Kendrick Overalls in Washed Denim

Hey friends! Coming back at ya with another fun Pinterest inspired look!! This past year overalls have really been huge!!! Many retailers and sewing pattern designers have stretched the creativity in rethinking the classic overalls with some fun modern details. I quickly filled my Pinterest board of some great inspiration and went to shop for patterns, fabric and of course, accessories to complete the look!!

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Kendrick Overalls

Meet the Kendrick Overalls by Hey June Handmade. A super cute high-waisted, wide leg pant paired with a plunging front and of course….pockets! I fell in love with the thought of being chic, stylish and also wearing overalls all at the same time ❤

I sewed the Kendrick’s in a light and drapey Black Washed denim by Robert Kaufman from Hawthorne Supply Co. I didn’t want anything too heavy or stiff as we’re heading into spring and I love sewing items that will easily transition from season to season.

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I sewed the size closest to my measurements but made some adjustments to get a slimmer fit through the hip to keep the pants from becoming too “heavy” and throw the balance off with the slim bib up top.

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When I make another pair, I’ll widen and deepen the pocket opening as taking in the side seams made for a tiny pocket to slip my hands in. But yay for pockets!!!

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I hemmed these to hit just at the top of my new boots (aren’t they cute?? Lucky Brand on sale!) which meant I hemmed 1.5″ instead of the suggested 3″. Next pair I’ll add some length to the bottom so that I can get that really cool deep hem! I may also add a tiny bit to the rise to bring the back waistband down a touch. The best part of sewing for yourself is getting that perfectly tailored, comfortable fit!

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I couldn’t figure out how to keep the straps from falling so I ended up knotting them. I did slim the straps since I am much smaller on top than I am on bottom, so maybe that’s why they wouldn’t stay up. It’s all about balance. HA!

Here’s a great side by side of my main Pinterest-inspiration. I love this look from & Other Stories.

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These overalls brought a few firsts for me but I love learning and trying new techniques. I am still riding the high of #sewfancypants month last month, and have several more pants planned for spring!

Taos Top

Speaking of firsts- check out the Taos top I sewed up! The debut pattern for Thread Bear Garments, this top pattern is a must have! I sewed this one from a slinky white knit I got from Joann fabrics. Because of the lightweight and drape of the knit, I chose the View B cowl neck with the View A scooped bottom. I love the cowl with the deep v of the Kendrick overalls. A pretty cute pair if I do say so myself!

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I’ll be back next week with another fabulous Taos Top and more details on the pattern, so stay tuned!

 

Entryway Nook Makeover: Adding Fabrics to Your Home Decor

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Spring is on it’s way and if you’re like me, you’re itchy to transition that winter decor into some bright and cheerful spring pieces! I had so much fun sprucing up this entryway nook, and I hope you had fun helping me along the way via our Instagram chats/polls! If we’re not already IG friends, please come follow along to see more behind the scenes, free tutorials each Thursday and all the fun in between the squares 🙂

Before we discuss the fun additions I’ve made to the space, let’s take a look at the most boring of boring “befores” of all time…

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Quick backstory on the bench: We received this beautiful bench as a wedding gift from my husband’s grandparents. It has made it’s way from Michigan to Hawaii to California and now to Texas. It has never, ever fit into a purposeful space in our homes until now. I had to celebrate this fit by really making this space pop! I smile each time I walk by this bench, mostly because of the sweet memories I have of my husband’s grandparents and their 50+ years of marriage but also because of the fresh decor it now boasts ❤

Adding Fabric to Embroidery Hoops

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I used fabric in two aspects to add color and warmth to this space. First, I made this super (duper) easy embroidery hoop wall art. The easiest tutorial ever to hit Tutorial Thursdays on Instagram. If you missed it, don’t worry…I saved it to my highlights so check there.

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I bought the embroidery hoops in a set from Amazon. The fabric is from the Gathered Collection by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics. I ordered them by the half yard from Hawthorne Supply Co. You could easily get away with Fat Quarter size pieces of fabric from your favorite quilt shop too!

Fresh Pillow Covers

The second way I incorporated this gorgeous fabric into this space was by making new pillow covers. Hey friends, I’ve got a tutorial for that too 😉 Head back to the highlights on my Insta and you’ll be ready to sew some new covers!

