Style Maker Fabrics Spring Blog Tour 2020!

Style Maker Fabrics Spring Blog Tour 2020!

Hi!!

Wow. It’s been awhile since I have blogged so I am very thrilled to be blogging about Style Makers Fabric Spring Tour today!

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Spring is here!! Well here in SoCal Spring arrived a month ago. Flowers are blooming and the weather has been in the 70’s and 80’s (except for the day I took pics of course, it was pouring rain). So when Michelle asked if I would like to participate in the Spring tour I was more than willing to get started on my Spring Wardrobe.  Of course, the hard part was deciding which fabric to go with because there were several that I wanted. She also has many delicate Swiss Dots and Eyelet fabrics in the prettiest Spring colors, that are to die for! I decided to pick this beautiful blue (think Chambray), white and black floral shirting fabric to pair with McCall’s M8036 (Sasha).

Let me first start off chatting about the fabric. It is a light to medium weight fabric with a moderate drape which is typical for a shirting fabric. I washed it on delicate/cold cycle prior to cutting and I experienced the typical amount of shrinkage one would expect for a cotton fabric. The background has a Chambray look and goes right along with the Pantone color of the year, Classic Blue. I am thrilled to add more garments that are predominantly blue.  

Next up, let’s chat about the Sasha dress. This is my first McCall’s dress in about 5 years! I was so impressed with their new Spring patterns I was ready to jump back in and try again. Now, I have always had a hard time figuring out my sizing which is kind of the reason why I stopped sewing with their patterns. I did sew a muslin of the bodice prior to cutting out the delicious fabric. The muslin was pretty close to the right fit but still needed some small changes to the bodice. I have a 33 ½” bust but usually always size up to 34” because I feel I have a slightly broad back. I choose to make a size 12 however after making the muslin I modified sewing the bodice along the side seams. I started out sewing at the armhole raw edge with a 1” seam allowance and then graded out to a ½” SA at the bottom waistline raw edge (normal SA is 5/8″).  The back bodice was a perfect fit across the shoulder blades on me.

I did some additional hacks to the pattern to make it uniquely me! First off, I shortened the skirt pattern pieced by 1” and then hemmed the skirt with a 2” SA instead of 1 ¼”. I really did not want the dress to be too long on my legs.

The last modification I did was to switch out the original sleeve with the sleeve from the Brynn pattern, M8035. The sleeve has a smaller sleeve cap yet is still billowy. To duplicate the length of the original sleeve, I shortened the new sleeve pattern piece 5”.  I kept the sleeve band pattern piece from the original sleeve. So overall had a similar feel but the sleeve cap is not as full.

I want thank Michelle for asking me to join the Style Maker Fabric Blog Tour!!! I absolutely love the fabric and look forward to making more Spring items with the fabric I bought from the shop. Oh and guess what??? They are doing a special US shipping deal, only $5!!

Be sure to follow along with all the makers by checking out Style Maker Fabric Instagram Page each day!!

Until next time!

-Alexis

Everlasting Blog Tour

Everlasting Blog Tour

Good morning friends! Today is my stop on the Everlasting Blog Tour by my sweet friend Sharon Holland! I have been a HUGE fan and supporter of Sharon for the last few years. She has become someone I talk with often, sharing my ups and downs. I truly love her and her beautiful designs!!

Everlasting was created by Sharon as a tribute to her daughter’s wedding. The collection truly embodies a romantic, summery wedding.

This is Sharons 7th collection with Art Gallery Fabrics.

Being an apparel sewist I was very drawn to the collection as I felt they translated well to clothing as well as quilting. The first time I saw the collection I immediately pictured dresses and skirts on mannequins in Anthropology and boy do I LOVE Anthropology!!! So I was VERY excited to get sewing with Everlasting! Especially the Cherished Wishes and Flower Keeper prints. Ok, so what did I make? Actually the question is what did I not make with?!! So far I have made a maxi skirt, Cami, 3 girls dresses and 1 teen summer top. Have a look at these beauties… 🙂

Maxi Skirt:

Pattern:  La Boheme skirt by Vanessa PouzetPattern:
Fabric: Flower Keeper in Rayon

Girl’s Dresses:

Pattern: Blake
Fabric: Cherished Wishes
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Fabric: Summers Dance
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Pattern: Blake
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Fabric: Summers Dance
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Tween Top:

Pattern: Blake
Fabric: Cherished Wishes

Cami:

Pattern: True Bias Ogden Cami
Fabric: Flower Keeper

So clearly I am a HUGE fan of Sharon’s Everlasting Collection!!!!

