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Hubert and Sorrel by Simone Gooding for Riley Blake Designs

Riley Blake Designs has a new fabric collection out called "Hubert and Sorrel".  Designed by Simone Gooding, this line features the cutest piggy brother and his little sister.  Simone was inspired by a story that's been floating around her head and hopes to one day put her story to paper!   These are the little snippets of the adventures she thinks they'd have.

 The color palette is light blue, gray, and white with pops of light pink, turquoise, olive green and red.  There is also a panel which includes a bunting, gift tags, ribbons, coasters, and a napkin.

I selected Seed Packets White, Seedling Pots Aqua and a panel for this project.

I knew my animal loving girl would love a new set of pjs so I sewed up the Adelaide pajamas by Little Lizard King.   I altered the top to be less gathered and also shorter to hit at high hip so they'd show off the adorable little seed packet shorts.  I simply just cut it at the ruffle hem length and omitted the ruffle.

I added one of the "coaster" cuts from the panel and sewed it onto her pajama top following the black outline.  I think this little picture of Sorrel is her favorite!!

I knew I wanted to sew some bows for pigtails because pjs are always cuter with pig tails!  I happy to see the wider "ribbon" cut on the panel was perfect for the Sailor Bow by Sweet Red Poppy.

I also sewed up the "bunting" and the skinnier "ribbon" from the panel too.  I used the skinnier ribbon as a faux drawstring on the shorts and the bunting for decoration!

Simone, I really hope you write that book one day because these little pigs are adorable!!  Thank you Riley Blake Designs 💕 my daughter loves when Riley Blake mail comes!!!

{Riley Blake Designs} Petals & Pots by Gabrielle Neil Design Studio

We're just sitting here enjoying the sunlight and dreaming of warm temperatures staying.  It's been unseasonably warm this week, but temperatures plummet tomorrow.  This new collection from Riley Blake Designs, though, has me swooning for Spring and Summer.

Petals & Pots is by Gabrielle Neil Design Studio for Riley Blake Designs and it's such a fun, whimsical (with a hint of modern with the geometric paver print) collection.  It was inspired by the hanging baskets of the designer's grandmothers.  I love the color palette and the ability to mix and match across the colorways.

I chose 3 prints for my daughter: Petals & Pots Main Blue, Petals & Pots Geometric Blue, and Petals & Pots Ladybugs Coral.  My daughter loves ladybugs so I knew I had to work them into her outfit!

I sewed up Lexington by Little Lizard King because it's a fun, yet dainty Spring/Summer dress that also has a coordinating faux front sash which makes it the perfect place for a third fabric choice.  I really love how the coral sash pulls out the floral in the skirt!!

My daughter loves to twirl so I cut a fuller skirt (used the entire width of the the fabric for each skirt piece).  While she was practicing her twirls, I grabbed the perfect shot!!

This back is perfect for summer and I love seeing the contrast of the coral ties against the blue back. Hurry up warm weather!!!

I love how soft the fabric is!  I've sewn many different woven cottons over the years and Riley Blake Designs' fabrics wash up incredibly soft each time!  Not only does it drape nicely,  it's super comfortable to wear.

I lined the bodice in the coral ladybugs and then rolled a smidgen of the lining to the front for a faux piping look without all the work...  I love how it outlines it and shows of the wrapped front bodice design.

I can't wait to see my daughter wearing this all the time!!

This collection is currently available!! Check your favorite quilt shop -- what is your favorite colorway above?

Flower Market by Jen Allyson for Riley Blake Designs

Happy December!! While the holiday season is full swing -- decorations are up and Christmas Eve dresses are complete -- I was happy to play with some Spring goodies! 

Flower Market by Jen Allyson for Riley Blake Designs is simultaneously sweet and bold.  The delicate florals paired with the striking geometric prints make for an exciting pairing.   Take a look below! Isn't it completely gorgeous?!

I chose Flower Market Gingham Black, Flower Market Wallpaper Teal, Flower Market Hoops Coral, and Flower Market Folk Cream (for lining).  It's not a typical pairing for me so I stepped outside of my comfort zone, but as I played around with the swatches in Photoshop, a little outfit idea emerged and I was excited to see it come alive.

To create this outfit, I used patterns from 3 different designers and then paired it with her tall black boots and knee high socks!  For the top, I chose Bristol by Little Lizard King.  I love the arched bodice seam that also creates an instant high-low -- perfect for shorts to peek out.  I omitted the ties at the sleeves and used the sleeve binding from the Roanoke Pattern.

