Hotel Fredriksted is ALMOST here...


I LOOOVEEEE when a fabric combo makes me feel excited for the next season; today I have achieved that. I'll always miss summer when it is not summer... But for now, these outfits have me OK with it being fall. (I'll still cry when it snows). 


This fabric is from the upcoming Hotel Fredriksted line by Jennifer Paganelli. Lucky for me JP sent me some fabric to play with before it release (in November - unlucky you waiting so long!)


This fabric is the wonderfully colourful, gorgeous florals, and buttery smooth quilting cotton drape and feel you have come to expect from Free Spirit and Jennifer Paganelli.




The patterns I used are the Little Lizard King animazing suspender skirt pattern by the lovely Cassie. Great pattern with many options included for all sorts of cute animal faces and different strap options.



The top is the Sis Boom Leighanna peasant top pattern, which is my fav peasant as it has a more narrow and less boxy fit than most peasants as well as plenty of options.


I hope you've enjoyed this preview of Hotel Fred! Please leave me a comment letting me know what you think of the fabric pairings or your favourite thing abotu season change!


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Back to School Sewing!


What's up you ask? Back to school season... All the 15C paper packs make my heart happy. I love buying new pencils and crayons and all the gluesticks.... Though as you know I use gluesticks a LOT when I sew .... and all that cheap tape. Makes a sewist's heart sing. But what strikes fear? Sewing the perfect back to school first day outfit that captures a bit of your kids personality but still looks cute, but not sooooo simple that reads sign me up for sewing felt costumes.


Welcome to my stop on the blog back to school tour! PS - CONTEST and etc at end of post and some AMAZING sale codes!



Today I am showcasing the brand NEW from Little Lizard King Double Scoop dress on my youngest, Cheeks. She is sooo excited to finally be (almost) 4 and heading off to preschool this fall! She loves anything to do with horses and Sheriff Callie.


I absolutely adore the scallop collar option on this pattern, and the scallop pockets are perfect for recess treasures! The pattern has options for all the sleeve lengths (or none) and scallop or plain waistband, plain or no collar as well. 

Of course my little goof had to have a Sheriff Callie dress, so waistband skipped because she didnt want Sheriff Callie or Deputey Peck to get blocked. The dress buttons in the back, but I don't anticiate her havign to take it off during the school day, so that is no bother. I did snaps on the back of mine.... I know I know... snaps look cheap etc etc.... BUT they also do not tangle hair like buttons do! 


For the second outfit, my oldest, the 1st grader! She LOOOVES Minecraft!!! So I interfaced a knit panel (so it would act like a woven) and pieced together fabric to cut out a Sisboom Tobago!


 I added the Sisboom Sophie sleeves - which fit perfectly with just a teensy buit of gathering along the top middle. I also added a elastic casing at the waist and a lightly gathered skirt bottom with strip of fabric and pocket because what 1st grader doesn't want a nice big front pocket?


and now she is all ready to go! Her pocket can fit a notebook and has a narrow pocket sewn in for pencils to go with. The dress is perfect for play and showing off her pretty green eyes and fun gaming personality!


What will you be sewing for back to school?

Wednesday’s prize is 1 PDF pattern from StitchART (The Crafting Fiend) and 1 PDF pattern from 5 Out Of 4 Patterns *excludes bundles Runs from August 24 12:00 am EDT until August 25th at 11:59pm EDT.

Check out the rest of today's stops on the tour:

 
Designs by Call Ajaire: Get  20% off in their Etsy shop with code BTS2016. Code valid from August 22nd through August 27th.
E+M Patterns: Save 50% with the code backtoschool on their website or in their Etsy shop. Code valid until August 27th at 11:59pm PST.
MODKID: Get 25% off  your entire purchase in their Etsy shop with code BTS2016. Code valid from August 22nd through August 27th.
Love Notions: Get 20% off all kids patterns with the code loveschool. Code valid from August 22nd through August 27th.
Sew Happily Ever After: Get the Nana’s totes pattern at 50% off with the code BACK2SCHOOL2016. Code good through August 31st.
Laela Jeyne Patterns: 30% off Any Single Pattern, No Code needed. From August 25-29th, 2016.
StitchART: 20% off with the code back2school in their Etsy shop. Valid from Aug 22nd – 28th, 2016.
SisBoom: 40% off with code BACK2SCHOOL valid Aug 22-Sept4th
Gracious Threads: Buy 3 patterns and save 15% off the purchase price! Use code SAVE15ON3. No expiry
The Eli Monster: Save 20% with the code yayforfall. Code valid until August 29th, 2016.
Filles à Maman: Get 25% off with the code BTS2016. Can be used on their website or in their Etsy shop. Code valid from August 24th through August 28th midnight EDT.
Whimsy Couture: Get 50% off, no code needed! End August 31st, 2016.
5 Out of 4 Patterns: Save 20% with code BTS2016. Valid from August 22nd-28th midnight EDT. Cannot be used on fabric.
Snuggle My Baby Patterns: Save 25% with code BTS2016. Valid until August 31st, 2016.

Check out the other bloggers on the tour all week long!

Call Ajaire * The Wholesome Mama * Sew and Tell Project * BLAVERRY * DIY Crush * Phat Quarters * Mahlica Designs * Handmade Boy * Kaleidothought * The Berry Bunch * Filles A Maman Sprouting JubeJube * Sew Happily Ever After * Tales of a Tester * 5 out of 4 Patterns The Crafting Fiend * Create 3.5 * Sew Sophie Lyn * Sweeter Than Cupcakes * Wining Wife * Paisley Roots * The Eli Monster * Cindy Parrett Blog * Sew Starly * Élégantine! * Gracious Threads * Lulu & Celeste * Sewing By Ti * Amazing Adventures with Bubba and Bug * Simple Life Pattern Co. Blog * Inspinration * Mama You Can Make it For Me Moon Star



Sometimes I sew just for fun!


The skirt fabric is from the upcoming Hotel Fredriksted line by Jennifer Paganelli of SisBoom and it is all gorgeous - as always!

The dress is a way plain version of the upcoming (Aug 22nd) Little Lizard King double scoop dress - which has soooo many options I really didn't showcase here - but you will see more on Wednesday on the blog!


Cheeks is soooooooooooooooo excited to be big enough to ride horses one day and dreams of being a cowgirl! So I had her draw a picture of a cowgirl that I free motioned to the front of the dress along with her "when I grow up... ___" statement.
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2 items in 1.5hrs!


This morning I sewed up 2 new items - in 1.5 hours! YAY!!!! Anyone else looove the fast sews in sumemr? I totally tend to stick to them!

First up is the blank tee from Blank Slate Patterns - I added a hi-lo hemline and sleeves to it.

The fabric is from True North fabrics - lace hearts - a little tone on tone neutral action is sooo perfect for my fall capsule!


The pants are my favourite lounge pants pattern - Halla lounge pants! Seriously great pattern and sooo comfy! 

I did these in FRENCH TERRY!!!! I adore french terry and lounge pants with pockets and knit waistband - AMAZING! 

Agian the fabric is from True North Fabrics - totally worth the buy!



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