sister sewed this one up too and I love this fabric she chose!

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I sure wish these cute cousins could see each other all the time!  They sure do love each other and we can’t wait to spend as much time as possible together this summer!

Well, folks, I quite possibly will never sew another swimsuit again.  Just kidding!  I’m ready to move on to something new but I’m pretty sure it won’t be long before I’m itching to ‘dive in’ to swimsuits again.  They really are so rewarding and such quick sews (minus those epic boardshorts!).

I really hope that you’re ready to Suit Up yourself and I can’t wait to see what you guys make this summer.  It’s really been such a pleasure hosting this tour and hearing from all of you.  Now get off the computer and get sewing!

 

 

Suit Up For Summer Day Four

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We’ve made it to day 4- woot woot!  Have you learned anything so far?  Picked up a pattern or two?

Today I’m talking about the best part of swimsuit sewing- FABRIC!!  If you’re anything like me, you can never have enough fabric.

We have multiple fabric sponsors on the tour and I’m excited to get you guys shopping.  The Fabric Fairy has a HUGE selection of both spandex and board short fabric as well as everything you need to complete your suit- elastic, bra cups, linings, etc.

Peek-a-Boo Fabric Shop offers great custom printed fabrics and coordinates.  You can pick up your PAB pattern and sew it up in PAB fabric- oh cool is that?!

Simply By Ti has some great choices for swim cover-ups- think cozy french terry and bright crochet fabrics.

Boo! Designs is based in Australia and has an unbelievable selection!  Like I want to order a dozen prints right now!

Sash Fabrics is another custom fabric shop full of unique and fun designs!

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My family is all decked out in another of our sponsors latest designs- Raspberry Creek Fabrics!  I love that these fabrics coordinate so well together without us being too matchy-matchy.  When looking through the new line it was so easy to pair up each print to my kids personalities!

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The Sunset Palms were meant to be this kid’s.  He lives in subtle Hawaiian prints and this was just too perfect for him!  You can read more details about his suit in yesterday’s post.

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I’ve been dying to share this suit!! This sweet, sophisticated girl is rocking the Tropical Leaves swim print in a Lil Luxe Leotard Etoile.  I think this is the perfect pattern/fabric pairing!

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The simple silhouette really lets this print shine!

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I need one of these suits for myself ASAP!

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My little man NEEDED these sharks the minute he saw them.  I love the colors in this print and how easily they coordinate to so many others!  You can find his suit in yesterday’s post too!

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This sassy girl loves the bright colors of the Sea Floor print.  Paired with the Nautical Stripe it’s too cute for words!

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She’s wearing a Marilyn Vintage Suit from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop.  This suit offers plenty of coverage and so many cute options.  This simple view was fun to showcase these prints.

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She certainly loves it!

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I got another suit too!  This time I used the Nautical Stripe for myself.  I used the Edgy Top from George and Ginger.  It’s not designed as a swim top but with a few modifications it worked great!

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I lined the front and added cups and an elastic shelf bra.  I cut my pattern a size smaller and finished the neckline and arm with elastic cut barely smaller than the openings.  I like to serge my elastic on in the round to the wrong side of my fabric then flip it under and topstitch with a twin needle.  Super easy!

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I used the bottoms from the First Crush Suit from Rad Patterns.  The suit offers so many options and great coverage!

I love these stripes and the chance they gave me to play with the directions.  This swim knit is some of the nicest I’ve ever sewn with.  It’s nice and thick and has great 4-way stretch making it super easy for me to use it on the diagonal.  The matte finish gives it a very high-end feel.

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I also used coordinating Navy Board Short Fabric to make me a pair of Swim and Surf Shorts from Gracious Threads.  I love the fit of these and after making my little guys these were such a quick sew.  I love the extra coverage for chasing kiddos around!

Phew!  So…many…swimsuits!  Are you sick of me yet?!! Just one more day…

I’ve got to give a huge thank you to our good friends for letting us borrow their gorgeous backyard for these pics!  It was absolutely perfect!

Make sure to enter the giveaways for your chance to win some of these amazing fabrics from our sponsors with a ton of patterns too!

Head over to the other bloggers to see what they’ve been making too:

Hosted by Sew Sophie Lynn & Paisley Roots

Monday: Pear Berry Lane / Inspinration / It’s Liesel / Sewing For Four

Tuesday: Harper Lu / Call Ajaire / Stylin Stacy / Skirt Fixation

Wednesday: Sewing By Ti / Sewing With Sarah / Sew & Tell / Me Made

Thursday: Made By Melli / Life Sew Savory / That’s What She Crafted / Auschick

Friday: Rebel & Malice / EYMM / Stitching & Making / Lilliepawillie

One Thimble 15 Blog Tour

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One Thimble Issue 15 is here!  If you’ve been following me for awhile you know I just love when a new issue comes out.  I’m always so excited to see what each issue has in store- so many different designers and contributors that always keep things fresh and fun.

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I was happy to hop on the tour and sew up two patterns from this latest issue.

