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{Raspberry Creek Fabrics} Swimsuit Tour 2021

 


Beep, beep! It's my stop on the Raspberry Creek Fabrics "Suit Up For Summer" Blog Tour!  This is always such a fun and inspiring tour -- I've seen so many awesome suits this week!  


Raspberry Creek Fabrics has an amazing lineup of swim prints this year with 50 new prints!  There is literally something for everyone!  If you've not sewn RCF swim before, it's a nice weight (250 gsm), 50+ UPF protection, and is 58/60" wide with at least 60% 4-way stretch.  (I tend to order 1/2 yd cuts for my girls unless they request a 1-piece suit -- that way I can try more prints... HA!!)  Oh, and there are board short options too!!


You can save 15% on the Swim Fabrics with code SWIMTOUR (ends today!).  In the "swim shop", you can also find coordinating solids, stripes, dots and gingham.  Don't forget to add swim lining or power mesh to your cart too!  



This year, my girls picked out their prints and then I picked a coordinating board short fabric for a cute coverup.   My youngest picked the Red Light Blue and Green Striped Cherries!  I had a feeling she'd pick one of the fruits.  (This print is also available on cotton spandex, double brushed poly and French Terry too!)  I love the combo of the turquoise stripe mixed with the bright cherries.  The Solid Red Board Short is the perfect shade of red too!



I used the Bodhi Boardskirt from Bubby and Me Creations and then added the waist details again with the add-on from the Linden Shorts by Sew A Little Seam.  The tie is decorative because I cannot get enough of my new grommet toy .. er, tool. 



I love the little side pocket too.  Now she can walk to the neighborhood pool and not be walking in just a swimsuit.   This board short sewed up really easily too!  I used a microtex needle.  I used a pressing cloth on top of my seams to avoid putting a hot iron directly on the fabric.  I'm pretty sure she's going to request a matching board skirt to every suit I sew her this year!



For her suit, I knew I wanted something different than what I've sewn her, but I couldn't find a pattern for what I wanted!  I decided I'd use one of her favorite patterns as a "block" and then transform it (that's the beauty of sewing, right?!)  I started with the Antibes Rashguard top by Little Lizard King and chopped off the top of the bodice and then did the same to the sleeve heads as well.  To finish it off, I added elastic to the top, straps and finally a waistband with 3/4" elastic to keep the suit in place when she jumps in the water.


The bottoms are the High Waisted Vintage Bottoms from the Laguna Pattern by Little Lizard King.



I love the full coverage this suit offers but still looks so super cute!!  It's perfect for her fair skin and modest style.



... and then there's my tween whose style is not modest like her little sister.  Hehe.  She picked this fun Fuchsia and Black Painted Hearts (she said it reminded her of the watermelon suit I sewed for the RCF Swim Tour 2 years ago).  I paired it with Matte Black Swim and Solid Black Board Short.



She requested a pair of shorts for her coverup so I modified the Beaufort Shorts by Little Lizard King and added fun ruched side seams.  She always loves the little extra details.  To modify the pattern, I straightened out the hem so there would be fabric to ruche.  The construction steps were switched around too so I could hem the legs with the bias tape before sewing the outer side seams.  Then I pressed the outer seams open so I could stitch the tie channels. 

 


For her suit, I tried out a new-to-me pattern -- Panama by Striped Swallow Designs (this pattern was generously donated to me for this tour!).  I learned a few new techniques too!  I love when I can learn new tricks and tips.  On this suit. the waist elastic is enclosed between the main and lining fabrics of the swim bottoms and it gave a really nice finish inside.  I used the cutout detail, but I think I need a little work on the band because I lost most of the cutout when I attached it -- whoops!  My daughter still loves it though!



The braiding detail on the back is what sold me on the suit!  I'm really in love with this and it looks SO GOOD!!  The suit comes in both the two-piece and a one-piece option.   I omitted the pieced front, but will be trying it in stripes next time!!