Sharon is hosting weekly giveaways so be on the lookout on her website and Instagram page!

EVERLASTING BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE

Friday, July 12 – Sharon Holland

Monday, July 15 – Marija Vujcic

Tuesday, July 16 – Carolina Moore

Wednesday, July 17 – Dana Willard

Thursday, July 18 – Lisa Ruble

Friday, July 19 – Dritz Sewing

Monday, July 22 – Eleri Kerian

Tuesday, July 23 – Marisa Wilhelmi

Wednesday, July 24 – Sharon McConnell

Thursday, July 25 – Morgan M.

Friday, July 26 – Alexis Wright

Monday, July 29 – Priscilla Geissler

Tuesday, July 30 – Maureen Cracknell

Wednesday, July 31 – Elina Temmes

Sonata Showcase

Sonata Showcase

What? I blogged?!!!! Hello, blogging world. It’s been awhile since we meet.

First of all HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Today is my stop on the Sonata Showcase and I am very excited to share my make with you! Amy Sinibaldi, one of Art Gallery Fabrics Designers, recently released her 7th collection and this is maybe my favorite. I love the airy, bright and sweet look she infuses to each of her collections and Sonata is no different. 

Sonata is designed from Amy’s love of classical music, particularly Ludwig van Beethoven. 

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The hardest part of this make was not only deciding who to sew for , myself or my daughter, but which print or prints to use. I decided to sew for myself  because I am working to grow my handmade wardrobe as well as adding new Spring pieces. This collection is chalk full of beautifully bright colors and floral prints. One of them has the most adorable strawberry accent ever. 

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I chose to use Ink Night for the skirt.  To go with it I made two tops.  I used Floral No 9 in Bold for one and the other was made with Pastoral Rayon in Crescendo.   

All 3 pieces are amazingly beautiful and Spring ready!

The patterns I chose to compliment the Sonata fabric for the skirt is the Justine pattern by Ready to Sew.  For the top I chose the Ogden Cami from True Bias

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My favorite part of this skirt is the pockets! HUGE HUGE pockets!

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I am so happy to have made the skirt with the simple black and white print. I can match it with so many different prints or a simple solid.  I plan to wear this on Easter Sunday.  Now to decide which top to wear, maybe a mid-day switch-a-roo??!!! HA! 

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I totally dig that low back! Eeeek!

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Well friends, I hope you enjoyed my stop on the Sonata Showcase! Hope you have been able to follow along so far but if not, catch up on Amy’s IG page!

Until next time

-Alexis

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Sweet Prairie Blog Tour

Sweet Prairie Blog Tour

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Hello all,

Today is my stop on the Sweet Prairie Blog Tour. This sweet and adorable fabric collection is designed by the very talented, Sedef Imer with Riley Blake. 

These prints are bright, cheerful and floral. Full of shades of mint, yellow, gray, pink and red.  The prints are delicate and I could totally see this in baby dolls and in a babies nursery!

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For my photoshoot we set out on a Saturday morning to our local Farmers Market. Life style photo shoots are becoming my favorite. I also felt this was a perfect setting to complement the red and yellow floral print.

Fabric used:

PRAIRIE POSIE WHITE

and

PRAIRIE GINGHAM GRAY

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Don’t forget to check all the creators on the blog tour:

14 September – Allison Jensen – Woodberry Way – @woodberry_way

21 September – Minki Kim – Minki’s Work Table – @zeriano

28 September – Keera Job – Live.Love.Sew Pattern Co – @keera.job

5 October – Alexis Wright – My Sweet Sunshine Studio – @mysweetsunshine

12 October – Emily Dennis – Quilty Love – @emily_dennis_

 

Till next time…

-Alexis

Wonderful Things Blog Tour- Going Home To Roost

Wonderful Things Blog Tour- Going Home To Roost

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The gentle whispers of joy fill our minds as positive affirmations bring inspiration and encouragement. Wonderful things inspires to delight with happy hues and delicate prints to uplift your spirits.

Hello All,

Welcome to the Wonderful Things Blog tour. Bonnie from Going Home to Roost created the Wonderful Things with the same beauty that she brings to all of her collections with Art Gallery Fabric. This collection has two color ways, Honest Whispers and Honeyed Wonders.

Honest Whispers is soft and subtle pastels while Honeyed Wonders is Bold and Bright.