I can see this top being paired with some simple jeans too!

The back is just short enough that her shorts can peek out.  The bold shorts with the dainty floral is such a striking contrast that I really like together!

I turned to one of my favorite shorts pattern -- Clover Shorts by Mouse House Creations (affiliate link).  The shorts are a bit dressier than most shorts as they are pleated in the front and also have cuffed bottoms and pockets!!.  Because the front piece is pleated, it's not a straight cut so my gingham appears to be a tad wonky.  I promise you though, it was unavoidable to keep the pattern piece on the  The back looks perfect though! HA!  I love adding the pockets and french-seamed them so it's nice and tidy inside.

She's currently in between sizes but since she likely won't be wearing these much until Spring, I sized up so they'd fit her in a few months!

The messenger bag style purse is the Pinky Promise Bag by Little Moo Designs and I think this is like the 7th one I've sewn.  It's my go-to purse for my girls!  I chose the Hoops in Coral to tie everything together.  The coral picks up the flowers in the top and the black accents compliment the shorts.

She will surely fill this bag with treasures to bring when we are out and about.  She rarely leaves the house without a purse.  She always wants to be just like me!

What fabrics would you pair together?

{Blog Tour} One Thimble: Issue 22

One Thimble has been an inspiration to me over the years so when they announced they were taking a break after Issue 20, I have to admit I was sad.  I was thrilled, however, to see them return late summer for Issue 21.  I didn't have a chance to hop on the blog tour then due to other commitments, so I was patiently waiting for Issue 22!

One Thimble is an e-zine with several patterns, a few hacks of previous patterns and a slew of inspirational/educational articles -- all for just $12 AUD (which is just over $8 USD currently!)  Each edition has a theme that carries throughout it.  This edition's theme is "Day Tripping".

I originally signed up to sew the Oceaan Shorts by The Eli Montser because I cannot resist a sailor short!  Of course, I couldn't just stop at one pattern and also sewed up Xanadu Bodysuit (in crop view) by Duchess and Hare and the Piper Pinny by Bubby and Me Creations.

I chose a classic denim for the Oceaan shorts for maximum wear.  I was happy to see that an adjustable elastic waist is included in the pattern.  I initially had a couple of hiccups with a couple of the pattern pieces but those were all resolved as of last night!

I am digging the longer inseam length too.  They will be the perfect length to wear to school.  While my girls are thin, lately I've not had to really blend much on shorts/pants.  My girls' hips put them between a 6 and 7 hip so I sewed up a straight 7 since they are a 7 height.  The buttonhole elastic was able to cinch up the waist as needed.

Styled and ready for a day out on the town (except it's cold here so we -- pictured with the Pinky Promise Bag from Issue 19.

The Piper Pinny was a last minute added pattern to my sewing list. My oldest saw it and immediately needed it.  Bubby and Me Creations is a new-to-me pattern designer and I'm super impressed!  It came together easily and perfectly in just a short time. (My youngest wants to know where her Piper Pinny is... good thing I liked making it!)

I paired it with the Xanadu Bodysuit by Duchess and Hare.  I know her patterns are really well drafted.  I sewed up the crop top for my tween, but I also know she'll be wanting a full bodysuit.
This pattern is suited for those that have prior experience with knit bands.  

I added some funky buttons that I picked up at Hobby Lobby along the way somewhere.  I thought hamburger and fries screamed tween scene.

I also got to peek at the full issue and once again the articles are just in time for things I needed to read.  I thought the article "It's Okay Not to Sew" was interesting.  I've experienced small bouts of not wanting to sew (also from prolific sewing), but I think my is more because I'm sleep deprived and have got to get my energy back.  HA!

I also really loved the style guide because as a sewist heading into winter with Aussie Summer patterns, I could have tapped into the creativity included and sewn something seasonally appropriate.  (It's a bit fun sewing for another season though.  I'm already over the cold weather. LOL)

I'm hoping to carve out time for tackling some of the projects on the Holiday gift guide because I had forgotten about many of them!! I own most of the issues and could see myself sewing up a number of these projects.