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{Project Run and Play} Pantone Party 2021

 


Woo-hoo, it's my stop on the Project Run & Play: Pantone Party 2021!  I'm going to be honest, I've never really paid much attention to color trends in the past as I just sewed what my girls liked.  However, they are both getting to the age (especially my oldest) where being on trend is becoming important. I've really learned to pay attention to their requests and a lot of times, I give them full creative reign.  For this project, I turned to Pinterest to see how others were incorporating the two colors.  Over and over, I saw separates paired together to make an outfit.


Photo credit: www.pantone.com

Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is one of strength and positivity. It is a story of color that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly.  (www.pantone.com)

 I teamed up with KnitFabric.com who was completely generous and supplied me with all of my fabrics for this project.  I've been a customer of KnitFabric.com for a few years now and I'm always happy with how quickly my order is processed, the quality of the fabrics and I've even gotten a few "Bonus: End of Bolt" surprises.  As I browsed the site for my fabrics, I realized I could select color filters so I chose gray and yellow which really allowed me to not get distracted by all the other fabrics.  HA!  I was originally planning to sew for just my oldest, but decided I couldn't leave out my younger daughter too.  There was quite a selection in the both colorways and I have to tell you a few of the chunky sweater knits were super hard to pass up.  However, we are heading into Spring and Summer here so I had to be somewhat practical and decided on Sporty Summer looks.


OUTFIT #1



My oldest has become a little obsessed with fashion which is to be expected as she enters middle school.  She also likes the sporty look which fits in with her classmates.  To pick my patterns, I headed to the Project Run & Play Shop.  She originally wanted a Journal Jumpsuit (but I really wasn't sure how it'd look in all yellow!) Instead,  I chose the Becky Skirt and then turned to her favorite, the Chromium Cropped Hoodie to complete her look.  


Both patterns are drafted for knits which has quickly become her favorite base to wear.  For the Becky Skirt, I found a Light Yellow Cotton Lycra Knit.  It's such a great color!  For the Chromium Cropped Hoodie, I found a Light Gray Bamboo Jersey Knit.  The colors for these were pretty spot on with the Pantone Colors.  I love the added softness of the Bamboo.  The Becky Skirt ended up being her favorite and both girls have requested more!  


I added a few grommet details at the side hems (see title picture) as well as the hood and skirt waistband.   She really loves little details added on and is already thinking about a long sleeved version.  Because this outfit ended up being my Plan B, my original gray knit I ordered wasn't enough for the Chromium.  Luckily I had ordered a little extra of the light gray bamboo and had just enough, except for the hood lining.  Instead, I made a facing which I think is perfectly lightweight for summer nights.

OUTFIT #2



For my younger daughter, she really loved the Bodhi Boardskirt I made her sister last year when the Project Watercolor Beach Collection launched and boardshort material was on my list of substrates to try this year.  I paired it with the Banana Boat Tee and added a handcut rainbow in shades of yellow.  I ordered Yellow Boardshort for the skirt and used the Light Gray Bamboo Lycra for her shirt.  (I missed seeing the Banana Yellow Boardshort which is a lighter yellow and may be more in line with the Pantone color)


I left off the shoulder strap detailing on the tee, but loved the little cuff at the end so I kept that detail. For the rainbow, I used Yellow Cotton Lycra, Light Yellow Cotton Lycra and the center is a scrap of light yellow sweatshirting I have in my stash.


I used a lot of grommets on this project...lol  I added waist detailing to the Bodhi Boardskirt (thanks Kelly of Sew A Little Seam -- it's a free add-on to her Linden Pattern) and added grommets to the pocket too.  I topstiched all the seams in a gray thread.


We went to our local downtown and used their yellow tablesets as our background.  I do wish I had been able to finish these sets 2 days earlier because it was WAY warmer then.  Little sis was cold and cranky here so I didn't have my usual large abundance of pics to choose from this time.  They both love the outfits I sewed though so I'll call that a win!!  My oldest wore her hoodie to school the very next day!

