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

My next pattern, Madison!

Eeeeeek!! Here I am again with my next pattern! My last pattern Emily was a fancy, romantic, Jane Austen style dress while Madison is a great everyday style dress.

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Before I go into detail I must stop and say thank you to Art Gallery Fabrics for graciously sending me fabric and sponsoring, Madison.  Thanks to Sew Caroline’s Chalk and Paint Fabric collection the tutorial is extra pretty! Yay!!

Madison offers several option to tailor into yours and your child’s favorite dress!

Here are some options:

*Cap Sleeve

*Collar insert

*Faux button placket

*Pleated bodice

*Slim Skirt

*Open Pockets

*Keyhole back with ribbon tie closure

*Size 2-10

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With all those option, do you know how many version of Madison you could make? Add trim, leave off the buttons or add extra fancy buttons. Ummmm, did I mention trim? There are so many great place you can add trim to.

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Madison is LIVE!! Go grab yourself a copy!! Oh and did I mention that for 48 hours it is on SALE! 18% off!! Use code: MADISON

To see more inspirations jump over to Violette Field Threads blog for more tester photos!

Enjoy!

-Alexis

Full of Joy- Violette Field Threads

Hello!

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It’s FRIDAY! Last day of the school and work week (unless you are like me and work 24/7). I know many of you are looking forward to Spring and hopefully thawing out from all the snow that has come down this Winter season. Last week I had the privilege of testing Violette Field Threads new pattern, JOY.  The name is perfect for this dress, it radiates joy and Spring!

It is due to release – Monday 2/23/15

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Quick Look at Joy:

The Joy pattern will come in size 12mnth-10yr

Panel Skirt

Side Ties

Back is 2 Rows of Elastic

Curved Bodice that is perfect for embroidery or applique or vintage fabric design

Button Closure in back

Features Finished Size Chart

*****ALSO- You can now skip the printer!!! VFT Joy Pattern features a Measurement Chart for cutting all rectangle pieces. Only piece you will need to print is the Front Bodice

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The Fabric is a combination of Riley Blake (Aqua/White Stripe) and Square Dance in Sweet Voile by Anna Maria Horner. I have been waiting to use this out of print fabric for just the right project. The Voile Fabric swings in the breeze.

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My daughter will be wearing it to Church for Easter and My Grandmother’s 90 Birthday Party (or maybe she will be wearing the Annabelle Dress? Hmmmm)

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One of my favorite features of this dress are the panels. You can mix and match fabric to create a unique one of a kind MASTERPIECE! It is so much fun to play around with fabric and this is the perfect dress to do so!!

Outtakes…

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Thank you Violette Field Threads for allowing me to test the Joy pattern, It was a Joy (ok-had to say it-LOL) to work with you.

Thank you for reading My Sweet Sunshine Blog today!!!

-Alexis

Lilygiggle Blog Tour Day 3- Sassafras Skirt and Giveway (giveaway closed)

Hello Beautiful,

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Welcome to LilyGiggle’s Blog tour day 3.  If you haven’t heard already, Beth, the owner of Lily Giggle, reopened her shop about 2 weeks ago.  I’m here today to show you the Sassafras Skirt and also give you a glimpse of a brand new Flutter Sleeve pattern that will be coming out soon.  Sorry, its not out yet ladies, but soon…  Testing will be starting in a couple of weeks and it will be released soon after that.  Hold on ladies, its coming…

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I’ve always been a big fan of LilyGiggle’s work.  The 1st pattern I picked from her was the Rings of Ruffle’s (ROR) Skirt.  Over the years I’ve made plenty of ROR skirts and pants for both my daughter and to sell in my Etsy shop.  Beth has always been such a wonderful person and designer and so easy to communicate with.  Here are some details about the pattern I did for the blog tour.

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Skirt Nitty Gritty:
*Ruffle Skirt
*Elastic waste band
*Sizes 2 – 12
*Above the knee fit
*Made with Knit-Can also be made using recycled t-shirts
*Has a finished measuring chart
*Tips on sewing with knits

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This skirt has a similar look to the Rings of Ruffles pattern, however, Beth has created a simplified ruffle skirt without losing all the pizzaz.  My absolute favorite part of this pattern is how simple Beth has made it place your ruffles using the included pattern pieces and your trusty pattern marker.  You get the big impact ruffle look in a snap without the headache from working that ruffle foot for hours. The Asymmetrical top skirt helps keep all this ruffles contained -hehehehe 🙂 🙂

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When I was putting this outfit together I started by using my favorite knit from April Rhodes Arizona collection by Art Gallery.  The Flutter Sleeve Top fabric is from Wanderlust, which is quickly becoming my go to knit shop.