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For your chance to win a copy of the new One Thimble Issue 22 - Summer 2019 please enter the rafflecopter prize draw here.Open until 12am Wednesday November 20th AEST

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Riley Blake Designs Basics {Swiss Dot}

Everyone loves a good basic!  They make fantastic coordinates, but I also love using them as my main fabric too.  Riley Blake Designs has an entire BASICS catalog.  Last time, I played with the stripes from the basics, but I also love polka dots so I decided to check out the Swiss Dot collection.

When I first heard Swiss Dot, my mind thought it was dotted Swiss because I seen the terms used interchangeably.  However, Swiss Dot refers to a pattern of tiny dots on fabric, not necessarily the raised dots (dotted Swiss).  What's great about Riley Blake's Swiss Dot collection is the variety of colors.  Seriously, there are SO MANY SHADES!

Maybe the cooler weather already has me dreaming of Spring, but I was drawn to the pastel shades.  I let my girls pick their own color and my oldest chose Lavender and my youngest chose Mint.

I sewed up Malibu by Little Lizard King because it was similar to the style of dress they requested, but the elastic at the back is a bit more forgiving in the event that they grow before

I paired the mint with Off-White Linen at Riley Blake designs and I love them together. 

As I was cutting this out, I decided last minute to add a full ruffle hem.    I may add ruffle hems to everything now!!  To get perfectly gathered ruffles, sew one gathering stitch within your seam allowance and a second row of stitches outside of your seam allowance.  This prevents your ruffles from shifting during the sewing process.  After the ruffles are attached, remove the outer gathering stitch and press!  (PS... this works on gathered skirts too!)

I made my oldest a simple Malibu.  She has been crushing on purple lately so she really loves this Lavender. 

She asked where her bottom ruffle was.... whoops!!!  The ruffle definitely adds to the twirlability!

I made up for the lack of twirl with the hidden side seam pockets!!  Whew!  I also sewed up some skinny bows (Sweet Red Poppy) to add to her hair!

What colors would you pick??  CLICK HERE

{Collaboration} Peeping Pipers by Kristina Hunter of Arthousewife

When I started sewing 7 years ago, I never anticipated the social connections I'd make.  Of course, I'd think a lot of us could say the same.  Social media has exploded over the last decade and has created new ways for paths to cross.  This is how I came to meet Kristina Hunter of arthousewife online, or should I say how she came to meet me.  Kristina is a surface pattern designer who loves color, kid's prints and all things retro.  She contacted me to see if I was up for a collaboration with her designs.  I was intrigued so I took a look at her work on Instagram and Spoonflower. I really liked her artwork and could see my girls wearing so many of them!

After liking so many of her designs, my eyes were drawn to Peeping Pipers on the gorgeous deep turquoise background.  My youngest loves animals of all kind so I knew she'd really love it.  As I showed her Kristina's Spoonflower shop, I wasn't surprised when she picked out the same print!  (Of course, I had partly picked it out because I knew her new little brown boots would look so good with this print!)

Kristina Hunter's designs can be printed by Spoonflower on a plethora of substrates which is really pretty cool!  I'll admit that I actually hadn't ever ordered from Spoonflower before.  I've known others that have, but I hadn't ever really looked into it.  I am really impressed.  I ordered the Cotton Spandex Jersey and determined it was the best fit for my selected pattern.  Because it was a custom job, I wasn't sure how long it would take, but within 11 days, I had my fabric (after being ordered on a weekend!)  It arrived with recommended care instructions too.

I couldn't resist sewing up yet another Wimberley by Little Lizard King.  It's the quintessential Fall knit dress with the ruched 3/4 sleeves.  While the gathered circle skirt with ruffle version takes 2 yards, the fabric and time spent gathering is SO worth the outcome.  I prefer to hand gather so I quarter the bottom of my skirt and ruffle.  Then I pin the quarters and gather between the pins. (Make sure you have lots of pins... it's about 16 feet of ruffles gathered!)

We had a bonus day off school so my daughter and I drove to our favorite picture spot -- a little shopping community in a neighboring town.  It took longer to drive than it did for her to deliver some really great pictures.  It's always really easy when she loves her outfit though!

A couple months ago, I sewed up the Madison Vest by Little Lizard King in a cream fur and it's proven to be the best little Fall wardrobe accessory.  It pairs well with so many things!

Her Fall wardrobe is looking SO good.  What should I sew next?

Be sure to check out Kristina Hunter's Instagram and Spoonflower Shop -- I think you'll fall in love with her designs like I have!!

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