Now it's your turn to join the party!!  See all the details HERE!!  
Two winners will receive $50 to Raspberry Creek Fabrics!

{Raspberry Creek Fabrics} Pink & Black Leopard Double Brushed Poly

 


A girl can never have too much leopard print right?!  I've always loved leopard print and my tween is obsessed!  I don't blame her either!   It's one of those prints that exudes total confidence.

I'm back over at the Raspberry Creek Fabrics blog sharing my tween's latest fashion statement -- a stunning shift dress out of the Tonal Dusty Pink and Black Leopard Print in Double Brushed Poly Knit.  Double brushed poly (also referred to as DBP) is a buttery soft knit with a polyester spandex blend.  It has fantastic 4-way stretch and its lightweight hand provides excellent drape.


 I surprised her with the new Benicia pattern by Little Lizard King.  This pattern is loaded with options, including shirt length as well as multiple necklines and sleeve lengths.  I chose the dress length, Bishop sleeves and cowl neck options.


This is the first cowl neck I've sewn her and she quite liked it!  I love that it adds just a bit extra detailing at the neckline. 


The Bishop sleeve in double brushed poly is total love -- check out that dreamy drape!  Also, a few months ago, I finally learned the magic settings on my coverstitch to sew those hems on DBP perfectly.  


I am so amazed at the variety of prints Raspberry Creek Fabrics offers and I really feel like there's something for everyone!  I know my tween's closet is getting filled up with so many great pieces using a variety of RCF bases.  Sewing for this age can be difficult, but she regularly wears her RCF pieces to school and it always makes me smile.  Thank you Raspberry Creek Fabrics for helping my daughter navigate her way through middle school in total style!

{Riley Blake Designs} Woodland Flannel by Ben Byrd

 


Flannel isn't normally a fabric I reach for, but sometimes it's fun to change things up a bit.  

Woodland Flannel by Ben Byrd for Riley Blake Designs is a cute new flannel collection inspired by the outdoors.  It comes in 3 colorways and features woodland animals, tree prints, leaf prints and coordinating mini plaid.





I couldn't pass up the Plaid in Mint.  The animals are super cute, but I knew I'd be sewing something other than pjs  -- I rarely sew up the same project back to back.



As soon as I saw the plaid in person, I knew it'd make a super cute jacket.  I turned to my favorite bomber jacket pattern - the Ollie Bomber by Sew a Little Seam.  As jacket weather is nearing an end here, I sized up for Fall (also because it's normally a knit pattern).  


This time I tried out the hood add-on and added a drawstring and grommets.  The flannel is super soft and was very easy to work with.  I found the plaid to be fairly easy to match up and cut evenly, but I did have to manipulate it slightly after washing/drying to keep the plaid straight with my pattern pieces.  I found it easiest to cut along the plaid for the straight edge of the bottom and then making sure the straight sides aligned evenly with plaid. 




I lined the jacket with a super cozy fleece.  Check out the color match with her favorite tennis shoes!! I definitely picked her favorite color!  (Also, peep the plaid line up across the zipper!)

Woodland Flannel should be hitting your favorite fabric shop at the end of the month! I'd love to hear what projects you have planned with it!



{Riley Blake Designs} Mod Meow by Amanda Niederhauser

 


I've loved kitty cats since I was little and always dreamed of having one when I grew up -- then I married a man who was allergic and had two kids also allergic... HA!   I'm always drawn to any cat print on fabric and my daughters share the same love.  


Mod Meow by Amanda Niederhauser for Riley Blake Designs is such a fun collection.  Inspired by the century modern era with added feline features, it's purr-fectly cute!  (Sorry, literally couldn't resist).  The main colorways are blue, blush and cream with fun coordinated of gold, green and red.




Not only does the collection offer the prints above, it also has a border print in all 3 colorways and I never miss a chance to sew up a border print!  I chose the Mod Meow Border Cream and paired it with Mod Meow Stripes Cottage.  I really love the plaids too and nearly chose one as a coordinate.  



