Aug 23, 2016

Going back to School with Brush Strokes

When going back to school for the 7th year takes all the fun out of going back to school, you have to do something extra special for your tween! My soon to be 6th grader is very nervous to start Middle School this year so I knew I needed to make her something that would remind her that she is still a little girl in a growing body. Sadly, her growing body was not a good fit for the dress pattern we fell in love with! Good for one of her best friends however, because it fit her beautifully which brought smiles to both of these lovely ladies! So today, as my stop on the Back To School Blog Tour hosted by Sprouting Jube Jube and Lulu & Celeste I will show you my version tween style in middle school!
I wanted to make a dress that had twirl factor and yet still had a sophisticated look that my tween would go for. When I found the Zelt Dress by The Eli Monster I fell in love with the 60's vibe of the high collar and fun swing! My daughters favorite line in our SHOP right now is Brush Strokes by Holly DeGroot for Cloud 9 Fabrics.
Brush Strokes in Multi                    Geo Grid in Multi                           Canvas in Multi

Why? Because it screams bright colors & experimental style while nodding to the 80's and remaining just a bit romantical! We have outfits planned for each of the three prints we have in our shop - but the Zelt Dress screamed out for the sharpie marker composition book doodles of Geo Grid Multi.
It does not get much better than this! We added a fun little black belt to give the dress a bit more form.
This beautiful girl will be walking the halls of her new school with a bound in her step, confidence in her heart, and a twinkle in her eye!  I wish the same for all the littles, tweens, and seniors headed back to school this year! Enjoy the journey.

You do not want to miss any of the Back to School inspiration that you will find with this many awesome bloggers, sewers, & designers. Please take the time to visit us all!

You have bought all the school supplies that you can find, now let us send you some supplies to fill up your sewing space! Be sure to enter into both giveaways and tell your friends! To enter the Grand prize giveaway or to link up your Back to school creations, head over to 
Sprouting Jube Jube or Lulu & Celeste

Today's Giveaway is for 
1 PDF pattern from both Love Notions &  Sunday Girl Designs
**excludes bundles. 

Do you need to get supplies for your Back to School Sewing?!!? If so we have a ton of offers for you.

Aug 17, 2016

SLPCo Jane & Daphne Mash-up for School Spirit!

It is almost time to send my littles back to school! I never really know if this excites me or leaves me a bit melancholy. I do know however, that we have a wonderful local school with amazing teachers and school pride! Every Friday is Spirit-Day. On Spirit-Day the children are encouraged to wear school colors, fill each others buckets with good deeds, and say thank you to the school staff. Our school colors are Black & Gold. With three kids attending our school, there are often "aggressive negotiations" over the few gold and black items before school. So, this begin said I was excited to jump on Simple Life Pattern Company's Spirit Pride Day for our Back to School Tour!

There are so many wonderful patterns that I could have chosen to make, but I wanted to show you all a fun new Mash-Up. It is no secret that I am particular to the Jane Romper & Dress Pattern (it is my first PDF Pattern) but another favorite of mine is the Daphne's Double Skirt. I love how simple and stylish it is. I also love that it has huge oversized pockets! Today I am going to show you how to turn your Jane Romper & Dress pattern into a shirt only. Then we are going to pair it up with a denim Daphne Skirt for the perfect School-Spirit outfit!!!

The first thing you have to do is purchase and assemble your Jane pattern. We are only going to use the following pattern pieces; Back Bodice & Front Bodice. Jane has two bodice options, Flat Front or Pieced. I choose the Pieced Bodice and added the optional ruffles. To make Jane as a shirt you will need to add 1.5"- 2" ( depending on the torso length of your child) to the 'Romper Cut Line' at the base of both your Back Bodice and Front Bodice pieces. You can do this by cutting a scrap of paper at 1.5"- 2" and taping it to the bottom of your pattern.
Once you have done this you will cut out your bodice pieces, bias strips, button plackets, and ruffle and/or pockets if you would like to add them. Jane can also be made with or without sleeves. You will follow the tutorial through to Step 30 (depending on the options you will include). Once you have completed these steps you will simple hem your new Jane Shirt, by folding 1/2" to the wrong side, pressing, then folding again 1/2" to the wrong side. Topstitch the hem and you are done!