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My Grandmother is my Wonderful Thing (my favorite person). She is the Matriarch of our family and my last Grandparent alive. She is 92 years and only stopped working 2 years ago! She is delicate yet strong, strong minded yet compassionate, independent yet family focused. I would be lucky if I was half as amazing as she is. She is well know in our family for her amazing food. One of my favorite dished she makes is Menudo. I know, not everyone has a stomach for that dish. LOL

 A couple of weeks ago she fell and cracked her femur.  Wait let me back up, She fell on a Friday did not tell anyone until the next day, because she did not want to disturb them. She only took some pain medicine and laid down. However the next day she could not walk. That is so her! Too strong for her own good! She is currently at a rehab facility and the Docs, Nurses and Physical Therapist are all blown away by her progress and determination to get back on her feet. They wanted to send her home last week because she is a rock star and already doing very well but the Doc requested one more X-ray and discovered, what they had previously thought was a cracked femur was actually a full break in the femur head. She is strong and determined to get back home and I am sure she will by this week.  I have always looked up to my Grandmother but more and more as I have gotten older I have prayed to be just like her. She raised 5 children, worked full time and cared for my Grandfather during his medical battles. She is also the oldest of 10 siblings which she also helped to raise. She is intertwined in every holiday tradition I have known since I was born and also in my kids lives. I could not be more proud of my family as well. I have watched them all rally around her. Cousins, Aunts, and Uncles have flown in for out of town to gather around her and support her healing.  Truly blessed to be apart of this wonderful family. Such a Wonderful Thing!

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Do you have a Wonderful Thing? Person? Season? Color? Feeling?

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Fabric used:

Top-Words to Live by- Whisper

Shorts-Subtle Journey West

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Patterns Used:

Top- Clover Tween

Shorts- Lilly Tween

Both by Violette Field Threads

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I love the Words to Live by.  I have been looking forward to making a top for my daughter to wear. I am secretly hoping she looks down at her shirt and is reminded to be true to herself!  Anything that can help a Mom out, I will take it!! Thanks Bonnie!

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Looking for more inspiration?

Explore the collection deeper: the collection | the lookbook 

Thursday July 20th: Sarah Sharp | No Hats in the House
Friday July 21st: Haley Dennis | Sewing Lessons with Haley
Monday July 24th: Alice Kreyder | Blossom Quilts
Tuesday July 25th: Katy Yates  | Sweet Littles Handmade
Wednesday July 26th: Maja Wlusek  | Betyipiernaty
Thursday July 27th: Deanne Chambers  | Wild Forest Handmade
Friday July 28th: Maria Beuttenmuller  | MariaElenaBliss 
Monday July 31st: Amy Maxwell | Thomas Pie
Tuesday August 1st: Teresa Behr  | Dandelion Drift
Wednesday August 2nd: Bonnie Christine | Going Home to Roost
Thursday August 3rd: Vanessa Hewell  | Lbg Studio
Friday August 4th: Sarah Overton | My Crowded Nest
Monday August 7th: Corri Sheff | The Lions Dandy
Tuesday August 8th: Wynn Tan | Zakka Art
Wednesday August 9th: Sarah Thomas | Sariditty
Thursday August 10th:  Kaitlyn Howell  | Knot and Thread
Friday August 11th: Sarai Schuk | Sarai Hobbies
Monday August 14th: Ashley Cowan | Elises Mama
Tuesday August 15th: Jen Van Orman | Heritage Threads
Wednesday August 16th: Elise Baek  | Elise and Emelie
Thursday August 17th: Marie-Fleurine Olsen | Sew Mariefleur
Friday August 18th: Joanne Tubman | Jo Marie Design
Monday August 21st: Ange Hamilton | A Little Patchwork
Tuesday August 22nd: Judi Robinson | Creative Little Women
Wednesday August 23rd: Faith Essenburg
Thursday August 24th: Katharina Pferdmenges | Der Rabe Im Schlamm
Monday August 28th: Alexis Wright | My Sweet Sunshine
Tuesday August 29th: Maxie Ramey | Maxie Makes
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Make it a great week!!! Thank you Bonnie!!!

-Alexis

Katarina Roccella- Blithe Blog Tour

Katarina Roccella- Blithe Blog Tour

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Anyways, today is mine and my sewing bestie Cassie’s day to share our creations for the Blithe Blog Tour!

Katarina has done it again (and again and again and again with Art Gallery Fabric)! She has such a passion and an eye for detail it is hard not to fall in love with each collection she releases. To me, Blithe encompass Natures’ beauty in Fall and Winter time. I can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve for your next collection!!

