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{Riley Blake Designs} Grove by Jill Finley

I've always been drawn to lemon prints so when I saw Grove by Jill Finley for Riley Blake Designs, I loved it!  (But Kari, you didn't sew the lemons....  I'll explain that in a bit -  HA! )   This collection is full of citrus-y goodness and you cannot help but smile while sewing any of these prints.  The colorways include yellow, pink, green, orange and charcoal.  I love the variety of prints -- from floral to fruit slices to geometric coordinates.  

As I sat down to select fabrics, I thought I'd select the lemons.  They are my favorite!  But then, I was drawn to the main floral in charcoal.  I always double check with my girls though and well, you can see, she didn't approve my charcoal selection.  She really wanted Grove Main Cloud which matched the lime coordinates.  Soooo, I changed my plan and I am glad I asked her opinion because I'm absolutely smitten by the final result.   For the coordinates, we chose Grove Slices Limeade, Grove Mini Limeade, and Confetti Cotton Treetop.

By the time I sat down to sew it, I also decided to change the original pattern I had planned.  Instead, I sewed up the new Jasmine Dress by Peony Patterns and was so happy to have just enough for the knee length tiered version.  While we love the mini version, we are heading into winter here and I want her to fit in the Spring (in case she grows an inch or two...).  The first time I sewed this pattern, I used a rayon which had beautiful drape, but the sleeves are even more gorgeous and puffy in this cotton.  

I used the Limeade Slices for the lining and a little hairbow (Nara Bow from the Nara Dress pattern by Little Lizard King.  She rarely lets me leave her hair down and curl it, but she was so excited about her new dress that she said yes!  (I had to whip up that bow really quickly though.)

I used the Mini Limeade print for the ruffles at the neckline and as faux piping between each tier and again at the hemline.  For the faux piping, I cut the strips 1.25" wide and folded them in half.  Once my 1/2" SA was sewn, it left me with 1/8" visible.  The hemline, I cut at 1.5" and sewed  it on along the bottom tier (RST) like you would when finishing with bias tape and then flipped it to the back, but purposely left 1/8" showing. (Don't forget to fold the back raw edge in like bias tape for a clean finish!) It was totally worth all of the ironing!

Finally, I used the solid Confetti Cotton in Treetop to make a lime version of the Lemon Slice purse I made back in March for Project Run & Play! I lined it in the Limeade Slices and then added the iron-on with my Cricut!  I want to make a whole citrus collection now!!

This whole collection is so fun and bright!  It is releasing this month so be on the lookout at your local quilt shop or favorite online fabric source!!

{Riley Blake Designs} GRL PWR by Damask Love

I'm back with another fun addition to my tween's wardrobe.  The best way to keep her happy is to give her the power to make her own design choices!  I love fostering her creativity and she loves wearing something she "custom designed".  Win-win.

GRL PWR by Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love is one of Riley Blake Designs' newest collections.  Amber is known for her love of color and this does not disappoint!  These designs celebrate the beauty of diversity and depict a rainbow of skin tones and empowering female forms.


After browsing the selections, she was drawn to the GRL PWR Eyelashes in Orchid.  She also added GRL PWR Grid in White as an accent.

My tween picked Lenox by Little Lizard King, which is her favorite style of pattern -- circle skirt in mini length.  While the pattern comes with optional ruffles, sleeves and collars, we leave off all the "bells and whistles" for a sleek tween-approved dress.

The color of this fabric is SO vibrant and stunning.  She was so excited to open the package when it came -- this is one of her most favorite colors.

Remember the GRL PWR Grid on white?!  I cut it into bias tape to hem the circle skirt of the dress.  I love hemming a circle skirt with bias, and using handmade bias always gives that little extra pop.

. . . and this is why circle skirts are a favorite here!   SO. MANY. TWIRLS.

While I originally had a different vision for this collection, I am glad I switched gears and turned over the design process -- the little gasp when she saw her completed dress -- her vision come to life -- made it completely worth it.  

This collection is releasing this month -- check with your favorite fabric retailer to order your yardage.

