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{Sew Coordinated} Special Edition: Linen & Lace

I have been keeping a secret.... and I'm so glad I can finally share!

{Warning: This post is loaded with pictures.  There was just too much gorgeousness to not share.}

Sew Coordinated is offering a Limited Edition "Linen & Lace" Sewing Kit!  This special package has been a year in the making and it contains  gorgeous Robert Kaufman fabric (Essex Linen and Raw & Refined), several yards of lace and three different types of embellishments.

 {But you seriously need to hurry because quantities are limited UPDATE: There is currently a waiting list as the kit is sold out.}

{Package Contents}

{Bella's Dress - Simple Life Pattern Co.}

I've been eyeing the Bella Dress by Simple Life Pattern Co. since its release, but just never took the plunge in buying it.  When I had the opportunity to pick a pattern to showcase this Linen and Lace edition for Sew Coordinated, I knew this one would be perfect.

There are 3 strap options - straight, angled or combination.  I decided the combination straps had that extra wow factor.  The fit of the bodice is amazing.  I mixed size 2 width with a size 4 length for a custom fit (*per my child's measurements).

Because I was using a lace overlay, I chose the simple skirt option (as opposed to the ruffle option) and simply gathered my lace and underskirt separately.  The lace overlay was wider as I used the full two yard cut for maximum twirl.

I used the leftover lace border (from the Adelaide Dress, shown next) as a sash and attached it along the bottom of the front bodice and up the side seams.  Then, I simply tied the lace into a bow in the back.  To adorn the sash, I used 3 of the Pearl Organza Flowers.  I attached the remaining flower to skinny elastic for a super quick, but matching headband.

{Adelaide Dress by Violette Field Threads}

As I was searching for inspiration for this collection, I came across one of the newest releases for Violette Field Threads, the Adelaide Dress.  Immediately, I had the idea to use the lace border on the bottom band and bring the contrast upward by using the Raw & Refined for the collar and back tie.

This back is simply stunning.  There are no other words to describe it.

I used the cap sleeves, but added a pleat and trimmed them with bias-cut binding (Kaufman Raw & Refined -white) so I could feature the little gold and white bow buttons.  
{Note: My daughter has very slim arms -- the pleat may not work for everyone.}

The pearl cluster is perfect as a hair accessory.  I hand-stitched it onto cream fold-over elastic.  

I always aim to match my pattern across the seamline.  My matching skills know no bounds!

{Elise Dress by Little Lizard King}

I couldn't help but make a doll-sized dress to match the rose Bella dress. The Elise Dress by Little Lizard King is not an exact match, but it was close enough.  I used the sequin lace overlay, along with the scraps of the Essex Linen in Rose for the skirt and the Raw & Refined in white for the bodice.  I had to lengthen the bodice because I had a limited amount of linen left.  I styled it with the headband (from above) wrapped around her waist and a pearl necklace.

But, shhh.... my daughter has no idea that I played dress up with her doll while she was at school ;)

To order your own limited edition Linen & Lace Sew Coordinated Kit -- $60 shipped*
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{Kit is SOLD OUT - but there is a waiting list}

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*International ladies, please message Sew Coordinated for shipping costs*

{Sew Coordinated} September 2015

Eeeeks!! This is my first month as permanent designer with Sew Coordinated -- a monthly subscription sewing kit (sign up HERE) brought to you by Mama Made and Beautiful Fabrics -- and I had so much fun sewing up these fun prints by Windham Fabrics and incorporating the included ribbon and wood buttons.

As a mom of two girls, I always appreciate being able to get at least two outfits out of each kit.  This way, neither girl gets left out and they can coordinate without being identical -- despite their 2 year difference, they frequently get asked if they are twins. Haha

Package Contents:

These fabrics are so fun!  They are not in my normal realm of what I'd choose when ordering fabric, but I have to admit, they look ridiculously cute and are perfect for fall.  They reminded me of sort of a throwback to the hippie days which led to a photo shoot in front of an old VW van (that belongs to a local church and sits in a parking lot next to Taco Bell).  So we packed up our gear and headed out.

