Sew Caroline-Weekend Style

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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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/

 

mingo & grace has been so nice to offer a giveaway of her first Pattern. Click on Rafflecoptor below for more details…
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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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http://www.mysweetsunshine.etsy.com

 

 

 

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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