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{Project Run & Play} Hack-stavaganza: Janie Dress & Banana Boat Tee



When I saw Project Run and Play was hosting a pattern hack blog series, I couldn't sign up fast enough.  I love to hack/mash patterns to make it into a different vision.   

After browsing several times through the Project Run and Play store, inspiration finally hit and I selected the Banana Boat Tee by Lil Luxe Collection and the Janie Dress by Mouse House Creations....

and then I made them into one dress!


Here's a peek at how the skirt is attached!  It's the Janie Dress underneath (I chose the gathered circle so I could use a woven fabric) and Banana Boat Tee on top -- connected at the neckline and armscye.

You can view the step-by-step tutorial for this pattern mash over at Project Run and Play


The Banana Boat Tee caught my eye with the added details like the cinched sides, folded cuffs and sleeve detailing.  I will definitely be making some tees for my girls because I love this pattern so much!


I chose the Janie Dress because Mouse House Creations was basically the catalyst for me buying myself a sewing machine and I love sewing her patterns.  I liked that it was a fitted dress too so it would be a pretty easy transformation.  I will add about an inch to the bodice next time I sew this mash so the waist line sits a little lower and allows the Banana Boat Tee topper to extend a little lower.


I have been dying to use this yellow polka dot French Terry from Sew So English that I picked out after I won Project Run and Play Season 23 and it perfectly matched the floral fabric I picked up on clearance last year from Hobby Lobby.  For the under-bodice, I used a white knit I found at Walmart that turned out to be a nice weight.


She really loves this dress and wore it again since photos which is honestly the true test, right?!  I'm going to have to make my younger daughter a version because she's very mad that this wasn't for her. HA!

One Thimble Issue No. 25




It's been far too long since I've blogged about One Thimble!!  I absolutely had to make sure I sat down and took the time to share Issue 25.  The theme of this issue is "My Little Artist" and my girls and I had a lot of fun with this theme.  

One Thimble is an online PDF E-zine with new patterns, past issue pattern hacks (that you can apply to other similar patterns) and loads of inspirational articles.  This issue contains the following patterns:  Portret Top, On The Go Notebook, Graffiti Case and Portrait of the Artist Stencils.  It also contains hacks to: Big Day Out Jacket (Issue 17), Daisy Ray Dress (Issue 20) and #113 Romper (Issue 13).  Also included in the issue is a tutorial for a Pillowcase Skirt and loads of articles!

Grab your Early Bird copy here!!  $12 AUD (~ $8.40 USD)


The Portret Top by The Eli Monster is a sleeveless woven tank with collar and optional oversized statement bow.  


The pattern also includes details like curved hem, back yoke and bias-finished armscyes.


When I opened the pattern, I saw a line in the description "Perfect for sitting for photos!"   This line actually set the entire photoshoot into motion.  I knew my youngest daughter's larger-than-life personality would pair perfectly with the top.


The Daisy Ray Crop Top Hack is a super fun and easy hack (and written by me!!) When the  Daisy Ray Dress by Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns first came out in Issue #20, I actually hacked it for my blog post.  When Lucy asked if I'd share it with everyone, I had to say yes!  My oldest loves crop tops.


The original pattern calls for a shirred back, but during my tutorial sew, I ran out of elastic thread with just 3 lines left to go.  Of course, every single store was out of it so I changed it to elastic casings.  The shirring method is much quicker in my opinion, but if it intimidates you, you can still sew up the top and add elastic!


We had quite the photo shoot right in the cul-de-sac.  Of course, the neighbors to the left of our photo spot were out trimming their tree during all of this.  My younger daughter told me "The neighbors must think you're so weird..."  HA!!!  They already know.   I've been shooting out here since we moved.  


My youngest was a little sad she didn't have a chance to paint so big sis gladly changed spots and wasn't upset about it at all!  I guess both of my girls have a larger-than-life personality.


This is the perfect tween summer outfit.  Crop top, shorts (Oceaan Shorts from Issue 22) and tennis shoes.


My oldest started "painting" my youngest and I couldn't help but take a few pictures for memories.

Ready Set Splash! by Sandy Gervais for Riley Blake Designs



Hoppin' in this Friday with the cutest little froggy fabric collection!!  My daughter has been froggy-obsessed since she was a baby (my brother gifted her a stuffed frog for her 1st Christmas) and it's not common to find froggy fabric, let alone an entire line!  

"Ready Set Splash!" by Sandy Gervais for Riley Blake Designs is a toadally cute collection featuring frogs, fish, bubbles, dots, suns and plaids. The color palette is pistachio, teal, aqua and coral.


I chose 3 prints to play with -- Ready Set Splash! Main in Pistachio, Ready Set Splash! Plaid Coral and Ready Set Splash! Fish Teal 


The moment I saw the collection, I knew Eden by Little Lizard King would be perfect to mix several prints together.  


This plaid has my whole heart!!  For the scallop overlay, I turned it on the bias for a bit of visual appeal.  I really love how it picks up the coral in the main print.


The coordinates in this collection are just so good!!  I had to narrow it down to just 2 coordinates, but I really love how all the colorways can mix and match and highlight different colors from the main prints.


I couldn't resist making a little ponytail holder bow to match the detailing on the pockets.   I will probably hoard every last scrap of that plaid so I can sprinkle it into creations over time.


My daughter is smitten with her new sundress and thinks the froggies are the cutest thing ever.  I hope she always wears what she loves!!  These prints are now available -- check your favorite local or online quilt shop!!  

Thank you Sandy Gervais and Riley Blake Designs for sending these fabrics our way!!!  You toadally made our day!!

{Project Run & Play} Watercolor Beach - Ripley Swimsuit



Kicking off July with another swimsuit!!  We practically live at the pool in the summer so it's nice to give the girls a variety of swimwear options.  It's quickly become one of my favorite things to sew too!  