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This pattern works so well with the Flutter Sleeve Top.  It is now my go to pattern! LOVE!!!  It provides such a big impact with the double ruffled sleeve for such an easy quick sew.  Sew time was only an hour.

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The skirt can easily be used for all seasons.  A summer/spring look with cute sandals or wear it in the fall paired with boots.  The Flutter Shirt will also be offered in a long sleeve version. Yay!!

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Day 1 Blog Tour-http://www.chasingmermaidsshop.com/2014/08/29/zinnia-lilygiggle/

Day 2 Blog Tour- http://snickerdoodlestew.com/lily-giggle-blog-tour-jujube-dress/

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(Sorry for the picture overload-I love pics)

LilyGiggle is offering an amazing giveaway of the Sassafras Skirt pattern, to one lucky person, so click on the raffle link below to enter

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Alley Cat Romper by Lil Luxe Collection (and Giveaway)

Hello Beautiful.

I hope everyone is having a great week!

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Lately my daughter has been wearing a ton of Rompers. The girl is smart, it makes getting dressed in the morning easier for both her and I ! So while I was wasting time one day on Facebook a post popped up in my news feed of this adorable Romper. I first showed my daughter and she immediately begged me to make it. I crossed my fingers and toes and hope to be one of the lucky ladies to test the Alley Cat Romper by Lil Luxe Collection.  The Owner of Lil Luxe Collection, Jessica, was so easy and wonderful to work with!! In fact, testing went so well, thanks to an already great pattern, she released her newest pattern a week early!!! She currently has 4 patterns for sale so be sure to check the others out too!

Purchase HERE

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Nitty Gritty on the Alley Cat Romper Pattern:

*Sizes-18mnth to 8yr

*Print your own size

*Made with Knit

*Ankle length or push the cuff up for a Capri length (my daughter loved the Capri length)

*Low back to make it easy to get on and off

*1.5hrs- 2hrs sewing time

*Relaxed/Baggy fit in the legs-Similar to Harlem Pants

The first Romper I made was all knit, size 8 in the bodice and 7 in the length. The top is made to be snug but not to worry It is comes off easily because of the lower back.

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Purple Floral Fabric by Wanderlust and Gray knit Fabric purchased at the LA fabric district

The second Romper I made was a mix of Fabric mediums, Knit and Peach skin. I modified the legs slightly by shortening the cuff for a capri length. Ladies, this pattern is so easy to modify I love it.  Or keep it as the original because either way you will end up with a trendy, professional sewn and adorable romper.

Purchase HERE

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Knit Fabric (bodice) is Art Gallery, Arizona Collection. Peach skin (bottoms) is from Girl Charlee

More info on Lil Luxe Collection Blog on Saturday August 23rd on how to change this Romper into a dress!!! Let me tell you it is just as GREAT!!!

 

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Oh and did I mention she is having a giveaway!!!???!!!

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Fall Edition Part 2-Neither the Hummingbird nor the flower wonders how beautiful it is…

Hello Beautiful,

Here is Part 2 of my Fall Release-Hummingbird Dresses

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Beautiful Miss A.

I’m super excited to be bringing several new and updated original Ruffle Dresses to my collection. I used the lovely and amazing Ruffle Fabric, LLC . I absolutely love this fabric and love the ladies behind it. They are so sweet and are ready to answer any question you have!! Plus, have you seen their website?! So many colors to chose from. The possibilities are endless.

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I chose to make SERVERAL Hummingbird dresses. Not only are the dress results beautiful but they are so easy to modify into my own ‘sweet’ style.

Purchase HERE  

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 Gotta love the “V” back

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Great Dress for twirling!!!

The next dress is made with Men’s suiting Fabric. I love the contrast of Men’s fabric and girly ruffles. I zig zagged the edge of the ruffle to appeared as frayed.

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Purchase HERE

These next two dresses are truly near and dear to my heart. I have been a dancer since I was a child. Even today I’ll crank the tunes and have a dance party with my kids.  I recently made a custom order for an all black version of my very first pink/black Ruffle dress and immediately thought of Swan Lake.  This inspired me to bring back a fresh updated version one of my originals as well as the new variation.

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Today’s updated version …

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White Swan (pink)
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White Swan (pink)
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Check out all these styles HERE

Have a great Day and Thank you for reading my Blog 🙂

15% off use code “BLOG15”

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New Pattern- LOL Swing Top by Jennuine Design (and discount)

Hello Beautiful,

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Day 5 of the LOL Swing Top Tester Tour

Jennifer from Jennuine Design  has created the most adorable top, LOL Swing Top.  I mean just look at that back. Racerback with ruffles, YUMMY! 

