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{Blog Tour} Simple Life Pattern Company & Sew Caroline


Something exciting has been happening behind the scenes with Simple Life Pattern Company and Sew Caroline!  They teamed up and swapped patterns to upsize (SLPco) and downsize (Sew Caroline) for Mommy & Me sewing.   I love sewing for my girls (they are so appreciative) so I chose to try out the Sugar Pop Top and the Magnolia Shorts.  


I was also lucky enough to shop some of the Riley Blake Designs collections and pick out some fabric!  Yay!! I love Riley Blake.  I chose to order from the Juxtaposey line by Betz White.  I chose Stripe (navy) and Star (green) for the Sugar Pop Top and Diamond (white) for the Magnolia Shorts.  I love that my girls can coordinate from the same line without being completely matchy-matchy.


The Sugar Pop Top is such a sweet blouse for summer.  It has both cap sleeves and flutter sleeves as well as a hidden button placket in the back.  It also includes a peter pan collar and a slight hi-lo hem.  The inside is unlined so it's not too hot for the summer heat.  Both the collar and arms are finished off with bias tape for a neat and tidy inside!

In lieu of the peter pan collar, I chose to add in a feature stripe of Juxtaposey Stripe (navy).  I just love the contrast against the green Juxtaposey Stars.


As I was getting my "back view" to show the hidden placket, she turned and smiled.  Here's my "not-so-hidden" hidden placket because I apparently got distracted by the cute smile and didn't have her turn back around.


The Magnolia Shorts are a super quick sew with either an elastic or knit waistband.  They are a relaxed fit.  I added a fringe trim from Hobby Lobby to the bottom of this pair.


This is her "model pose" ... LOL   Helpful hint; To get your chevron pattern to line up properly, cut an exact mirror image!  It's that easy 😊

A special thanks to Riley Blake Designs for sending this awesome fabric my way and to Sarah of Pattern Revolution for organizing the tour.  

For more Simple Life Pattern Company and Sew Caroline Blog Tour inspiration, visit these stops along the way!!

May 15

May 16

May 17



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{BLOG TOUR} Happy Day Fabric by Lori Whitlock for Riley Blake Designs


Eeeks!! I am so excited to be on tour with Lori Whitlock and Riley Blake Designs to show off Lori's latest line, Happy Day!  This gorgeous line is full of color, flowers, kites, butterflies and charm!  These fabrics instantly make you smile.

If you've been following along the Happy Day Tour, you've probably noticed a recurrring theme... quilts.   I'm here to shake things up with some sewing for my two happy reasons in life -- my girls.  (...and I've never sewn a quilt in my life. HA!!  I admire those who have -- such patience!)


As I browsed the fabrics selections, Happy Main in White caught my eye along with Happy Floral in Aqua.  I had visions of a maxi skirt and summery top.  While I sometimes choose between my girls for whom I'll sew, I thought the Happy Floral in Red would make a cute coordinating romper.  All three patterns are from the Breeze Collection that released this Spring at Little Lizard King.


My 6 year old has developed a recent love for maxis.  I used the Mayari Skirt in a 3 tiered maxi length which showcases the main print really well.  The skirt also comes in a 5 tier which is a bit twirlier (shhhh, don't tell my daughter) which would be perfect for mixing several prints from the Happy Day line.


My little blondie has gorgeous blue eyes which I love to accentuate by choosing a blue hue for the top.  The Happy Floral in Aqua is almost a perfect match for her peepers.  It sewed up so beautifully in the Isla Top by Little Lizard King.


My 8 year old is at that age where she needs to feel cool, especially to wear handmade.  I turned to the Havana Romper by Little Lizard King.  It was my first romper I've ever sewn, if you can believe it, and my daughter is in love!  She felt very fancy and the Happy Floral in Red complimented her skin coloring and chocolate brown eyes.


I added mini pom pom trim for added detail.


We had a little photo shoot in our new backyard where we have spent many happy days since making the move!


Thank you Lori Whitlock and the Riley Blake Designs team for the invitation to tour with you and to be a member of your Contributor team.  I feel so very honored and blessed to showcase your fabrics.  There is nothing but love from my girls and I for your fabrics!

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In case you have missed any of the other Happy Day Tour stops, be sure to visit!