PS... these fabrics were the perfect excuse to go ahead and get my girls started on their fall/winter boot collection.

And here's what I made:

Best Dressed Girl by Little Lizard King -- and what happens when you ask a 4 year old to hold up two fingers for the peace sign.  (Note to self: Next time, specify fingers should be on same hand...lol)

For my youngest, I made a Best Dressed Girl by Little Lizard King in a 3/4 length sleeve.  I added a contrasting band on the bottom of the sleeves to tie in the center panel.  

I also fussy cut the center bodice so I could feature the included buttons. And if you've ever struggled with getting perfect corners on the Best Dressed Girl bodice, I think you will love the tutorial I am writing up!

Instead of sewing side ties from one of the coordinating fabrics, I chose the ribbon.  I love this added detail!

The Schatje Skirt by The Eli Monster -- knee length view

I originally sewed this Schatje Skirt by The Eli Monster for my oldest (also featured HERE and HERE), but due to time constraints (read: sunset), I didn't get all my pictures in that I wanted.  So the next day, my 4 year old happily modeled while her big sis was at school!  Despite their age difference, they have the same measurements expect for the couple inch height difference.  Handy!

I decided to make the pockets in the same fabric as the waist -- a little hidden treasure!

I had just enough ribbon left to make a cute little bracelet...

So how did I do -- are you inspired?  What vision do you have for your kit?  (and if you don't have one, read below for signup instructions)

Oh and if you haven't heard... an EPIC bundle will be revealed very soon!  (brb... need to finish start sewing.)

I promise, this will be your reaction when you find out!

Sew Coordinated FAQ:

  • What is Sew Coordinated? 
Sew Coordinated is a monthly kit club! Each month, there will be a brand new kit debuting with coordinating fabrics, trims, and other goodies!These kits are guaranteed to be priced lower than if you would buy all the products separately at retail prices. I am SO excited at what I have to bring you!
  • How much does it cost? 
Sew Coordinated costs $50/month shipped domestically. It will ship in a flat rate padded envelope with free delivery confirmation and insurance. If you are international, it will be $45/month + the cost of a flat rate envelope to you. If you are a member of Mama Made and Beautiful (my fabric retail shop), I am happy to include it with one of your packages!
  • How does it work? 
You can purchase Sew Coordinated as a membership subscription or on a monthly basis. If you choose to purchase on a monthly basis, you do run the risk of the kits being sold out. If you purchase a subscription, you are guaranteed the kit. Subscriptions run for a 6 month time period.
  • What is the cost of being a Sew Coordinated kit club member? 
To become a Sew Coordinated kit club member, you will be charged an initial $10 membership fee. You will be required to pay this fee within 24 hours. After paying the $10 fee, I will send you a link to subscribe to 6 months of Sew Coordinated. You will be automatically billed $50/month for the next 6 months starting immediately.
  • Why is it worth it to become a kit club member?? 
---- You will be guaranteed to get a kit! The first few months of the kit have already been purchased and I only have what I have so if you become a kit club member, you are guaranteed to get the kit during your subscription period! Your kits will come before anyone purchasing month by month!
---- You will get an extra half yard of coordinating solid fabric in your kit every month! The total retail value of this is around $30 for a 6 month subscription!
---- You will have first dibs at all sales, extra kit offerings, and insider info!
---- Because Sew Coordinated is going to be the next big thing and you want in!! There will only be a limited number of kit club subscriptions and once they are filled, you will be added to a waiting list for a subscription!

------- {Mabel Madison Monday} -------


Pink Rosette in Black by Verhees

Welcome back to {Mabel Madison Monday}!

Today's featured fabric is Pink Rosette in Black by Verhees.  There are tiny rosette clusters on a black background with tiny white pin dots.  This knit has a nice medium weight with a 4-way stretch and is 95% cotton/5% Lycra.

