Sew Caroline-Weekend Style

Weekend-Style-Blog-Tour-FBHope you all had an amazing weekend and are getting ready for fireworks tomorrow. How did you spend your weekend? I spent mine photographing 3 tops made from Sew Caroline’s new book, Weekend Style.

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Caroline’s new book is filled with top patterns, dress  patterns, shorts patterns, bag patterns and even accessories patterns like a headband and tie belt. This fresh, bright sewing book is full of weekend style patterns. So what is a weekend style? Well to me it is laid back and comfy (but cute, of course!).  But you also want to ready for date night and this book covers all baseses. Several of the patterns can be glammed up for date night with the right fabric.

So what did I choose to sew? Oh man, that was a hard decision. I went back and forth for weeks! Seriously, I could not make up my mind because I wanted to make everything! I ended making the Larchmont Tee. Why? Well I needed more tops in my closet.  HA! It was just as simple as that! This tee and all the patterns in the book are great for a confident beginner to master.  🙂anewEH4A8787.jpg

(Fabric: Sew Caroline and Art Gallery Fabric Corollas Ashen)

Larchmont Tee is a dolman style top with a blousy feel.

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So here is the thing with this tee, it is a bit addicting! I sewed up one in about 45 mins and tried it on and LOVED it. So I grabbed two more fabrics I have been wanting to sew with and made 3 total tees under 3 hours!

Tee #2

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(Fabric: Maureen Cracknell and Art Gallery Fabric –Floral Universe Turquoise in Rayon)

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Ready for one more?

Tee #3

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(Fabric- April Rhodes and Art Gallery Fabric- Treasured Kermes in Rayon)

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So enough pics of me here a sample of the patterns included in the book! Pretty awesome! Projects-in-Book-614x1024

Grab a copy NOW!

Then. check out Sew Caroline BLOG for more inspiration and links to all the blogs on the tour!

Thank you so much Caroline for the book and congratulations!!!

Outtakes: This is what happens when you take photos with your family near by. The crash the photoshoot! Love them!!

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Gnome Matter What Blog Tour! And GIVEAWAY!!

Welcome!

Today is my day for the Ink and Arrow Fabrics , Gnome Matter What Blog Tour! I want to start by thanking Ink & Arrow, Jessica Stewart and the fabric collection designer, Alicia Jacobs Dujets for having me along on this tour!

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Check out all the amazing creators on the Blog Tour…

Monday, April 3- Izzy & Ivy Designs

Tuesday, April 4- My Sweet Sunshine

Wednesday, April 5- Pear Berry Lane

Thursday, April 6- Lily Shine Creates

Friday, April 7- Pattern Revolution

Monday, April 10- That’s Sew Kari

Tuesday, April 11- Recap- Izzy & Ivy Designs

Gnome Matter What!!! This adorable fabric collection is designed with floral prints, snails and adorable lawn ornaments including Genomes (of course!). ANEWEH4A3217

We choose the Sketchbook Garden print and Square Dot in Charcoal (Part of their Blenders collection). By “We” I mean my bossy pre-teen, she really liked the snails!

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I am a HUGE fan of anything that is sketched and especially floral prints that are sketched.

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The color palette is soft and serene with purples, creams,peach and greens.

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I used my new pattern, with Violette Field Threads, Evelyn. For this version I made the top length and used only the cold shoulder sleeves.

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Giveaway TIME!!! Wahoo!!! Runs from Monday the 3rd to Wed the 12th.

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Outtake… Great outfit for taking the dogs for a walk 😉

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Floral Radiograph Fabric Blog Tour-Skirt Fixation

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Hello and Happy Friday,

This month has flown by, right???!!  It has for me too! So it was nice to stop for a minute. grab my camera and my favorite little lady and head to my newly founded photo spot.   We had a lot of laughs and got a lot of pics with some beautiful fabric. Aubrey. from Skirt Fixation, has created a beautiful collection of fabric called, Floral Radiograph. What is Floral Radiograph you ask?? Well here you go:

Floral Radiography is the procedure of x-raying delicate flowers to create art.  Over 100 years old, this practice is almost as venerable as x-ray technology itself.  Because of the sensitivity of x-ray technology, composition difficulty, and the fragility of the processing method, most floral radiograph attempts do not turn out.  But the ones that make it to a finished product are so stunningly, hauntingly beautiful they make the endeavor worthwhile!  The tiny community of artists who make floral radiographs do not limit themselves to flowers either.  Whether it’s the ability to see beyond the naked eye, or the similarity to silhouettes and shadows, floral radiography translates beautifully to fabric because the owner of floral radiograph fabric can use it to create something that transcends the flesh of nature and touches the very bones.

