RCF Swim Tour 2022

I just love this time of year. The trees are starting to bud, grass is finally starting to wake up again, and you can just feel the itch of summer coming on. We just love summer in my house, not just because we get to sleep in, but also because we love to swim. My kids participate in swim team each year and they really enjoy it. Fortunately, I enjoy making swim suits, especially since I can customize them to fit just perfectly. This year though, I branched out and made something for myself as well. I absolutely loved this geometric print from Raspberry Creek Fabrics that came out this year, so I used it for a swim top.

This print was so great for the Harley top pattern from Edgewater Avenue. The pattern can be made in 3 different styles to make different looks too, which is always a plus when it comes to purchasing a sewing pattern. I paired the top with the Roxy bottoms from Made for Mermaids in solid peacock swim. I love that these bottoms have a high waisted option and have ruching on the sides to help hide my tummy.

My daughter is 7 and loves to draw rainbows, so I knew the cute pink rainbow print would be perfect for her. She scoured through my pattern library to find exactly what she wanted this cute print to be. After looking for a while, she landed on the Brooklyn pattern from Petite Stitchery. The pattern comes with several different styles, including a knotted front and flutter sleeves, but she really liked all the ruching with the ties for her suit.

She literally squealed when she saw how it turned out. I really think this will end up being one of her favorite suits this summer. This print just paired so well with the solid fuchsia that’s in the shop too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed following along with the tour this week and that you’ve gotten some great inspiration for your next swim project. I know I’ve seen some wonderful sews over the last few weeks in the Facebook group. Make sure to keep a lookout for the last giveaway post today and be sure to check out the other sewists from this weeks swim tour.

Thank you to all of our amazing sewists who are joining us this week!

Hosted by SewSophieLynn and Paisley Roots

Sew Mary Mac, Lorelei Caroline, Sew With Summer, All My Spare Time

Made By Kates, The Imperfect Sewist, Intensely Distracted, Lovely for Life

Sew Whit Designs, Sew What with Afton, It’s Liesel, Clothed in Vermillion

Kainara Stitches, Stacey Durant, Desert Blooms, That’s Sew Kari

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RCF Favorite Things Blog Tour 2021

I had so much fun last year doing the Favorite Things tour with Raspberry Creek Fabrics that I came back again. I love that with this tour we get to sew up some of our favorite patterns along with share some of our favorite sewing related items. In addition to that, this year Raspberry Creek Fabrics will soon start allowing customers to order past prints on many different fabric bases.

With the way things went the last year or so, I definitely went with out favorite cozy and comfy patterns. I sewed a Valencia from Pattern Niche for me, since I love it for a relaxed tee pattern. My daughter got some new pajamas with the classic Movie Night Pajamas from Sew a Little Seam.

The Movie Night Pajamas pattern is probably one of the most used patterns in my library. It’s so great with lots of options, and even better that it’s a free pattern. My kids are always in need of pajamas since they’re growing so fast. I used some double brushed polyester for her pair of pajamas with a print from early 2017.

I personally have always loved wearing relaxed tees. It’s one of my go-to outfits to pair with jeans, joggers, or shorts. The Valencia pattern from Pattern Niche has tons of different options, including color blocking, banded hems for sweaters, and even cute back options. The fit of this pattern has always been one of my favorites. I love the amount of ease it has through the waist and hips. With this version, I just did a simple tee with the new bamboo cotton spandex as a base. This base was really nice to work with it was only slightly lighter in weight than the RCF jersey fabric that I’m used to with the CLUB prints. I was surprised that it had less drape than some of the other bamboo fabrics that I’ve tried, but I love that it’s a good weight for the lighter prints so it’s not see through. I had one of my favorite florals from 2019 printed on this bamboo, and I’ve worn it several times (it probably needs to be washed again lol).

As we all know as sewists, there’s always a tool at our disposal that we love. For me, it’s my Kai scissors! Every pair that I own are a great weight so they’re comfortable in my hand, and they cut so buttery smooth. I love that my long 8″ ones are offset, so if you cut out your fabric with the pattern pieces on top then these will cut flat without having to lift the fabric to cut. I have so many different brands of scissors (Gingher, Weiss, Fiskars, and Westcott) and these are hands down the best ones that I have! I can never recommend them enough when someone asks for a good pair of scissors. They are worth every penny that I’ve spent.

