Friday, September 18, 2015

Make It Mine Challenge!

I am participating the the Make it Mine Challenge this year, hosted by Whimsical Fabric. Basically, they give you three fabric line choices, from Art Gallery fabrics, that you must feature in your designs, and you can enter multiple projects. The winner gets a Janome sewing machine and tons of beautiful fabric, gift cards, and free patterns. It was a no brainer to compete in this.

I was naturally drawn to the Curiosities line. It took me a good while to figure out exactly what patterns to use and with which fabric. I am happy I took my time when ordering the fabric, because I am in love with how my projects turned out. I have also never sewn with Art Gallery fabric before, and I must say, it was so nice. I may be addicted.

My first outfit is the City Girl Romper by Lil Luxe Collection. I modified it slightly by adding sleeves. It was the first time I had ever drafted a sleeve pattern from scratch, and there were definitely some outtakes before I got it right.

My second project is a knit cardigan. I used the Aster pattern from Willow and Co. My love for this pattern runs deep.

My third project is the Limon Dress, also from Willow and Co. They really put out some amazing patterns.

Those pleats!!

All three fabrics are from the same line, so they all coordinate perfectly. I wanted to create different looks using the same pieces, and layering is a great way to accomplish that. I had some left over fabric, so I made some accessories also. Namely, a fabric necklace with marbles inside, a hair bow, and an infinity scarf. So fun for fall!

Now for the fun pictures....modeled! Avery was such a good sport. It was actually really cold during our photo shoot, so she tried her best to not shiver during it all. Poor girl.


I really loved creating these interchangeable outfits, and participating in this amazing contest. Even if I don't win, Avery has some awesome wardrobe staples now, I have some dang cute pictures of my growing girl, and I got learned some new skills. Can't beat that.

Off topic true story: while taking these pictures, in the Wyoming wilderness, we quite literally heard a bear roar/growl pretty close to us. That quickly wrapped up our photo shoot. "C'mon, into the car, in the car, hurry, hurry." I was totally freaked out, especially since it was just Avery and I. When we got in the car Avery said, "Whew! That was close! We won't get eaten now, mom." My heart is still racing!


  1. Darling outfits and girl! The sleeves look just right. Glad you're safe!

  2. That knit cardigan is SO, SO, SO cute!!! Seriously, I am in love with it! The matching infinity scarf is pretty dang adorable too. I know I say it all the time, but you are so talented. I love that you share pictures of your sewing, decorating & reupholstering with us. It makes me want to work harder on my halfway done projects or the things that I've had on my to-do list forever!

  3. I love every single thing you have made, but that little jacket has my heart. Avery is perfect. I'm making a file on my computer of all the family including pictures of the extended family. You're filling it up fast. What a blessing you are to your children! So fun to have a mommy that sews. My mom sewed many of my clothes, too. Wonderful memories and a wonderful talent and heritage. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking in your shots. Love.

  4. This is the only way to keep pants up on this child. Genius!