April 18  Quiltscapes
April 27 Lori Whitlock
May 2   Jedi Craft Girl
May 11  Fort Worth Fabric Studio
May 16  That’s-Sew-Kari

{Blog Tour} One Thimble: Issue 15


Hellooooooo One Thimble Fans 💕

       One Thimble releases are always a welcome sight and Issue No. 15 is definitely a WOW!   The theme this time is Preppy Hipster and boy-mamas, this issue is packed with patterns for you!  Of course, there is plenty for the girls too!

Just check out the cover  -- ahhhh-mazing!!!  



In case you are new to One Thimble, here are some key details:


  • It's an electronic magazine.  Download it on your computer, tablet, phone, grab your favorite beverage and peruse at your leisure.  I like to sit with a fresh cup of coffee and read in one sitting (if my girls allow 😜).  I personally need to see all the pattern details before I pick my projects so I can mentally start prepping fabric selection and time allowances.
  • It has an average of 10-12 patterns per issue that are exclusive to the release of One Thimble.  Generally, a couple of the articles included have a tutorial to make a little something as well (bonus patterns as I call it!)
  • It's $25 AUD (which is really like $19 and change  in USD)
  • The early bird really does get the worm.... order by May 15th and get the early bird bonus!
Included in this issue:
  • DAX Trousers (size 2T-12)
  • Hipster Teddy Bear
  • Josephine Dress (size 6m -12y)
  • Metro Slim-fit Blazer (size 1-14)
  • Military Messenger Bag (measures 12″x10.75″x2″)
  • Miriam Skirt (size 12m-8y)
  • Oh Teddy FMA (free motion applique)
  • Phillipa Blouse (size 2-10)
  • #115 Pom Pom Beret (size newborn to adult)
  • #116 V-Neck Cardigan (size 2-10)
plus....

25 articles and columns and 4 bonus tutorials!  

Gosh, there were so many helpful articles this time!!  My favorites include the fabric stamping, scheduling social media, storing your digital patterns (which I need to sit down and make sure they are all backed up), pants fitting help, and IG analytics.  I always enjoy reading the interviews too  -- this issue, Holly from Top Knot Girl was interviewed -- she is so inspiring!

The added tutorials are cute too!  The key fob one is at the top of my list.  The next time I am at Hobby Lobby, I will grab some key fob hardware to make my own.  I also want to try the ice pack and covers.  

I cannot wait any longer to talk about the patterns I chose to sew (which was hard to choose because I seriously wanted to sew them ALL)

First up....
Phillipa Blouse by Bobkin Designs | modified to be sleeveless
Oh my gosh, this blouse!!  As soon as I saw Bobkin Designs had another pattern in this issue, I had to sew it.  This is the Phillipa Blouse which features 2 different necklines - round or v-neck; 3 collars -round, angled or ruffled; 2 sleeve options - cap sleeve with bias or plain gathered sleeve, and a buttoned back.  Instructions also include both regular and French seams.

Because we are headed into Summer and it gets really hot here, I modified my version to be sleeveless and finished the arms off with hidden bias tape for a nice clean look. I also chose the angled collar for a slightly edgier look (it's gotta be cool for my 8 year old!) and carefully allowed a smidge of collar lining to peek out for a faux piping accent.

Mini Black/White Stripes from Hobby Lobby - the "Frank's RedHot" of my sewing adventures ... lol

Bobkin patterns are expertly designed and seriously help you sew top-notch garments.  There are pattern pieces for    e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g so you are never going to miscut anything.  Pattern pieces also contain notches for important steps, such as the collar above.  All the guesswork has been taken out by Vanessa.  I can't wait to sew more of these -- and try out the sleeves when it's Fall.


The back is fully buttoned and using the buttonhole guide made the buttons an easy 10-minute job. Of course, if buttonholes aren't your jam, Kam snaps can be used in lieu. 

This blouse is intended to have about 4" or so of ease, If you prefer a more fitted look, you can blend sizes.  For my daughter, I blended sizes 3 (width) and 6 (height) after consulting with the sizing chart (which I already figured as she is a 3/6 blend in most designers).  I did not size down in width -- this is the intended fit.


I am a SKIRT ADDICT so when I saw the Miriam Skirt by Once Upon a Sewing Machine, it went to the top of my list.  This skirt features a tall, fitted waistband (which I of course, covered up... whoops) and a pleated skirt.  A basic zipper is installed in the side seam and is enclosed in the lining for maximum comfort.


