DARE by Pat Bravo

Hello,

Are you ready for bold prints and colors, well DARE fabric by Pat Bravo collection delivers! Bold print and geometric shapes are the base of this fun and electric collection!

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Before I talk more about the fabric and the details of the dress, I want to share with you how wonderful Pat Bravo is.  I had the pleasure of meeting her for the first time at the Houston Quilt Market this year.  It was such an honor to meet her and our conversation was so encouraging that I found inspiration to continue to push my creativity.   I kid you not I had tears in my eyes!  She was nice enough to ask if I was interested in sewing with her new fabric line, UMMM OF COURSE!!

Working with Art Gallery’s fabrics is always a pleasure so to be able to work with her design on top of that was a dream come true.

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I chose to use Wafting Plaid Traced and A Path Of Passion prints with the Genevieve dress pattern (my first pattern design with Violette Field Threads). Oh, that plaid is on point this season!! Eeek, perfection!!  The white and navy colorway are both great options. I also adore the tiny white flowers in A Path Of Passion print. Especially on the bright pink!

When I was designing Genevieve , Art Gallery Fabrics became my go to fabric because of the lightweight , flowy fabric for the flounce. 🙂 🙂

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That light, right??!! Amazing!! My favorite spot to take pictures, Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens.

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Miss T. will be wearing the dress for all of our bright a festive Christmas parties.  I am also secretly hoping it still fits for Easter so she can wear it again.  🙂

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Again, I used the Genevieve pattern,  you can purchase and see more photos on the Violette Field Threads page. I am over the moon excited to see how the Genevieve dress looks with all the different fabrics. If you are not already apart of the VFT Facebook group, please come join us to find more inspiration to push your creativity!

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It was such a pleasure once again to work with Art Gallery Fabric and Pat Bravo, Thank you.

-Alexis

(Merry Christmas and Happy New Years everyone!)

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The Paneled Sunsuit “It’s not Just a Sunsuit” Blog Tour

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Hello,

I am excited to be able to join a fun blog tour today! This time I get to mash up and play around with The Paneled Sunsuit by  Call Ajaire . Oh Ladies, seriously you could make a new outfit everyday for a month and never look the same with this pattern. Thats how many option are included! What’s also great is it comes in a LARGE size range, newborn to 12yrs.

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I mentioned this on my last Blog post that I have been letting my daughter pick out the fabric and pattern for each Blog Tour I do. So with this one I let her pick out the Fabric and together we decided on how to play with the Paneled Sunsuit. She wanted a maxi skirt after seeing several from Jak& Pepper and also from a few maxi skirts that I have from Abercrombie & Fitch. I choose to pair the skirt with a cropped , blousy version of the Sunsuit Top.

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Here is what I did for the skirt:

  • Individual Maxi Skirt with elastic waistband
  • Made a size 10 but a 12 length so she could wear it over her waist to cover her tummy
  • Cutting- I cut the skirt wider then the pattern piece for both front and back (see picture below).
  • Flared the skirt out at the same point as the pattern piece
  • Finished look was a tulip shape

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Here is what I did for the Top

  • Individual Top
  • Made a size 10 overall
  • When cutting, I cut the top wider – 3″ wider, at the hem,  then the original pattern piece
  • I am also cut the hem at a straight line (see pic below)
  • I only used the front and back pattern pieces, no liner
  • Used bias tape around armhole- Facing method
  • Cut 2 Top Front and Back and sandwiched the strap between the two.
  • Straps tie at shoulder
  • Added trim-fringe Fun!!!

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(Don’t you love my Halloween Tape- that is what happens when your kids steal all your tape)

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  Call Ajaire is offering 15% off Paneled Sunsuit during the Blog Tour.  You can use the code SUNSUIT15 both at UpCraft Club and Etsy through the 7th of September. To sweeten the deal even more you can join Designs by Call Ajaire Facebook group to received a discount code for 20% off!!!

There also a chance you can win the pattern… Check out the Rafflecoptor

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Fabric:

Arizona Collection by Art Gallery and April Rhodes

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Thank you Ajaire for having me along the Blog Tour!! It was a pleasure to sew up one of your patterns!!!

Here is the full line-up for the tour.

Monday August 24th:  Max California | Filles à Maman | Hey June | House of Estrela

Art Gallery Fabric Sketchbook Blog Tour

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Hello and Happy Friday,

I hope you have enjoyed the Sketchbook Blog Tour so far!! Sketchbook Fabric is a beautiful Fabric line by Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics.  Yesterday Jessica from Izzy & Ivy made the most beautiful dress using not one, not two, but three pieces from the Sketchbook Fabric Collection. To see more check out her Blog HERE .

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Tomorrow, Sharon will recap the Blog Tour and announce the winner of the 10 yards of Sketchbook fabric giveaway!!! Wait, What!!!??? Yes, I said 10 yards of Sketchbook Fabric!!! All you need to do is repost your favorite picture from the tour to be entered in a chance to win 10 yards of Sketchbook fabric!!! Include the hashtag #sketchbooktourgiveaway when you REPOST the pic 🔁 Ends Saturday 9 a.m. EDT. So make sure you enter TODAY to find out who won TOMORROW!