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And, my friends and I went back and forth on which fabric to use for the pillow covers…like 50/50 votes on the poll…so I just ended up sewing three pillow covers for each fabric print. Many suggested using the floral for spring and summer, and moving to the mustard for fall/winter but if you know me, I already have the next fabrics picked out for summer 😉

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Creating Coziness

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I had fun grabbing pieces throughout the house to bring in some more color and warmth to the space. The fiddle fig is real, and still alive (going on one month, yay!!!!). The faux greenery garland, ceramic vase and wooden beads are all from Hobby Lobby. The rose fringe blanket was a gift from my mother-in-law from Pier One. Baskets are from Target. Large pillows are from Home Goods

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I hope this post gives you some inspiration and motivation to incorporate fabrics into your home decor, even if you don’t sew! XOXO.

SewMyStyle: My First Handmade Activewear!

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Crushin’ another 2019 goal to sew activewear with this post today! I feel like goals are super great to have, and even better to work hard to achieve!!! This project was super motivating to me because it combines my two biggest passions: fitness & sewing!!

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I started planning this project back in the fall and had different fabric picked out but it sold out by the time I actually got around to purchasing and sewing these tights 😦 Let that be a lesson to you, my sewing friend- if you see some fabulous fabric… JUST GET IT ALL. Please tell me I’m not the only one that has learned this lesson the hard way??? I am pretty pleased with my second choice of fabric, so let’s take a look:

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Activewear Fabrics

I ordered this super fun and cheerful big palm leaf fabric by Pine Crest Fabrics from Fabric.com. The price per yard seems expensive but I was able to sew these leggings from the yard and half, plus I have enough to make some matching shorties for my girls! The fabric has 70% stretch which is perfect for activewear. It’s a double knit which means more durability and it’s super soft/smooth just like you’d expect from workout leggings!

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The white mesh fabric I used for the insets was not my best choice. In fact, I might just seam rip them out and redo that part. I ordered the PolarTec Power Dry White mesh, thinking “power dry” is a good thing since I sweat so much while working out! But, it was too thick and not at all as cute as the super thin, transparent nylon mesh most of my store-bought leggings have. I still love the look of the leggings but if I were to remake them, I’d pick a different mesh for the inset.

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Inspire Tights

I used the Inspire Tights pattern from Greenstyle Creations for these leggings. I loved the multiple options for adding insets at the thigh or back of the knee. The low-rise waistband is great because I usually fuss with high-waisted leggings as my waist doesn’t need the extra coverage/control (thanks to CX Worx)! There are multiple finished length options to allow for year-round use. The pattern was a super easy sew and would be great for a beginner sewist.

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I did alter the pattern slightly as I wanted the slash insets across the thigh to be a bit thicker to emulate a similar pair I have from Lululemon. I added 1″ to the top and bottom of the front & back inset pieces, extending the sides to fit the original shape of the legging. I then took off 1″ to the top and bottom of the inset cut lines. I am super pleased with the bigger insets!

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The fit was spot on with my measurements. The one adjustment I will make next time is to give myself a tiny bit more rise in the back to keep these leggings squat-appropriate 😉

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DIY Momiform: Basic Tees and Joggers

I made pants! I made pants!!! Have you heard…I made pants!!! HA! It was a huge goal of 2019 to sew more functional pieces to my wardrobe- especially pants- so I am super pleased with my first attempt. I made a pinboard as inspiration to really up my mom-style game this winter. Check the “Hudson Jogger” section to see where I gained lots of styling ideas. I’ll be adding to the pinboard over the next month or so as I continue to sew and style these Pinterest-inspired looks!

Side Note: Be sure to read to the end about the three different v-neck tees I made and how the different types of knit fabric changed the fit and overall look of the top.

Joggers & Classic Tee

I saw this super chic yet comfortably styled gal on Pinterest and immediately knew I could re-create the look with three super basic patterns. For the cardigan I used the M4M Darcey (you may recognize it from my fall capsule wardrobe). For the shirt, I sewed up the Classic Tee from Love Notions in a slinky white knit from Joann. My first attempt at pants in 2019 was the Hudson Pants from True Bias in a stretch twill from Joann.

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I styled the look to the inspiration from the Pinterest pic- nude heels and my computer glasses. PS. There are pockets ❤

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I love this outfit for a few reasons: 1. I feel super put together. Like super chic, super sophisticated and that I am not “just a mom.” 2. These pants are basically pjs which means I can wear them literally ALL day long. To bed, to school drop off, to work, and then back to bed. 3. This outfit can transition throughout the seasons simply by changing the shoes and the layers. Such great staple pieces added to my wardrobe!

