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Blue Ridge Dress + Birds & the Bees Fabric

Hello, friends! Happy Tuesday :)

Last year in September, I got to review and play with some delicious fabric by a Michael Miller designer named Tamara Kate. It was so fun, and I am super lucky that she asked me to give it another go with her newest line, called Birds & the Bees!

If you have been around here (or Insta) for a while, you know I have a penchant for fabric with animals on it. So Tamara Kate's designs are a FAVE!

Birds & the Bees is such a fun line... lots of prints and tons of color!  I let Emmy choose her own prints for this dress, and I think she did great! She's definitely having a purple moment right now... 

I was having a hard time deciding on a pattern until the Blue Ridge Dress appeared... OMGPERFECT. Jenn from A Jennuine Life's version sealed the deal for me. How freaking pretty is that. Wicked freaking pretty, that's how.  

The Blue Ridge is a brilliant inaugural pattern by Hello Holli and I recommend it to the moon and back. 

When the inside is as pretty as the outside...

Em choosing her favorite butterfly... lol. :)

Pattern: Blue Ridge Dress and Top by Hello Holli
Fabric: Birds & the Bees via Michael Miller available in shops now!

Have a great week, all! More soon. :)

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Paneled Sunsuit Pattern

Hello blog friends old and new!

I have some fun Summer makes and new patterns to show you this week and next. First up is the highly anticipated Paneled Sunsuit from my good friend Call Ajaire!

Pattern: Designs by Call Ajaire - Paneled Sunsuit
Available exclusively at UpCraftClub through this weekend.
Available on Etsy and Craftsy next week.

Fabric: Deliciousness from the Imagine Gnats shop - Teeny Dots Double Gauze in yellow, and Chambray Union Stretch in light indigo. YUMMY.

I am a hopeless sunsuit/romper/onesie fanatic, so this pattern is perfection to me!  It's got an incredible size range, and a fit that isn't 'babyish' on my five year old. You know what I mean?

I made View A, the short sunsuit. I was actually a tester for this pattern, so I can tell you first hand how much effort and detail went into its design. There are some great techniques and details in the Paneled Sunsuit - whether you've been sewing for years, or are new to the craft - you can create some seriously gorgeous and well-finished looks with this pattern!

Just take a look at ALL THE OPTIONS included in the Paneled Sunsuit pattern... I mean. C'mon!
As if this is not enough, Ajaire is offering a FREE newborn-sized version of the tank, so you can get a feel for her style of pattern-ing. Trust - it's FAB! Detailed to the max.

Speaking of details...

So get yourself over to UpCraftClub for your copy of the Paneled Sunsuit. I truly can't wait to see more of Designs by Call Ajaire... I have no doubt she'll be a phenomenal resource in the pattern world!

HEY! Happy Fourth of July weekend, everyone!

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Emmylou's 2014 Christmas Dress

Happy, happy New Year, my friends!

I hope you all had an awesome end to 2014. I have been so busy, I haven't had a lot of time to blog at all. But, in 2015, I want to change that... I miss sharing the things I make for Em and I! This year, I resolve to share more - and more organically - the things I want to make, and the things I do make!

I got into the habit of making something, then snapping a quick Instagram pic, and then like... that was the end of it. In 2015, I'm blogging again. :)

Let me start with Emmylou's 2014 Christmas dress, ya?!

Caroline Party Dress

Caroline Party Dress

Caroline Party Dress

Caroline Party Dress

Caroline Party Dress

Caroline Party Dress

Caroline Party Dress

Caroline Party Dress

Caroline Party Dress

Pattern:  The Caroline Party Dress by Mouse House Creations

Fabric: Rayon something from I can't remember where! (I want to say Fabric Mart.) I've had it for years. It's like a heavier challis with a white/silver metallic glaze. GLORIOUS.  The skirt lining is purple charmeuse and purple tulle, both from The bodice lining is just unbleached cotton muslin (like so) from Jo-Ann. Super soft. 

Shoes: Borrowed from Princess Belle (thanks, Belle!)

Accessories: My belt, from Forever 21, I think?

Other notes:  This was such a fun sew! It was so easy to make, the instructions were great. Em wanted a purple dress this year for Christmas (wha?? why??) so this was what we settled on. We both love it! I think this would be a great great Summer dress in a lawn or voile... dreamy

So that's Em's 2014 Christmas dress!  I can't wait to share more of the goodies I've made over the past few months here on le ol blog.

Have a great week, all!

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Titchy Threads Rowan Tee

Hello, and welcome to my stop on the Titchy Threads Rowan Tee pattern tour!

Laura of Craftstorming & Titchy Threads has done it again. She's made another outstanding pattern - the Rowan Tee!

This super versatile pattern has so many options - like a hoodie, shoulder and arm stripes, cuffed sleeves and hem, patch & kangaroo pockets - so many that there are 144 possible combinations! It's a one-stop shop tee pattern.

I sewed Em's Rowan in a pretty basic variation, with cuffed sleeves, a stitched hem, and a patch pocket. We live in long sleeved tees around here - they're perfect for layering and they're easy and comfortable to wear.  I want to sew another Rowan in thermal knit for skiing or snow tubing trips!

I also sewed Em a matching pair of Fancy Pants Leggings, also from Titchy Threads!  These leggings you guys. I love them so much!  I have made several of these before - it's such a quick and rewarding pattern. And cute to boot!

The fabrics are an orange cotton/Lycra from Denver Fabrics, a tribal printed knit and gray ribbing both from JoAnn Fabrics. Em helped pick these out, and I think they're a great match!

Together these two patterns make an excellent set of jammies, while on their own they're great wardrobe staples.

Like all of Titchy Threads patterns, this one is brilliantly organized and user friendly. In my opinion, Laura's patterns are really state-of-the-art. Beautifully digitized, containing a wealth of information without being overwhelming, and just downright fun to sew.  Remember those jeans I made?!  SO FUN!

Here, I think Em nicely captured the impossibly beautiful "good morning" face that I handed down to her:

Lolol :D

We LOVE our new Rowan Tee + Fancy Pants. There will be more of both in our future for sure!

Don't miss the other stops on this excellent tour!  And go sign up here for Laura's newsletter + receive an exclusive pattern discount!


Have a great day, all!

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