{Simple Life Pattern Company} Holiday Blog Tour 2020

Every year, I sew up new fancy dresses for my two girls to wear to Christmas Eve mass.  This year, I'm super excited to have them finished early November!!  Of course, I have no idea if they'll have a special event to show them off, but they will be worn, even if it's just at home.  

I am super excited to kick off the Simple Life Pattern Company Holiday Blog Tour 2020.   Simple Life Pattern Company has no shortage of gorgeous patterns to select so I wanted to choose a new (to me) pattern for each girl.  Art Gallery Fabrics and Fancy Pants Fabrics generously provided all the gorgeous fabrics for the tour --- they pair together perfectly! 

I selected coordinating fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics' Cozy & Joyful collection and fell in love with the holiday tulle collection from Fancy Pants Fabrics.  My oldest is wearing Candied Roses in Rayon and my youngest daughter is wearing Winter Wonderland in Joyful and Midwinter in Dusk from Art Gallery Fabrics and Gold Snowflake Tulle in Off-White from Fancy Pants Fabrics.

I started with my youngest daughter first.  I chose to sew Elouise's Asymmetrical Top & Dress because I really loved the bodice.  It features a delicate sweetheart neckline and has a uniquely pieced back with bow.  I omitted the asymmetrical skirt overlay to let the tulle take center stage.  

To create the skirt, I used 5 total layers.  I first cut out a lining layer from woven cotton, using the gathered vintage skirt cutting chart.  Then I cut a layer of netting -- this layer really helps the top layers stand out.  I cut this 1/2" shorter than the vintage skirt length and width of fabric (x2).  On top of the netting, I used two layers of nylon chiffon -- width of fabric x vintage length cut (x2).  Finally, the top layer is the gold snowflake tulle -- width of fabric x vintage length cut (x2).  Then I sewed up the side seams on each layer  -- for the tulle, nylon chiffon and netting layers, I used a double fold of tissue paper underneath the seams to prevent the fabric from gathering while sewing.  Gently remove the tissue paper afterwards.    I gathered each layer separately except for the two nylon chiffon layers.  The skirt has a placket which was easy to install to all 5 layers at once, but I'd recommend running your gathering thread prior to adding the placket.  I had to move all the other layers aside because I didn't think about it until after my placket was in place.  Whoops!  (Only the lining layer needs hemmed here)

The back is so pretty!  I thought the way it's pieced together is really clever and would be a great place for contrasting fabric.  I opted to keep just the bow in contrasting fabric to help in stand out.  I love the gold buttons I found which tied it all together.

I think this may be the first year her Christmas dress has sleeves.  HA!  She has really fallen in love with 3/4 sleeves this year and was happy to see the option in the pattern.

To finish out her outfit, I sewed up a Hair Bow in Mini/Piggy size from the Simple Life Pattern Company blog!  So cute and she loves having a bow on her pony tail.

For my oldest, I selected Patricia's Boho High Low Top and Dress.  Katie's pictures of it sewn up in rayon inspired me and I just had to try it out!  While my daughter is not usually one for ruffles, she approved this design and the rayon makes them really soft and flowy.    This pattern has no closures and just slips on over the head. 

I used the included skirt pieces for the dramatic high low option.  I hadn't really sewn rayon until about a month ago and while it's a bit fiddly to cut, it sews up so easily.  I really love how soft and light it is!

My daughter is excited about this dress.  Not only is it incredibly comfortable to wear, but it will last longer than the holiday season!  I think this fabric would be fabulous in the Patricia top version paired with skinny jeans too!

Time to go spread some holiday magic 💗

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{Riley Blake Designs} On Safari

My oldest is obsessed with animal prints so when I saw this new collection, I knew she needed a new addition to her wardrobe.  She's definitely a girl after my own heart.

On Safari is new to Riley Blake Designs and features 5 stunning poster prints (perfect for quilts), an equally amazing set of 4 pillow prints and 5 fun animal prints.  The poster and pillow prints make me wish I was a quilter because I really wanted to see them in person - the most gorgeous animal photos in the wild!