I have good news and bad.... the bad is that the black colorway has since been sold out from Mabel Madison.  The good news is that one lucky person can snap up the remaining 1.75 yd in the BLUE colorway and it's on sale through today only.  (This is enough to make up to a girl's size 10 in the Library Cardi).

I actually used this knit to make myself this dress at the beginning of summer.   I love how it turned out and is beyond comfortable to wear.  I saved my leftovers, waiting for the perfect pattern to showcase it once again.

When the testing for the Library Cardi, by Little Lizard King came, I thought it [pink rosette in black] would make a really cute cardigan that could be the focal point of the outfit, rather than be just a matching sweater.  At first, I contemplated using the same rosettes for the binding.  I consulted Cassie (who designed the cardigan) and she really loved the pink.  Then I had second thoughts and consulted my husband, who also thought pink was perfect for the binding.  I guess it was unanimous! haha

Funny story:  I excitedly showed my husband that our daughter had been listed as the main photo on LLK's website for the Library Cardi listing and he nonchalantly replied, "You're welcome.  It's because I told you to use the pink for the contrast that they used your photo."    

Yep, that's the only reason...haha  

But I digress...

If roses aren't really your thing, there are plenty of knits to choose at Mabel Madison, including Art Gallery knits too!  These knits are so easy to work with and I've found that they shrink less than some of the "cheaper" knits.  When using knit, it is much better to go with a good, quality knit.  Not only will they last longer, they sew up so much nicer which means your final product looks as intended and remains that way through the many washes over its lifetime.

Today is the LAST day for the Mabel Madison Birthday Celebration too -- that means the sale prices are through TODAY only and it's your LAST chance to get your name in to WIN from these awesome sponsors!   Head HERE for more details!!

{Blog Tour} The Paneled Sunsuit "It's not Just a Sunsuit" Blog Tour

When I got the sweetest email from Call Ajaire buttering me up paying me compliments on my sewing, I had to say yes to her "Not Just a Sunsuit" tour!  (Blog tour managers .... take notice! Hahaha -- and yes, I know everyone on the tour received the same compliment-laden email.  It was still very sweet and very much got my attention). 

The Paneled Sunsuit by Call Ajaire is l-o-a-d-e-d with options -- 10 of them to be exact..

Source: Call Ajaire Blog

Like I mentioned, LOADS of choices!  It took me a bit of time to think through my process as to what I wanted my outfit to portray.  I knew I'd be sewing for my 4 year old because my 6 year old got an entire collection just yesterday.

I also knew that I'd be using this fun apple print (Apples for Teacher Red- Stenzo - from Mabel Madison).  She will love showing up to Pre-K with apples on her clothes.  As she would tell you, she is a fan of apples. Haha

She is also a fan of skirts (read: RARELY wears pants) and an even bigger fan of pockets.  

You know, so her bunny can tag along sometime :)  This led me to making View J with pockets.

I think I spent as much time painstakingly fussy cutting the pocket fabric as I did sewing the entire skirt only to discover that the gathered waist would totally throw it off.  If you know what a pattern matching fanatic I am, you know I totally nailed it pre-elastic down to the last teensy weensy stripe :P

In order to take this pattern and present it in a way that in no way resembles a sunsuit, I opted to pair this slim a-line skirt with a simple white tank top (thank you Target Clearance) and a long, slouchy cardigan (Library Cardi -- coming today to Little Lizard King).  

I will definitely be sewing up some more views from this pattern.  The fit is great (spot on with the charts included) and the instructions are very detailed! As you can see, my daughter is ecstatic that this skirt is all hers!   Plus, I've gotten some great inspiration from the bloggers before me and am anxiously waiting to peek at the rest on tour.

What choices would you make to take the Paneled Sunsuit to "Not Just a Sunsuit"? 


Call Ajaire is offering a 15% discount on her patterns!  You can use the code SUNSUIT15 both at UpCraft Club and Etsy through the 7th of September.

