Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Beachy Bombshell - Knock it off tour

When I signed up for this blog tour, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to create. Shortly after that, we booked our trip to LA in October for hubby's birthday. This means I need some new HOT beachwear in just a few short months. I like to joke that i'm "built for comfort" but that's mostly because i like to throw on my clothes and head out the door. Who needs to do their hair? Who needs makeup? Not this mama. Well, you'll be happy to see that I actually put on makeup and put some beach bum hair goo in my hair for this photo-op. 

Pictured left below, you'll see my initial inspiration photo that I found on pinterest. I think I actually nailed the look pretty closely. I love the idea of a romper but i've never actually worn one before this. I thought it would be a fun and easy beach coverup but still easily transition to a coffeeshop or casual lunch. After trying it on, i've realized this romper will quickly become a weekend staple during my Canadian summer too. It will be a perfect farmer's market, park, coffee shop, festival, or just about anything else romper. Bring on Summer! (As I write this on April 22, it is quite literally snowing outside.)

For this knock it off look, I used a bamboo/lycra tie die knit that I found locally at Marshall Fabrics in Edmonton. I actually used the fabric reverse of the grain because I like the stripes best this way but since it is almost equal 4 way stretch, it would have worked out either way. For the pattern, I picked up the Riviera Romper from Winterwear Designs for $4USD during a one day sale recently. I like the Riviera Romper design better than the RTW version but I did want it strappier so I did make a few slight changes. All in all I can't be happier with my new Romper and am glad to be apart of the other super hero mom's in this blog tour. Lastly, I had hoped to make a halter style bikini top to wear with my new romper but #momlife. So look forward to that in a future post hopefully in May.

As always, come find me on Instagram where I post much more often than here.

Cheers! Michelle

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Monday, 10 April 2017

Abby's Road Trip Tunic Bunny Fun

 I recently tested Abby's Road Trip Tunic which released last week from The Wolf and the Tree. This new pattern has options for a top, tunic, or dress (which is pictured here). I love this pattern for the construction and clean lines including the incredibly clean neckline. My daughter loves this pattern for the twirl and girliness factor. When I showed her this dress for the first time she said "oh mom......... pause........ I love it!" Yay,, Mommy sewing win!

This Dress pairs really nicely with Abby's Tights , Abby's Trailblazing socks, or Abby's knockout socks patterns. The leggings I've paired it with in these photos are actually a tester pair of abby's tights from last year that I cut the toes off of once she wore through them. (yup that's right, in our house our Abby's Tights get so much wear that we actually wear through them!)

One of the other things I absolutely love about this dress is that even though it is a fairly simple top that can be made by an ambitious beginner, it looks and feels dressier. My next top I plan to add some lace or tule like some of the other testers did to the accent/skirt piece in order to dress it up even more. Lastly, check out this amazing fabric! Both the woodland creatures and the abstract geometrical pattern will be open for pre-order mid-April from Black Rabbit Fabrics. I picked both these fabrics for different items initially but when I saw them side by side I just knew they needed to be paired up. I am so glad that I did because the colours of the animals match the triangles perfectly!

My daughter loves this dress so much and with the bunnies included in the woodland creatures print, it makes the perfect easter dress! Ultra comfortable to play in but pretty enough to go to Easter Dinner at Grandma's. I call that a win!

Oh and my favourite part is the sale going on right now through The Wolf and the Tree.. every pattern is on sale for $5 until easter. I would run and grab more patterns if I didn't already have them all!

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Cheers! Michelle

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