Briar Tee + Ninni Culottes

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Hey guys! I’m back with another fun post for April Rhodes Heritage + Arizona After blog tour. For this post I chose to put together an outfit that is a little out of my comfort zone, turned closet staple! I’m so excited to share it with you.

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For the top I used Megan Nielsen’s Briar Tee (part of the Project Sew My Style line up for the month of June) using a knit from the Heritage Collection called Father Totem. I love how soft Art Gallery Fabric knits are! This print has a really cool vibe; it’s neutral but still has a slight pattern to it. I quickly and easily pictured it as an easy t-shirt paired with jeans (or culottes in this case!).

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The Briar Tee is quick to sew up, I shortened mine slightly. It does have the high low hem but you can’t see it because it’s tucked in. (See photo above for hemline). I really like the look of this hemline because it adds a little bit of drama to an otherwise basic tee. I omitted the pocket on my version, but technically sewed version 3 of this pattern. I really love it!

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Okay, now for these culottes! This is one of the new Named Clothing patterns: the Ninni Culottes. This is the part of my outfit that is a little outside of my fashion comfort zone, but there was something about them that drew me right in. I love the easy elastic waist, and the chicness of culottes in general. I decided to give them a go, and was pleasantly surprised.

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I used a super soft rayon chambray I picked up at a local Joann’s store, and I think it’s a perfect match. I love that these pants pair well with most tops in my wardrobe too. Just make sure you don’t ask my husband what his opinion is of these culottes! For the most part, my rule of thumb goes like this: if my husband is not a fan of an item I’ve made, it means I did something right. (He’s my toughest critic).

They too are a quick sew, and easy to put together. I love how cool they are to wear in the heat of summer, plus the elastic waist band for optimal comfort. (Secret pajamas!).

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Thanks for reading along! Stay tuned for one more project coming at you next week for this tour. Meanwhile, make sure to keep up with the rest of the tour:

June 28th – The Sara Project

June 30th – I Love You Sew!

July 5th – A mini Instagram loop all about Arizona After, with 5 surprise makers! Head to my IG feed around 5pm EST on this day to find the kick off post and follow all 5 makers for a chance to win fabric!!!!

July 7th – TBA – Surprise blog! 😉

July 10th – The Sara Project

July 12th – Sew To Speak

July 13th – A mini Instagram loop, this time all about Heritage, with 5 surprise makers! Head to my IG feed around 5pm EST for another chance to win fabric!!!!

July 17th – Threadbear Garments

July 19th – A second mini Instagram loop featuring Arizona After. Head to my IG feed around 5pm EST on this date for a chance to win fabric!

July 21st – Bad Nana’s Bandanas

July 24th – Willow And Stitch

July 26th – Mister Domestic

July 28th – Last mini Instagram loop featuring Heritage, with 5 surprise makers! Head to my IG feed, 5pm EST  and follow all 5 makers for the last chance to win fabric!

July 31st – Recap of all the amazingness!

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Heritage Tour + Anza Jumpsuit

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I’m so excited to kick off the blog tour for April Rhodes’ new fabric collections: Heritage & Arizona After.  Both collections include stunning prints in different fabrications, such as: rayon, knit, cotton and canvas. My favorite of the two is definitely Heritage, and this specific collection was created for garment sewing. The prints are so bold and yet neutral at the same time. For today’s post, I chose to work with a rayon from the Heritage collection called Treasured Kermes. It is simply STUNNING. This fabric is hands down one of my most favorite prints to date.

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The Art Gallery rayon fabrics are so soft and drapey. The quality is there! It was great to work with, and the finished product is amazing. These fabrics are really great for any summer project because they are so light and airy to wear. It’s what dreams are made of.

Ever since laying eyes on Nicole’s Anza Jumpsuit, I knew I had to make one too. THEN I saw this fabric and the rest was history. I love this jumpsuit so so much. The Anza Jumpsuit by Itch to Stitch is a great addition to any wardrobe.

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This pattern has some really cool features I want to share. First of all, I love that Kennis (designer of Itch to Stitch) has added different cup size options to her patterns. No bust adjustments needed. I also love that this pattern comes with a dress option.

I sewed up a size 2 with no alterations.

It took me a straight week to put this one together. There’s a lot of steps but the instructions are very clear and easy to understand. It fits so comfortably, and I’m really just so excited about it. I wear it as often as I can!

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This is just Day 1 of the Arizona After + Heritage Tour. Follow along to see all of the other amazing bloggers and their creations. I also have a few more posts I will be sharing as well. Up next is: Cristy from Love You Sew. 

Special thanks to April Rhodes and Kennis from Itch to Stitch for supplying me with the fabric and pattern for this post. I would also like to point out that this post contains an affiliate link.