I hope my favorite things inspired you to sew up something new for yourself, or someone else. Be sure to check out all the giveaways going on this week, as well as all the other talented sewists joining in on this tour.

Made By Kates, Kainara Stitches, I Sew Best After Midnight

Sew Mary Mac, Tessa Does for Love Notions, Sew Love You

All My Spare Time, Pins and Pinot, Crafty Professor

Sew Hard of Hearing, Replicate then Deviate, Sew Sophie Lynn

Genwin Design Co., Shwin Designs, That’s Sew Kari

SLPco Holiday Blog Tour 2020

It’s that time of year again for one of my favorite blog tours of the year. I really enjoy doing the fun holiday tours as it gives me a chance to sew all those beautiful dresses for my girl. The other reason that I love this tour is that I usually get to take pictures with some of my favorite people.

This year I used the Ella pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company in some beautiful knit from Art Gallery Fabrics. I love the asymmetrical skirt and the cut out with the tie in the back. There’s an option for two different ties, and of course several sleeve lengths. I really love the look of this dress. The neckline is so classic and beautiful.

Although I love a fancy dress for the holidays, sometimes having a knit dress is really nice not only for comfort but for playability too. The knit fabrics from Art Gallery fabrics are always so nice and soft too. They really do make for some of the most used dresses in our house. My daughter definitely like a fancy dress, but I also know that she does love to run around and have fun. Twirl factor is another plus.

Be sure to check out the other bloggers on this tour, including Tami Peterson and her girls in the first picture. She made the most amazing dresses for her older girls using Simple Life’s patterns and Art Gallery Fabrics as well.

 

A huge thank you to our sponsors!!

Follow along the Simple Life Pattern Company Holiday Blog Tour 2020

❅ Monday (11/9) That’s-Sew-Kari
❄ Tuesday (11/10) It’s Liesel
❅ Wednesday (11/11) Kainara Stitches
❄ Thursday (11/12) SewSophieLynn
❅ Friday (11/13) Kutti Couture

RCF Favorite Things Blog Tour

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I’m so excited to be joining along for the Favorite Things Blog Tour sponsored by Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  All of us on the tour are sewing some of our favorite patterns, along with sharing a few of our favorite sewing items.  Today, I’m sharing my Allegro shorts from Love Notions Sewing Patterns. I tested the original pattern a couple of years ago, and they recently updated the pattern to include a few more options (including woven joggers) and sizes. favorite blog5

I just love wearing nice, comfy shorts during the summer. I have a pair of Allegro shorts from a couple of years ago out of linen and they’re in constant rotation during the summer, so I knew that this pattern would be perfect for another pair this summer.  This gorgeous chambray from Raspberry Creek Fabrics is so soft and lightweight, and is great for the hot summer weather. favorite blog 2

Other than just being comfy, these shorts come together quickly too.  I was able to get them done in an afternoon and brought them along on our mini vacation to the lake.  What helped them to be so quick was my bodkin, which is one of my favorite little tools in my sewing room.  I love how fast it is to use for pulling elastic through casings, or pull drawstrings through too.  I used it a couple of times for these shorts for the elastic and the faux drawstring.

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I also love that this chambray is available in so many different colors in the shop. I’ve used some of the other colors for my daughter for dresses or shorts too.  She loves the pink and purple ones.  If you’ve been on the fence about getting this fabric, you really should pick some up.  It really is one of my favorite chambray fabrics that I have bought.

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Be sure to check out all the other fabulous sewists during the rest of the tour!

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Head to all the stops on this week’s tour:

Monday: Sewjourns, Sewing and Things, and Sew Mary Mac

Tuesday: Life Sew Savory, Made By Kates, and SewSophieLynn

Wednesday: Sweet Mama Life, Replicate Then Deviate, and Stitching and Making

Thursday: Handcrafted By RED, My Sew Bliss, and Kainara Stitches

Friday: It’s Liesel, Tessa Does for Love Notions, and Margarita on the Ross

 

Suit up for Summer 2020

We absolutely love summer in my house!  It’s one of our favorite times of the year, but what kid doesn’t love summer, especially when there’s no school.  For the past few years we’ve been doing swim lessons at a neighbor’s pool, and we’ve also set up one of those big above ground swimming pools in our backyard too.  The kids love it and it’s really nice to be able to go for a dip on a hot day.  Since we do lots of swimming, we need lots of swimsuits too.