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As my daughter grows so does her want for making her own decisions on what she wears (good luck kid, because Mommy has a lot of control in that area).  So in trying to better myself (I am trying!), I let her pick out the fabric and the pattern. She could not have done better, I love how the Rose Dress pattern, by Violette Field Thread, Peplum plays off the movement of the Tiny Dance Fabric.

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Have you ever worked with fabric that evoked an emotion in you? No, I am not crazy and I was not drinking when I was sewing 🙂 .  Seriously, I feel as though I am standing in a field with Dandelions flying all around me. Very peaceful and child like!

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Like I said above I used Tiny Dancer in Midnight for the main portion of the dress and for the middle insert of the bodice I used Doodle Meander. Doodle Meander is a beautiful light green with hints of peach and Navy blue.

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Halo is made by Little Sparrow Bows on Etsy

Sketchbook collection features gorgeous deep blue, pretty pink pistachio green, cozy brown and mustard yellow. All inspired by nature and of course made with the AMAZING Art Gallery “Feel” !

I attended Quilt Market this past Spring and had the opportunity to meet Sharon in person. Sharon was so sweet and I was really lucky to have her share with me The Sketchbook Fabric Collection. I knew this collection would be great as soon as I saw it!  So Thank you Sharon Holland and Art Gallery Fabrics for allowing me to be apart of the Sketchbook Blog Tour!!

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To see more inspiration Click HERE for Art Gallery Fabrics Sketchbook Fabric Lookbook!

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Don’t forget to Jump on Sharon’s Instagram page for your chance to win 10 yards of Sketchbook Fabric!!

Thank you for reading!!

-Alexis

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Brooklyn Pattern Company- Bedford – Blog Tour – Discount

Happy Saturday Everyone!

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A few months ago I made my first trip to the Quilt Market in Minnesota and had such a great time.  Not only did I see a TON of new fabric but I discovered a new Clothing Pattern company that I had yet to learn about. Brooklyn Pattern Company had several dresses, including the Bedford and Henry Dresses, on display in the Cloud9 Fabric booth. I was jumping up and down after seeing the Bedford Dress asking where I could find the Pattern. One of my favorite design features in clothing is a Racerback and the Bedford has one of the prettiest ones I have seen!

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Features of the Bedford Pattern

-Top or Dress

-A-Line

-Size 18mnth-8yr

-Lined-Facing

-Small Straps

-Racerback

-Zipper Closure

-Size Chart- I made a size 8

-Finished Chart

-Very Cool Curved Hem

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I paired the top with Coachella Shorts by Striped Swallow 

Floral Halo: Little Sparrow Bow

Shoes: Joyfolie

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The Bedford Instruction are easy to follow as are the illustrations. I really like how easy the zipper instructions were. I know, I know, I said easy and Zipper in the same sentence, but it is!! I would say a confident beginner would feel comfortable with this pattern and will discover they can handle a zipper.

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Miss T. prefers Tops and Shorts so I appreciate a pattern that offers both.

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Fabric: Art Gallery Fabrics- Wanderer- April Rhodes

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Thank you Erin for asking me to join the Bedford and Henry Blog Tour

Lucky you:

Readers receive 20% any pattern in the shop with the code: SUMMERFUN15. The code runs from 12:01 am on July 6 through 11:59 pm on July 15.

Click HERE

-Alexis

 

Simple Life Pattern Company Mash up Blog Tour

facebook-freebieI jumped at the chance to join the Simple Life Pattern Company Mash Up Blog Tour. I have been admiring them for a while now but hadn’t had a chance to try their patterns. I know crazy, RIGHT!!??? I can blame that on a crazy busy life, right?? Anyways, with each pattern they release my mouth drops and my heart pitter patters with excitement.  So obviously given the chance to play with some of their patterns, I was ALL over it!!!

Ok so let talk about what patterns I picked and why…

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I choose Mia Pattern for the Skirt and Aydas Pattern for the Bodice. I wanted to make the deep dramatic “V” of Ayda and the long tiered skirt of Mia. I originally planned on making a maxi dress, but when I got to the point of sewing the top and the skirt together I tried it on my daughter for a test fit and decided I liked the fullness of the 2nd tier of the Mia Skirt.  I thought it worked well with the mood I was going for! I choose bold fabric prints to play off of the deep “V” of the Bodice and Full tiered skirt.

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Fabric for Boice: Black and White Checkered from Joann

Fabric for Skirt: Art Gallery Fabrics- London Red

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I purchased this GORGEOUS ribbon in a LA Fabric Store.It was the Perfect addition to separate the skirt and bodice.

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Bodice: I made no changes to the Bodice-Same Length and Width. I did add a small button (fixed) for looks and to close the back slightly.

Skirt: I used 2nd. 3rd and 4th Tier from the instructions. Also used a 1″ seam allowance for the Hem. I attached each layer using the ruffle foot on my serger. The skirt only took 30min to sew each tier together-CRAZY fast!