Pretty cool, right??!!

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I choose the Black and White Boarder Print in cotton. Which is super soft and flowy!! It was a breezy day thanks to a storm coming, which made the fabric drape like a dream. Lucky me!!

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I had envisioned making a skirt for the tour because every time I think of Aubrey I think of skirts! HA!  So I used the Gemma Skirt pattern by Violette Field Threads. I made the skirt with a few modifications, like using a gathered skirt instead of a circle skirt and I also adding length. The end result was a full, flowy midi skirt!

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I have a thing for Black and White fabric, it’s timeless! BUT, she is also offering the print in several other colors…

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Gorgeous, right??!!!!

Guess what, you can win a $50 credit for My Fabric Designs. See Skirt Fixation Blog for more information. The giveaway runs from April 25 to May 8.

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Thank you Aubrey for having me on your blog tour!!!

Until next time…

Alexis

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Naples Blog Tour

Streakly Business Gold and Delicate Femme Gold. 3/21: A Jennuine Life * My Sweet Sunshine * Chelise Patterson
3/22: Rock the Stitch * Taylor Made Creates * Élégantine!
3/23: Handcrafted by RED * Lily Shine * Pattern Revolution * Sew Sophie Lynn
3/24: Sew Shelly Sew * 2 Little Hooligans * Handmade Boy
3/25: Filles à Maman * While She Was Sleeping * That’s-Sew-Kari * Czarina’s Project

Happy Monday,

Hope you all a great weekend!! I am starting off Jennuine Design, Naples Blog Tour!

The Naples Pattern has many options:

*Sizes Newborn to 12 yrs.

*Dress or Tunic

*The Skirt can be gathered or straight

*Several sleeves options including: Long Bell, Short Bell and Butterfly

We (my daughter) are huge fans of top vs dresses so it is always nice to have that option!

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This super flowing top is accentuated by super soft  Art Gallery Fabric’s Lovey Dobby Denim fabric and Pat Bravo’s new line, Essentials II.  Streakly Business Gold and Delicate Femme Gold.

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We choose the Butterfly Sleeves in the Tunic version with the straight skirt. It is so nice to have so many options!!

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Grab the Naples while it on sale! Use code NAPLESTOUR for 25% off through Sunday 3/27 (bundles excluded as those are already discounted). Affiliate link: http://www.ajennuinelife.com/shop?affiliate=psstlex

Ooooh and there is more! You can win fat quarter bundle of Essentials II and a choice of any three of her PDF patterns.   It IS open to international entrants, since Art Gallery has been so generous to ship fabrics all over the world! Yay!!

Make sure to sign up on the Rafflecoptor below:

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Have a great rest of the week!!

-Alexis

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Fleet and Flourish Blog Tour

 

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Happy Friday!!

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I am back again with another Blog Tour!! This time with my good friend, Maureen Cracknell’s Fleet and Flourish Fabrics!! She has TWO fabric collections with Art Gallery Fabrics, Wild and Free (Limited Edition Line) and Fleet and Flourish. I fell head over heels in love with Wild and Free so when it was announced she was hired by AGF and ready to release her second line I was like a giddy school girl! Give me, give me, give me!!!

I have been a huge fan of Maureen since her first collection. She not only makes amazing fabric collections but have you seen her blog with all her amazing Quilts?!!!

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Let me stop for  moment to talk about myself, well actually make fun of myself. I don’t like being in front of the camera because I feel like Will Farrell in Talladega Nights when he says, “What do I do with my hands???!!!” BUT being in front of the camera does remind me to be more grateful of Miss T. and how many times she stands in front of the camera! Also, because I was dying to make myself a dress in the Fleet and Flourish Fabric. Miss. T can’t have all the outfits!

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I used Thriving Threads Light Knit for the entire dress, SO soft and cozy!!! I originally planned to make Sew House Seven, Bridgetown Backless Dress into a Maxi Dress but when I finish sewing I realized I made a cutting error and the hemline was to tight to walk in. I cut off about 12″ and made it a Midi length.

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Maureen, I love every print of F&F and can’t wait to see what you have next! I’m pretty sure everything you design has magic in it!

Need more inspiration? Check out AGF Fleet and Flourish Lookbook!

 

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(Someone tell that women in the pic to put her hands down and relax-LOL)

Check out all the amazing Bloggers!!