She is offering a 20% discount code in the Designs by Call Ajaire Facebook group so join us there

If you enter the giveaway below and win one of her patterns, Ajaire will happily refund your purchase so don't hesitate.


4 LUCKY readers will win a copy --- are feeling lucky today?!  Enter below :)

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For more "Not Just a Sunsuit" Paneled Sunsuit inspiration, please check out all these awesome bloggers on the tour too!

Monday August 24th:  Max California | Filles à Maman | Hey June | House of Estrela
Tuesday August 25th: Skirt Fixation | Gracious Threads | Kimmie Sew Crazy | Shaffer Sisters
Wednesday August 26th: Kid Approved | Pinkel | Falafel and the Bee | Once Upon a Sewing Machine
Thursday August 27th: Buzzmills | Pattern Revolution | Sprouting JubeJube | Mandmade Martini
Friday August 28th: That's Sew Kari | Lulu & Celeste | Paisley Roots | Modern Handmade

Monday August 31st: Sew Cool for the Tween Scene | Kadiddlehopper | Imagine Gnats | Nap Time Creations
Tuesday September 1st: My Sweet Sunshine | Straight Stitch Designs | Handmade Boy | That's What She Crafted
Wednesday September 2nd: Climbing the Willow | Rebel & Malice | GYCT Designs | Two-Many
Thursday September 3rd: The Crazy Tailor | sewVery | Just Add Fabric | Delia Creates
Friday September 4th: A Jennuine Life | Conversas de Hermanas | Made by Sara | Not Sew Fast

{Blog Tour} Sew 'N Style Mini Collection with Lil Luxe

A month ago, Lil Luxe Collection began a new sewing series  -- entitled "Sew 'n Style Mini Collection".  Last week began the 6-week long blog tour sharing what we've created and I am so honored to be a stop along the way.  The premise of the series is to create a 3-piece Mini Collection with a cohesive theme, with at least half of your pieces coming from Lil Luxe.

Fun, right?!  Did I mention you can create your own #sewNstyleluxeseries Mini Collection and enter the linky party for a chance to win some fabulous prizes! (Read all the way to the end for details)

Lil Luxe Patterns ooze fashion and style -- and were perfect for building a mini collection to send my budding fashionista off to First Grade.

Without further ado... here is my "First Grade Fashionista" Mini Collection.  My inspiration came from her school colors and mascot, Archie the Cardinal.  Every other Friday is "Spirit Day" and now she'll have several outfits to fashionably show her school spirit!

{Outfit #1} Sleek and Chic


Fabrics chosen:
  • Jacket: Mystery twill from Walmart [Sidenote: I do not recommend a twill for this -- especially one that does not iron well]
  • Tee: Black and White striped cotton/Lycra from Funkalicious Fabrics
  • Trousers: Red Stretch Poplin from Mabel Madison

Notes: I modified the sleeve cuff on the Lakeshore Crop.  The mystery twill was not cooperating with the original sleeve cuffs so I decided I would mimic the bottom of the front opening.  I love how it turned out!  

The pants ended up a bit too snug (my error) and will be getting remade in a larger size and with  ankle zippers.  Luckily, they fit her little sister so all is not lost.

{Outfit #2} Stylish in Stripes


Fabrics chosen:

Notes:  The only change I made was using an 1/8" ribbon for the button loop on the Tobago.

{Outfit #3} Friday Fashion Star

*Disclaimer: These pants are store-bought.  This top was originally paired with the 
Red Slim Trousers (shown in Outfit 1), but after pictures, I felt the outfit needed more black in it.  
Due to deadlines, I did not have time to re-sew the Slim Trousers in black.


Fabrics chosen:

Before you go...

Read more about the Sew ’n Style Series and visit the contest page with Link up where we have contest prizes totaling over $350 from our gracious sponsors.

So, how did I do?  Is my First Grader a fashionista?  

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