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I did Thread Faction #116, a comfy unisex v-neck cardigan.  It comes in sizes 2-10 and is a super quick sew.  I let her pick between buttons, snaps, or a bow closure and she went with the ribbon.  I love the little feminine detail it adds and how it made the project even faster!

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I also sewed up the Miriam Skirt from OUSM.  It comes in sizes 12m-8 years and has a high waist with big pleats.  I did a size 7 with 8 length but totally should have added a few more inches- doh!  She’s off the size chart height-wise so it’s much shorter than intended.  I’m calling it ‘vintage-length’ 😉  The skirt came together so quickly too.  I added the exposed zipper- I couldn’t help but use this cute polka dot one I’ve had in my stash forever.

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She had a Paris-themed birthday party to go to after this shoot and won ‘Best Parisian Outfit’ at the party.  She loved how chic she felt.  She had requested a stripe shirt for the party and this was perfect paired with the floral skirt and knee highs.

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Totally French school-girl esque, right?!

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This issue is chock full of goodness- 10 pdf patterns and 29 sewing articles.  Doesn’t that sound like the perfect afternoon- sitting in the backyard with a lemonade and the latest issue?!

You can catch the rest of the tour bloggers here:

5/12/2017

Max California

Pear Berry Lane

5/13/2017

Idle Sunshine

Made by Sara

That’s-Sew-Kari

5/14/17

Tales of a Tester

Candice Ayala

Once Upon a Sewing Machine

5/15/17

Stitches by Laura

Sprouting Jube Jube

House of Estrela

5/16/17

SewSophieLynn

Gaafmachine

5/17/2017

Crazy, Craft Haute Mama

Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Lulu and Celeste

 

Raspberry Creek’s Newest Club Line

biggroup1 Raspberry Creek Fabrics newest CLUB line is here and now available for retail purchase.  It was so fun to sew up these gorgeous fabrics with a few of my favorite sewing buddies.  Of course we had to get our cuties together to show you all the goodness!

L-R: Kainara Stitches, Ammon Lane and Little Fish.

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My girls loved posing with cute Inara from Kainara Stitches.  Her mom Anna always picks the cutest fabric combos and I can’t get enough of this lil redhead.  These pretty watercolor florals are so soft and sweet.  Inara’s is perfectly paired with the mint dots.

Isn’t that stripe so pretty?!  I love mint and coral together!

The soft colors on this peach watercolor are so springy!  It’s even more gorgeous in person!

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How cute are these kiddos of Enjoyful Makes?!  Halle is adorable in her mustard/navy plaid.  The airplanes are every boys favorite!

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We also love the coral/mint plaid.  It pairs so well with the coral dots!

This watercolor stripe is a fan favorite.  You can’t go wrong with a grey stripe and bold flowers!  Seriously pretty!

I love all the different floral/stripe prints and how unique they all are.  This bold navy version is too cute on my girly.

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Make sure you head over to Raspberry Creek and check out the whole CLUB line.  Diana is busily printing away and adding prints hot off the printer.  Yes, that’s right!  I forgot to tell you all the best part!  RCF is now printing in house featuring fabrics milled right here in the US.  This CLUB line is printed on the softest, best quality cotton/lycra and french terry.

Stay tuned for more CLUB fabrics coming soon!

Little Kiwi’s Closet Straight Skirt Tour

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Little Kiwi’s Closet is a new to me pattern company but apparently I’m late to the party, they are celebrating 5000 members in their Facebook group– hooray!

As a thank you to members, they are offering a code for this darling FREE Straight Skirt! I love to try out new designers and their free patterns are the perfect start.  This pattern from LKC did not disappoint.

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I paired the skirt with the Flutterby Peasant Dress and Top.  I’ve been missing a basic peasant top pattern in my collection and this one is fantastic.  There are multiple sleeve, elastic, and ruffle options and it comes in sizes newborn to 12.  Peasant tops are such a great starting point for so many looks so I know I’ll turn to this pattern again and again.

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She’s been wanting an off the shoulder top and it was a super easy hack to get this look.  Ready for it… just use longer elastic in the casing- DONE!  It’s such a trendy look and I love that I didn’t have to get a special pattern for it.

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This skirt is really so darn cute!  I used more Raspberry Creek CLUB fabrics for this whole look.  These fabrics should be available again starting this week.  I love that you can play around with fabric combos with this pattern.  Those pockets just beg for a contrasting fabric!

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There are a variety of options with this skirt too.  You can do angled or curved pockets, yoga or elastic waistband, above or below knee and banded or hemmed bottom.  It comes in sizes 12 months- 14 years.  I did a straight size 7.  She measures a 7 waist and 10 height, this is the below knee option hitting her right at her knees.

I love that right after we took these pictures she was climbing poles and running around.  That’s a sign of a comfortable outfit!  Definitely kid approved!  And yes, she habitually wears shortie leggings under all her dresses and skirts so she can feel free to play to her hearts content in style!