For the Blog Tour Cassie and I happen to be up in Big Bear at the same time so we decided what better place to do a photoshoot. Don’t worry kids, you can brave 30 degree weather for your Mothers crazy ideas. LOL
I prepped my daughter by showing her photos of Joyfolie models in the snow. I think it actually helped. Hehehehe #momfail

For the dress I used the Magnolia Dress from Little Lizard King. I used the knit in Bird Songs Sun.

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Fabric print:Bird Songs Sun in Knit

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Fabric print: Bows in Silence in Knit

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Fabric Print: Bows in Silence, Bird Songs Sun and Dear Deer Teal in Knit

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog! Please sure to follow along the Blithe Blog Tour on Katarina’s Instagram page.

If you have not check out yesterday post, check out Sue’s Blog! 

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Runway Skirt Blog Tour-Skirt Fixation

Runway Skirt Blog Tour-Skirt Fixation

Hello Friday,

It is a super busy time of year so thank you for taking a moment to stop by!

Today is my day to share with you the Runway Skirt Pattern that Skirt Fixation just released!

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Oh and guess what?!!?? It is on SALE from now until the 10th!  And On top of an already great sale, you can sign up for a fab giveaway for 1 Runway Skirt Pattern and a $25 Urban Sew gift card.  See the Rafflecoptor link at end of the post.

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The Runway Skirt features 3 skirt lengths; knee, midi and maxi. It really is such a comfortable skirt, thanks to the knit.  Also very stylish, thanks to the elegant godets. I had a goal during my “break” to make a few items for myself.  So far I have found that I suck at goals and I don’t know how to “take a break”!  I am really really really  grateful Aubrey asked me to join her blog tour so I could at least make one item for myself before the end of the year! LOL

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The pattern also comes in a large size range, 00-24, and I am wearing a size 2.  Sadly, I am not blessed with curves but I love the shape of the skirt and the godets which add flare and shape to my body. Wahoo!!! See more details on the pattern HERE.

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I used Art Gallery Fabric and Katarina Roccella Lavish Knit for the main body of the skirt and Art Gallery Denim for the godets. The pattern does call for a lighter weight fabric for the godet but I really wanted to add the denim so don’t tell on me ok! Hahahaha!

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Aubrey did a wonderful job on the Runway Skirt tutorial and I can’t believe it is her first pattern! It is very well written and illustrated and so easy to follow. I would say if you are a confident beginner seamstress you can tackle this pattern!

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Here is your chance to win 1 Runway Skirt Pattern and $25 Urban Sew gift card and to see more inspiration check out Skirt Fixation BLOG!

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Happy Holidays

-Alexis

Pat Bravo’s Heartland Blog Tour

Pat Bravo’s Heartland Blog Tour

Happy Friday and welcome to my stop on Pat Bravo’s Heartland Blog Tour. I am excited to share with you how I got to interpret Pat’s new collection. Heartland released in September and this will be her ? collection for Art Gallery Fabric.

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Yesterday , Mariana Diaz shared her Heartland creation and on today along with me,  Elina Temmes will be sharing her project! Be sure to check out these beautiful projects to  get some inspiration! 

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Heartland is inspired by the beauty of Scandinavia. I have to admit I had to sit and brain storm for a while and look to Pintrest for some Scandinavian inspiration. Other then Ikea (I know, very sad!) I did not know a ton about the Scandinavian style.  Pat has a great inspiration page on Pintrest.  So using that along with other research, I found some themes that come though loud and clear.  It is simple, fresh and minimalist.  Oh, and their beautiful landscapes! So for my photos I brought in the color red, landscapes, clean simple lines and of course I had to style my daughter’s hair up in braids. Too bad she does not have super blond hair, maybe a good dye job is in order. Just kidding! Hahahaha!

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For my project I used:

Blomma Garden Pastiche in Voile and Unn Cross Pine in Cotton for the bodice. I have been obsessed with Voile lately! It is dreamy the way it moves and it is quite easy to sew with.

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The dress pattern was made using the Emily pattern by Violette Field Threads.

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See how the Voile has so much body and movement! Swoosh!!!

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We want to see your photos! Use #PatBravoDesign #TheHeartlandBlogTour #HeartlandFabrics when you post your photos! That way we can inspire each other!!

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Thank you Pat, it was an honor to be a part of your Blog Tour!