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The second classic tee I made was with this thick, interlock knit from Cloud 9 Organics. I paired it with my go-to jean jacket and my new platform tennies (both from TJ Maxx). On a typical day, this is more of the momiform that I sport.

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And for my last Classic Tee & Joggers ensemble…I like to call this the “third day hair” look…you know when you get a few days in on not washing your hair and you just need a hat to make things better again! I went for a side knot of this Classic Tee sewn in AGF jersey knit.

All three looks are easy, comfortable and can transition from season to season. I love adding practical, staple pieces to my handmade wardrobe that still help me to feel stylish and put together.

Knit Comparison

I thought it was interesting to see a side-by-side of the three tees and how the different types of knit changed the drape, fit and overall look of the tee. The white fabric being the thinnest, slinkiest knit meant it fit bigger and draped away from my body more. The light grey was the thickest, less stretchy knit and that caused it to bit a stiffer and more boxy look. The dark grey was the middle of the the three knits with slight drape but still a bit of substance. When shopping for knit, it’s important to consider the properties of the particular knit and how it will effect the way your garment fits and hangs on your body.


Thanks for reading about my Classic Tee & Joggers sew! You can always see more behind the scenes, progress pics and hear about my sewing plans by watching my instastories and scrolling my feed on Instagram.

What tee/jogger combo did you like the most? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below!

DIY Wallpaper: Floral Horse Bedroom Project with Hawthorne Supply Co.

Hey friends! This project has been a long time coming…basically since we decided on which house to purchase back in October! However, the timing was spot on as our friends at Hawthorne Supply Co. released some incredible peel-and-stick wallpaper to their website last fall! If you’ve been a long time follower, you know of our love for Hawthorne Supply Co for their beautiful fabric and many substrates! But to now have the same gorgeous prints available for our walls…I mean…. COME ON!!! Home decor has never looked better!! If you follow me on Instagram, you saw a few sneak peeks and I’ve been so eager to share the final look with you so without further ado…let’s get to it!

Selecting the Perfect Print & Prepping the Wall

Kenzie and I sat down and scrolled the 80+ wallpaper options on their website and decided that the Plush Floral in Sweet Pea was the perfect choice to create an incredible accent wall in her new room. We both were anxious and excited for the wallpaper to arrive.

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In the meantime, we busted out the power sander and smoothed the texture from her wall. The non-toxic re-adhesive wallpaper goes on best with a clean, dry, smooth wall. They recommend that if the wall was recently painted that you wait at least 30 days before applying the wallpaper. Once we had the wall ready to go, we gathered the few needed supplies: a smoothing tool (I used my Sams Card…no shame here), a step stool and a sharp knife to edge and trim the wall paper. I snapped a quick before picture so you can see where we started. Note: the furniture is covered because we were sanding the wall, you won’t need to cover anything! There’s no mess with this awesome wallpaper!

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Applying the Wallpaper

I’m going to show you a quick video tutorial on my Instagram stories this week so keep an eye out for the video. I thought I’d give you a quick rundown of how I applied the wallpaper in the meantime. If you have any hesitations on applying wallpaper let me be the first to just tell you it is SO easy and it is NOT your mama’s wallpaper! If you can put a sticker on something, you can apply this wallpaper. The best news: each wallpaper order will come with an installation guide and Hawthorne has a full FAQ on their site to help you even further!

Starting in the left corner, you’ll apply the top edge of the roll (the bottom has your name and order number printed on it) by peeling the backing paper away from the wallpaper and simply sticking the wallpaper to the wall. I worked in about 10 inch increments. Peel the backing paper, smooth the wallpaper on. It’s really that simple!

Once you reach the bottom of your wall, you’ll use a sharp blade or knife to trim along the top of your baseboard/trim. Grab your next roll with the top (non-text printed) edge back up at the ceiling and 3/4″ inch overlap on the previous roll. Peel the backing paper down about 10″, smooth the wallpaper to the wall ensuring the overlap is creating a seamless print and so on! Seriously SO.EASY. If you’re doubting me, just check the instastories for more behind the scenes and a quick video!

No glue, no sloppy paste, no scrapping to remove it, none of that old school wallpaper drama! This wallpaper is removable and reusable and even wipeable. And may I add, addicting!