The fit is spot on if you consult the measurement chart (after taking current measurements, of course).  For my daughter's skirt, I blended sizes 2, 4, and 6.  She has a size 2 waist, 4 hips, and a six height.  It came together beautifully!

I always try to sew a new-to-me designer each issue of OT.   I am in LOVE with the results --- more skirts will be added to her wardrobe, for sure!  


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This issue of OT absolutely knocked my socks off.  I have so many patterns planned for when I am off for Summer break and then some for Fall/Winter -- you could build a capsule just from Issue 15.  Thank you Jen -- your magazine is so inspiring and everything is always perfection.  💗💗

Pick up your copy of OT Issue 15 here and if it's before May 15th, you'll get these bonus Hipster Props -- how fun!!!





For more One Thimble Issue #15 inspiration and pattern reviews, check out the rest of the blogs on the tour!

(Pssst... I think subscribers get them a day early 😉)

{Blog Tour} Gnome Matter What! by Ink & Arrow Fabrics


Monday, April 3- Izzy & Ivy Designs | Tuesday, April 4- My Sweet Sunshine
Wednesday, April 5- Pear Berry Lane | Thursday, April 6- Lily Shine Creates
Friday, April 7- Pattern Revolution | Monday, April 10- That's Sew Kari
Tuesday, April 11- Recap- Izzy & Ivy Designs

I couldn't resist the chance of "hanging with my gnomies" (aka my blogging friends) and knocking out my girls' Easter dresses in one fell swoop with the Gnome Matter What! {Blog Tour}.  

This fabric line features whimsical gnomes, snails and other lawn ornaments. It also incorporates gorgeous sketched blooms and soft spring colors of lilac, peach, seafoam, cream, and gray.  It was hard to narrow down my fabric choices, but in the end, I chose to feature Set Vines in Lilac and Sketchbook Garden in Natural.


After I selected my fabrics, I turned to Little Lizard King to find two patterns to best showcase the prints.  Immediately, the Bloom Collection, LLK's newest releases, caught my eye.  This collection features 3 dresses, each named after a famous garden.  Since I only have the two girls, I enlisted their help in choosing the patterns.


My oldest daughter chose the Versailles Dress, which also comes in maxi length.  We both thought that the Set Vines in Lilac was a perfect match of "sweet" for this pattern.  I *almost* made it maxi length, but I am hoping to squeeze in a doll version of this before Easter so I wanted to save the leftovers. 


Gah! I am SO in 💜 this gorgeous back detailing of the Versailles Dress by Little Lizard King. The ruffles create a dainty and delicate look which shows off the softness of the fabric. In the pattern, I followed the sizing chart and instructions for grading the pattern down to match my daughter's petite waist. I love how it fits her perfectly!


My youngest daughter was drawn to the Monet Dress -- "but no ruffles, Mommy". The Monet dress features a pieced bodice, so I used the Set Vines in Lilac as the contrasting side panels and used the Sketchbook Garden in Natural as the main print for the dress. At 6 years old, she has become uber picky about what she wears. This dress recieved all the smiles!!


The back detailing mimics the front bodice. This dress is really easy to put together and fast (especially without the ruffles).


Gnome Matter What! is such a fun line of fabric. It is so pretty in person and sews up beautifully. My girls definitely love their Easter dresses and I'm thankful they are finished with days to spare...lol.



Featured Fabric: Gnome Matter What!

Featured Patterns: Monet Dress | Versailles Dress 


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Thank you Ink & Arrow Fabrics for these gorgeous fabrics.  
To Jessica of Izzy & Ivy, thank you for having me along on the blog tour!



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{BLOG TOUR} One Thimble E-zine: Issue #14


Hello, One Thimble fans 💖 I am so happy to be back on tour with One Thimble -- I had to sit out last issue because I was moving... Issue 14 is AMAZING... my list of must sew patterns is long!