Feb 22nd ~ Amy Friend : During Quiet Time { Blog & Instagram }
Feb 23rd ~ Heidi Staples : Fabric Mutt { Blog & Instagram }
Feb 24th ~ Amy Smart : Diary of a Quilter { Blog & Instagram }
Feb 25th ~ Amanda Jean: Crazy Mom Quilts { Blog & Instagram }
Feb 26th ~ Brooke Sellmann : Silly Mama Quilts { Blog & Instagram } Visit Maureen Cracknell Handmade for a Fleet & Flourish GIVEAWAY with Lady Belle Fabrics!!

Feb 29th ~ Amber Carillo : One Shabby Chick { Instagram & Blog }
March 1st ~ Nicke Cutler : Kiss Kiss Quilt { Instagram & Blog }
March 2nd ~ Nicole Daksiewicz : Modern Handcraft { Instagram & Blog }
March 3rd ~ Christopher Thompson : the Tattooed Quilter { Instagram & Blog }
March 4th ~ Alexis Wright : My Sweet Sunshine { Blog & Instagram } Visit Maureen Cracknell Handmade for a Fleet & Flourish GIVEAWAY with Llama Fabrics!!

March 7th ~ Jessica Stewart : Izzy & Ivy Designs { Blog & Instagram }
March 8th ~ Stephanie Kendron : Modern Sewciety { Blog & Instagram }
March 9th ~ Heather Bostic : House of A La Mode // Citizens of Textile { Instagram }
March 10th ~ Ali Brorsen : Because of Brenna { Blog, Facebook, & Instagram }
March 11th ~ Melissa Kelley : Sew Shabby Quilting { Blog, Facebook, & Instagram } Visit Maureen Cracknell Handmade for a Fleet & Flourish GIVEAWAY with the Intrepid Thread!!

March 14th ~  Maureen Cracknell Handmade { Blog, Facebook, & Instagram }

I made several items with Fleet and Flourish….

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IMG_2007Pattern I used above are all by Violette Field Threads, Clara and Genevieve.

Pattern I used below is a Modified Genevieve.

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Be sure to stop by Maureen’s Blog and Instagram page to find out how you can win some Fleet and Flourish for yourself!!

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Bye for now…

Alexis

Wonderland Blog Tour

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Hello and Welcome back!!

Sorry, it has been quiet around here. I have been very busy sewing and getting my first pattern with Violette Field Threads ready for the testing phase! 🙂

So today I’m lucky to be a part of the Wonderland Blog Tour and I am VERY excited to share what I made and also show off  this beautiful fabric. Katarina Roccella‘s and Art Gallery Fabrics new Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland inspired collection is  fun,  whimsical and full of beautiful purples, pinks, aqua and even metallic!

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I had the privilege of meeting Katarina at the last Quilt Market. She was incredibly kind hearted, down to earth and beautiful inside and out. Thank  you for allowing me the privilege of joining you on your blog tour!!

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For this tour I had the privilege of using three pieces from Katerina’s Collection.

*Enchanted Leaves Plum in Voile

*Diamond Flush Gold

*Wonderlandia Confection Metallic

Voile is was the perfect substrate for the flounce and moves so beautifully.

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Floral Headband by Little Sparrow Bows

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My daughter loves these fabrics especially Wonderlandia Confection because of the whimsical little girls having a tea party and swinging from trees. This fabric collection is perfect for children’s clothing young and older.  Even I would love a skirt or dress  with the Enchanted Leaves Plum!

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Just look at that yummy plum color!!

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Not only do I get to show off this beautiful fabric but this is also a preview of my very first pattern, Genevieve, with Violette Field Threads. We are currently in testing and will be releasing soon. The testers have out done themselves and I can’t wait to share.  I have SEVERAL more pictures and way more details to share later.  Like what inspired me to design this style , think Jackie O meets modern day trends.  This has been my baby since May so I am beyond excited to share this with you! Eeeeek!!!

You can see more of my inspiration HERE !!!

Here is a sneak peek of

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Dress above is made with:

*Cheshire Feathers Pastry Metallic

*Rosewater Tears

Dress shown below is made with:

*Enchanted Leaves Plum

*Your Heart Pink Metallic

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I cannot wait to show you all the photos and detail on the next blog post!! 😉

I am so grateful to Art Gallery Fabrics and Katarina for sending me fabric to use in my tutorial, promotion and blog tour! Thank you!!