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This sweet, girly outfit has won Little Kiwi’s Closet another fan!  Make sure you join the Facebook group to get your copy of the Straight Skirt today!

You can check out more fun looks here:

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ChristaCoDesign

SewSophieLynn

Tales From A Southern Mom

Phat Quarters

Living in Twinado Alley

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Woohoo by Davina

And head to the Little Kiwis Closet Blog for more pattern details AND an awesome giveaway too!

Growing Up Handmade

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When this blog tour was thrown out there I immediately wanted to join.  In the back of my head I have this huge fear that one day my kids won’t want me to sew for them.  My big boys request things here or there but really don’t wear them a lot.  They didn’t grow up with me sewing much for them though.  My girls on the other hand have been in handmade since they were toddlers.  I think I’d be heartbroken if one day they said to me, “Mom, please can’t we just go to the mall for all my clothes now?!”  For now, I love that they come to me with items they want me to sew or pull fabric they want made up.  It just makes my creative heart happy!

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This little miss is the reason I dusted off my sewing machine after years of neglect.  It was so fun to sew for a tiny girl.  It didn’t take very much fabric or time and she would happily wear it-mistakes and all.   I started with easy paper patterns or simple upcycling projects.  I followed all the good sewing blogs and loved when the bloggers started doing patterns too!  My little Sophie loved to help pick fabric and was always such a willing model.  It was so much fun looking through pictures of her ‘growing up handmade’.

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For this tour I wanted to showcase some of my favorite tween friendly makes.  Sophie recently requested more joggers and leggings because she now ‘hates’ jeans.  I love it when she wants easy to sew pieces!

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I made five pieces that can be mixed and matched a bit.  We threw in her denim jacket and she now has three or four cute new outfits.

This first piece is by one of my favorite designers- Adrianna from Hey June.  I love when designers kids are my kids ages because then they usually continue to design for them as they grow.  The Hey Junior Line is the perfect basic patterns.  The City Park Tee is a staple in our house so of course I needed to add it to the mix.  This is done a size up to wear with leggings in gorgeous cotton/lycra from Raspberry Creek Fabric.

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Shwin Designs has always been another favorite in our house.  I love the hip, original designs!  The Studio Top and Dress can be made in woven or knit which makes it so versatile and perfect for my girls.  They have almost outgrown Shwin’s regular patterns but lucky me- Shauna has launched a new B side line for tweens and teens!  I sewed up the largest size in this one in a beautiful blush cotton/lycra from Raspberry Creek.  This top was her favorite piece and she squealed when she saw it!  There will be many more of these in her closet for sure!

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For bottoms I wanted a pair of leggings with a twist.  The Peony Leggings from Sew Like My Mom were just what I was after.  They have a fun side stripe that can be plain or ruched.  These were going to be ruched but my sewing machine and double brushed poly were not being friends.  Luckily my serger is pals with the fabric and she still got her leggings.

Sew Like My Mom also has a tween line that we adore. The Boxwood Joggers and Fern Cardigan get worn so much here!  I need to grab the Apricot Dolman when I get a chance too!

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To fulfill her jogger dreams I used the True Bias Mini Hudson Pant pattern.  She’s had a dozen or so of these and I know they fit her well.  This is a size 8 with 10 length- size 10 is the largest size so I’ll be sad to see her grow out of this pattern.  I’m not too worried though because my trusty Brassie Joggers start at an XXS/24″ waist.  This fabric is a pretty french terry that I picked up from So Sew English I believe.  So Sew English has a TON of pretty floral french terry.

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Lastly I did a Pattern for Pirates Butterfly Cardigan.  P4P is a great place for tween patterns.  Their kids patterns usually go to a 14 and their adult patterns start at XXS, covering every size you need!  They carry lots of basics and some really trendy designs too.  I love her sister’s company Made For Mermaids for the same reasons.  For this cardi I used a super soft french terry from Stylish Fabric,  Stylish Fabrics has so many solid french terry colors to choose from- this seafoam is heavenly!

We mixed and matched these pieces for lots of stylish, comfortable looks that will get worn over and over again!  Perfect for school and playing soccer in the backyard after school, too.

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I tried my hardest to pick patterns that I stand by and truly love- leaving affiliate links out of this post so you know I really support and love these patterns.  A few other designers that I feel are especially tween friendly are Love NotionsSew Straight and GatherPetite Stitchery, Chalk and Notch and Striped Swallow.  What are some of your favorites?  Any I should check out?  I plan on sewing for this girl forever so I’ll take all the suggestions I can get!

Make sure to check out the other great stops on the tour here:

Monday – April 17th
Handmade Boy | Paisley Roots | Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

Tuesday – April 18th
Beri Bee Designs | Phat Quarters | Sewing By Ti | Sew and Tell Project

Wednesday – April 19th
Courtney Zadik | Rebel & Malice | Vicky Myers Creations

Thursday – April 20th
Pattern Revolution | Skirt Fixation | SewSophieLynn | EYMM

Friday – April 21st
Round Up and Giveway Winners

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