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I found both patterns easy to follow in both Illustrated and Written instructions.  I can’t thank Simple Life Pattern Company enough for asking me to join. I am also very excited to sew more SLPco Patterns!!!

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Outtakes… BOYS!  🙂

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Madeit Holiday Blog Tour-Florence

 

 

Hello Beautiful,

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Thank you Needle and Ted and Madeit Patterns for asking me to participate in their Florence Holiday Blog Tour. I have to admit I was not as familiar with all of  Madeit’s patterns other then their boys button down top pattern, The Weller. So before I agreed I had to checkout their website where I was blown away with all of her available patterns. We were asked to center our outfits around The Florence Blouse so with that I also choose The Bjork Skirt .

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When I was deciding what to do with The Florence Top and Bjork Skirt I wanted to push myself and use fabric I don’t typically use. My daughter has a current obsession with overalls lately so I knew I would be keeping the suspenders from the Bjork Pattern . I also wanted to make an outfit that would be trendy, unique and a little grown up for a now 10 yr old (ugh, stop growing already!)

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I made a size 8 in both the skirt and top and it fit perfect! The sizing chart was spot on and easy to follow, so I just chose my size and ran with it from there.  Both pattern instructions were easy to follow with great written and visual instructions.

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How I modified The Florence:

1. I made it short sleeve since most of our California Christmases are 80 degrees. I used a 1.5″ bias facing made with the same velvet I used on the shirt. I used a 1/4″ seam allowance and folded the facing in and top stitched.

2. I lengthened the collar for a total of 44″ (the width of the velvet I purchased)

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TOP – I love the velvet in my dreams but sewing it was a different story. It took some patience since it slippery. Don’t forget the pins!!

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BOTTOM – The Quilted Faux Leather was so easy to sew.  I used a Leather Needle and a longer stitch length. There are other tricks like tape under your foot to help it glide easier.

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Not only is this a fun Blog Tour to show off the amazing Florence Pattern but it is also a Competition! What!?? That’s right you heard me, a competition and YOU can join in too!!!  You could win a free pattern by joining in the fun! If you would like to jump in: 1st buy the pattern with the 20% off discount , 2nd sew it up with a Christmas theme and then post a picture to Madeit Facebook Page by end of January 2015.   You can also vote for your favorite Blogger’s Twist on the Florence Top HERE

Now until November 23rd you can get 20% off  The Florence Pattern and every pattern in the Madeit Shop. Code: Tour20

Click on the Link below for the code for 20% off !!

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Faux Leather : Joann’s

Red Velvet: Joann’s

Suspender Clips: I Love Big Buttons on Etsy

Thank you again for letting me join in on the fun Blog Tour !!!

Alexis/ My Sweet Sunshine

 

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This is what really happens when you take pictures of kids…

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Violette Field Threads Vivienne Review and Giveway

Violette Field Threads Vivienne Review and Giveway

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Hello Ladies!!

I am so excited to share with you the NEW and AMAZING Vivienne Misses Pattern by Violette Fields Threads. I first want to say thank you to Violette Field Threads for the wonderful opportunity to sew and review one of your patterns. I have always been a fan of their patterns and Vivienne is no exception!

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Let first start with the nitty gritty:
*Blouse Sizing XXS-XXL
*Skirt sizing 0-16
*Short sleeve top
*Button Down the Back
*Overskirt and Underskirt are separate
*Overskirt closed by 4-5 buttons

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Ok, lets get to the fun stuff, YAY!
I made the Blouse with a Cotton Nylon Lace fabric that I have been hoarding from Jo-Ann. I am so into Coral right now so when I saw it I knew it needed to join my secret fabric stash (don’t tell my hubby). For the Overskirt I chose a fabric from the Arizona Collection called Tomahawk Stripe. I love this entire fabric collection from Art Gallery Fabric.  I mean what’s not to love, the colors are amazing and so is the their fabric. So here is the only modiciation I did to the underskirt, I used a premade ruffle fabric that I purchased from Ruffle Fabric, LLC. The fabric is so yummy and it saved me so much time, yahoo! I made the Underskirt per the pattern’s instructions then pinned the ruffle fabric to the skirt. You could of course use only the ruffle fabric as your Underskirt, but I wanted to save what I had for more projects! 😉

 

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Pebble Boho Chic By Ruffle Fabric, LLC.

 

 

 

 

 

Violette Field Threads hit it out of the park with this outfit. Not only is it a well written pattern but you will be looking stylish when you get finished sewing it. It took me less then a day to sew up from start to finish. Don’t be intimidated to sew yourself a Vivienne , VFT does a great job in not only explaining but also visually show you step by step instructions. I chose the XS for the Blouse and Size 2 for the skirt and the fit was right on.

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This Outfit works great for Summer and Fall!

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The Ladies at Violette Fields Thread have been so nice to offer My Sweet Sunshine Fans a giveaway. Check out the Rafflecoptor below for all the yummy Prizes. There will be 3 winners 🙂

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