-Alexis

Here is a run down of the blog tour:

1. ERICA TOOLE – October 5th
2. LAURA SCARAMELLA of SIMPLE LIFE COMPANY – October 6th
3. DANA BOLYARD – October 7th
4. RACHAEL GANDER – October 8th
5. HEATHER and MEG of QUILT STORY – October 9th
6. JOELLEN KEMPER of SEW ILLUMINATED – October 10th
7. STACY BARRETT of a VINTAGE FAIRYTALE – October 11th
8. ERICA JACKMAN – October 12th
9. KATHLEEN RIGGINS – October 13th
10. MARIJA VUJČIĆ – October 14th
11. SVETLANA SOTAK – October 15th
12. KYLIE KELSHEIMER of SEW KYLIE – October 16th
13. ALEXIS WRIGHT of MY SWEET SUNSHINE – October 17th
14. MICHELLE WILKIE – October 18th
15. HEMAMALINI – October 19th

16. LYNNE GOLDSWORTHY – October 20th

Christmas card anyone???
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Sewalong – Little Lizard King- Day 3

Hello,

It is Day 3 of the Little Lizard King Sewalong Hope everyone is excited to be back and finish the Bodice. So grab your beverage and snack of choice and here we go…

Finish joining the main bodice fabric and liner:

13)Grab your Main fabric and Lining and place them on top of each other (Right Sides Together), Pin well and sew around neckline and BOTH arm holes with 1/2″ SA. **Do not Pin and Sew the back bodice .

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14)Trim down excess fabric- I like to use Pinking Shears

 

Back Bodice:

15) You will need 1/8″ elastic cut into a 3″ piece. A little trick is tie the elastic in a knot at the end to help hold it in place (Thanks Amy)

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16) Decide what side you want the elastic and Place the Elastic 1″ from the top of the back edge. Pin and close the bodice and sew down both sides.

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17) Flip that baby out, Iron well and enjoy the view!!!!!

Sash:

18) Grab your 2 sash pieces and fold in half right sides together and Iron. Cut a diagonal line off one end of each sash piece. Sew along long edge with 1/2″ SA and trim excess fabric.

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19) Turn right side out and top stitch (great time for edger foot)

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20)Open your bodice like this:

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21)Take both sash pieces and match raw edges with raw edges of front bodice side seams and sew

***You need to make sure your sash is at least 1/2″ from the bottom edge. Otherwise it will get stuck in the skirt when you try to attach it. Silly me I did not and got to the end and had to pick out my serged thread and Cinch (ruffle) up the sash. I would blame it on the wine but I was not drinking any!! To double check measure 1/2″ from the bottom edge and end your sash there. (Don’t let the serged edges confuse you, that part will come later)

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Bodice:

22) Now we need to attach the front bodice and back bodice at the side seams. Flip open the layers like this:

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23) Now match Right Sides together along side seams. You will match main fabric with main fabric and lining with lining.  It will look like this:

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24) Pin and Sew with 1/2″ SA

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25) Iron Seams open or trim down bulk. The seam is enclosed so there is no need to serge plus that can add bulk

26) Top stitch- neckline, armhole and down the back seams (another great time for the edging foot)

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27)Serge (or zig zag stitch if you do not have a serger) the bottom raw edge

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All right ladies you are DONE with the top (we will put a button on at the end)!!!! Wow!! Looks great, right ??!!

See you Tomorrow for Day 4!!! Eek we are getting so close . We will work on the skirt next.

-Alexis

SewaLong -Little Liz King- Day 1

Hello,

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I am Alexis of My Sweet Sunshine and I am very excited to host the February Sewalong  for Little Lizard King. For this Sewalong we will be sewing The Peggy Sue Dress. I am also excited to be sewing using RJR Fabrics’ Solids in My Valentine and Pink Sapphire. Aren’t those perfect fabric for my Valentines themed dress! Thank you RJR Fabrics for sending me some of your gorgeous fabric. And guess what ladies… they are giving away the same fabric I am using in the Sewalong to one lucky lady!!! How exciting!

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If you have not grabbed your Peggy Sue Dress Pattern you can grab it HERE also make sure you sign up for LLK Cafe Facebook page for a GREAT discount!

Here is the plan for Day 1:

1) First and Most, it’s important for everyday of our Sewalong to grab your favorite beverage and snack (today mine is a cupcake and tea).