I had my fingers and toes crossed that I would be picked as a tester for this fabulous pattern. My daughter has become very picky and rarely wears dresses and skirts anymore so this was the perfect pattern for us. 

Click HERE to purchase

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Nitty Gritty:
*Sizes Newborn to 12
*A-line Design
*Can be made with knit or woven material
*Single Button Closure on woven version
*Racerback
*Top Length
*Bias Tape

As you can see above, the first top I made was in Knit and below is my Woven Version. I made a size 7 for Miss. T and after a few tweaks in testing it fit like a glove. The Woven Version has a single button closure and the Knit version slips easily over a child’s head. Its a great pattern with easy to follow instruction and clear illustrations.

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Besides the LOL Swing Top Pattern, another favorite pattern of mine from Jennuine is the Matinée Dress/Top 

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Jennifer is offering a 20% discount on her new pattern for one week (ends August 7th)

Use code:   LOLRelease

Here is the run down for the Pattern Tour so be sure to check them all out!!!

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Charlie by mingo & grace (and giveaway)

 

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Can you see the butterfly in the picture?

Hello Beautiful!

I am so very excited to share the Charlie dress by mingo & grace today. This is mingo & grace’s first pattern and I could not be more thrilled for the owner Farrah! I had the opportunity to test this pattern and I absolutely adore it. By the time testing was done I had already made 3! Yes 3!!

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This dress can SWING!

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Single Button Back

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I love this stylish silhouette.

Nitty Gritty:
*Sizing: 12mnth to 12 yr
*Sleeveless dress
*Drop Waist
*Hit at or above the knee
*Bias Facing
*Flouncy skirt

 

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The key steps to get the fitting just right…

Don’t go by your child’s usual size without looking at the Finished Garment Measurements chart. This dress is designed to be fitted at the shoulders and comfortable around the chest (per instructions). For example the dress I made my 9 yr old was a size 7 in the chest and length.  The dress fit perfect and she will be wearing it for Thanksgiving (yes, I know I am already thinking about the Holidays).

Here are the details on how to purchase this ADORABLE dress pattern:

1) Charlie will be released exclusively through the Sewing Rabbit’s Pattern Member Site July 1- 14, 2014.
http://members.sewingrabbit.com
Its a really good deal, for $10 you get 3 patterns and you can cancel the subscription at any time.

2)Charlie will be released through mingo and grace site beginning July 15th. http://www.mingoandgrace.com

(Check back on the 15th for more details about the release on mingo and grace site)

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Check out what these awesome Bloggers to see what they did with Charlie

1) http://kimmiesewcrazy.blogspot.com/2014/06/meet-charlie.html

2) http://deuxsouriceaux.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/the-charlie-dress-take-one/

3)http://dottedwhalelearn.blogspot.ca/2014/04/project-12-charlie-dress.html

4)http://dottasews.blogspot.it/2014/07/the-new-charlie-dress-pattern-by-mingo.html

5) http://ourcheznous.blogspot.ca/2014/07/a-charlie-dressand-giveaway.html

6) http://lafoliesewingbooth.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/charlie-pattern-test-for-mingo-grace/

 

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If you could not see the butterfly in the first picture here is an up close picture…

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First Day Dress/Top by MADE

Hello Beautiful,

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I can’t wait to share with you what the AMAZING Dana from MADE has just released! Her new pattern, The First Day Dress/Top. I can’t thank Dana enough for letting me test this NEW pattern. I mean this woman is the Queen of the blogging world and even more importantly, she is very sweet!!!

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Nitty Gritty: (this pattern has so much to offer)
*A-Line Dress or Top
*Swing Dress
*Swing Top with Peplum
*Swing Dress/Top with Front Placket
*4 ways to do the lining
*Sizes 2-10
*more details HERE

(wow that was a lot!)

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For my Test I choose the A-line Dress with no sleeves. I love the silhouette of this dress, however, the next dress I make will be 1 size larger. My daughter had a growth spurt and did not let me know, HA!  One of my favorite parts (I have so many) of the A-Line pattern was I only had to cut ONE pattern piece, yes ladies ONE!  Can I get a High Five?!?  Another favorite in working with this pattern was it showed me how to fully line the dress.  I love it when I can learn something new from a pattern.

 

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Fabric by Josephine Kimberling, Hope Chest by Blend

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Check out MADE website for more details on the GREAT pattern

This pattern is so well written and with beautiful pictures that it would be great for an Advanced Beginner Seamstress. Even an advanced seamstress may learn some new tricks like I did.

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Purchase HERE

Dana has been so nice to offer TWO giveaways of the pattern. See Rafflecoptor below for more details and how to sign up.

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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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