The Completed Look

Now that we’ve talked through the prep phase and applying the wallpaper…I bet you’re just beyond excited to see the final look. Wait no more…here she is:

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Amazing, right??? It’s a room any girl would dream of!!!

Sources:

Pink Ruffle Bedding: Kohls

Bed: Baby Appleseed Convertible Bed

Wall Decor (except the horse and vintage show ribbons): Hobby Lobby

Striped Throw Pillows: Handmade by Me, tutorial on Instagram

Striped Throw Pillow Fabric: Modern Stripe in Mint

 

Big thanks to our friends at Hawthorne Supply Co. for collaborating on this project and sponsoring the wallpaper for our accent wall. We are in love with both rooms we’ve wallpapered with Hawthorne Supply Co.

 

2019 Color of the Year: Fabric Inspiration

Hey friends!!! I am soooo excited for the Pantone Color of the Year for 2019: Living Coral. As a child, I grew up loving the color pink! Everything was pink, pink, pink. But as I am getting older (so gracefully, if I could add), my color taste has become a bit more refined and I definitely dig the coral vibes! The color is cheerful, bright and adds warmth during these cooler months. But you don’t have to wait for spring or summer to add some coral touches to your wardrobe! Let’s take a look at some of my favorite coral fabrics:

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Image Source: Pantone

If you want to take the shortcut and get right to shopping, you can head to my Color of the Year board here.

Stripes

Along with my refined color pallet, I am totally feeling the business casual vibes for 2019. These striped fabrics are on point!

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I love this grey and coral wool from Mood. I could totally rock a striped blazer, skinny jeans and a nice heel for a date night!

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This white and coral linen also from Mood is begging to become some great trousers like the Lander pant from True Bias.

Knits

If you’re not into the business casual look, let’s check out these coral-y knits for your comfy and cozy patterns:

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A marled sweater knit from Fabric.com would make an awesome poncho in cooler temps! Sooooo cozy!

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You know my love of duster cardigans is DEEP, so I’d totally love a Darcey Duster in this gorgeous Ponte de Roma from Fabric.com.

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It’s like as if some fabric companies just knew what the 2019 color of the year would be when they released their late 2018 collections!

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A gorgeous Odgen Cami in this spectacular rayon challis from Cotton & Steel/Rifle Paper Co. would be the perfect pop of coral!

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I can totally see myself walking the beach in a Giselle Kimono sewn from this fun Cotton & Steel/Rifle Paper Co lawn print.

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Lastly, this incredible floral from Margaret Jeane for Hawthorne Supply Co is the perfect print to ease your way into adding coral! You can order this print in poplin, rayon, quilting cotton, canvas and knit so the pattern pairings are endless!


 

I hope you found inspiration to add some coral into your wardrobe this year! Whether you want to go for a solid coral or a subtle coral, I am sure this 2019 Color of the Year will bring you some warmth and cheer.

Let me know which fabric was your favorite and what you’d love to sew with it in the comments below! I can’t wait to add some coral into my own wardrobe so stay tuned for some great looks in 2019 with some of these prints!

2018 Recap and 2019 Goals

Hey friends! I hope you are having an awesome start to the New Year! I love this time of the year when everyone is positive, hopeful and motivated!!! Scrolling social media has been such a source of encouragement and light these past few days and I just wish the momentum kept going all year long. But, of course we’re all human and we just can’t always stay “on” for such long periods of time. We’ll touch on that more later…but for now let’s take a quick look back at 2018 for Lily Shine Creates!

2018 Recap

January of 2018 was the start of my “me made” adventures. Up until that point, I really hadn’t sewn much for myself or had much interest in it at all. Recently, both of my girls are really outgrowing the desire to wear mom-made anymore so I had to find someone else to sew for! Who better than myself???

I had a few hesitations in sewing for myself, which I’m guessing many of you share. First, I realllllllly didn’t want to measure myself. Measure *all* the areas and compare those measurements to a size chart. I have no clue why the pride gets in the way of sewing what your actual body needs, but for some reason it really presents a challenge to me. I had to get over that quickly because having a good fitting garment is just too important! Plus, if you sew it yourself, it’s whatever size you say it is 😉

The second hesitation is the sewing for yourself takes *so* much more fabric than sewing, say, a kids size 5. Bigger pattern pieces meant more paper and glue to stick them together. Further, bigger pattern pieces meant I needed a bigger area to cut out the fabric. It took me a bit to regain perspective.

