Naples Dress Blog Tour

Naples Dress Blog Tour

Naples Dress Blog Tour

Hi Guys! I’m so honored to be taking place in the Naples Dress Blog tour today! Jenn from A Jennuine Life asked me to be a part of this amazing tour and of course I had to say yes! This pattern is so, SO good you guys! I love patterns with a million options because I really feel like I’m getting a big bang for my buck. There are multiple lengths, sleeve options and neck closures (including a free peter pan collar pattern add on that Jenn designed for the tour!) Jenn’s patterns are impeccable, she has definitely found her calling!

Naples Dress Blog Tour

Naples Dress

What’s even more exciting is that one of my favorite fabric companies, Art Gallery, sponsored the tour and supplied all of the amazing fabric! If you haven’t had a chance to make clothing with Art Gallery Fabrics, I highly recommend it! They are known for their soft, high quality feel. I chose the “Delicate Femme in Gold” by Pat Bravo from her new Essentialss II line. I think this sweet girl looks so good in gold somehow which I think is kind of hard to do haha!

Naples Dress Blog Tour

I love long dresses on my sassy little tomboy girl and I loved the idea of the big butterfly sleeves that are still short and flowy. So, I went with the long gathered dress and short butterfly sleeves. I decided to use a metallic bias tape for a little pop and honestly it was pretty hard to work with, I might take it out and just use the pretty fabric from the dress. It flipped around a lot because it was so slippery but I do like the little gold touch that it adds.

Naples Dress Blog Tour

Naples Dress

Besides the stubborn bias tape that I chose, I absolutely loved this pattern, it was a fun yet simple sew. I loved the neckline closure and I already have a few more in the works!

Naples Dress

Naples Dress

No blog tour is complete without a giveaway! The winner will receive a fat quarter bundle of Essentials II from Art Gallery and a choice of any three of Jenn’s PDF patterns!! And if you just can’t wait (which I don’t blame you), You can grab the Naples while it is on sale HERE! Use code NAPLESTOUR for 25% off through Sunday 3/27 (bundles excluded as those are already discounted). Thanks so much for having me Jenn!

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 Be sure to check out all of these other amazing ladies on the tour here:

3/21: A Jennuine Life * My Sweet Sunshine * Chelise Patterson
3/22: Rock the Stitch * Taylor Made Creates * Élégantine!
3/23: Handcrafted by RED * Lily Shine * Pattern Revolution * Sew Sophie Lynn
3/24: Sew Shelly Sew * 2 Little Hooligans * Handmade Boy
3/25: Filles à Maman * While She Was Sleeping * That’s-Sew-Kari * Czarina’s Project

Chalk and Paint Romper

 Hi Guys! I’m so excited to be participating in Sew Caroline‘s Chalk and Paint Blog Tour today! Caroline’s 3rd and newest fabric line, Chalk and Paint is full of inspiration with it’s artsy and imaginative brush strokes and whimsical yet soft lines. It’s also no secret how much I love the quality of Art Gallery Fabric, it is always so soft and buttery!

chalk and paint romper

When I saw the line I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it! I have had the City Girl Romper on my to-sew list forever and I felt like it was the perfect match. How adorable are the little sunsuit style shorts on this romper?!

Chalk and Paint Romper

Chalk and Paint Romper

I fell in love with this fabric because I love the use of mint with the bright pink and the sienna color, super unexpected but such a fun combo. The back calls for rope/ribbon and last summer I bought a pair of shorts for myself and the tassels drove me crazy so I cut them off and threw them in my ribbon box. They were not only the perfect shade but when I measured them they were the perfect length to the inch!! SEW meant to be! I love it when stuff like that happens.

Chalk and Paint Romper

Chalk and Paint Romper

The romper. I LOVE rompers on babies, I mean is there anything cuter? Here in Texas it is definitely a must for spring and summer. It was a pretty easy sew and only took me a few hours. The top is fully lined and I love the bias tape binding on the inside of the legs. I had never used that technique before and I want to use it all the time now haha! You can kind of see it peeking out in some spots and I love that. Also… pleats and pockets… do I really need to say anymore? There are a few different lengths and size options but I obviously had to choose the little shorties for this little shorty :)

Chalk and Paint Romper

Chalk and Paint Romper

And it looks like Little Miss Sassy is really getting the hang of modeling for my blog pictures haha! Work it girl. She is actually so busy that it is getting harder and harder to even get a still image of her. Hopefully one day she understands how lucky she is to have the worlds most amazing one-of-a-kind wardrobe!

Chalk and Paint RomperChalk and Paint Romper

Chalk and Paint Romper

Chalk and Paint RomperThanks so much to Caroline for including me in the Chalk and Paint Blog Tour! Be sure to check out all of the other amazing sewists and check out what they made!

Chalk-and-Paint-Blog-Tour

Easy Legging Tutorial

Easy Legging Tutorial

Leggings are one of the the easiest things that I keep in my sewing arsenal! I’ve been using this method for years, first with my boys and now with my girl. The best part is you don’t need a pattern, you just need an existing pair of leggings that currently fit! Knits can be a little intimidating but all you really need is the right needle and some good quality fabric.

