What I have been up to…

What I have been up to…

It’s been a hot minute since I have blogged!! I am usually just posting on IG or posting on Minerva’s site. So what have I been up to? Well, mainly sewing, gardening and home schooling.

This won’t be a long post just wanted to pop in here and share a few of my favorite makes this year…

Dress details: McCall’s M7947 made with Nani iro Linen from Minerva

Added Delia Creates Carrie cardigan to the McCall’s dress.

Marlo sweater from True Bias made with Cotton Cable Knit in Rose Pink from Minerva.

Rya Coat from Fibremood, made with Wool from Metermeter.

Wiksten Shift Dress made with Jessica Swift Pollinator Collection.

Top details : True Bias Nikko top made with knit from Style Makers (Color: Sand). Jeans details: Dawn Jeans by Megan Nielsen.

Last but not least… gardening! HA, yes gardening. I started pre-seeding for all my Summer plants. Do you have plans for summer gardening?

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
Pattern: Blake
Fabric: Summers Dance
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Pattern: Blake
Fabric: Cherished Wishes
Flower Keeper in Rayon
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Something Blue
Pattern: Blake
Fabric: Summers Dance
Something Blue

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

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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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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Time to Catch Up

Time to Catch Up

Hello and I hope you all had a great week. Also, Happy Mother’s Day to all you AMAZING Mommies! Alright, It has been way too long since I posted about what I have been up to in the Pattern Testing World. Well , here is a run down of the last two Patterns I tested…

 

First up is the Bateau Garden dress by Winter Wear Designs..

-Tunic, Vintage or Regular length Dress

-Scooped or Cross Strap Back

-Size Range 1-14 (That is HUGE)

-Invisible Zipper

-Pattern also includes Pettiskirt tutorial

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Fabric: Tula Pink-Elizabeth Collection

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I adore the Tent Stripes and The Elizabeth 16th Century Selfie Together! I was lucky to find these at a local Fabric shop that I have fallen in love with called-Needle in a Fabric Stash

Next up is Violette Field Threads Loralie Dress Pattern

-Size range 2T-9/10

-Two bodice Style

-Pleated option on bodice

-Double Layered Skirt

-Sash included

-Easily dressed up or down

-Button Back with placket

I actually made two versions of the dress- For the First I placed the insert on the outside of the back bodice and also used faux leather trim instead of the sash.

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I simple ADORE how this dress turned out! I used a Light Tan Linen for the double layered skirt, Gray/Blue Stripe Cotton for the bodice and to top It off Liberty of London for the Insert! This particular Liberty of London was used in the new Cinderella Movie.

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For the second dress version I made per instruction with sash and bodice insert placed inside the bodice. My Daughter was SO excited for this fabric. This one was her FAVORITE!

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For this version I used Art Gallery Fabric, Morning Walk by Leah Duncan

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So there you have it.  That’s what I have been up to in the Pattern Testing World 🙂

See you next time…

-Alexis/My Sweet Sunshine