Now you can pair your new Jane Shirt with another great SLPCo pattern, like the Daphne Skirt! For my Jane shirt I used Art Gallery's in house design Twigged Path in Voile, available in our shop! This took care of black as one of our school colors, but I also needed gold. Gold is a very hard color to capture in fabric. While I was thinking about gold fabrics in our shop that would be durable enough and yet still stylish for my girls at school, Art Gallery's Denim was the first thing that came to mind! I love AGF Denim! It is vibrant, beautiful, so comfortable to wear, and the Canyon Sunset was exactly the color that I needed!

However making the Daphne Skirt in denim meant that I had to gather a lot of denim. So here are few tips & tricks so that you can make your own! The first thing I did was to cut down the width of the skirt panels by 2" each (I made a 4W). The structure of the denim will give you the fullness that you crave without needing the full width of the panel piece. I also would not suggest making both layers as it will be too thick. The second tip I have for you is to take your sweet time, use two gather-stitch lines (this technique makes such pretty gathers!) and gather the denim in little sections.

Next tip: Don't use pins, you will just bend them! I used wonder clips - a lot of wonder clips and it worked so perfectly! It was fast, secure, and did not add any additional bulk that my machine could complain about.

I am so in love with how this  Jane & Daphne Mash-Up turned out! My little lady looks comfortable, stylish, and she is all about that School Spirit!

I hope that you have been inspired to try something new with some of our PDF Patterns. It brings us so much joy to see what you create so be sure to tag us on social media with #SLPCOJane or #SLPCODaphne or #SLPCO...your pattern of choice! Be sure to also link up your recent SLPCo projects below to win a Gift Certificate to Phat Quarters (my personal favorite fabric shop!) and to join in the fun! You will also want to make sure that you visit all of our awesome bloggers as we all prep for Back to School! Happy Sewing...

Aug 15, 2016

Wanderlust Blog Tour - a Lookbook

We are super thrilled to recap our amazing Wanderlust Blog Tour! Each of our friends that participated truly inspired us with their creations!!! If you missed any of the stops on our tour you must take the time to go see how each blogger was inspired by Monaluna's Wanderlust fabric line.
I had the opportunity to create a few looks and I wanted to share my last look and one of my favorite prints with you today; Diamonds in the Rough. The geometric diamonds on this print makes it feel modern. Yet, the coloration is soft and easy, which makes it timeless. Combined, it is simply...awesome! I paired it with Wildflowers and could not be happier with how the two prints blend peacefully together.

To see more of this tunic, and all of the creations shared last week, take a peak at our first online publication; 'The Wanderlust Blog Tour Lookbook'. We wanted to find a way for you to keep the inspiration you found throughout our tour at your finger-tips. We hope that you enjoy this interactive lookbook. We also hope to see you over in our SHOP so that we can bundle up your favorite fabrics and send them off for your sewing enjoyment.

Be sure to check if you are one of our lucky fabric winners! 

Aug 12, 2016

Wanderlust Blog Tour - Wanderlust & Bloom

Monaluna Fabrics never fail to impress!  The modern artful prints that are released with each collection just make us fall in love with her designs all over again.  Many collections include prints that play well with each other, especially the two latest releases from Monaluna:  Wanderlust and BloomSkipping Stones from the Wanderlust line feels like it could just cuddle right up with any print in the Bloom collection, but we just love the pairing of the pink geometric dots with Lemons on crisp mint poplin.

Aug 10, 2016

Wanderlust Blog Tour - Jilly Atlanta's Mae in Feathers

Hi, I’m Jill from JillyAtlanta. I want to start off by giving a big shout out to Gemia and Leah for asking me to participate in this tour.  I have not used Monaluna’s fabric before so I did not really know what to expect. The feel and drape is exactly what I hoped it would be coming from a company dedicated to sustainability & comfort. Monaluna’s Wanderlust collection is… just INCREDIBLE!   While Monaluna supplied the fabric for this post, all opinions and ideas are mine.

I had the pleasure to sew up my newest pattern, the Mae. This is such a sweet pattern with a unique bodice shape and soft gathered skirt.  For the front bodice I wanted to showcase the Dusk poplin and I accented it with faux leather fringe. This is the centerpiece of the dress!! I chose the Feather poplin for the skirt.  The scale of this print is perfect for a sweet, little dress. The beautiful blue hues of the delicate feathers is breathtaking—it just makes it a perfect choice!  


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