2) Sign up on LLK Facebook Group to ask questions, share pictures and grab that discount code

3) Buy The Peggy Sue Pattern

4) Choose your fabric- You can pick a Valentines theme like me for anything else that inspires you

5) Find the right size by using the size chart in the pattern

6) Print and Cut your paper pattern

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Tomorrow we will Cut our fabric. Try and Play with your fabric you don’t have to be matchy matchy unless you want to be 🙂 . Think outside the box and you may surprise yourself. Please share your fabric of choice on LLK Cafe’s Facebook page or ask questions if you need help.

See you all Tomorrow for Day 2 for cutting and sewing

Here is a run down of the Sewalong:

Day 1- Buy Pattern, Pick Fabric and Cut Paper Pattern

Day 2 Cutting and Starting your Bodice

Day 3 Finish the Bodice

Day 4 Skirt

Day 5 Attach Skirt to Bodice- Finish

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-Alexis

Happy New Years!

Just a quick Hello to wish everyone a Happy New Years.

2014 was such an exciting year for me and I look forward to even more exciting adventures in 2015.

Many Blessings to Every One of You in 2015!

For New Years we traveled 3 hr to Big Bear and spent family time with my wonderful parents. Here are some pictures of the fun we had in the snow…

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Few of My Favorite Things Holiday Blog Tour and Giveaway

Hello Beautiful,

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First off I want to thank Amy for allowing me to represent Brownie-Goose in the Few of My Favorite Things Holiday Blog Tour.  Brownie-Goose along with 6 other Pattern designers have teamed up to Share a few favorite patterns along with Giveaways and some discounts.

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So I want to start this off with a little story… Something that will make you laugh, I hope!

When I was deciding on what fabric to chose for the blog tour, Amy shared with me her next pattern, Lennon, which is a vintage styled dress or Top. At first I was at a loss as to what fabric to choose.  I looked on Etsy and several of my favorite fabric shops but nothing was just right. One morning I was searching thru my fabric closet for another project when I found this large Red and White Gingham fabric my Mother had passed down to me. Perfect, I don’t have to buy anything and it is vintage! I could not be more happy, or SO I thought! Well, about a week ago I was walking through Walmart to grab a zipper to finish up my Lennon. I had both kids with me which means constant trips to the bathroom. I had to walk down the fabric aisle to get to the restroom and THERE IT WAS! The SAME Red Gingham FABRIC! It suddenly all came back.  It didn’t come from my mom, I had purchased this fabric 5 yrs ago (is that still count as vintage? just kidding) for my daughter’s birthday party. WORST memory ever! My immediate thought was, I can’t tell these ladies that I use Walmart fabric , I will never work again in this town. Should I take it to my grave or should I tell?  Well… Hi. My name is Alexis and I used Walmart Fabric. There I said it! Please don’t stop talking to me :0  . Ok, Ok, it is all said and done and now we can move on…

Since the Fabric is thin I backed it with Heavier Solid white fabric by RJR Fabrics. I serged the Red Gingham and White Solid together before I stitched it up!

The Lennon Pattern is a dress or a top. The dress features a zipper closure- don’t freak out by the zipper, Amy does an amazing job teaching you how to install an invisible zipper. The Top features a button closure. You can make the Lennon in several different substrates like wovens or knit. Per the directions Pleats hold better with heavier weight fabric.

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The Best Part is that Amy is Hosting a Cyber Monday Sale. Everything in the shop is 30% off-No code needed!!! Don’t Walk, Run to Brownie-Goose to snag your Lennon Pattern and every pattern your BG heart wants!!

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I LOVE the Vintage style and those PLEATS!

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OK! Here is the Really BEST part…

You can also sign up for a chance to WIN the Lennon Pattern by Brownie-Goose

CLICK:
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You don’t want to miss out of all the Giveaways and Discounts
Follow along with us all week (I will update each day with a link- so follow my blog to stay updated)

Alexis Wright/ Brownie-Goose
Jessica Stewart/Izzy and Ivy –  http://snickerdoodlestew.com/girls-in-white-dresses/
Elizabeth Daugherty Whitehurst/LilyGiggle: http://lilygiggle.com/favorite-things-holiday-blog-tour/
Kara Orr/Jocole: http://jocole.blogspot.com/2014/12/merry-and-bright.html
Tameka Murrell/Ellie Inspired: http://www.ellieinspired.com/blog/2014/12/05/a-few-of-my-favorite-things/
Sarah Hancock Unthank/Greenstyle
Raedene Samuel Averitt/Little Lizard King: http://littlelizardking.blogspot.com/2014/12/a-few-of-our-favorite-things-blog-tour.html

Out takes…

Someone was begging to be in the pictures 😉

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