My daughter loves all kinds of suits and isn’t really picky about what she wears.  She sometimes even put them on in winter and it makes me happy to see them all getting used.  I also love that I can customize her suits for her since she’s tall and skinny.  I don’t have to worry about them being baggy in the bum, or too wide when she really just needs length, not width.  For her first suit, I went with the Camila from Made for Mermaids.  It’s such a cute one piece suit, and has options for tie shoulders, or even strapless.  I made hers with the halter option and used the fuchsia dot to pair with this cute periwinkle floral.

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Her second suit turned out so cute with this blossom pink floral.  I paired it with the solid plum swim, and I just loved how they complimented each other.  The Narwhal pattern from Sofiona Designs has the cutest colorblocking.  This pattern is so cute and is really modest too.  This pattern also features a one piece option and criss-cross details too.

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Finally, I used this gorgeous navy floral for a suit for myself, because who doesn’t need a suit for summer too.  This floral paired so well solid navy swim, and I just love how this suit turned out.  I used the Bondi Suit pattern from Rebecca Page, and made the bikini version.  I love that this pattern also features a tankini option and high waisted shorts bottoms.  The shorts are favorite, as I really enjoy feeling more covered on the bottom.

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I hope you enjoyed all the suits that I made this year, and have found some inspiration for your swim sewing.  Be sure to check out all the other wonderful bloggers this week for the rest of the tour!  Also there’s a code for 15% off swim fabrics this week (March 23-March 29) with the code SWIMTOUR

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Holiday Blog Tour 2019

I always love this time of year!  My kids are usually starting to get really excited for the upcoming holidays, and spending time with their cousins.  Of course it’s hectic too with lots of things to go to, and sometimes my sewing gets pushed to the side.  Which is also part of the reason that I love doing this blog tour every year.  It gets me motivated to get Christmas dresses, or outfits together and ready so I’m not scrambling later on.  Simple Life Patterns does a holiday tour each year and I love participating!  This year, I really wanted to make something more casual, but also still cute for her.  The knit Patricia pattern delivered! slpcoholiday19-2

The Patricia pattern is actually drafted for woven fabrics, but there’s an extra add on pattern that has pieces for making it using knit fabric.  With my daughter’s red hair, she always looks really good in blues, so when I came across this Michael Miller fabric on the So Sew English Fabric website I knew it was the one.  It wasn’t “Christmas” fabric per say, but to me it still gave the vibe of a Christmas feel.  The woodland animals with the floral and greenery remind me of winter. slpcoholiday19-6

I really like that the Patricia pattern has a hi-low bodice which then gives the skirt a hi-low effect as well.  The deep scoop in the back of the bodice adds detail as well.  The knit add on has the long sleeves which are really nice for those of us in cooler climates.  We really enjoyed being able to get together with friends for this photoshoot, in which they were all wearing Simple Life Patterns as well. slpcoblog19-6slpcoblog19-4

It’s so nice to be able to get together with Sew Sophie Lynn and her girls.  They’re always a delight and they’re so sweet.  Check out her blog to see which patterns she sewed up in these gorgeous fabrics that you see. There’s also a huge sale going on over on the Simple Life Pattern company website with 40% off all patterns until 11/25/19. 75561460_10221261814518806_4756857927371849728_n

11/11 Boo + LuIdle Sunshine 11/12 Kutti CouturePear Berry Lane

11/13 Candice Ayala.comIt’s Liesel

11/14 Kainara StitchesSewSophieLynn

11/15 Sunflower SeamsSew and Tell Project

Also don’t forget to check out all the giveaways going on this week too! There’s some great prizes!74564855_10221252195798344_5592289195985993728_n 

Day 1 Giveaway (11/11)

Enter to win a fabric bundle from Spunkin Honeyhead Custom Fabric and a $10 credit to www.thesimplelifecompany.com

Day 2 Giveaway (11/12)

Enter to win a 5 yard bundle of Art Gallery Fabrics West Palm Collection and a $10 credit to www.thesimplelifecompany.com

Day 3 Giveaway (11/13)

Enter to win an Aurifil Thread Set and a $10 Credit to www.thesimplelifecompany.com

Day 4 Giveaway (11/14)

Enter to win Cricut Vinyl and SVG Cut Files

Day 5 Giveaway (11/15)

Enter to win a 12 yard bundle of fabric from Sincerely Rylee Fabrics and a $10 credit to www.thesimplelifecompany.com

Back to School Blog Tour 2019

Somehow my girl is starting her second year of preschool this year.  She’s grown a ton in the last year.  She’s even started sounding out words this summer and it’s so fun to see her blossoming.  She gets so proud of herself and I love to see her learning.  She’s not only growing with her reading, but she’s also growing taller too.  Dresses have always been her thing, so it was only fitting to make her a dress for back to school this year.

