It’s almost Friday!! Don’t forget to tag us on Facebook and/or Instagram with #sewnstylelilluxeseries There will be a Special Giveaway Tomorrow! One winner from Facebook (you must also be a member of our group page – there is a designated photo album for the Sew ‘n Style series) and one winner from Instagram will receive two Lil Luxe Collection patterns of their choice. This can be used towards current patterns or you can wait for the new Fall into Winter collection coming soon!
Now let’s talk Fabrics and Patterns!
Hi, there it’s Melissa from Rebel & Malice. A collection needs a design, right? That is why you need to start thinking about fabrics and patterns. If you are lucky enough to live near an urban area, you can probably find some sort of garment district to source some great fabrics because cities are always bustling with budding designers. I live in Southern California and am about 90 minutes away from Los Angeles which means if I can make a day of it, I have way too much stimulation to choose from for fabrics, trims and notions. Most days, I shop online or at Joanns. I only go to Joanns in person where I can feel and see everything in person. My online resources are:
Raspberry Creek Fabrics (Prize sponsor for Sew ‘n Style Series)
Urban Sew (Prize sponsor for Sew ‘n Style Series)
Wanderlust Fabrics (Prize sponsor for Sew ‘n Style Series)
Miss Matatabi (Prize sponsor for Sew ‘n Style Series)
Owl and Drum (Prize sponsor for Sew ‘n Style Series)
And lets not forget notions and specialty printed fabrics:
Zipper Island (Prize sponsor for Sew ‘n Style Series)
Fabric Galore (Prize sponsor for Sew ‘n Style Series)
These stores all have some great prices and sales, source some of my favorite fabrics: Art Gallery Fabrics, Cotton + Steel, Riley Blake, Birch Fabrics, Tula Pink, and some of the higher end fabrics that am itching to splurge on. Mood is definitely the place to go for the higher end fabrics. I have a major problem with buying too many pretty prints, so I need to start loading up on some nice quality solids. You hear me, Art Gallery? More colors in solids pretty please!
A little peek of Melissa’s mini collection fabrics:
This little beauty (yet another print) has been calling out to me for my Floral Foxes theme
I love the color of this Ginger Twill from Mood Fabrics It is perfect fabric and color for a coat or bottoms in my theme.
A little peek of my mini collection fabrics:
As you can see, I used the Dragon fruit to anchor my fabric choices. I only used solids and prints that fit with my color scheme. I’ve mixed some prints that I probably wouldn’t usually put together…they look good on this story board so I hope they translate well into the collection! I’ve decided to make the Alley Cat Romper (maxi dress version), The Peek a Boo Hoodie paired with Flat front bloomers (city girl romper separates), The Rouche and division top paired with another pair of Flat front bloomers, and the Starlight City dress. I’ve also added in two other ready made garments to tie everything together. They are the City Girl Romper (cuffed shorts version) and the Alley Cat Romper (Sleeveless version).
You can also source unique fabrics from your home or local thrift stores or yard sales. Upcycle a too small adult shirt, or a favorite shirt into a new outfit. Use vintage linens and clothing to create a new look with a modern pattern. Even the clearance sales at stores can provide some unique textiles to use for your look.
Patterns are the other important element of your collection. The most important element of this collection to enter the giveaway is using a Lil Luxe pattern. Have you used one before? If you have not, you are in for a treat. They are modern and perfect for the mini fashionista.
My go to patterns for lots of use, with fun details and tons of ways to make them your own are these:
- Alley Cat Romper This is the pattern most recognized by Lil Luxe with good reason. It is comfortable and can be used throughout all the seasons. Plus, lots of hacks have been introduced to get more use out of it like making a dress, making a crop top, changing the style of the top, or making harem pants. If you have a hip little girl with flair, you will love this pattern.
- City Girl Romper Oh the City Girl, I love this one! You can make a sunsuit, a short, capri or pant romper. You can also make separates and a swing top. The back of this is one of my favorite details with it’s low back and tie. It is a great summer piece, as well as using it for layering with sweaters and jackets.
- Slim Trousers A staple pattern because every girl needs a good pair of slim pants. These have fun ankle zippers, and a flat front waistband with 2 waistband options and 2 lengths. These are perfect for my little Audrey Hepburn.
- Lakeshore Crop This is a cropped jacket great for layering over clothing. You can also lengthen it a bit, leave off the collar, add details to the cuffs or shoulders. It is a multi-faceted outwear pattern you will love.
PDF patterns have become probably the best way to sew. The instructions are detailed and great for all sewing levels. They help teach new techniques in easy to understand way. So of course, I had to include a few more pdf patterns designers. Some other designers that I use and feel they fit with the same design element as Lil Luxe’s designs are (but her’s definitely can stand all on their own):
And my favorite pattern designer for the basic staple items are:
You can also source patterns through paper patterns, finding vintage ones through yard sales, thrift shops or etsy, and pattern blocks if you are savvy enough to create your visions. There is something very empowering of creating a vision in your mind that you haven’t found a pattern to fulfill it, and then you make it come to life. That is why I love looking up pattern hacks for patterns I am interested in or own. We don’t always see the patterns potential until someone else points it out.
Have you come up with a pattern plan yet? What about fabrics? Have you figured out what Lil Luxe pattern you want to include yet? I know of at least one, but plan on trying to use 3. That shouldn’t be hard though because I have made most of them.
Enter the link up party starting August 17 through September 25. Winners announced September 28
PRIZES FOR: MOST COHESIVE & FAVORITE THEME
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Week 1: Building a color story, exploring solids and prints / Sourcing fabric and patterns
Week 2: Planning your pieces / Accessorizing and photographing your model
Week 3-4 (August 17): Blog tour commences and link up party opens
Weeks 1-4: Blog tour continues / link up party closes on September 25 and voting begins
Winners announced September 28
Special thanks to our sponsors for their generosity! As soon as we get the rest of our sponsors posted, I’ll divi up the contest prizes