When I first saw the line drawings for Project Watercolor Beach for Project Run & Play, the Ripley Swimsuit (by Bubby and Me Creations) was at the top of my list!  (I'm pretty sure I bugged Audrey about it weekly...lol)  I'm happy to say the pattern is finally ready for purchase and I had a lot of fun sewing it up!!


Ripley is a one-piece suit with cross-over bodice, deep v-neckline and optional ruffle.  It covers sizes 1-10!  The instructions are easy to follow and the suit is fully lined with all seams enclosed.


The top of the swimsuit is finished with binding and 1/4" elastic.  I found it a little easier to add the elastic after I basted the swim binding piece on.  It gave me a little something extra to hold onto while stretching the elastic to fit.  I also recommend dabbing fabric or tacky glue on the back when you wrap your binding to the back.  It really helped hold it in place!


I've had this pineapple fabric patiently waiting to be cut.  I finally sourced some solid yellow swim that was perfect for the little ruffles.  I was able to get a size 7 height out of a half-yard cut which isn't always easy to do with a one-piece! 

If you haven't gotten your copy yet, grab it HERE!!


{Riley Blake Designs} Beauty & the Beast by Jill Howarth for Riley Blake Designs



My oldest daughter is right at that age where she's transitioning away from things she has loved for years -- traditional "little girl" favorites.  She's not quite ready to let go, but her taste is a little more grown up.  She's always loved Beauty & the Beast growing up (I even made her a present day Belle-inspired outfit earlier this Spring) so I knew she'd love this new line from Riley Blake Designs.

Beauty & the Beast by Jill Howarth for Riley Blake Designs is the perfect balance of whimsy and charm.  The main prints of the collection depict the princess and the prince/beast, but the coordinates are a subtle nod to the details behind the story.  The color palette is light blue, pinks, cream and golds.


I was drawn to the Beauty & the Beast Floral Blue and Beauty & the Beast Fleur-de-lis Dark Pink as a coordinate.  I knew my daughter would love them too!  


When I started to work on the project, I asked which dress pattern I should use.  She immediately asked for Bali from Little Lizard King again.  It's such a sweet, summer dress.


I added a faux tie panel inset on the front bodice.  I nearly left it off, fearing it'd be a bit too young and theme-y for her to want to wear again.  But as I mentioned that I might leave it off, I could tell she was disappointed.    When I showed her the finished dress, she was so happy that I had added it after all.


I love how the Dark Pink Fleur-de-lis really compliments the roses on the skirt.  The rose fabric is my most favorite.  I love the color combination and the light blue background is always my favorite.


I gave my daughter a choice of 3 buttons for the back and she chose the cream rose shank button.  It's the perfect finish to the back!


I wanted to find a "magical" place to take photos and we don't have any castles nearby... HA!!  So, we went to a local garden and got lucky they had opened back up (they had closed during the stay-at-home orders).  We spent some time walking around, just the two of us, marveling at all the beauty that was surrounding us.  

The Beauty & the Beast Collection is now available
at your favorite local or online quilt shop!  


A special thank you to Jill Howarth and Riley Blake Designs for these gorgeous fabrics.  

{Riley Blake Designs} Gem Stones Brights - Blizzard Blue



I'm back with the second half of my Gem Stones Bright reveal and hopefully it was worth the wait!  The delay was double-fold -- this dress was a surprise for my daughter for her 5th Grade graduation and the dress design is a new release so I had to wait for it to be announced. 

In case you missed last week's post, Gem Stones Brights by PSD2 for Riley Blake Designs features gorgeous, vibrant tones in an ombre confetti pattern that runs selvage to selvage.  This collection contains 16 color combinations.


My oldest daughter had picked out Blizzard Blue as her favorite fabric of the bunch,  It's a gorgeous transition from bright blue to turquoise to purple.   I let her pick the fabric, but the dress pattern was a surprise!


The pattern I chose is Bali by Little Lizard King.  As soon as I saw photos of this dress, I knew immediately that it'd be the perfect choice for her graduation.  (And since it wasn't a typical graduation, I didn't have to worry about dress code!) 

This dress is a sweet, summer dress that has a choice of straps and optional flutters with a gorgeous lower back cutout and elastic-backed waist. The instructions for blending sizes are really helpful -- my petite rising middle schooler is wearing a 6 chest, 8 length graded down to a size 3 waist.  It's a perfect fit!!  (Don't worry, the sizing is not off -- she's that tiny!)


While the overall project was a surprise, I did ask some critical design questions along the way.  Because the colors run parallel with the selvage, she had to decide if she wanted the colors to transition vertically or horizontally.  A vertical transition would have been cutting the skirt with width going selvage to selvage and all 3 colors would have been seen on the skirt.  She decided she wanted the skirt to be mostly purple with turquoise near the waist and blue on the bodice.


I love the design on the fabric that comes into view when you get closer.  It's so pretty!  I looked through my button stash and found a small purple shank button.


I finished sewing late in the night before her graduation so I pulled my mannequin outside her bedroom and popped the finished dress on it and then set up the sign next to it.  It was a great surprise to wake up to that morning -- she was SO surprised.  I love that she's still so grateful for handmade sewing.


After we had a little photo-shoot inside after officially completing elementary school, we spent the following morning a  couple towns away for a little girls' morning of outdoor pictures, bookstore shopping and stopping by our favorite bagel restaurant.


This fabric is just SO pretty!!!  Check with your favorite quilt shop and definitely buy some of these prints!  I need to grab some more colors because each one is stunning.    I'm really curious how it would look on a circle skirt pattern!  Riley Blake Designs --- thank you so much for such pretty fabrics!!  My girls' closets are full of pretty RBD clothes! 

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