Here is a look at my first me-made of 2018:

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I used the Piper top pattern from Violette Field Threads with Art Gallery Fabrics Campsite collection knit. You could say I gently eased my way into sewing for myself as a knit is quite forgiving and this pattern was super basic. I do love the length of the sleeve, the relaxed fit of the top and the pretty scooped back.

Once the me-made ball was rolling, it really caught momentum. Sewing for myself has connected me with so many wonderful me-made sewists on IG and the blogosphere. I have made some really fun friendships over this past year from interacting, encouraging and learning from others! I have sewed countless items in just this past year, from fancy dresses, beach coverups, to an entire fall capsule wardrobe!

If you are scared to sew for yourself, or perhaps have a few hesitations like those I mentioned previously, JUST GET OVER IT! Haha! But seriously, just pick a super easy pattern. Pick something that doesn’t take much fabric like a simple knit top. Just take the plunge and sew it. If you hate it, just seam rip it and use the fabric for something else. If you love it, photograph it and post it to social media and get plugged in!!! I know you’ll be so glad you did! There is something just so uniquely rewarding in clothing yourself with something you made specifically for you, to your measurements and to your liking. If you’re a control freak like me- you have no idea just how happy this will make you to have the control of every single stitch and detail in your garments. I can’t encourage you enough to just go for it!!! I’d love to encourage you, so drop your insta in the comments to this blog post and let’s get connected!

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See how happy sewing for yourself can make you?? One of my last sews in 2018 was this Magnolia dress from Deer and Doe Patterns in a stretch emerald velvet. Photo by Mod Bettie.


2019 Goals

I shared a bit of my heart for 2019 on my Insta here but I thought I’d give a bit more detail, as one can in a blog post!

I like to keep my resolutions simple, measurable and attainable. After all, what is the sense in working and giving up on something that you know you won’t really be able to accomplish?!?! I set out a few personal, sewing and home goals I’d love to share with you!

Personal: I need a friend. I have tons of insta-friends. I could dm my heart out everyday but sometimes I just need a friend with skin- you know what I mean!?!?!? A real life friend that can be hugged and laughed with and can cheers a cuppa coffee or a glass of wine. Moving every 3 years has it’s ups for sure but a huge down is that I am constantly putting myself out there trying to make a friend. As social as I seem online, I’m pretty timid and shy in real life. At first. And then there’s no shutting me up. HA. I need to get plugged in to our church and a local gym. I miss teaching classes at the gym but most of all I miss the human interaction! I also want to be 100% present for my kids. It’s so easy to get sucked into social media with that phone in your hand constantly but I hope to be able to unplug online and really stay connected with my kids. They are getting older and I know this time with them is so valuable.

Sewing: Sewing slower and more detailed. I tend to rush through projects because I’m just too excited to sew, photo and share. I just want to see the end result but often wish I had put more thought and attention into my garments. I reallllllly don’t want to buy items from the store that I can easily make. I have slowed down my apparel shopping a ton but I know I can go even further. Lastly, I would love to bring my girls into the design process and even sew with me!

Home: If you haven’t heard, we bought a house!!! It needed a bit of TLC so we’ve set out to go Fixer-Upper style on it for a few projects. I’ll be documenting them on the blog and on my insta mostly as a way to just see before & after of our hard work, but also because I know many of you want to do the very same projects in your home! One big goal is to doll up the storage shed in our backyard to be my new office space. Crossing fingers that can become reality this year as I really don’t want to be sewing out of the guest room anymore!

What about you? Do you have any great goals for 2019? I’d love to hear them and be an encouragement to you as you set to achieve great things! What would you like to see here on Lily Shine Creates in 2019? I hope to keep this space positive, encouraging, inspiring and helpful!

XOXO.

DIY Fall Capsule Wardrobe {Reveal}

Friends! Can you believe this day is finally here??? I started planning for this capsule wardrobe back at the end of September with great expectations (such great expectations) and excitement to build a styled capsule collection to wear all fall long. There were some twists and turns along the way, but I am so thrilled to finally sit down and type out this blog post to share the details with you all! Thank you to those who have been a part of the journey from day one- suggesting the perfect fabrics, the awesome patterns from my pinspiration, and for cheering me on along the way. If you missed it all, please head to my Instagram for the “work in progress” reel! I’ll be back later this week to share the “what I wish I did right the first time” notes that I hope you all can learn from my mistakes as you create your own capsule wardrobe! But, for now, let’s just take a look at what came to be from all that hard work…brew a good cup of coffee and cuddle up at your favorite seat because this one is a long read, but oh so worth it!

