Monday, June 25, 2018

Sew Americana Tour 2018

It's time for the Sew Americana Tour!

I love that Katy over at Wild and Wanderful does this each year. It's so fun to see all the cool takes on Americana style and ideas. In the past, I have sewn Fourth of July an outfit for my little guy and a quilt. Well, this year, it's my turn for some red, white, and blue!

The amazing ladies at Sly Fox Fabrics offered some beautiful fabrics for this tour. After going back and forth (deciding is HARD!) I picked out this gorgeous double brushed poly

As luck and great timing would have it, Love Notions Patterns had the Classic Tee in testing when my package of greatness arrived. Instantly, I knew this fabric was destined to become a Classic Tee.

Seriously, the most comfortable tee I have ever worn. So, did I mention that I received two yards of this fabulous fabric? And amazingly, the Classic Tee with short sleeves only takes a yard of fabric. That means, I had a yard of this greatness sitting on my cutting table just begging to be made into something. Shorts. It had to be shorts. So I pulled out my trusted Luna Loungewear pattern and made a pair of the most comfortable shorts ever.

And in doing so, I created a faux romper.

Seriously the best outfit I've ever sewn. It's crazy comfortable, cute as all get out (if I don't say so myself!) and I don't have to remove all my clothes just to use the potty. Um winner winner chicken dinner, folks!!

I live in the Midwest and it's usually 90 plus degrees with a million percent humidity for the Fourth of July. And I know a lot of people get hot in double brushed poly, but I don't seem to be one of them. I find this very cool and comfortable to wear.

I love that I have a cute outfit that has a great Americana feel, but doesn't scream "Hey, I'm wearing my Fourth of July outfit!" when I put this on in September.

And of course, this lovely fabric looks great with a pair of jeans also. This Classic Tee isn't going to see much of the inside of my closet. ;)

My summer goal is to learn to play the guitar. It's something I've wanted to do for years and finally decided to just go for it! 

I can only play a couple of cords at this point, but it's been fun learning. Anybody have any great websites or YouTube videos they have used for learning to play? I open to suggestions!

Back to the sewing. The Classic Tee is available now in the Love Notions shop. And want to know something awesome, you can get your own copy for FREE. To find out how, hop over to the listing. 

Stop by each of the great bloggers for tons of great American sewing inspiration!

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Monaluna Fabric and Love Notions Presto

Monaluna Fabric and Love Notions Presto

When Gemia from Phat Quarters invited me to be a part of the Monaluna tour, I couldn't wait!! The photos of the fabrics were beautiful and I just KNEW that they would be even more gorgeous in person! I've had the opportunity to sew for Monaluna before and just fell in love with their quality of fabric and the richness of their colors, I was certain this line would be no exception.

I had a hard time narrowing down which fabric I wanted to use! I finally went with Desert Floral in organic cotton lawn. This is my first experience with their organic cotton lawn and it is just amazing to work with! 

It presses beautifully and isn't shifty and easily distorted. Even when cut on the bias, it didn't get all wonky.

Soooo, now I had the fabric sorted out, now what to make. Just around the time that we got the shipping notifications for our fabric, Tami at Love Notions told us she was working on another woven top pattern. Things couldn't have lined up better!!! The cotton lawn from Monaluna was perfect for the new Presto Tunic! They had to be paired together!

The front panel of Presto was very easy to assemble with the Monaluna cotton lawn. The fabric pressed into place beautifully and didn't shift around while maneuvering the corners.

It also made beautiful bias tape to finish off the neckline. The pattern also features a collar, but this fabric told me bias binding, with ties, which are not part of the pattern. But I love the feature in the Rhapsody, so I carried it over to Presto.

Presto Tunic is drafted for woven fabrics with nice drape and the cotton lawn was perfect. Bust darts and back darts give this tunic great shape and allow the fabric to take the shape of my body beautifully.

The split hem is a very nice detail that looks really sharp with this cotton lawn! I love that it covers my bottom so I can wear this tunic comfortably with leggings and skinny jeans.

Love the combo of this Monaluna organic cotton lawn fabric and the Presto Tunic

(weird awkward photo, but I liked how the tunic looked lol)

You can find the Journey line at Monaluna and fabric shops now.
Presto from Love Notions is out now and will be on sale through March 10th. 

*  Phat Quarters  *  Crafting in the Rain  *  Handmade Boy  *  Sprouting JubeJube  *  Wild & Wanderful  *  Kari for Pattern Revolution  *  Sew Sophie Lynn  *  It's Liesel  *  Swoodson Says  *  Duchess & Hare  *  Lulu & Celeste  *

The fabric for this post was provided to me by Monalua.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Boys Can Wear Pink Season 4 Day 5

Boys Can Wear Pink Day 5

Today is the final day of the Boys Can Wear Pink tour. I hope you can agree that boys can wear any color out there, even pink. And they look great in it!!! Just like girls can look amazing in blue, boys can look amazing in pink. Everybody should just wear the colors they enjoy!!

Today's looks pretty much cover every single occasion out there! Which is way cool!! Boys can wear pink while doing anything!! Which, is a silly thing to have to say, but it still seems to need to be said, even in 2018. Because while it may be more accepting for boys to wear pink than it was in the past, society still tells us that "pink is a girl's color." This was proven with the a few of blogger's models. As the boys featured in this tour are getting older, it's getting harder for the bloggers to find fabric that their boy accepts because ANY pink instantly means, girls. This tour isn't about forcing our boys to wear pink for our cause, so the bloggers worked hard to find fabrics their kids liked and would wear, not just for the tour, but everyday. In my situation, Thomas actually doesn't even care for the color pink now that he's older. He will tell you it's fine for boys, he just doesn't like it. Which is fine!! He doesn't have to!! (By the way, he really digs purple.) So, it's REALLY hard for me to find stuff he likes for this tour, because I want him to wear his clothes with pride. I can 100% honestly say he LOVES his shirt this year. But when he wore it to school, he came home and declared he would never wear it back. Why? Because he was annoyed with everybody asking him why he was wearing a pink shirt. A kid shouldn't feel like that over a shirt.