My original plan for these fabrics was to sew up a dress for my youngest daughter, but once I got them in, I just wasn't sold.  I enlisted my daughter and she selected a skirt and sleeveless top and I still just knew it wasn't "it".  Finally I gave in and asked the fabric and I love what the fabric had in mind!!    I ended up sewing a Slumber Set, complete with cinch sack (in case we ever get to have sleepovers again) and sleep mask.    


The pjs are Adelaide by Little Lizard King, with a few modifications.  I prefer a slimmer top and knew it would show the border print better so I took 5" from both the front and back pieces. For the shorts, I eliminated the side seam.  Obviously these pjs are super comfy and she couldn't believe I was letting her jump on my bed.  (Fun fact .... to the right of my bed -- just out of frame -- is where all my sewing magic happens!)


I also added grommets and a twill tape drawstring!  I broke down a couple months ago and got a whole grommet kit and now they are so easy to put in.  Plus, the drawstring helps my daughter know which way is the front. Hehe.  

I love these shorts in the kitty stripes.  It's SOOO cute in person.


I had fabric leftover so I sewed up a sleep mask from Made for Mermaids.  I used the kitty stripes on the outside and a cozy black fleece on the backside.


Then I decided maybe a cute bag to carry the pjs in would be cute so I set out to make a cinch sack.  I browsed Pinterest for a bit, but couldn't find exactly what I had pictured.  So I drafted my own.  (I'll share the tutorial in the future -- this project was added last minute!).


I also added a pocket inside for her toothbrush and toothpaste.


I'm glad I listened to the fabric!!  This set is exactly what it needed to become.  My daughter is currently happily snoozing in her new pjs and I love being able to sew up fun things for her.

Mod Meow is already out so

please check with your favorite fabric shop for yardage!!

{Riley Blake Designs} Notting Hill by Amy Smart

 


I love large floral prints, plaids, gingham and polka dots so when I saw Notting Hill by Amy Smart releasing for Riley Blake Designs, I was in love!  This collection is inspired by Notting Hill of London and is completely gorgeous!  



I was drawn to SO many gorgeous prints, it was really hard to narrow down my choices.  Some of my favorites were the royal blue polka dot, the red/blue plaid and of course the main floral prints.  In the end, I chose the Notting Hill Main Songbird and the Notting Hill Diamonds Raspberry to coordinate.



I always have a basic idea of what I might sew, but sometimes I need to see the fabric in person to solidify my plans.  When I saw the gorgeous English roses on the main print, they reminded me of the Briar Embroidery pattern by Peony Patterns.  While I stitched that out on white, I decided I'd sew up the Poppy Pattern by Peony Patterns.  It's sweet and feminine and totally perfect for these gorgeous fabrics.


Before I could get it all cut out, Natasha (of Peony Patterns) added a Pocket Pattern and I couldn't turn down the chance to give my daughter "snack holes".  (Better be a mess-free snack with this fabric!).  Plus, when someone compliments her dress, she can now say "Thanks, it has pockets!" Hehehe.

I also tried the double-sided ruffle on the Peony Patterns website so the Notting Hill Diamonds would peek out of the bottom of the ruffle too instead of a hem.


Riley Blake cottons always sew up so nicely.  I know the dresses I sew will also last though all the washes.  I've sewn these fabrics for years and even by the time they've been handed down, they still look brand new.  


Notting Hill releases this month -- check with your favorite quilt shop to order your yardage!!  It really is a sweet line and will be so pretty for Spring/Easter.


We had a somewhat warm-ish day the other day and we rushed out to take advantage and shoot outdoors.  In my haste, I failed to really look at the details of the photos until later.  Somehow, one of the ruffles was laying super funny in nearly every picture.  I nearly cried.  The photos were so pretty in the light.  I grabbed the two that turned out and had my daughter reshoot (unfortunately it was gray and cold then).  Here's to warmer days ahead!

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