Ready to see more? Check out these links below and follow along the Heartland Blog Tour!

Links

Blog │http://patbravodesign.blogspot.com/

Instagram│https://instagram.com/patbravodesign/

Pinterest│https://www.pinterest.com/patbravo/

Facebook│https://www.facebook.com/PatBravoDesign  

Twitter│ https://twitter.com/PatBravoDesign

 

-See you soon,

My Sweet Sunshine

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Boardwalk Delight Fabric Blog Tour

Boardwalk Delight Fabric Blog Tour

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We started off and ended our summer with Dana’s, from MADE, first fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics. We had a photoshoot to kick off the summer for the Boardwalk Delight lookbook and now bring the summer to a close by blogging and sharing even more photos from that great day!! Boardwalk Delight fabric should be the official fabric of summer! Funny story, when I was sewing with this collection for the first time I was starring at the I Scream, You Scream so much I had to take a break and take the kids to get some ice cream! Nothing wrong with that right?

I had the opportunity to spend time with Dana, she is exactly how I envisioned her. She is creative, inspiring, kind heart and energetic!  I have been a HUGE fan of Dana’s blog for years now. It was actually the first blog I ever followed.

For this photo shoot I had the opportunity to collaborate with Cassie from Little Lizard King. Our families have become closer over the last few months so we will cherish these photos for a lifetime.

 

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(Dress pattern: Violette Field Threads Madison Top Pattern: NewHorizonsDesigns  Offbeat Oxford)

Fabric on Her:

Eat it all and Ice Cream Shop

Fabric on Him:

I scream, You scream and Eat it all

The kids had a blast playing on the Boardwalk and riding all the rides!!! I don’t blame them they got to eat ice cream and jump on all the rides!

Fabric from left to right:

Sprinkles and Busy Beach

I scream, you scream and Eat it All

Twinkle Lights and Eat it All

(Top Pattern: Cali Faye Valley Blouse and MADE Kid Shorts)

Fabric on Her:

Flavor of the Day and Soda Straws

Fabric on Him:

I scream, You scream and Eat it Al

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Just look at all those yummy colors and prints! If you are looking for more inspiration check out MADE blog and Art Gallery Fabrics Lookbook.

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(Look closely into his sunglass! What do you see?)

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Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the last few days of hot weather!!!

xoxo,

Alexis

Sarah Jane, Magic Fabric Blog Tour

Sarah Jane, Magic Fabric Blog Tour

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Hello, I hope everyone’s summer has been incredible and full of lot of adventures! Don’t you feel like summer is becoming shorter and shorter? Time flies by! My kids head back to school in a week!

Anyways, I got a little side tracked, I am excited to share a new fabric collection from Sarah Jane and Michael Miller.  Way back in March, while traveling back to GA to see family, Sarah’s new line popped up in my Facebook feed right before we boarded the plane. So obviously that meant for the rest of the plane ride all I could think about was all the amazing things I could sew with that fabric and then of course that started my pattern designing juices going!  I envisioned a summer sundress with little girls dancing in the beautiful sun. After the 5 hour plane ride I came up with Lauren, a summery sundress full of pleated details.  Isn’t it incredible how one person’s creativity influences another?!

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(Shown here with Magic and Gauze from Sommer)

Sarah has always been a huge inspiration to me since the time I first started sewing! Every time I see Children on Parade fabric, I  have flash backs of sitting at my sewing machine cranking out tons of skirts made with that print. I keep a secret stash of out of print Sarah’s fabric in my fabric closet that I will only pull out for very special projects!  Did you hear they will be bringing back some out of print fabrics??!! How exciting!!

In May I had the honor of sewing TWO dresses for her Spring Quilt Market Booth.

The first one is Paige, which is designed by Bernadette for Violette Field Threads.

Fabric:

Unicorn Forest

Lucky Stars

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The second is the pattern I mentioned earlier, Lauren.

Fabric:

Magic Parade- Double Boarder

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Stars and Stripes

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Here are few (HA) more photos of Lauren and Magic Collection…

(Seriously, isn’t she a doll??!!!)

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“Lauren” baby fabric:

 Magic Parade Double Boarder

You are Magic

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(Not sure how I got so lucky to get this perfect shot with everyone smiling but YAY!!!)

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Fabric:

Sommer Fabric Collection: Painted Gingham

Mermaid Magic

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What will you sew with Magic?

Thank you so much for hanging out with me and reading all about my adventures with Magic Fabric!

-Alexis

 

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