Menagerie + La Maison Victor Dolores Skirt

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Is anyone else drooling over the new Cotton + Steel Rifle Paper Co. Menagerie Collection!? It’s so good! My favorite print of the whole collection has to be this gorgeous monstera leaf print though. I was instantly drawn to it. This fabric is a cotton rayon lawn blend, and really just the perfect weight. It’s not as shifty as a 100% rayon, but not as thick as a 100% cotton. It has really lovely drape too.

I chose this print for my Dolores Skirt, a pattern out of La Maison Victor’s magazine now translated into an English version! Let me tell you, this magazine is stunning! It’s filled with 8 sewing patterns, instructions and beautiful images of the finished patterns. It’s hard to pick just one! I also like that they included patterns for everyone: babies, kids, women and even men. I’m thrilled to be part of their worldwide tour celebrating the new English Version. If you’re from the United States, you can pick this up at your nearest Barnes and Noble store.

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All of the patterns in the magazine can be found in a center fold out. Everything is very clear and easy to understand. There’s two patterns per page overlapping one another marked in black and red. I used a green marker to outline the size and pattern I needed, and then traced it onto pattern paper. There are two pieces for each skirt piece that need to be taped to together to make the completed skirt front and back.

The instructions were very clear and the skirt came together in one night. I did take off about 1 1/2″ off of my hemline. No other adjustments were made. I really love the look of this skirt and the length is amazing. Midi skirts are having a major moment.

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I find that because I don’t have a lot of shape to my figure (no hips), skirts without a lot of volume aren’t very flattering on me. I love the bit of gathering along the waistline of this pattern to help add a little bit of volume for me. I really love the button front, I chose some wooden buttons from my local Joann Fabric store. I’m excited to wear this skirt into the beginning of fall. I love that I can dress it up for church, or wear it casual for an outing with my kids. It’s super versatile! Go grab a copy of La Maison Victor’s newest issue and sew up a Dolores Skirt for yourself! Happy sewing friends!

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La Maison Victor provided the magazine for this post, and Cotton + Steel provided me the fabric.
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Sewing with Cricut!

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This post is sponsored by Cricut. The opinions expressed in this post are my own. Affiliate links are included.

I have a such a fun post planned for you today in collaboration with Cricut! I’ve been eyeing all the fun graphic tees in ready to wear stores right now. I love the minimalist fonts, and hilarious sayings. So when I was thinking of what I would like to make with my new Cricut Explore Air 2, I instantly pictured a cool t-shirt or sweatshirt with a creative saying on it.

I chose to sew up the Linden Sweatshirt for this project, paired with a the saying “I’m sew busy.”. I chose this phrase because it rings pretty true for my life right now, and it’s something I would totally throw on with jeans and wear out. I picked up my grey knit fabric from my local Joann Fabrics shop.

Keep reading below to enter a giveaway to win your very own Cricut Explore Air 2!

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The Linden Sweatshirt is a pattern stash MUST HAVE. It’s your classic raglan sleeve sweatshirt pattern. It’s an easy 1 hour project, and a necessary wardrobe staple. This happens to be my first ever Linden, and I’m seriously questioning why I waited so long to sew one up. I just love it. This pattern does tend to run a size bigger, so keep that in mind when deciding on which size to sew! I made the size small that matched my measurements, but I probably should have made the xs.

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This is also my first time working with a Cricut machine, so I wanted to start out with something simple and easy to figure out. Now my mind is spinning with the endless possibilities this little machine holds within!

Creating a vinyl iron-on is very easy to figure out, and I’m excited to walk you through the process today! You can also watch this video for everything you need to know about ironing on a vinyl iron-on image to a garment.

First of all, sew up your t-shirt or sweatshirt (or use an already sewn top) and set it aside.

Next, decide on what color vinyl iron-on(s) you want to use for your project. You can layer different colors on top of each other for a really cool look. I decided to go with one color for my sweatshirt, and I chose white.

Next, you’ll need to go into the “Cricut Design Space” and click on “New Project”. Select the text button, and type out your saying. Here’s a direct link to this project if you choose the same saying and font that I used.

Now we get to choose a font. Cricut has tons of font options, but I opted to download a free font from the internet. To add an outside font to your cricut design space, you need to first download the font onto your computer and save it within your font files. Then open or reopen Cricut Design Space, and look under the systems tab within the font option, and you can find all the fonts saved to your computer. It’s super easy to figure out. I used this font called Bebas Neue Bold; it’s free! I did move the letters slightly closer together too.

Now we need to prep the mat so our vinyl is ready to be cut. My phrase was only two inches tall so I cut a small strip about 4″ tall of my white vinyl, and then smoothly placed it along the top of my mat.

Next you will click on “make it” on the top right corner, and remember to mirror the image before you send it to your machine to be cut. Set the dial to “Iron-On”, load your mat, and press the blinking button on your machine to begin the cutting process.

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Once your phrase or image is finished being cut, unload the mat and pull it out of the machine. Slowly peel away the vinyl from the mat to reveal your image.

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Next, using a Cricut Tool, remove the small pieces within the letters so the image is all cleaned up. This is called weeding.

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You’ll notice there’s clear plastic behind your image, attached to the mat. Slowly pull it away from the mat. Decide on where you want to position the saying on your shirt. I used a ruler and water soluble marking pen to get just the right spot.

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Now remove your image from the sweatshirt, and run a warm iron set to the hottest setting over the spot where you are going to place your image. Put the image back in place with a cloth over it, (I used some cotton fabric) and iron over each section for about 25 seconds.

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Flip the sweatshirt over and iron the back side of the garment for another 25 seconds on the same area.

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I went over the front with a cloth on top one more time after this step. Now wait for everything to cool off. Once cooled, slowly remove the plastic off of the phrase or image.

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And just like that you have your very own, customized sweatshirt! (And I think this might be a fabulous idea for Christmas presents this year! Yes?). Happy Sewing friends! Keep reading below to enter a giveaway to win your very own Cricut Explore Air 2!

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Enter to Win a Cricut Explore Air 2 HERE

Make sure to follow along with the rest of the tour for lots of Cricut inspiration!

Week One: July 19th

Week Two: July 26th

 

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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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!

Waterfall Raglan Dress

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I recently got to test the waterfall raglan pattern by Chalk and Notch. It comes with two options: a top and dress. I sewed up the dress version, and I’m planning on making many more once time allows!

The pattern is for the advanced beginner, and it’s super quick to sew up! The directions are excellent too. Best of all, my daughter absolutely loves it! This dress usually doesn’t make it back into her dresser because she finds it while I’m folding the laundry. It’s a big hit! (Especially because she wears it all day, opposed to the usual three outfit changes we go through on a normal day). Knocked it out of the park Gabriela!

Gabriela of Chalk and Notch made a few beautiful versions in stretch velvet and I can’t wait to try the top version in some velvet scraps I have left over from another project. You’ve got to check it out!

I’m so thrilled with this pattern. I love the raglan sleeve and the offset ruffle along the bottom, it’s so fun. This is such a great versatile pattern, and I know I’ll be using it for years to come! Thanks Gabriela!

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(It’s also great for twirling!)

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Head over to Gabriela’s blog for a big giveaway going on right now, you won’t want to miss it!