I scoured through my pattern stash only to tumble upon the gorgeous Adelyn from Simple Life Patterns.  It has several sleeve lengths, a cute scoop back with an optional tie, and two different styles of skirt (circle and gathered). adelyn

After looking at all of the options, I just had to go with the flutter sleeves.  I knew it would add such a feminine, and pretty look.  The back tie also added such a fun detail to this beautiful dress.  I knew I would have to do the circle skirt, because she just loves to twirl. adelyn6

Raspberry Creek Fabrics has the cutest alphabet double brushed polyester fabric that was just perfect for her dress.  I paired it with another one of their CLUB print double brushed polyester fabrics to went together so well with coordinating colors.  The finished dress just couldn’t have been more perfect!

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Giveaway!
10% off all patterns from DIBY Club with code: B2Sblogtour (expires Aug 25, 2019)
2 patterns of choice from DIBY Club (bundles excluded)
 2 patterns of choice from Rad Patterns
2 patterns of choice from Paisley Roots
1 pattern of choice from Sisboom
 
1 pattern of choice from Little Lizard King

 

 

1 pattern of choice from Titchy Threads

1 pattern of choice from New Horizons Designs



 

 

Leilani Romper from Peach Patterns

Rompers just scream summer to me!  My girl is usually all about dresses, but when we’re outside a lot at the playgrounds or running around town, a romper gets my vote for her to wear.  It helps to keep her covered while she’s on the slide, or getting in and out of the car.  I’m always looking for a fun woven pattern too, and the Leilani from Peach Patterns fits the bill.   rcfsummerrayon19-6

I used this new gorgeous rayon challis print from Raspberry Creek Fabrics for this one.  I really like their rayon challis base that they print on.  It’s not too light that it’s see through but still has good drape, and it’s also really easy to work with.  Some of the other rayon challis fabrics that I’ve worked with can move around really easily making it hard to cut out the pattern without having the fabric all wonky.  I’ve never had this issue with their rayon challis CLUB prints. rcfsummerrayon19-5

The Leilani has the option of having pockets or having a flounce too.  The ties at the shoulders make it easy to get on and off for restroom breaks.  The only issue is that she can’t tie them back by herself, so she still needs a little help there.  The waist has elastic in a casing (which was part of the seam, instead of a separate piece) to keep it up around the waist.  If you’re looking for a quick and easy woven romper pattern, the Leilani is perfect!  rcfsummerrayon19-3

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Raspberry Creek Fabrics Swimsuit Blog Tour

When I started sewing a couple of years ago, I never thought I’d be sewing swimsuits.  Honestly though, they’re one of the most beneficial things that I sew that actually fit my kids, and fit them well!  All the store bought swimsuits never fit them correctly.  Either they’re too big in the bum so they’re long enough for my kids, or too short but fit them in the width.  As you can imagine, I have tall and skinny kids.  The store bought suits just don’t fit right.  Sewing is the one thing I can do to give them a good fitting suit that isn’t falling off of them.

If you’ve followed me for long, either here or on Instagram, you know my love for Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  I use them a lot, because well for one, they’re local to me.  Second, they have great fabrics.  This year’s swim line is no exception to their great prints.  I spent most of last week sewing up all these beautiful fabrics.  The thickness is perfect, and I didn’t even line many of these because they just didn’t need it.

This first suit, I used the Retro looking stripe in a board short fabric.  I used the Long Beach Board Short pattern from New Horizons Designs.  I did shorten them a couple of inches as the pattern is meant to go past the knees and I prefer them to go to the top of the knee for better movement.  rcfswim19-16rcfswim19-17

This is definitely one of my favorite prints.  I adore how these turned out.  I feel like this pattern helped this print to stand out even more.

