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Monday, March 28, 2016

Little Lizard King Knit Fix Mash Up tour. Featuring Art Gallery Fabrics

Happy Spring Everyone! I had such a blast letting my creativity run free while mashing up FOUR, yep 4 Little Lizard King KNIT Patterns for LLK March Mash Up Challenge. I used my beloved Art Gallery Fabrics’s new woven print line Essentials II by Pat Bravo and Katarina Roccella’s knits from Imprint and Avantgarde fabric lines. For a while now, I wanted to make my daughter a slimmed knit, low­-waisted dress with a woven circle skirt and haven’t found the right pattern for it. Well, the search is over! 
Here is how I achieved my dream look with LLK easy to mash patterns for Hobbes’s size 4 dress:

Drop Waist Diva: Bodice, Neck Binding, Ruched Sleeves, Skirt Binding.
Kailua Town: Long Sleeve Bands
Take 5: Changed the skirt to WOVEN. I cut the Simple Circle Skirt in a size 4 length and an 8 waist (This was a total guessing game­) just kept cutting the waist until it fit my knit bodice­--starting at size 4, ending with an 8) Crossing my fingers in will be long enough for a dress.
Perfect 10: Heart Pocket & Skirt Tab

What do you think of those ruched elbow sleeves? They look a bit funky laid flat, but oh­ so perfectly on. I ADORE this dress. It is light and has such an ease to it, yet has these subtle moments at every angle. And of course, Hobbes loves the twirl factor!I had to follow it up with a short sleeve version to make sure it wasn’t just a fluke (that the patterns all came together brilliantly) so I made a size 4 flutter sleeve Drop Waist Diva with the Take 5 in a size 8 woven skirt. It’s PERFECT!

Thanks Little Lizard King for the mash challenge!

Fabric sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics.

Till next time! 
Happy Sewing 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Ana Davis's Born Wild for Blend Day 3: Day 1 WINNER and Reversible Jacket + Pattern Giveaway!

Thanks for joining us for Day 3 of our Born Wild by Ana Davis for Blend Fabrics blog tour. Today I have another sweet surprise for you, well for the little girl in your life! 

But first, Winner Winner Chicken Dinner: CONGRATULATIONS Courtney Turner. Please claim your Day 1 Blog Post winnings of 2 Create Kids Couture Patterns (William Accessory Pack and Emmett Tie Set) either via email or message me here. Blog winner chosen at random.

I teamed up with the wonderful Elizabeth Santiago De-Jesus, a new designer over at Create Kids Couture and I am so excited to show you how she played with these adorable woodland prints while sewing up her Bristol Reversible High-Low Jacket PDF Pattern for Create Kids Couture.

Elizabeth was excited to sew with Davis's Bunny Patch in Pink. How fun will this be for Easter Sunday Festivities?

And on the other side....

Little Acorn in Pink for a more subdued 'Woodland' inspired feel.

Want to try it for yourself? Enter below for your chance to WIN the Bristol and come back to the blog on Wednesday to see if you are the winner.

Happy Sewing! 
Till Wednesday
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Styling a Six year old-one Belted Shorts at a time!

I blinked and my child turned SIX!

Hobbes turned 6 last week and to me, there is so much associated with "being six". 
You start 1st grade when you are 6...
You learn to read and write when you are 6...
You walk into school alone when you are 6...
You are not a "little" anymore when you are 6...
No wonder her style is changing so much-now that she is 6 years old.

A few weeks ago I wrote about Sewing Bold, Modern Beauty and I am continuing to search within me for new designs and fabric patterns that are bold and modern, yet have a feminine (girly) feel. I want to keep up with her styling ideas, yet preserve (at least for a bit more) my 'little' girl. Over the course of the next month or two, I'll be sharing posts, photos and insights about Hobbes Spring/Summer capsule collection. 

Recently, I started following a new (to me) designer Jilly Atlanta on Facebook and Etsy--really appreciating her 'clean-line' and 'breathable-feel' patterns designs. I just had to introduce my self and get to know her inspiration and her design values (more on values, ethics and handmade clothing to come) and within our first few chats-I knew that she is a designer that I can grow with. We decided that I will sew her belted shorts pattern (I have been searching for a slim fitting, clean-lined shorts pattern for sometime now) to introduce the Pat Bravo's Essentials II Fabric for Art Gallery Fabrics coming out next week.

I love it when there is a beautiful harmony in both fabrics and sewing pattern. The kaleidoscope beauty in Essentials II's Intertwill Azur, so graphic and strong is perfectly showcased in the purity of the belted shorts. I chose to pair the robustness of the Intertwill Azur and soften it up with the seemingly delicate Floralism Azur for the waist and the belt. I asked Hobbes to choose a top from her closet and with that, Spring/Summer capsule Look 1 is done. 

Hobbes wanted to show me how she can run and move in her new shorts. Then asked for a few more pairs. Happy Sewing to ME!!!
Special thanks to Art Gallery Fabrics for sponsoring this post.

Till next time, Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Born Wild by Ana Davis for Blend Fabrics-Blog Tour, Day 2 + Giveaway

Thanks for joining us for day 2 of Ana Davis for Blend Fabrics Blog tours. For today's tour--I had my new (and amazing/talented and creative) friend, Suzanne Winter from Winter Wear Designs post for Pattern Revolution with her "Pink" creations. Check out her blog here....and come back and enter the giveaway below. 

Here is a sneak!!! LOVE IT Suzanne!!!!

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Born Wild by Ana Davis for Blend Blog Tour, Day 1 + Giveaway

Thanks for joining us today for day 1 of "Born Wild" by Ana Davis for Blend Fabrics tour. 

We are kicking off the tour with "All About the Boys" theme. I was lucky to team up with Marianne from The Naptime Project and Crystal over at Stitched by Crystal to sew these adorable baby boy inspired items.

First, take a look at this precious Easter 'Photo Ready' set Marianne made for her little boy. She used Create Kids Couture's Williams Formal Accessory Pack to sew a reversible vest with Born Wild's Bunny Patch in Blue and Old Oak in Blue. She used Mosaic in Blue for the velcro style tie using Create Kids Couture's Emmett's Tie Set. With her scraps, she created the backdrop flag-banner in the blue hues. I can't wait to see more photos of this vest and tie set in action.

Crystal made these adorable Fabric Block set using Born Wild complete collection in blues hues for her new little man. Check out her blog, Stitched by Crystal for more photos PLUS learn how to make these blocks for your little ones. Thanks Crystal, I know what I am sewing today!

Stay tuned this week for more great features using Ana Davis Designs for Blend's Born Wild collection.
And for an even sweeter post, enter below for your chance to win Create Kids Couture's Williams Set and ONE yard of Born Wild. 

Till next time, 
Happy Sewing!

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