In case you are new to One Thimble, here are some key details:

  • It's an electronic magazine.  Download it on your computer, tablet, phone, grab your favorite beverage and peruse at your leisure.  I like to sit with a fresh cup of coffee and read in one sitting (if my girls allow 😜).  I like to see all the pattern details before I pick my projects so I can mentally start prepping.
  • It has an average of 10-12 patterns per issue that are exclusive to the release of One Thimble.  Generally, a couple of the articles included have a tutorial to make a little something as well (bonus patterns as I call it!)
  • It's $25 AUD (which is really like $19 and change  in USD)
  • The early bird really does get the worm.... order TODAY and get the early bird bonus!


Included in this issue:

  • #113 Thread Faction Romper (size 2-10)
  • Amuse Boho Dress and Tunic (ladies size xs-xxxl)
  • Justin Drop Crotch Pants (size 2-16)
  • Timber! Quilt (baby or twin size)
  • Trillium Dress and Tunic (size 2T-12)
  • Lala Skirt (size 1-10)
  • Thyme Vest (size 2-12)
  • Loli Dress & Top (size 2-10)
  • Enchanting Woodland Meadow Playscape (handsewn)
  • Wild Things Hottie Cover (3 options)

plus 27 articles -- including 6 mini tutorials, exclusive coupon codes, etc.


I am in awe of all that Jen packed into just one issue.  As I mentioned above, my "to-sew" list is long and because I thought it'd be a good idea to sign up for a blog tour the day after my daughter's birthday, my sewing time was cut short and some planned projects didn't get made.... but totally will!

On my NEED stat list (and is totally dictated by the styles my girls love) is the Lala Skirt, Thyme Vest, and the Enchanting Woodland Meadow Playscape.

My other WANTS are the Amuse Boho Dress, a {Panda} Wild Things Hottie Cover (even though we don't own a hot water bottle.... LOL), the Wolf Masks, and the Lion & Cub Softie. 

The articles that struck me the most "Mastering the Art of Mindful Sewing", "Stress Free Invisible Zippers", "Interview with Candice Ayala" and "Represent: The Secrets for Success with Brand Reps".  I have been practicing mindful sewing before I even knew there was a term. HA!  I hate to admit this, but I have yet to try installing an invisible zip, despite owning both patterns using them and the actual zips.

I could go on and on, but I have to get to what I've sewn!!


First up, I sewed the Trillium Tunic & Maxi by Petite Stitchery & Co. in Maxi length.  I rarely take the opportunity to sew my daughters maxi dresses, but I had bought this particular fabric with a maxi in mind and it's total love.  This pattern covers sizes 2-12 and features a colorblocked bodice (optional), tunic version (no gathering) and a maxi version.  I think it would also look adorable as a dress length too.  

I originally was not going to do a colorblocked bodice, but when I decided to use mini stripes for my bodice, it became a MUST -- thank you mindful sewing for reminding me to take my time and enjoy the {creative} process.



Despite it being the middle of February... we've had a taste of warmth and we are ready for summer!!  This was my first pattern by Petite Stitchery and it came together beautifully!  I did find it slightly tricky to blend sizes with the colorblocked bodice, but I did figure it out.  To be fair, though, I was blending a size 3 width with a 6 height.  (She'll grow someday, right?! She's almost 8 😆)



Keeping summer on my mind, I had to try my first Bobkin pattern (shame on me, I know) so I grabbed Loli and found some fabric with the same vibe as my Trillium. Unfortunately, it turned cold again (the nerve.... lol) before I was done sewing, so we turned indoor for pictures.


The Loli Top and Dress by Bobkin is a sweet summer top and dress with shoulder ties (criss-cross or plain) and covers sizes 2-10.  The unique curved bodice adds charm and is perfect to add in a coordinating print or funky buttons. The back comes with two options, button closure or elastic.


I had hoped for enough of this fabric for a dress length, but I could only fit the top out of the yardage I had in my stash.  It will be perfect with shorts at the park this summer!  I lined my bodice with my striped fabric and when I ironed the seams, I intentionally let the lining pop out a bit for added detail.


The back is just so sweet.  Summer seriously cannot come fast enough.


My favorite thing about this pattern is she had a pattern piece for EVERYTHING!!!  I also loved that she had the intended finished length marked on the ties' pattern pieces.  She also provides two methods for sewing -- depending on your preference.  

Whew! I'm exhausted -- after some much needed sleep, I'll be sewing up a Lala Skirt!!  What will you sew first?

P.S. Don't sign up for a blog tour the day after your kids birthday 😜


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