My daughter loves leopard print the most so she chose the On Safari Leopard Brown,

She requested a dress in mini length, so I turned back to Colmar by Little Lizard King.  I had sewed her one earlier this summer in the RBD Poplin and we both loved the outcome so I knew it'd be perfect for this fun leopard print.   I surprised her and added pockets and a matching mask!  She heads back to school, finally in-person, tomorrow!

I also added the back tie again for a bit of added interest.  I love that despite it being quilting cotton, the feel and drape of the fabric is nice and soft.  I never have to worry about the fabric being stiff or easily wrinkled.  It washes with minimal shrinking and the colors never bleed!

This dress was a big hit!  She felt confident and comfortable.  She is hoping it meets middle school dress code!!

Reach out to your favorite quilt shop or online fabric store to order your own yardage!


{Raspberry Creek Fabrics} Painted Leopard Rayon Challis


Remember my quest last week to push myself to try new fabric bases?  I'm checking off another box on my list!  Today, I'm sharing my adventures with Rayon Challis and why it's jumped high on my list of favorite fabric bases.  

This year I as chosen to be part of Raspberry Creek Fabrics {Blogging Team} and this is my first post of the year!  As I was "shopping" for my selection, I clicked over to woven apparel to see what was offered.  I was intrigued by stretch crepe and rayon challis.  I actually selected the stretch crepe but found out just after it shipped that it would be a retired print before my post was live and it just so happened the new club rayon and stretch crepe prints were loaded.   Lucky me!

The moment I saw the Black Brown and Cream Painted Leopard Print, I really didn't need to look any further.  I knew my tween would flip out for it.  In fact, I nearly interrupted her online class to show her.  She immediately knew she had to have it!!

To showcase this show-stopping fabric, she chose one of her new favorite patterns -- Marigold by Peony Patterns.  She loves the sweetheart neckline, unique puffy sleeves, fully functional front button placket and most of all, the mini length!  It's a babydoll style cut and flowy fabrics drape so beautifully from the bodice.

Rayon is one of those fabrics that I kind of built up in my mind as being way too fiddly to deal with. In reality, I knew nothing about it.  It's a man-made fabric made of natural fibers and is super lightweight.  It's has amazing drape.  It turns out, I was scared for nothing.  It sewed up easily and even cutting was no where near as hard I imagined.   I made sure to use a nice sharp needle and also turned my iron down a bit.  When I finished the dress, I just couldn't stop staring at it!  The print may be one of my most favorite prints ever.

Pretty sure my tween thinks she's one of the coolest around.  She's never lacked confidence, but it's just oozing from her in this painted leopard print.  What prints are your favorite?  Click here to check them out!

{Riley Blake Designs} Woven Wool by Stacy West

I've made it an unspoken goal this year to branch out in my fabric selections.  When I had the opportunity to sew up the new Woven Wool by Stacy West for Riley Blake Designs, I jumped on the chance!  This wool is pre-felted and ready to use.  This collection is full of 15 gorgeous solid colors and 10 prints.

I honestly had a hard time narrowing down my choice.  In the end, I chose the Woven Wool Dot Black.
When it arrived, my daughters were arguing over it so I guess I chose well!  I had visions of a fitted jacket to pair with a cream sweater and skinny jeans.  However, my daughter had another vision....

My younger daughter told me she wanted a longer coat so I had her browse my patterns and she lit up when she saw the School Days Jacket by Oliver + S.  I had picked this pattern as part of my prize from winning Project Run & Play (Season 23) so I was excited to try it out finally.  

I was actually a bit nervous to tackle this project, especially since I was using a new pattern and a new fabric base.  As I started sewing though, my fears were immediately eased.  The wool was so easy to work with!! I also love that it doesn't need prewashed!  You can immediately start cutting and sewing.

I lined the jacket in a cozy black fleece so it will carry her through our NC winters.  She's already told me she can't wait to wear it once it cools down here.  

Her smile says it all!!  While it wasn't my original plan with this fabric, I am glad I included my daughter in the design process.  She loves it and I finally got a chance to try out a new jacket pattern.  The wool is perfect for jackets, purses and more.  Reach out to your favorite quilt shop or online fabric store and pick your favorite colors!

What color will you sew first?   I'm thinking about trying the grape color next -- it's gorgeous!!

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