Easy Legging Tutorial

I had the pleasure of trying out some Charley Harper Birch Organic Knit and I can’t even explain how good this stuff is! It doesn’t even sew like a knit because it’s so soft and has such a nice rich thickness to it! Knit fabric sometimes has the tendency to slip around while you’re sewing but not this. I highly, highly recommend it… and especially this line, Maritime. You had me with clouds, fish and these amazing flamingos :) I have to get my hands on the octopus and sandling fabric to make my boys some shorts! Let’s get started on some leggings…

Easy Legging Tutorial

Easy Legging Tutorial

You will need: knit fabric (about a yard give or take depending on the size you are making), elastic, a knit needle (ballpoint needle) for your sewing machine, thread and pins, and an existing pair of leggings that fit your kiddo.

Easy Legging Tutorial

Start with your existing leggings, I like to size up when I’m making handmade clothes so they can wear it for a really long time :)

Easy Legging Tutorial

Fold the leggings and your fabric in half longways and place the leg seam of the leggings on the fold of your knit making sure to line that up.

Easy Legging Tutorial Easy Legging Tutorial

Using a pencil or a water soluble marker, add in your seam allowance and trace. I add in about 1 1/2″ for both the waistband and the bottom of the legs, and about 3/4″- 1″ on the inner seam depending on what kind of seam allowance you like. Cut out your knit.

Easy Legging Tutorial

Easy Legging Tutorial You will need to make two cuts just like this so do this same thing twice so that you have two pieces that look like this:

Easy Legging Tutorial

I like to hem up the bottom of the leggings at this point because I find the opening to be too tiny for me to make them as pretty once everything is assembled. Fold the bottom of the pants (the more narrow side) up 1/2″ then press and another 1/2″ and press down. Pin that and sew it down for both legs. I like to hem with double lines but that’s not necessary, a zig zag stitch also works well if your fabric is really tight. DON’T FORGET YOUR BALL POINT NEEDLE… PSA of the day!

Easy Legging Tutorial

Easy Legging Tutorial

Easy Legging Tutorial

Next, lay the knit pieces on top of each other, right sides together. You want to sew starting at the top where the waist is and down the curve then stop once you get to the legs.

Easy Legging Tutorial

Then turn them and lay the legs together, right sides together. Now you want to sew from one inner leg all the way around to the other inner leg matching up seams and the ends of the legs.

Easy Legging Tutorial

Easy Legging Tutorial Next, fold the waistband part under by 1 1/2″. Sew all the way around but make sure to leave a 1″-2″ opening for your elastic. I like to mark my opening so I don’t forget.

Easy Legging Tutorial Easy Legging Tutorial

Almost done! Time to cut your elastic, measure your baby’s waist and cut the elastic to that measurement. If you add anything it will be too loose so I always cut it to the exact measurement. Once you have sewn all the way around, insert your elastic with a safety pin making sure it stays flat. Bring it out and around the other side.

Easy Legging Tutorial

Easy Legging Tutorial

Now use a zig zag stitch and sew up the elastic overlapping it by 1/2″ on both pieces.

Easy Legging Tutorial

Last step… close up that hole on the back of the waistband where we inserted the elastic.

Easy Legging Tutorial TaDa! We made leggings! Super simple right?!

Easy Legging Tutorial

Now it’s time to break in your new leggings! Baby aerobics optional :)

Easy Legging Tutorial

Easy Legging Tutorial Easy Legging Tutorial Easy Legging Tutorial

Easy Legging Tutorial

Manhattan Valentine Dress

manhattan valentine dress

My poor boys. I used to make them Valentine’s Day shirts but lets me honest, dresses are more fun :) And what is Valentines day without a new dress right?

manhattan valentine dress

I have had the Manhattan Blouse by See Kate Sew on my to-sew list for months. Something else I have wanted for months? That Fruit Dot Print!! ( The Fabric is Cotton & Steel Fruit Dots in Peaches Orchid and you can find it HERE) I decided this print would make the most perfect Manhattan Top/Dress!

Manhattan Valentine dress

I just extended the skirt part of the pattern by about 3-3.5″ in length to make it a dress, super easy.

manhattan valentine dress

I have been hoarding that Anna Maria Horner Little Folks panel for so long (color is Square Dance Citrus). When I hoard something for more than a few years I have a really hard time cutting in to it but I felt like this was so perfect, right?!

manhattan valentine dress

I went with a citrus button on the back, I just love the little opening. I love sewing baby dresses because they are so quick… too quick for me to get sick of them before I’m done :)

manhattan valentine dress

manhattan valentine dress

And as usual Bee LOVES her new dress! Perfect for pushing your baby doll in the stroller, throwing pom poms and twirling! What more can a girl ask for?!

manhattan valentine dress

manhattan valentine dress

manhattan valentine dress

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