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?

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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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:

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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!

Petite Stitchery Fall 2016 Collection

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My girls are always in need of easy, everyday clothes so I’m happy to be joining in on the Petite Stitchery and Co. Everyday Wear Tour.  Make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post to win a pattern of your choice!
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I picked to sew up the Maize Tunic and Dress along with the Sparrow Top and Fawn Leggings.  This Maize in soft cotton flannel is such a great top for school, in fact she wore it the very next day!
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The Maize has multiple options and is a quick, fun sew.  You can pick a straight, curved, or hi-low hem and short, 3/4, or long sleeves.  I picked the keyhole button closure but you can also do a tie.
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I love the full skirt and feminine puff sleeves!
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Pockets make everything 1000x better, right?!
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This little miss love peplum tops and hates wearing jeans. This Sparrow/Fawn outfit is just what she wears everyday.
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The Fawn leggings have an adorable tuxedo stripe option.  Done in Raspberry Creek Club Fabrics they are comfy and totally cute!
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The Sparrow Top has a darling peter pan collar option and keyhole back that I chose to leave off. I used a mustard liverpool that I wanted to keep basic.  It’s a top that will work great with the rest of her wardrobe.
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There are a few sleeve options and different peplum lengths too!
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You can check out the other ladies joining in on the fun:
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Make sure you enter the Rafflecopter to win your choice of a Petite Stitchery Pattern!

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Head on over to the Petite Stitchery Facebook Group for tons of inspiration and to get the latest on sales and coupons (hint, hint!).

Hawthorne Threads Oh What Fun! Blog Hop

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If you’re dreaming of holiday sewing have I got a post for you!  Hawthorne Threads newest holiday line, Oh What Fun, is spectacular and I’m thrilled to be sharing it with you.  The best part is one lucky reader will win 3 yards all to themselves!

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I sat down with my girls and we debated FOREVER about which prints to choose.  The line comes in two colorways- Spruce and Sweet.  I’m a sucker for non-traditional Christmas colors and this line really pulled me in.   We picked Dashing Through the Snow in Onyx with a gorgeous mint solid and Merry and Bright in Sweet.

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I love that they can wear these dresses all winter long!  This fabric is thicker than your normal quilting cotton and a dream to sew.

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I knew I wanted a simple silhouette for my oldest- something that would really let this fun fabric really shine.  I used the Norah Dress from Welcome to the Mouse House.  I did a size 7 with a 12 length for my tall girl.  I love the sweet a-line and classic feel it has.

I changed the dress slightly by adding an exposed zipper on the back.  I felt like it needed a little edge to please this picky girly.

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I’ve been dreaming of making a Little Lizard King Double Scoop Dress since it’s release and I knew this fabric was destined for one.  This pattern is AMAZING!  It will be my new go-to for that classic fitted bodice dress.  The options with this one are darling and I’m already planning my next one.

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I did KAM snaps up the back that match the mint just perfect!  This dress has a retro feel that I adore!  The full skirt, peter pan collar, big bow sash- seriously too cute for words!

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These girls were thrilled that their new dresses matched their newly redecorated bedroom- no wonder we were smitten with these fabrics!  They had a blast shooting these fun looks.

Now for the good part:  You can win three yards of fabric from Hawthorne Threads!

GIVEAWAY OVER!! Congrats Vickie Zaleski, you were chosen by random.org!

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All you need to do is head over to the site and check out their amazing in-house lines and leave a blog comment here telling me your favorites.  You’ll be blown away with the crazy huge selection and stunning prints they have to offer.  They are perfect for apparel, crafts, and home decorating projects.  I’ve got my heart set on a few for new pillows to refresh our living room.  Winner will be randomly selected and notified after the tour ends- Tuesday November 22.

Make sure you check out the other stops on the tour for more inspiration and chances to win!

Tuesday 11/15- Hawthorne Threads Blog

Wednesday 11/16- Olivia Jane Handcrafted

Thursday 11/17- Holly Gets Quilty

Friday 11/18- Lillyella

Monday 11/21- Violette Field Threads

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Pattern for Pirates Joggers

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It’s not very often I get to sew for my big boys so I jumped at the chance to test Pattern for Pirates newest joggers.  Best part- there is a pattern for the whole family!

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On any given day in our house at least 3 or 4 of us are sporting joggers of some kind.  My big boys live in their woven ready-to-wear versions and love to lounge around in comfy knit ones too.  My littlest will ALWAYS pick ‘soft pants’ and I can’t make them fast enough for him.  Now me, you know I’m a fan (here, here, and here).

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This guy is growing like a weed and we have the hardest time finding pants long enough for him.  These are perfect for him!  We didn’t need to add length this time but it will be an easy alteration in the future.

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He likes his joggers nice and skinny and was pretty happy with the fit of these- loose through the hip and thigh and tapered calf and ankle.

For his, we did slat pockets, elastic waist with drawstring, and cuffed bottoms.

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This guy is still tiny!  He’s finally growing a bit but his waist/hips are staying slim.  The fit on him is a bit bigger since I went with his waist measurement and not his hips which would have took him down a size or two.

He likes the fit and has worn them any chance they’re clean.

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His pants feature the patch pockets, elastic waistband and rolled hem.

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A winning combo!

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Charlie is super easy to please.  He picked his fabrics and is one happy camper!  All of the fabric for our group shoot is from the lovely Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

His love of comfy pants is hard because he’s got a tiny waist and long legs.  RTW elastic waist pants are usually too big in the waist for him.  So unfortunately (wink, wink) mom has to sew him a drawerful of cute pants.

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These are a size 5 with a 4 yoga waistband.  The yoga waistband totally ups the comfort factor even more!

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I struggle with fitting my calfs in other jogger patterns and I love that calf measurements are included in these.  I made a size small graded to a large at the calf and then back down to a small at the ankle.  The fit is just perfect!

Make sure to pick up your copies today! You can get the bundle or buy them separately- Baby Bear, Mama Bear, and Papa Bear.

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