Coastline Blog Tour Day #9

I can’t believe it’s finally here!

COASTLINE BLOG TOUR IS HERE!!!! and I am a tad bit excited!!!

When Sharon Holland asked for makers to be a part of the tour, I jumped right on it. Coastline for Art Gallery Fabrics is so fantastic and beachy, it makes me dream of summer. There were so many projects that came to mind but I decided to stick with a few of my favorites. Plus with baby wright arriving in less than 6 weeks, I wanted to make him some goodies too.

First up-my favorite knit top: The Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio. I love how the soft pink and the navy from Coastline play together. I adjusted the pattern for a quarter length sleeve with a small cuff. It’s perfect for a spring top, or “winter” here in Texas!

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and of course a little baby bump picture…

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Next up-my first of many leggings for baby w. The free just hatched baby leggings pattern by Made by Rae fits sizes newborn to 6 m. They are a quick sew and are perfect for adding some handmade items to your babies wardrobe. Plus they take entsy tensy bits of fabric! Why are clothes just way cuter baby size??

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Last but not least-my favorite little outfit for baby c!!! The top and pants are free patterns from Purl Soho and oh-m-geeeee I love love love them!! This may be one of our newborn photoshoot outfits….Those sailboats may be the death of me. Isn’t the fabric just swoonworthy??? I need bolts of both of these prints. Just sayin’!

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Ok. Have I convinced you to go buy bolts of the whole line??? I mean its so perfect.

I’m going to have to buy some of the sailboat prints and make a poolside tote and a few other things. It’s just too dreamworthy to not keep creating with it!

A BIG thank you to SewCaroline for taking some great photos for me and Sewbon for helping me figure out poses!!! Love you girls xox

Sharon is doing a fantastic giveaway! Read about it below:

From Sharon: With each new collection I like to giveaway fabric and have a 20 piece bundle of fat quarters waiting for some lucky winner. Starting Monday, February 1st and running till the end of the tour on Friday, February 19th you can enter into a chance to win a bundle of Coastline fabrics.

 

 

RULES TO ENTER:

  • Be an Instagram user (sorry, private IG accounts do not show up in hashtag pool)
  • Repost your favorite image(s) from the Coastline Blog Tour on your Instagram account and include the hashtag #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway in your post to qualify – enter as many times as you like – entries from outside the USA are also welcome to enter

Sharon and I love getting comments on blog posts but sorry, those comments will not be counted as part of the drawing entries for the fabrics. So you will want to head over to Instagram and follow Sharon there to see all the projects, easily follow your favorite makers, and repost your favorite tour pics to enter. Don’t forget to also include the hashtag #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway when you repost!

Sharon will randomly select the winner from the #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway hashtag pool on Friday, February 19th at 6:00 pm EST. The winner will be announced on her IG account and also on her blog on Saturday, February 20th.

Check out the full Blog Hop here

Check out yesterday’s awesome blog hopper here

Check out tomorrow’s awesome blog hopper here

Check out the Coastline Lookbook here

Maternity Sewing Wish List

I’m pregnant and beyond thrilled to welcome our first little one. I’ve been sewing up a storm for him and can’t wait to show it all off soon.

But lets be honest.

Gaining weight and feeling like a whale is not fun.

I have a hard time buying maternity clothes because they are either crazy priced expensive or just not cute and fit horribly. I have been going with the size up shirts and leggings.

Now that I’m in my third trimester, the maternity clothes are starting to be a necessity. It’s a perfect time to try out some patterns that I think would be pregnant woman friendly. I might not get to all of them but if I don’t set some wish list goals then I know I won’t get to any of them.

Indie Sew is one of my favorite places to get inspired for garment making and they didn’t fail with having a few options that I think will be perfect for my ever growing belly. If you haven’t made it over to visit their site. GO NOW! Allie has done a fantastic job curating the patterns on her site and even has seasonal collections that are TO DIE FOR!!!! Once I’m not pregnant I’ll be sewing up a storm!!!! And if you have never sewn a garment, their blog is fantastic at teaching you the how to’s of garments.

I’ve picked 5 different garments that I’m hopefully going to get to. Each of them is special in their own way and none of them are maternity specific but should work really well!

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First up, I’ve picked the super cute and *looks* super comfy Rosaline Dress by KZJO’Studio. I think this would be so cute in a winter knit fabric with leggings and boots. Plus add a belly bump. Perfect.

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Next up I picked the super precious SoHo Blouse by See Kate Sew. This top has been on my sewing wish list for a while and I think the flowy bottom would be perfect for maternity and after. I’ve got a few rayon/lawn prints laying around that are calling my name for this top. Hopefully I’ll get to sew it this month.

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A staple in the closet, the Eleanor Cardigan by KZJO’Studio is a perfect wear now, wear later maternity outfit. I have tons of solid maternity tees and this would make a super cute addition to them. Add a fun necklace to dress it up and you are good to go! I’m thinking about going with a french terry in navy!

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Up next I picked the Bethioua Top by Elle Puls. It looks so cute and comfy. After it came out with the Winter Collection, I’ve been dying to make it. I think with a nice drapy knit, the fit would be really cute even as a maternity shirt. I’m on the hunt for the perfect fabric.

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My last *not least* pick is the Wanderer Tunic by Striped Swallow Designs. I’ve been holding onto some RK chambray dots that are perfect for this. I think a blue chambray dot with a fun color on top….swooooooonworthy! It might be put at the top of my list pretty quickly!!!!

Well…..I’ve got some good plans.

Now just to see if I can accomplish at least two of them this month!!!!

Happy Sewing.

xox-Kristen

Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt Review

I’m a quilter.

Not an apparel sewer.

….well….just maybe I’ve changed my mind.

I love the idea of being inspired by a pattern or fabric and feeling skilled enough to turn it into a wearable item. My husband always says how many quilts do you need honey…this solves everything!

I was first inspired to make clothes as SewOk Retreat about a year and a half ago after watching my sweet friends Leslie and Caroline whip up adorable clothes in just hours, making it seem easy. Now it’s going to take some time for me to feel truly comfortable with sewing garments but I love trying things out!

One of the scariest things looking at garments is knit.

It just terrifies me.

Conquer your fears right?!?

Thanks to numerous pep talks and the introduction to what I call the lightening stitch, I took the plunge and man I love knits. It’s amazing. And it doesn’t fray.

The Linden Sweatshirt Pattern was one of my first knit garment sewing projects. If you have never sewn knit I STRONGLY RECOMMEND making this pattern. It’s as easy as it comes. And no real hemming (another of my fears!).

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I chose to make mine out of Art Gallery knit from Hello Bear and a solid Robert Kaufman knit (both are linked for places to buy).

I love how it turned out. I’m still working on getting a softer stitch on the bottom (it’s a little wavy) but other than that it’s golden! And COMFORTABLE!!!! I’ll be making more to keep me warm in the Texas “winter”.

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And of course I had to show of my baby bump! Can’t wait to meet our little dude!

If you are ready to try out the Linden Sweatshirt, purchase the pattern here from Grainline Studio.

Happy Sewing~Kristen

****pattern and fabric were purchased by me and all of the options are my own :)****