The Bug's Bit proves that pink is great for any occasion!

Paisley Roots used the sweetest panel for her son's shirt.

 Sweet Meadow Threads has a really fun unique look that I love!

The Berry Bunch has a Minecraft shirt any boy or girl would go crazy over!!

 CKC Patterns is sharing a dressy look for their final day! Their little models big smile is melting my heart!!

Thanks for joining us for another great year of Boys Can Wear Pink! 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Boys Can Wear Pink Season 4 Day 4

Boys Can Wear Pink Day 4

Welcome to Thursday, or better known as day FOUR of the Boys Can Wear Pink Tour! Have you been sharing the looks with your kids to see what they think of them? Thomas really enjoys seeing the clothes that people wear, and then asking me to buy the fabric and making him a matching outfit.

Okay now let's get to today's bloggers!

PhatQuarters is back again this year with a sweet look for a boy!

 Beri Bee Designs found some super cool fabric for her son's look. I love it paired with the stripes!

SewSophieLynn use such fun fabric! I really want to make Thomas a shirt with it!

CKC Patterns has a hipster look to share with us today!! I LOVE all the looks they have came up with this week!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Boys Can Wear Pink Season 4 Day 3

Boys Can Wear Pink Day 3

Day 3 is here!! Today we have....

Sprouting JubeJube shares a beautiful pink button down with us. Everything about this shirt is simply beautiful. Hop to her blog to see who it's for!!

 Handcrafted by RED has some super cool fabric any boy (and lots of girls!!) would love to wear!

 CKC Patterns is back and today they have a comfy look with a message.

And while we are here, this will forever be one of my favorite "I dressed myself pictures". LOL It's so much proof that boys like bold bright fun colors too!

Come back tomorrow for more great ideas for your son's wardrobe!!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Boys Can Wear Pink Season 4 Day 2

Boys Can Wear Pink Season 4 Day 2

The most fun part of this is seeing how much the kids have grown up over the years and how their style and personality influences what is created. Last year, Thomas didn't want "a pink shirt". (He actually doesn't care for pink. LOL He loves purple though!) So, we went with this cool rainbow striped zebra fabric. This shirt is still in very heavy rotation in his closet!

Boys Can Wear Pink is about opening peoples eyes to fact that EVERYBODY CAN WEAR EVERY COLOR. Pink and purple are not only for girls and blue and black are not only for boys. Anybody can wear anything. My goal for this tour every year is to get that message across.

Welcome back to day 2 of the Boys Can Wear Pink Tour! Did you enjoy the awesome stuff from day 1? I did!! Here is today's line up.

 Tales of a Tester has a fun look for us with a mix of patterns! I need that origami fabric!

DoodleNumber5 sewed the cutest pink plaid shirt. This is so perfect for spring!

 Sew Shelly Sew has the cutest pink piggy slippers to share! Definitely something every boy should own!

Max California has a new boy in the house and he is rocking some amazing overalls in some of the best fabric ever!

 CKC Patterns has a fun Western look to share with us today! I love pink button down shirts!

Come back tomorrow for more great ideas for your son's wardrobe!!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Boys Can Wear Pink Season FOUR

Boys Can Wear Pink Season 4

Can you believe we are on season FOUR of Boys Can Wear Pink?! I can't!! My little guy isn't so little anymore and he definitely has an even stronger opinion of what he will wear now that he's 7 (He will tell you he's 8 since his birthday is in April.)

Look how big he is!!! But that huge smile hasn't changed. Well, it's missing some teeth, but the smile is the same. ;)

Now that I'm sewing for an older boy, I make sure he loves everything I make him. He has input on the fabric and patterns I use. When he saw this Cotton + Steel Mystery Food (sorry, it's sold out!) in orchid, he was definitely in love! And when I paired it with this super cool distressed denim knit, he was over the moon!

Seriously, how cool is that outfit!

The face of a happy customer.

I used Love Notions Vanguard Kit shirt for his shirt. It's such a great fit on him. I left it unhemmed because the fabric told me too. LOL I'm hoping the sleeves curl a bit more after a run through the washer.

For his pants, we went with his favorite comfy pants, the Love Notions Moto Maxx pants without the knee panels. This pattern makes the best slim fit joggers!!

Serious fashion going on with these pants.

I love these two fabrics paired together! And I'm definitely regretting not getting more of that Cotton + Steel fabric!! It's incredible!

Thomas hammed it up big time for our photo shoot.

Which definitely makes my job photographing him easier. But man, it makes picking blog pictures sooo much harder! Sooooo, you guys get to see lots of that big toothless smile.

I love this blog tour and I LOVE that so many of the bloggers have been with us from the start. It's incredible to see their kids grow over the years. Today's bloggers are.....

EYMM did the coolest applique for her look! Who says boys can't rock a pink jelly fish??

 Wild & Wanderful has been with us from the start. Her little guy is the same age as Thomas. It's been so fun to see them both grow up over the years.

 CKC Patterns will be joining us all week long! How fun!!! Today, they are sharing a modern look.

 MBJM has also been with us since year one. I can't get enough of her little blondies. I'm totally crushing over the fabric she used!!

Come back tomorrow for more great ideas for your son's wardrobe!!