What is a sudoku capsule wardrobe?

So glad you asked! I realized throughout this experience that many of you aren’t familiar with the sudoku style wardrobe building, so I thought I’d break it down for you quickly. This concept isn’t new, in fact one of my sewing buddies made it cool a few years ago. Everyone has a bit different take on the sudoku capsule style, but I adapted the concept to focus on what my goals were: To create a fall wardrobe that had accessories and hair styles to get me out of my boring “momiform” rut. 

Each row, column and along the diagonal creates a head-to-toe look, a unique outfit that will work for daytime, date nights, girls nights out or just a trip to my local fabric shop to do some more hoarding….I mean fabric purchasing…same difference. Essentially, I wanted a reference guide to help me get dressed each morning. I have 10 easy looks ready to throw on at a moments notice. As a busy, work-at-home mom, this concept is BLISS I tell you! Let’s take a look at my fall capsule wardrobe:

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You’ll see that along each row, each column and each diagonal there are four parts to make up my head-to-toe look: A hairstyle, an accessory, a shoe and apparel. Before you panic and think that some days I’m only wearing a dolman top, or only wearing a mini skirt…I promise I have on a full outfit, but for aesthetics, I just put one of the two patterns in the cell. HA!

As I was photographing outfits, I noticed that there are many more combinations possible if you make non-straight line combos and maybe I’ll keep putting together looks from these pieces and show you how to really maximize your capsule wardrobe! Keep an eye out on my IG for those additional looks!

The Fabrics

As I was putting together the patterns, accessories and shoes for each look, I needed to be sure that I had a good color palette to work from in that my fall wardrobe would be interchangeable to get the most bang for my buck. I chose fabrics that a) I love b) work together c) were weather appropriate d) could transition from season to season. I needed all those criteria because after taking the time to sew, photograph and blog about this wardrobe, I actually need to be able to wear it! And not just for the blog post, but for real and for a long time!!!

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Left to Right:

Tri-Blend Jersey Solid in Sage from Sly Fox Fabrics. This jersey is cozy but not too thick, great for layering and had just enough stretch for the tulip dress pattern I was using.

Telio Knit Knack Brushed Sweater Knit Light Grey from Fabric.com. This sweater knit is thick, with good stretch, good drape and is the ultimate cozy feel for the Darcey Duster I sewed to go over the tulip dress.

Cotton and Steel Les Fleurs Canvas from Fabric.com. I wanted fabric that would hold the bell shape of the mini skirt, that would wash and wear well and that had a bit of warmth to it.

Telio Stretch Bamboo Rayon Jersey Knit from Fabric. com. I wanted a neutral color, that wasn’t stark white, that had good drape for the bell sleeve and that layered nicely with the cardigans I was making too.

Fabric Merchants Rayon Challis from Fabric.com. The jumpsuit needed a good drapey fabric which rayon challis is perfect for. I just wish I had gone for a fabric with a bit more substance to it so that it didn’t wrinkle like no other! Lesson learned- but still obsessed with this mauve color!

Stretch Velvet Print Roses Mauve from Fabric.com. Stretch velvet became super popular last year and with no end in sight to the cozy, comfy trend I just had to jump on it! This print is spectacular in person and was my favorite piece from this whole collection!

Now that we’ve seen the sudoku board and the fabrics, it’s time to look at each of the 10 looks I put together from this capsule! For simplicity sake, I’ll link each pattern just once! The accessories are old and new, without links available so you’re on your own there. I will put links to the shoes once as well.

The Looks

Pattern: Tulip Dress from Ellie and Mac Patterns. Hairstyle includes my DIY Bow Hair Tie (stay tuned for my IG highlights for this super easy tutorial!). Shoes from Target.

This outfit is sporty and fun. I love the shape of this Tulip dress on my body type. I cut a larger back to give some more room in the booty and slimmed through the waist for a nice, comfortable fit.

Pattern: Orchid x Parasol collaboration with Chalk & Notch and Ensemble Patterns. Shoes: Just Fab.