Next, I used this Circus floral swim fabric and paired it with the Circus dot swim.  The two fabrics worked so well together.  Since the fabrics are printed in house at Raspberry Creek, the colors match exactly.  I made the Lorelei swimsuit from Simple Life Pattern Company.  This is one of my favorite swimsuit patterns.  It’s just too cute, and the fit is perfect for my girl every time!

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Lastly, I used this gorgeous Navy Floral for a swimsuit for myself.  The Alexandria suit  from Made for Mermaids was the pattern that I used.  I added the flounce on the neckline. rcfswim19-11rcfswim19-12

I paired my suit with some board shorts using the Swim and Surf shorts pattern from Gracious Threads in the swim length.  I used the solid navy board short fabric from Raspberry Creek with some double fold white bias tape that I grabbed locally.  I made these last year, and I wear them whenever we go swimming.  They’re a staple for me in the summer.

All the swim fabrics that contain navy are currently on pre-order while the mill makes some more of the original swim base, as the replacement they sent doesn’t give the same results as the original swim base.  As soon as the original base comes in, they will ship out the navy printed fabrics to customers.  Sorry for the delay, but at least this way you know you’ll be getting the highest quality fabrics and standards that RCF stands for.

Now for the fun part, here is the link to the other bloggers for this tour, and codes for discounts to a few of our pattern sponsors.

Friday: Its Liesel / Amber Lauren Boutique / Violette Field Threads / Confetti Unicorn

For this week, March 11-15, 2019, our readers can enjoy 20% off SWIM ONLY from these sponsors!
Wardrobe By Me code: Raspberry Creek
Simple Life Pattern Company code: SLPCO-RCSWIM
Titchy Threads code: SUITUP19

5oo4 code: RCFSWIM
and 15% off SWIM ONLY from Jalie code: SWIMTOUR15OFF

 

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors!

 

Boo Designs / Sew A Little Seam / Titchy Threads / Simple Life Pattern Co. / Jalie

Little Lizard King / Made for Mermaids / Love Notions / Striped Swallow Designs

Patterns for Priates / Violette Field Threads / Wardrobe By Me / 5oo4 / Sew Like My Mom

 

Simple Life Pattern Company Holiday Blog Tour

I was lucky enough to be involved in the Simple Life Pattern Co. special occasion dress blog tour last year.  It was so fun to make a fancy dress for my daughter that she’s enjoyed all year long.  That Paisley has been worn so much and it’s about time to retire it.  This year we went a little more fancy.

We have a tradition of going to the symphony every year around Christmas.  Our local symphony does one that the kids can enjoy that includes many of the favorite Christmas songs.  I love making her a fancy dress every year that she can wear to the symphony.   This year, I made the Mila dress from SLPco.  slpcoholiday7

I will be honest that I saw a similar dress on the Mila listing and new that it would make the most beautiful dress.  Tiffany, from Pieces of Joy, created an awesome dress and it was my inspiration for this gorgeous Mila.  Hart’s Fabrics was generous enough to sponsor this tour and I found this wonderful rosette fabric and satin in black.  slpcoholiday4

When I was preparing to cut the skirt, I noticed that the selvedge edge had a great mesh/tulle and that since the rosettes were sewn on, I decided to leave the rosettes how they were and trim the tulle to create a scalloped hem without any real work.

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The big bow on the back adds to the gorgeous splendor of this dress.  It creates such a fancy and delicate look to such a wonderful pattern.  The tulip sleeves give the dress such a fun detail. slpcoholiday6

During the tour, all of the patterns over at Simple Life are currently 30% off (with the exception of the new Betty dress) with the code FALLINTOSLPCO.  They’re also doing a couple of giveaways by entering the Rafflecopter link below.  So, don’t let the sale get away from you.  Grab a cute pattern to sew up for your girl for the holidays!   slpcoholiday18

Don’t forget to check out all the other lovely dresses that the other bloggers have put together using SLPco’s beautiful patterns!

November 5 – Kutti CoutureSLPCO Team

November 6
Wonderfully Handmade
Ammon Lane

November 7 – Kainara StitchesIdle SunshinePearberry Lane

November 8 – Sew TwirlySew Sophie LynnBonnie and Blithe

November 9 – It’s LieselCandice Ayala

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