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Thank for hanging out with me, and as always: happy sewing! Photos by: Hello Little Fish

Observer Fabrics Blog Tour with April Rhodes

I am thrilled to be the next stop of the Observer Fabric Tour, designed by April Rhodes for Art Gallery Fabrics. I really love April’s style, and have been a big fan for a while now. Side note, because of her I want to learn how to knit now too. She’s very, very talented! I love ALL of the fabrics in April’s new collection, but I knew right away I wanted to work with this voile indigo window crystal print. It’s even more gorgeous in person! The voile is so soft to the touch, and sews up beautifully. I’m always impressed with the amazing quality fabrics Art Gallery provides. Simply stunning!

I had this vision of a faux jumpsuit in my mind for this print. I wanted something simple to show off the print, but more than just a shirt. I needed a whole outfit made of this beautiful stuff. The best thing about my faux jumpsuit is that it creates so many outfit options. (The shirt is just tucked into my pants). I’ve worn these two pieces together as shown, and also separately. I’m really happy with the results!

For my top, I decided to go with the Onyx Shirt by Paprika Patterns from indiesew.com. I picked this top because of it’s simplicity, but what really sold me was the fun cuff and epaulet detail on the sleeve. I sewed up a size 2, and didn’t make any modifications to the pattern. It’s a super quick and easy pattern to sew up.

For the pants, I decided to go with the Alexandria Trousers by Named Clothing. (Also from indiesew.com). I’ve had my eye on this pattern for a while now, and this was the perfect excuse to try it out. I thought they would pair well with a matching shirt tucked into them. Again, these were easy to put together. I was mindful of matching the pattern on each of the front and back leg pieces, so it took a little more time cutting these out, but so worth it, they turned out just how I imagined. I sewed up the size 34/2, and again I didn’t make any modifications to the pattern, except for slightly cropping the hemline. I made my waist tie out of the Observer voile as well to match the whole look. For my next go, I really want to try this pattern with a twill for fall/winter.

I’m so happy with this whole look. I think it translates well from end of summer to fall. I’m excited to pull it back out for spring too once the snow has passed here in Utah. The best part of it all? It’s so comfortable! I honestly feel like I’m walking around in my pajamas all day long. Does it get better than that!? I don’t think so.

Special thanks to April for having me on this amazing tour. I’m blown away by all the other creations sewn up with this gorgeous collection. Check out April Rhodes Observer Fabric Tour blog post to see all the other great stops of the tour! Up next: mysweetsunshine!

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Seamly 2016 Summer Collection Blog Tour

 

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I’m so excited to be apart of another Blog Tour, this time for Indie Sew, in collaboration with Seamly! Each season, Indie Sew comes out with a great fabric bundle. For their summer collection, they’ve teamed up with Seamly and created patterns based off of their ready wear items. There’s three great basics in the collection: the Vallynne Tank, Basic Tee, and the Wrapped Cardigan

For the tour, I made a Basic Tee in a light grey knit and the Wrapped Cardigan in an AGF knit by April Rhodes. Indie Sew has a whole blog post about which fabrics to use for these patterns.

First up, my Wrapped Cardigan:

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You guys, I’m obsessed. Along with my Wrapped Cardigan, I’m wearing my Basic Tee and Birkin Flares. My tassel necklace is from Purpose Jewelry.

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The Wrapped Cardigan is a quick make, and it’s so fun to wear! I just love it. I’m excited to bring it along all summer for those late nights outside, and I’ll be wearing this well into the Fall and Winter too. There’s also a sleeveless version that is adorable layered over a tee or tank. It’s such a versatile pattern, great for every season.

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Next, the Basic Tee:

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My tassel bracelet is also from Purpose Jewelry.

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Again, I’m obsessed. This is my favorite knit tee I’ve made so far. I usually stay away from sewing basics, but now I’m realizing that they are a great addition to my wardrobe. I’ve worn this tee dressed up with a skirt for church, and dressed down with skinny jeans and sandals for running errands. Sometimes I even sleep in it. It’s the best. I’m planning on making more when I can find some time. I think it would be cool with two different colors: one for the shirt, and one for the sleeves, pocket and neck band…

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So good.

Make sure to follow along with the blog tour to get some great ideas for using this new pattern collection!

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June 8: Inside the Hem

June 9: The Doing Things Blog

June 10: Dandelion Drift

June 13: The Sara Project

June 14: Fa Sew La

June 15: Sew Mariefleur

June 16: Right Sides Together

June 17: Allie J.

June 18: Cut Cut Sew


Twirly Dress with a Peter Pan Collar

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I have joined in the Bimple and Pimble Sewvember post a day, and I am loving it. It is inspiring me more than I thought, and it’s only day two! So this dress. I designed this pattern when I was about 36 weeks pregnant with my second baby, and drafted it into several sizes ranging between 12 Mo. to 3T. My intentions were to open an etsy shop, but once my baby came and things got busy, I decided it wasn’t for me. Plus, I love the freedom of creating new things! So now I have this cute pattern in a few different sizes, and I made this one for a dear friend of mine who is expecting a little girl in a few more weeks.

The fabric I used for this dress:

1//. April Rhodes Tomahawk Stripe Knit in Night

2//. A fuchsia knit I had in my stash, I always refer to Girl Charlee for my Knit needs

I have a tutorial I created for this dress, minus the collar. You can find it here.

Happy November!