I am obsessed with this jumpsuit. I love the cross front, the elastic tie waist and the easy fit in the pants. I wish I had used a fabric that wouldn’t wrinkle so badly because it really is a pain to keep fresh. I steamed this right before photos and just having it sit on the bed while I was taking pics made it awfully wrinkly. Sad! I love the little braid and how it kind of keeps the look casual. I had different shoes for this but I forgot them in Texas, so here is the best option I could come up with!

 

Patterns: Cher mini skirt from Made for Mermaids. RuLo top from George & Ginger. Shoes from Vici.

This was my most anticipated look and I absolutely love it! The boots are comfy and slouchy to play off the structure of the skirt. The top is easy to wear to keep this outfit low maintenance and not fussy.

Pattern: Claire Dolman from Made for Mermaids. Jeans and Shoes from Vici.

This is my most-worn look. I constantly reach for this incredible stretch velvet top and my favorite “lightly worn” jeans. I love that the half-up pony gives it an easy finish and helps show off the crossover front.

This outfit makes me feel like a million bucks…can you tell just from my poses how much I adore it???

This skirt is giving me life! Seriously, there’s something about a good fitting mini skirt to bring you back to your youth! The bow continues that youthful style but the shoes keep me from looking like I’m trying to hard to be 17 again. HA!

Most effortless yet chic look in the capsule! The side braid totally shows off the crossover detail in the top. The boots are a quintessential fall piece. The distressed jeans keep this from looking too put together. Love it all.

I call this look “Sporty Spice” and as much as I didn’t like it during photos- I love how it came together. The high half pony and shoes play together and then the jumpsuit kicks it up a notch.

Pattern: Darcey Duster Cardigan from Made for Mermaids.

Fall is all about layers so I threw on the Darcey. I love that the duster has a longer hemline that really makes the tulip dress a “wow” when you see it from the front or a peek on the side. The pony and the slouch of the boots keeps it a playful look.

The tennis shoe is a huge trend right now and playing the sporty style with a more structured, dressy look is the perfect dichotomy. I love how the colors flow but aren’t matchy-matchy to keep interest.

The Take-Away

Well, there you have it friends!!! 10 easy to wear looks that make getting ready so effortless and so fun! I’ve got my sudoku board saved on my phone for reference each morning. It took a bit of planning, and several days of sewing but now I have so many great pieces to mix and match all season long. I used fabrics and a color palette that will easily transition back to spring. I can pair tank tops with my skirt and shorts with my RuLo and velvet top for warmer weather. I can add a sandal with my jumpsuit and cuff the sleeves for a great summer night out. And the combos go on and on!!! I hope you found inspiration to go through your closet and create a capsule wardrobe with pieces you already own, or even more to start fresh and sew yourself a wardrobe that will carry you from season to season with style!

I’d love to hear your favorite look or any suggestions on what to do for my winter wardrobe!! Please leave me a comment or come visit me on Instagram to stay up to date with my latest sews! Check out my fall inspiration on my Pinterest too!

Riley Blake’s Hand Picked {Fabric Blog Tour}

Happy Fall y’all! I can say y’all now that I’ll be a Texas resident right?? I’m so excited to join a great line up of makers sewing up some goodness from our friends at Riley Blake for the Hand Picked fabric collection!

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The Hand Picked collection was designed by Tammie Green for Riley Blake and released late October (which means you can shop from this link). This collection features gorgeous variations of the primary colors in super sweet floral bunches, scattered small dots and dainty flowers.

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I sewed up the Luna pattern by Violette Field Threads to showcase the updated option of the button loop closure and skirt placket! You may have spotted this dress in the new tutorial section.

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For the Luna bodice, I used the Spot Yellow print. I love the bright and cheerful hue of yellow!!

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For the skirt, I sewed two widths of fabric of the Main Blue print. I adore those vibrant primary colors with just a touch of pink to make it extra girly and cute! Riley Blake quilting cotton has a great body for keeping the full shape of the skirt.

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I sewed the ties with the Geranium White print which I thought brought a clean finish to the dress. Those dainty florals tossed about on the fabric just makes me smile!

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Hand Picked reminds me of a gorgeous picnic in the park, running around the grass and picking wildflowers. With the temperatures starting to drop, this cheerful fabric will surely warm your heart!

Big thanks to the Riley Blake team for this beautiful fabric and fun opportunity to share what I’ve sewn up! You can check their blog for more inspiration from the amazing makers!

 

DIY Personalized Knit Skirt with the Cricut Easy Press 2

This post is sponsored by Cricut. The opinions expressed in this post are my own. Affiliate links are included.

