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!

Pick up your copy of the Olympia today!

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Make It Mine Tour

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The Women’s Waterfall Raglan from Chalk and Notch is such a fantastic pattern.   Every time another one shows up in my feed I fall in love again.  I’m thrilled to be joining in the Make It Mine Tour and sharing my Date Night look with you guys.  Make sure to read to the end for your chance at some fantastic prizes!

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I ordered this gorgeous stretch velvet from LA Finch Fabrics ages ago with the intention of sewing up this dress for the holidays.  A bit late for Christmas but I think Valentine’s Day will be a little sweeter in this cute lil’ number!

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I love me a good twirl dress!!  I made an easy alteration to the pattern and shortened the ruffle a few inches to make the dress hit right at my knees.  I wanted something a little flirty and fun.

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I threw on a denim jacket and I’m ready for our dinner and a movie date night!  Is it super sad that I’m looking forward to a family date to see the new Lego Batman movie this weekend?  We all loved the original Lego movie and this one looks to be just as hilarious!  Throw in a trip to the pizza joint and I’m one happy mama!  So romantic 😉

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Total side note- I just picked up my new glasses and I’m in love!  Not with the fact that I have to wear them but with being able to really see again!  It’s like the world is in HD and I didn’t know what I was missing out on.  This growing older thing is the pits but at least I’ve got my handsome hubby along for the ride!

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Now for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Stylish Fabrics head over to Chalk and Notch to link up your Waterfalls!  Check out the #makeitminetour on social media for tons of cute inspiration.   Thanks for joining me!

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Heidi- Handmade Frenzy | Zoe – ZowieZo Handmade | Indu- Kaleidothought | Maria – Creative Needle and Threads | Verinne – boeven bende | Mie – Sewing Like Mad | Victoria – As it Seams

Love Notions Terra Tunic

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If you could only take one top pattern with you to a deserted island then I have the pattern for you- the Terra Tunic (affl. link) from Love Notions!  It has so many options that it’s really all you’ll ever need!

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I did just two of the neckline options but there are 6, yes 6!, different choices.  I did the scoop neck and v-neck hood options but there are also v-neck, boat neck, funnel, and asymmetrical collar.  There are also four different sleeve lengths making this a true all seasons pattern.

I love that fabric choice plays such a role in this pattern.  You can use almost any fabric weight for different looks.  I used fabric from So Sew English for these two tops.  The hoodie is a brushed sweater knit and the tee is a double brushed poly.  Two completely different looks from the same pattern!

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I love the elbow patch option too!  Such a fun detail on the long sleeve versions.

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This will become my go-to tee pattern.  I love how fitted it is up top and then gently skims the waist.  It’s exactly what I look for in a top! (I’m just realizing I should have edited out my goose bumps!  This is what outdoor pics in 20 degrees will do to ya’!)

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And those side vents are another detail that just takes this pattern to the next level.

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I’ve had this sweater knit from Cali Fabrics in my stash for far too long.  I knew I wanted to make a cropped sweater with it but couldn’t find the right pattern.  The Terra was perfect for it!

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I eeked this out of one yard and just made it work.  I did 3/4 sleeves and the scoop neckline.  I omitted the side vents and folded my pattern piece at the hip line (I love all the reference lines given in the pattern!  It makes these little adjustments so easy!).  I did a simple one inch hem and had my sweater done in no time!

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I’ve been under the weather this past week and missing my sewing machine.  This top was just what I needed to get me back into things.  I may head back to bed after this post goes up though- a girl can only do so much!  Life is hard when mom is sick- ain’t nobody got time for that!

Have you grabbed your copy yet?  I can’t wait to see what version you sew up first!

 

Sew What Do I Wear Valentines Edition

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Valentine’s is fast approaching and this mama needed something new to wear.  The Made for Mermaids/Patterns for Pirates ‘Sew What Do I Wear? Valentine’s Edition’ was just the push I needed to hit my sewing machine.   You know me- it needs to be stylish AND comfortable for me to wear it, even for a night out.  Enter…bum, bum, bum… a ROMPER!!  Holy smokes, people!  Where has this gloriousness been all my life?!

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I knew I wanted a pretty flowy floral and this rayon spandex from Raspberry Creek Fabric was absolutely perfect for Valentine’s!  It has the perfect drape and sewed up so beautifully.  It’s lightweight enough that I think I can wear this through the summer too!  And a little secret- it was about 20 degrees when we took these pics so I layered some fleece lined leggings underneath and it’s so loose you can’t even tell.  Here, here to an all seasons outfit!!

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I only made a couple of changes to make it suit my preferences.  I did an elbow length sleeve (of course) and did a 3-inch binding band around the bodice as suggested in the pattern to offer a little more coverage.  I’ve got no cleavage to show off so a little cami underneath kept me nice and modest 😉

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Funny story- I told my husband I had to make a romper this weekend and he said, “Oh nice.  For Payton?”  I was like, “No, for me.  What do you think?”  No response…  Probably a good call because I could tell exactly what he was thinking and it wasn’t a good thing, haha!  I came up a bit later in it and he actually said, “Wow!  That looks really nice!”  In husband talk that’s a HUGE compliment!  He never notices my makes and after 16 years doesn’t really care about my appearance (huge blessing since I wear tees and joggers 90% of the time!). I’m calling this outfit a win in the “How to impress the Hubby” category.

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Another secret- It totally feels like I’m wearing my pj’s, maybe even better!  It’s so comfortable that I really could wear it everyday.   I’m thinking that throwing a long cardi over it will be perfect for dressing it down a bit.  Oh, or a denim jacket!  Can I get away with wearing my Chucks with it?  We’ll see… I feel like this has opened up a whole new world for me!  Now I know why my girls are so obsessed with rompers!

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Ready to get your mind blown with even more date night inspiration?!!  I sure am!

Make sure to check out all these lovely ladies:

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Tallinn Sweater from Hey June

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Every time Adrianna at Hey June releases a new pattern I swear there’s a choir of sewing angels singing the Hallelujah chorus and even though I can’t sing a note on key I’m smack dab in the middle of them all.  The Tallinn Sweater is no different!

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Like many of the other testers, I had given up on wearing a turtleneck years ago.  They were always tight, itchy and totally uncomfortable.  This sweater has totally redeemed turtlenecks for me!

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Diana found this gorgeous, soft sweater knit on our fabric shopping trip and graciously split her spoils with us.  It was just meant for this cute pattern.

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I absolutely love how quick this sweater comes together.  It’s all finished with bands so you can whip one up in no time at all.

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There are two neck finishes- the turtleneck and a looser cowl option.  I have some chunky sweater knit from LA just begging to be made into a cowl version.

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So have you grabbed your copy yet?  It comes in sizes XS-2XL and is perfect for all those cold, gloomy winter days.  It’s on sale for a limited time so head on over now.  I can’t wait to hear you joining in our Hallelujah chorus!

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?!!

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!