Hey friends!!! I’m back for another fun collaboration with Cricut in their debut of the Easy Press 2. I’ve got a quick and easy knit skirt tutorial with a fun personalization using the Cricut Maker, fusible backed fabric and of course, the 9″ x 9″ Easy Press 2!! When my girls and I saw the beautiful new raspberry color for the Easy Press 2, we just had to make some skirts to match!

First, let’s take a look at this new product:

Easy Press 2

The Easy Press 2 is an update to the previously released Easy Press- a ceramic-coated device with precise temperature control up to 400 degrees F and even heating surface perfect for iron on projects! A few specs to admire:

  • Three sizes: 6″ x 7″, 9″ x 9″ and 12″ x 10″
  • Heats up faster than previous model & 60 seconds to iron on success!
  • USB port for firmware updates
  • Easy to use, simple to learn: each Easy Press 2 comes with a beginner project that will get you familiar with the device in a matter of minutes!
  • Digital display of temperature and time controls, beeps to notify user once pre-heated
  • Stylish raspberry color
  • Safety base included: insulated base will keep the Easy Press 2 and your crafting surface safe while the Easy Press 2 is not in use.

I chose the 9″ x 9″ size as most of my sewing projects are kid-sized. I love how I can complete an entire iron-on project with one simple press! Speaking of an iron-on project…let’s get to the DIY!!!


DIY Personalized Knit Skirt Tutorial

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Supplies Needed:

Getting Started:

1/2″ seam allowances included. 

You’ll want to set up your Cricut Maker with the rotary blade. Apply the fusible backed fabric to your cutting mat with the fusible side touching the sticky side of the mat, and the print of the fabric facing up. Be sure there are no wrinkles in the fabric and smooth it on the mat.

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Open the Design Space and locate the pre-made cut file here.

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You can change the name easily, but ensure each letter has its own color coding if you want to use different fabric for each letter. Use the Cricut Maker to cut out the letters.

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Cut a waistband and skirt piece from the knit fabric.

For the waistband, you’ll want to cut a 6″ tall rectangle. To figure the width of the waistband, measure the child around the smallest of the belly (for younger children, this is under the belly and above the hip) as this is where the knit waistband will sit. Subtract the total waist measurement by 1″. For this skirt, the child had a 20″ waist so I cut the waistband to be 19″ wide and 6″ tall.

For the skirt, you’ll want to measure the child from the waistband to the knee or where you’d like the skirt hem to hit. Add 1″ for seam allowance. For this skirt, the child measured 12″ from low belly to knee so I cut the skirt to be 13″ tall by the entire width of the fabric (most knit is 55″-60″ wide).

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Fold the skirt in half, bringing the short raw edges together with right sides touching. Fold the waistband in half, bringing the short raw edges together with right sides touching. Sew the skirt along the side seam and finish the seam with a zig zag stitch or overlock. Sew the waistband along the side seam.

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Use the Easy Press 2 to press the waistband seam open.

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Fold the waistband in half again, bringing the long raw edges together with wrong sides touching. Press using the Easy Press 2.

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Hem the skirt if desired. Prep the skirt by pre-heating for 15 seconds with the Easy Press2.

Place the letters in the bottom right corner of the skirt front, a few inches from the side seam and a few inches above the hem. Ensure the fabric print is facing up, and the fusible part is touching the skirt.

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Use the Easy Press 2 to bond the letters to the skirt. You can reference the Recommended Settings from the Cricut website to ensure you have your Easy Press 2 settings set for the materials used in your project. I set the Easy Press 2 to 315 degrees and the timer to 30 seconds.

Turn the skirt wrong side out and press again for half the previous time.

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Although many Cricut Iron On materials have a StrongBond Guarantee (Everyday, SportFlex and Glitter Iron are designed to outlast 50+ wash and dry cycles when used and applied as directed), it is still recommended that the fusible fabric be stitched to further adhere the fabric to the skirt. You can read more about the Cricut Fusible Fabric here.

Sew one or two rows of gathering stitches along the top raw edge of the skirt. Gather the skirt to the width of the waistband.

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Adjust the gathers and place the skirt on top of the waistband, right sides together, aligning the back center seam of the waistband with the back center skirt, and the skirt side seams with the side points of the waistband. Clip or pin the skirt to the waistband. Sew along the clipped seam.

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You have now created a Personalized Knit Skirt using the Cricut Easy Press 2!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.